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

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RATINGS: 824   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonkiedeaap (690) - Leerdam, - APR 21, 2014
Bottle from Berts Bierhuis. The beer has an amber color and a large tinted white head, with a lot of bubbles. The aroma is caramel, malts, yeast, fruits and hops. The taste is full and spicy and after a while its fresh. Tones from malts, a little bitterness from the hops and spices. Different taste are well balanced. The finish is fresh, dry and a little bitter. Not as good as the other ones from Carolus, but they also show with this beer that brewing is their speciality. Bravo!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Helsdon (367) - 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 (554) - 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 (5717) - 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 (1175) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
puren (887) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - JAN 15, 2017
PREZENTACJA: przejrzyste, ciemno bursztynowe wpadające w miedź, bardzo obfita piana opada do kołnierzyka, nie zdobi szkła;
AROMAT: delikatny - "belgijski karmel", czyli palony cukier trzcinowy z suszem owocowym, brzoskwinią i pomarańczą, do tego lekki mosiądz;
ODCZUCIE: ciało średnie, wysoko nasycone, puszyste ;
SMAK: słodki - kompot z suszu, mosiądz, cukier palony, rodzynka, śliwka, ledwo wyczuwalny alkohol, niska krtka karmelowa goryczka, posmak palonego cukru ;
OGLNIE: nic szczeglnego, kolejny niezły belgijski klasyk, no, może odrobinę zbyt słodki.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CzechTex (155) - - JAN 7, 2017
On tap. Very thick, creamy foam, gone in a fe moments. Glorious aroma, nice moth feel, this beer is fabulous. Alcohol aspect is welcomingly subdued, allowing full enjoyment of the flavor. Excellent all around.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewWhatIWant (79) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2017
I had this a while ago and was baffled by this one so this will be a bit of a ballpark rating. Pours amber with a big foamy head. Taste was quite unusual. I would describe it as "vaguely Belgian", with some spice notes, some hops and a slightly dry finish. I havent tried a beer like this before.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunget (898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle. Clear amber-orange body, big creamy white head with good retention and plenty of lacing. Aroma of autumn leaves, earthy hops, confectioner sugar, coriander and hints of tobacco. Taste of sugary malts, spices, a touch of herbal hops, boozy bitterness and some leather. A little rough, but still very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zarrach76 (163) - Grenoble, FRANCE - DEC 15, 2016
Ambre / blonde vnitienne / rousse, on ne sait pas trop, lgrement trouble et surmonte dune trs grosse mousse dense et bien blanche sur plusieurs centimtres, telle une meringue faite au sucre glace. Nez sur le caramel, la cerise (avec des notes de kirsch), la framboise, la fraise, lorange, le sirop drable, la cassonade, le citron vert, le main dpice, la frangipane, pointe dananas, de kaki, de mangue, quelques pices (poivre, girofle...). Cest gourmand, fruit, pas trop dnatur par lalcool, avec une complexit qui se rvle au fur et mesure... Bonne pioche ! La carbonatation est relativement faible vu la mousse, la texture est souple, un peu sur leau tout de mme, et les 8% sont vraiment trs discrets. En deuxime bouche, les malts, un peu damertume quoique assez rduite. Un petit ct acidul avec des notes de balsamique qui rappellent les lambic/gueuze. Les gorges suivantes amliorent les premires impressions mitiges, mme si lquilibre et les saveurs sont un peu dcevantes compte tenu du nez. La longueur est anecdotique voir inexistante, ce qui est rare et dommageable pour une bire Belge. Pas une mauvaise bire du tout, au contraire elle est trs agrable et "descend" toute seule. Mais elle manque quand mme dun peu de panache gustatif et de texture pour vraiment tre marquante. Etant un fan inconsidr de la brasserie Het Anker, je suis un peu du mais je mets la barre dj trs haute la base. Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.


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