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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus HopsinjoorGouden Carolus Hopsinjoor

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BA SCORE
90
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476 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Paddez on 04-09-2008)
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JTuomi

Finland

4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle (19/9/2015) into a goblet. Slightly hazy pale golden yellow with one finger white head that left a thin foam after settling down. Smell has malts and hops with a hint of apples. Crisp moderately sweet malty taste with a dry hop aftertaste with a note of grapefruit. Fruitier when colder and more hoppy as it warmed up. Very nicely balanced. Warms the tongue a bit but no apparent alcohol taste. Medium body and high carbonation. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 18:59:11 | More by JTuomi
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately gentle hand. No identifiable date.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow. 1.5 fingers of mostly white head with good retention. Gets a bit rocky. Great lacing. Fine looking brew for sure.

S: Belgian yeast with a mild, musty funkiness. Fruit-forward with notes of apple, banana and pear. Lighter peach, lemon and orange.

T: Spice notes and fruit elements lead into a rather tasty, moderate noble hop bitterness. Nicely balanced with a fairly dry finish. Minimal alcohol. The hops ramp up their presence as it warms and it turns slightly herbal.

M: High carbonation that is a bit prickly early on, but gives a nice champagne feel once you are accustomed. Moderate body. Smooths out nicely in the end.

O: Very nice Belgian pale with some classic noble hop flavors. This beer underwent a cool transformation as I worked through the bottle: Straight out of the fridge it was pretty fruity and spicy with relatively tame hops. As it warmed the fruit notes faded and the hop notes really blossomed. Good stuff.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 21:53:19 | More by fourstringer
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a hazy whiteish golden yellow (looks like lemonade as it leaves the bottle neck) with an intense white head that actually grows as the glass sits idle, making quick chomps at the foam necessary to prevent overflow. Never gets below a rocky two fingers reminiscent of meringue. Retention so good it is almost too much until it settles down; big, stringy lacing. Inspires awe.

S:
Sweet and slightly herbal. Nice round malt-forward smell. At least to my nose the hops aren't super present. Rich sweet yeasty esters, white pepper, touch of dark fruits.

T:
Really well-balanced and well-done. Hay, grass, green apple skin, yeasty esters, tea, and a lingering herbal aftertaste. Very 'together'.

M:
Warm and refreshing with a medium body, strong prickly carbonation and a clean finish.

O:
Excellent beer.
I don't think that this is my favorite Belgian IPA but it is definitely subtle enough to be more drinkable than ones like Houblon Chouffe. Also, although Goudeh Carolus beers may not be the best in some areas, they are some of the most consistently good-looking beers I have ever seen. Could be a little more in-your-face in some areas, but like I say its timidity is part of its charm for me.
Would have again; worth trying if you ever come across it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 05:36:22 | More by TheDoctor
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Het Anker's Hopsinjoor is a tasty, but somewhat unbalanced hoppy Belgian pale ale. The ethanol content for the beer is not hidden or integrated well: this always feels a bit hot, and the ethanol numbs the tongue and reduces overall flavor acquisition. I've had Hopsinjoor a few times now and never been particularly impressed by it. One of the few beers from Het Anker that I don't think that highly of.

Pours a tall head of many centimeters in height, white in color, made up of small to large-sized bubbles, creating a frothy, soapy appearance that's rather unique. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting many minutes, eventually declining to a 1cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also excellent, with several thick rings, each with unique patterns, clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a cloudy golden orange color, as of dishwater, with light bringing out prettier and brighter orange-yellow hues. Carbonation not visible through the nearly opaque (90% or so opaque) body.

Aroma of pale pilsner malt sweetness, white bread, aromatic flowers, moderate Belgian yeast mustiness, with more subtle Belgian yeast phenolics (slight plastic) and slight grapefruit rind

