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


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RATINGS: 771   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.

Piero1987's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Piero1987 (686) - Iglesias, - JAN 23, 2013
Amber-red color with ivory persistent head. Fruity and malt caramel aroma. Medium bodied and light sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (798) - Warszawa, POLAND - NOV 15, 2015
Butelka, warka do 11-05-2017. Lekko zmetnione, bursztynowo miedziane piwo, z ladna ale szybko opadajaca piana. Aromaty w pierwszych nutach bardzo owocowe (maliny, wisnie). jednak ten aromat jest dosc ulotny chyba, w kazdym razi po kilku minutach ustepuje pierwszenstwa ciezszym i slodszym nutom, nieco karmelu, nieco przyprawowosci, nieco miodu, nieco rodzynek - bardziej w strone ciemnego belga. Smak slodki i nieco kwaskowaty, z niewysoka goryczka, bardzo orzezwiajace (zasluga tez niemalego wysycenia i niewielkiej ilosci ciala). Alkohol praktycznie niewyczuwalny. SUmarycznie: super piwo, zaskakujaco orzezwiajace, cos w pol drogi miedzy jasnymi i ciemnymi belgami.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (2503) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2015
bottle sample, poured a cloudy dark amber colour with a off head. nose of sweet caramel, dried fruits, raisins, and caramel malts, earthy plums, and a small yeast hint. medium carbonated. ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruigo (1815) - PORTUGAL - NOV 4, 2015
33cl bottle. Dark copper colour with a generous off-white head. Caramel, plums, brown sugar, toffee and spices in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium to full body. Taste is sweet with some liquorice and yeast notes. Overall, a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
josanguapo (513) - SPAIN - OCT 21, 2015
From elcervecero. In Duvel glass. Watching Breaking bad 5x03. Nice caramel touch. Good aroma. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChtiBreizh (324) - 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 (279) - 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 (308) - 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 (2504) - 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 (389) - 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 (362) - 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

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