Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 26
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Paddez on 04-09-2008

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Reviews by JTuomi:
Photo of JTuomi
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A style Iam just now starting to go to,there are some things I like,and dont like of the style.Poured into a large tulip glass a light hazed blond color with a huge blooming white head,to much so I think.A mix of leafy-lemony hop,slight funk,and yeasty spice in the nose.A lighter but creamy feel in the mouth,very nice,almost airy in a good way.Flavors are medicinal and herbal from the onset,some phenols come in as well.Well its not the American hopped Raging Bitch,but I respect the beer,just not enough of the hop oomph I look for.

Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The head came up perfectly on an easy pour. It was white and puffy and showed good retention. The lacing left on the inside of my glass was remarkable - some of the most complex that I've seen.

Smell - This is some of the strongest Belgian hopping that I've ever smelled. It is extremely rich with loads of depth. It is a fascinating combination of strong subtleness if that makes any sense. The hop aroma is not sharp or harsh but it is incredibly deep and powerful - very vegetative in the best possible way.

There are some classic Belgian spices here to boot. The coriander especially rings in the nose and the white pepper that you find in some BSPAs is here tenfold.

Taste - The intensity from the nose comes out big time at the taste. The spices in particular are huge. If the nose made its mark with balance the taste is thrown into overdrive. The leafy hops will snap your eyes open and there is truly a handsome malt base to this one as well.

Mouthfeel - This is well above medium-bodied with some mild but stubborn carbonation and a presence of bitterness, especially at the finish.

Drinkability - This would undoubtedly have to be the best drink on the planet coming out of a cask. From the bottle it is only slightly short of perfect. It is high-quality Belgian brewing at its best. I'm a big fan of this brewery to begin with but this definitely put me in the "sold" column.

Photo of MadScientist
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.39/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a HUGE rocky white head that retains well.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and some floral pilsner style hops (saaz).

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a decent amount of bitterness in the hops. There are some metallic skunky off-notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, tastes like an imperial pilsner. It's not well balanced, fiarly flawed, and doesn't really appeal to me.

Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, thanks to mntlover for bringing this one by. Pours a hazy, yellow/golden body with an immense vanilla head that pillows and pits. Sticky clump lacing.

Aroma is a showcase of Belgian IPA style hops. Herbal, grassy, spicy and floral. The better Belgian IPAs share a very distinguished nose.

Mouthfeel has a velvety,tingly carbonation that enlivens the medium body. Some earthiness here, as well.

Taste is on the dry and bitter side. Herbal and floral hops take star billing. Soft notes of sweet maltiness offer up a nice balance. Belgian yeast is apparent, and fruity and spicy notes add ample complexity. Finishes dry and herbal.

A real pleasure. Belgian IPA's are complex and interesting, and don't fry your tastebuds like many of their American counterparts.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally caught up with a bottle of this stuff, thanks Biscodoll for the info and heads up...Belgian bomber, caged/corked w/o freshness info. Pours super cloudy, medium apricot, near white head, hugely heady, moderately retentive, marainge producing, leaving TONS of wild and crazy lace and sheeting. The nose is heavily citric and generally tropical fruity and minty. I'm a sucker for the style so I was excited to try this stuff. No disappointments here, plenty of biting hops up front, Belgian yeasts and peppery spice all over the mouth and a bright, flavorful finish to seal the deal. Nice beer. Belgian lovers rejoice and go get some of this stuff.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the perfume, with some orange citrus and bread malt notes thrown in. The flavor is similar, with the floral notes really standing out initially. There is also some bread and grass, as well as some Belgian yeast and a low amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Single bottle from the LCBO spring release. Was very happy with Carolus's other two Ontario releases, so I was looking forward to this.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Ridiculous foam on this fellow, a good inch and a half. Made for some great photos, but damn it took forever to settle. Great retention, lots of lacing. A light peachy-golden hue, opaque, with wisps of sediment collecting at the base of the glass.

Nose is yeast, spice, peach, lemon, herbal hops.

A nice Belgian ale, tart and spicy, good yeast character. Wheat husks and fruit open things off, while the hops provided a nice dry tang to the finish. Reminded me of grapefruit juice a little bit. Alcohol kicks in just as the flavor leaves the tongue.

Thick, creamy, strong carbonation at first, but settles down.

