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Gouden Carolus Ambrio - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-15-2003

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Ratings: 309 | Reviews: 195
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Gouden Carolus glass. Thick creamy head lingers above a dark brownish amber colored beer. Can barely see small bubbles rushing to top. Can smell malt and belgian yeast. Taste is a little caramally and honey. After tasting the beer, I can smell the caramel. Yeasty with a taste of alcohol at the end. Very good taste, just like the smell. Great mediumbodied mouth. Solid beer. I think I'll have another.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this beer is seriously underrated! pours a deep amber color with significant head. very smooth and incredible belgian amber taste, unique to het anker. its got that taste detectable in all het anker strong dark(ers) but totally unique in its own right, very drinkable. fantastic with a good cohiba.

Photo of jtell
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a nice fluffy head. Decent lacing and retention on the glass. The smell is malty and bready with a slight hop finish. Taste is great. Sweet malts with a great Belgian yeast taste. Slight hops finish off the beer and boy and I ready for another sip. The mouthfeel is phenomenal. So rich and smooth it is absolutely perfect. I wish other beers could be as smooth as this. Bottle says 8% and at that strength this is very drinkable. The smooth mouthfeel and great flavors also make this a very drinkable beer. I love the beers from Gouden Carolus and this beer did not disappoint. One of the best I have had in a long while.

Photo of jdhilt
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a 5+ (and this is very slowly) finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and light bodied. Sweet caramel nose. Flavor is light caramel and raisins. Higher ABV is hidden. $4.25 for a 330ml bottle from Gillingham's Woodstock, VT.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger rocky off-white head over a semi-hazy deep red-brown body. The head has excellent staying power, and leaves a web of lace coating the glass. Strong aromas of tart and sweet red berries, light pear and citric fruit, and miscellaneous Belgian yeasty goodness. Significant sweetness carries flavors of caramel, sweet orange and berry fruit. An earthy musty character lurks along with a mild cotton candy and marshmallow. A touch of pepper. Citric and earthy hop flavor and bitterness adds balance. Lively carbonation keeps the beer light on the tongue, yet the mouthfeel is smooth. Full bodied.

Yet another excellent example of the under-recognized Belgian ambree style. Wonderful complexity that as usual defies my ability to do it justice with words.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Estilo: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol: 8.0 ABV

Apariencia: Color ámbar intenso, dorado antiguo y marrón rojizo, con una amplia corona de espuma color marfil de alta retención.

Aroma: Frutos del bosque, bayas, caramelos, azúcares, notas florales, notas de madera quemada.

Sabor: Interesantes sabores a maltas y azúcares con regusto sutil a alcohol. Frutos rojos, frutos frescos y cítricos. Notas ácidas.

Sensación: Cuerpo medio con carbonatación alta.

Maridaje recomendado: Bife de chorizo a la leña. Costillas al bbq.

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small 11.2 ounce bottle, "Ambrio 1471" on the label, expensive stuff at over $14 for a four pack! No freshness or bottled on info offered on the packaging. Pours a glowing dark honey shade of amber, Pretty clear, until the slightly yeasty final pour mixes things up. Lifts an initially huge tan head, this beauty very slowly settles down to meringue and then finally to a thick film and leaves behind all kinds of crazy spotty and knit lacing. Bubbles continue to rise to the top. Alcohol in the nose, also some raisins, confectionary sugars and tropical fruits, yum. Warming and tasty brew, plenty of fruity notes, also moderate rum, raisins, maple sugars, spicy yeasty notes, very nice, plenty of complexity and interest to go around. Well worth seeking out and savoring.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber or garnet with a nice lacy head that clings to the sides. Aromas is heavy on the plums, grapefruit and brown sugar. Taste is smooth at first, malty and fruity with molasses and rum-raisin, before a nice bite at the end from some citrusy bitter hops. Alcohol has a nice warming feel as it goes down.

This is a very well balanced brew I need to have more often.

Photo of craytonic
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, cloudy, rich amber. Substantial sudsy head which laces beautifully down the glass.

Tastes and smells fresh, nose is malts, citrus, and golden raisins.

Rich taste and texture, malts, medium-bodied fruits like figs and raisins. The hopes are _perfectly_ balanced, it could not be more in harmony with the sweetness. Light and subtle spices.

Mouthfeel has a lush creaminess that lingers, great carbonation, well balanced. Leaves you wanting more. As it warms the alcohol starts to show.

Photo of jikvig
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It got a cobberbrown colour, with a huge head. The foam sits on top for a long 5 minutes before it settels.

