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.

drjay44's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3407) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Pours a medium lasting, off white head, over a clear amber (SRM14) body.....nose is sweet malts, caramel, toffee, spicy (cinnamon, allspice, clove intermixed) hop, bit of barnyard funk.....taste is early malt caramel, toffee, then dried fruits, especially cherry, raisin, finishing with light hop bitterness....mouth feel is medium, carbonation quite high. This is, as advertised, midway between the blue Keizer and a blond. The yeasty phenols and esters rocked. A nice Belgian strong, that won’t kill you with huge flavors and ruin your palette for the night, or ethanol, which just gets you intoxicated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1361) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Un bière belge aux allures de bière belge. Le liquide est bien ambré et surtout coiffé d’une arrogante mousse blanche qui s’estompe doucement, laissant des vestiges d’une infinie complexité sur mon ballon. Un nez qui ormis les levures belges de gomme ballounne, trahit des arômes de quelques épices sèches et de dentifrice? Oui de curieuses arômes mentholées se mêlent de la partie apportant fraîcheur au nez et en bouche. Belle rondeur en bouche provenant de malts adroitement grillés auxquels se mêlent des épices fines et encore, beaucoup de levures. Je ne porte aucune attention à l’alcool dans ce breuvage tant la rondeur et la finesse du liquide captent mon attention. Une bière forte que je me surprends à boire comme s’il s’agissait d’une session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drmet (809) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2016
L: -pours a cloudy,glowing amber with a huge,frothy,offwhite head -high carbonation visible -big chunks of yeast settling at the bottom of the glass S: -not reallly willing to open up -bready,caramel,sugar,earthy,slight funk,iced coffee,grainy, tea T: -also very subdued -caramel,toffee,bready,strawberries,faint coffee,plums F: -low to medium carbonation -medium body -alcohol noticeable O: One thing about these Gouden Carolus Beers is, that they are quite different from eachother. This at times seemed like a Blend of English Brown Ale & Flamish Red. Unfortunately, this didn’t want to open up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopverdju (669) - BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2016
Donker rood koperkleurig bier met rijkelijke crèmekleurige schuimkraag. Geur: fruitig, licht zoet, karamel, wat alcoholisch. Smaak: licht zoet, wat gedroogd fruit en sinaasappel. Veel koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: iets zoet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Senka (1059) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 27, 2016
33cl. Pours orange amber with white thin head. Crispy and fresh fruity aroma. A bit of sugars, malt and a whiff of hops. Strong, almost IPA like hoppiness and bitterness in the taste. Clean, sharp tastes. Medium bodied, crispy and moderately carbonated. A nice drink when served both warm and cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MohaBeer (202) - Lima, PERU - JUL 15, 2016
Cobre con transparencia muy buena espuma y retención. Malta maltoso caramelo moderado, lúpulo especiado moderado, ésteres a cereza, ligera acidez. En boca lúpulo especiado moderado-moderado alto, fenoles pimienta blanca, pimienta negra, pimienta de jamaica, ésteres a frutos secos, cereza, umami, malta maltoso caramelo moderado, tibieza alcohólica,acidez fresca. Final especiado semi-seco sin astringencia, con cuerpo y buena carbonatación.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerheart65 (1407) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Hazy amber towards mahogany, light beige dense creamy head is big and stays long leaving lots of covering lacing. Aroma is sweet with toasted malt, caramel, raisins, plums, brown sugar. Sweet, malty, chewy, lively carbonation balances sweetness, long finish. I liked this well, good stuff, blanced with nice flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
L_Lovecraft (243) - - JUL 9, 2016
Yeast, red fruits, caramel and spices, deep amber with ocher head quite persistant, medium body, highly carbonated, taste of caramel and fruits, quite sweet at the beginning...for me belgian ale are superlative.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cristobal37 (794) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 6, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2016 Slightly hazy amber with huge head. Sweet spicy yeast on the nose. Combo of malted barley caramel sweetness and spicy floral notes. Finish is oily and full of complex flavors. Strong ale but it?s still crisp and clean. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swank (38) - - JUL 3, 2016
Very fine foam, hops are not too dominant. Well balanced taste. Nice summer beer but not very distinct.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (8410) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2016
Amber coloured and hazy. Has an off-white head, medium duration. Sweet aroma with light spicy notes.

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