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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Gmann
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy golden pale orange color with a huge soapy pure white head that left some chunk lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of Belgian pale malt, spicy Belgian yeast, candi sugar and a stale metallic hop towards the end. Not very strong in the hop department. The taste is your typical BSPA, sweet candi sugar, flowery, honey, some champagne grapes. Then there is a stale grassy hop that hits towards the end. Nothing special but enough to balance out the sweetness. Well carbonated may be an understatement, very champagne like. It could use some softer carbonation to help the flavors stand out. There is a nice balance to this beer. Starts off sweet but is neutralized by the bitter end. A very good BIPA but not my favorite. It hits spot on the BSPA flavors but could use a bit more of a fresher or stronger hop presence.

Gmann, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of benmiliron
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $8 for a 750mL corked bottle.

I'm a bit biased on this one because I visited Het Anker and even slept in the brewery hotel. Nice place.

Pours a hazy orange yellow. Big foamy white head that will not go anywhere no matter what I do. It's like meringue. Beautiful.

Hops are present in the nose, spiciness also. Taste is heavy on the sweet malts, then bitter hops, then alcohol. Aftertaste is raw alphas (maybe tannin?) and not too much fun.

Mouthfeel is nice - good soft bubble but the alcohol is a little strong. I'd like to taste this fresh. Next time I'm in Belgium...

benmiliron, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with about a half inch white head. Some nice lacing.

Smells of hops (grass, citrus and pine, with a nod to citrus), spice, pepper and Belgian yeast. Excellent.

As is the taste. Very well balanced between the hop presence and the classic Belgian flavors. Really well done with nice hop bitterness and solid hints of pepper and spice to balance things out. Really excellent.

Mouthfeel is nicely crisp with some lingering hop bitterness.

Drinkability is high form the flavor side but ABV is a bit high to have more than one.

I did a side by side with DeRanke XX, which I have always really enjoyed. But this beer blows it out of the water. Probably my favorite of the style.


sholland119, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastically explosive, I pulled off the cage and away the cork went, I lost all but about 25cl of my 750ml bottle (luckily most of it into my sink). The head ends up 6 fingers in height in my tulip glass with a pale, off-white color. The beer is deeply hazy with lots of stirred up sediment and is a gold color. The aroma has a bright, herbal, grassy hoppiness to it that has a backdrop of lemon zest, aromatic tangerine and a tropical fruit / kumquat note that gets more prominent the more I dig. The hop aromatics are clearly dominant here, but there is just a hint of cracker like malt to the finish. This smells quite nice to this hophead and I am quite sad I lost so much of this beer.

Lightly sweet with a fruitiness up front. This quickly picks up a green, herbal edge to it through the middle and the finish is a mix of hot alcohol and astringent bitterness. This is very light and thus very quaffable, for a beer of this strength. The hops provide fruit flavors of tangerine, kumquat, lychee, but definitely have an herbal & amply grassy edge to them that is accentuated by the higher alcohols. This can get slightly astringent and the herbal / alcohol notes in the finish provide more of a balance to the up front fruitiness than any light bitterness that is here.

Despite being a bit harsh in the finish, this remains just incredibly easy to drink. I could have easily finished a 750ml bottle by myself and will definitely have to try and get another bottle of this to enjoy.

Purchased: Liquor Max; Loveland CO

Gueuzedude, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of Albinoh
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a nice foamy head. Laces all the way down. Crispy and malty, not as hoppy as I expected. All the gouden carolus that I've tasted share one common taste that I would describe as frutal something like banana.

I prefer the other offerings from this brewery but it was a nice beer.

Albinoh, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter.

Slightly hazy golden hue with a huge head that rises after the pour finishes. Plenty of spotty and stringly lacing along the glass. The head settles to a frothy cap.

Lots of light cracker-like malts and dry spiciness. The hops don't really show up as much as the presentation of the bottle would indicate. The hops sharp but slightly hidden.

The malts are still light and crispy, allowing for the spicess to come through. The phenols are at a minimum, with a bit of clove. The hops add some bitterness, certainly more than a standard Triple, but less than an American, or even English IPA. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is a mix of lingering spices and slight hoppiness.

I'd say that this would be a great Triple, even without the hops. The hops certainly give it a good twist, a little more complexity, and a familiar flavor. Recommended.

BeerSox, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally caught up with a bottle of this stuff, thanks Biscodoll for the info and heads up...Belgian bomber, caged/corked w/o freshness info. Pours super cloudy, medium apricot, near white head, hugely heady, moderately retentive, marainge producing, leaving TONS of wild and crazy lace and sheeting. The nose is heavily citric and generally tropical fruity and minty. I'm a sucker for the style so I was excited to try this stuff. No disappointments here, plenty of biting hops up front, Belgian yeasts and peppery spice all over the mouth and a bright, flavorful finish to seal the deal. Nice beer. Belgian lovers rejoice and go get some of this stuff.

