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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paulvanpelt (292) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 Licht amberkleurig, flinke, witte schuimkraag bij inschenken. Aroma is fruitig, citrus en abrikoos, hoppig, gist en mout. Zacht palet, zeer licht melig medium tot volle body. Licht zuur, medium zoet, medium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2013
33 cl. bottle @ home. Procured from ALBO. BBF 16/02/2015. Pours a fox brown amber with a thin but solid off-white head. Smell is sticky candy sugar, grainy malts, slight metal & spices. Bitter grains taste, malts, slightly boozy, dark bread, floral hoppy in the back, slight candy sugar, caramel, burned sugar, hops & alcohol in the back, alcohol is a bit raw & unrefined. High carb & grainy dark bread body. Okay. Prefer the older, less ABV version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Abijen (1174) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2013
Pours an amber beer with a good white head. Smells sweet and malts. Triple like. Tastrs metallic and licorice which doesn’t last very long. Medium body, watery texture and an average carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2013
pours hazy amber-greyish head with a tall creamy off-white head, very good retention and lacing. belgian malts and spices, wheat, toasted wheat and toasted cereals, spices and a bit of earthiness, fruity too, touch of dust. lively carbonation, light body - oily, abv very well hidden, assertive grassy-herbal-spicy finish. much enjoyed with my bro while watching in bruges.. ok.. not so close geographically, but hey, was just a coincidence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andriesradu (402) - ROMANIA - AUG 14, 2013
33cl bottle. Pours hazy orange-brown with a huge mostly lasting white head, good lacing. Sweet, fruity, apple, yeasty, alchool aroma. Flavor is moderate bitter, caramel, acidic, texture is oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Welley_Alves (213) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 9, 2013
Ótima Belgium Strong ale. Cor âmbar, com ótima formação de espuma. Aroma frutado, com notas de banana e cerejas maduras. Na boca, bom corpo, com ótima carbonatação, gosto de frutas secas, ameixas, banana-passa, com notas de cerejas, leve amargor. Álcool bem inserido, final longo e saboroso. Ótima breja! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frovigalning (2694) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle from a shop in Belgium. Spicy, fruity and yeasty smell. Similar taste with a malty backbone. A bit boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a hazy orangish brown appearance with a foamy brown head. Somewhat spicy yeasty, herbal, a bit earthy, rich fruity, candy sugar, caramel aroma. A bit strong, rich candy/cookie, grape/plum, candy sugar, caramel, light toffee, somewhat spicy flavor with a bit of a bite on the finish. Pretty tasty beer that reminds me of my Belgian trips but I’ve had better from Het Anker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2025) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2013
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a small fizzy head. The carbonation is somewhat high. Aromas are caramel, malt, yeast and spice. A bit tart, but noticable hops on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (2433) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2013
pours amber ( dark side of amber) with a good white head sweet , suagry , yeasty smell pretty bitter, yet ’ light ’ ( as in abv -feel ) good drinkability, too high carbo for sure. get some restsugar and a weird twist i cant realy describe .. yeast, maybe ?

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