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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1775   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (4079) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Dark, a little head, streaks of lace. Aromatic with tons of raisin, rum and tart edge. Something about this really reminds me of grape soda but with what Charlie Papazian woudl call "Real beer flavor!" (There’s always an exclamation point with Charlie; he’s very passionate.) Slightly spicy with drying alcohol and some caramel notes as well. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
Aroma of molasses, ruby, with a good sized toffee head. Flavours of rich malt, caramel and butterscotch. Quite sweet, full bodied, entirely too easy to drink. Great! Thanks IPFreely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3550) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
This one pours a dark brown with a good, tan head that that is slow to fade. The carbonation is high and it continues in sheets of bubbles long after the pour. The aroma is heavy in overripe and dried fruits with a noticeable alcohol presence. The body is very sweet, almost cloying and heavy in the overripe bananas and raisins. Perhaps it woudl be a tad better if it were dried out a touch, but it’s possible the alcohol would be too strong and unbalance the beer that way.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4717) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2005
Black beer with a ruby coloured base and a very nice head. The aroma is very strong and intensly alcoholic, the flavour is very malty with a light bitter finish. Overall a nice strong beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2005
Pours slightly murky reddish-brown with a beige head. Dark fruits in aroma and flavor. Rich and malty flavor that hides the higher alcohol content. I never would have guessed 11%. Pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15394) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle (2004). Perfumy marcipan aroma. Dark chest nut colour, small creamy head. Malty, sweet flavour with a raisen aftertaste. Good, solid body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14004) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Bottle with name of Grand Cru Of the Emperor. Poured a brown color with a large creamy light brown head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Good sweet fruity aroma. Medium body. Moderate complex sweet bitter flavor with a medium sweet finish of average duration. Maybe time would cut some of the sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Nice mahagony colored brew with a big fizzy head on top. Almond malt, some alcohol and also yeast and ginger in the nose. Quite delightful. Almond, cloves, raisons and also banana bread traces and caramel taste. Suprisingly the body is not as thick as expected. A nice Christmas Eve treat!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2006
750 mL bottle from summer SS. 2004 vintage. My first thought of this one was Godiva chocolate liqueur. Lots of milk chocolate and alcohol (bourbon) in the nose and the flavor. Vinous and chocolate in the nose with maybe a little dark fruit (cherry and fig) and a little bit of toffee and licorice. Very syrupy mouthfeel. Very astringent mouthfeel. Very sweet mouthfeel. Too sweet. Too astringent. As it warms, there’s a small puff of smoke and a little roastiness, but it’s quickly beaten into submission by the chocolate. For now, it’s decent, but I’d like to pick up another and let it sit for 5+ years to see what happens.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2008
2002 vintage courtesy of mes. thank you!!! Darkest brown in colour. And now... how should i write this... well, it smells like cocaine, pine and definitely medicinal. but tastes of dirty speed, with a bready note, not to forget. Its like a big hairy man on amphetamines :-)


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