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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 22
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Paddez on 04-09-2008)
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Photo of brewcrew76
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.

brewcrew76, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Rayek
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.

Rayek, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of gory4d
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.

gory4d, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of mj001jk
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.

mj001jk, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of Angus703
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.

Angus703, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of rlparker3
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.

rlparker3, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
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.

ffejherb, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
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.

msubulldog25, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of rajendra82
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.

rajendra82, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
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.

Nipitato, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
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.

aerozeppl, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
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.

Gehrig, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of mdm46410
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle and served in a tulip. This beer poured a cloudy pale golden color with a big, off-white, meringue head. Very slow to settle, leaving behind heavy, bubbly lacing. The aroma was made up of a huge dose of grassy hops, light lemon, citrus, pale malt, and just a bit of graham cracker. The flavor included soft, grassy hops, mellow citrus, a hint of honey, slightly sweet pale malts, and more herbal, earthy hops. Huge hop presence, but not overly bitter. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and lush. Ample carbonation, yet very soft on the tongue. Mostly dry at the finish. Dangerously drinkable! One of the best hoppy Belgians I have tried. The herbal Euro hop profile is a welcome change of pace. Quite tasty!

mdm46410, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of gregmurer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exactly what a beer should be. Bitter and drinkable, smelly and strong, nice and mouthfull...
IT's blond... certainly... It's bitter, like a bitter IPA, really... if you like hops, it's the best beer for you... The duvel triple hop is like a budweiser compared to that one...
But the bittering is not too strong, it's just nice... interesting... refreshing... in any words, it's just perfect

gregmurer, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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

russpowell, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of SykDoc
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Wow, there was a lot of head. It took me an extended period of time just to get the drink poured. It is essentialy white and many inches. The color is straw/blond and translucent when held to the light.

The aroma certainly allows you to notice the hops. There are fruit notes and the yeast is also present.

The taste is sweet and hoppy. Notes of spice and banana are present. The spicey notes linger making the a pleasant mix with the alcohol and sweetness.

The mouthfeel is quite crisp. As the beer rests on your palate, more dry components are felt. There is a nice level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good beer. I don't know how much of it I could drink at a sitting, but I can definitely enjoy it on occasion.

SykDoc, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of petitearvine
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 2 fingers of white creamy head with good retention and leaving nice lacing all the way down. Amber/orange color. Medium carbonation.

Smell - light and fruity smell with some coriander and yeast

Taste - very delicate hops, medium bitterness, malt, pepper, yeast, banana and some red fruit

Mouthfeel - creamy, suprisingly bubbly

Drinkability - very drinkable, despite rather high alcohol content, reminiscent of a Westmalle Triple but more "accessible" as an appetizer drink

petitearvine, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of bruachan
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very light in color and featuring a towering foam--nice lacing

the suds broadcast spicy, hoppy scents. the former features tons of coriander. the latter coy, floral hops. a faint cinnamon argues its case. with time musty hop scents shine, as do spices

the flavor is not so innocent and sweet: strong, sharp hop character and more robust spicing. the bitterness provides an interesting partner for heat, contributing something similar of its own (though i would say the heat is a little more prominent than i would expect for 8%). woody. more cinnamon and allspice

beneath the whole thing lies a suitable light malt backbone.

bruachan, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great looking beer. A nice golden color with a thick and lacy beige head. The nose has subtle hops over candy malts and Belgian yeasts. The taste has again quiet floral hops over cramy malts and peppery yeast. Crisp body with delicate carbonation. Another great beer from Het Anker.

rye726, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of scottg
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Gouden Carolus tall chalice glass on tap at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT.

Pours a cloudy honey gold color with a thin off white head that lasts with light lacing throughout that fades back to the head. Sweet fruity aromas of belgian yeast, vanilla, lemon, banana and cloves. Sweet malt and honey flavor up front with lemon, grapefruit, and floral hops, banana & bubblegum in the middle with a slightly bitter finish and a lingering sweetness. Light body, medium carbonation, very smooth and crisp beer with a dry finish. Great drinkability, the balance of bitterness and sweetness is excellent.

scottg, Nov 24, 2008
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.