Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Reviews: 340
Hads: 540
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 27
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of Beaver13
2.39/5  rDev -41.1%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of Monsteruss
2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The first impression of this beer was when opened, the beer pretty much exploded out of the bottle with enormous amount if foam, a bad 1st impression. The foam...well what can I say, there was a lot of it - it was very light wheat, clung to the glass bigtime. The color was light golden wheat which had a hazy color like a wheat beer and somewhat honey hue. Taste had a very wheat overtone with little hops feel. Mouthfeel -smooth, not impressed. Drinkability - If it wasn't for the foam, it might have a good session. (518 characters)

Photo of ballewblake
2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A nice hiss when I cracked the cap. Poured in my trusty Duvel Tulip, and bam a fat head fills the glass. Huge and pillowy white on a appropriate Duvel like straw golden color. Sporadic spongy lacing down the glass. Hops and spices on the nose, got some Christmas smells. Really interesting taste, I get the IPA, but I get a lot of alcohol on the tongue at the same time. Balance is off and doesn't do enough to cover the biting alcohol. Excellent carbonation in the mix, fizzy on my palette, dry aftertaste. Really, this is a 'big' Belgian IPA, the alcohol is too noticeable and sharp, almost burns my tongue.

Thanks to RblWthACoz for hooking this up. (653 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $5.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a Chimay Chalice.

Have a glass ready when you crack this one as it slowly spills over the top of the bottle. It will continue to do so even if you have poured out the top quarter from the bottle into a glass. I poured very slowly and the head is ridiculous. Very large carbonation bubbles at the bottom of the head, which turn very light and frothy towards the top. Supreme head retention and very sticky lacing. Cloudy straw/orange cloudy color.

Smell is very bready and yeasty with banana and Belgian Spice. Where are the hops? Pretty decent smell as a tripel, not as a Belgian IPA.

The hops are more present in the taste, but are still heavily overridden by the characteristics I mentioned in the nose.

The mouth is not overly carbonated as I was expecting. Rather smooth and mildly creamy. Medium body. This is the best characteristic of the beer and that which other brewers of this style should learn from.

Moral of the story...where are the hops? (1,046 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: A cloudy, pale golden-orange pour. Huge, roiling bubbly white head. Leaves decent lacing behind as it slowly fades away. Island of foam resides in the middle at all times.

S: Loaded with overripe, sweet citrus - oranges and lemons. Sweet melon too, like cantelope and honeydew. Lots of banana. Very sweet bready malt in there too.

T: Again, lots of sweet fruits, bolstered by a big bready malt. Has an off flavor though that I can't quite discern. Some kind of spice that drags it down. Almost like spoiled fruit.

M: Medium, relatively smooth.

O: Will have to revisit this one. Smells great, tastes great initially but a lingering spice or tartness in the aftertaste ruined it for me. Perhaps an old or infected bottle, I am unsure - never had an "off" flavor like this one. (782 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very hazy yellow orange in colour with a massive white head that takes a long time to settle. Large chunks of lacing all over. Looks delicious.

Smell is quite citric, zesty and has a healthy dose of belgian yeast character. The overall aroma isn't as strong as I'd hoped, but it is nice enough.

Tripel-like flavours up front, citric with a touch of candy sugar. The back half is a bit unusual. The finish gives a medicinal impression and leaves a lingering cough drop sensation at the back of the throat. It isn't unpleasant, but it certainly isn't to my tastes.

Some slickness to the relatively light body, with steady carbonation. Mouthfeel is fine, aside from the sensation of throat medicine.

This one is just not for me. The whole throat coating is too distracting to enjoy the rest of the beer's attributes. Too bad, because I really like everything else I've had from this brewery. (892 characters)

Photo of gubbt
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful hazy yellowish orange with a big white rocky head and beautiful lace. Like a darker, hazier Duvel

Fruity yeast, with pear, banana, some grassy earthiness, and mustiness.

Some fruity yeast flavors up front, but overall, the flavors aren't very focused, and the hops kind of give a pill like astrigency that I don't find very pleasent. Very dry.

Lots of carbonation, a bit too much at first. A tad watery.

Overall, it's an okay beer. For the price I would definatley go to many other beers, such as Orval, Duvel, Poperings Hommelbier, Le Freak, etc. I will pass on this one in the future. (608 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured a cloudy dull orange with a light ring of white head.

The smell is very sweet and a bit oxidized with a ton of belgian candy sugar.

The flavor is a bit more balanced than the nose. A big sweet belgian candy flavor starts out strong with a floral and slightly mint hop flavor quickly comes through evening it out nicely. Still has some stale oxidized quality coming through, in theory this should be a fresh bottle having just come from a new supplies, but it has an oldish taste to it.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit dry.

A pretty mediocre beer. (558 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a hazy yellow-orange with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Slight spice notes up front followed by lots of chalky yeast aromas. There are some slight citrus aromas from the hops. There is also a strong oxidized aroma to it. I've had a couple of bottles now and I've found it in each of them.

