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


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RATINGS: 1804   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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fonefan (49367) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle. Vintage 2001. Dark brown color with almost no head. Malty and sweet with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and alcohol. Very rich in flavour. Vintage 2002. Dark brown color with almost no head. Malty and sweet with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and alcohol. Very rich in flavour just a little younger in the tast. 2005 Same as 2002 but no as strong and mature. Gets very good when you can keep it in your celler.

yespr (45457) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2007
75 cL bottle, Kerstbierfestival 2007 in Essen/Belgium. Pours deep amber, clear and with no head. Dried fruit and with a mild yeast note, malty aswell. Winous. Flavour is sweet and with notes of rainsins and other dried fruit goodies, lovely. Nicely lingering into the finish with a sweet caramel malt and fruity note.

Ungstrup (37619) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2003
[2000 vintage] The aroma is sweet with notes of wood, yeast, plums, apples and other fruits - lovely complex. The color is redbrown but it has no head. The flavor is sweet and fruity and is very powerful - a fine beer.

joergen (28142) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle. 2004-vintage. Hazy brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and dried fruits especially prunes, with notes of spices, yeast and liquorice. Flavour of dried fruits, liquorice, spices and yeast with notes of alcohol.

anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle. Vintage 2006. Clear brown colour with a tan head. Sweet malty alcohol aroma with some caramel hints and hints of dark fruits. Sweet malty flavor with hints of caramel an dark fruits. Malty finish with some hints of alcohol.

oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2005
Bottled (2002, 8,5%). Hazy brown colour, small beige head. Alcohol, malts, caramel. Flavour sweet caramellish malty with hints of plum, alcohol a bit bitterness. Quite complex to both aroma and flavour.

omhper (25132) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2004
Bottled, 2001 vintage. Thanks Bov!
Deep ruby, beige head. Fruity bubblegum aroma. Richly malty with dense soft mouthfeel. Relatively dry. Complex and very flavourful, notes of caramel and disturbing green apples. A balanced Belgian beer, playing in the super premium league.

Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Vintage 1999 at 8,5% ABV. I bought this at the brewery at the day of it’s release. Great show with some sort of reenactment of the arrival of Keizer Karel in Mechelen. Wonder if that happens every year at this beers release or if was a one off? Anyways, this is an excellent brew. Dark brown with a huge, frothy, light-brown head. Extremely full-bodied, full of good ingredients. Loads of roasted malt with notes of syrup and dried fruits - dates in particular. Sweetness indeed, but more fruity and fresh - which is unusual for it’s kind. a great beer indeed. 070500

Travlr (24826) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2008
750 ml, 2001 bottle tasted in September 2008. Muddy brown color with scant white head. Aroma of malt and figs. Flavor of port, figs, cherries and nutmeg. Warm alcohol mist wafts over you towards the finish.

madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
13th January 2010
2006 Bottle. Hazy dark brown beer. Unsweet chocolate nose, bubblegum too. Also something rather unpleasant, like rotting wood. Semi dry palate. Cocoa powder like chocolate, something unpleasantly sour. Plummy fruit, artificial chocolate powder, sherry. Warming boozy finish despite the 4 year age. All over the place - a real mess. Weighted Average of 4? You are all mad!

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