1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brouwerij Het Anker

Not Rated.
   No picture uploaded.
   Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 5.62%
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 5,274
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Store ]

Guido Gezellelaan 49
Mechelen, 2800
Belgium
phone: +32 (0)15 20 38 80

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20  | next › last »
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Crosling
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

I not only sampled beer in the sampling cafe but I also was lucky enough to arrange a personal guided tour of the brewery for myself. This is the oldest working brewery in Belgium. They claim that the brewery has been in operation since at least 1369 and they showed me the document that proves it. Throughout the tour I was shown ancient bottling and kegging equipment, old sampling cafes, meeting rooms and the beautiful copper brewhouse that was built after WW2. The tour lasted about an hour and I was shown everything in the brewery, well, except the bottling line, which oddly enough, never seems to be shown on any brewery tour in Belgium . I was then taking on the roof of the brewery where I was shown the old cooling tun which was replaced by a papaflow in the early 1990's. The brewery used to be the tallest building in Mechelen so their was a phenomenal view of the bequinage and the rest of the inner city from the roof. It truly is a beautiful brewery.

I was then taken into the cafe where I was spoiled with traditional Flemish cuisine and degustation of three of the Gouden Carolus products. The meal was truly divine. I was served a plateful of Fried mashed potatoes accompanied by a dish of very tender aged meet cooked in Gouden Carolus Classic and topped with a delicious sauce. I should have written down the name of the dish but I was busy talking and drinking beer. The three beers I was tasted on were the Ambrio, Classic and Triple. They were in great shape and tasted excellent. Everything was complimentary, ofcourse! :)

In my opinion, Het Anker is one of the best breweries in Belgium and touring the brewery was a dream come true. I hope to be back someday.

Crosling, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of Filosoof
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%

As their beer this place certainly can be called classic. The brewery stands on the ground where beer is brewed for hundreds of years. On the site is a building of the sixteenth century where has been a hospital where the Begijns served their beer to their patients, when the water wasn't save to drink and beer was welcome to relieve all pains.

In 1990 the brewery could be closed. Only two people working. Nowadays highly succesful with 45 employees.

Nice hotel, very friendly people, lovely brasserie and the greatest beers. Need I say more?

Filosoof, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of MojoIRL
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

MojoIRL, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

6thstreetbrewpub, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

This is an interesting place because it has a hotel on premise and a really nice cafe. I did a tour of the place and I never know they made a single malt whisky. I did not get to try it but I know what I will be looking for. Just a heads up, lots of stairs. A really nice old tasting room across from the cafe and a newer and more modern bar and restaurant. I did not see the hotel, you can see the owners' home right on the brewery grounds. I had some nice pork and, surprise, fries. Tasty and really nice service, but I can't mad at anyone that brings me a Gouden Carolus triple.

OWSLEY069, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of TheFightingCock
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

As an American living in Belgium, I'm quite impressed by many of the breweries/pubs I go to (Delirium being my usual haunt). I went to Het Anker on a Saturday with my brother and girlfriend to have a look around and sample some of the local brews. It's a 20minute train ride from Brussels, so not far at all.

After finding the brewery's hotel, we made our way into the restuarant which is through a rather suspicious looking door on the street which you might miss if you're not looking for it. Inside is a rather rustic looking establishment with tables and chairs. We'd arranged in advance for a tour in English (otherwise it'll be in Dutch!). The tour was given by the Mechelen town crier; an aging man with a rather wicked sense of humor. Seeing all of the brewing equipment was quite quaint and hearing about the history of the brewery and the beers was intriguing.

The best part is the free beer of your choice after the tour which is included in the price. It's pulled from the pump and I'd suggest having the Carolus Classic. It's worthwhile to sample the Triple and Ambrio while you're there as well. Also, pick up a bottle or two of the Carolus d'Or. Age it a while and it only gets better! (Ten years and it supposedly has the texture of a fine wine).

All in all, Het Anker is a good brewery to visit and definitely worth a stop if you're in Belgium.

TheFightingCock, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

(Review from notes)
I visited this brewery and the adjacent cafe during my three-month fieldwork in Belgium last year. Hardly a natural choice for a one-day trip from Leuven, I went there only because a female teacher I met in Leuven had a lively row with her colleague from Ghent about which city is grander and has more culture to offer... Well I might as well visit both, I assured them. The brewery-tour turned out a plus, a huge plus, to the nice Gothic Cathedral apart from otherwise a pretty much run-down place as Mechelen looked like upon my visit esp. on a typically gloomy spring day...

The brewery's cafe, where I was supposed to meet the guide for a guided tour, was almost empty when I was there, around 11am. The food menu looked decent, full of mouth-watering beer-cuisines, but I didn't have time to try any. Having tried on tap a small Blusser (a "pils", which I take as a normal lager in retropect) and a small Ambrio (amber beer lacking depth but quite flavoursome), a group of people arrived along with the brewery guide, a middle-aged beery man. He explained to me that even I was to be the only one in the group not speaking Dutch/Flemish, as the group of people were all from across the border, the Netherlands, he would make sure to explain everything important to me in English and answer all my questions. Fair enough.

The guided tour turned out fantastic, esp. given kind help from the guide and translation by some ultra-friendly Dutch young people in the group. The old brewery's interior was a bit rough and dusty, esp. for a working brewery, but the open-top square cooling tun on the roof of the building, a living witness to its past glory, was a real hit, which made their Goulden Carolus classic so different from other strong brown ales in the past, but not in use anymore as forbidden by law since 198?-- and I wonder if the beer today still bears any resemblance to the once famous brew until being disallowed to attract wild micro-organism overnight in the open air, and maybe to the rich culture of the glorious days when good King Charles was educated in Mechelen... Good view over the city of Mechelen from the roof, though, with the Cathedral easily spotted in sight.

After the tour I had two drinks on tap (Classic and Tripel) standing at the bar, alongside the nice bloke guide, who gave me more info. about brewing history in Mechelen, so as to make up for all the things "lost in (lack-of) translation". He was also a voluntary city tour guide, so very knowledgeable about almost everything in the area. What appealed to me most was his easy-going attitude, showing respect for all beer-cultures not just restricted to great Belgian beers, as when I talked about British ales his reaction was not the slightest similar to so many Belgian-snobs I met who didn't even care to try or attempt to understand anything about other beer cultures "so inferior to their beer universe" ("is that 4%abv watery stuff you call beer?", I was once confronted as such). This man is open-minded and passionate about all things about beers, and the lively conversation made my visit to this brewery all the more pleasant and worthwhile. For one, I wouldn't hesitate to go back to Het Anker on my next visit to Belgium, for a good conversation, good rounds of nice fresh brews, and certainly to try their seemingly delicious beer cuisines...

wl0307, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of TWStandley
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

TWStandley, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

RusImpStoLuv, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Wouter69
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Wouter69, Jul 21, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20  | next › last »
Brouwerij Het Anker in Mechelen, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.