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Anker Blond - Brouwerij Het Anker

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BA SCORE
87
very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 08-21-2005)
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Photo of Bierschenker
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Margriet was brewed specially for the festive year Mechelen 2005. A citywide spectacle of theatre, movie, exhibitions, literature, culture, cuisine (beer included),… A contest was organised for the inhabitants of Mechelen. The got the honour of naming the beer. Eventually “Margriet” won. The central theme were the two powerful woman who lived, worked and ruled in Mechelen.

Quote from the website www.mechelen2005.be:
“Mechelen 2005, City in Female Hands is based on the interaction, five hundred years ago, between the town and two of its leading ladies, Margaret of York and Margaret of Austria. The event provides a platform on which women and men are invited to claim a place in the town and to take up residence briefly or permanently, just as the two Margarets of history inhabited their residences and remained associated with the town. It is a journey of discovery through the town, with projects where womanhood takes material shape in a variety of ways: humorous or serious, rational or emotional, indoors or outdoors, artistic or social.”

The event was very successful; and so still is the beer.

A beer with a rich foggy golden colour. Some carbonation, little yeast on the bottom.
The head is thin, snow white and very compact.
Very strong smell: strong citrus, banana, honey, caramel, malt, alcohol. Sweet
The taste kicks off with a sparkly sensation on the tongue by the carbonation. Followed by a bitter sweet malt and citrus taste, hops in the back. Becomes drier, taste changes to banana. Feels great in the mouth. Sweet taste, but no sugary / sticky or slimy sensation.
Aftertaste continues the banana with hops and honey. Lingers on for quite a while and eventually turns to peanuts. Fades away very slowly and gently.

Marvellous beer! Al the flavours are well balanced. A very own taste, lots of character. One of my favourites from now on. And then to think it had been lying in my refrigerator for months. Does seem to have survived the relocation from Mechelen to Leuven excellently!

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Bierschenker, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice glass. Easily one of the best-looking bottle pours I've had in a while. The colour is a opaque light golden, and it leaves a thick, foamy head that simply won't go away. Terrific lacing right up the glass. Reminded very much of Duvel.

Smell is slighty yeasty with a bit of fruit and a faint note of alcohol esters.

The taste is a lovely blend of yeast, citrus (lemon), pear, nectarine and coriander with a slight bubble gum kick. Loads going on here. The finish is dry and satisfying.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, yet creamy thanks to the (still thick!) head. Refreshing. Dry, but doesn't stick to the palate.

One of the best BPA's I've had in recent year. After seeing that it's not being brewed again, I'm snapping some more up tomorrow - I definitely recommend you do the same!

JohnnyBarman, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of gerardoluna
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Eyes] Orange cloudy deep and Yelow Golden beer with a good, creamy foamy head.
[Nouse] Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, malt, fruity, moderate yeasty, soap, yeast, anis-seed.
[Mouth] Sweet caramel malt, gooood carbonation dry and spicy. Interesting!.

gerardoluna, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of Hobbit
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Hobbit, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of roddwolff
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Blond color, the foamy head is fat, white and shiny, looks like whipped cream, have long life and good lacing;

S: Perfumed with hops and essences of lime and citrus;

T: Begins with smoked malt, appears after citric and spicy hops with sugars, very well balanced;

M: Refreshing with a sweet bitterness, produces tingling in the throat, and high carbonation, all these qualities in a light body;

D: The best light-body and refreshing beer I have classified.

roddwolff, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the most absolutely ridiculous head I've ever seen, takes up 2/3 of the beer, with a cloudy pale straw yellow colour.

I'll have to wait a while for this monstrosity of a head to clear up so the sweet aroma can make it to my nasal glands. Okay...somewhat cleared up, the nose is picking up some ripe fruit, bananas, coriander, cloves, wet grass and somewhat winey with some sourdough on the side.

Once I get through this obscene head, my taste buds are intoxicated with a lovely melody of ripe apples, bananas, lemongrass, some yeast infected white wine, some fresh baked parmesan oregano subway bread, and a nice spicey hop finish. Wow look at this head, it doesn't seem to want to go anywhere.

Nice creamy mouthfeel thanks to that preposterous head, highly carbonated. There is something very special about this beer, a very good BPA, better than Duvel on many levels, yea I said it!

