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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker

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490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 22
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Paddez on 04-09-2008)
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

330ml bottle. sampled may 3/09.

pours hazy golden yellow with a huge rocky white head. the head drops very slowly and leaves tons of clumpy lace down the glass.

aroma is good. alcohol. big bright floral hops. grapefruit and orange. pineapple and mango. white bread and cracker. peppery yeasty spice.

taste is good. medium bitterness level. bright floral hops again. bit of earthy character too. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. grapefruit and orange peel. bit of pineapple and tropical fruit, but less than in the aroma.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a bone dry finish. crazily dry actually - i feel like i need a drink of water following this. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. smooth, interesting, and very enjoyable. the use of noble rather than american hops gives this belgian ipa - typically a US-belgian combo - a neat slant.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 21:08:26 | More by grub
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottles poured into a La Fin tulip, very slowly which didn't see to matter as a ginormous rocky Belgian head sprung to life which was kept afloat on top of the golden body for a ridiculous amount of time from the fine, streaming carbonation bubbles. This look wonderful! Excellent alcoholic hoppy aroma coming from this beer. Loads of Euro noble hops, Belgian yeast, a touch of mint and other spices, light apples, and a nice booziness. It almost smells like Duvel with triple the hops. Flavor is great. Though I'm not a huge fan of noble hops, this has a great bitterness to it. It well balanced, somewhat sweet at first, but becomes dry and crisp on the finish. Effervescent mouthfeel, lots of strong carbonation, crisp, and very drinkable. Yeah.... I like this beer. Belgian IPAs are one of favorite styles and this one did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 00:37:45 | More by KeefD
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anchordrinker

California

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, straw colored with a HUGE head that fills up the entirety of my Duvel tulip.

S- Yeasty and hoppy, also some citric fruity tones.

T- Citric hop bitterness, spicy yeast, apricot-fruitiness.

M- Medium-bodied, highly carbonated, and very creamy.

D- Drinkable for an 8%, and I find the high level of carbonation pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 03:19:41 | More by anchordrinker
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Wheelinb

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get a little apprehensive about trying beer with Belgium in the name. I always think they will be sweeter than I like. That was not the case with this beer.

I got grassy, hoppy aroma and the taste matched up exactly with that what I was smelling. There was also a definite wheat taste to it as well. Almost like a cookie dough before you add the sugar. I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2009 01:53:44 | More by Wheelinb
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jjayjaye

New York

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale light amber color with a HUGE stiff white head that fades to lacing, some of it 3D. Visible sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Highly effervescent, pours actively fizzy. The smell is all about the earthy Belgian yeast, apple and pears with tart notes. Highly carbonated, the mouth feel light and the flavor is as tart as suggested in the nose. A real sipper; a little too lively for me. I also find that the 8% ABV is pretty evident by a dull burn on the way down.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 19:02:12 | More by jjayjaye
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Monsteruss

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 18:30:58 | More by Monsteruss
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- Even the gentlest pour results in a glass of nothing but foam, but after a a minute there is a slightly hazy yellow body that forms with the tiniest bubbles I have ever seen. Even though the head shrinks to a reasonable size it last for the full beer.

S- This beer has a pretty clean aroma with notes of perfumed slightly sweet yeast and a faint earthy hint when the beer really warms.

T- The taste of slightly earthy pale wheat dough has a green lemony hop finish to it. There are some more fruity qualities that come through in the hops as the beer warms but not much depth.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizzy finish and no alcohol heat noted.

D- This beer had some nice yeasty wheat flavors but the hops were very soft and not at all in the aroma. This made the overall beer a bit bland.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 14:06:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a hazy honey blonde, with a huge, dense, pillowy white head.

Nose - Some spicy yeast, big grassy hops that tend to recede a bit as the beer warms, hints of pear and apricot.

Taste is big and yeasty up front, with notes of pear, with a light, refreshing, grassy hop quality that's huge when the beer is cool, but recedes noticeably as the beer warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, with a light body that feels bigger than it is because of the spot-on carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 13:14:13 | More by JohnQVegas
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brendan13

Australia

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured carefully into a tulip glass a very hazy golden straw colour with an inch of dense white head that hangs around forever and leaves lots of lacing down the glass.
S - Floral and herbal hop notes quickly give way to spicy phenols and slighty sweet aromas.
T - Like the smell; floral and herbal initially followed by a strong hit of belgian yeast flavours with a slightly sweet yet dry finish.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation.
D - Not something I'd drink heaps of but worth trying for sure. I'd LOVE to try it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 10:35:19 | More by brendan13
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KevyKev

Netherlands

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed during the Tweede Paasdag tasting of 2009 (a hop-off in its inaugural year) with Hopus and the Houblon Chouffe

This poured less clear than the others and quite active. This is a rich golden color and the head is tremendous - thick and pillowy, which forms a lattice on the side of glass as it is consumed.

