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

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RATINGS: 829   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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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GSAP (724) - - FEB 10, 2013
Aroma van kiwi, wat ander fruit, suikerwerk, tevens iets metaals of plastic, maar zeker verfrissend. Dat geldt ook voor smaak, maar mist net iets wat je hoopt te verwachten, wat waterig. Ook de nasmaak is flauw. Potentie zonder door te breken. Pracht kraag op heftig ongefilterd donker oranje.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
john44 (2928) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frothmeister (772) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inoven (523) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Raian (35) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jybi (208) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hauxe (586) - 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 beers 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
limbonicartbeer (78) - - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5751) - 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 theres 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (1208) - 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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