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Gouden Carolus Ambrio - Brouwerij Het Anker

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BA SCORE
86
very good

287 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 287
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-15-2003)
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper body, mostly clear but murky towards the top, where the super tight foam forms an initially nice cap that blooms after a minute. Aroma of fruit with a hint of spice, but so muffled by the cap it comes out rather clean.

Very nice flavor with notes of, shockingly, amber malts - spicy, nutty, pepper finish with a slight boozy heat. Sweet but not cloying, spiciness is under control, and attenuation is professional. Perfect sudsiness. Easy to drink but full enough in body.

I had this one a few years ago with no reviewing notes, so I'm glad I had a chance (in Mexico!) to enjoy another bottle. Not a pleasant import price here, but neither outrageous - and definitely worth it for the chance to drink the beer that every Mexican 'obscura' wishes it could be.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:14:09 | More by BretSikkink
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Slightly hazy amber copper color with a huge beige head with eternal retention and leaving strong laces.
Light aroma of caramel malt, raisins, orange marmalade and other overripe fruits.
Bold flavor with lots of spices initially and notes of herbal hops, rum, green apples, pears and lots of sugar. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness that fades away quickly with sugar overtaking it.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is definitely there.
I found it disappointing comparing to other Gouden Carolus. In one word: boring, too much sugar and caramel lacking complexity and a bit of balance. But looks nice.

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A:
Pours a beautiful ruby-amber-brown with a tremendous, effervescent tan head that goes from half the glass to a couple inches of fluffy cream. Great retention; perfectly even chunky lacing. Poyfect!

S:
Sweet dough, flowers, clove, roasty malt. Spicy and sugary. Warm.

T:
Rich, rummy, spicy, yeasty, aromatic. The taste comes onto the tongue spicy and warm. It progresses through sweet maltiness and subtle dry hoppiness before a lingering boozy finish with yeasty spice.

M:
Round, coating, and warm. The body is a touch past medium. On the whole it is velvety with really subtle carbonation. Awesome.

O:
Fantabulous beer in every way!
This is not the best representation of its style if we are judging it that way (I'm not) but is a very good beer. I can think of other beers that I would judge as "better" but this is a very tight package that is exactly what it should be, which I can't say about them (if that makes any sense).
One of the most perfect-looking beers that I have ever had with an alluring spice-laden nose and a taste that shys away from copying the smell. The velvety palate and lingering booze warmth make for a complete package.
Will have again; find it.

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Does any else notice how ridiculously long Belgian beer names are? If you're not royalty, six words in your name is way too many.

Beautiful brown pour with a nice head. This is a very "typical" Belgian beer. The aroma is...well, just "Belgian". The same with the flavor. This isn't a bad thing. It's not bad to be a typical Belgian beer, any more than it's bad to be a typical Ferrari.

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Gouden Carolus Ambrio from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.