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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Paddez on 04-09-2008

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Reviews: 348 | Ratings: 577
Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presently, this is ranked #17 on the list of best Belgian IPAs here on BA.

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured a super murky, yet lively orange color, with a massive 2-3-4 finger head that stayed a cloud formation on top of the liquid even minutes after the hard pour.

S: I got sort of a fresh, farmhouse quality right away, along with some grass clipping, and lots of orange peel.

T: Excellent use of the Belgian yeast strain. Normally, this is not my thing whenever American breweries do it, however, this kept the whole leaf, sizzle effect in check and let the Belgian-infused citrus fruit do the work.

M: Extremely creamy and infinitely drinkable. I didn't find this dry or boozy in any way and the citrus sweetness was kept in check by the fresh grass clippings.

O: This was actually the fist time I've ever had this one, and it definitely won't be the last!

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Photo of Momar42
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle pored into Duvel tulip

A - huge, fluffy white head. Lingers wonderfully yielding fantastic typical Belgian lacing. Great looking BIPA.

S - some banana, Belgian yeast, light citrus. Nose isn't as strong as the appearance but announces itself.

T - a very Belgian BIPA if that makes sense. Not an overwhelming sensory trip or wealth of crazy characteristics. Just solid, Belgian yeast and hops goodness. Aftertaste could be stronger, but overall spot on to the style.

M - high carbonation effects this brew on the negative side. Otherwise a nice finish. The high carb level produces an almost astringent effect.

O - maybe not a game changer but easily a solid go to if ou can find it. There are an increasing amount of new takes on the BIPA style, but this is a classic example. Quality beer from a solid brewery.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Super bubbly hazy light golden color.

S: Some hops come through, some fruitiness. Smells a little light.

T: The taste is very delicate but insanely well executed. Some hints of apple, cheery, a good sourness to it which, again, is very delicate. And yet somehow the alcohol is well masked. Oh... just now noticed this is labeled wrong in the style description. This is a blonde ale not an IPA and there certainly aren't any IPA aspects here.

M: A little heavy on the carbonation but otherwise sits with a good body and with no harsh flavors.

Overall this is a great beer in terms of taste (and thats what counts!) It's light yet complex which is something that I've rarely seen made doable. I think no matter who you are you will like this beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a massive, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, enticing aroma of light fruit, hops, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), fruit (citrus, grapefruit probably), malt, and a hint of yeast as well. In general, this is a solid, focused, well done flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a well made, drinkable beer. Very solid.

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3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Gouden Carolus Chalice glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Pale yellow color, foggy appearance. White froth, creamy, copious & rocky crown. Sugar, alcohol & spices to the nose, bready & yeasty touches. Taste is ripe fruits & sweet malts with spiced & clean bitterness. Creamy palate. Medium body, moderate carbonation. ABV well masked. Delightful. Smooth bitter finish.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the perfume, with some orange citrus and bread malt notes thrown in. The flavor is similar, with the floral notes really standing out initially. There is also some bread and grass, as well as some Belgian yeast and a low amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, a single liberated from the confines of a Gouden Carolus mixed sample pack.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow hue, with a fistful of fingers' worth of silky, puffy, and foamy white head, which leaves a small crusty and layered array of lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of perfumed citrus hops, sweet orchard fruit, some subtle white pepper, a bit of zesty yeast, and bready, crackery pale malt. The taste is semi-sweet tropical fruit, simple pale malt, some spicy, peppery yeast, and soft floral, grassy hops. Very little, if any, sign of the big ABV makes itself known.

The bubbles are fairly mild, just a wan frothiness abounding, the body an even medium weight, and rather earnestly smooth. Nicely blended hoppy, yeasty, and sweet grainy finish.

A splendid example of a prototypical Belgian IPA - it was nice to run into so shortly after exposure to a local-ish New World emulator.

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Photo of SebD
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrusy/tropical fruit with some spices, yeast and light bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a fruity character (citrus and tropical fruit) with some bready notes, yeast, and lemony spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Dope
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: A cloudy, pale golden-orange pour. Huge, roiling bubbly white head. Leaves decent lacing behind as it slowly fades away. Island of foam resides in the middle at all times.