My first smell of this was very strong of citrus, hops and perhaps some maltiness. Somehow, it was lost to me after that.

This is very hoppy for a Belgian in the most pleasant of ways. My impression is that it is relatively hoppier than the Houblon but a bit less smooth. With that said, it is still quite well balanced.

In terms of mouth feel, this beer really benefits from the heavy carbonation. Reading my notes from this afternoon, I realize that I am a sucker for a well-carbonated beer.

This beer is very drinkable. I appreciate the balance of Houblon but I appreciate the greater hop flavor of the Hopsinjoor. I could be very happy for a very long time trying to determine which of these two that I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 18:26:25 | More by KevyKev
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rwdkosak

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Stable poured into correct goblet, slightly chilled. The pour had a half centimeter head over nicely colored unfilter brew. Smell of floral hops, belgian yeast. Taste begins almost as belgian tripel with hops coming to the front quickly and remaining present to a slightly bitter finish though pleasing throughout. Not too much alcohol feel though this is beginning to shift to the realm of heavy beers at 8%ABV. Floral, slight honey notes, yeast and hoppiness make this quite enjoyable...nothing over the top though it's quite good. I've got a strong affinity for this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 05:31:46 | More by rwdkosak
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic beer that's truely worthy of the designation as a Belgian IPA.

The pour brings a strong Tripel appearance. Seems a bit viscous and malty at first sight. The strong straw color has quite the haze, likely from bottle conditioning and dry-hopping. A fantastic head forms above the glass and endures the session. A lot of lacing falls on the glass.

Aromas of sharp, earthy, noble hops jump out immediately, well ahead of the lighter pilsner malts. A huge pungent boquet of grassy, piney, and citric hops offer a lot of variety, complexity, enticement. The beer is quite malty to taste, but attenuated well enough to keep the malts supporting the hops and not competing with them. Fruity, spicy, and acidic flavors spring from the yeast in the shapes of peaches, pears, apples, appricots; and then there's the white pepper, orange zest, lemon zest, corriander, and even cumin. I love the complexity of this beer.

The body is perhaps a bit heavier than I expect, but the sharpness and bitterness of the beer helps to clean up the malts and dry out in the finish. Aggressive bitterness with those Euro-hops give a nice less-bitey variety compared to American IPA's.

Again, the Belgian IPA's are up and comming. This beer is a great exemplification of the trend. There's a lot going on with this one; some might say too much. Even despite a soapy phenol and a fusal alcohol note here and there, the beer rounds out beautifully.

Thanks to Marikka's Bierstube for carrying the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 17:23:24 | More by BEERchitect
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden, yellow beer with a big frothy head that is stable.

Smell of honey and malts with some flowery hop notes. A light biscuity malt smell.

Taste is true Belgian with a light fruity yeast and a bready and biscuity malt profile. The good thing about this beer is that it holds on to the Belgian beer tradition, which means that the beer is above average bitter, but seems to retain most of it's balance. The hop has some lemony notes and seems like a proven Styrian - Saaz combination. Not comparable with any other IPA, this is like a hopped up blonde, still good.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 21:02:27 | More by Absumaster
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 18:49:38 | More by Slatetank
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle in a tulip glass. I wonder if this was the wrong choice for glassware cause this has a MASSIVE head! About five fingers at first, gradually settles to about 2 fingers with a cool plateau of foam in the middle. Wispy lacing all around, beautiful, translucent orange-y gold body that you only get from Belgians.

This is a smeller -- strong tart character, not getting a whole lot of hops, which is surprising. Slightly grassy/leafy scents, but mostly the tartness.

Taste is more hop-defined, with a strongly citric & somewhat sour presence. Very little of the candy sugar aspect I've come to expect in a Belgian golden. The bitterness is not overwhelming in a West Coast IPA kind of way, but still defines the taste. It's a very "level" bitterness, if that makes any sense, & kind of lays across my mouth like a tarp, hitting most parts of the tongue & mouth equally.

