Sunday, October 7, 2012

Het Anker hotel

Het Anker brewery - the home of beers like Gouden Caroulus - also has a hotel. [2012/10/05]

The price was very cheap, and had the benefit of a nice restaurant. They also had a bar of course, with almost all the beers on tap. As befitting such a hotel/brewery, they also had beer in the lobby vending machine.

After a dinner of stoofljis and frites (with mayo of course) - and some water for hydration - we began sampling their beer. All were very good, with a few standouts and comments. Beers tried in order were:

Anker Pils [#3,222]
Gouden Carolus Classic [#3,223]
Gouden Carolus Tripel [#3,224]
Gouden Carolus Ambrio [#3,225]
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor [#3,226]
Maneblusser [#3,227]
Lucifer [#3,228]
Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw [#3,229]
Cuvée van de Keizer Rood [#3,230]
Boscoli [#3,231]
Anker Bok [#3,232]

The Goudon Carolus Classic - a Belgian dubbel - was an absolute top shelf beer. Dark, caramel, robust - it had won some recent award for best beer. Maneblusser was another fantastic ale, woops - lager.

There was also a good philosophical discussion among some of our members about how to judge beers and beer types. One view is that beers should all be very good, or don't drink them.

A contrasting view is that a beer - such as a Belgian Fruit Ale - can be very good in it's own category. It may be truly repellent when compared to a Belgian Tripel, but it has to stand on its own.

As such, it is recommended to enjoy whatever beer you want.

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