Billolick, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at BSP in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque light copper color with a two-finger white head. The head sticks around, eventually dissipating into a pocky layer of bubbles on top with a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells more like a Tripel than an IPA. Lots of light fruits with a mild spiciness.

Tastes more like an IPA than a Tripel. A slight citrus taste accompanied by some light fruits, ending in a good amount of bitterness. There's a mild sweet malt taste throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, and the carbonation is subdued, but just enough to bring out the flavors.

Drinkability is good. No flavors really stand out enough to make it obscenely drinkable, but everything is done very well.

Overall a solid Belgian IPA, but not complex enough to make it a must-taste. However, if you have the chance to partake in one of these, it's certainly worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

I had to battle the cork as it was very stubborn!!

It pours a hazy straw gold with a 3 finger head of foam. Lots of lacing here and head retention is just plain awesome!

The smell has an earthy nose at first followed by some yeasty and some peppery notes, clove, and some hop bitterness. /me looks at style listed. hmm....

The taste is yeasty, earthy, spicy, and yes, bitter hoppy! Lots of pepper and clove and some corriander cover the spice and the hops used help impart some of that spice and some good bitter notes that I'm not all that used to....but it certainly tastes darned good.

The more I sip, I start noticing some candy sugar that helps to offset some of the spice and bitterness. Nice. And yeah, this bad boy is 8%abv but it is pretty well hidden and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel just sneaks over into medium territory and the carbonation is, well, is too darn high in the first pour but seems to settle down to medium levels by the time I get a sip out of the second pour. There was a very loud pop when I pulled the cork out. ;^)

Bottom line: An excellent example of a Belgian IPA, I think, as the only others I've had of the style were De Ranke XX and Houblon Chouffe and I loved them. I say, see it? Buy it!! Thanks again, Joe!!

Bitterbill, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle received as an extra from Scoobydank. Thanks, Bill! Best by 19th Feb 2011. Into my Hopleaf tulip this goes

A: Possibly the lightest beer claiming to be an IPA that I've seen. Clear and light yellow with a gorgeous 3-finger white head, excellent retention, gorgeous lacing. Excellent

S: Spicy, earthy hops. I like this interpretation of the style - meld European hops instead of American hops with Belgian yeast allowing the spicy character of the hops to contrast with the fruity, BSPA-like character of the yeast. Good stuff.

T: Starts off mildly hoppy with some spicy character before a mild candy-sweetness kicks in. Fruity with some peach, this one dries up a little on the finish while retaining some sweetness and spice.

M: Excellent carbonation and nice spicy finish

D: This one is less hoppy than I remember it to be but is very drinkable.

Notes: Need to get a fresher bottle.

DefenCorps, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had never seen this before.

A - Into a Duvel goblet - deep crystal gold with a decent stream of carbonation and a spectacular, off-white thunderstorm of head and sticky lace that slowly descends into a rich cap. (Watch that pour!) In terms of appearance, Duvel has a healthy twin.

S - Almost like an Orval, it's got a complex blend of spice, citrus, hops, and a touch of that "Band-Aid" scent that's intriguing.

T/M - Citrus, white pepper, clove, corriander, banana, and hops. The carbonation is a tad strong but subsiding and the creaminess is world class.

D - The alcohol is there but supports the body of this ale so well it practically whispers. This is one of the finest ales I've ever tasted, but aside from steamed mussels or fish & chips I'm not confident this is the most food friendly. It's simply too complex and delicious - drink it solo.

pinotboy007, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this on draft in an over-sized wine glass, and the first thing I noticed was its wonderful appearance. A bright yellow haze that displayed a couple of pinkies of a white, rocky head that became ever more pockmarked and rocky while displaying great retention and lacing.

I think the nose can be summarized as that of a hoppy Belgian pale. Hopped and spiced fruitiness (resin-y earthy hops, an alcohol bite kicking in some pepper, also with lemon zest, and I think I detected pear) with nice yeasty bread aroma to back things up.

A taste to go with the smell, as if someone accidentally (and fortuitously) knocked a bucket of hop oil into a batch of Gouden Carolus Blond. Crisp, with pine and lemon zest to kick things off before they are moderated by grain and lighter, sweeter fruit notes. Very - but pleasantly - hoppy and resin-y aftertaste. Bitter, it almost leaves you parched, inviting you to drink more.

A dry and crisp beer initially, the pleasant carbonation carries all the way through while a slippery, somewhat heavier mouthfeel is contributed as the hops coat the tongue.

I didn't initially take to this beer. I liked it, but it seemed almost like an odd man out to my taste buds. However, I quickly adjusted, and ended up finding it delicious, as well as very drinkable.