Dominant flavors are of Belgian yeast phenolics, ethanol, and European hop bitterness with subdued floral and old citrus characters. Front of palate picks up pilsner malt sweetness, white bread, floral hops, slight old grapefruit rind: generally pleasant. Mid-palate experiences yeast phenolics (mild plastic, sharpness), ethanol, moderate hop bitterness, subdued floral and grapefruit rind characters. Back of palate detects continued strong yeast phenolics and ethanol, moderate to moderate-high hop bitterness, and slight grapefruit rind. Aftertaste of Belgian yeast mustiness, mild phenols (no plastic, just a bit of spiciness), moderate-low bitterness, slight breadiness, and mild ethanol.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in a foamy (4/5) and slightly smooth (1/5) mouthfeel. Ethanol mildly felt in the nostrils as heat and on the palate and throat as a light burning sensation. Closes dryly, with moderate stickiness clining to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:13:06 | More by falloutsnow
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Light caramel nose, flavor is mellow caramel with light grapefruit hop background. Nice mellow BIPA. Part of 4-pack 330ml bottles $18.99 from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 22:21:07 | More by jdhilt
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22nd Sep 2013 and we are in Brugge, sitting at the bar in Comptoir des Arts checking out the beer list when this brew stood out and called to me.

Bram (the owner and former barman of Daisy) duly produced a 33cl bottle and glass for me and the drinking began.

Golden pour, with a slight haze and deep head.

Aroma of yeast and fruity, citrus hops.

The taste followed the nose, yeasty and hoppy. Fairly bitter in nature and easy to drink, hides it's alcohol well.

A very pleasant beer from a brewery that seems to produce plenty of good beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 18:11:09 | More by BlackHaddock
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

a really special brew here, best Belgian ipa ive had in memory, just a total gem. blonde and cloudy on the pout, with a permanent and thick white head over three inches tall, this is so lively and robust, as foamy as you make it, lacey and grandiose. the nose is tart and funky like a saison, hoppy, but german and Czech style, not so American and oily, but still plenty dank, not like ganga, but like a wet basement in a good a way as possible. yeast heavy too, Belgian unfiltered goodness. pils type malts, but there is more depth that that here. epic carbonation, one of the best mouthfeels of all time on this one, this beers best feature amongst many. I love the expansive decadent richness, but the lightness and sessionability too. this is everything one could hope for in a Belgian ipa and more, complex, drinkable, refreshing, special. well hopped and gorgeous in feel. a must.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 02:07:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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warnerry

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Brasserie Het Anker

Pours a very cloud light golden brown with two fingers of craggy white head. Head has very good retention and coats the glass with lacing.

Aroma is mostly Belgian yeast, with lots of fruity esters. Not much in the way of hops in the aroma.

Hops are relatively light but present enough to leave a nice slight bitterness throughout the taste. Otherwise, pleasant Belgian yeast taste with some fruity esters, including a bit of banana. These flavors seem like they should clash more than they do, but overall this is a pleasant beer, and after a few days in Belgium, the hop bitterness is much appreciated.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 20:37:11 | More by warnerry
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joe1510

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml
$8.49
West Lakeview

Het Anker's Hopsinjoor fills my tulip glass with a straw golden liquid that becomes even pale yellow when backlit. The body is hazy to the point of being difficult to see through and the carbonation explodes to the surface from every inch of the glass. This lively carbonation helps support the giant head. The head grew to a minimum of three fingers on the pour and at its lowest point fell to two. The head became incredibly dense and meringue like while leaving big sticky chunk lacing on its way down. This is an incredible looking beer that shows one of the best heads I've seen in months.

The nose on this beer screams Belgian IPA, what I think would be one anyway. The first thing that hits me is a dusty, musty yeastiness before the hop additions make themselves known. This beer isn't hugely hoppy but does have a lot more hops then your average BSPA. The hoppiness is of the grassy/herbal nature and rides even keel with the robust yeast characters. There's a good deal of green apple skins and gritty pear before the banana and clove ester qualities come through toward the end. The yeast used in this beer must be magical because the esters it's throwing off are all over the place in the most under control manageable sort of way.

As soon as this beer hits my tongue I know I'm in for a treat. Everything the nose suggested is right here in the flavor. The maltiness, although not very noticeable, is dry sugar cookie like and while it starts things off it's quickly pushed aside. A quick flash of grassy hops hit before they fade away to allow the fruity yeastiness to come forth. Apple skins, pears, and faint peach take over mid palate right before the mustiness joins in the fun. All the hoppiness that was in the nose shows up just before the swallow. Somehow the yeast contributions are so hearty that they more then stand up to the hoppiness of this brew. I'm really digging the complexities.

