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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.


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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2640) - 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 wont kill you with huge flavors and ruin your palette for the night, or ethanol, which just gets you intoxicated.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JanLaursen (3122) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2014
Flaske, 75 cl. Ravfarvet, cremet hvidt skum. Gr, maltsdme, blomsterbukket, abrikos, pap. Sd og krydret med relativ lav humlebitterhed. Klistrer ubehageligt i mundhulen. Minder mig om hvorfor det meste belgiske l keder mig.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alusmamuts (285) - LATVIA - SEP 21, 2014
Amber with medium very creamy white head. Good mild taste with sweetness around the tongue and gentle bitterness going alongside tongue middle. Some acid on the tip.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pedro_Tallieu (57) - Deinze, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2014
Aroma: Sweet, caramel and malt. A little bit licorice. Apearance: amber, hazy, rocky head, Taste: Very sweet with a slightly bitterness. Very good beer, although the classic is even better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (1590) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2014
@Mechelen, @Brouwerij het Anker, proeverij met nu de carolus, Het voordeel van zon proeverij met meerdere bieren is dat je ze hl mooi met elkaar kunt vergelijken, Oogt amber met witte kraag. aroma komt zoet, moutig en alcoholisch binnen. smaken zijn matig zoet, zwak bitter, zacht/glad van textuur, erg lekkere caramel, redelijke body, redelijk alcoholisch, gist maar gebalanceerd, lekker niet de beste

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bygers (779) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle 0,75l. Aroma of malts, some caramel, some fruits, spices. Flavour is malty caramel, light fruity and herbal. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (466) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zodiac (15) - - 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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
didierlewallon (52) - ponferrada, SPAIN - AUG 9, 2014
Es una cerveza a los aromas malts de frutas maduras, de aromas dulces y florales, de caramelo blando y de caf, de color tostado rojizo, muy buena carveza.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1242) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1653) - Ford, 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.


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