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Mechelschen Bruynen

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Ale
Mechelen, Belgium


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Replaced in 2005 by Gouden Carolus Ambrio 6.5%
In the past, every town in Belgium had its own beer typical of the area. Hence, some centuries ago, the people of Mechelen drank a beer known as "Mechelschen Bruynen" or "Mechelen Brown". Our Brewery is the only one still brewing this type of beer. The recipe has its origin at the 14th century. The nowadays 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 beween the powerful taste of brown beers and the freshness of the blond beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (3547) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
Beer named after a 15th-century style from Mechelen, eventually replaced by Gouden Carolus Ambrio and not extant anymore now. Deep amber colour, creamy, off-white head, caramelly maltiness, dried fruits, walnuts, smooth mouthfeel, sweetish onset with a bitterish finish. Very well-balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
77ships (5900) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2014
33 cl. bottle sampled @ Kulminator thx! to Danko. BBF 18/06/2005. Pours a dark fox amber, small but steady off-white head. Oxidation is obvious in the nose, thinned out, metallic with some like liquorish in the back, touch watery & syrupy. Taste is quite oxidized, stale coca-cola, quite metallic, fizzy, watery, brown sugar, light liquorish, totally thinned out by age. Not the worst but largely gone now. Quite a few Anker beers keep & have kept exceptionally well, this one isnít one of them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4768) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2013
Pours clear dark amber good white foam Smells some sugar . Bit metallic earthyness Taste is sweet , not that port as expected , yet some . Bit bitterness Nice one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14836) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2012
Bottle @ Kulminator. 2000 Vintage. Pours murky dark amber with a small creamy head. Nose is cellar, oxidation and caramel. Flavor is waaauw. Caramel, dark fruit and toffee. Vinous and deep. Amazing this is still drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2011
best before date : 18/06/05

head: thin, off white , creamy
colour: ice tea
smell; pears, grapes, peaches, malts, sweet
taste: caramelly, maple syrup, almunds, anis, bubblegum, malts, bitter-oily finish , very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cucuma (89) - kontich, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2011 I had a bottle from 2000 at the kulminator last year 2010 (antwerp) At was oxidated but very surprising notes came above. caramel, vanilla and raisin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (39784) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2010

Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium to dark red amber color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, burnt sugar, oxidide malt. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100603]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (18998) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2010
3rd June 2010 - Brasserie 4:20 - Bottle thanks to Alex! Clear deep amber beer. Little white head. Light palate. Toffee dominates. Sweet, rich and dark. Not much else going on but Iím not sure itís needed either!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (18090) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2010
bottle at 4:20 ... copper ... bubbly off white head ... boozy plum and raisin nose ... toffee malt ... juicy hop in linger

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2006
Amber with a biege head. Very much fruity aromas with yeasty and woody notes. Sweet, bitterish, fruity, woody, yeasty and malty flavours. Finish is more bitter, fruity, long, sweet and has some tangy tartness. Nice full bodied beer.

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