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


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RATINGS: 808   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.

gpsaros' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gpsaros (8) - - JAN 2, 2013
Good caramel taste with nice red brown colour. I can easily recomend this ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lupuLust (100) - Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2016
21.10.2016 - Amber colour with huge stable off white head. Sweet malty and alcoholic aroma. Belgian strong character with fruity bitter hop note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sharkydodson (1200) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - OCT 15, 2016
the aroma is caramel and fruity with shades of toffee, clover, plum and sweet wine... the taste is fruity and malty with notes of dried apple, toffee, candy, bisquit and sweet wine... sweet, bitter and dry aftertaste...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 12, 2016
Bottled 33cl. It pours a murky amber beer with a nicely remaining, mountainous chunky off white head. Strong notes of pear throughout. Yeast dominated. Remarkably smooth. Sweet. Subdued bitterness. Some lingering grassy yeasty notes in the finish which is reminiscent of dandelion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1424) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Un bière belge aux allures de bière belge. Le liquide est bien ambré et surtout coiffé d’une arrogante mousse blanche qui s’estompe doucement, laissant des vestiges d’une infinie complexité sur mon ballon. Un nez qui ormis les levures belges de gomme ballounne, trahit des arômes de quelques épices sèches et de dentifrice? Oui de curieuses arômes mentholées se mêlent de la partie apportant fraîcheur au nez et en bouche. Belle rondeur en bouche provenant de malts adroitement grillés auxquels se mêlent des épices fines et encore, beaucoup de levures. Je ne porte aucune attention à l’alcool dans ce breuvage tant la rondeur et la finesse du liquide captent mon attention. Une bière forte que je me surprends à boire comme s’il s’agissait d’une session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drmet (825) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2016
L: -pours a cloudy,glowing amber with a huge,frothy,offwhite head -high carbonation visible -big chunks of yeast settling at the bottom of the glass S: -not reallly willing to open up -bready,caramel,sugar,earthy,slight funk,iced coffee,grainy, tea T: -also very subdued -caramel,toffee,bready,strawberries,faint coffee,plums F: -low to medium carbonation -medium body -alcohol noticeable O: One thing about these Gouden Carolus Beers is, that they are quite different from eachother. This at times seemed like a Blend of English Brown Ale & Flamish Red. Unfortunately, this didn’t want to open up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopverdju (723) - BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2016
Donker rood koperkleurig bier met rijkelijke crèmekleurige schuimkraag. Geur: fruitig, licht zoet, karamel, wat alcoholisch. Smaak: licht zoet, wat gedroogd fruit en sinaasappel. Veel koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: iets zoet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Senka (1061) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 27, 2016
33cl. Pours orange amber with white thin head. Crispy and fresh fruity aroma. A bit of sugars, malt and a whiff of hops. Strong, almost IPA like hoppiness and bitterness in the taste. Clean, sharp tastes. Medium bodied, crispy and moderately carbonated. A nice drink when served both warm and cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MohaBeer (202) - Lima, PERU - JUL 15, 2016
Cobre con transparencia muy buena espuma y retención. Malta maltoso caramelo moderado, lúpulo especiado moderado, ésteres a cereza, ligera acidez. En boca lúpulo especiado moderado-moderado alto, fenoles pimienta blanca, pimienta negra, pimienta de jamaica, ésteres a frutos secos, cereza, umami, malta maltoso caramelo moderado, tibieza alcohólica,acidez fresca. Final especiado semi-seco sin astringencia, con cuerpo y buena carbonatación.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerheart65 (1421) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Hazy amber towards mahogany, light beige dense creamy head is big and stays long leaving lots of covering lacing. Aroma is sweet with toasted malt, caramel, raisins, plums, brown sugar. Sweet, malty, chewy, lively carbonation balances sweetness, long finish. I liked this well, good stuff, blanced with nice flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
L_Lovecraft (263) - - JUL 9, 2016
Yeast, red fruits, caramel and spices, deep amber with ocher head quite persistant, medium body, highly carbonated, taste of caramel and fruits, quite sweet at the beginning...for me belgian ale are superlative.

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