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


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RATINGS: 737   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.

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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (4008) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2015
Cask at the foot of the walk. Pours deep amber, nose is fruity yeasty, taste is rich caramel, fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2584) - BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2015
Tasted a few weeks ago but found out only afterwards that this new version is a bit different and stronger than the original. Deep copper colour, hazy with thick and stable, pale beige head. Fruity and malty, hints of caramel, walnut, pear and candi syrup, a bit yeasty, smooth and full mouthfeel, medium carbo, toasted accent, herbal hop bitterness in the finish; well balanced, tasty strong amber, maybe a bit maltier than the previous version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Icedwarf (459) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2015
Roodbruin bier met schuim. Smaak is licht zoet en kruidig, caramel, rozijnen, citrus. Gewoon erg lekker.Smaak blijft redelijk lang hangen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SilverfoX (469) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
caramel, resin, earthy aromas, from a hazy pale amber gold body with a frothy white head, very carbonated metallic tang with a caramel after taste. not really my cup of tea i must say.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bryanvdv (650) - - DEC 25, 2014
Amberkleurig licht troebel bier. Aroma is wat zoet, licht kruidig. Smaak is zoet met licht bittere droge afdronk.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChewyBeer (73) - SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 25, 2014
Pours good amber colour. Malty nose. Medium mouthfeel high carbonation. Sweet malty taste. Great drink

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (492) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Very dark amber/brown color. An impressive and complex beer. The flavor has layers and layers of sugar, yet without coming across as cloying. Caramel, toffee, molasses, creme brulee, a bit of burnt toast, and some dark fruits which taste very fresh. Heavy, full palate. An apertif type of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfredvik (1227) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2014
Slightly hazy, dark amber body with huge, beige, very long-lived head that settles as a layer that laces the glass excellently. Quite strong aroma of Belgian yeast, sweet fruits, spices, light candi sugar, with dark dried fruits in the back and hints of sweet caramel. Strong flavour that follows the aroma, but with more noticeable sweet caramel. Moderate to light sweet and light to moderate bitter taste. Mid-bodied and quite dry with too much carbonation initially, but when the excess carbonation has been swirled away, the overall mouthfeel is very pleasant. A nice one!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 5 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fluxing (409)
- POLAND - DEC 8, 2014
Warka do 14.11.2014, wiec miesiac po terminie. Piana bardzo obfita, niby prawie natychmiastowo opada, ale zostawia gruba warstwe i troche koronkuje. Kolor krwisto-miedziany, lekko zmetnione. W aromacie niesamowicie intensywne maliny, lekkie wisnie, nuty szampanskie, ciemnego cukru, takze lekkie akcenty ziolowego i kwiatowego chmielu, po czasie wychodza nuty przyprawowe, korzenne, damskich perfum, landrynek, suszonych sliwek, a nastepnie kopru, lubczyka, sosu sojowego i gotowanej fasolki szparagowej, nawet jezeli to DMS, to w bardzo przyjemnym wydaniu. W smaku to cale bogactwo aromatow ustepuje, i mamy wlasciwie zwyklego, solidnego Belga, przyprawowego, owocowego, winnego, z delikatna, opiekana slodowoscia i ciemnym cukrem. W odczuciu gladkie, nisko wysycone. Goryczka dosc wysoka, kwiatowa, ziolowa, lodygowa, z wyraznym posmakiem pestek wisni lub czeresni. Na finiszu pojawia sie lekka alkoholowa ostrosc, ktora absolutnie nie przeszkadza. Bardzo dobre, i zaskakujaco wielowymiarowe piwo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2336)
- Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle from DON store in Kuzuha. Yeasty nose, with caramelized brown sugar, honey, spice. Reddish-brown, heavy off-white head, and very thick lace. Very fruity initial, solid malt, light herbs, and a sort of mulled wine note from the spice. Medium-heavy body. Very tasty. A lot going on here.

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