Brouwerij Het Anker is rich in history, having been founded in 1471 in Mechelen, Belgium by a community of Beguines, a female religious order which strived to emulate Christ's life through voluntary poverty, care of the poor and sick and religious devotion. Over the next 400 years, the Beguines brewed beer to comfort the sick and terminally ill. In 1872, the brewery was acquired by Louis Van Breedam, who renamed it Het Anker "The Anchor" in 1904. After both world wars, Charles Van Breedam, grandson of Louis, altered the brewery’s focus from lagers to ales and began producing ‘Emperors Beer’ which was later renamed ‘Gouden Carolus’ after the ‘golden coins’ of Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor from 1519-1556, who was raised in Mechelen and enjoyed the popular ales. Five generations of brewers have led to the current Het Anker, and it maintains its traditional recipes while also using modern methods and meeting international demands.
The 750ml bottles are closed with a quality cork. Excellent to store several years. This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. With powerful notes of roasted malts, caramel and plums, its surprisingly soft and fruity aroma combines a warm roundness with a refreshing taste. An imperial brew to cherish and enjoy in moderation.