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

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RATINGS: 764   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
seynie (242) - Tienen, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2015
Hazy amber brown with a lasting foam top. Honey, dried red fruits, roasted malts, glazed roasted nuts, some wood and spices. Long finish with wood and fruit, dry in the mouth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (2677) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 23, 2015
33cl bottle, somewhere in time.
In short: fruity belgian ale.
Classic Carolus revisited, this time with some caramalts, giving some caramel aromas and flavours, still alcohol noticeable, quite fruity. Nothing to complain, nothing to remark, just as you expected.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Deu (898) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 19, 2015
Not bad but doesn’t come close to some of the other beers these guys carry. A little honey sweetness and syrupy sense here. Pours hazy maroon with puffy head and good lacing. Some booze and a little rust. Sweet finish. Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maruno (41) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
From bottle. Pours a amber-brown with a nice head, that stays for a while. Smells sweet like a dark honey. Nice sweet taste with aroma’s of caramel, fruits, yeast and chestnuts. Long batteries aftertaste. Very tasty and different beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardbeerman (272) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
Pours a lighty hazy amber topped by a generous white head showing great retention and lacing properties. Seems to hold high carbonation. The nose is sweet malts, some dark fruits and very expressive yeasts. The taste follows the path traced by the nose with the sweet malts, dark fruits and fruity yeasts blending through a medium body feel. The bitterness is not overwhelming but the carbonation is too vivid and tunes down the brew. Once cleared though, the finish is long, warm and enjoyable. Cheers!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (5638) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2015
*Old rating, best before 18/09/11. Intense fruity and malty brew. Thick, slightly bitter, lots of dried red fruit. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackisle (1224) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2015
Draught @ ’t Ankertje aan de Dijle, Mechelen. Hazy deep amber brown, thick stable frothy beige head, good lacing; sweet malty aroma, dark fruit syrup, caramel, spicy notes; taste medium sweet and bitter, fruity, caramel; medium to full body, oily to creamy texture, average carbonation, aftertaste smooth sweetbitter, herbal notes; nice, a smooth and well balanced amber.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6777) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2015
Cask at the foot of the walk. Pours deep amber, nose is fruity yeasty, taste is rich caramel, fruity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3402) - BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2015
Tasted a few weeks ago but found out only afterwards that this new version is a bit different and stronger than the original. Deep copper colour, hazy with thick and stable, pale beige head. Fruity and malty, hints of caramel, walnut, pear and candi syrup, a bit yeasty, smooth and full mouthfeel, medium carbo, toasted accent, herbal hop bitterness in the finish; well balanced, tasty strong amber, maybe a bit maltier than the previous version.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Icedwarf (807) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2015
Roodbruin bier met schuim. Smaak is licht zoet en kruidig, caramel, rozijnen, citrus. Gewoon erg lekker.Smaak blijft redelijk lang hangen.


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