GodOfBeer, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immense thanks to northyorksammy for the chance to try this before they all disappear. Best before 09/01/11. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Cloudy satin sheen gold body with a very large rocky pale lemon chiffon head which slowly recedes to a creamy soft-peak crown. Large arcs of lacing race around the sides.

Pale malt base notes in the nose along with a sweet yeasty undercurrent. Fresh cut hay, very light esters, and delicate biscuit aromas as well.

Sweet yeast flavors with white pepper, coriander, and sourdough starter on the palate. Banana bread and a light lactic tartness along with a very mild citrus-esque bitterness in the finish. Delicate and well balanced.

Medium-light bodied, pillowy and soft, with excellent effervesence.

Supremely drinkable - and a great value if you live where you can get some.

augustgarage, May 31, 2010
Photo of ludachris
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orangey straw when held up to the light. 2 and a half fingers of mountainous, foamy head quickly fills the snifter leaving some nice film like lacing around the glass. As previously mentioned, this reminds me a lot of Duvel, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Smell of belgian yeast, tangerine, spice and some more citrus. Delicious.

The belgian yeast pairs nicely with a subtle sweet tangerine tang and caps off with some clove, spice and a mellow but snappy citrus finish. The tad bit higher ABV is well disguised, staying true to the style.

Sharp and slightly creamy in the mouth. Highly drinkable.

Overall, a tasty, well made belgian pale ale. Too bad this stuff was only brewed once.

ludachris, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold color with plenty of haze. A giant foam cap immediately surges up with the pour and never dissapears. Huge swathes of lace drape the glass. This beer looks fantastic. The aroma is very soft with some spice and doughy malt present. The taste is more interesting with biscuity malts, fruity notes and herbal hop flavor in the back. Various spices (all-spice, nutmeg, even ginger) and nuance as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is very delicately carbonated and smooth like velvet.

A very pleasant Belgian Pale Ale. It has a good amount of complexity and a robust malt profile.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Duvel glass and was taken aback. Here is a beer worthy of such a glass. A beautiful pillow white head on top of a semi cloudy golden ale. Wonderful.

The smell is lightly spiced with clove and dried fruit like apricots.

The taste was surprisingly hard for me to pin down. It's good, but reminded me so much of Duvel that I was hard pressed to come away with anything else.

Mouthfeel is dry and very carbonated.. but the carbonation contains real scrubbing power and was able to cleanse my palate while I ate.

Drinkability is good.

Ralphus, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Margriet. BB 10/02/11.

A: Clear straw with a huge, fluffy white head, excellent retention & lace.

S: Very floral, light clove & phenolic spicing and candied fruit.

T: Earthy mineral, candied pineapple, papaya, floral, light spicing, cloves, good bitterness, alcohol well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp, dry finish.

D: A decent drinker.

Derek, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy blond color ale with a super huge foamy head with good retention and perfect retention. Aroma of coriander, sweet fruit ester with a touch of peach and some Belgian malt. Taste is very refreshing with great notes of Belgian malt with lightly sweet notes and great spices mix with light notes of coriander and orange peel with fruity ester. Body is quite full with perfect carbonation. This one really hits the spot and I quiet enjoy those easy to drink Belgian pale ale in the summertime.

Phyl21ca, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mechelen (or Malines, in English and French) is a small Belgian town with a ton of history. Just glancing at its past you'll see pages listing countless kings, queens, duchesses, dukes and emperors. Most famous was Holy Roman Emperor Charles Quint V (1500-1558) who spent much of his childhood in Mechelen, at the time the capital of The Netherlands.

Mechelen's brewery Het Anker (The Anchor) depicts the head of Charles Quint on many of its labels and is popularly known for its "Cuvee van de Keizer" beers. What few know is that the brewery is located on the site of a former nuns convent where women are believed to have started brewing as early as 1369. It is only appropriate, therefore, that this be the brewery to brew the self-proclaimed "beer for women".

Margriet is named after two famous female figures from Mechelen's past: Margaret of Austria (1480-1530), the one-time Governess of The Netherlands and Margaret of York (1446-1503), Charles Quint's Grandmother. This "Blond Vrouwenbier" (Blond Woman Beer) and a Feestelijk Cultuurbier (Celebratory Culture Beer) was brewed originally for Mechelen's 2005 "City in Female Hands" festival. It is spiced with coriander and rose petals.

