Brouwerij Het Anker

BEER AVG
3.78/5
Brouwerij Het AnkerBrouwerij Het Anker
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

Guido Gezellelaan 49
Mechelen, 2800
Belgium

+32 (0)15 20 38 80 | map
hetanker.be

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BEER STATS
Beers:
28
Reviews:
3,302
Ratings:
6,770
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
27
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
5.15%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 27
Photo of Crosling
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of wbthink
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This Het Anker cafe "brew-pub" is located off the Mechelen markt area, along the canal. It is an old building with high ceilings, and wood decor. One feature is the anchor inside the bar. The actual brewery is next door. I sampled three draft biers:
Bruynen Anker, a 6% bruin, that is amber in color, with caramel flavors, and a sweet finish. Tripel Carolus, a spicey, dry, 9% Golden Tripel with a hugh head. And finally, Gulden Carolus, a dark amber strong ale at 7.5%, with lots of malty, licorice flavors, and a big sweet finish. An interesting spot to break for draft Anker products in very good condition.

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Brouwerij Het Anker in Mechelen, Belgium
3.78 out of 5 based on 6,770 ratings.
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