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


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RATINGS: 758   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (881) - CROATIA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle; pours a brown amber with a small beige head; aroma is kind of sweet syrupy with hints of malt and fruit; taste is sweet with caramel, nuts, some spices, and a touch of hops; finishes with light bitter alcohol and semi dry; good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zodiac (55) - - AUG 10, 2014
Very nice beer although not as good as the dark one. The alc is a bit too strongly present in the taste for 8%. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
didierlewallon (221) - ponferrada, SPAIN - AUG 9, 2014
Es una cerveza a los aromas maltés de frutas maduras, de aromas dulces y florales, de caramelo blando y de café, de color tostado rojizo, muy buena carveza.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1302) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Een heel lekker bier met een aparte smaak, ik vond het top en zal het nog dikwijls drinken

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (2397) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2014
330ml bottle from Vanuxeem. Pours hazy orange with nice big off-white head. Has a lovely sweet, spicy taste full of caramel, candi sugar and floral hops. Beautiful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martin00sr (1531) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2014
Hazy amber, thick offwhite head. Aroma has yeast and spice. Flavour is similar plus citrus and alcohol. Slightly rough finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
g_georgiou (363) - CYPRUS - JUL 12, 2014
Slightly hazy amber body with a thick off white head. Malty spicy aroma with some orange and caramel. Coriander too. Taste is sweet with medium bitterness. A bit of a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (258) - 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 (630) - 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 (1192) - 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.

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