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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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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 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 01:38:51 | More by akorsak
Photo of aerozeppl

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
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 05:26:31 | More by Gehrig
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 03:16:35 | More by mdm46410
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

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 08:53:47 | More by gregmurer
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

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 05:25:37 | More by russpowell
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 04:31:30 | More by SykDoc
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

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 21:41:17 | More by petitearvine
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District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 02:14:39 | More by bruachan
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 04:09:17 | More by rye726
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2008 22:03:28 | More by scottg
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

short 8oz pour at the front door

1 finger head ... Brew is clear amber... No real lace

Nose is like a spicy hop Belgian pale ...

Flavor is very fruity. Nice bitterness but not as hoppy as expected... Yeasty spice


Reviewed from iPhone

Edit: reinheitsgematt hooked me up with a bottle today.. with the bottle, I am getting alot more fruit on the nose.. and a much better flavor... Rarely will I say the bottle is better... but in this case.. the bottle is alot better...


Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2008 23:48:10 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Morphoenix


4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Cloudy, yellowish-amber appearance. Lots of tropical fruit and earthy, spicy tones in the nose. Hard to contain this one with the crazy Belgian head, which forms a giant pearlescent pillow atop this tasty brew. Huge peppery spiciness on the tongue, presumably a product of the masterful mingling of four different hop varieties, along with tropical fruit flavors. Just awesome. Nice, substantial mouthfeel with lively carbonation. At 8.00% it can get tricky to have more than a few glasses. But boy, are those few good.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 06:28:21 | More by Morphoenix
Photo of meatyard


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt Capone for getting and recommending this beer.

Appearance is a hazy, golden honey color with a large white head.
Smells a bit Duvelesque with some mild, grassy hops.
Taste is a bitter bite of hops with a pepper. Malt lingers on at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin and feels of carbonation, appropriately.
Drinkability is nice. ABV is up a bit but two of these would be a pleasant drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 01:50:38 | More by meatyard
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of grasses, citrus and floral notes. Some spiced aromas and some caramel malt in the nose, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a citrusy, floral, bitter hop bite. Some nice yeasty flavors some through along with a good deal of zesty spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice Belgian IPA. Love the floral and citrusy qualitites.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 15:45:29 | More by zeff80
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged.

Deep yellow-gold body with a slight haze and lemony edges. Big, rocky, marshmallow of a soft-white head. Terrific lacing. Nose of cotton candy malts, yeast, tropical fruit, pepper, and big spicy sea-air funk hops. Nice. Starts out with a tantalizing mix of sweetish malts and spicy hop bitterness. Soft candy and tropical fruit sweetness swells mid-palate, before big spicy, peppery, herbal, minty, funky, medicinal hop bitterness takes over. Yum. Bitterness and hop flavors carry into the finish with lingering fruit malt and powdered sugar sweetness. Full-bodied with a very active, rollickingly carbonated feel. Maybe a little too bubbly! Otherwise, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 02:00:20 | More by alexgash
Photo of davidchollar


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

Duvel-like appearance on the initial pour of 1 part beer, 3 parts foam. While waiting for it to settle, I notice the ale is a nice foggy pale and really bubbly. Big-bubbled rocky mountain whitewater head takes its sweet time receding, leaving a splotchy wallpaper. Eventually a thick white butte is left in the middle.

Smell is also reminiscent of Duvel. Candy citrus hoppiness is prevalent, smells like a Trappist trippel! Taste is complete with a range of flavors from sweet fruit to the bitter rinds. 8% abv is obvious but not bad. A definite kick to this one. It's my first Belgian IPA, and my take on it is more Belgian than IPA. But overall it's awesome, I'll definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 12:11:04 | More by davidchollar
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Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden straw, like so many other Belgians. Billowy, cloud-like white head that sticks around forever

Smell: Peppery with some citrus notes. Can detect the hops, in particular the Saaz seem to prevail.

Taste: Deep and complex...a mixture of fruits and hop bitterness. Lingering, bitter aftertaste...in a good way

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich

Drinkability: My first experience in this style. Not at all what I expected but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. Pretty much a perfect juxtaposition of a Belgian strong ale and a "typical" IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 11:33:54 | More by vikingmike
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New Jersey

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

Been asking Matt Capone to get this beer for weeks now..and here it is...THANKS MATT.

