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


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RATINGS: 1770   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 8, 2012
2012 from LCBO. 0.75l bottle all to myself. Poured in a tulip. Appearance: Transparent dark orange, fine frothy beige head, some visible carbonation. Aroma: Caramel, banana, hints of grapes, roasted chestnuts, chocolate. Palate: thick bodied, fizzy, smooth, kinda syrupy. Taste: super sweet start, has more of a savoury finish. Nice complex flavour here.

Mariox (291) - Warsaw, POLAND - OCT 14, 2017
backlog, Bardzo fajny aromat ciemnych, suszonych owoców, lekko syropowy. W smaku dość słodki, aczkolwiek bardzo przyjemny. Finisz bogaty, bardzo fajny.

Erzengel (9335) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2017
2011er bottle from my cellar. The beer starts intense and extreme deep. Sweetish but not too sweet, lots of dried fruits - cherries, plums, raisins. Lots of malty caramel, smooth and mild. Great depth with not too much bitterness, very nice balanced.

gripweed57 (2794) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2017
On tap at Pizzeria Uno in Hamilton, NJ. Mahogany red color topped by a small creamy beige head. Dark fruit malty aroma hints at brandy and currants. Big malt flavor upfront. Notes of burnt caramel, dark dried fruits, plums and apple brandy. Smooth mouth feel for such an intense brew. Big boozy notes as well. Quite an amazing ale!

SvanteL (629) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2017
Mörkt rödbrun. Stor och vinös doft med massor av torkad frukt, romrussin, portvin och marsipan. Minst sagt fyllig smak, vinös, madeira, bär och frukt, marsipan. Drucken på ölprovning på De Klomp i Linköping. Flaskan har legat ett par år och madeiriseringen har verkligen gått igång, fortfarande mycket söt och helt fantastiskt smakrik! (2011-07-02)

JorgeLee (2193) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2017
Bottle, Bier Tempel in Brussels. Deep reddish brown colour, white foam. Quite high carbonation still, despite being a couple of years old. Heavier than say Westie 12, syrupy fruit flavours, but still a nice a slightly drying finish. Touch of spice. Seriously nice beer.

rane (1094) - Nibe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2017
Bpttle. Finally I´ve tasted this one and it lived up to my expectation. Dark brown with huge pale brown head. Aroma malts, dried fruits. Taste very full nice and sweet, dried fruits. Very good beer.

Cimbasso (975) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle from Belgisk Bryg in Copenhagen - thanks Jan! A very special beer from the 2015 vintage in a beautiful 75cl bottle with a cork. Wonderful aroma of dried fruits and port. The taste is brown sugar with lots of plum, dried fruit, port and brandy flavours. A really delicious, rich and multi-faceted beer.

dumyat (3) - SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2017 does not count
Beautifully balanced, dense fruit heavy with plums. Light bitterness and no overly dominant malt. This is a quite fabulous beer.

vinivini (2818) - Gomel, BELARUS - SEP 28, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2017 bottle. foggy brown colour. huge beige head. stays. aroma: dried fruit, caramel, toffee, vinous, spicy yeast. medium to full body. the taste echoes the aroma. very powerful. really delicious classic

Fules (1335) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - SEP 13, 2017
(567 napja palackozták) Sötétbarna szín, közepes, tartós, bézs hab. Édeskés, karamelles, datolyás illatok. Édes, karamelles, enyhén datolyás, vörösboros, kissé vaníliás, fahéjas, hordós ízvilág, aszalt gyümölcsös aromákkal. Az alkoholt sikerült jól elrejteni. Krémes, testes, lágyan szénsavas, enyhén kesernyés. Nagyon finom, kiváló arányokkal és egyensúllyal rendelkező nedű.

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