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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%
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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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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. A: Pours a dark amber color. It’s fairly clear for the style; then again, I left the dregs in the bottle. The head is a fluffy two finger offwhite shade. It slowly but steadily fades away after time, falling down to a thin film. S: Quite standard for an amber ale - that is, it’s very much dominated by caramel, toffee, brown sugar, earth, and maybe a hint of chocolate - only with some apple and pear notes from the Belgian yeast. As it warms up, it becomes more chocolaty, and that’s always a good thing to me. T: The opening is laden with caramel, and combined with some fruity esters, evokes caramel-coated apples in its flavor profile. It finishes fairly dry, aside from some lingering white grape notes in the aftertaste. Truth be told, this one is pretty boring...but at the same token, 90% of all amber ales bore me. In terms of craftsmanship and balance (if not depth), it’s at least rock solid. M: It’s pretty damn drinkable for an 8% brew - for better or worse, it drinks like its 5%. Of course, it’s about as interesting as a 5% brew, too. The finish is quite dry, and even somewhat astringent. Well carbonated. O: Not very interesting to me. That’s the only real problem here: it’s just boring, and there’s little complexity to make it interesting. I don’t find any reason to return to this one in the future, but it’s not bad.


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nybol (2200) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2017
Meget fyldig og en nøddesmag, sammen med den belgiske smag af gær. Et hit..

3.2
PapaCanard (148) - 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 (2391) - 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 (493) - 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 (589) - 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 (483) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 7, 2017
[email protected]'amere a boire. Reddish brown, medium beige head. Malts, caramel, bread. Mildly sweet taste.

3.7
explosivedog (1177) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 16, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours orange red with a small head. Raisins, cherry, biscuit. Pretty tasty.

3.4
ozzatoadisback (172) - ITALY - APR 9, 2017
Pours a not too attractive murky/dark amber. Good white head, ok retention and lacing. Pretty intense aroma of caramel, toasted malts, plus vivid fruity notes of pear and orange. Taste is mainly sweet with sugar and caramel malts, balanced just enough by toasted malts. Fruity notes of pear and maybe banana. Possibily a hint of spiciness. Finishes dry. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, looking towards full/creamy but quite not getting there. Very much ok.


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