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


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RATINGS: 713   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (188) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2013
Pours amber with a really nice big lasting head. Nose is toffee, nectarine, Belgian yeast & lightly toasted malts. Taste is light sweetened grapefruit, spices, light honey. Fairly thin mouthfeel doesn't detract from a fairly good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2009) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Murky amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, yeast, fruit, & some spice; Flavor of slight sweet malt, yeast, caramel, fruit, some hops, and spice; Well carbonated; Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jono89 (3) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - NOV 27, 2013 does not count
amber, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, soft carbonation, thick feel, medium body,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4096) - Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Rated on 6-27-2009 (Corked and caged bottle) This beer forms a large very fizzy ivory head that mostly diminished, semi-transparent amber body, lots of floaties, fair amount of lacing, lively, and fast rising carbonation. The Aroma is caramel malts, dark fruits, hops, and alcohol. The Taste is caramel malt, hops, dark fruits, spicy, and alcohol. The Palate is tingly and semi-thin. This beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer has a warming sensation from the 8%ABV, would be a nice winter beer, worth trying, and a beer I would drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hanoi (396) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2013
Nose is love hearts, spice, peppermint, yeast. Taste is very, very sweet; candy sugar, toffee, caramel, candied apples leads to a spicy, orange and clove, peppery finish, with a slightly dry stale note. Mouthfeel is to thin. It’s an OK beer, but lacks depth and is slightly sickly sweet for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Japalo (1174) - DENMARK - OCT 25, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 Bottle@tobak home. Amber haze. Huge head. Fruity. Dry. Alcoholic. Very nice. Medium mouthfell. Rerated. 3/3-14. Strong dark belgian. A bit sharp still heavy alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lore (1069) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 18, 2013
hazy dark orange to amber colour, extremely huge dense head which lasts for ages; aroma of honey, yeast, ripe fruits, and hints of hoppyness; taste of hoppy bitterness and yeastyness with surprisingly supressed maltyness; good belgian ale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (322) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours a dark amber with massive head, that dies slow and leaves a nice bubble bath lace. Alcohol is heavy in the aroma, strong toffee with orange and winter spice coming forward. Again, alcohol is very apparent in taste, very sweet orange and clove, as it warms and rests it become a completely different beer, with toffee coming out in front and alcohol diminishing. This is a very nice beer. The palate is a little thinner that the flavour suggests, could really do with being a little oilier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimplySike (881) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
33cl. Bottle. Pours light hazy amber with white head. Aroma sweet, caramel, cherry, alcohol, yeast, citrus. Taste little sourbitter, some sweets. Mouthfeel thin. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paulvanpelt (333) - 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.

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