Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Mechelen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1791   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drmet (921) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - JAN 2, 2017
L: -poiurs a cloudy ruby-brown with a hig frot beige hea -hig carb vis S: -cherr,car,pluums,figs,,sug,clov T: -Fo the nose -finishes way too sweet F: -medium to high carbonation -medium body -alcohol noticeable O: I expected a bit more Balance. The Sweetness is hard to take, especially with a 750ml bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SVD (1850) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2016
Sample, Dark brown beer, medium head. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel, malt. Taste is the same, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
darbeer75 (823) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Aroma: sweet, rich and boozy; Appearance: very dark amber with creamy offwhite head that lingers; Taste: follows nose but very smooth and muted; lots of plums; wish it had a little more backbone; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: very enjoyable Belgian; would definitely get again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (2817) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2016
25cl draft at the Brick Store, Decatur, GA. Dark mahogany with some white head. Raisin/prune aroma with clove, cinnamon and chocolate covered cherries. Sweet spiced taste like a Christmas pud. Maybe a bit too sweet - it borders on cloying - but a wonderful treat for the tongue nonetheless. Long, sweet, carbonated, spiced finish. Sip it gently. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
basjansen14 (244) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2016
Mooi donkerbruin bier. Aroma is zoet, met tonen van donker fruit. Smaak is aangenaam zoet(niet te zoet) met rozijnen. Bier drinkt zeer gemakkelijk weg. Misschien wel de beste BSDA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hohops (947) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2016
2014 bottle. Appearance is mahogany, with a half finger beige head. Aroma- plum, raisin, Christmas cake, vanilla, port wine, Christmas pudding, sweet malts, cherries, fruitcake. Taste- chocolate, ripe dark fruits, raisin, nutty sweetness, marzipan, brown sugar, cherries, puréed Christmas cake, sweet fluffy finish, dark malty bread. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
commonshawn (1174) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
commonmac (1177) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (843) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (2439) - 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.

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