Unmistakable aroma and taste of anise. But very soft and full of flavor. Little clove, licorice. Never feel like you are drinking a 10.5% beer.
At the beginning of the 15th century, the beguinage of Mechelen had a strong presence in the town. The beguinage possessed an important “hospital” which is located at the present brewery. Some of the buildings date from the 15th and 16th century, like the old St. Bernardus shelter house of the abbey of Hemiksem.
In 1471, Charles the Bold decided that “the beguines and officers” shouldn’t pay any excises and taxes on the beer brewed for the hospital.
In 1872, the family Van Breedam bought the brewery and built a modern brewery with a steam boiler. The love for this profession and the fascination of the family Van Breedam in the heyday of Mechelen during the reign of the Dukes of Burgundy, are the foundations of the return to traditions and the brewing of special beers.
In 1990, Charles Leclef, fifth generation of the Van Breedam family took over the brewery and modernized the brew equipment.
At the end of the last century, “Het Anker” opened a 3 star hotel within the brewery. This is a unique concept in Belgium. Our range of beers has expanded over the last few years, so everyone can find something to his (or her) taste. At the end of 2010 therenewed brasserie was opened, and the guided tours in the brewery restarted.
In 2010, the 17th century family farm in Blaasveld, turned into a whisky distillery. This distillery is used to age the Gouden Carolus Single Malt. The Gouden Carolus Single Malt will be available at the end of 2013. Something to look forward to!
In the meantime, the brewery has gained international renown and exports to more than 30 countries. The beers have earned worldwide praise. In the past few years, the brewery received several international awards.
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