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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 22
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Hophead101


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

drank on 3.4.09 while I am once again working past midnight.

Got this beer at Capones in PA.

When I opened the bottle it seemed as if it was excited to see me. It had some pent up carbonation that decided to show itself. nothing overly dramatic, but a slow seep out of the bottle.

it pours a really nice slightly hazy golden yellow color. beautiful tiny bubbles continue to slow flow from the bottom of the glass to the excess head laying on the surface. this beer is also pretty clear for an unfiltered pale ale. The head was super thick and foamy which I expected after seeing what happened when I opened the bottle. It left a superb lacing in the glass as well.

The smell was a belgian yeast smell with a great european hop smell. it was almost like the hop resin was sticking to your nose. it wasn't an overly hoppy smell, which I didn't expect, but was pleasant none the less.

the tasty was quite nice. I am digging some of the recent belgian beers who are hopping it up a bit. it had a nice malty base with a beautiful well balanced hop blanket sitting on top. had a nice medium body but left a distinct layer of stickiness in the mouth. a good drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 05:20:09 | More by Hophead101
Photo of chakadrum


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

Generally speaking, I like the beers that Het Anker produces. They are pretty good but not quite excellent. Any beer store that sells them should be respected.

Golden in color with a thick fluffy head. The bottle got a little shaken up so the yeast ended up getting suspended which made it slightly cloudy. All the same, it had a nice light appearance that I would expect in a Belgian IPA.

I'm fighting the tailend of a cold but still have half of my nose. I detect just a hint of something floral. I don't notice too of a hoppy smell. I think the Belgian yeast throws just a little bit out there. Nice. A good summer time sort of smell.

This is crisp. A nice bitterness on the end. It certainly met my expectations. The taste matches that summer time thing I mentioned with the smell. I will be getting a few bottles this summer so I can sit out on my deck on a nice Saturday afternoon. The yeast on the end reminds me of Unibroue just slightly.

The mouthfeel is just thick enough.

The drinkability also goes to that summer deck sort of thing. It feels really good and it is very easy to sip. Not too hoppy. Probably wouldn't hurt from just a tiny hint more of citrus-type hops. I will be drinking more of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 03:44:33 | More by chakadrum
Photo of Deuane


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

A-Hazy orange tinted golden yellow with a huge, billowing, white head that reduced to a thin cap that left lots of nice lace.

S-Light honey/white grape juice sweetness combine with a spicy yeast and a citrus hop pop. Quite complex.

T-Sharp, crisp hop bite with a spicy/peppery Belgian yeast combine with a smooth, sweet, honey infused biscuit malt body.

M-Medium-light body with good crispness with possessing a light surypy feel....like canned fruit with juice. Good lingering flavours.

D-A wonderfully complex and eminently drinkable, fruity, spicy, sweet brew. A nice combination of flavours with enough hop pop to make sure you know you are enjoying an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 11:41:22 | More by Deuane
Photo of tmoneyba


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

Bottle from Belmpnt Party shared at local BA tasting.

Poured a hazy orange color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy tart citrus and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a very drinkable beer and my expectations where met.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 01:08:08 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: clear pale yellow in color with a fluffy 1" white head that lingers around a while.

Smell: floral hops and some fruitiness rise easily from the glass.

Taste: nice fruit flavors as pears and golden apples are very noticeable and they are nicely balanced with a big floral bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the fruits and bitterness stick around the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: this is a nice version of a Belgian IPA that is easy to drink over a period of time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 17:23:37 | More by Gavage
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, a gift from someone special for Valentine's Day 2009.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a huge puffy cotton candy head. Aromatics off the head mostly grassy weedy hops, very strong, backed by a lighter candy sugar sweetness. Very good for the style. Hop profile reminds me of Popperings Homelbier, one of my favorites.

Flavor more astringent than the sweet aroma, almost puckering at the end of the swallow, but those tasty hops... quite nice indeed. However, I really think the profle is too weedy in flavor palate for my taste; I prefer the citric, fruity hops to this hop bill. Sweetness grows in the flavor as the glass empties.

Fully carbonated, I expect I'll be burping a lot later!

Overall, i like this one, very enjoyable, probably quite good on a hot afternoon, but not one of my absolute favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 03:32:03 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Tone


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, some slight fruit, and hops. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with high carbonation levels present. Tastes of slight alcohol up front, sweet malt, fruit (banana), and hops strongly in the finish. There's also an associated dryness that is not too strong, but leaves you wanting more! Overall, a really good full tasting beer - worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 01:26:55 | More by Tone
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 22:14:47 | More by Derek
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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml

A - Cork popped and shot across the room leaving beer gushing out of the bottle. After letting the bttle settle, a slow delicate pour left 4 fingers of rocky white head and overflowed the glass even though I stopped the pour an inch short of the top. Cloudy golden with brown highlights.

