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Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1775   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Every year on the 24th of February, the birthday of "Charles the fifth", the Brewery brews the Gouden Carolus "Cuvee of the Emperor" in a limited quantity and with an eye on the highest quality and tradition. This unique brewing, with only extra fine Belgian hops and with a higher alcohol level, guarantees a better evolution in the time, than the already known Gouden Carolus Classic. The 75cl bottles are closed with a quality cork. Excellent to store several years. This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. With powerful notes of roasted malts, caramel and plums, its surprisingly soft and fruity aroma combines a warm roundness with a refreshing taste. An imperial brew to cherish and enjoy in moderation.
Was 8% abv in 2000-2002, 10% in 2003 and 11% in 2004.

DISCLAIMER: This is a dark beer and the label has a blue diagonal line.

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4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
commonshawn (1129) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2016
Big bottle from elevated with commonmac. Plum almost purple color with medium white head. Thick and murky look. Smells of dark fruit, chocolate, and booze. Taste is very smooth. Alcohol well hidden. Light raisin, dark fruit, lots of dark cherry. Great mouthfeel and body. Very sweet, but I didn’t mind it. Delicious. Fit for an emperor.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
commonmac (1133) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2016
Large bottle purchased at Elevated and consumed as part of Belgian planning session with commonshawn. Belgian snifter glass. Deep ruby, cola color with plenty of sediment. Lots of tan head that quickly exits the party. Nose has an intriguing and surprising malty chocolate element. You also get the traditional dark fruit you associate with Belgian quads. Taste has an impressive combination of sugary dark fruit, chocolate, cherry. An amazing ability to hide the alcohol content with a surprisingly smooth, silky mouthfeel. Some caramel and brown sugar characteristics. Finish is hard to beat with a cherry, port like presence.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (835) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - DEC 19, 2016
Look: clear brown, almost no head. Aroma: caramel, candied fruits, sweet roasted almond. Taste: sweet with light spicy bitterness. Flavour: dried sour cherries, some earthy and mushroom notes, light woody hops, some mature alcohol notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (2328) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - DEC 18, 2016
BOTTLE 75 CL. Clear ruby-brown, beige head. Big dark fruit, nutty cookies, some booze. Sweet fruity taste, mildly boozy. Smooth taste of a well aged beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ustaff (3) - Nizhny Novgorod, RUSSIA - DEC 16, 2016 does not count
I tested all types of Carlous, it is very delicios. But this beer is from my favorite type. Too sweet for me, but overall is good!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StoneDMO (1) - DENMARK - DEC 11, 2016 does not count
Deep dark and sweet Belgian. This was the 2011, have been laying around for 3-4 years so not sure if this affects the taste. Could use a bit more complexity in taste but still a very enjoyable dark and sweet beer with a crisp alc. level.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftyHare (38) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2016
2016 750ml bottle from Beer Cartel pours dark amber with generous off-white head. Aromas of caramel, liquorice, molasses and spiced rum. Tastes of caramel, brown sugar, dates, burnt toast, roasted malt, dark fruits, herbal characters and spices. Long and balanced finish with a fair bit of sweetness and warming hum from the 11% alc vol. This rich and full bodied dark Belgium strong ale represents everything great about this style perfectly and leaves me wanting more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vjohans (733) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle vintage 2012 Pors redbrown with lattecolored head with minimal bubbles. Rich toffea aroma, vort bread, sweet aroma. Little plums. Complex, yet very balanced. Feel that it has aged well. Not as du s other Belgian strong ales, to its advantage. Nice!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
piotrek8080 (59) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 5, 2016
Bottled. 2016 version. Rich fruity aromas, deep dark brown color with big head which decreased after while. In taste dark malts, plum, a little bit of dark chocolate and gentle alcohol.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pilsnertest (186) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle at home. 2013 vintage but with a 2008 from last weekend in mind. Also remembering it as new three years ago. So. Heavy, thick body and taste as new. As years go by the body gets thinner and the taste goes from something like a sticky toffee pudding with wine to a balanced beer with tastes of figs, raisins, wood, caramel and sweet liquorice. In the years between the body thins out but the sweetness stays. Actually think it’s best as new or at least 6 years old. Two different beers.


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