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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 18 | 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 Sammy
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.

Sammy, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
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.

RoyalT, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of csmiley
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to IDateTheFormula for this bottle.

A - Pours a medium colored gold with just a little haze. The almost white head is big and fluffy. Abundant carbonation keeps the head around for quite a while. Heavy lace is left around the glass.

S - Starts out grainy and earthy. A good dose of pine is noted. Starts to get medicinal midway along with some warm spice. Pale malt, honey, and alcohol finish things off.

T - Pine, tree sap, and cedar really stand out on the front end. Spiciness really comes through in the flavor. Black pepper is what I'm able to pick out. Fruit starts to show up in the middle - lemon and orange peel. Malt seems to take a backseat in the flavor but honey is noticeable. Alcohol shows up at the end.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with alot of carbonation. Finish is bitter and sour. The bitterness sticks around for just long enough.

D - Drinkability is good. This one stays somewhat light and refreshing throughout. The complexity in the flavor keeps it pretty interesting. Given the bottle size and abv, the limit is one. Het Anker has a very solid beer with the Hopsinjoor. Glad I got to try it.

csmiley, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of gubbt
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful hazy yellowish orange with a big white rocky head and beautiful lace. Like a darker, hazier Duvel

Fruity yeast, with pear, banana, some grassy earthiness, and mustiness.

Some fruity yeast flavors up front, but overall, the flavors aren't very focused, and the hops kind of give a pill like astrigency that I don't find very pleasent. Very dry.

Lots of carbonation, a bit too much at first. A tad watery.

Overall, it's an okay beer. For the price I would definatley go to many other beers, such as Orval, Duvel, Poperings Hommelbier, Le Freak, etc. I will pass on this one in the future.

gubbt, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a HUGE rocky white head that retains well.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and some floral pilsner style hops (saaz).

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a decent amount of bitterness in the hops. There are some metallic skunky off-notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, tastes like an imperial pilsner. It's not well balanced, fiarly flawed, and doesn't really appeal to me.

Beaver13, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the blind tiger 10/03/08

A- The beer is deeply hazy golden color.

S- The aroma has a bright, herbal, grassy hoppiness to it that has a backdrop of lemon zest, aromatic tangerine and a tropical fruit note. The hop aromatics are clearly dominant here.

T- 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 very drinkable 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.

D- Despite being a bit harsh in the finish, this remains just incredibly easy to drink

bonbini26, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a very fizzy hazy gold color with a bubbly head that sticks around and laces a lot.
the aroma contains mostly hops, of the grassy, herbal variety. it is just a touch lemony as well as having a little bit of a farmhouse character in addition to some more tradtional pale or tripel aromas
the flavor contains soft soft tropical fruits up front, pineapple, apricot, lemon. there is also a vaguely peppery creamy vanilla/coconut flavor in there. bringing up the rear is a moderate amount of hop bitterness, with a bit of a floral, and a touch of spearminty pine. it becomes a little earthy as you drink more of it. all of this has a firm undercurrent of warming alcohol.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with very active chunky bubbled carbonation. like a sparkling wine.
drinkability is fairly good, though this isn't quite as dry as some examples, and the alcohol is a little on the hot side.

kmo1030, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of ballewblake
2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A nice hiss when I cracked the cap. Poured in my trusty Duvel Tulip, and bam a fat head fills the glass. Huge and pillowy white on a appropriate Duvel like straw golden color. Sporadic spongy lacing down the glass. Hops and spices on the nose, got some Christmas smells. Really interesting taste, I get the IPA, but I get a lot of alcohol on the tongue at the same time. Balance is off and doesn't do enough to cover the biting alcohol. Excellent carbonation in the mix, fizzy on my palette, dry aftertaste. Really, this is a 'big' Belgian IPA, the alcohol is too noticeable and sharp, almost burns my tongue.

Thanks to RblWthACoz for hooking this up.

ballewblake, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With hands wet and smooth from washing dishes, I used a towel to pop the cork on the Hopsinjoor - and that was easy. Fairly explodes out of the bottle, and the head as expected is huge. Very fluffy and white, some large bubbles along with a tighter foam "inside" the structure. Awesome cragginess, perfect for the style, everything that Houblon Chouffe had me prepared for. Elsewhere, this is a hazy yellow-gold brew that looks very innocuous given what I believe is about to come.

Herbal, earthy, lemongrass character on the nose that is all hops. Finishes lightly baked like a hard biscuit. Some nectary flower overtones as well.

Lots of fruit, pepper, and spicing on the tongue. Up front is a fruity tang that includes lemon zest and tangerine, morphs into a deeply herbal, pine and green grass hop flash. The malt does approximately no damage to the palate, leaving only a little pale sweetness and the body to hang 8% abv on.

The body is pleasantly light and lifting, leaving this a pretty damn drinkable large ale. The finish is bitter with strong pricks of alcohol, but is not long given the high carbonation.

Hopsinjoor wouldn't be the first Belgian IPA I would recommend to a newcomer, but if you've got a nose for these kinds of beers, absolutely pick up a bottle. Unfortunately I doubt I'll be back, as Green Flash Le Freak is about 1/3 the price.

BretSikkink, Sep 29, 2008
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
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
91 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.