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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Paddez on 04-09-2008

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Reviews: 348 | Ratings: 574
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big yellow vibrancy to the pour. 1" white head, dense. The aroma was belgian but without all the spice rack shit I hate like clove. Banana was missing too, but it had plenty of band aid.

Taste was hoppy by Belgian standards, hid the alcohol well. Very mild citrus notes from the hops. One of the better examples of an ipa/dipa from here.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've taken a recent liking to Belgian IPAs. This one has a nice yeast character, very Belgian in the nose as well. Bready, apple-y, maybe a little cloves and grassy, with a little bit of hops. Most of the hops are in the flavor, but even there, not overpowering. Still very yeasty and malty in the taste and somewhat sticky in the mouth feel.

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Photo of janubio
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gloden colour, with medium head that leaves a ring and a good lace. Smell of banana, cloves, tropical fruits, herbs. Medium compact body, with good carbonation. Taste is hoppy, fruits, flowers, pepper. Anotherone very good Carolus.

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Photo of djura
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,75l

A - Golden honey with steady white head. Representative.
S - Very close to Tripel aromas.
T/M - And again Tripel with more hops in it. Bitter finish. Creamy.

O - This is goid brew.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Large white head sits on top of the old golden brew and refuses to subside.

S - The smell is sweet, malts and bready yeast reminiscent of the style.

T - More of the same which the nose presents, holiday breads, yeasts, belgian candy sugar, and light citrus notes.

F - Medium bodied, slightly warming, a bit chewy.

Overall it is exactly what you would expect. A good Belgian Ale.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From elcervecero. In Duvel glass. Watching The hangover. Tasty and very drinkable, with a nice bitterness and carbonation that pleases the upper part of the mouth. Aroma could improve. Its a bit dull for a beer with a hoppy name

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Photo of MrGraybeard
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a refrigerated bottle, raising a substantial persistent head. A layer of yeast remained at the bottom of the bottle. Color is a hazy gold, with cidery effervescence. Scent is vinous with a hint of candy and lemon.

Malt and hops are emphatic but balanced up front, leaving a slightly sour taste at the finish. Mouthfeel was a little lighter than I expected, but alcohol was well concealed.

I've had some domestic Belgian-style IPAs, and they tended to have a heavier feel and hoppier punch. This brew out of the Low Countries is a more subtle effort. Nicely done.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 2017-03-12
ABV: 8.0%

It pours hazy, light yellow, with a huge, three finger high head.

Nose: Banana, Belgian yeast, citrus, orange, pear, apple, pineapple, hops and grass.
Taste: Grapefruit, banana, apple, grass, Belgian yeast, caramel malt and honey.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth feeling. Very refreshing!

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 750ml bottle from my cellar served in a tulip glass cold. Bottling date is 05/2013

Appearance: very pale gold with a very nice white head of tiny bubbles. Very hazy but I did not a hearty pour. Light to medium body.

Nose: bready, malty sweet, apples, oranges and pears, low to no hop character (this scares me in a IPA, even a Belgian one)

Taste: Nice and round with lots of fruit character and a lingering sweetness. The hop character is kinda muted but is still there and adds a fruity chewy quality that is a nice contrast to the malty sweetness. This beer really stood up to time on the shelf. The body is still rich enough not to immediately evaporate once it hits your tongue.

Overall: I'm not too familiar with the Belgian IPA style but I am impressed with beer. It is delicate and balanced like it should be. The hops are still present after 2 years in the cellar and is very drinkable. Good job Het Anker.

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Photo of JayQue
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty Belgian IPA. Poured into a Chimay goblet from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Golden yellow color, lots of carbomation and a big, white long lasting head. Plenty of lacing on the sides of the goblet.

Strong aroma of peppery spicing, Belgian yeast and an apple cider type fruitiness.

Taste is more of the same with the sweetish apple cider balanced out with mild hoppiness and yeast.. Mouthfeel is rich, good carbonation and the peppery spicing and hops element adding to the "feel".

A very good Belgian IPA, I would like to have this one again.

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Photo of interzen
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Pours a murky straw yellow with a fairly loose, bubbly head. Massive amount of lacing once the head had subsided.

Smell: Quite earthy and hoppy - not a lot else was discernable. Certainly not unpleasant.

Taste: This is where it gets interesting - although the beer smells rather hoppy, the initial taste is definitely more malty with a hint of resin. There are hints of boozy alcohol there, but malts and resins are well forward.

