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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 24
Gots: 27 | 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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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.

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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.

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2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
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?

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3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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3.11/5  rDev -23%
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.

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3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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3.15/5  rDev -22%
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.

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3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
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!

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3.23/5  rDev -20%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.