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


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RATINGS: 805   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
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille 330ml, dégustée au Saint-Bock à Montréal (été 2007).
Visuel : Couleur : ambrée-cuivrée. Apparence : claire.
Arôme : Levures fruitées (pommes, léger fruits tropicaux, notes d’agrumes) et épicées, caramel, houblon floral et herbeux.
Goût : Entrée de bouche : Levures fruitées (léger fruits tropicaux, notes de pommes et d’agrumes, traces de cerises) et épicées. Un support malté de caramel assez doux avec des notes mielleuses est également présent avec une légère amertume de houblon floral et herbeux ainsi qu’une légère chaleur d’alcool.
En bouche : Corps : moyen. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : légèrement crémeuse. Finale : moyenne-longue, légèrement amère de houblon herbeux et florale avec des notes d’alcool et de levures épicées.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7299) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Draft pour at Churchkey. Malty, with just a very stubble orange citrus character that is pretty pleasant. Liked this one a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (5967) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Shared by radagast83, thanks Chris! Dark amber brown with off-white head. Aromas of nutty notes, caramel, toast, malt. Tastes of nutty notes, caramel, toffee, light toast, dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chenyan (4) - - FEB 18, 2016 does not count

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mithe (1529) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 14, 2016
(tap 0,25l @ OP (Brno))
Aroma: Spicy belgian yeasts, light fruity.
Appearance: Clear dark golden color. Long lasting, white head.
Taste: Medium sweet, spicy, fruity.
Palate: Medium-full body. Bitter finish.
Overall: Good belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Roelsmits (6) - - FEB 9, 2016 does not count
grass, floral, This fresh aromatic and pithy light-brown drink can be served cool. leaves, earthy,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rubin77 (1029) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 10, 2016
F: huge, good retention, off-white. C: hazy, reddish to dark amber-brown. A: malt, sweet caramel, grassy hops, peppery spicy, yeast, fruitiness. T: malty, dark caramel, toffee, dry fruity, dates, yeast spicy, brown sugar, toast, hint of earthiness, hint of raisins, lemon, medium to full body, good carbonated, 0,75l bottle from Delhaize, very good to excellent beer may a bit sticky sweet, worth to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moravius (1124) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 10, 2016
Flasche (75 cl), gut 3 Jahre im eigenen Keller gelagert. - Schönes Kupferrotbraun, leicht trüb, üppiger Schaum. - In der Nase füllige obergärige, karamelmalzige Schwere mit harmonischer überreifer Frucht und weinigen Noten und der unverkennbaren Gouden-Carolus-Hefe. - Antrunk schwer karamelmalzig-fruchtig mit reicher aber harmonischer reifer süßer Frucht (Rosinen, Pflaume, helle Weintrauben), perfekt abgerundet durch einen Schuß Säure. Mild rezent, weich, leicht zu trinken. Im Abgang nicht allzu kräftige aber für einen Belgier doch beträchtliche Herbe mit krautigem Hopfen und Malzbittere. - Schweres aber harmonisches Starkbier, das durch die mehrjährige Lagerung deutlich an Charakter gewonnen hat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hub66 (388) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 3, 2016
Couleur brun-ambré, trouble; mousse beige assez importante; arômes fruités et de levure; goût malté, fruité et légèrement épicé; l’alcool est bien caché; finale douce (un poil trop) avec une légère amertume

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikeyo1 (673) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle @ home. Cellared two and a half years. Pours clear amber with a dense and lasting off white head. Fruity with caramel, toffee, pear, figs, yeast, some spices and cookies. Sticky carbonation, medium body and a sweet taste with a dry but yet sweet and fruity finish.

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