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


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RATINGS: 771   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McWorta (1136) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 23, 2015
Clear deep amber colour with a frothy beige lasting head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dried fruits like sultanines and raisins with candy sugar notes and roast malts with some barnyard elements. Smoothly carbonated, slick texture and full bodied. Dried sugared fruit sweetness builds the core developing interesting juicy herbal light spice impressions. Lasting sweet finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2015
Lots of foam, which is coarse, thick and persistent. Light malt flavor and touch of hazelnut flavoring. Nice big volume. Slightly yeasty, which one often encounters in Belgian brew. The flavor is nutty, but also reveals little plum and a fruity sweetness that lasts a hoppy bitterness with semi-dry to dry finish. In the aftertaste there is also given room for a little seasoning. It does not differ significantly from the pack of Belgian amber ales, but precisely its slightly recessed shape makes it a worthy favorite to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
murran (446) - - JUL 17, 2015
Pours a brown hazy body with a medium head. Nice sugary aroma. Very nice malty taste with tones of syrup and burnt sugar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mauroruellas (659) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (645) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamaty (1549) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeebon (337) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stchloe (904) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
liinis (1740) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2015
Excellent beer. Gouden Carolus never fails. Full and rich barmingly strong alc

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ZodiacM (454) - 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!

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