Het Anker Boscoli Fruits des Bois

Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Fruit Beer
Mechelen, Belgium
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78/5   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Foodies and connoisseurs have undoubtedly heard of the French culinary term ‘coulis’. This gastronomic term for a sauce on the basis of fresh fruit, has made us dream. 
Made on the basis of a white ale and enriched with natural fruit juice, Boscoli is a fruity beer for beautiful days, beautiful terraces and beautiful eyes.

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Towey1989 (3157) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2017
Bottle at The Hopwater Cellar, Newcastle-Under-Lyme. Pours a hazy red colour with a medium light pink head. Aroma of summer fruits, coulis, jam and subtle sugar. Taste of tangy summer fruits, sugar, a hint of yogurt and subtle medicinal. Light bodied, slick texture and moderate carbonation. A sweet and sugary, summer fruit finish. Smells and tastes so sweet with sugary summer fruits. Does the job as a fruit beer though. No complaints really.

Jerre (3800) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2017
Meermaals geproefd zelf reeds meegedaan op degustatie avond met fruitbieren in Izegem in 2010. Wazig donkerrood, met roze schuimkraag. Aroma: zoet, rood fruit en perzik. Medium body. Smaak: zoet, rode vruchten, cassis, moutig, maar zeer zoet.

josanguapo (1859) - SPAIN - JUL 24, 2017
From Belgium in a Box. In Teku glass. At lunch, with rice soup + turkey steaks. The berries profile is similar to that of a Danone’s berries yogurt, in both nose and mouth. Its pleasant, but in the long run it ends becoming a bit tiresome. The alcohol is vey well integrated, not much noticiable, just enough so that it doesn’t resemble a refreshment instead of an alcoholic beveragez, and what is noticed isn’t unpleasant. The carbonation is very low and completely dissapears very soon

MonsterMagnet (1536) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2017
Bottle, pours purple with a pink head. It’s quite fruity, but not in a pleasant way, it’s like a artificially sweetened artificial cassis soda.

nathanvc (639) - Brugge, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2017
Pours hazy red with a lasting, light pink head. The aroma contains cherry, strawberry, raspberry, red jam and sugar. It tastes one-sidedly heavy sweet. Slick and sticky texture, cloying finish, soft carbonation. Far from the (minor) complexity and stylishness of fruit beers in the Lindemans selection, thus even farther from a ’real’ beer.

Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2016
Apparently Het Anker has replaced the old 6.5% version of this beer with a new 3.5% version in 2010 and I only recently noted that this is - correctly - a separate entry here, so I went out and bought a bottle of it at Van Eetvelde in Lokeren. Medium thick, pale lilac, moussy head leaving strongly cobweb-like lacing, over a lightly hazy, ruby red beer with purplish hue. Aroma of red fruit jam jumps to the nose, along with impressions of red candy (not unlike the ’cuberdons’ usually associated with the city of Ghent - rather than Mechelen), grenadine, stewed plums with a lot of sugar, damp cloth, red cabbage cooked with brown sugar, ripe blackberries, pear syrup, industrial blueberry cake, some caramel, iron, ketchup, lemon candy but less exagerrated than expected, fried eggs. Obviously very sweet onset, lots of artificial red fruit - as in: strawberry and blueberry jam, grenadine, and again those cuberdons - sticking to the palate immediately though some - equally artificial and ascorbic - underlying sourishness tries to balance this; carbonation is medium, establishing a slick, smooth mouthfeel impaired by sugary stickiness. This sugary, industrial red fruit jam effect completely covers everything that follows, though a certain caramelly malt sweet touch is still vaguely recognizable underneath, accompanied by a metallic accent which even - unpleasantly - gains some strength in the finish; sweet honeyish and industrial jam-like cloyingness nevertheless keeps dominating even well into the finish, with absolutely no trace of bitterness at all. I am left with an immensely cloying sweetness tenaciously clinging to my teeth and back of the mouth cavity. I have a relatively high esteem of this brewery - not just because it is literally Belgium’s oldest, but more so because they have produced many an interesting beer throughout the years, yet this one is obviously obsolete and redundant at the same time. This brings me back to the early days of this century, when overly sweet ’fruit’ beers were a hype in Belgium - thank God attention has shifted to hops meanwhile, but apparently this kind of appalling sweetness is still around. I have hated this type of beers for many years and this one fills me with nothing but aversion: the old (pre-2010) version at least had some malt sweetness and therefore ’beeriness’ left, regardless of its significantly higher ABV, making me think - I’ll never have the chance to re-evaluate - that it was at least among the more ’complete’ sweet fruit beers around at the time, but this one goes all the way, eliminating anything in nose or mouth that could allow anyone to recognize it as actual beer. I hate this, this is by far the worst Anker beer I ever had. I can imagine that they were seeking to imitate the success of Bockor’s Max, Timmermans’ sweet fruit beers and the like, but a brewery of this stature should know better. Ghastly, to be avoided at all times!

kermis (14478) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle sampled at Delft Beer Festival. Hazy red with a light pink head. Aroma of sweet red berries, candied red fruits and strawberry milkshake. Flavour is heavy sweet. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. [28/08/2016]

deanso (10219) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle sampled at the Delft beer festival. Medium creamy pink head. Hazy pink red pour. Sweet artificial taste.

rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2016
Style et résumé: Cooler aux fruits.
Comment: Bouteille meilleure avant 10/12/2017. Boscolis cool fruit beer.
Portrait: Un liquide rouge avec une mousse rose bonbon. Un nez de sangria. Une bouche sucrée de fruits artificiels. Simple et sans intérêt.
Note: 5/10

SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
(Anker Boscoli. 33 cl. 3.5%. BB 10/12/2017) Une robe rouge avec un col rose. Un nez de purée de fruits rouges et de grenadine. Un goût légèrement sirupeux, fruité, doux, très bonbon et artificiel. Un genre de boisson fruitée à la bière. Un corps léger et mousseux. Une finale qui n’est pas exagérément sucrée. C’est une bonne chose même si cela ne la rend pas plus facile à boire. En fait, sa superficialité ne l’aide pas. Une bière qui n’en est pas une.

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