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

bottled
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RATINGS: 820   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
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 29, 2010
11.2 oz bottle. Hazy copper with a huge, dense, foamy beige head. Faint aroma of sugary caramel malt and earthy, woody scents. The flavor is lots of sweet malt and sugar but not cloying, some light bitterness and sourness too for balance. Not really any alcohol flavors. Medium body with active, prickly carbonation and a thick, foamy mouth feel. This is a very good, easy drinking beer, especially for being 8% abv.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (1115) - 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 (842) - 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 (154) - - 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 (59) - 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 (885) - 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 (128) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (3325) - SPAIN - DEC 7, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cerveceria Internacional, Seville, Spain. A: Hazy amber. T: Malt, sweet, fruity.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omikr0n (892) - 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 (207) - 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 (350) - 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.


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