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


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RATINGS: 793   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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. A: Pours a dark amber color. It’s fairly clear for the style; then again, I left the dregs in the bottle. The head is a fluffy two finger offwhite shade. It slowly but steadily fades away after time, falling down to a thin film. S: Quite standard for an amber ale - that is, it’s very much dominated by caramel, toffee, brown sugar, earth, and maybe a hint of chocolate - only with some apple and pear notes from the Belgian yeast. As it warms up, it becomes more chocolaty, and that’s always a good thing to me. T: The opening is laden with caramel, and combined with some fruity esters, evokes caramel-coated apples in its flavor profile. It finishes fairly dry, aside from some lingering white grape notes in the aftertaste. Truth be told, this one is pretty boring...but at the same token, 90% of all amber ales bore me. In terms of craftsmanship and balance (if not depth), it’s at least rock solid. M: It’s pretty damn drinkable for an 8% brew - for better or worse, it drinks like its 5%. Of course, it’s about as interesting as a 5% brew, too. The finish is quite dry, and even somewhat astringent. Well carbonated. O: Not very interesting to me. That’s the only real problem here: it’s just boring, and there’s little complexity to make it interesting. I don’t find any reason to return to this one in the future, but it’s not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pedrogve (8) - - MAY 29, 2016 does not count
Una cerveza Belga tipo Ale que a la nariz se le nota la malta, acaramelada, turbia , con buen sabor en boca , se siente la carbonatacion en la boca y con buen retrogusto , en general una muy buena cerveza

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MetalMurphy (329) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 16, 2016
a liquid present from belgium :) dark amber colour, heavy body, fruity, malty, with caramel taste, good belgian strong beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (6378) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2016
Bottle from Mitra Bunnik, BB 02/12/18, large sample. Almost clear amber color, big frothy head. Aroma of spicy hop, bit green apple, coriander, slight flowery hop, hint of caramel. Bit sweet caramel in taste, soft grassy and spicy bitterness, soft to medium spicy. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (14797) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 26, 2016
33cl bottle. Pours clear deep amber colour with a huge good lasting off-white head. Aroma of mild red fruits, belgian yeast and spices. Taste of strong toasted malt, red fruits, caramel, yeast, warmy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (1575) - USA - APR 24, 2016
Drunk from 75 cl bottle bought from Delhaize. Amber beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (1980) - CROATIA - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml from Vrutak, Zagreb. Pours dark yellow, honey color with off white head. Malty, caramel, warming, bit spicy, some dried fruit notes. Medium bodied. Quite good actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DraftDodger (888) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2016
Copenhagen 24/3 2016. 75 cl bottle from Meny. According to the label this beer symbolizes the red part of the Belgian flag. Pours slightly hazy orange brown with big frothy white head. Settles as 2,5 cm thick layer of creamy foam. Massive lacing on the side of theglass. Aroma is quite fruity and a little bit lemonadelike. Tart fruitiness from oranges and citrus. Yeast. Medium carbonation and slightly thick palate. Taste is nicely balanced between light caramel sweetness and tart citric fruits. Medium bitterness in aftertaste. Hides the high alcohol content impressively. Surprisingly fruity and easy to drink. I could use a couple of more colors in the Belgian flag.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blade86 (1204) - Wroc³aw, POLAND - MAR 13, 2016
dark amber, clear, medium off-white/light biege foam, some lacing; yeasty, fruity and some caramel notes in aroma; medium sweetness, medium bitterness; medium+ body, smooth but slightly metallic feel, average+ carbonation, long bittersweet finish; Overall: well-made, very nice taste, good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille 330ml, dégustée au Saint-Bock à Montréal (été 2007).
Visuel : Couleur : ambrée-cuivrée. Apparence : claire.
Arôme : Levures fruitées (pommes, léger fruits tropicaux, notes d’agrumes) et épicées, caramel, houblon floral et herbeux.
Goût : Entrée de bouche : Levures fruitées (léger fruits tropicaux, notes de pommes et d’agrumes, traces de cerises) et épicées. Un support malté de caramel assez doux avec des notes mielleuses est également présent avec une légère amertume de houblon floral et herbeux ainsi qu’une légère chaleur d’alcool.
En bouche : Corps : moyen. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : légèrement crémeuse. Finale : moyenne-longue, légèrement amère de houblon herbeux et florale avec des notes d’alcool et de levures épicées.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (6795) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Draft pour at Churchkey. Malty, with just a very stubble orange citrus character that is pretty pleasant. Liked this one a lot.

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