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Gouden Carolus Ambrio - Brouwerij Het Anker

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BA SCORE
86
very good

291 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 291
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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MadScientist

New York

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: More foam then beer with 3.5 fingers of sticky, light tan bubbles. Long lasting head leaving thick ropes of lacing on the glass. a dark golden beer with good clarity.

S: A fairly fruit nose with strong aromas of plums and apricots. Light notes of spice and moderate sweetness. Low perfumy alcohol aroma.

T: Medium, honey like sweetness with a flavors of apricots blended with some light notes of black pepper. A low hops bitterness and light earthiness. The balance is somewhat sweet with a fruit and spicy aftertaste a medium sweet finish.

M: A medium to medium-full bodied beer with very strong carbonation. There is some noticable carbonic prickle on the tongue. Light alcohol warmth.

O: A fruity and spicy Strong Dark without any of the subtle dark malt flavors typical for the style. Think of a Belgian Pale done imperial style, if that's what you want to drink I think you enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 01:13:15 | More by MadScientist
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-03-2013 21:45:47 | More by Kmat10
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Tacoboomerang

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-31-2013 22:41:39 | More by Tacoboomerang
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. A small 330 ml bottle. Lot 26/01/14, 11010 – not sure how to interpret, maybe "drink by" Jan 1, 2014?

A very nice complex BDSA. On the malty side balanced with some spice and alcohol.

A – Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a dense off-white 3-finger head. (did not pour the bottom of the bottle into the glass). Average to below average lacing.

S – Slightly sweet, raisins, figs (faintly?), maybe a very slight spiciness as well.

T – Rich with some bitterness to balance dark fruits and a slightly caramelly malt character.

MF – Well carbonated, medium to heavy bodied, medium dry finish. Sort of a sharp start with a fizziness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 01:43:46 | More by Sludgeman
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-13-2013 02:57:10 | More by HollyHops
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-11-2013 01:46:18 | More by Janeinma
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newton99

Belgium

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: the beer pours an amber color with a medium head.
Smell: Some malts, yeast, caramel and some fruits. All very faint.
Taste: Malts, caramel, hints of orange zest with a light spicy hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied
Overall: very single dimensional

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 09:48:28 | More by newton99
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huysmans

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-13-2013 11:16:48 | More by huysmans
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AdrianMendez

Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +25%

03-11-2013 23:12:14 | More by AdrianMendez
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't like ambers, but this one is interesting. The looks are one of the best I have ever seen. Great, big top. Lovely light amber colour.

Last year I thought the smell is very one dimensional. But since the beer/cheese pairing in Het Anker I know better.

The taste is vanilla and toffee. Spicy. Great to be paired with spicy cheeses.
Nicely hopped. Faint taste of the great Blauwe Band. Round, nice finish.

Overall: fascinating, different amber.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 22:31:42 | More by Filosoof
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a foggy, dusky amber-brown body with a medium-tall, off-white head.

Smell: Bready, toasty malts with a sugary, sweet-scented element in there. Fruity touches of spiced golden raisins and baked apple. and faint, underlying basement quality to it.

Taste: As with the nose, it's bready and toasty malts sweetened up with a little nibble of brown sugar and rock candy. A little bit of sultana with skins-on orchard fruits (maybe even some strawberry as it warms and the suds die out). Modest spiciness, a touch of alcoholic warmth, faintest funk, and a hint of leather-flavored Chiclets all run together at the tail-end. Finishes quite effervescent -- prepare for loud, unstoppable burps, if you're in polite company.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonation, quite spritely moving across the tongue.

Overall: Flavorful, pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 00:13:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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marct

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-12-2013 05:55:21 | More by marct
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Kloug

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +25%

02-07-2013 00:44:11 | More by Kloug
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BILF

Israel

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-16-2013 19:13:37 | More by BILF
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uturn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-16-2013 02:25:50 | More by uturn
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andthevolcano

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

01-14-2013 01:13:24 | More by andthevolcano
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murraymj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-12-2013 01:29:51 | More by murraymj
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1471 on bottle
(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy garnet red body with a light beige head that is bubble with a gentle carbonation supporting it. The head sticks to the glass in a light film.

S- The woody oxidized aroma has a dry candy note and a vinous hint in the finish. There is a fruit punch ester note that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The dry flavor has some light toasted malt sweetness in the finish with candy sugar notes that turn more like cider as it opens. There is a woody finish with hints of wine tannins.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and some tight light fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has a nice flavor and a bit of candy sugar grows but it seems like it is showing some oxidation and other signs of too much age.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 20:20:23 | More by rhoadsrage
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KingSlayer

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, expiration date due 2015. bought at a local supermarket. poured into a standard pint.

A: poured a caramel semi translucent ale. no head formed, no lacing, no visible carbonation.
S: banana bread, pear juice, vainilla, metallic.
T: metallic component initially assaults the buds, quickly subsides and reveals a sweetness to it, little hops present, bitterness accentuate a little bit towards the end. pear juice aftertaste, mildly alcoholic.
M: medium body, kind of smooth, strange tongue tingling sensation almost like spicy, totally FLAT.
O: palate and nose are OK, the thing that upset me was the complete absence of carbonation (hence no head). for me the mouthfeel was a comlplete let down. would this brew be properly carbonated and it will be great.

Maybe it was the sellers fault/misshandling/ shelf time/ etc.. will revisit again hoping to find that lost precious carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 19:01:30 | More by KingSlayer
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-27-2012 20:15:07 | More by cliff1066
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-22-2012 06:56:27 | More by grahamboudreaux
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep and clear amber color forming a medium bubbled light yellow head. Good retention and lots of lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Caramel malts and flowery hops, mainly. Quite fruity and a bit spicy too. Notes if caramel malts, candy sugar, plums, brown bread, Belgian yeasts and grassy hops

T: Sweet malts upfront with notes of caramel and toffee which turns quickly into a citrus and grassy hops bitterness in the end. Good bitterness, BTW. Again, quite fruity with notes of dark fruits, plums mainly. Brown bread, Belgian yeasts and hops

M: Medium body and good carbonation. Molasses. Aftertaste is mainly made of a mix of sweet malts and bitter grassy hops. Classic Belgian bittersweet Ale

O: Good drinkability. In between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Strong Dark Ale. Het Anker quality

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 12:07:32 | More by eduardolinhalis
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-10-2012 08:33:47 | More by GRUUMSH
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Proclarush

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

11-30-2012 17:28:37 | More by Proclarush
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sneaks2210

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-16-2012 02:24:15 | More by sneaks2210
Gouden Carolus Ambrio from Brouwerij Het Anker
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