March 13th

The current LCBO release could not have come at a better time. The beers in my fridge have become a sad, uninspiring sight and not ones I’m eager to consume – you know things are desperate when the Spring release looks good. Surely there must be some other beer geeks out there in the same predicament, so this week I’ll be highlighting many of the beers in the new release, starting with the Gouden Carolus Ambrio (though keep in mind I’ve already given a yea to the Rogue Brutal Bitter and nay to the St. Louis Gueuze). The Ambrio pours with a large, pillowy head that is sustained throughout. Lots of pepper and spice in the aroma, easing my concern that it will be as overly sweet as the Gouden Carolus Classic. The Ambrio is a little less intense in its flavour profile, with sweet cherries and candy sugar followed by a spicy finish. Nice and dry, helping to prepare your palate for the next sip.

A lot of carbonation on the tongue makes it go down fairly easily. At $2.95 a bottle, it is worth the price but it might be too adventurous for the casual drinker and uninspiring for the Belgian devotee. Some beers just can’t win.

Gouden Carolus Ambrio on Ratebeer

Today: 330mL. Year-to-date: 73.05L.

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