S - Yeasty with fruity, floral and herbal hops. Orange zest and honey with a tripel like sweetness.

T - Yeasty with spices, candi sugar and honey sweetness. Floral, fruity and herbal hopswith some hot alcohol phenols.

M - Medium body with spritzy and effervescent carbonation.

D - This was quite unimpressive compared to other Belgian Ipa's I have had. The over carbonation did not help.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 01:17:14 | More by brewcrew76
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver, CO. Served in a Cheeky Monk snifter.

A: Slightly hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Retention is good and spots of lace are left behind.

S: An earthy spiciness dominates. Malt is there with a biscuit quality.

T: Dry malts are quickly replaced by a rush of lemon and spice bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and makes this beer not feel as strong as it is. Finishes very dry with a puckering lemon tartness.

M: Medium body belies this beer's strength. Carbonation is right on.

D: A nice beer overall. Beware of the kick on this one, as the alcohol hides out of sight.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 17:30:00 | More by Rayek
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a thin, pure-white head that goes away quickly; the color of the beer is like a pale tangerine, and quite cloudy. The smell is beeswax and honey, meyer lemon, maybe some mink oil. The taste is honey, lemon, cedar, leather, with a long, bitter hop finish. It's mildly carbonated, with a full, robust feel. One to drink slowly, but not just a sipper. Great beer.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2009 16:29:19 | More by gory4d
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Toronado, SF.

Nose is full of coriander, citrus and a musky farmhouse maltiness with light and vibrant floral hops. Goodness from the Old-World!

All in all this is a very nicely balanced Belgian IPA, not too over the top but rather delicate and light with a nice contrast between the malts, alcohol, hops, spice and yeast.

As far as I am concerned this is a style I can drink a lot of since it doesn't develop any obnoxious flavors or aromas at all and has just the right amount of lingering sweetness on the palate.

A very elegant example of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2009 23:27:08 | More by mj001jk
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4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Radiant sunshine gold with a light yeasty blurriness. Multiple streams of fine bubbles can be seen traveling the short distance from the bottom of the glass to the underside of a massive cap of ivory colored foam that is quintessentially Belgian. The head is ridiculously rocky as it melts and is starting to grace the glass with delicate patterns of sudsy lace.

If you like hops in general, and European hops in particular, then you'll love the aroma. The Four Hopsmen of the Apocalypse include Goldings, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz. They give the beer a wonderful musky-herbal-spiciness that is perfect in combination with the incredibly estery yeast strain.

Too bad I didn't have the opportunity to buy the 750 ml bottle because this is amazing beer! 330 ml isn't going to be anywhere near enough. Like all good to great Belgian IPAs, Hopsinjoor tastes like a lupulinirific tripel or BSPA, which is pretty much what it is. The label is great. It reads 'flavour: hoppy'. Yeah, that pretty much covers it.

Each eager mouthful is a symphony of perfectly matched flavors. Lightly sugared orchard fruit (ripe pears and apples) lays down the bass line, while the hops and yeast intertwine to create a beautiful melody on the top end. The contrast between pale malt (and candi sugar) sweetness, hop bitterness and yeasty spiciness is astouding. White pepper and clove are especially explosive.

The final pour turns blurry into murky and jacks up flavor intensity even higher. There's no longer any question about the appearance score. Amazingly, alcohol is only noted when ones goes looking for it. As with all great beer, it adds a power and presence that would be missed if it was completely buried.

The mouthfeel is the best of both worlds. It's light enough to allow rapid consumption (sips simply aren't an option with beer this good), yet it has an underlying viscosity that is just right. Not to mention energetic carbonation that is perfectly dialed in. How many times have I used the word 'perfect' in this review?

Even though I prefer the tropical fruitiness of American hops, European hops can be equally great in the right hands. Brouwerij Het Anker definitely has the right hands. They aren't my favorite Belgian brewery for nothing. Everything that I've had from BHA has been excellent to spectacular. Hopsinjoor is the latter, without question. Two thumbs waaaay up.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 16:07:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale yellow with a massive head (kind of a pain, because I want to drink it right now), it was about 4 fingers, then settled to about a half inch. Soapy lacing. Great smell, almost banana maybe, and hoppy. Not an overpowering taste, hoppy, and then alcohol. Mouthfeel was good, warm, and medium bodied.

