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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeebon (403) - 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 (968) - 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 (1767) - 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 (847) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lello4ever (677) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
Belga da 8%, rossa scura, ampio cappello di schiuma beige persistente. Molto fruttata al naso, come sapore prevalgono caramello, frutta e spezie. Piuttosto frizzante. Non la prediligo rispetto ad altre simili, ma è sicuramente un’ottima strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jado (773) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2015
From 330 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy hazelnut brown with a thick off-white head that sticks around. Aromas of raisins, caramel, flowers, orange and pepper, plus a whiff of alcohol. Taste starts out with orange zest, raisins and biscuit malt before a peppery hop notes builds in the mid palate. Lingering finish with caramel, lemon and honey. Fruity aftertaste. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - MAR 27, 2015
Pours a hazy brownish color. Aroma and taste are sweet with caramel and bready malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (2903) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2015
8.8.2014. Very foamy. Sweet caramel malts, belgian yeast and spices on the nose. Soft, yeasty, some sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1961) - FINLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle. Hazy deep golden color with a huge foamy off-white head. Sour aroma of yeast, grain and apricot. Bitter, metallic taste with a bitter finish. Medium body. A bit sticky feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ulysse (432) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2015
Fresh aroma. After a while aroma turns to a floral kind. Muddy brown colour. Sweet and creamy maltiness in the mouth.

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