DraftDodger (1801) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2018 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Copenhagen 20/1 2018. 33 cl bottle from Øl-handleren in Hørning. Usual Carolus design in Green with a boast of winning gold medals at World Beer Awards. Pours hazy golden yellow with very big white head. Settles as 3 cm thick layer of dense foam. Massive Lacing. Aroma is surpringly malty and not very hoppy. Malty sweetness and caramel with spicy notes. Vanilla, humid earthy basement. Bitter odors in the background. Soft carbonation and medium thick, creamy palate. Flavor is medium to strong sweet followed by medium bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter. For a beer called “Hopsinjoor” this beer is not very bitter. But a solid Belgian with a modest, bitter twist. Moretum (192) - Vienna, AUSTRIA, AUSTRIA - JAN 16, 2018
Trübe, dunkelgelbe Farbe mit ansehnlicher Schaumkrone. Frischer hefiger und malziger Geruch, die 5 verwendeten Hopfensorten sind ebenfalls deutlich zu spüren. Prägnantes Zusammenspiel von fruchtiger Hefe, süßem Malz und floralem Hopfen. Mittlerer Körper mit aktiver Kohlensäure. Komplex und spannend. ebone1988 (2238) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2018
Bottle from Super Liquor IV in Ann Arbor. Aroma is caramel, nutty, booze, hops, yeast, old. Appearance is brownish amber, hazy, light tan head. Taste is fruit, caramel, hops, nutty, yeast, booze, old. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, boozy old fruit caramel aftertaste. Overall, I'm sure this is better fresh, but I'm pretty sure it's past its prime. loscovar (829) - Principality of SEALAND, - DEC 2, 2017
Bottle from la supérette a bières. Deep hazy amber color, white creamy head. Stone fruits, yeast, nice bitterness. Good vinivini (3148) - Gomel, BELARUS - NOV 18, 2017
Bottle. Foggy golden colour. Huge fluffy white head. Aroma: fruity & spicy yeast. Gooseberry? Medium body. Medium dry taste. A lot of flavour. Nice yeast. Subdued malts. Solid hopping. Very good.
Cimbasso (1058) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2017
Sampled from a bottle from Utobeer in Borough Market. Hazy golden amber colour with a foaming white head. Aromas of malt and yeast. The malt flavvour is powerful and attractive with sweet notes of brioche and fruits. Lots of yeasty flavours and plenty of a grassy and herbal bitterness. A delicious and complex beer. Hamirubi (595) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2017
33cl bottle at home (26 X 2017), shared with LordZippo. Quite a hazy, good looking triple, yellow-orange-almost-golden coloured brew with towering, snowy collar, white and cloudy. This classic tripel is beautifully hopped with five kinds of hops, making up for a herby-mild and enjoying character. Such a cheerful brew. A sweet honey nose accompanies different grainy, wheaty flavours. Appealing for sure. Fritzy mouthfeel with dry and herby dashes. Great all round palate, warming alcoholic feeling, dry ending. There is some 'fraicheur' in there as well, resembling rather minthy notes - vanilla even. Sugar, grassy and almost fruity features add to the strong ale tasting experience. Great sour-dry-hoppy-sweet balance. Subliminal64 (248) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2017
Where Purchased: 347ml bottle from a mixer pack from the LCBO
Consumed: from a Gouden Carolus chalice
Aroma: Smells fainlty hoppy and malty.
Appearance : unfiltered medium gold with lots of head that last to the last drop. Excellent sticky lacing. Bits of yeast floating and then settling.
Taste: the head it BITTER, but the beer is well balanced. Its a hopped Belgian dubble or triple. Not 50 IBU, but possibly 30.
Palate : medium body. Bitter and slight sweet aftertaste. Great carbonation.
Overall: very well balanced. I was nervous to try, especially taking some head off and finding it bitter (beer barely fits in their glasses). I was glad to try abd will seek out this, and the other beers in the mixer again. MB. The Beer "Bear"on.
drmet (1053) - GERMANY - OCT 13, 2017
-pours a cloudy golden-orange with a big,frothy, white head
-great head retension
-medium carbonation visible
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
This certainly deserves the title "Belgian IPA".A big blast of grassy bitterniss hits you once you taste it.
A really good combination of Hoppy+Belgian characteristics.
Porcellini (65) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 24, 2017
Color amarillento, espuma blanca y medio resistente. Olor con notas afrutadas y sabor a malta y cereales. Cuerpo medio, final dulce.