Made with four different European hops. Golding, Saaz, Spalt and Tradition which is french.

Appearance gets a 5 for that awesome foam that the Belgians have mastered. Its a sunshine orange color and opaque.

Aroma is typical belgian...FUNK! and some fruitiness. and some booze.

Taste is very nice, fruity and yeasty funk notes tamped down with hop bitterness. In the middle there is a slight resiney booziness. Finishes clean!

Mouthfeel and Drinkability..Very similar in taste progression, to other belgian IPAs I have had before. Boozier than DeRanke XX Bitter, but not as much as Chouffe Houblon. One goes a long way, then back to my IPAs :P

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 06:40:27 | More by roan22
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor.

Another wonder Belgian IPA. I now love this style.

This beer was a hazy gold color with a light fluffy head that has some nice retention. Some real nice lacing.

Aroma was very fruity with some hop punch as well. A bit spicy.

Taste was very smooth with white pepper, apple and banana notes. Really nice. You did get a distinct taste of the alcohol.

Mouth feel was fairly delicate and silky smooth. Very very drinkable.

It was real nice

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2008 02:49:36 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Beerzebub


4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.

Hazy gold, huge lumpy loosely knit white head, leaving sticky clumps clinging to the glass.

Smells like tropical fruit, orange, peach, flowers, grass, earth, pungent black pepper, fresh and good.

Fresh juicy flavors of hops and fruit, this really works. Fruit and pepper from the yeast, with earthy, grassy, minty, floral, spicy hops. Great balance between moderate sweetness and clean grassy bitterness. Long bittersweet hoppy fruity spicy finish, with a bit of tartness. Very very tasty.

Prickly carbonation, bordering on fizzy, but a few swirls smooths it out nicely. Indubitably drinkable.

I'm addicted to the fruitiness of Het Anker's beers, but I had no idea that throwing a bunch of noble hops into the mix would work so well. Very well executed. Great beer. I'll be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 07:05:42 | More by Beerzebub
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle into a Duvel snifter. Pours a hazy pale orange with an abundant frothy slowly diminishing head. Aroma is some Earthy floral hops and slight Belgian yeast. The taste is a nice amount of hops just slightly overpowering the sweet malts and Belgian spice, good balance for the style. The beer is medium bodied with some slight sticky alcohol. This is certainly an enjoyable beer, but not up to the standard of Houblon Chouffe.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 23:54:50 | More by atsprings
Photo of peabody


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out really bubbly(ask dave) with three fingers of small white suds. Very thick like whipped cream.
Smell is creamy malt with spices and citrusy lemon.
Taste is lemon zest with lots of bubbles. Also a little of the bubble gum in there. Dark and brooding yeast strains and a slight whiff of alcohol make this a great brew.
Drinkability is good here. Would like to drink a lot of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 21:13:09 | More by peabody
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A European hop smell, a great mouthfeel of white foam on light yellow that cushions the mouth and makes this Belgian IPA quite palatable. Dangerously drinkable. The aroma is somewhat musty and strange from a North American perspective because of the hops used:Golding, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 01:21:13 | More by Sammy
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4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The head came up perfectly on an easy pour. It was white and puffy and showed good retention. The lacing left on the inside of my glass was remarkable - some of the most complex that I've seen.

Smell - This is some of the strongest Belgian hopping that I've ever smelled. It is extremely rich with loads of depth. It is a fascinating combination of strong subtleness if that makes any sense. The hop aroma is not sharp or harsh but it is incredibly deep and powerful - very vegetative in the best possible way.

There are some classic Belgian spices here to boot. The coriander especially rings in the nose and the white pepper that you find in some BSPAs is here tenfold.

Taste - The intensity from the nose comes out big time at the taste. The spices in particular are huge. If the nose made its mark with balance the taste is thrown into overdrive. The leafy hops will snap your eyes open and there is truly a handsome malt base to this one as well.

Mouthfeel - This is well above medium-bodied with some mild but stubborn carbonation and a presence of bitterness, especially at the finish.

Drinkability - This would undoubtedly have to be the best drink on the planet coming out of a cask. From the bottle it is only slightly short of perfect. It is high-quality Belgian brewing at its best. I'm a big fan of this brewery to begin with but this definitely put me in the "sold" column.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 02:47:22 | More by RoyalT
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.