My first Belgium IPA, wasn't exactly sure what to expect but it was great, I now want to explore the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 03:26:59 | More by Angus703
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3-Jan-2009 Home

Poured a cloudy, pale yellow with a huge, volatile head. Smelled dry, bitter (hoppy), with a serious hint of pineapple. Flavor is powerful and sharp but not heavy... hops and alcohol dominate. It's challenging drink, but in a good way. Alcohol, sweetness, and carbonation dominate the mouth... sweetness lingers.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 19:46:45 | More by rlparker3
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip glass on 1/9/09. Thanks to sholland119 for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy golden body with mammoth three-finger frothy white head that reduced to half an inch of retention and yielded lots of lace.

S - Fruity and spicy yeast character with a citrusy hop profile up front, while a mild white grape sweetness and a bit of alcohol warmth rounds out the aroma.

T - Fruity, spicy flavor up front with plenty of Belgian yeast suggesting a hint of white pepper. Hop character possesses citrusy and floral attributes.

M - Medium body with a slight surypy texture, medium carbonation and a warm mouthfeel overall. Dry, moderately bitter finish.

D - Pretty solid Belgian pale ale with plenty of fruity hop bitterness and a spicy palate, albeit a slightly weird-tasting finish that is difficult to describe. Glad to have had the opportunity to try this rarity.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 00:31:47 | More by ffejherb
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a small tulip glass from a 330ml/11.2 oz. bottle, a new arrival at Beaumont Market. Tried this beer once before (on tap at The Map Room during our September '08 Chicago visit) and was impressed.

Side label description: 'Hopsinjoor' has a dual meaning. It refers to the combination of four hops: Golding, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz. It also is derived from the 'Opsinjoorke' puppet, from Mechelen BE, dated 1775.

On the label: 'Belgian Blond Ale'

A: Oops! Too fast with the pour = a gigantic head 5-fingers (a 'hand'?) high. A little of that fluffy whiteness escaped over the top; what remained was a loosely-knit cloud of soapy bubbles that dropped to a 1-finger meringue-like rocky cap over several minutes. Lace clings in pillowy globs; beneath is a golden/straw brew, lightly hazed (unfiltered/bottle fermented), with consistent streams of carbonation rising up the center of the glass.

S: Lovely, grassy-sweet smell: full of honey, wildflowers and Belgian yeast. Hops tickle the nose, a spicy mixture with a little mint.

T: Any honeyed sweetness that first hits the tongue is quickly engulfed by a zesty, pepper-dry spicing. The 'blond' character, mildly sugary and touched with clove and fruit, creeps periodically through that sometimes jarring bitterness. It's not perfectly balanced but certainly showcases those hops well. Finishes dry, a little chalky/medicinal.

M: Tongue curl. Cheek draw. Coating yeast. Alcohol warmth. Springy carbonation. Combine them all and you've got a fine mouthfeel. Feels fuller over time, the effects of the clinging hop bitterness and warming alcohol.

D: Very tasty, a fine example of this emerging style. Combines a medley of fine European hops with the unmistakable sweet/spicy Belgian yeast. A bit 'big' at 8%, but a reasonable sipping ale. Glad that this is now available in Portland; hope it's here to stay.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 03:43:52 | More by msubulldog25
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New York

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

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale malt scent along with a dry and earthy yeast aroma. It's mildly bitter, but the yeast character hides most of it. The taste is good as well. It has an interesting flavor that boasts of pale malts and Belgian yeast. These too elements created about 80% of the taste, with the hops finishing it off. It goes down bone dry with considerable bitterness up front and in the finish. It does have much in the way of "hop" taste, but the bitterness is undeniable. The yeast character is incredible. It seems to work well with hops to create a unique experience. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. I like this beer, but it wasn't what I was looking for. I was hoping for an American IPA with a Belgian twist. This is the total opposite; just a hopped up Belgian ale. Still good.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 01:30:19 | More by WesWes
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought the bottle from the room temperature shelves at Greens and made the mistake of opening it without adequate chilling. The cork flew out in force and I had a gusher on my hand. The loss was only a small amount of beer though, so I will move on and get on with the review.

The beer was poured into a Duvel tulip, and it looked pretty similar to that beer, as the body was pale in color with cloudiness, and had a huge head above it. The beer at first whiff did not smell very strong, but after deeper breathing, some spicy hop aromas were revealed. There was also a musty yeast smell typical of many Belgian beers. Taste showed that significant levels of hops were present here despite the lack of aroma. The hops were spicy and herbal in character and were the most significant flavor up front. More tasting revealed some sweetness in the form of pear, followed by a tart finish. The body was light and fluffy, and the beer was so quaffable, it was hard to believe the alcoholic strength.

A nice melding of styles that seems to happen a lot more frequently recently as the Belgians seem to have taken on some of the fascination about hops American Craft Brewers have held for quite a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 05:11:47 | More by rajendra82
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Pours with a gigantic head into a tulip glass - white and rocky. Hazy gold hue.

