3 top-fermented beers fit
for an emperor

Ommegang Charles Quint
Charles Quint Ruby Red
Charles Quint Golden Blond

The order of the crown of Charles Quint

The Charles Quint-beers have been awarded numerous prizes:




Store your bottles at cellar temperature, upright and in a dark, dry place.



Charles Quint should ideally be served at a temperature of 7°C.

To fully do justice to the Charles Quint experience, it is best drunk from the specially designed chalice glass. The glass should be clean and thoroughly dry.



Hold the chalice at an angle beneath the bottle and take your time to fill it at an even pace.

To create an attractive head, you should gradually straighten the glass while pouring.

The empire of
Charles Quint



  • 1500 – 1515: Birth – ruler of the Netherlands

    Charles of Luxembourg was born in Ghent on 24 February 1500, but he soon moved to Mechelen. There, he was raised by his aunt, Margaret of Austria, until reaching what was considered the age of majority at 15, whereupon he was entrusted with rulership of the Netherlands.

  • 1515 – 1519: The expanding empire

    In 1517 Charles succeeded his maternal grandfather as ruler over the Spanish territories and was crowned King Carlos Primero. In 1519 his paternal grandfather, Maximilian of Austria, also died, causing the young Charles V to be made emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and the German nation.

    In this way, in a period of scarcely 4 years, Charles Quint was given authority over nearly the entire Western European continent: the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and the German and Austrian territories.

  • 1521 – 1530: Revolts

    Governing such a large empire is not easy of course and soon enough the first revolts broke out. Though still young, time and again, through decisive action, Charles Quint was able to regain control. He even succeeded in negotiating peace with archrival Frans I, then King of France.
    On his 30th birthday, Charles Quint was officially crowned by the Church as the Holy Roman Emperor.

  • 1540: Uprising in Ghent

    Of course, wars are very expensive, and that is why Charles Quint found it necessary to impose new taxes. The residents of Ghent mounted an uprising in protest. In order to restore order, Charles Quint had a number of high office holders paraded through the streets barefoot and dressed in black, followed by citizens wearing nooses around their neck, in order to make it clear that they deserved the gallows. 17 citizens were in fact beheaded. (hence the nickname “Stroppendragers” or noose wearers, which is still used for the inhabitants of Ghent.)

  • 1531 – 1558: but the sun did set on the empire...

    Despite the diverse opposition Charles Quint was able to continue to expand his empire and went on to conquer America, Mexico and the Kingdom of the Inca. His empire became so large that the sun was said never to set on it. After he stepped down from the throne in 1555, he was succeeded by his son, Philip II.

    On 21 September 1558 Charles Quint died in Spain as one of the greatest Emperors in history.


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