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

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RATINGS: 838   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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john44 (3048) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2017
Cask. Amber in colour. Sweet malts. Caramel. Spicy. Fruity. Thin for ABV. Rather disappointing! (2008)

3.7
Frothmeister (791) - 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.

3.1
Inoven (694) - 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.

3.6
Raian (39) - 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!

2.4
jybi (291) - FRANCE - FEB 24, 2017
Het Anker fait donc partie des nombreuse brasseries qui auront échoué à maîtriser ce style difficile qu’est l’ambrée. Mais la tâche est ardue. Le résultat obtenu ici est une bière présentant de forts déséquilibres (alcool, sucre, lignes gustatives) et des arômes présentant des manques d’harmonie et parfois brouillons. D’un ambré limpide (EBC de 30), cette Carolus fait preuve d’une très forte effervescence donnant naissance à une mousse blanc cassée crémeuse et très abondante (trois à quatre centimètres). Le nez est peu intense ce qui est d’autant plus dommage que les arômes sont eux intéressants et complexes sur les céréales, la cerise, le caramel accompagnés d’une pointe citronnée. L’attaque est suave mais à la limite du trop sucrée sur des arômes de grenadine, orange et caramel. La deuxième bouche prend une toute autre direction. L’amertume apparaît mais sur des notes acidulées accompagnées par du caramel, de l’orange et des fruits jaunes. Le déséquilibre en troisième bouche est flagrante. L’amertume prend un peu d’essor tout en restant modérée (EBC de 30) sur des notes épicées piquantes et des arômes d’orange. L’arrière bouche est quant à elle peu harmonieuse avec l’ensemble sur des arômes de caramel et de cerise. L’alcool, pas bien intégré (titrage alcoolique de 8 % ABV) se fait plus marquant dès lors, sur un final d’une longueur modérée et présentant 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 définitive, difficile de comprendre cette bière peu lisible et brouillonne, et donc, pour ma part difficile de l’apprécier. Mais comme me le rappelait un grand sage, soyons indulgent pour cette brasserie qui sait faire part ailleurs de grandes bières.

3.9
Helsdon (375) - 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. It’s a classic belgian beer that make me happy to drink.

3.5
hauxe (709) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2017
Pours brown from the bottle and leaves a thick, foamy head that gently subsides to a creamy layer. The aroma is bubblegum, cherry, kind of dank. The taste is the beer’s true strength. Sweet, with a dry, lightly bitter finish. The respectable depth of flavor reveals cherry, caramel, bubblegum, banana, and bready, yeasty notes. Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation. Good.

3.5
limbonicartbeer (92) - - FEB 5, 2017
Botella 330ml. Cerveza color cobrizo con corona de espuma moderada y oscura. Aromas a fruta y caramelo. Al paladar cuerpo medio carbonatado con notas dulces, a frutas. Agradable cerveza. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
ganache (5852) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2017
750mL corked and caged. Nose richly malty, dark with brown sugar and subdued red fruity esters, some alcohol fumes. Pours copper-amber, an unusual dusky color when collected in the glass somewhere between dark chestnut and tawny-ruby, laces with rocky beige head. Taste lightly sweet with rich, thick malt and cherry coming to the fore, dates, figs, light plum, lesser light red berry, jammy with light cloves and a smear of wheat and banana. Fresh and bright with a little candy -- this is really a sterling transitional beer, the freshness and brightness of a lighter blonde but with a scoop of the more complex malt and alcohol developments of the darker and heavier beers. Subtle but enjoyable tartness. Minimal bitterness and only a dusty layer of hops, though neither was expected in spades. Warming but gently and the alcohol is not as unrestrained as I initially flinched, body really only a thin medium despite the heft of the malt and booze, and there’s some muddling of even the strongest flavors. Still, very rich with average complexity to slightly above, and scores extremely well where it counts, that old lowlands concept of digestibility. So, on the whole, not their best, but very enjoyable. [2017.02.04: 3.7]

4.2
MayumiH (1214) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle at home. Reddish brown-colour with a creamy white head. Rich, sweet caramel malt and fig fruit flavours. Medium to full body. Very tasty.


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