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Ambar Ambiciosas 10

ABV

10%

IBU

Pale Beer - Belgian Style Strong

Ambar La Zaragozana

Aragón, Spain

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Notes

Score

76

/100

Zaragoza Brewery Ambar still occupies the same site it started on in 1900, The Zaragozana brewery was founded by a group of friends using the local barely to brew high quality beers.


Currently La Zaragozana produces a range of  beers beyond their staple Ambar Special. It produced the fist non alcoholic beer in Spain (1975) and the coutry's first wheat beer (2008). 


Ambar 10 was concieved for the 2013 Aragón Con Gusto celebration and proved so popular that the limted edition sparked an entire new range of beers, the Ambiciosas collection, and ambitious is cleary the word.


Variously described as a Red Beer, Brown Ale and even a Super Ale it is pretty difficult to catergorize this beast. It is probably best thought of as a Belgian Strong Golden Ale.  


With a blend of an astonishing 10 different hops from Australia, The United States, England, France, Poland, Germany, Slovenia, The Czech Republic and Spain combining to give the beer an impressive 10% abv.


It looks like a clear Pils or lager and holds just a brief, transient head. The aromoa is intense, a mix of heady hoppy flavours with sweet notes drifting between. 


The taste is dense and yet fresh. Smooth yet intense. The brewers notes describe it as a strong and voluptuous beer that is also balanced on the palate.


It is unquestionably a gastronmic beer, made to be paired with foods that contrast with its powerful aroma and taste, such as rich meats like duck.


The after taste is very pleasent indeed and it is always a wonder that this wonderful experience packs such a hefty alcohol punch. It is dangerously drinkable, so do not say you have not been warned! Here at Bulldogz we call this the "Liquid Hangover" or the "Hangover Hammer" and other delightful terms, but this is, without question, one of our favourite tipples. Enjoy with care!


The Zaragozana website is here

Scorecard

Appearance (10)

6

Golden amber, transient head

Aroma          (10)

Taste             (30)

8

24

All 10 hops present, sweet notes

ten hop explosion, dense but fresh

Aftertaste     (20)

14

bittersweet, malt, hops and barley

Drinkability  (30)

24

Dangerously drinkable with clear consequences.

TOTAL           (100)

76

Delicious, heavy but fresh, dangerous considering the abv. A strong contribution from a Spanish giant