Gouden Carolus Ambrio | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus AmbrioGouden Carolus Ambrio

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 09-15-2003

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Ratings: 359 |  Reviews: 207
Photo of keithmurray
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a chalice

Appearance - murky amber color with fluffy white head

smell - honey, coriander, ginger, apricot

taste - honey, yeast, muted apple, really bready flavor

mouthfeel - ample carbonation, medium bodied, sour, unbalanced finish

Overall - a decent beer that falls somewhere in the middle of the class for the style.

Price Point - $4.69/11.2oz single

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Photo of AZbelgian
2.34/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a cloudy brown with a huge off-white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Strong smell of alcohol, yeast and some floral notes.

T - Starts with a hint of candy sugar. Hops and malts combine to make the primary flavor something like brown bread. Flavor finishes with a dry tapering bitterness.

M - Lots of carbonation in the mouth.

O - Overall I was very disappointed, I really like a lot of the other Gouden Carolus'. This is not too complex and the flavors that are there don't work at all to make me want to try this one again.

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Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light red amber color, hazy, with about four fingers’ worth of frothy light-khaki colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – fairly rich smell for such a light-looking body. Earthy and a bit herbal. It almost has a rye-like quality to it.

Taste – earthy and herbal indeed. The taste has a raw, unfiltered quality to it. The abv is hard to notice unless you focus on the concentration of the taste…meaning that it doesn’t have that obvious bite to it that some higher abv beers do. It finishes a but musky, but otherwise much how it began.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced over all, not leaning more toward the watery or creamier sides.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, and fairly interesting to contemplate over while tasting.

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Photo of DrNo
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of theArchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2.5" beige head with decent retention. Color isn't really amber to me, it's more of a dar raw umber brown. The smell is divine, very rich with malt, caramel, fig, dried fruit. Taste is actually milder than the smell and the deep rich malt comes to the front. It has a medium to long finish. The higher alcohol is noticeable but not distracting or overdone.

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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of Harkrank
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Agent1
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Rapax
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big head with small bubbles. Settles quickly but leaves plenty of lacing. Nice orange-amber color.

Starts malty in my nose. Candy sugar and a touch of metal. Floral and a little acidic, but not disturbingly so.

Malt does not come out as much in the taste. There is pear, orange peel, flowers and some almonds. Low bitterness, even for the type, but it gives a crisp finish.

Appropriate body, on the light side of medium. Low carbonation for the type, but that appeals to me.

Excellent beer. Nice and elegant.

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark gold with tons of white head.
S: It smelled like earthy lemon and grassy hops with metallic and some candi sugar.
T: It tasted like earthy lemon and grassy hops with light caramel and candi sugar and sour yeast. It has a mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of smooth natural carbonation. Very nice and slick body.
D: This was a great delicate and balanced beer. The scent and taste were very nice, and the body was excellent. Probably best fresh. It didn't blow my mind, but it was really enjoyable.

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Gouden Carolus Ambrio from Brouwerij Het Anker
3.82 out of 5 based on 359 ratings.
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