Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
4.55/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Everything I have had from this brewing company is amazing. William, the beer manager at Total Wine & More in Scottsdale is obsessed with Belgian beers. He prefers the Belgian dark strong ales, but this one is an IPA. This is a newer brew, as well. By the way, their Easter beer is AMAZING! Oh, and their Christmas might be even better than that.
The last few Belgian pale and India pale ales I have had did not impress me. The hop profile is usually much lower, and being a hop head I love a hoppy bitter beer. So I am going in expecting the hop profile to be much lower than what I have come to expect from the expected American styles. The price, however, makes me think this is a really good offering. Makes me want to go back to Belgium! Let's drink.
In the Glass: I could smell this as I was pouring, but it didn't smell like hops. Not the kind of hoppy aroma I expected, anyway. Maybe I need to lower my expectations when we drink a Belgian IPA. In the glass it is LOADED with bubbles and has a ridiculous head. This is a fresh bottle, too. Grabbed this theater night at Total Wine & More. It has a nice golden straw color, and is somewhat cloudy when I try to look through it. I wonder if the aroma is more pronounced in the glass.
Nose: Imagine taking an orange and a lemon, smashing them together, and fermenting their juices. That is what this smells like. Yeah, it has some hop aromas in there… but mostly I am getting citrus. It is also ice cold, but for an IPA like this, I would prefer to drink them a little bit colder.
Flavor: There aren't as many bubbles as I expected on the tongue, and the flavor is very similar to the aroma. That is rare for most beers. I am a big fan of the flavor, and while it is not all that hoppy, this is a beer that I could easily drink six of and not even know it. You never taste the 8% ABV, either. This is a very nice flavor for a beer trying to compere with the American styles.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is actually quite nice. It's not thick, but it has a nice pillowy thing going on. As you swallow some of the bubbles really start to come forward, but you never feel like this is a carbonated beer. Not what I expected from the initial pour. Oh, and let me mention this… the glass still has a thin layer of lace all around it. No matter where I look, the suds are hanging on. That is a good sign.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is where the hops really come forward. It's not all that bitter, but what bitterness is there hang on and gets more pronounced as you swallow. I actually like the aftertaste so much, I don't want to take another drink! But I will, because the flavor here is good. When we were in Belgium, I had a couple of beers from Het Anker. Our next trip will be during Belgian Beer Weekend, and we will just chug beers like this. We have an extra week of vacation this year… maybe we will go to Belgium!
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2013 20:46:43 | More by rickyleepotts
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4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/21/2013. Pours slightly cloudy golden orange color with a 3 finger dense and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, clove, black, pepper, floral, grass, herbal, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hops, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, honey, biscuit, black pepper, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, honey, biscuit, clove, black pepper, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great sweetness/spice/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Belgian IPA style. All around great complexity and balance of yeast, hops, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2014 01:04:44 | More by superspak
3.88/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie tasted in 2014.
Appearance : golden colour with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty and malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : yeasty spiced and holy flavors, with dry fruity finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong Ale.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2014 19:09:25 | More by thierrynantes
4/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
(served in a goblet, over and over)
A: yellow-gold color, quite cloudy (as in containing wheat?)... long-lasting cap of foam, leaving some fabulous lace
S: lemon peel, lightly-toasted corn bread... flowery noble hops... overall Belgian blond or saison-like spicy aromatics
T: assertive, green-tea-like, tannic hop bitterness - leafy, tobacco-y... light banana tones with a lightly honey-sweet malt finish... light-moderate phenolic spiciness, alcohol well hidden... seems like a showcase for yeast proofing and spring lawn
M: smooth, frothy, round, medium body... mellow (spicy) warmth in the afterglow... one of the more foamy feels in a Belgian IPA - perhaps most similar to a Wit or Hefeweizen
O: had this a few times in the past week... stands out... the biting, leafy bitterness has me coming back again and again
Serving type: on-tap
04-27-2014 08:58:28 | More by Bouleboubier
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
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.