Pretty fine brew. Alcohol crept up on me though. Will pick up another bottle or two for the cellar.

Photo of Swedes21
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled glass.

Appearance - beer pours with a TREMENDOUS amount of white fluffy head, impressive actually! Their is some good lasting power to the head as well. The beer is a very hazy straw colour, but if you look hard you can still see some carbonation. there is some very nice lacing.

Smell - i can smell some banana, cloves, hops and some spices. there is also some earthy tones hinted in there.

taste - very good tasting beer, i can pick up the banana's as well the spices. there is a slight hint of the alcohol in this beer. the bitterness at the end is good, not a lasting flavour.

mouthfeel - loads of carbonation in the mouthfeel. very good tasting beer, the banana and hops comes fwd. the bitterness comes from the spices near the end.

drinkability - very decent beer, i found the alcohol wasnt well hidden, but the beer was very good.

Photo of Kraken
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New offering from Het Anker, it does not disapoint.

Reviewd from notes a.k.a. the land before highspeed.

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into an over sized wine glass. This necter pours and amazing cloudy yellow that literally seems to glow. Massive 4 finger head that sticks like glue to the sides of my glass and refuses to let go. Fantastic head retention.

Nose- Belgian yeast, prevelant hops, citrus and hints of sweet ripe pear.

Taste- WoW this is a very nice Belgian IPA. Citrus, lemon rind, melon. Intense bitternessin finish that almost puckers your cheeks. Faint mineral qualities (think savigion blanc), very crisp and refreshing. Booze is very well hidden. Well done!

Mouthfeel-Buttery, creamy, yet light. Long bitter finish. Cleansing carbonation and lemon zest quality.

Drinkability- Highly drinkable, especially so on a hot day!

Hats off to Het Anker. Seek out!

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

about an 8 oz serving on tap at pizza plant.

pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow golden color, pure white head with great retention and tons of sticky lace.

the aroma is mostly lemon citrus hops and bubblegum like belgian yeast.

the tasty follows suit with lemon citrus and spicy hops with phenolic, bubblegum belgian yeast flavor. decent hop bitterness.

pretty light on the mouthfeel, decent carb,

fairly easy to drink, worth a try, but there are better more readily available belgian ipas out there.

Photo of Morphoenix
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Cloudy, yellowish-amber appearance. Lots of tropical fruit and earthy, spicy tones in the nose. Hard to contain this one with the crazy Belgian head, which forms a giant pearlescent pillow atop this tasty brew. Huge peppery spiciness on the tongue, presumably a product of the masterful mingling of four different hop varieties, along with tropical fruit flavors. Just awesome. Nice, substantial mouthfeel with lively carbonation. At 8.00% it can get tricky to have more than a few glasses. But boy, are those few good.

Photo of mj001jk
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Toronado, SF.

Nose is full of coriander, citrus and a musky farmhouse maltiness with light and vibrant floral hops. Goodness from the Old-World!

All in all this is a very nicely balanced Belgian IPA, not too over the top but rather delicate and light with a nice contrast between the malts, alcohol, hops, spice and yeast.

As far as I am concerned this is a style I can drink a lot of since it doesn't develop any obnoxious flavors or aromas at all and has just the right amount of lingering sweetness on the palate.

A very elegant example of this style.

Photo of robertjbell
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clean, clear golden color, similar in look to a light pilsner, but with a much larger, foamy head. Great carb lifting the head up into pillowy lacing.

Nose: Right away some wonderful European hops, I pick out Saaz as the most predominant, but probably a few varietals in the brew, as well, touches of fresh cut grains and grass, and a bit of hay balance out the nose

Taste: The tripel base mellows the hop characteristics of the beer, leaving the taste a delightful combination of a BSPA and an IPA, with neither flavor profile overwhelming the other. The top of the palate is dominated by lovely fruity sweetness of pears and other orchard fruits, which is balanced by a touch of clove spiciness, and finished off by the bittering, grassy notes of the hops. All in all an excellent example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, very drinkable, the heaviness of the Carolus base provides a fullness to the beer that gives it some heft.

Drinkability: None of the flavors are too overwhelming, and thus the beer, despite it's ABV, could almost be considered sessionable, like a good IPA

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant yellow pour, slightly hazy, big frothy white head full of tiny bubbles. Smell was of dry, belgian yeast, hold the clove and banana.