On the nose the is a smell of freshly made bread, only it´s not baked yet. Which is strange, because I do get a "baked" aroma aswell. Also get some dried fruit, raisins and a beautiful maltaroma.

Wow, really rich in taste and even if it´s 8% you don´t feel it. The foam is compact, the aftertaste last for a loong time and hops is suddle. It´s kinda sweet, but it´s not to much. Just a hint of bitterness.

A really wellmade beer, with a beautiful balance and alot of taste!

Photo of yesferro
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: goblet

Poors really nicely, I ended up with a 2'' head. It smelled sweet and fruity and the flavor didn't disappoint, some hints of caramel but mainly a fruity aftertaste, sadly that aftertaste doesn't laste long at all. A great beer though, very easy to drink.

Photo of geexploitation
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This lovely beer pours with a light brown color possessing bright amber highlights and a fine-bubbled head with marvelous stickiness. The nose has that familiar Belgian yeasty note, as well as some rich orange/chocolate notes (which I'm thinking is a Gouden Carolus staple) and some vague spiciness. On the tongue this beer adds a few wrinkles. The orange/chocolate note is there, but added to it is a fresh, lively bubblegum flavor that lightens things considerably. Some substantial sweetness matches against light hop bitterness. A raw alcohol characteristic adds to the liveliness of the flavors. Mouthfeel is full of carbonation and some surprisingly potent acidity, considering the sweetness of this beer. Overall, this is a terrific Belgian amber ale. It doesn't belong in the pale ale category in my opinion; it belongs in a separate, small category of Belgian ambers typified in the US by Ommegang Rare Vos. Very good flavors, good balance of sweetness and acidity and bitterness. Another winner from Gouden Carolus.

Photo of atsprings
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice slightly hazy amber with a decent lasting head. The aroma is some sweet fruits and sweet malt some floral earthy hops. The beer had a unique balance with likely the most hops I've ever tasted in an authentic Belgian outside of a Belgian IPA. The beer is medium bodied with a decent bit of carbonation. The alcohol certainly provides warmth and the hops provide an interesting bitterness. This is a very enjoyable beer, however, I like to leave my hoppy beers to the Americans.

Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ambrio pours a cloudy brown with ruby highlights with a thick finger of off-white head that yields ample lacing with moderate duration--a fine first impression. Good nose, with lots of grape and berry, as well as a healthy dash of pepper.

The taste grew on me more and more--good thing I had 25 oz. of it to sample. The beginning was mostly sweet without being cloying, plenty of the aforementioned grape and berry with cherry, quite nice. The second half was rather spicy and peppery, a nice contrast that didn't completely shed the sweet side. Very good complexity. Splended mouthfeel, very creamy and effervescent without going overboard, a fine balance maintained throughout. Though the alcohol flared up a bit near the end, this was restrained enough for the most part.

Excellent BSPA, quite well done, and another good selection from Friar Tuck on a very Belgian day. Cheers.

Photo of TLove
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First brew of the night, poured into a Stella Artois tulip glass. I may first note that this beer is COMPLETELY different between the first and last sip. The beer comes alive out of the bottle and I think it is imperative that you let the intense carbonation settle before digging in. Served really cold and left set at room temperature for 10 minutes after pour.

Great, yeasty brown color with great carbonation, a full, creamy head and light retention. Scents of some light dark fruits of cranberry and fig, as well as apples, brown sugar, and toffee. Taste rolls into abovementioned, subtle tastes with exceptional balance and crisp/creamy feel on the tongue.

Fantastically sugary and yeasty, with a really full mouthfeel all the way through to the finish. A fantastic beer from front to back, first sip to last. One of the best ambers I've had in a long time.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. An instant classic. Pours to a dark amber color with a brownish tint. No visible carbonation. Has a nice head that settles out to a film after several minutes. Lacing could be better.

The smell is awesome. Has a very nice estery profile of bubblegum and cotton candy. Also has some sweet candi sugar in the aroma, as well as a balancing hops bouquet.

The taste is just as wonderful. Has a nice barley malt flavor on the tip of the tongue that fades into the bubblegummy esters. An assertive crisp hops flavor cleans up the palate in the finish, leaving the drinker with only a memory of the deliciousness.

Very good. Furthermore, after just having recently tried a fresh sample of Westvleteren 8 (and loving it), I find that this is a good subsitute, as well as cheaper and easier to come across.

edit: my bottle also claims 8% ABV, as opposed to the 6.5% in the BA database.

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Gouden Carolus Ambrio from Brouwerij Het Anker
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