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

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RATINGS: 847   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smallprint (79) - - SEP 25, 2012
Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a deep amber with a bubbly, off-white head. Smell is as you’d expect from a strong, darker belgian beer. Plenty of malts and dark fruits, a some spices. The taste is of caramel, spices, malts, plenty of fruit character including green apple which surprised me. Quite full bodied, medium carbonation, went down very well with a lovely smooth finish and a slightly alcoholic feel.


3.1
FatPhil (17148) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 2, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2017 330ml bottle (ebrowarium) (7+:3:6:3:12=3.1)

Beautiful soft perfumey aroma, classic belgian aroma. Coppery colour, lovely persistent doughy head. Sweetish malty taste. Erm, it's a belgian beer - I can detect that - but it does nothing. (I find this about .2 better than the numbers above. Gets much better once the bottom yeast is added. -anna)

3.8
martjoobolut (5218) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 2, 2017
Bottle (thanks fatphil). Pours amber with whiteish head. Aroma is fruity, sugary, malty, apple. Flavor is sweet and bitter, malt, fruits. Overall: very good.

2.9
Marduk (8493) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 2, 2017
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Clear brown color. Huge size, thick tan head, stays. Yeasty, yarrow, sweet, alcohol, papery in aroma. Yarrow, herbal, spicy, some cinnamon, alcohol in taste. Alcohol, yarrow, sweet in aftertaste. Boozy in mouth. Dry mouthfeel. Thin body. But yarrow disturbs me. Doable brew.

3.3
suurjuust (3806) - ESTONIA - DEC 2, 2017
330ml bottle shared by Phil, thanks! Clear darkish amber pour, big light beige head. Nose is pretty belgian, caramel, malt, sugary sweetness. Flavor is pretty belgian also, sweet caramel, dried fruit, sugar. Dry and caramelly finish, floral notes. Not bad at all.

3.8
jjsint (3516) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2017
Bottle from the Offie, Leicester. Drunk at home. Caramel brown/amber, just a touch hazy, with a large foamy beige head. Toffee, candy sugar, hazelnut, gardenia, vanilla bean and sourdough in the aroma. Sweet boozy taste burnt sugar malty notes all the way to the finish. There's a delightful balancing hop midway though, but it's still a pretty sweet beer. Some berry notes and more toffee in the aftertaste. Full carbonation. As good as I'd hoped.

3.9
NiklasT (125) - SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2017 Amber, a bit hazy. Aroma slightly yeasty, Taste fruity and Ends with burned Tones, rather than bitterness

2.4
rayaron (2011) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max's place. Thanks Vova. 2009 edition. Clear copper with beige head. The aroma has notes of prune, dried fruits, syrupy. Sweetish flavor with notes of syrup, prune, some alcohol, yeasty and sticky. Dry, medium to full-bodied.

3.6
mice (1065) - FINLAND - OCT 2, 2017
Red and copper brown beer with huge head. Aroma has strong Belgium yeast feeling. Also sweet herbs, some fruits and berries, strawberry at least. Taste has Belgium yeast, malts, herbs, raisins, dried fruits and hints of alcohol. Medium body, quite big carbonation which gets more balanced on the glass. Good quality, but not best Gouden Carolus.

2.8
zvsn (2317) - ISRAEL - OCT 1, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Vova. 2009 ed. bottle. Hazy amber color. Lots of raisins, prunes, honey, alcohol, caramel, candy, notes of oxidation. Medium-full bodied, syrupy and sticky.

2.7
kerenmk (5269) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 28, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max' place. Thanks Vova. Bottled circa 2009. Hazy brown with floaties. Oxidized raisins, fermented nuts aroma, sweet, alcoholic and raisins in the mouth. Full body, fizzy, long chocolate and raisins finish.


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