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


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RATINGS: 1805   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (3642) - Edmonton, Alberta, - JUN 15, 2007
750ml corked brown bottle from Goldorak. 2006 edition, 11% abv. Pours deep red brown colour, fairly clear, tan head recedes quickly leaving a light swirls of tiny bubbles on the surface. The aroma is strongly malty, sweet with raisin, cherry and caramel notes. Carbonation is fine and prickly, body is viscous, clings to glass. Flavour sticks to the tounge, malt forward, caramel and brown sugary malt, with some raisins. Finish starts a little sweet with some fruity notes, then shows some lsigns of alcohol mid tounge then a little yeasty dryness. Great drinkability for a beer of this strength. Rating #700

Guruhso (610) - Grindsted, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2017
Bottle. Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, overriped fruits, fruity yeast. Spicy and alcoholic warmth. Heavy sweet and light bitter. Medium and sticky. A nice one

DonGregorio (413) - POLAND - JUL 23, 2017
2016 vintage bottle shared at tasting. Clear dark red to brown colour, quite large tan head with good duration and lacing. Aroma of dried fruits, raisins, plums, figs, light bubblegum. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter, of raisins, dried fruits, apples, plums, red fruits, with notes of molasses, bubblegum. Medium to full body, oily, smooth texture, soft to average carbonation. Very good, complex and tasty quad.

beerplace (1702) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2017
750ml bottle (thx, Alex M.!) shared with George on Greenpoint campground. Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is brown sugar and dark fruits. Taste is very sweet and fruity. Despite it is too sweet, it is a good sipper and dessert beer.

cmacklin (1179) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 9, 2017
On tap. Pours a clear dark brown with a small, creamy, short lived, beige head that leaves spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, caramel and booze. Sweet flavour of plums, raisins, chocolate, caramel and light roast with a warming booze finish. Full body with a creamy, smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Excellent, lots of complexity.

rxeight (3084) - Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2017
2016 bottle. Raisins. Lots of raisins. Caramel, toffee, banana, booze. Like a lighter version of westy or a similar quad. Not a Belgian strong fan but this was enjoyable.

simontomlinson (374) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2017
Huge Beige fluffy, frothy head stayed impeccably on a near black still body. Malt, plum, dark sugar aroma. Full mouthfeel. smooth a silky. Very creamy. Perfect carbonation. Big tasting beer with cream, malt, plum, dark fruits, dundee cake & hints of sour fruits on the back.

BrewCommander01 (3) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 15, 2017 does not count
The champagne of beers!!! I just can’t get enough:-). Caramel, citrus, spruce, dough, butterscotch, amber, cloudy, frothy, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, umami, full body, thick feel, lively, long finish,

czillweger (1) - - JUN 11, 2017 does not count
I have always appreciated really good Belgian beers, but this one takes the cake! The carmel finish and incredible balance make this one of the best beers I have ever tasted. If you love Belgian strong ale, then this is a MUST! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

MartyW (278) - DENMARK - MAY 26, 2017
Vintage 2001 Cuvee keiser blue at Delirium. Black with a chocolate brown head. Aroma of dusty chocolate malt, slight vinegar. Very mellow taste with flavour of dusty malt, slight sweet chocolate, alcohol coming out of the throat rather than coming in. Oak, dry red wine tones, Ends with slight coffee bean bitterness and a mellowed alcohol taste along with some peachy undertones. 3,6/5 Bottle Vintage 2013 4,5/5

SebBrews (184) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - MAY 25, 2017
Pours dark brown, ruby color with thick, dense beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, walnuts, dried plums, yeast esters and some alcohol. Taste is candy sugar, raisins, figs, dried plums, bready yeast, dough. Full bodied, medium carbonation, thick mouthfeel. Good.

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