Feel: Quite a spicy mouthfeel with an almost spiritous aftertaste. For something that's 8% ABV this is quite dangerously drinkable. Despite the ludicrous amount of head on pouring, the carbonation diminished fairly quickly leaving a pleasant fizziness.

Overall: My first encounter with the Belgian IPA style and I suspect that it won't be my last. Not as insanely hoppy as American IPAs but then again this certainly doesn't drink like an 8% beer. As I type this, the current BA score is 91 (outstanding) and I'm finding little to disagree with - definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of BWED
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Date on bottle 10/05/12.

A- Hazy bronze in color. Some white highlight. Towering cloud of white foam. Beautiful rings and lines of lacing. A really awesome looking beer.

S- Heavy caramel. Very mild earthy hop. Faint, dark fruit.

T- Light caramel flavor. Toasty malt. A bit like fruitcake. Faint earth and pine.

M- Very carbonated. Lost some beer on the pour, it was coming out so fast. Body is medium, smooth, slightly spicy. Finish is just a bit dry. Definitely doesn't drink like an 8%.

O- I think the hops have faded on this one, but it really had a lot of depth and character. Tastes more like a Belgian Pale. I'd like to try it again fresh.

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Photo of benfons
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Clear dark blond colour, a lot of carbonation rising up, big dense head, a lot of lacing.
In the nose there are some grains, some hops, some yeast, some fruit, orange peel, peach, hint of banana.
Tastes of grain, granny smith, grapes, slight hoppy finish.
Nice carbonation, dry finish.
Overall a nicely balanced beer. Fruitiness topped off with a hoppy finish. Not the best beer, but a solid one.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of JTuomi
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately gentle hand. No identifiable date.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow. 1.5 fingers of mostly white head with good retention. Gets a bit rocky. Great lacing. Fine looking brew for sure.

S: Belgian yeast with a mild, musty funkiness. Fruit-forward with notes of apple, banana and pear. Lighter peach, lemon and orange.

T: Spice notes and fruit elements lead into a rather tasty, moderate noble hop bitterness. Nicely balanced with a fairly dry finish. Minimal alcohol. The hops ramp up their presence as it warms and it turns slightly herbal.

M: High carbonation that is a bit prickly early on, but gives a nice champagne feel once you are accustomed. Moderate body. Smooths out nicely in the end.

O: Very nice Belgian pale with some classic noble hop flavors. This beer underwent a cool transformation as I worked through the bottle: Straight out of the fridge it was pretty fruity and spicy with relatively tame hops. As it warmed the fruit notes faded and the hop notes really blossomed. Good stuff.


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Photo of TheDoctor
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy whiteish golden yellow (looks like lemonade as it leaves the bottle neck) with an intense white head that actually grows as the glass sits idle, making quick chomps at the foam necessary to prevent overflow. Never gets below a rocky two fingers reminiscent of meringue. Retention so good it is almost too much until it settles down; big, stringy lacing. Inspires awe.

Sweet and slightly herbal. Nice round malt-forward smell. At least to my nose the hops aren't super present. Rich sweet yeasty esters, white pepper, touch of dark fruits.

Really well-balanced and well-done. Hay, grass, green apple skin, yeasty esters, tea, and a lingering herbal aftertaste. Very 'together'.

Warm and refreshing with a medium body, strong prickly carbonation and a clean finish.

Excellent beer.
I don't think that this is my favorite Belgian IPA but it is definitely subtle enough to be more drinkable than ones like Houblon Chouffe. Also, although Goudeh Carolus beers may not be the best in some areas, they are some of the most consistently good-looking beers I have ever seen. Could be a little more in-your-face in some areas, but like I say its timidity is part of its charm for me.
Would have again; worth trying if you ever come across it.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Het Anker's Hopsinjoor is a tasty, but somewhat unbalanced hoppy Belgian pale ale. The ethanol content for the beer is not hidden or integrated well: this always feels a bit hot, and the ethanol numbs the tongue and reduces overall flavor acquisition. I've had Hopsinjoor a few times now and never been particularly impressed by it. One of the few beers from Het Anker that I don't think that highly of.

Pours a tall head of many centimeters in height, white in color, made up of small to large-sized bubbles, creating a frothy, soapy appearance that's rather unique. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting many minutes, eventually declining to a 1cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also excellent, with several thick rings, each with unique patterns, clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a cloudy golden orange color, as of dishwater, with light bringing out prettier and brighter orange-yellow hues. Carbonation not visible through the nearly opaque (90% or so opaque) body.

