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

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RATINGS: 825   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zarrach76 (165) - Grenoble, FRANCE - DEC 15, 2016
Ambre / blonde vnitienne / rousse, on ne sait pas trop, lgrement trouble et surmonte dune trs grosse mousse dense et bien blanche sur plusieurs centimtres, telle une meringue faite au sucre glace. Nez sur le caramel, la cerise (avec des notes de kirsch), la framboise, la fraise, lorange, le sirop drable, la cassonade, le citron vert, le main dpice, la frangipane, pointe dananas, de kaki, de mangue, quelques pices (poivre, girofle...). Cest gourmand, fruit, pas trop dnatur par lalcool, avec une complexit qui se rvle au fur et mesure... Bonne pioche ! La carbonatation est relativement faible vu la mousse, la texture est souple, un peu sur leau tout de mme, et les 8% sont vraiment trs discrets. En deuxime bouche, les malts, un peu damertume quoique assez rduite. Un petit ct acidul avec des notes de balsamique qui rappellent les lambic/gueuze. Les gorges suivantes amliorent les premires impressions mitiges, mme si lquilibre et les saveurs sont un peu dcevantes compte tenu du nez. La longueur est anecdotique voir inexistante, ce qui est rare et dommageable pour une bire Belge. Pas une mauvaise bire du tout, au contraire elle est trs agrable et "descend" toute seule. Mais elle manque quand mme dun peu de panache gustatif et de texture pour vraiment tre marquante. Etant un fan inconsidr de la brasserie Het Anker, je suis un peu du mais je mets la barre dj trs haute la base. Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (3456) - SPAIN - DEC 7, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cerveceria Internacional, Seville, Spain. A: Hazy amber. T: Malt, sweet, fruity.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omikr0n (894) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours copper to amber with nice tan head. Aroma is candy, malt, caramel, overripe fruits. Taste is malt, candy, fruits. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Paladares (212) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 18, 2016
Botella. Color mbar oscuro. Turbia y escasa espuma. En el aroma ya se aprecia que va a ser una cerveza con cuerpo. Especias, caramelo... Al probarla es de las cervezas que llenan la boca. Ese toque de gas cremoso perfecto y con muchos matices. Qu buenas cervezas hace esta gente...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cattaneopapa (365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2016
330ml bottle from LCBO. 8.0% alc./vol. Pours a hazy deep amber colour with two finger of lasting head. Aromas of apples, citrus, caramel and banana esters from the yeast. Taste matches the aroma with notes honey and dates. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel. It makes an excellent desert beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alpha10 (696) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2016
2016/11/07 - Pours a hazy, medium orange-amber colour with a thick, frothy, beige head that slowly reduces and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is toffee, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, spices, dried dark fruits (prunes, raisins) and grassy, earthy hops. Taste is yeast, toffee, raisins, spices, biscuit and crisp, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium and oily with lots of sharp carbonation and a spicy, drying, bittersweet finish. Some really nice malt and hop character out of this. Crisp and flavorful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
portwood (248) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2016
Toffee, caramel, spices, yeast. Prickly carbonation, bittersweet, spicy. Toasted malt, slightly tart citrus, orange peel, dry bitterness. (bottle bb 05/26/19)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lupuLust (246) - Franke(n) im Breisgau, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2016
21.10.2016 - Amber colour with huge stable off white head. Sweet malty and alcoholic aroma. Belgian strong character with fruity bitter hop note.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sharkydodson (1358) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - OCT 15, 2016
the aroma is caramel and fruity with shades of toffee, clover, plum and sweet wine... the taste is fruity and malty with notes of dried apple, toffee, candy, bisquit and sweet wine... sweet, bitter and dry aftertaste...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 12, 2016
Bottled 33cl. It pours a murky amber beer with a nicely remaining, mountainous chunky off white head. Strong notes of pear throughout. Yeast dominated. Remarkably smooth. Sweet. Subdued bitterness. Some lingering grassy yeasty notes in the finish which is reminiscent of dandelion.


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