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

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RATINGS: 841   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3711) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Pours a medium lasting, off white head, over a clear amber (SRM14) body.....nose is sweet malts, caramel, toffee, spicy (cinnamon, allspice, clove intermixed) hop, bit of barnyard funk.....taste is early malt caramel, toffee, then dried fruits, especially cherry, raisin, finishing with light hop bitterness....mouth feel is medium, carbonation quite high. This is, as advertised, midway between the blue Keizer and a blond. The yeasty phenols and esters rocked. A nice Belgian strong, that won’t kill you with huge flavors and ruin your palette for the night, or ethanol, which just gets you intoxicated.


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AntoineGRD (127) - - JUL 24, 2017
Brassée par la brasserie Het Anker en suivant une recette datant du 15 siècle, la Gouden Carolus Ambrio est la seule représentante d'un style de bière aujourd'hui disparu. Plus fortes en alcool et plus houblonnées que ses ancêtres, c'est une bière refermentée en bouteille et qui n'est aromatisée qu'avec des houblons en provenance de Belgique. Cette Gouden Carolus Ambrio à la fois ronde et caractérielle présente dans le verre une jolie robe de couleur ambre légèrement cuivrée. Elle se coiffe d'un chapeau de mousse à la fois dense, crémeux et abondant qui est très persistant dans le verre. La Gouden Carolus Ambrio présente au nez des arômes complexes et maltés de fruits mûrs, de caramel et de café; Des notes d'épices ainsi que de légères senteurs herbacées sont également perceptibles. En bouche, on retrouve des saveurs maltées dans un mélange complexe évoquant les fruits mûrs, les malts torréfiés et le caramel. Des touches de levure évoquant les épices sont également présentes en bouche. L'ensemble est relativement sucré. Notons que cette bière peut aisément se conserver jusqu'à trois ans après la date de mise en bouteille. Le comparatif entre la version jeune et celle vieillie en cave peut donc constituer une intéressante expérience gustative. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
nybol (2201) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2017
Meget fyldig og en nøddesmag, sammen med den belgiske smag af gær. Et hit..

3.2
PapaCanard (151) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 7, 2017
Ambrée avec trop de mousse. Caramel en bouche mais le goût disparaît assez rapidement et il ne reste qu’un arrière goût de pain grillé. Pas désagréable.

4.3
vinivini (2423) - Gomel, BELARUS - JUN 15, 2017
Bottle. Light amber colour, cloudy, beautiful perfectly lacing off-white head. Aroma: fresh rosemary, anise, locorice, caramel malts, toffee. Mushrooms as it warms. Medium body. Medium dry taste. Nice semi dark malts. Spicy yeast. Fruity. Very good.

3.6
nathanvc (507) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2017
Pours hazy amber with a big, long-lasting, foamy, off-white head that leaves lacing. The aroma contains caramel, peach, citrus, malt, hops and some spices. It tastes medium fruity sweet to light hoppy and spicy bitter. A bit of a metallic note in the finish at first but it disappears after a while. Medium body, oily texture, fizzy carbonation. Delicate balance. Not as overwhelming as the other Gouden Caroluses but: Het Anker does it again!

3.4
SimonBlok (599) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2017
33cl bottle at home. Appearance: clear amber with big eggshell white head. Aroma: red fruits, raspberries, caramel and sweet malts, spice, trace of coriander. Taste: fairly high sweetness and medium bitterness. Notes of red fruits, caramel, raspberries sweet malts, some yeast. Bitterness in the finish is a little wry, but not unpleasant. Palate: medium bodied, watery to oily texture and medium carbonation. Pretty good, but the palate is a bit weak.

3.8
djcampbell (159) - Moravany, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 12, 2017
Hodně skvělé pivo s říznější chutí, které si pohrává s chuťovými pohárky. Hodně zajímavá zkušenost!

3.5
carlom (58) - ITALY - MAY 10, 2017
colore ambrato, schiuma abbondante e persistente, al naso decisi sentori di malto. Sapore di malto tostato e luppoli. Inizio dolce ma finale decisamente amaro, corpo medio. Una birra facile da bere ma che regala poche sorprese.

3.6
Serapac (490) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 7, 2017
[email protected]'amere a boire. Reddish brown, medium beige head. Malts, caramel, bread. Mildly sweet taste.

3.7
explosivedog (1183) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 16, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours orange red with a small head. Raisins, cherry, biscuit. Pretty tasty.


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