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

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RATINGS: 840   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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3.7
ganache (5901) - 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) - - 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.

3.5
puren (1102) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - JAN 15, 2017
PREZENTACJA: przejrzyste, ciemno bursztynowe wpadające w miedź, bardzo obfita piana opada do kołnierzyka, nie zdobi szkła;
AROMAT: delikatny - "belgijski karmel", czyli palony cukier trzcinowy z suszem owocowym, brzoskwinią i pomarańczą, do tego lekki mosiądz;
ODCZUCIE: ciało średnie, wysoko nasycone, puszyste ;
SMAK: słodki - kompot z suszu, mosiądz, cukier palony, rodzynka, śliwka, ledwo wyczuwalny alkohol, niska krótka karmelowa goryczka, posmak palonego cukru ;
OGÓLNIE: nic szczególnego, kolejny niezły belgijski klasyk, no, może odrobinę zbyt słodki.

4.1
CzechTex (160) - - JAN 7, 2017
On tap. Very thick, creamy foam, gone in a fe moments. Glorious aroma, nice moth feel, this beer is fabulous. Alcohol aspect is welcomingly subdued, allowing full enjoyment of the flavor. Excellent all around.

3.2
BrewWhatIWant (212) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2017
I had this a while ago and was baffled by this one so this will be a bit of a ballpark rating. Pours amber with a big foamy head. Taste was quite unusual. I would describe it as "vaguely Belgian", with some spice notes, some hops and a slightly dry finish. I haven’t tried a beer like this before.

3.7
bunget (985) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle. Clear amber-orange body, big creamy white head with good retention and plenty of lacing. Aroma of autumn leaves, earthy hops, confectioner sugar, coriander and hints of tobacco. Taste of sugary malts, spices, a touch of herbal hops, boozy bitterness and some leather. A little rough, but still very nice.

3.6
Zarrach76 (270) - Grenoble, FRANCE - DEC 15, 2016
Ambrée / blonde vénitienne / rousse, on ne sait pas trop, légèrement trouble et surmontée d’une très grosse mousse dense et bien blanche sur plusieurs centimètres, telle une meringue faite au sucre glace. Nez sur le caramel, la cerise (avec des notes de kirsch), la framboise, la fraise, l’orange, le sirop d’érable, la cassonade, le citron vert, le main d’épice, la frangipane, pointe d’ananas, de kaki, de mangue, quelques épices (poivre, girofle...). C’est gourmand, fruité, pas trop dénaturé par l’alcool, avec une complexité qui se révèle au fur et à mesure... Bonne pioche ! La carbonatation est relativement faible vu la mousse, la texture est souple, un peu sur l’eau tout de même, et les 8% sont vraiment très discrets. En deuxième bouche, les malts, un peu d’amertume quoique assez réduite. Un petit côté acidulé avec des notes de balsamique qui rappellent les lambic/gueuze. Les gorgées suivantes améliorent les premières impressions mitigées, même si l’équilibre et les saveurs sont un peu décevantes compte tenu du nez. La longueur est anecdotique voir inexistante, ce qui est rare et dommageable pour une bière Belge. Pas une mauvaise bière du tout, au contraire elle est très agréable et "descend" toute seule. Mais elle manque quand même d’un peu de panache gustatif et de texture pour vraiment être marquante. Etant un fan inconsidéré de la brasserie Het Anker, je suis un peu déçu mais je mets la barre déjà très haute à la base. Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

3.6
melush (4065) - SPAIN - DEC 7, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cerveceria Internacional, Seville, Spain. A: Hazy amber. T: Malt, sweet, fruity.

3.2
omikr0n (927) - 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
Paladares (229) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 18, 2016
Botella. Color ámbar 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. Qué buenas cervezas hace esta gente...


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