The body of this beer is on the lighter side of medium with a healthy carbonation that keeps things moving. That great Belgian carbonation is there that makes the body of this beer incredibly airy. The hopping combined with the aggressive carbonation make for a moderate bitterness on the tongue.

I honestly can't believe how easy this beer is going down. The flavors combine to create an incredibly refreshing beer and the carbonation keeps things flowing. Each glass I pour disappears far too fast.

I expected a good beer coming from Het Anker, just like the others, but Hopsinjoor blew me away. This is exactly what I believe a hoppy Belgian should be crafted like and I won't hesitate to pick these up in the future. Het Anker is up toward the top of the list for my favorite Belgian brewers and Hopsinjoor just bumped them up the ladder.

Reviewed: 8/10/08

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 19:38:34 | More by joe1510
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FLima

Brazil

3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy amber orange color with tons of thick and mushroom head with great retention and leaving lots of laces.
Refreshing and predominant aroma of green tea, oranges and spearmint.
Similarly, flavor of oxidized oranges, green leaves tea, Belgian yeast, lemon and brown sugar. Hints of pepper, honey and cinnamon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation. I was surprised after checking the ABV; it doesn’t feel at all at 8%.
A very unique and hoppy beer with intensive flavors but not heavily bitter. A mix of Tripel and IPA. Worth it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 19:23:35 | More by FLima
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville.
Hazy yellow gold with a moderate sized but very, very durable head. Superior lacing.
Nice, citruc fruity, aroma with a good bit of lemon; citrusy hops.
The taste largely follows although it has more flavor and more yeast than the nose suggests. Despite the name the hops do not dominate but are in good balance with the other flavor components.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 02:40:13 | More by chinchill
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spoony

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle into a globe glass. There is a date stamp of some kind on the bottle, but it is illegible.

A-A normal pour produces a giant (four-fingers-plus) head of eggshell colored foam. The head is dense with great retention; it leaves curtains of sticky lacing on the glass, too. The brew is pretty murky with bright, straw/apricot coloring.

S-The smell is a vaguely hoppy affair with some sweet, spicy, citrus flavors that border on tropical in character. The hops are well-balanced against a slightly earthy, funky, dry malt base that is a bit doughy and pils like.

T-The taste is also nicely balanced with citrus hops that are less sharp and bitter than many Belgian IPAs (and many American IPAs for that matter). Instead of bitterness, I taste a fair amount of baking spices...clove and a flavor that is almost like cinnamon. Alcohol is well-concealed, but occasionally pokes through to provide a bit of apple and pear fruit flavor. Malts come through on the finish, which is bready and drying, but not quite powdery or biscuity.

M-The beer is light to medium body with an ultra-fine prickly carbonation.

O-This is an enjoyable, drinkable IPA with lots of complexity and balance. It is unique among Belgians, I think, for the citrusy, almost tropical hop profile. Flavors are big, but the bitterness is very mild. It also earns high marks for the great head and waves of sticky, thick lacing.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:28:10 | More by spoony
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A healthy pour into a fluted beer glass.

A great beer. Hides its high ABV extremely well. One of the better interpretations of this style. A beer I always want to have in my fridge.

A - Pours a cloudy (not a bad characteristic for the style) pale amber with a dense 4-finger white head. Well carbonated. Great sticky lacing. The head took a long time to dissipate and then did not entirely disappear.

S - Fruity, yeasty and clean.

T - Biscuity malt, primarily an herbal with slight lemon grass hop flavor. A dry finish but a tinge of bitter/sweet at the very end.

MF - A delicate medium bodied beer. A champagne-like feel with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:15:36 | More by Sludgeman
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Best Before: 13/02/14
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: Wow, talk about a lot of carbonation - even a gentle pour only yields a sliver of golden orange beer under a mountain of white foam. The head lasts ridiculously well and seems to only begin receding after about 10 minutes, coating the glass in thick clumps of lacing as it does so.