S: A beautiful perfumy/honey aroma. Some light pils malt aroma in the offing. Some alcohol. Earthiness - wet dirt. Not a lot of specific hop character though.

T: A muted hop flavor - earthy. Perfume/floral flavor all over the place. Muted bitterness. Yeasty. Very perfume like.

MF: Well carbonated. Medium body. Dry.

D, notes: Very nice bitterness that is well complimented by the perfume character.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:56:18 | More by Nipitato
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New York

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

Reviewed on 9/10/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange/gold with a huge thick, foamy, white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, melon rind, sweet fruits (lemon, orange), and a touch of citrusy hops. Flavor is light and sweet, lots of light fruits with a spicy and bitter hops finish. Full-bodied. This is a tasty beer! This is what a hoppy Belgian should taste like!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:16:08 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Poured hazy golden with a thin white head but great lacing. Smells a touch grainy, with some sweet tripel tropical fruit aromas followed by some earthy hops. The taste is similar. Begins as a somewhat sweet tripel with tropical fruit notes, clove, and candi sugar but transitions into a flavor of quite bitter herbaceous hops that linger. The hops astringency dominates the finish in the mouthfeel, but overall I like this combination. Sweeter than some of the Belgian IPAs out there, and more bitterly hopped than many of them as well, the flavors play nicely off of each other, especially with the tripel tasting base.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 22:15:14 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle from State Line.

A: The bottle opened with a pop and, like seemingly all Belgian IPAs, had a huge, fluffy head. The foam clings to the glass and will require multiple pours just to fill the glass. The ale itself if a cloudy goldenrod color, more yellow than not with enough orange to take on a darker hue.

S: The nose is yeasty, fruity sweet with alcohol that lies just below the surface. Lots of hops are here, herbal and earthy aromas abound.

T: The swirl of conflicting flavors makes a Belgian IPA work and this is no exception. Tripel flavors, Belgian yeast and coriander with candi sugar, dominate the front of each sip. The hop profile, not content to play second fiddle, continually pushes its way to the forefront. The hops are fresh and intensely concentrated. Grassy herbal hops contribute an earthy, dirty hop flavor that is a nice European version of an IPA/DIPA. Hops leave a wonderful finish long after each sip is gone.

M: The complexity is astounding. The interaction of heady tripel and Euro DIPA is mind-blowing. My tastebuds are still reeling from the assault of two distinct, strong flavor profiles.

D: At 8%, this is a slow-going ale. The flavors are so dominant though that tastebud fatigue can easily set in.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 01:38:51 | More by akorsak
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New York

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

A: Let me say this now. There is nothing more impressive than the head on a Belgian IPA. It looks like drifting artic landscape. This beer poured with around 5 fingers of head into a big ass Duvel tulip. The lacing melts the glass. Very hazy blonder color. Looks like a darker version of a Heff.

S: Big earthy Belgian nose right up front. Not really picking up that much hop wise. Tons of sweetness and some malt in the back. More tripel than anything else.

T: Initial blast of tripel sweetness. Then it goes into a bitterness without the real hop bite. There is a really nice tripel in there but the hops are not really enough for me. The Houblon really set the bar high for this style.

M: Very nice and crisp mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

D: This really is an easy drinker. It is a great tripel but I think it needs more hops for a Belgian IPA. I like tripels so maybe I am a bit biased. This is still a good beer. However I would recommend the Houblon for those wishing to explore the style as IMO it still sets the benchmark. This is something definitely worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 02:18:13 | More by aerozeppl
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, pillowed, white foamy head despite some ease and caution--the antithesis of an aggressive pour that still yielded a foamy monstrosity. Anyway, this rested above a cloudy lemon yellow body. Not surprisingly, plenty of lacing and also good retention.

Big, boozy, yeasty nose, flush with the four hops Gouden Carolus used, fairly fruity and somewhat piney as well. Tart apple and grapefruit mix with heavy, unavoidable hop bitterness. This beer is good, to be sure. In some ways, it's a nice amalgam of Belgian effervescence and fruit flavor with a brash IPA. However, it's a tricky tightrope Gouden Carolus is walking with Hopsinjoor. The more I had, the less certain about its identity I am. Each mouthfull is an effervescent, well-hopped experience. I'm just not sure how well two divergent, if not contrasting, textures are integrated here. At times, the effervescence seems at odds with the hopped-up grit and bitterness.

Then again, it could be that, with such Belgian effervescence, my palate is trained to expect something sweet, yet something else emerges. I'm pretty sure I like Hopsinjoor, but I'm just as sure that like is as far as I'll go to express my fondness for it. A good, distinct beer, Hopsinjoor is worth the try, and hopefully your palate makes heads or tails out of it better than I could.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 05:26:31 | More by Gehrig
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.