Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Mechelen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask; Wetherspoon Special.
This is a full-tasting, but deceptively drinkable, classic golden ale, with a clean, precise flavour and full hop character. Hops used: Goldings, Saaz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2007
CASK at standing order (edinburgh) beerfestival. Cliamed to be 5,5% ... Light amber ... light fresh hoppy nose ... sweet pleasent medicinal tones ... rich honeyish with hint of lime. There a nice flavour in this i cant quite place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21687) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle at Den Stillen Genieter. Fairly hoppy, decent enough blonde beer, refreshing and easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Koelschtrinker (17738) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 13, 2011
Süß-kräuterartiger Antrunk, etwas wässrig. Eine unpassende Note ist dabei ebenfalls präsent, etwas faulig wirkend. Dieses Aroma setzt sich im Mittelteil fort, gewürzig, Wit-artig. Sehr prickelnd, die Aromen sind oftmals oberflächlich. Der faulig-säuerliche Ton wird im Abgang stärker. Test vom 27.12.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 10,8,7,6,3,6 - 6,70

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2008
Cask handpull at County Hotel, Ashford. Belgian yeast and peach aroma. Bit watery in mouth. Decent blond ale, bit too sweet but nice to have something different

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13397) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2016
Bottled, 330ml from Cafe Rose Red, Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium. Hazy gold with white pillowed head. There is a heavy Belgian yeasty note to this right from the start, pear drops, banana essence, it’s like a combo of wit and blonde. Herbal notes later with a candied sweetness. All in all okay if a little too eager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (6077) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2007
Cask (5.5%) at the William Morris (JDW), Hammersmith. Straw with a thin white head; fresh citrus aroma; smooth and oily with a citrus flavour with some spiceiness; a gently persistent bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2007
Counting house at wetherspoons beer fest. (5.5%)Aroma is sweet and slightly butter spicey malts. Taste is similar, though a good amount of spice and pepperyness , perhaps even alcohol, balances.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2008
Cask at JDW, Rochester during the Wetherspoon Festival, Nov, 2007 as Gouden Carolus Blond with Goldings & Saaz. Spicy blond with that balance of lager and ale that some blonds have. The spice dominates with some interesting yeast notes building in the finish. The malt feels thin and undistinguished, especially for a 5.5% - and that is probably the result of a fuller attenuation than is common for British ales. Long, lingering foam head - wheat? There are some wheat characteristics coming through - a slight tastiness and a sour note in the nose. Wheat is a feature of blond beers. The yeast is Belgian, and gives the Belgian character. Interesting drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4541) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2011
Pale hazy golden colour, firm white head. Malty aroma, yeast, citrus and hops. Flavour is sweet malts, some mild lemon, hops and spice. Decent beer, quite refreshing. (from tap)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2007
Cask at Banker’s Draft (JDW), Bedford, Wetherspoons Festival ’07. Gold with a small white head. Sugary aroma with unidentified exotica. Sweet malty taste, slightly spiced, with a bit of smokey bitterness. A little warm. Otherwise liked it.

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