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Gouden Carolus Ambrio - Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus AmbrioGouden Carolus Ambrio

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BA SCORE
86
very good

280 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 280
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%


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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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 03:07:33 | More by ThisWangsChung
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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.

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Gouden Carolus Ambrio from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.