Taste, mildly hoppy, but light and was shocked to see that this was 8% alcohol, definitely hid that well. The hops seemed more for preservation sake than flavor, as they were barely noticeable. Earthy at times. Mild citrus character in the mouthfeel if you search for it. Can't really distinguish these belgian ipa's from belgian pales and saisons.

Like how it stays so fresh and so clean. Dry at all times. Not bitter.

Photo of dwren89
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of brow1901
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy straw yellow color with a bright white thick rocky head. Very nice retention and great thick sticky lacing. Excellent appearance.

S- Decent hop character in the nose but it's not what stands out. I smell lots of yeast and alcohol spiciness which really reminds me of a triple or farmhouse.

T- Good complex tastes in this beer, again it really reminds me of a tripel with the spice and alcohol warming. I would call it a triple with slightly more hops in it.

MF- A little over-carbonated for me but obviously it could have been just my bottle, the extra carbonation doesn't ruin the beer at all though.

D- Drinkable but two glasses is the most, (one 750 is bordering on too much).

This is the first belgian IPA I've had and it was good but not what I had expected. I anticipated a belgian pale with more hops. Overall a good beer and worthy of a try.

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at BSP in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque light copper color with a two-finger white head. The head sticks around, eventually dissipating into a pocky layer of bubbles on top with a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells more like a Tripel than an IPA. Lots of light fruits with a mild spiciness.

Tastes more like an IPA than a Tripel. A slight citrus taste accompanied by some light fruits, ending in a good amount of bitterness. There's a mild sweet malt taste throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, and the carbonation is subdued, but just enough to bring out the flavors.

Drinkability is good. No flavors really stand out enough to make it obscenely drinkable, but everything is done very well.

Overall a solid Belgian IPA, but not complex enough to make it a must-taste. However, if you have the chance to partake in one of these, it's certainly worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- Even the gentlest pour results in a glass of nothing but foam, but after a a minute there is a slightly hazy yellow body that forms with the tiniest bubbles I have ever seen. Even though the head shrinks to a reasonable size it last for the full beer.

S- This beer has a pretty clean aroma with notes of perfumed slightly sweet yeast and a faint earthy hint when the beer really warms.

T- The taste of slightly earthy pale wheat dough has a green lemony hop finish to it. There are some more fruity qualities that come through in the hops as the beer warms but not much depth.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizzy finish and no alcohol heat noted.

D- This beer had some nice yeasty wheat flavors but the hops were very soft and not at all in the aroma. This made the overall beer a bit bland.

Photo of schuim
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on a beerfestival in Belgium. They served it from tap.
The looks were very cloudy. The beer is a blond with a firm head. the aroma is rich an hop, with a fruity and pine mixture. This promisses something.
The taste is very distict hops. It is a drying taste due to the hoptaste and almost like they put in fresh pine cones. Very nice and aggresive hoptaste, not delicate but almost brutal.
The aftertaste doesnt change much, it almost keeps on lingering through.
It was good enough to buy a bottle to take home and do it again.

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

I just picked up this bottle on a weekend trip to a great bottle shop in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon.

The beer poured a pale cloudy yellow color with a massive, 2 plus inch head with an almost ice cream float like fluff on top. There was tremendous lacing and fluffiness to the head, even after several pours. Amazing.

The nose was citrusy, wheaty and had slight peppery notes as well. Nice piney tones.

The taste had a strong taste of grapefruit, piney, with a slight sweetness and citrus. Slight peppery taste. Overall a rather smooth beer with a creamy taste. After awhile, the higher abv comes through. Filing. Very interesting and worth a check out.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, a single liberated from the confines of a Gouden Carolus sample pack.

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden hue, with a fistful of fingers' worth of silky, puffy, foamy white head, which leaves a small crusty, layered array of lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of perfumed citrus hops, sweet orchard fruit, some subtle white pepper, a bit of zesty yeast, and bready, crackery pale malt. The taste is semi-sweet tropical fruit, simple pale malt, some spicy, peppery yeast, and soft floral, grassy hops. Very little, if any, sign of the big ABV.

The bubbles are fairly mild, the body an even medium weight, and pretty earnestly smooth. Nicely blended hoppy, yeasty, and sweet grainy finish.

A splendid example of a prototypical Belgian IPA, nice to run into so shortly after exposure to a local-ish New World emulator.

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
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