Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker
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4.9/5 rDev +21.3%
Perfect appearance. A light orange colored beer with a massive head that could only come from Belgium. Frothy, fully developed, huge head that forms great shapes, laces and lasts very well. Nose is alarmingly vibrant and full of hop (spice, peach, lemon) and nice yeast derived smells (farmhouse, leather.) Flavor is devastatingly complex and utterly amazing. Was expecting something good after reading Ernest's and Jeff's reviews, but this is beyond good. Starts off dry, peppery, spicy and all hop accented, then settles into an amazingly well extracted vinous-like range of flavors, which leads into the finish that lasts for at least 10 seconds. Wasn't expecting to be blown away by a beer tonight, but was.
08-23-2008 05:05:00 | More by Crosling
4.9/5 rDev +21.3%
Appearance: Get an oversized goblet because the head bursts out like Jethro Tull live in 1978. Patience is a virtue with this one as it takes a good 20 minutes for the head to quarter into a cratery meringue. What a start!
Smell: Fresh cut apple, complex Euro hops, tangerine, heady yeast, malts. Exceptional.
Taste: Finally! Silky/toasty malts, bready yeasts, subtle hops and citrus/lemon meringue blend into an absolute delight. Wow.
Mouthfeel: Like a mouthful of liquid cotton candy or candy floss for UK readers, but never cloying. Very big and satisfying. Refreshing. Can't wait to have another sup!
Drinkability: You've heard of "Pie Heaven" right? This is "Belgian Blonde Ale Heaven." I could live very happily drinking this and only this for the rest of my days.
This has toppled McChouffe/Houblon Chouffe as my fave Belgian Blonde. This is the capstone of the Pyramid imho.
12-24-2009 04:35:06 | More by libertygrails
4.88/5 rDev +20.8%
I thought to myself what the heck is Gouden doing making an IPA? Their lineup is so solid, but this excellent brew reminds us to keep an open mind. Great creative people always see something new and exciting just over the horizon. This is a beautifully crafted beer. Initial taste (great spices, properly infused), look (on the wheat beer side), smell and finish (clean and crisp) and makes for an oh so interesting pleasure. Good surprise find and more than well worth a try.
11-09-2012 22:06:10 | More by JimTeal
British Columbia (Canada)
4.88/5 rDev +20.8%
A Belgian IPA with nobel hops (Golding, Spalt, Hallertau & Saaz), certainly an interesting hybrid of styles.
A: Hazy straw with a crazy, HUGE, white fluffy head. Good retention & lacing.
S: The hop aroma is more of an imperial pilsner than an IPA. It's very floral, herbal, grassy & metallic with just a little rind. The Belgian yeast has produced some nice, tropical fruity esters.
T: Metallic, herbal, grassy, orange rind, lemon, pineapple, papaya, mango, hints of grainy biscuit, assertive bitterness, alcohol really well-hidden. The malt & hops really say Imperial Pils, but the Belgian yeast shines through.
M: Well attenuated, moderate body has a dry finish.
D: Very drinkable for its strength.
Truly a unique, phenomenal brew.
02-07-2009 22:14:47 | More by Derek
4.85/5 rDev +20%
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a dense white head that fades ever so slowly into a rocky formation. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.
Smells of spicy, herbal hops with a touch of Belgian sweetness.
Tastes of spicy hops, a layer of fruit, ending in yeast flavors. Hops have that European herbal, grassy taste with a spicy edge to them. Malts are of the sweet Belgian pale variety giving a fruity edge that provides a good note for the hops to counter. Not very bitter, but not overly sweet either, I find it to be perfectly balanced. Yeast also contributes to the spiciness and makes everything more astounding.
Mouthfeel is full with the carbonation giving a very smooth and creamy feel.
03-15-2010 02:46:14 | More by ocelot2500
4.8/5 rDev +18.8%
A - cloudy golden body w/ a massive 3 finger head, that stays afloat for quite some time
S - primarily hops at first, with some belgian yeast/funk to back them up. nice balance here, i also detect some caramel malts, other undefinable spicyness, and also a skunk! wow!
T - hop bitterness opens upbut leaves room for a spicy pepper taste and some alcohol warmth. amazing take on a golden belgian...just enough hops to satisfy a hop-head w/ a classic belgain backbone. This is a Belgian w/ that is in love with hops. I approve!
MF - I like the over-carbonation, but i'm sure others would argue that it's too much
D - for such a big beer, the relatively light body and amazing taste make it dangerous at 8% the alcohol is apparent, yet it is really hard for me to put it down.
06-04-2009 01:27:21 | More by bonsreeb85
4.78/5 rDev +18.3%
Belgian beer with 4 different hops, once served in my goblet "Gouden Carolus":
A: Very cloudy yellow color, the foamy head is creamy with a thick finger, good lacing;
S: COmplex, perfumed with different hops, citrus scents, floral and spicy notes, in addition sweets notes of mango;
T: Predominates the essences of citrus and spicy hops, the little sweetness dissapears, the end is woody, the foam tastes like hop ice cream;
M: Dry, very bitter, woody, spicy, medium body, and the ABV goes undetected;
D: Like all beers with Charles V on a horse, excellent, i liked the way that hides the abv in the smell, taste and feel.
12-29-2009 00:51:53 | More by roddwolff
4.78/5 rDev +18.3%
Excited to try this one, found it in an 11.2 ounce bottle. Bottle says 50 IBUs, 4 types of European hops (Golding, Spalt, Hallertau, and Saaz). Poured into my Duvel glass with a gigantic head, another uncontrollable Belgian head. Once the gigantic foam pilliar rose to the top I used the remaining liquid to form some nice fluffy mountains of joy on top. It takes forever to recede, which is good because I will be enjoying this brew somewhere near its optimal temperature. As the head recedes it leaves some fluffy but intricate lacing that sticks until your finished. It is a nice hazy pale blonde color, love the appearance.
Smell is another winner. On the nose are some very spicy hops with some nice tropical fruitiness and sweet malts.
Incredible hoppiness on the tounge, BUT, with an explosion of Belgian spices, sugar, and yeast. It starts out with some great bitter hops, then leads into a triple-like spice with some candi sugar/yeasty sweetness. There is also some tasty tropical fruit in there ,too, and I think runs beautifully with the bright, potent hops. Has a nice mouthfeel and seemingly endless drinkablity, wow.
It is every person's dream right? A strong, elegant Belgian pale ale twisted with an IPA, gotta love the Belgian IPA. I really love this beer, a classic.
08-17-2009 00:55:14 | More by crossovert
4.72/5 rDev +16.8%
750 ml bottle.
A - big cork pop followed by a light pour yields a head unlike any I've seen before. Massive and overflowing despite the light handed pour. Beer is a hazy gold full of fine bubbles.
S - belgian yeast, fruity esters, sharp hops, and a tart citrus tingle.
T - fantastic. All of the smells with a bitter sweet blend that is amazingly balanced.
M - crisp and spritzy like a saison but with a heavier body.
D - wonderfully easy to enjoy.
02-06-2012 02:06:08 | More by Beer4Baltimore
4.72/5 rDev +16.8%
Pours a hazy golden with noticable carbonation, foamy white head that leaves a good sticky lacing on the glass.
Sweet slightly hoppy smell with hints of grapefruit, bananas and orange peel.
Flavor is sweet with grapefruit, banana, orange spice, pepper, honey and a nice hoppy finish.
Medium body with healthy carbonation, very refreshing and easy to drink.
05-16-2011 23:51:09 | More by rbd13
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.