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


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RATINGS: 751   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (242) - MEXICO - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle, 330ml. A golden beer with a huge creamy head that stayed on long after I served it. Aroma is of bananas, dry fruits and alcohol. Taste is bitter, especially at the end and dense. This beer is heavy in carbonation with some astringency. As the label says, "a great amber ale".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaVillum (591) - Valby, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2014
75 cl, flaske, 8,0 % ABV, købt i SuperBest i Rotunden i Hellerup, 29. juni 2014. Mørk sirups-farvet og ufiltreret belgisk Ale med stor flot offwhite og tætskummende skumkrone på 5 cm. Danner et fint skummende landskab, mens det mindskes. Dejlig, men ikke kæmpe tydelig aroma af tørret frugt. Rosin, sveske, abrikos. Skøn smag med både syrlighed, maltbitterhed og sødme samt krydderier. Mere maltsmag og mere krydret end i de øvrige stærke belgiere. En anelse alkoholvarme i slutbilledet. Følelsen i mund og svælg er blød og lækker. Der bliver kælet for ganen med et indhold af kuldioxid under medium. Eftersmagen er medium lang. En dejlig fyldig øl med meget smag uden at være for kraftig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1160) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Pours a hazy fire-red with active carbonation and a thick, rocky khaki head that hangs out and leaves some soapy, clingy lace. Nose involves soft sweet grain, a floral hoppiness, almost some strawberry or sweet cherry. Fairly sweet, fairly tart, with a decent bitterness. Fluffy body, very active carb, somewhat oily, with a lingering grainy hoppy and warming finish. Pretty decent brew with some life to it, though it is probably past its prime. Compares to Rare Vos from Ommegang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yiannnos (1012) - , CYPRUS - JUN 15, 2014
Amber colour. Aroma is malt, caramel, spices. Taste is again malty, caramel. decent belgian

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1852) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2014
Aroma: mint, floral hops, some bread malts. Appearance: clear amber, big white frothy foam. Taste: light bitter and sweet. Palate: malty sweets dominate, bread, caramel, medium carbonation. Overall: decent Belgian Strong Ale, nice aroma. Bottle from Beer of Belgium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricksta_p (1706) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
Aroma of malts, some caramel, some fruits, spices. Flavour is malty caramel, light fruity and herbal. Decent, but probably my least favourite Gouden Carolus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
parisiona (28) - CYPRUS - JUN 7, 2014
Very good amber beer. Nice look and taste. Light. Drank on bottle at brewfellas, Nicosia

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (5514) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2014
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Cheers Ash! Pours hazy red brown, thin white head. Red fruit and a touch of alcohol on the nose, Belgian yeast. Taste is bread, caramel sweet and a spicy dry finish. Creamy, slight alcohol burn. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bosbouw (1616) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2014
Mooie oranje en caramel kleur met een volle kraag. Ruikt fruitig, mout, caramel. Smaakt zoetig, kruiden en caramel. Iets bitter. Beetje stroperige structuur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (2071) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2014
Nydelig duft av frukter, pre, karamell, honning og eik. Dunkel lys brun farge. Tynn hinne hvitt skum, noe heng langs kant. Smak av litt vrter, frukter, karamell og honning.

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