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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 20 | 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 bobsy
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!

Photo of bluemoonswoon
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
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.

Photo of cjgator3
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!

Photo of schuim
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on a beerfestival in Belgium. They served it from tap.
The looks were very cloudy. The beer is a blond with a firm head. the aroma is rich an hop, with a fruity and pine mixture. This promisses something.
The taste is very distict hops. It is a drying taste due to the hoptaste and almost like they put in fresh pine cones. Very nice and aggresive hoptaste, not delicate but almost brutal.
The aftertaste doesnt change much, it almost keeps on lingering through.
It was good enough to buy a bottle to take home and do it again.

Photo of BarryNL
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a local restaurant - always a nice find:

A: Hazy, opaque yellow/amber beer with a decent head which fades but never quite dies.

S: Super hops - pine, some citrus, some floral, earthy. Perhaps German noble hops? Tettnanger, or Mittelfruh maybe? Definitely a hop head's beer.

T: What you'd expect from the smell - dominated by the hops. Decent balancing sweetness from the malts.

M: Very nice texture, rich, velvety, fluffy.

D: Very drinkable considering what a flavour punch it packs. The strong flavours are balanced enough that they don't become tiring - I think I could keep drinking this one all night.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright pale yellow color ale with a super huge foamy head with perfect retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of dry European hops with typical Belgian malt base. Taste is a nice mix between some typical Belgian malt with great notes of European dry hops with some subtle floral notes. Easily drinkable with a full body and perfect carbonation with no hints of alcohol. Very well done and a bit more hops would have been even better. Quality brew from a quality brewer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Gavage
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Derek
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
91 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.