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


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RATINGS: 833   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Gouden Carolus Ambrio is aromatically brewed according to the ancient recipe of the Mechelschen Bruynen. Ambrio is an amber ale brewed with brio. This white beer of high fermentation finds its origin in the traditional beer of the city of Mechelen. As each city had its own typical beer, the Mechelenians drunk their amber beer: "Mechelschen Bruynen" for hundreds of years. Our brewery is the only brewery that still brews this type of beer. According to the tradition the basic recipe of this beer dates from 1421 and is therefore the oldest beer from the brewery. The current version is slightly heavier than the original and finer hopped. The balance between the different malts, the fine hops and typical aromas with herbs ensure that this beer combines the whole-hearted nature of brown beers with the freshness of blonde beers. This flavored and spicy light brown tasting beer should be served fairly fresh. Refermentation in the bottle.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
explosivedog (850) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 16, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours orange red with a small head. Raisins, cherry, biscuit. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozzatoadisback (145) - ITALY - APR 9, 2017
Pours a not too attractive murky/dark amber. Good white head, ok retention and lacing. Pretty intense aroma of caramel, toasted malts, plus vivid fruity notes of pear and orange. Taste is mainly sweet with sugar and caramel malts, balanced just enough by toasted malts. Fruity notes of pear and maybe banana. Possibily a hint of spiciness. Finishes dry. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, looking towards full/creamy but quite not getting there. Very much ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stupre (274) - Nanterre, FRANCE - APR 2, 2017
33 cl bottle purchased @ La caisse de bire. Cest assez sur les fruits secs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (3819) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2017
33cl bb02/2019 - In a way the quintessential amber ale on Belgian steroids to end the argument that there ought to be more of this: innocent caramel and toasted malts amped up to dried apricot liqueur and to the point where you start asking whether a Mrzen and a Marillengeist wouldnt be just as satisfying. Sparkling, carbed, dry, made for foodpairing. Yeasty astringency meets some herbal hop zing (cooked nettle) in finish. Hm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
john44 (3000) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2017
Cask. Amber in colour. Sweet malts. Caramel. Spicy. Fruity. Thin for ABV. Rather disappointing! (2008)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frothmeister (783) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head. On the nose raisins, faint chamomile, a very faint resinous note, honey, light spice, and a bit of vanilla. Taste wise, sweet with excellent light carbonation that showcases more of the the dried fruit, raisin bread like notes, almost in the realm of fruit cake, with some light bitterness to combat the sweet that heads into sweeter maltier notes with a lot more of the dried fruit, a bit more bitterness, clove and woody malt notes in the finish. Repeat purchase for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inoven (596) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2017
Flesje thuis gedronken. Amberkleurig, licht troebel, heftig schuimend bier. Aroma van gist en fruit. Smaak is fruitig en ietsje bitter. Nasmaak is bitter. Bier voor een warme zomerse dag.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Raian (38) - Mexico, MEXICO - FEB 28, 2017
Complex, different flavours go over the mouth, as it delivers dried fruits and date, bready, hay, caramel, woody and licorice. Relish!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jybi (239) - FRANCE - FEB 24, 2017
Het Anker fait donc partie des nombreuse brasseries qui auront chou matriser ce style difficile quest lambre. Mais la tche est ardue. Le rsultat obtenu ici est une bire prsentant de forts dsquilibres (alcool, sucre, lignes gustatives) et des armes prsentant des manques dharmonie et parfois brouillons. Dun ambr limpide (EBC de 30), cette Carolus fait preuve dune trs forte effervescence donnant naissance une mousse blanc casse crmeuse et trs abondante (trois quatre centimtres). Le nez est peu intense ce qui est dautant plus dommage que les armes sont eux intressants et complexes sur les crales, la cerise, le caramel accompagns dune pointe citronne. Lattaque est suave mais la limite du trop sucre sur des armes de grenadine, orange et caramel. La deuxime bouche prend une toute autre direction. Lamertume apparat mais sur des notes acidules accompagnes par du caramel, de lorange et des fruits jaunes. Le dsquilibre en troisime bouche est flagrante. Lamertume prend un peu dessor tout en restant modre (EBC de 30) sur des notes pices piquantes et des armes dorange. Larrire bouche est quant elle peu harmonieuse avec lensemble sur des armes de caramel et de cerise. Lalcool, pas bien intgr (titrage alcoolique de 8 % ABV) se fait plus marquant ds lors, sur un final dune longueur modre et prsentant des notes de girofles. La bouche, enfin est alourdie par un sucre trop important (notamment par rapport au titrage alcoolique) et sans apport gustatif. En dfinitive, difficile de comprendre cette bire peu lisible et brouillonne, et donc, pour ma part difficile de lapprcier. Mais comme me le rappelait un grand sage, soyons indulgent pour cette brasserie qui sait faire part ailleurs de grandes bires.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Helsdon (371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2017
Unfiltered over-steeped tea brown white head that laces. Nice yeasty flavour, caramel malt, punch of booze, touch of mild bitterness at the finish. Its a classic belgian beer that make me happy to drink.

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