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

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RATINGS: 684   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Derek881 (945) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Poured from a large bottle into a narrow high glass to drink. The beer had a light brown/dark amber color with a huge, foamy, dark off-white head that had great retention, and good lacing and cling. The aroma featured notes of caramel and sugary malt, along with floral and earthy hops, and lighter touches of lemon and straw. Its taste was a blend of sweet fruit and caramel notes paired with some light earthy and grainy bitterness. Its body was lively and well-carbonated with a thinner, drier body and a fairly-full mouthfeel. Thank you Tom for this nice beer surprise.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (474) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 16, 2014
DWG; Pours cloudy reddish amber with a large creamy, lasting lacing off-white head. Nose is fruits, apple and dark, malt, caramel, nuts, yeast, spice and light alcohol. Vinious and warming.Taste is sweet, light bitter, spicy and lasting. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. A Belgian pleasure.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thompson (299) - - APR 15, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Dark amber colour...decent sized white to off white head... Nice aroma and taste of malts, some sweetness, nuts, caramel... Good body and carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
vipinvelp (1886) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2014
Opaque orange with light brown lacing small foam head. Aroma is light and undefined, barley. Strong taste of licorice, strange. Barley aftertaste. (Lille 201404)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJoer (562) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2014
Medium white head, chestnut colour, typical the anker smell, must be the yeast sweet caramel liquorise, high carbontion, medium bitter liquorise tinteling caramel

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aleszar (18) - - MAR 30, 2014
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwillrich (139) - São José dos Campos, BRAZIL - MAR 11, 2014
Coloração escura, baixa formação de espuma. Bom equilíbrio entre açúcar e álcool. Sabor de caramelo.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3171) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 11, 2014
Dark red copper body with huge beige head. Caramel malts, a very pleasant fruit cake malt base, fruity hop, original and we’ll balanced. Pleasant Belgian medium mouthful, fruity yet clean yeast, professional but with a nice fruity and malt character. A drinkable and not cloying Belgian amber. Looks great, good taste too. (75cl bottle from Cave Gambrinus)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VDuquerroux (104) - Airvault, FRANCE - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A hazy mahogany beer with a large beige thin foam. Excellent persistance. Spicy aroma, complex herbal, alcohol. Taste is bitter, light sweet, sour note. Refreshing. Medium body and texture. Bitter sour finish. Overall, delicious. Taste is surprising. Cheers !

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (537) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 31, 2014
BOTTLE 33CL. Look: dark amber/brandy and clear (with yeast sediment) with a huge tan creamy head with great retention. Aroma: light fruit, peach, raisins, fermentation-like acid notes. Taste: burnt sugar, raisins, mostly dry, peppery, light warming alcohol. Finishes dryer and somewhat flat.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sten (596) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2014
Amber coloured beer with a nice head. Fruity and soapy aroma. Fruity and malty, medium sweet. (Bottle 33cl)


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