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

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RATINGS: 1771   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
snowden719 (130) - Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Pours dark brown with a bit of red with small to medium white head. Aroma is cherries, dark fruits, some vinous notes, bit of roastedness, small floral hints. Flavor is similar to roche 10, lots of cherry, dark fruits. bit of roast and belgian yeast. Roasted malt shows up most in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, touch of bitterness in the finish.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrW (552) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle 75cl (vintage 2016) Poured red brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of raisins, dried plums, caramel, ripe fruit, alcohol. Taste of sweet and dark fruits, bitter like dark chocolat, toast. Sweet warm alcohol finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maersk (211) - MOLDOVA - JAN 17, 2017
Reddish brown, small head. Smells port, ripe fruit, some alcohol, very clean. Full body, sweet, malty, well balanced. Long warming finish

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmm635 (1000) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Pours medium brown with a thick, creamy head. Aroma of dark candy syrup, plums, raisins. Sweet, minimal hops. Alcohol is well hidden, just Belgian deliciousness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mortlach (2107) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 11, 2017
750ml bottle (vintage 2008). Bruna/rossiccia un filo torbida con schiuma beige leggera e poco persistente. Al naso frutta matura, mela grattugiata, alcol, pan di spagna, miele, ossidazione. In bocca è dolce, maltata, sbilanciata, ancora miele, manca di rotondità. Corpo pieno ma inferiore alle attese, carbonazione bassa. Deludente, andava bevuta prima.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RaduPopovici (20) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - JAN 10, 2017
Bottle 750 ml, Bucharest at Bistro GUXT. This is definitely one of the best dark strong beer I ever tasted. Dark amber color eith almost no head. Aroma is senzational with lots of dark fruits (raisins, dried plums, figs and dates), caramel, molasses, dark bread, toffee, some hints of chocolate, sweet wine and vanilla. Taste is really complexe, with sweet and dark fruits hints, moderate bitterness, perfectly integrated alcohol. In my opinion this beer is almost perfect, maybe a little too sweet to really reach perfection, but still very close. Really excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinte (534) - Udine, ITALY - JAN 9, 2017
Bottle 0.75L, labelled 2016. Hazy brown body with small frothy, frothy, tan head, mostly diminishing with some nice lacing. Moderate-to-heavy malty (roasted, caramel) aroma with notes of red fruits, plums, raisins, wood, and some coffee and licorice. Moderate-to-heavy sweet and light-to-moderate bitter flavour with a long-lasting sweet/vinous finish. Medium-to-full body with creamy texture; soft carbonation. Maybe a bit young, but a nicely complex beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
L_Lovecraft (367) - - JAN 7, 2017
Intense notes of dark fruits, dates, raisin, blueberry, plums, hints of caramel, beautiful dark brown with a thin ocher head, full body, law carbonation, again fruity notes with a good sweet final...one of the best belgian strong until now.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
sharkydodson (1295) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - JAN 4, 2017
the aroma is caramel and fruity with hints of milk chocolate, vanilla, toffee, raisin, candy and some spices.. the taste is caramel and fruity with notes of sweet chocolate, vanilla, toffee, bisquit, raisin, dark fruits and sweet wine... sweet, dry and warming aftertaste...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wombat23 (973) - Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2017
Shared 750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, plum, caramel, apple, alcohol. Taste follows nose. Sweet finish. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamaty (2036) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 2, 2017
Marrón cognac, limpia, bonita espuma cremosa y duradera. RIco aroma, barrica y whisky, caramelo. Notas lácteas. En boca es muy sabrosa, de predominio dulce y algo licórica. Azucar tostada, ricas maltas, madera, levadura belga con notas lácteas. Compleja y potente.


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