Aroma of pale pilsner malt sweetness, white bread, aromatic flowers, moderate Belgian yeast mustiness, with more subtle Belgian yeast phenolics (slight plastic) and slight grapefruit rind

Dominant flavors are of Belgian yeast phenolics, ethanol, and European hop bitterness with subdued floral and old citrus characters. Front of palate picks up pilsner malt sweetness, white bread, floral hops, slight old grapefruit rind: generally pleasant. Mid-palate experiences yeast phenolics (mild plastic, sharpness), ethanol, moderate hop bitterness, subdued floral and grapefruit rind characters. Back of palate detects continued strong yeast phenolics and ethanol, moderate to moderate-high hop bitterness, and slight grapefruit rind. Aftertaste of Belgian yeast mustiness, mild phenols (no plastic, just a bit of spiciness), moderate-low bitterness, slight breadiness, and mild ethanol.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in a foamy (4/5) and slightly smooth (1/5) mouthfeel. Ethanol mildly felt in the nostrils as heat and on the palate and throat as a light burning sensation. Closes dryly, with moderate stickiness clining to the palate and lips.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Light caramel nose, flavor is mellow caramel with light grapefruit hop background. Nice mellow BIPA. Part of 4-pack 330ml bottles $18.99 from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

a really special brew here, best Belgian ipa ive had in memory, just a total gem. blonde and cloudy on the pout, with a permanent and thick white head over three inches tall, this is so lively and robust, as foamy as you make it, lacey and grandiose. the nose is tart and funky like a saison, hoppy, but german and Czech style, not so American and oily, but still plenty dank, not like ganga, but like a wet basement in a good a way as possible. yeast heavy too, Belgian unfiltered goodness. pils type malts, but there is more depth that that here. epic carbonation, one of the best mouthfeels of all time on this one, this beers best feature amongst many. I love the expansive decadent richness, but the lightness and sessionability too. this is everything one could hope for in a Belgian ipa and more, complex, drinkable, refreshing, special. well hopped and gorgeous in feel. a must.

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Photo of warnerry
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

West Lakeview

Het Anker's Hopsinjoor fills my tulip glass with a straw golden liquid that becomes even pale yellow when backlit. The body is hazy to the point of being difficult to see through and the carbonation explodes to the surface from every inch of the glass. This lively carbonation helps support the giant head. The head grew to a minimum of three fingers on the pour and at its lowest point fell to two. The head became incredibly dense and meringue like while leaving big sticky chunk lacing on its way down. This is an incredible looking beer that shows one of the best heads I've seen in months.

The nose on this beer screams Belgian IPA, what I think would be one anyway. The first thing that hits me is a dusty, musty yeastiness before the hop additions make themselves known. This beer isn't hugely hoppy but does have a lot more hops then your average BSPA. The hoppiness is of the grassy/herbal nature and rides even keel with the robust yeast characters. There's a good deal of green apple skins and gritty pear before the banana and clove ester qualities come through toward the end. The yeast used in this beer must be magical because the esters it's throwing off are all over the place in the most under control manageable sort of way.

As soon as this beer hits my tongue I know I'm in for a treat. Everything the nose suggested is right here in the flavor. The maltiness, although not very noticeable, is dry sugar cookie like and while it starts things off it's quickly pushed aside. A quick flash of grassy hops hit before they fade away to allow the fruity yeastiness to come forth. Apple skins, pears, and faint peach take over mid palate right before the mustiness joins in the fun. All the hoppiness that was in the nose shows up just before the swallow. Somehow the yeast contributions are so hearty that they more then stand up to the hoppiness of this brew. I'm really digging the complexities.

The body of this beer is on the lighter side of medium with a healthy carbonation that keeps things moving. That great Belgian carbonation is there that makes the body of this beer incredibly airy. The hopping combined with the aggressive carbonation make for a moderate bitterness on the tongue.

I honestly can't believe how easy this beer is going down. The flavors combine to create an incredibly refreshing beer and the carbonation keeps things flowing. Each glass I pour disappears far too fast.

I expected a good beer coming from Het Anker, just like the others, but Hopsinjoor blew me away. This is exactly what I believe a hoppy Belgian should be crafted like and I won't hesitate to pick these up in the future. Het Anker is up toward the top of the list for my favorite Belgian brewers and Hopsinjoor just bumped them up the ladder.

Reviewed: 8/10/08

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.