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

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RATINGS: 707   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1026) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2014
Aroma: mint, floral hops, some bread malts. Appearance: clear amber, big white frothy foam. Taste: light bitter and sweet. Palate: malty sweets dominate, bread, caramel, medium carbonation. Overall: decent Belgian Strong Ale, nice aroma. Bottle from Beer of Belgium.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricksta_p (1041) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
Aroma of malts, some caramel, some fruits, spices. Flavour is malty caramel, light fruity and herbal. Decent, but probably my least favourite Gouden Carolus.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
parisiona (28) - CYPRUS - JUN 7, 2014
Very good amber beer. Nice look and taste. Light. Drank on bottle at brewfellas, Nicosia

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (3129) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2014
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Cheers Ash! Pours hazy red brown, thin white head. Red fruit and a touch of alcohol on the nose, Belgian yeast. Taste is bread, caramel sweet and a spicy dry finish. Creamy, slight alcohol burn. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bosbouw (1185) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2014
Mooie oranje en caramel kleur met een volle kraag. Ruikt fruitig, mout, caramel. Smaakt zoetig, kruiden en caramel. Iets bitter. Beetje stroperige structuur.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (1331) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2014
Nydelig duft av frukter, pære, karamell, honning og eik. Dunkel lys brun farge. Tynn hinne hvitt skum, noe heng langs kant. Smak av litt vørter, frukter, karamell og honning.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorm (1166) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2014
Dunkel lys gyllen farve med lyst skum. Lukt av humle og krydder. Smak av karamell, humle, krydder og. Vinmonopolet.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Renobob (618) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 11, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Bière plutôt légère, peu de corps. Notes de fruits, de sucre mais bien dosé. Finale plutôt courte.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (458) - Århus, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
0.75 bottle. Very hazy, neon-orange color with a medium, white head. Fruity, a touch of citrus aroma with loads of spices, a little malts, and some alcohol too. Taste is mostly sweet with a secondary yet noticeable bitterness. Composed of caramel, fruits, brown sugar, spices, and unfortunately again some alcohol. Medium to full body; texture is slick yet creamy at the same time - quite unusual but splendid; carbonation is average. Finish does not suffer from lack of length or strength but rather gratuitous bitterness towards the end as well as dearth of balance. Overall the beer is really good but it feels more like a work in progress than a finished brew; it simply under-performs in a competition against itself.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Slightly hazy amber with enormous white head. Light fruity, apple, lots of spices (cloves), piny bitterness. Medium bodied, creamy full carbonation feel, dry finish and quite some alcohol presence. Ok but slight over carbonated


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