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

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RATINGS: 1800   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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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4.4
mcmisko (358) - New York, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Appears dark brown with a small tan head. Smell is like spices, light roasted malts, vanilla candle. Taste is slightly candy sweet, smooth spices a hint of tang and roasted malts, very balanced and complex. Body is med. Carbonation soft. After taste is long and complex. This is one of my favorites instantly.


4.4
simontomlinson (336) - 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.

5
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,

5
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

4.5
MartyW (275) - 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

3.8
SebBrews (171) - 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.

3.8
datrael (476) - Kraków, POLAND - MAY 20, 2017
W aromacie figi, rodzynki, kandyzowane owoce, trochę estrów, przyjemnie i intensywnie. W wyglądzie czarne z ładną białą pianą. W smaku znów rodzynki, figi, melasa, bardzo słodkie. Ciało dość ciężkie, degustacyjne. Ogólnie przyjemny quadrupel, choć zdecydowanie idący w stronę słodyczy.

3.8
ironcontra (210) - POLAND - MAY 17, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2017 consumed a while ago - notes from phone: surprised at the hype of this ale, given its taste was redolent of standard (albeit high quality!) brune fare - figs, hella yeasts etc. Potentially aging unlocks hidden potential.

4
bbbeer (811) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Dark brown with small tan head. Aroma brown sugar/caramel, some toasty malt, some dark fruits. Full body. Not really a ton of alcohol but a warming presence. Flavor is sweet and sticky up front, toffee, dates, remains drinkable though. Good complexity, excellent.

4.1
jsmerig (1578) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2017
Pours a hazy ruby brown with a foamy off white head. Aroma of stone fruit, grapes and candy. Taste is very sweet up front, but not cloying. Notes of candy and fruit with a dark cherry note that finishes off the taste with a slightly bitter offset.

4.3
Hector44 (12) - SPAIN - APR 20, 2017
Sin duda la mejor de carolus, aroma de caramelo, muy sutil en el sabor, dejando gusto a frutas con un ligero toque picante, sin ser empalagosa,y dejando un agradable regusto muy bien equilibrado.


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