TheMistler, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect appearance. A light orange colored beer with a massive head that could only come from Belgium. Frothy, fully developed, huge head that forms great shapes, laces and lasts very well. Nose is alarmingly vibrant and full of hop (spice, peach, lemon) and nice yeast derived smells (farmhouse, leather.) Flavor is devastatingly complex and utterly amazing. Was expecting something good after reading Ernest's and Jeff's reviews, but this is beyond good. Starts off dry, peppery, spicy and all hop accented, then settles into an amazingly well extracted vinous-like range of flavors, which leads into the finish that lasts for at least 10 seconds. Wasn't expecting to be blown away by a beer tonight, but was.

Crosling, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork-in-cage bottle opened with a vigorous POP!, poured into a goblet yields a hazy concentrated lemonade-colored body with a huge fine-bubbled white head. The foam retains in a solid, puffed-up, creamy ivory puck that floats atop the drink and leaves a concentric series of fluffy rings down the glass.

The spell of the drink is bold and hoppy, with plenty of grapefruit and green grass and a mixed bouquet of green tobacco with herbal, spicy, resinous hops.

The taste of the drink is hoppy. Hop notes ranging from grapefruity and bitter to sweet-and-sour-orangey and crisp, to sticky, green, and ammonia-style funky. A lipsmacky lemon tartness rules the finish. All the flavors strut their stuff on a mild malty backbone virtually obscured by all the hops buzz-bombing the palate. Persistent bitterness resonates from first sip to aftertaste.

Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor is a Belgian hop bomb, and a darned fine one! The potent flavors and aromas of the drink command the drinker's undivided attention, but do so without overpowering the palate. Great feel and carbonation with superb drinkability, but be forewarned, if hops aren't your thing, skip this baby... she's big, bold, and bitter... or as I like to say upon encountering such a brew, "Just Right."

cvstrickland, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale, hazy gold, with a massive three inch head of porous foam.
A slow retreat revealed a myriad of ripped sheets of lacework, and a full, rocky skim coat for the duration.

Grassy, earthy, spicey overtones lead off the aromatics. Wet hay, spruce dew on moss, orange peel, lemon zest, and melon rind follow through.
Light malt with a great combination of citrus and spice.

Dry, crisp, and spritzy mouthfeel. Quenchingly snappy, light bodied, and effervescent.

Lemon pith, dried apricots, white pepper, spruce bark and grapefruit start the pallet.
Light malt, fresh cut hay, and warming alcohol follow through.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, spice-laden citrus, and a hint of pineapple skin.

Great beer. Plenty lively and full of character. Highly drinkable without becoming boring.

brewandbbq, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


On-tap at none other than the KULMINATOR, Antwerpen. Straw gold body, lots of hop presence in the nose, grassy notes, pale malt, a true Belgian IPA. Good carbonation in the palate, hop character comes out here too, perhaps a bit too light given abv but great bitterness to round out the finish. Relentlessly easy drinking.

Antilochus, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue goblet. Medium gold color with an enormous, billowing white head that shoots an inch over the rim of the glass. Luckily it's dense enough to keep its shape and not overflow. Outlandish amounts of sticky lacing as it slowly recedes, displaying excellent retention. One of the best appearances I've seen on a beer.

Aroma is classic strong golden ale, with spicy alcohol, overripe apples, and a touch of banana. Additionally there's a big dose of noble hops.

Flavors of sweet spicy dough, yeast, and stone fruit. The alcohol is fairly apparent on the tongue and in the chest. Very little if any flavor of hops, but their influence is known by the dry finish and tinge of bitterness.

Carbonation is predictably high. On one hand, that helps to really stick the flavor to the taste buds, but on the other hand it hurts the drinkability. A very burpy beer, but a pretty good one as well.

illidurit, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of Kraken
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New offering from Het Anker, it does not disapoint.

Reviewd from notes a.k.a. the land before highspeed.

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into an over sized wine glass. This necter pours and amazing cloudy yellow that literally seems to glow. Massive 4 finger head that sticks like glue to the sides of my glass and refuses to let go. Fantastic head retention.

Nose- Belgian yeast, prevelant hops, citrus and hints of sweet ripe pear.

Taste- WoW this is a very nice Belgian IPA. Citrus, lemon rind, melon. Intense bitternessin finish that almost puckers your cheeks. Faint mineral qualities (think savigion blanc), very crisp and refreshing. Booze is very well hidden. Well done!

Mouthfeel-Buttery, creamy, yet light. Long bitter finish. Cleansing carbonation and lemon zest quality.

Drinkability- Highly drinkable, especially so on a hot day!

Hats off to Het Anker. Seek out!

Kraken, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small white head with good retention, leaving loads of sticky white lacing all down the glass.