Smell: I was a tad worried that the hops would be a little faded here, but the first sniff shows that this is certainly not the case. The nose offers a fantastic combination of estery Belgian notes and earthy/herbal European hops. Notes include: Golden apples, sweet grass, herbal/earthy hop notes, orange peel, a touch of banana, coriander and a little peach with warming. There is no trace of the 8% noted in the nose.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is one delicious Belgian IPA! The BSPA notes of golden apple, white grape, peach, orange peel, coriander, banana and a hint of tart yeast combine fantastically with the grassy, earthy, herbal characteristics of the noble hops. The finish is moderately bitter and lightly dry.

Mouthfeel: Based on the appearance I was expecting this to be WAY overcarbonated, but thankfully it is not too bad. There is a high level of carbonation, but it is quite smooth and aides drinkability. The body is just shy of medium.

Overall: I have not had many Belgian IPAs, so I was not quite sure what to expect here, but it turned out to be absolutely delicious! and is certainly a beer I will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 18:55:50 | More by Thehuntmaster
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DropKickCharlie

Netherlands

3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the local bar: the beer pours a crisp, golden orange with a sticky head that recedes ever, ever so slowly.

There's a nice citrus scent to the nose and your first sip is easy-going, followed by a lightly bitter, slightly hoppy aftertaste.

At 8% it's deceptively drinkable and way too easy to put back and enjoy in a good way.
All in all, a great Belgian IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2013 15:57:41 | More by DropKickCharlie
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 28, 2013.

The color of the pour is orange-amber and slightly hazy with plenty of white, fizzy head. The head dies down but leaves a ring for the rest of the time.

On the nose there is a lot of malty sweetness along with licorice, orange, biscuit, Belgian sugars, and a backdrop of hops.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is plenty sweet and plenty malty with a citrus fruit and a low to moderate lingering bitterness. A lot sweeter than I might have liked but delightful in its own way.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 01:31:13 | More by puboflyons
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MadScientist

New York

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A golden beer with brilliant clarity. Pours with three fingers of thick sticky foam

S: A spicy and fruit aroma with medium-strong spicy and earthy hops blending with pepper, peach and apricot note from the yeast. Some Pilsner malt aroma with a light honey-like malt sweetness and a sweet, moderate alcohol note.

T: Medium pepper fermentation character and earthy hops dominate with a noticeable alcohol sweetness. There is a medium malt sweetness and strong hops bitterness giving a balance that is very bitter. The off-dry finish is followed by an aftertaste of hops bitterness and fruity.

M: A medium bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.

O: A bitter beer with a fair amount of hops flavor and aroma, this bottle seems like it might be a bit older but far from flat, old hops character. Additionally this would probably still be an excellent beer even if it had been aged I'd just be approaching it more like a triple than an IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 00:28:50 | More by MadScientist
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Pours a dark, hazy amber color with lots of carbonation. Typical of the style, the head is really nice - it's about three fingers high and barely off-white in color. The texture is rather foamy and retention is excellent. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass, as well.

S: Quite estery, with a lot of banana, apple, white grape, pear, and coriander notes. I do pick up some noble hops, but their mild presence is a little disappointing. Then again, there IS a reason I got this Gouden Carolus mixed 4-pack at clearance prices...

T: Opening hop bitterness makes itself well known right from the start. Hops slowly fade away to reveal plenty of biscuit, bread, apple, honey, and white grape notes on the back end. More subtle flavors of black pepper and coriander are also evident, along with budding hints of citrus as it sits in the glass some more. The solid depth is good, but it's real crowning feature is its easy drinking nature.

M: Dry, as expected. The hop profile does its job admirably here, and that is to cleanse the finish in order to invite further sips. I wouldn't call it particularly light in texture, though this hardly inhibits drinkability - it certainly doesn't betray the fact this is 8%.

O: Damn, this is good stuff. It's exactly what I expected it to be: a rock-solid BSPA with an extra helping of hops. This could have the potential to be amazing fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 20:16:25 | More by ThisWangsChung
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dwren89

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, cloudy, strong foamy, puffy white head, straw yellow around edges with orangey tint in the middle

Aroma: spicy banana and clove phenols, slight citrus hop aroma, pale malt aroma

Taste: banana and clove flavors with spicy hop additions, slight citrusy twang to it, pale malt supports the main yeast and hop flavors

Mouthfeel: medium body, smooth, medium carbonation,

Overall Impression: A very quaffable Belgian IPA whose body and flavor belie its 8.0% ABV. Playful hop and yeast character contribute to make an overall great ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 22:13:34 | More by dwren89
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pkalix