S: Loaded with overripe, sweet citrus - oranges and lemons. Sweet melon too, like cantelope and honeydew. Lots of banana. Very sweet bready malt in there too.

T: Again, lots of sweet fruits, bolstered by a big bready malt. Has an off flavor though that I can't quite discern. Some kind of spice that drags it down. Almost like spoiled fruit.

M: Medium, relatively smooth.

O: Will have to revisit this one. Smells great, tastes great initially but a lingering spice or tartness in the aftertaste ruined it for me. Perhaps an old or infected bottle, I am unsure - never had an "off" flavor like this one.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this through private import.

The beer is hazy and pale yellow, on which crowns a very white foamy head that looks like cloud. The aroma is belgian yeast with some tropical fruits. Quite strong on those fruits. Hoppy. Nice. It has quite a bite in the aroma zone. I like this.

Now lets taste it. This is dominated by hops. Lucky me! Tropical fruits mainly with in the back some belgian yeast. It is very dry on the finish... as well as bitter. Very nice Belgian IPA. Its how I like it!

Looks show that it is quite carbonated. The foam sticks so well to the glass its crazy.

Glad I've got more than one of this one! Cheers all. A must try if you like hops!

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy deep golden color with a nice big fluffy white head. Great retention time and nice lacing as it faded. Settled to a nice white frothy cap throughout.

Smell: Citrus hops and sweet Belgian yeast with a slight spice to it.

Taste: A good blast of bright and clean citrus and pine hops up fronts that mellows out quickly and gives way to some light roasted malts and a nice sweet yeasty flavor with some grass and light fruit. Very nice.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with good creamy carbonation. Finished semi-dry.

Overall: A really nice Belgian IPA, with a good balance of hops, light malts and a nice strain of Belgian yeast. I like this a lot and would happily buy more again.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.
A - big cork pop followed by a light pour yields a head unlike any I've seen before. Massive and overflowing despite the light handed pour. Beer is a hazy gold full of fine bubbles.
S - belgian yeast, fruity esters, sharp hops, and a tart citrus tingle.
T - fantastic. All of the smells with a bitter sweet blend that is amazingly balanced.
M - crisp and spritzy like a saison but with a heavier body.
D - wonderfully easy to enjoy.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale gold that's a touch shy of honey. Very large, creamy white head takes a rather long time to settle and leaves copious amounts of lacing. Relatively cloudy, as is to be expected from this unfiltered brew. Some faint bubbles travel slowly up the sides of the glass, suggesting a mild carbonation.

S: Citrus (lemon) hop character sits well on top of some crisp pale malt. Slightly medicinal/lemony yeast character as well. Has a bit of a saison-esque quality to it.

T: A smooth sweetness gathers around the sides of the tongue, almost hiding from the bitterness that dominates the top and middle. The balance is quite excellent. Grassy/floral hops predominate in the beginning, gradually becoming elevated by the yeast and malt. The flavors blend extremely well. Finishes bitter and slightly astringent.

M: Medium-bodied, but feels lighter than it is thanks to a subtle but active carbonation. Surprisingly crisp and refreshing, with no hint of alcohol whatsoever. Gets a little less drinkable as the carbonation fades, but still remains delicious.

O: All I can say is: wow! A big surprise from a brewery that I haven't been particularly impressed with in the past (excluding Gulden Draak). Has all of the best qualities of the style and very little defects. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent looking beer. Perfectly golden, cloudy and supporting a puffy cream-colored head with great retention.

Bready aroma with classic Belgian yeast smells. Nothing overly complex.

Rich flavor, nearly no hopping as far as I can tell despite the name. Maybe this is the English-style IPA rather than the American style. Bready, a little banana. Again, not complex but tasty.

Highly carbonated and it seems like it just keeps evolving CO2. Definitely a sipper, and a meaty beer.

Classic Belgian golden ale, well done.

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Photo of n2185
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a hazy yellow-orange with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Slight spice notes up front followed by lots of chalky yeast aromas. There are some slight citrus aromas from the hops. There is also a strong oxidized aroma to it. I've had a couple of bottles now and I've found it in each of them.