T: Again, some light spices up front followed by lots of yeasty flavors. The hops show up some as well, giving slight grapefruit notes with a piny bitter flavors on the finish.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is a little thick, but still nice and crisp.

O: A decent beer, but nothing special. The strongly oxidized aroma is a bit of a turn-off, but it still tastes pretty decent. (760 characters)

Photo of newton99
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

not impressive!
hopppyyy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy in the nose and in the mouth. blond in colour, white head.
Not so drinkable. Hoppy Hoppyyy

Serving Type bottleee
appearance niceee
smell good hoppy
taste hoppy
mouthfeel hoppy medium body
overall if you like hops! (284 characters)

Photo of devinoconnor
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maybe I'm a little salty that I paid $12 for what seemed like 8oz at the Bethesda Mussel Bar outside DC... but mainly I just don't think this Belgian IPA is that good. Certainly not deserving of an A rating.

Pours a crisp golden color, very refreshing in appearance.

Smell is hoppy, but lacking on the "Belgian" side. Instead of complex and interesting maltys and flavors, it seems as if they just dumped in a hefeweizen to off-balance the hops.

Overall, big let down.. on both taste and the wallet. (505 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle poured into a goblet, Hopsinjoor is murky dark gold with a huge, fluffy white head that is slow settling, rocky, leaving very nice foamy lace. There are a few really dark floaties.

Smell is dusty, herbal noble hops, spicy.

Taste is similar, spicy hops, the bitterness accentuates the alcohol character. Not much in the way of malt or esters though, it makes it pretty simple. It's very phenolic as well. This is the second time I've had this beer, and this confirms my impression that it's not a very well executed BIPA.

Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated, soft and dry, light bodied.

Drinkability isn't to high, just a bitter, phenolic Belgian blonde. While I don't think think most native BIPAs travel well here, this one strikes me as a particularly bad example. (784 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a big head with a cloudy dirty straw colored body.
The aroma is like a candied lemon.
The flavor hits from the beginning with a sharp bitterness the relents to a mild sweetness in the latter part of the profile. The finish is fairly short mild bitterness.
The texture is a bit on the fizzy side with a medium body.
The fizziness with the strong bitter beginning make this an aggressive ale. Enjoyable but be ready for it. (430 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Rattle n Hum.
Nose of bananas and Belgian fruit; smells quite assertive and pleasant.
Mouthfeel is average for the style. Dark amber or light brown color with moderate lacing.
Flavors of earthy hops with dark full Belgian fruit and malty tones and characteristics, finishes with a nice clovy/banana flavor from the yeast.
This Belgian "intensely hopped" beer was average at best. Pleasant but nothing special, but not that there's anything wrong with that. Worth ordering/tasting if you've never sampled before. With so many poor examples of this style out there, this is a good all around drink. (608 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light yellow with an absolute ton of foamy, small bubbled head. Unfiltered, bottle fermented and very effervescent.

Mild aroma that reminds me of any typical Belgian white beer. The taste is also more "traditional white" than I'd expected, given the "Hopsinjoor" name and "IPA" classification. There is a bitterness to the finish which is pleasant, but no sign of hops (to my west coast hop tastes) over the majority of the palate. A lot of fruit & yeast flavours, and would be a pleasant warm weather ale. (513 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BBF 2011. 11.2oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a monstrous, thick, 5 finger white head with outstanding retention. Beer is a cloudy pale grapefruit. Lacing is stringy, patchy, and very thick with great stick. Nice but the head is too thick and the beer is too cloudy.

Nose is fruity. Citrus, coriander, some cane sugar, and a touch powdery. Some peppercorn also. Moderately aromatic. Appropriate for the style.

Opens sweet citrus, cane sugar, and some spice notes. More of the sweet, malt backbone present through the middle with peppercorn and coriander popping in and out. Some soapiness at the end and finishes spicy with a slight hop aftertaste. Enjoyable.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Spritzy in the mouth and smooths out as it warms. Goes down filmy. Drawn out finish with a lingering aftertaste. Not as crisp as I would like.

Very smooth and drinkable for an 8% beer, nevertheless, this one offers a bit too much sweetness without the fruity complexity. Head retention and appearance overall are also just not up to stuff. Solid, but all things considered, pretty average for the style. (1,177 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was not very impressed with this beer and how I wanted to like it so.
It had a golden orange color with an average foamy head. Well carbonated.
The aroma is more in tune with bottle lemon juice, tart and lemony.
Flavor is not much better. Tart and lemony. The alcohol slaps you right from the start.
Bitter at end.
Very dry and leaves a nasty aftertaste.
Now I'm just an average joe but I couldn't even finish this one. Thats right, it's a drainer.
This style is new to me as well as most Beligum made American style beers and since I have just the one bottle I'll have to do some further research on this topic. (614 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I shared this bottle w/ tenderbranson69 or should I say he shared it with me. Poured chilled into a double walled tumbler.

