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


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RATINGS: 767   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChtiBreizh (258) - Rennes, FRANCE - OCT 5, 2015
Dark amber with a thick dense head. Caramel, malty, spicy, some dark fruits. Medium to low sweetness with that dry-sour-astringent-alcoholic character that many strong belgian ales have, and which I do not really like. Full bodied and average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkillsFactory (222) - ITALY - SEP 27, 2015
Birra limpida color caramello, riflessi compresi, schiuma bianca di persistenza medio-bassa. Aroma di pera e banana, caramello, chiodi di garofano e anice. Ricorda la spuma bionda. Al palato caramellata, pera, mela verde, alcool; sul finale nota amaricante erbacea e leggermente tostata, lieve liquirizia. Corpo medio, non molto carbonata, leggermente astringente.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MelvinKalksma (194) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2015 Aroma: Almost no smell at all, caramel, plums, yeast. Appearance: Copper beer with a lot of carbonation and thus a large and steady white head. Taste/Palate: Fruit marmalade, caramel, yeast, bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2440) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Poured from 330ml bottle after cellaring for 9 months. Clear, dark orange amber with a 4-finger khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, plums, golden raisins, brown sugar and Belgian yeast. Taste of caramel, plums, toffee, golden raisins, Belgian yeast, spices, candi and dried fruit. Medium body and medium carbonation with a pleasant mouthfeel. Very nice beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hrabren (313) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 22, 2015
Had this in 2009 in Mechelen, Belgium. Murky to opaque amber, creamy off white to tan head. Bubbles visible in the glass. Cherry and plum jam, fruit juice, some orange peel, spices and dry fruits in the background. Very complex. Medium body, medium carbonation. Quite a bite from alcohol, biscuit, malts. Mouthfeel is less dominant than the aroma. Needs more balance, would be great otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Flanfl (303) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - JUL 25, 2015
Cloudy deep amber body. Medium white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, candy sugar and belgian yeast. Flavour of sweet liquorice, caramel, toffee and yeast. Medium warm sweet liquorice. Medium body and carbo. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McWorta (1073) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 23, 2015
Clear deep amber colour with a frothy beige lasting head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dried fruits like sultanines and raisins with candy sugar notes and roast malts with some barnyard elements. Smoothly carbonated, slick texture and full bodied. Dried sugared fruit sweetness builds the core developing interesting juicy herbal light spice impressions. Lasting sweet finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TorbenJensen (1295) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2015
Lots of foam, which is coarse, thick and persistent. Light malt flavor and touch of hazelnut flavoring. Nice big volume. Slightly yeasty, which one often encounters in Belgian brew. The flavor is nutty, but also reveals little plum and a fruity sweetness that lasts a hoppy bitterness with semi-dry to dry finish. In the aftertaste there is also given room for a little seasoning. It does not differ significantly from the pack of Belgian amber ales, but precisely its slightly recessed shape makes it a worthy favorite to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
murran (419) - - JUL 17, 2015
Pours a brown hazy body with a medium head. Nice sugary aroma. Very nice malty taste with tones of syrup and burnt sugar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mauroruellas (541) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 20, 2015
Líquido turvo,coloração âmbar,espuma com boa formação e média duração;no aroma frutas cítricas e secas,malte,caramelo e especiarias;sabor com boa complexidade,com malte em primeiro plano seguido por fermento,lúpulo,álcool e finalizando com leve picante,carbonatação e corpo médios,álcool bem inserido,final agridoce,com o picante ficando no retrogosto. Excelente Strong Ale,degustação altamente prazerosa.

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