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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1795   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (7625) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2001
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2014 2014 bottle (Brewed 03/03/2014). Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark orange-brown, unfiltered. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie dough, cooked caramel, toasted bread), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of raisin, overripe banana, orange peel, black cherry, cinnamon, brown sugar, alcohol, hint of peppermint. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Good year for the Blauw this year, very creamy and nuanced. Hopefully that bodes well for the Rood as well, but haven’t seen the 2014 of that one in local stores yet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (13126) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2003
Tap, Café Morshuis Albergen. Malty flavor with chocolate and some licorice. The fruitiness of ripe grapes. Excellent beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2003
Lovely and complex. This is definitely a beer to have on a clean palate as there is so much going on you won't know where to begin. In some ways it reminded me of a good glass of whiskey.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2003
2003. Dark brown-ruby, sweetish earthy alcohol aroma. Nutty earthy dark fruit tastes prevail. Creamy on the palate. Semi-sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Pour generated a small but respectable head, quickly dissipated and left small islands of concentrated foam. Color is dark ruby mahogany, not opaque. No lacing. Aroma has alcohol, port, cherries, nut bread. Flavor has strong alcohol, not subtle, yeasty and carbonated aftertaste has some fresh dark fruits as well. Complex and a little unbalanced with the portish sweet cherry part of this beer. This would age quite well seeing that this is a fairly new bottle. Slightly sweet and bitter with an astringent, alcohol mouthfeel. Very nice overall, I'm glad I could try this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1184) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2003
This is a lovely beer, packaged nicely as well. Poure red brown It's tan, dissipating head leaves just a film and hints at the ABV to follow. Malty and syrupy in the nose, with hints of raisin and prune. Medium body, slightly syrupy. Malt is wondefully

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2004
2003. Attractive sweet malt aroma, cherries, spice, and a touch of alcohol. More spice, rich sweet malt. Rather phenolic (bubblegum). Soft on the tongue. Some alcohol burn, sweet long finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Bottle. Mahogany, translucent edges. Deep fruity flavors, complex. Notes of cherries, green apples, and it’s unrealistically sweet. Between this and Vichtenaar, it’s the night of the excessively-sweet-beers-that-taste-kind-of-like-ci Warming woody malts in the finish; I can see how this would be great served cool in the winter. This is pretty much all ditto of what my bro said, except I liked it a little more...but it’s still not world-class for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (4142) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 Vintage 2000. Hmmmm... I hate the feeling that this could be the bottle? Probably not, but.... Brown with yellow edges, and chunky like roast beef jus the next morning from the fridge with bits of fat hanging in the fluid. Cola aroma, musty caramel and a hint of a peppermint note there. Very light flavor, dry, yeasty. (original rating of 2000: 6-3-6-3-12: 3.0) // re-rate: 2005 Vintage, drank December 2005. I said I would re-rate this because everyone told me that the 2000 vintage was especially weak. Indeed, my impressions are better with this later vintage. Irregular lace ring, ruby-brown body. Heavy grape, port aroma, as well as Juicy Fruit gum. Too much grape, however, makes it seem to crudely fruity. Good control of the alcohol, but too sweet and lacking balance and subtlety. Frothy, comfortable palate. // 2006 Vintage: very solid in most respects. The flavor is a bit crass, with fruit bubbling over the top, but generally it is quite good and I’ve continued to elevate the rating every time I’ve had this after the first, bad vintage.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11949) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
An amazing bottle and pour of non stop creamy foam and bubbles. OK once its in the glass. Fresh 2004. Corriander clove overdose and almost sugary malts but drinkable with multi-course meal. Auburn raisin brown.Bannana


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