S: Strong grassy hops, yeast, pepper.

T: Taste gives more of what the smell introduced, more intensity. Starts with a light bready malt, a bit of coriander, then some great floral, cut grass hops come in, not strongly bitter and out of sorts, very well balanced. Ends with some pink grapefruit.

M: Juicy, resiny, yeasty, light-bodied for its alcohol content, very drinkable.

D: One of the best beers I've had in a while, definitely the best of August '08 so far, definitely this and Houblon Chouffe are 1 and 1a in this new style for me so far.

Halcyondays, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of tastybeer
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delightful appearance due to a giant billowy orange tinted head atop an orange peachy colored brew. After some patience the head finally lowers to a fluffy 1/4" leaving clumps of foamy lace aorund the rim of the tulip glass I'm enjoying this in. Aroma is very pleasantly hoppy and delicately Belgian. Phenolic, wild farm flowers, banana puddin, bubblegum, tangerines, lemons, and fresh bread. This assortment of sniffable aromas is fitting together nice and smoothly. Taste is more citric than expected with the various Belgian flavors underneath. Not as impressive as the nose. Kind of tangy. Less smooth than the aroma. Mouthfeel isn't bad. Could be creamier and have a slighty larger body. Extra fine mellow carbonation.

Pretty good. I was a little put off by the taste after the super nice aroma.

tastybeer, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours - slowly - a deeply hazed yellow-gold color with a ridiculous white head that extends well beyond the capacity of the glass...giant, puffy, and slow to recede, leaving large clumps behind. Light and fresh aroma - very Duvel-like with a stronger hop spiciness. Fruity esters, yeast, sugar cookies, vanilla, and light phenols. Bold flavor...lots of pulpy citrus upfront, yeasty esters, and a peppery sweetness follow. The long, dry finish is a little herbal and certainly bitter.

A little rough around the edges perhaps, I would think with the hops they used this would be more "noble" tasting, but it's a real citrusy beast. It's the most outright hoppy beer I think I've had from Belgium.

wedge, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, very light golden color with a massive brilliantly white head and plumes of carbonation jetting up. Aroma is distinctively Belgian with plenty of fruity esters combined with a floral and citrus hop background. Throughout all these Belgian IPAs I try, I have a hard time really distinguishing hop aromas from yeast notes; however they are very complimentary and pleasant. On the palate, things continue to open up as massive carbonation delivers waves of flavor starting with bright citrusy fruits followed by a really definitive hop flavor and an assertive bitterness (something really missing from all other BIPAs). There's certainly a nice malt breadiness to this beer as well really rounding it out well. It's extremely balanced, flavorful and well done, better than any other BIPA out there. Certainly one to seek out.

dreadnatty08, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a murky golden-yellow body with a couple inches of off-white rocky head that slowly dissipates leaving some nice lacing. Smells hoppy - grassy and citrussy, spicy, hints of apple, pepper... Tastes citrussy, pithy, spicy, with some grassy hops. Fairly subdued and quite dry. Light bodied with ample carbonation, combined with lack of alcohol presence makes this one dangerously drinkable. Very tasty and very good. Probably the best Belgian IPA I've had.

MrHurmateeowish, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to try this new to me excellent Belgium IPA at an IPA tasting the other night.

The beer pours a hazy peach color with impressive head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly subdued, but I do get some nice citrus, honey and pepper. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but I'm impressed by the balance and well integrated flavors in this beer. Everything seems to be in just the right preportion, with the spice and honey flavors seeming to blend perfectly with the subtle, underlying bitterness. This beer reminds me very much of the De Ranke XX, except it's a bit less bitter and seems a bit easier to drink. The beer is medium bodied and drinkability is exceptional. It's not the least bit heavy or tiring to drink.

Just an excellent beer...

John_M, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of phisig137
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy light gold color, as a massive 4 finger head quickly erupts. World class retention, and phenomenal rocky clumps of lace cling to the side of the glass. Perfect.

S- Dry spicy yeast, much different from the other Het Anker beers, but reminiscent of the Triple. Grassy hops fill out the aroma. Nice.

F- Heavy hand of hops from front to back, but with very mild bitterness. Well rounded and complex although muted and understated. While American IPA's are often turned up to 11, this is more of a 6, but with all the complexity and interest of the louder flavor. Long lingering clean hop finish.

M- Smooth and well carbonated, but a bit thin.

D- Excellent considering the ABV. This one hides it well and can quickly get away from you.

Overall, another damn fine beer from Het Anker. I find this quite a bit more interesting that the similar beer produced by Chouffe, although you've got to dig for the flavor and complexity here. As far as I'm concerned, this is world class, and well worth picking up for $9. Highly recommended.

phisig137, Aug 04, 2008
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.