Gotta say I'm a little disappointed with this one -- I've become a fan of Belgian IPAs since trying the Chouffe, but for some reason this didn't cut it for me. I say this with some surprise, as it's something that I feel is sometimes overdone, but I miss the candy sugar flavor. It seems to lack the punches of both Belgian golden ale & an IPA. Blind-folded, I'd say this was closer to a sour ale or even a gueuze, but without the tang that hits the mark with those styles.

I'd definitely try it again -- don't know if something was off here or what, but I feel like this could be more than it is. Willing to give it a second chance.

EDIT: Having had it several more times, it's one of my favorites of the style. Lots more bright citrus & apple in the taste than I'd had before. Maybe I just wasn't in the right setting the first time or something, but I really like it now. I boosted the taste by 1.5 points, the mouthfeel by 1 point, & the drinkability by 1.5 points.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 16:25:33 | More by OneDropSoup
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raoulduke37

California

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet - thick, billowy and rocky head, not unlike the foam that builds up from hard-breaking waves of high salinity. Cloudy and dark golden brown color.

Smell is characterized purely by yeast, no hop presence here, but plenty of citrus and spice.

Yeast comes through powerfully here, along with some sharp pepper and a little bit of banana on the way down. Very good overall.

A little too carbonated for a Belgian ale, so I'm not sure I like that, but the head was very creamy.

This would be good for a "just finished a term paper" occasion. I'd give this one another go anytime.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 04:09:58 | More by raoulduke37
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ibbjamin

California

3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 01:37:34 | More by ibbjamin
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a huge head. So much frothy marshmellow looking head it looks great. I would have given it a 5 but there is too much head.

Smells great. Nice and hoppy and bready. Nice Belgian yeast smell as well.

Taste is pretty good. I don't think mine is super fresh so I may have to re review when I get to taste it fresh but it is pretty good regardless. Nice hoppy bitterness and good Belgian yeast and malt flavors.

Good mouthfeel and overall this is a great brew. Can't wait to find some guaranteed fresh ones.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 07:09:19 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beats even Duvel as far as getting an enormous fluffy head without even trying. As such, it's wise to pour Hopsinjoor very, very slowly. Five or so minutes later and the liquid is finally into the glass, and it's gorgeous. Obviously a bountiful, pillowy head, two or three fingers depending on how fat your digits are. Color is a lightly hazed pale golden color. No surprise to see sheets and sheets of styrofoam-ish lace on the glass. Wow.

Aroma is hoppy, but not the "scratch the insides of your nose with pine needles" sort of thing...rather, it's got a vibe similar to Duvel and those great Czech pilsners. Also get some white wine, light honey and that quintessential Belgian yeast character.

The flavor delivers. It delivers earthy hops, the kind some of us Imperial IPA freaks forget about sometimes...a bit flowery, grassy, slightly coarse though not harsh. The hops here can't be judged by American standards, and sure enough, the label reveals Golding, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz. Not your typical west coast killers. Vinous quality remains, but again with a more crisp white wine kind of taste, as well as gooseberry tartness, pear/peach sugars (not at all cloying), a dash of white pepper and warming glow from the very well-integrated alcohol. A round sweetness like yellow cake batter makes its way in with warming.

The mouthfeel is total luxury--uber-creamy with hardly any weight. Medium-bodied but with the character of a bigger, thicker beer. Slick, round, delicate, soft and, again, very creamy. Perfect.

This is fantastic. Hopsinjoor is one that both Belgian beer geeks and novices would enjoy equally. I didn't really forget how great Belgian beer can be, but being issued this reminder was a wonderful way to rediscover what many of us have known for a long time. On the first day of spring, no less. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 22:07:07 | More by Metalmonk
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StJamesGate

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the palest cloudy straw color. Puffy rocky head with long lasting lace. Sweet yeasty nose with some skunk from hops. Taste is a sting of gingerbread malts with some tropical fruit. Complex hops play: grassy and spicy, with white pepper and coriander notes. Lingers forever, with a bit of medicinal herb tightness at the end and a slight alcohol hit. Very lively carbonation, with light but clingy feel.

Balanced, intricate flavors - what the style should be.

2nd tasting, 8-13-11: Struck by the soft and creamy mouthfeel and the honey-and-apple fruitiness. Compared to Poperings Hommel: sweeter, less hoppy and not as hot. Initial rating had this a bit higher than PH, and that's about right.
More like a hoppy tripel. (and not even that hoppy.)

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 18:35:46 | More by StJamesGate
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Brad007

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy blondish-amber color with with a thick head of foam into my goblet. Carbonation seems robust.

