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

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RATINGS: 758   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle; Unfiltered.
Also available from Wetherspoons in casks.
"This full-tasting, but deceptively drinkable, amber ale has a good fruitiness and a nice hop edge which tempers the caramellised malt. It is clean and precise, within an almost perfect balance of Challenger and Goldings hops.
The recipe has its origin in the 14th century. The present version is a little more heavy and contains more hops. The balance between the different malts, the fine hops and typical tastes of spices creates a perfect harmony between the powerful taste of brown beers and the freshness of the blond beers. This fresh aromatic and pithy light-brown drink can be served cool.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stchloe (848) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Very light but dark body, crisp, odd metallic glass notes when cold, settles out when warmer gets sweeter and grainy cereal notes come out

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mauroruellas (229) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 20, 2015
Líquido turvo,coloração âmbar,espuma com boa formação e média duração;no aroma frutas cítricas e secas,malte,caramelo e especiarias;sabor com boa complexidade,com malte em primeiro plano seguido por fermento,lúpulo,álcool e finalizando com leve picante,carbonatação e corpo médios,álcool bem inserido,final agridoce,com o picante ficando no retrogosto. Excelente Strong Ale,degustação altamente prazerosa.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamaty (1154) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 9, 2015
Otra cerveza de categoría de la casa. Precioso color marrón y preciosa espuma ocre y cremosa, muy duradera. Aroma plano, ligeramente a frutos secos. Carbonatacion altay cuerpo medio. Sabor principalmente afrutado, a cerezas y algo de naranja, con un toque un poco dulce. El alcohol,bien disimulado, está presente. Buena.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
liinis (1695) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2015
Excellent beer. Gouden Carolus never fails. Full and rich barmingly strong alc

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeebon (291) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
Pours hazy hazelnut brown with thick off white head which lingers. Aroma is raisins, brown sugar, leather and slightly peppery. Good bitterness in taste and lightly sweet, alcohol presence is noticeable. Overall a solid strong Belgian ale

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ZodiacM (284) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2015
Bijzonder gezien de geschiedenis van dit bier. Buiten dat een lekkere stevige belg, smaakvol, moutig, ietwat metalig. Een prettige ietwat zoetige nasmaak. Lekker!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jado (649) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2015
From 330 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy hazelnut brown with a thick off-white head that sticks around. Aromas of raisins, caramel, flowers, orange and pepper, plus a whiff of alcohol. Taste starts out with orange zest, raisins and biscuit malt before a peppery hop notes builds in the mid palate. Lingering finish with caramel, lemon and honey. Fruity aftertaste. Great stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lello4ever (241) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
Belga da 8%, rossa scura, ampio cappello di schiuma beige persistente. Molto fruttata al naso, come sapore prevalgono caramello, frutta e spezie. Piuttosto frizzante. Non la prediligo rispetto ad altre simili, ma è sicuramente un’ottima strong ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1013) - - MAR 27, 2015
Pours a hazy brownish color. Aroma and taste are sweet with caramel and bready malts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (235) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 17, 2015
Cloudy dark amber to brown, medium strong creamy beige lasting head. Aroma is of malt, brown sugar, bit yeast, some spices, some fruits and a touch of alcohol. Taste is moderate sweet caramel, brown sugar, spice, fruits, bit toasted bread, some yeast. Lasting sweet toasty sugar aftertaste. Moderate bodied and carbonation, silky.


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