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


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RATINGS: 684   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
graziano85 (254) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 22, 2014
Amber colour, well actually more brownish, with a very dense creamy head, slightly beige. Smell is sweet, malty, fruity, but with alcohol hints. Taste is quite sweet too, but well balanced, caramel, hazelnut, with some alcohol burn. A good beer, yes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
aleksander9 (280) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2014
Pours a beautiful deep red with huge white head. Aroma is cherries, alcohol, floral hops, belgian spicy yeast, some citrus and some caramel. Slick and fruity mouth feel with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is dry cherries, alcohol, some hop bite and a lasting bitter finish. Overall: Excellent. Great appearance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (1521) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014
Tasty amber beer, that is a bit more hoppy and bitter than its stylemates. I liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
terefere (140) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Color is very dark amber, rocky head, nice lacing. Aroma of bubblegum, bread, fruits, hints of alcohol. Taste of malt, caramel, ginger and cloves, fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle from some beer store in Antwerp. Poured a hazy light amber with a frothy white head and lots of broken lace. The aroma is dry malt, light fruit and Belgian yeast. The flavour is medium bitter with an alcoholic liqourice malt palate. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. The alcohol is starting to dominate this beer and there are not enough other dominant flavours to make it too interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (1282) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle from SuperBest, CPH - pours a clear amber colour, with a mahoosive billowing beige head, decent persistent lacing. Aroma and taste of sweet bready malts, yeasty, nice floral fruity notes, orange, lemony, slight herbal, some clove. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stecken (174) - SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle. Amber with a massive white head. Aroma and taste is caramel, yeast, dried fruits, apricots. Quite thin mouthfeel. Warming finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClaudeB04 (69) - Dudelange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle, pours a nice head, golden/orange colour, yeast, caramel, roasty notes, finish is a bit weak. Second beer from Gouden Carolus I tasted, I preferred the tripple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (1366) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2013
Flaska. Dofter och smaker av russin, apelsinkaka, plommon, gröna äpplen och karamell. Något vattning i smaken. Värmande alkohol. Väl balanserat beska/sötma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1491) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
750 ml bottle. Best before date of Oct 2012. Pours a clear mahogany with an overflowing head. Aroma of raisins, alcohol, toffee, orange peel, and roasted malts. Flavors are similar though somewhat watery with additional spiciness.

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