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Gouden Carolus Ambrio - Brouwerij Het Anker

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very good

298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. hazy rust colored pour. Finger of off white head.

Aroma, fig, prune, raisin. Light candy sugar.

Taste, some red fruit and plum. Less sweet than I was expecting from the nose. Some brown sugar like maltyness. Definite raisin. A light cocoa in the finish.

The usual carbonation, lighter side of medium body. Not real sticky so it drinks fairly well. Reminds me of a dubbel.

Bung, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mrfrancis, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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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.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

amstokesdb9, Jun 12, 2013
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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.

MadScientist, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Kmat10, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Tacoboomerang, May 31, 2013
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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.

Sludgeman, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

HollyHops, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Janeinma, Apr 11, 2013
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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

newton99, Apr 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

huysmans, Mar 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

AdrianMendez, Mar 11, 2013
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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.

Filosoof, Mar 01, 2013
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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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

marct, Feb 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Kloug, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BILF, Jan 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

uturn, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

andthevolcano, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

murraymj, Jan 12, 2013
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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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 08, 2013
Gouden Carolus Ambrio from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.