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

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RATINGS: 813   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 (703) - - 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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omikr0n (882) - 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 (199) - 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 (342) - 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 (655) - 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 (217) - 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 (145) - Freiburg, 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 (1243) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1502) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Un bire belge aux allures de bire belge. Le liquide est bien ambr et surtout coiff dune arrogante mousse blanche qui sestompe doucement, laissant des vestiges dune infinie complexit sur mon ballon. Un nez qui ormis les levures belges de gomme ballounne, trahit des armes de quelques pices sches et de dentifrice? Oui de curieuses armes mentholes se mlent de la partie apportant fracheur au nez et en bouche. Belle rondeur en bouche provenant de malts adroitement grills auxquels se mlent des pices fines et encore, beaucoup de levures. Je ne porte aucune attention lalcool dans ce breuvage tant la rondeur et la finesse du liquide captent mon attention. Une bire forte que je me surprends boire comme sil sagissait dune session.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drmet (854) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2016
L: -pours a cloudy,glowing amber with a huge,frothy,offwhite head -high carbonation visible -big chunks of yeast settling at the bottom of the glass S: -not reallly willing to open up -bready,caramel,sugar,earthy,slight funk,iced coffee,grainy, tea T: -also very subdued -caramel,toffee,bready,strawberries,faint coffee,plums F: -low to medium carbonation -medium body -alcohol noticeable O: One thing about these Gouden Carolus Beers is, that they are quite different from eachother. This at times seemed like a Blend of English Brown Ale & Flamish Red. Unfortunately, this didnt want to open up.


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