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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker

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90
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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
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

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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Anatole

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

09-25-2013 06:49:47 | More by Anatole
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

a really special brew here, best Belgian ipa ive had in memory, just a total gem. blonde and cloudy on the pout, with a permanent and thick white head over three inches tall, this is so lively and robust, as foamy as you make it, lacey and grandiose. the nose is tart and funky like a saison, hoppy, but german and Czech style, not so American and oily, but still plenty dank, not like ganga, but like a wet basement in a good a way as possible. yeast heavy too, Belgian unfiltered goodness. pils type malts, but there is more depth that that here. epic carbonation, one of the best mouthfeels of all time on this one, this beers best feature amongst many. I love the expansive decadent richness, but the lightness and sessionability too. this is everything one could hope for in a Belgian ipa and more, complex, drinkable, refreshing, special. well hopped and gorgeous in feel. a must.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 02:07:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%

09-21-2013 02:54:29 | More by nmann08
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innominat

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-13-2013 09:55:31 | More by innominat
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dieBlume

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

09-11-2013 22:55:24 | More by dieBlume
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warnerry

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Brasserie Het Anker

Pours a very cloud light golden brown with two fingers of craggy white head. Head has very good retention and coats the glass with lacing.

Aroma is mostly Belgian yeast, with lots of fruity esters. Not much in the way of hops in the aroma.

Hops are relatively light but present enough to leave a nice slight bitterness throughout the taste. Otherwise, pleasant Belgian yeast taste with some fruity esters, including a bit of banana. These flavors seem like they should clash more than they do, but overall this is a pleasant beer, and after a few days in Belgium, the hop bitterness is much appreciated.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 20:37:11 | More by warnerry
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SlainteAlbanyNY

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-07-2013 21:13:44 | More by SlainteAlbanyNY
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tommy5

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

09-04-2013 02:35:01 | More by tommy5
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joe1510

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml
$8.49
West Lakeview

Het Anker's Hopsinjoor fills my tulip glass with a straw golden liquid that becomes even pale yellow when backlit. The body is hazy to the point of being difficult to see through and the carbonation explodes to the surface from every inch of the glass. This lively carbonation helps support the giant head. The head grew to a minimum of three fingers on the pour and at its lowest point fell to two. The head became incredibly dense and meringue like while leaving big sticky chunk lacing on its way down. This is an incredible looking beer that shows one of the best heads I've seen in months.

The nose on this beer screams Belgian IPA, what I think would be one anyway. The first thing that hits me is a dusty, musty yeastiness before the hop additions make themselves known. This beer isn't hugely hoppy but does have a lot more hops then your average BSPA. The hoppiness is of the grassy/herbal nature and rides even keel with the robust yeast characters. There's a good deal of green apple skins and gritty pear before the banana and clove ester qualities come through toward the end. The yeast used in this beer must be magical because the esters it's throwing off are all over the place in the most under control manageable sort of way.

As soon as this beer hits my tongue I know I'm in for a treat. Everything the nose suggested is right here in the flavor. The maltiness, although not very noticeable, is dry sugar cookie like and while it starts things off it's quickly pushed aside. A quick flash of grassy hops hit before they fade away to allow the fruity yeastiness to come forth. Apple skins, pears, and faint peach take over mid palate right before the mustiness joins in the fun. All the hoppiness that was in the nose shows up just before the swallow. Somehow the yeast contributions are so hearty that they more then stand up to the hoppiness of this brew. I'm really digging the complexities.

The body of this beer is on the lighter side of medium with a healthy carbonation that keeps things moving. That great Belgian carbonation is there that makes the body of this beer incredibly airy. The hopping combined with the aggressive carbonation make for a moderate bitterness on the tongue.

I honestly can't believe how easy this beer is going down. The flavors combine to create an incredibly refreshing beer and the carbonation keeps things flowing. Each glass I pour disappears far too fast.

I expected a good beer coming from Het Anker, just like the others, but Hopsinjoor blew me away. This is exactly what I believe a hoppy Belgian should be crafted like and I won't hesitate to pick these up in the future. Het Anker is up toward the top of the list for my favorite Belgian brewers and Hopsinjoor just bumped them up the ladder.

Reviewed: 8/10/08

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 19:38:34 | More by joe1510
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FLima

Brazil

3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy amber orange color with tons of thick and mushroom head with great retention and leaving lots of laces.
Refreshing and predominant aroma of green tea, oranges and spearmint.
Similarly, flavor of oxidized oranges, green leaves tea, Belgian yeast, lemon and brown sugar. Hints of pepper, honey and cinnamon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation. I was surprised after checking the ABV; it doesn’t feel at all at 8%.
A very unique and hoppy beer with intensive flavors but not heavily bitter. A mix of Tripel and IPA. Worth it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 19:23:35 | More by FLima
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scantonio

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-11-2013 03:15:20 | More by scantonio
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vfgccp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

08-10-2013 22:38:33 | More by vfgccp
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1%

08-09-2013 00:20:27 | More by Kunstman
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Bung

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

08-05-2013 01:44:03 | More by Bung
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%

08-03-2013 18:04:53 | More by schopenhauerale
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Hobbit

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

08-02-2013 02:51:57 | More by Hobbit
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TheMsnLink

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%

07-29-2013 19:56:40 | More by TheMsnLink
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ltdantheman

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-29-2013 19:05:34 | More by ltdantheman
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville.
Hazy yellow gold with a moderate sized but very, very durable head. Superior lacing.
Nice, citruc fruity, aroma with a good bit of lemon; citrusy hops.
The taste largely follows although it has more flavor and more yeast than the nose suggests. Despite the name the hops do not dominate but are in good balance with the other flavor components.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 02:40:13 | More by chinchill
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rabiddawg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-27-2013 20:17:34 | More by rabiddawg
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-23-2013 15:10:53 | More by tom10101
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spoony

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle into a globe glass. There is a date stamp of some kind on the bottle, but it is illegible.

A-A normal pour produces a giant (four-fingers-plus) head of eggshell colored foam. The head is dense with great retention; it leaves curtains of sticky lacing on the glass, too. The brew is pretty murky with bright, straw/apricot coloring.

S-The smell is a vaguely hoppy affair with some sweet, spicy, citrus flavors that border on tropical in character. The hops are well-balanced against a slightly earthy, funky, dry malt base that is a bit doughy and pils like.

T-The taste is also nicely balanced with citrus hops that are less sharp and bitter than many Belgian IPAs (and many American IPAs for that matter). Instead of bitterness, I taste a fair amount of baking spices...clove and a flavor that is almost like cinnamon. Alcohol is well-concealed, but occasionally pokes through to provide a bit of apple and pear fruit flavor. Malts come through on the finish, which is bready and drying, but not quite powdery or biscuity.

M-The beer is light to medium body with an ultra-fine prickly carbonation.

O-This is an enjoyable, drinkable IPA with lots of complexity and balance. It is unique among Belgians, I think, for the citrusy, almost tropical hop profile. Flavors are big, but the bitterness is very mild. It also earns high marks for the great head and waves of sticky, thick lacing.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:28:10 | More by spoony
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davelag

California

4/5  rDev -1%

07-17-2013 17:59:46 | More by davelag
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leodarko

California

4/5  rDev -1%

07-14-2013 06:54:41 | More by leodarko
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-14-2013 00:34:57 | More by pathman
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.