The appearance reveals sunny lemon peel with a giant, virgin white cloud overhanging. The head is stunning, it appears like an egg white that's been whisked to form stiff, firm peaks. The lacing is super adhesive and coats the glass in thick ribbons of cotton. The beer is lightly hazed but has an ultra-bright sunlit radiance. The Belgians are artists.

The aroma smells like a textbook witbier albeit with the yeast-derived complexities of a Belgian Pale ale. It has a grainy, spicy wheat tang with a very perfumy note of coriander. It is forward with the toasty, bready malts and exhumes a very pronounced fruity character, toting notes of pear and yellow apple as well as more citrusy hints of orange.

The beer also tastes of biscuity, bready malts. The spicing and fruit flavours merge to create cinnamon doused pear and coriander sprinkled orange peel. It is light and refreshing with a guiding hint of candied, lemony citrus zest. The rosebuds are subtle but easily noticed if pointed out. Their delicate floral component compliments the yeasty spice.

If Het Anker makes a less than delicious beer I've yet to try it. This witbier-pale ale fusion is a lovely and graceful product. It is not only a quenching beer for hot, sunny days but it's intricacies, dynamic interaction of flavours and use of unique ingredients are all things that epitomize the integrity and ingenuity of Belgian brewers. Feestelijk Cultuurbier is right!

biegaman, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a monstrous, lively, rocky head. Phenomenal head retention and it laces like a beast. Wow.

The aroma is wonderfully inviting, with hints of flowers, barnyard yeastiness, oranges and dried pineapple.

The taste follows, with the bitterness and hops being crisp and bracing, somewhat floral, but the sweet bready, biscuity malt keeps them from being nothing less than moreish and working in perfect harmony with the accompanying coriander and rosewater flavors. It's a Belgian beer all right, with the yeast imparting a spicy, saddle leather funk to it, and it works really well here.

The mouthfeel is lightly crisp, dry, and silky.

This is a wonderfully enjoyable beer to drink. In fact, I drank it far too quickly to be particularly contemplative in my review, and stopping at just one seems a shame. I simply must get more.

MeisterBurger, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of jmhart
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle from Shreik806 as a bonus. Best by 10/02/11

A- Pours a greenish gold, hazy, with a thick 3 finger head. Head is quite bubbly and persistent. Probably lasted a good 2 minutes. Head fades to a good lace on the glass, minor webbing floating at the top.

S- First of is a nice sweet malted barley smell. Not too heavily roasted, so lots light sweet flavors off the malt. Underneath the malt is yeast, a little graininess, and some mild hops.

T- Sugar hits first, but quickly knocked out by yeast. Obvious finish of wet grass. Undertones of banana, cinnamon, and pepper. A decent spicy bite at the end. Leaves a pleasant apricot aftertaste that lasts for several minutes.

M- Light to medium bodied kind of like a Munich Lager. Straight out of the bottle it was pretty heavily carbonated, but it didn't hold the carbonation long.

D-Highly drinkable. Easy to drink with a lot of nice flavor. The wet grass in the taste is a little too heavy, but that's my only complaint.

O- A pretty decent brew. Unique in it's approach and enjoyable. Happy to have tried it.

jmhart, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of wl0307
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this beer on tap at the Evening Star in Brighton, 19/08/05. At first I didn't recognise the beer was from Het Anker as when I tasted this beer on tap at the brewery in Mechelen no beer logo was on display. Thanks for Beerymatt's kind info./correction and provision of this nice beer on tap!

A: served in a small short-legged wine glass or goblet, it pours a clear, golden hue with a negligible beer head and moderate carbonation.
S: mild banana or banana-bread and coriander seed like spicy aroma, with a little hint of strawberry~~ softly fruity and hoppy at the same time.
T: a witbier-like taste upfront--butter-fried banana, coriander-seed, followed by a lightly candyish malty flavour, a lively green-apple peel note and underlying spicy (like the aftertaste of nutmeg and cinnamon...) flavour and a peppery and yeasty touch, all mixed up and led to a kind of herbal bitter and hoppy finish. Not sure if any spices are used in this beer but the spicy touch accompanies the hoppy theme really well.
M: refreshing and lively, the mouthfeel is also quite smooth with gentle carbonation. Balanced mouthfeel b/w spices, hops and malts sustains throughout, with a slightly crisp touch in the end.
D: very delicately-tuned and refreshing Blond. Recommended!

wl0307, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of mintjellie
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large glass from my kitchen set. Hazy yellow with fine, pillowy head that doesn't want to dissipate. The carbonation just wont let up either. The fairly rapid stream of bubbles makes me think of sparkling wine. Lace is scattered, but quite thick where it is.