A - A hazy golden w/ a full 2 finger snowy rocky head and plenty of lace coats the glass like a film of suds

S - A fruity hoppy nose w/ slightly phenolic yeast esters an spicy/herbal hop presence in the aroma

M - A basic spiced dry belgian yeasty feel w/ little sweetness to soften the acidity and booziness. The spiciness and acrid texture is not up my alley

T - An intense amount of hopped, herbal and pine tastes w/ light medicinal yeast flavors.There is subtle citrus acidity and and grainy astringency, not the most pleasing taste w/ the close to bone dry malt and bitter hoppy finish

D - A bit one dimensional overall for belgian IPA's that sucks the mouth of any moisture. The beer is very astringent IMO, maybe not the best bottle or just beyond its prime. I may try it again, but not likely (927 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a very cloudy yellow that was completely opaque. A ridiculous amount of head formed, even after I noticed it getting out of control and slowed down the pour. Some good lacing was left on the glass after the head settled a little bit.

S - Nose is dominated by Belgian yeast smell with some cloves and light citrus notes coming through. Smells of a strong Beligan Ale. I don't get the hops here.

T - Belgian yeast, cloves and a hint of citrus. There is a very noticeable bitterness from the hops that lingers in the finish but it hides in the background and really only shows up in the finish.

M - Light to medium body; heavily carbonated.

D - This was a good beer but a little disappointing. Tasted like a typical strong Belgian Ale/Pale Ale to me and I expected more from the hops. Still good for what it was, but not what I was expecting for the style. (899 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22nd Sep 2013 and we are in Brugge, sitting at the bar in Comptoir des Arts checking out the beer list when this brew stood out and called to me.

Bram (the owner and former barman of Daisy) duly produced a 33cl bottle and glass for me and the drinking began.

Golden pour, with a slight haze and deep head.

Aroma of yeast and fruity, citrus hops.

The taste followed the nose, yeasty and hoppy. Fairly bitter in nature and easy to drink, hides it's alcohol well.

A very pleasant beer from a brewery that seems to produce plenty of good beers. (545 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Hops are strong enough, either the nose or mouth. Spicy fragrances like pepper, green and resinous hops enough but really does not increase the freshness of the beverage as in eg XX Bitter. The bitterness is sharp but not optimal because the coarse side and grassy hops takes over the top and the other flavors including citrus little that can be detected. (356 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like Gouden Carlous. And now I have a feeling that I will like its Hopsinjoor...is that Dutch for Hopsickle? On to the beer:

It's heady, has a darkish, faded orangish straw color with brown splatches, and there's a lot of tiny particles floating in the body. Not terribly ugly like full chunks of sediment. Musty aroma. Dry. A little bit of funk and lemon is present, but it's not impressing me. It gets a little better as warms, and a little sweeter. Honey notes.

Dry and funny. It a "weird" sweetness, but it has some appeal to me. Apples, "funk", and a little fusel alcohol are present. There is a tiny bit of bitterness towards the end. Notes of aspirin comes from the beer. Good feeling in the mouth, nice and dry, carbonation doesn't get in the way.

I was expecting a little hoppiness, and instead I got a Belgian pale ale. Not that this is a bad beer, but you won't be getting that little extra sumpthin' in the way of those little green flowers. (960 characters)

Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was forced into my hands from a guy who said "You've gotta try this!"

Appearance is not bad although the head came up like an explosion. Appeared to be a thin head, but did actually take some time to recede. Not impressed with the lacing. Cloudy deep yellow-orange.

Smell is the best part. There's the nice belgian yeast/malt smell, some faint hop floral, and a fruitiness almost like wine(mostly a grape-ish smell).

Taste is disappointing. I think the carbonation destroys half the taste to start. Couldn't detect the same flavors that I did in the smell. Taste was more bready malt, a little boozey, and a complete lack of hops.

Mouthfeel is disturbing. Feels like champagne carbonation, and the aftertaste makes my tongue feel like the beer left sediment deposits on my taste buds.

Drinkability... well if you like those previously mentioned attributes then this beer could be amazingly drinkable. I don't believe in drain pours.... and this beer is very lucky I don't. (988 characters)

Photo of kegger22
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I appear to be in a minority on this one. Poured a cloudy yellow with a huge head that displayed pretty good retention. The aroma was kind of a euro lager skunky. I couldn't taste much of the hops bitter, the carbonation tended to disguise everything. I'm not a fan of the Belgian IPA idea, just way too much carbonation. As it warmed, I did get some bitter aftertaste. The feel was light bodied with tons of carbonation. Drinkability was OK. Not terrible, just not my cup of tea, or stein of beer, or goblet of beer...whatever. (528 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very effervescent chill-haze caramel with 4 fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

s: Apple skins & some bready notes

T: Apple Skins, grapefruit, & earthy hops, booze & estery fruit, plus some booze up front. Green apples, & grapefruit as this warms, along with juicy fruit & pineapple. Finishes slightlty tart with more grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & okay balance

Drinks average, this just seemed so disjointed (477 characters)

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
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