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


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RATINGS: 1749   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hateball16 (105) - - DEC 2, 2012
Appearance: Almost ruby but slightly lighter, like caremelized brown sugar but with a reddish tint. Small off white thin head, fades quickly. Small bubbles adhering to the glass but I think that was my bad for not rinsing with cold water before pouring. Aroma: Cornucopia of boozy dark fruits, port like smell. Barnyard but in a good way (likely a by product of the yeast). Flavour: Lovely resiny (like honey) and fruity taste balanced well by nice toffee/caramel toastiness. Plums and prunes or figs prominent. Mouthfeel: Warming due to the 11% ABV but not overpowering and quite welcome on a cool evening after an afternoon of raking leaves! Not harsh in the finish at all. Overall: I am going to the LCBO tomorrow to pick up 3, which I will compare to this one, per the company this one is excellent to store several years!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vjohans (725) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
piotrek8080 (58) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pilsnertest (143) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlisle (562) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2016
2016 bottle (1 pt 9.4 oz). Pours cloudy dark brown with thin tan head and lacing. Nose of plums, raisins, and candied sugar with some apple notes. Plum with prominent caramel flavor following. Sweet, effervescent finish. Thus would be interesting to try after a few years of cellaring. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JimmyBoy74 (637) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2016
75 cl från systembolaget. Fantastisk. Ren magi. Tur att jag har en till på lagring!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_leit (2830) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown, creamy foam. Aroma: esters, even a little acetone, dried fruit, raisins, dried figs, toffee. Taste: esters, wine, raisins and port wine, toffee. Just awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bipe (1) - DENMARK - NOV 5, 2016 does not count
Rich taste, beautyful color, very fruity and sweet, no taste of the high abv at all. Really fantastic beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nutjes (427) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2016
Proefglas van 75cl-fles op WBA-tasting bij Freddy. Merci! U: Donkerbruin met licht bruine schuimkraag. G: Geroosterde mout, rozijnen, vijgen, chocolade en karamel. S: Zoete quadrupel, veel chocolade, gedroogd fruit, wat gist, banaan en een licht rokerige toets. NICE! M: Volmondig en sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Echon (416) - Århus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2016
Deep red. Rich, sweet, fruity, and spicy, with a lightly bitter finish. Medium body. Overall, a wonderful belgian strong ale. Beautiful color, very rich taste and no sign of the high abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kittenbieer (115) - LYON, FRANCE - OCT 16, 2016
Dégustée avec mon Appiantiqua.Belle robe brun-rouge avec reflets cuivrée surmontée d’une mousse de couleur crème moyennement persistante qui laisse une fine épaisseur.La carbonatation est assez bonne et le nez nous offre rapidement des arômes de Porto,fruits secs,raisins,pruneaux......La bouche nous amène sur un agréable velouté de toutes ces saveurs déjà senties avec une légère amertume et alcool chaleureux qui restent en finale.Great beer!!!!!!!18,5

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