Aroma is spicy with a good hint of biscuit malt and hops underneath all the spice. An obviously different take on an IPA.

Taste is hoppy upfront with a good amount of spice. The biscuit malt shows through more and it seems very tasty. Hops are not too strong and malt is not too sweet.

Mouthfeel has lingering hop bitterness that fades to a bit of a sour taste. Biscuit malt isn't as apparent but overall flavors seem consistent.

A decent take on the style but I could do without the sour mouthfeel. It detracts from the style, unless they used some form of wild yeast. Otherwise, it's worth a try, especially if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 18:53:27 | More by Brad007
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy apple cider coulourd liquid tumbles from the bottle and stirs up a huge white head which immediately threatens to spill over the lip of the glass. As the head slowly recedes it leaves huge chunks of lace that defy gravity, while a huge circular island takes up residence and refuses to die.

The aroma is unique. The Belgian yeast is strong and at the fore - its spicy, and fruity, with notes of lychee and pear. However, we also have the hops, which lend a string grassy bitterness. You can definitely sense the saaz.

Great taste, and an interesting hybrid. Again I see the charcteristics of a Belgian Strong, but with the bitterness of an IPA. I'm also feeling some pilsner too. Fruity, spicy and yeasty, but grassy, leafy and bitter at the same time. Both the bitterness and yeast linger in a long slightly drying finish. The alcohol, while I believe it is there, is not even perceptible in the taste. Medium body and carbonation.

Definitely an interesting style, and one that I'm curious to explore further. Thanks Derek for the opportunity to try this!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 02:11:30 | More by bobsy
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip glass.

A: Pallid gold with a burnt looking orange and a massive, massive, massive, massive white head and vigorous carbonation bubbling up from the etchings on the glass. Leaves behind some super sticky and pillowy, thick lacing.

S: Sweet, grassy and a wonderful bouquet of noble hops. A lightness that belies the complexity of the beer that is about to pass my lips.

T/MF: Bubbly, light, good coating, slightly clinging mouthfeel that allows the flavors to speak for themselves. Sweet grassiness, sweet, almost honey dipped graininess, pineapple, slight peppery and cinnamon spiciness tied together with just a touch of alcoholic heat.

D: This beer drinks dangerously easy and displays a balance and complexity that defines what a Belgian IPA should be. First class all the way.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 04:25:04 | More by bluemoonswoon
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Joeybeerbelly for sending this as a very generous extra in a trade! Actually looked at my favorite styles and reviews and picked this one out! 750 ml bottle poured into my large duvel tulip glass.

A- Body is a nearly opaque straw yellow color. Pours with a generous 3 finger+ very foamy white head. Head eventually subsides to a very thick collar and leaves plenty of lacing all the way down the glass. When held up to the light one can see that the cloudiness of this brew is thick and dynamic. Minimal yeast sediment can be seen floating throughout and the cloudiness whirls about in this brew.

S- The nose is very funky. Actually its so emphasized with funk that it almost smells like it has been light-struck or skunked. Behind this is a fairly strong floral hop presence to balance it out and a medium strength bready yeast sweetness. The nose is pretty strong and complex.

T-Upfront the flavor elicits a medium strength bready sweetness and it almost seems like nothing else is going to come through then a big floral hop and funky yeast flavor come through. The floral hop flavor intensifies for the finish and there is a substantial presence of sweet bready yeast also to balance it out. What lingers on the palate is a hint of lemon (which I didn't taste initially), plenty of floral hop flavor accompanied by minimal floral hop bitterness,a minimal presence of funky yeast, and a slight alcohol warmth.

M-Medium to high tingly carbonation and a body that is light but still rich in yeasty smoothness.

D- This is another very good Belgian IPA. I am finding myself partial to this style-and this is my favorite of the Gouden Carolus offerings. A wonderful beer and good tasting experience. Reinds me of the first Fantome Saison that I had.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:50:18 | More by PittBeerGirl
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cjgator3

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a golden orange color with a massive off-white head that possesses amazing retention and leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass as well.

S- The aroma is delightfully floral and hoppy with a lot of spicy/earthy hops with some citrus and must as well.

T- The taste starts out pretty light with a touch of malt and fruit. The hops quickly make their presence felt and last well into the very dry and hoppy finish. I am a huge fan of Belgian IPAs because the hop profiles are a great change of pace from the very citric/piney hops found in Amerian IPAs.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- This is a great beer, something I definitely wouldn't mind purchasing again. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 02:54:48 | More by cjgator3
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.