California

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i poured this one softly as i saw it rising after popping the cap. the carbonation is beautiful while still in the bottle, rising excitedly, hitting the neck and then wanting to erupt.... nice golden honey color. hazy.
the "candied lemon aroma" is right on target. it kind of reminds me of the petrus sample pack i tried several months ago which i swore had gone bad, but i'll keep an open mind....
i dont get the hop flavor. i get a honey flavor similar to the aforementioned petrus sample pack. super creamy head on top coats the glass as it's tilted. and 'creamy' is an understatement. the layer sitting on top is beautiful.
overall, i'm confused. i want to like this a whole lot, but there is a slight funkiness that stunningly reminds me of that bad experience i had with the petrus sampler. this tatse is almost identical and i dont know if it's a unique style or if there is some gone wrong with it. it tastes good, but i dont know if it's supposed to taste like this? like i said, i'm not getting any hop out of this, just a strong, thick honey flavor. kind of like a mead?
that said, it looks awesome after pour, smells very nice, tastes pretty good (even when considering my uncertain feelings) and is worth having again. i'd like to try the rest of their line up....

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 22:24:00 | More by pkalix
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ckollias

Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden hue with the biggest frothy white head known to mad. Poured over my glass and all over the table. Leaves a great trail and ends in a enormous lace.

S: Sweet aroma that is fruity and spicy with whiffs of Belgian yeast.

T: Spicy fruity flavor that is more tart than sweet with a fine hop bitterness.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: Excellent brew – Big Head – Great Flavors – and Excellent aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 18:54:32 | More by ckollias
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a big head with a cloudy dirty straw colored body.
The aroma is like a candied lemon.
The flavor hits from the beginning with a sharp bitterness the relents to a mild sweetness in the latter part of the profile. The finish is fairly short mild bitterness.
The texture is a bit on the fizzy side with a medium body.
The fizziness with the strong bitter beginning make this an aggressive ale. Enjoyable but be ready for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:17:14 | More by Fatehunter
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip at Hops N Scotch in Brookline.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger billowy head that is for the most part still there. It is a hazy pale yellow with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: resiny, grassy, and citrusy hops. Nice bready and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Nice tingly hop bitterness and alcohol is a little noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingling, medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, and good.

Overall: Pretty solid Belgian IPA and the alcohol is not even noticeable too. Nice completion of their whole lineup.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 18:55:50 | More by Flounder57
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazed yellow-orange color with a big and billowy white head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweeter with a fairly strong orange and lighter lemon smell. Notes of grapefruit citrus are also present mixed with some spice like aromas. Other non fruit/sweet aromas of a bready nature as well as a decent yeasty nature are present as well. All these aromas mix with a bit of a grassy and herbal smell creating a rather grassy Belgian triple like aroma.

Taste – The taste begins on the drier side with some malty and bready tastes as well as a decent amount of a citrus like sweetness with the citrus consisting of mainly orange, but also a bit of sour lemon. Upfront there are some hoppy notes of a more grapefruit nature. The hop begins lighter and grows in strength as the taste advances. Soon after the initial taste a stronger yeasty flavor comes to the tongue. With it comes a spice flavor of coriander and clove. Other hop flavor of a more grassy nature start to take over the lighter grapefruit hop flavors that were present upfront. The sweetness dries out more as the taste moves to the end. The taste ends with a very crisp and dry flavor leaving an almost citrus and yeasty champagne brut flavor with a light hop accent like taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side in its creaminess and thickness for a Belgian IPA of its strength with a carbonation level that is possibly a bit above average. Both are nice for drinkability and more citrus flavors of the brew but neither are anything too exceptional for the hoppy flavors of beer. Overall I think they did it right for the style however and overall it is pretty good.

Overall – A pretty decent Belgian IPA that is rather drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:36:37 | More by Darkmagus82
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newton99

Belgium

3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

not impressive!
hopppyyy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy in the nose and in the mouth. blond in colour, white head.
Not so drinkable. Hoppy Hoppyyy

Serving Type bottleee
appearance niceee
smell good hoppy
taste hoppy
mouthfeel hoppy medium body
overall if you like hops!

Serving type: bottle

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