Yeast & spice notes, with some citrus in the background. It reminds me of witbier, but is a little stronger in some respects.

Nice citrus tang finished with hoppy bitterness. Bitterness is dry. The beer is a little bit peppery as well. Bitterness brings citrus zest to mind.

The lively carbonation contributes to a light body. You can feel the bubbles on your tongue. It tingles a little.

Mouthfeel and flavour work well together. This is an extremely refreshing beer that goes down real easy on one of the first really hot days of the summer.

Final verdict : This is a delicious and highly quaffable thirst quencher thats tastes somewhere between a witbier and a pale ale.

mintjellie, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from LCBO.

Pours a lightly cloudy dark yellow/light golden, massive and thick white head forms, takes a while to settles down, drops a ton of lacing on the glass, lots of chunks, looks pretty good, retains a very thick layer, very rocky. Smell is nice, malty, nice mix of fruit, apricots, some honey sweetness, lightly biscuity, some grassy and floral hops, perfumy, wheat, coriander and other spice, nice and refreshing. Taste is similar, sweet and malty at first, almost a hint of vanilla, some dry biscuits, floral and perfumy hops, grass, coriander, apricot, very lightly fruity, wheaty, touch of sweetness, then dry and bready in the finish, hint of bitter spice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, refreshing and drinkable. Pretty nice beer, great summer beer.

Viggo, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of pootz
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle:

decants a hazy golden ale with a, smallish creamy cap.

Aromas are slight: a whaft of malts with a citrusy-floral nose.

Sturdy profile: Big malt with vanilla pod and succulent fruity flavours, sweetness balanced with leafy dry hopping. Velvet smoothness in a honey-like finish.

Very understated but substantial and well crafted. I will be cellaring a few.

pootz, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clouded yellow with a HUGE white head that laces as if its life depends on it. Truly majestic in the vein of Duvel... bravo! The aroma is similar to a witbier, with strong grain notes paired with coriander, orange peel and something else. After a bit of reading I discover that this floral note I'm picking up is in fact roses, which are used in the brewing process. Now that I'm aware of the presence of roses, I can definitely taste them in the flavour. Their scented presence combines well with the coriander and citrus elements, and is then elevated by the spiciness and complexity of the belgian yeast. The body is medium with medium-high carbonation and a drying finish with hints of leather.

bobsy, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of fido
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anker Blond pours a cloudy yellow color, small foamy head, no lacing; Smell is sweet and some fruity aroma; Taste is sweet, malty and yeasty, some spices; Mouthfeel is smooth, Moderate carbonation; Very drinkable and refreshing.

A good beer, recommended.

¡Salud!

fido, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of ZorPrime
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Bobsy in a recent trade.

Tasted on July 14, 2009.

The beers pours as a nice pale yellow color. A little bit hazy. The head is big and so beautiful, cloudy style. The aroma is of average intensity. More fruity smell than anything else. I smell some touch of citrus. The taste it is slightly bitter, not much. Not at all complex. I very good beer for the summer. Very refreshing and so easy to drink. A very good thirst quencher.

ZorPrime, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Molson2000, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Pepeton
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice finding, this ale.

Pours a light amber, with a massive white and fluffy head and lots of lacing.

Smell is fruity, sweet malts, Belgian yeast.

Taste is a well balanced mix of malts and hops. Probably more on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy, say buttery, with a nice bitter finish.

Drinkability is high, you only have to take care on this one since it has a 6.5% ABV.

¡Salud!

Pepeton, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now known as the blond. Light yellow with rising carbonation. Fluffy white head with bubbles. Lots of lace always. Bubble gum aroma. Served appropriately on the somewhat colder side at Abbot on the Hill, better as it warmed. Taste was smooth, drinakble and bubble ummy blonde. Carbonation detracted.

Sammy, Mar 24, 2008
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Anker Blond from Brouwerij Het Anker
87 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.