Gouden Carolus Ambrio | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus AmbrioGouden Carolus Ambrio

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Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 360 |  Reviews: 207
Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Agent1
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Moe55
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
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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Photo of AdrianMendez
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Kloug
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of igl
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of jtell
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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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Photo of TheResidentialOP
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Edgerrin32
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of chugfest
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of sergevernaillen
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of Magno48
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of saintwarrick
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of jikvig
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

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Photo of yesferro
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of MrDell
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Gouden Carolus – Ambrio
Belgian Strong Ale – 8% - 330ml Bottle - Best before 04.11.2017

From the Het Anker website:
Gouden Carolus Ambrio is aromatically brewed according to the ancient recipe of the Mechelschen Bruynen. Ambrio is a 'white' beer brewed with 'brio'. This white beer of high fermentation finds its origin in the traditional beer of the city of Mechelen. As each city had its own typical beer, the Mechelenians drunk their amber beer: "Mechelschen Bruynen" for hundreds of years.
Our brewery is the only brewery that still brews this type of beer. According to the tradition the basic recipe of this beer dates from 1421 and is therefore the oldest beer from the brewery.
The current version is slightly heavier than the original and finer hopped. The balance between the different malts, the fine hops and typical aromas with herbs ensure that this beer combines the whole-hearted nature of brown beers with the freshness of blonde beers.
This flavored and spicy light brown tasting beer should be served fairly fresh. Refermentation in the bottle.

Appearance: Pours Amber colour with a huge fluffy, just off white head. Beer is clear and has loads of tiny fast moving bubbles throughout the glass.

Aroma: On the nose I'm getting loads of fruity yeast, it's spicey, grassy, lots clove. Smells very fresh.

Taste: Clove and bubble gum upfront, lots of flavours coming from the yeast then you get the alcohol warmth on the way down.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-full bodied, finishes quite dry.

Overall: Very pleasant beer. They also say on het anker's website that this has the depth of a dark beer and is as refreshing as a blond and I can see what they're getting at, as an amber it does have elements of both light and darker Belgian beers. 8.85 / 10.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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