T: Again, some light spices up front followed by lots of yeasty flavors. The hops show up some as well, giving slight grapefruit notes with a piny bitter flavors on the finish.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is a little thick, but still nice and crisp.

O: A decent beer, but nothing special. The strongly oxidized aroma is a bit of a turn-off, but it still tastes pretty decent.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy yellow with a huge, long-lasting, rocky white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma of lemon and light tropical fruit, banana, yeast, pepper and herbal spices.

Tasted of tart lemon, yeast, biscuit, pepper and spices. The 8% alcohol warms the palate.

Medium bodied and sticky with a fairly sharp carbonation.

A well-made and enjoyable beer from Brouwerij Het Anker.

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Photo of Squelch
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Cloudy. Huge white head. Nice lacing. Straw colored beer.

Smell: Citrusy hops dominate the aromas

Taste: Taste is hoppy. Nice up front bitterness from "C" hops. finishes complex sweetness.

Mouthfeel: puckering. Medium light bodied.

Overall: Tastes like an american IPA. Belgian funkiness missing. i still like it.

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Photo of taigor
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass.

A - Poured cloudy pale golden color with big white head that quickly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly yeast, spices and slightly fruity scent.

T - Starts off sweet and citrusy with bready yeast flavor followed by slight spiciness and a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Very good BIPA that I would recommend if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of snpub540
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a nice, huge fluffy white head that sits atop a hazy straw colored brew. When things calmed down there was scatterred lacing on my chalice.

Aromas are spicy, fruity, and yeasty. A floral hop note is present in the back.

Taste is sweet upfront with a spicy character and a slightly biktter finish. Aftertaste is spicy and it lingers for awhile. Hops are herbal.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is good. Not totally a dry crisp beer. I wouldn't call it a Belgian IPA but its still a good drink.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BBF 2011. 11.2oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a monstrous, thick, 5 finger white head with outstanding retention. Beer is a cloudy pale grapefruit. Lacing is stringy, patchy, and very thick with great stick. Nice but the head is too thick and the beer is too cloudy.

Nose is fruity. Citrus, coriander, some cane sugar, and a touch powdery. Some peppercorn also. Moderately aromatic. Appropriate for the style.

Opens sweet citrus, cane sugar, and some spice notes. More of the sweet, malt backbone present through the middle with peppercorn and coriander popping in and out. Some soapiness at the end and finishes spicy with a slight hop aftertaste. Enjoyable.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Spritzy in the mouth and smooths out as it warms. Goes down filmy. Drawn out finish with a lingering aftertaste. Not as crisp as I would like.

Very smooth and drinkable for an 8% beer, nevertheless, this one offers a bit too much sweetness without the fruity complexity. Head retention and appearance overall are also just not up to stuff. Solid, but all things considered, pretty average for the style.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour is delightfully large! Lots of thin foamy white head flows with ease. Brew is cloudy orangish-yellow. Brew sit quite thin, but builds awesome head when swirled.

S - Very nice lemony scent. Very Belgian. Lots of funk in this one... Smells almost like a sour... Some chamelle, rose, and other flowery scents.

T - Awesome! Not your typical Blonde (yes, the style on BA is incorrect, it should be a Belgian Blonde). Brew is very nice and smooth, with some smooth lemon and orange notes. Slightly bland, It could use some pepper...

M - SUPER SMOOTH! Perfect carbonation. slight bitterness, but doesn't distract.

O - A great surprise! I was not expecting this from this delightful hidden brew! I'm shocked this brew is my first from GC... YUM!

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Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so I just happened to notice this variety 4 pack from Belgium that looked interesting. Trying the Belgian IPA first. Well, things didn't start out too well, what with about 90% of my tulip glass being filled up with foam. Once I worked it out, it looks pretty nice, with the more acceptable head on top of a light, VERY hazy body. I dig the smell. Kind of hard to describe, but it has a tangy, yeasty hops smell. Pretty strong aroma. I like the taste. Hops, but with that crisp, light taste that I associate with European brews. The mouthfeel is ok. Seems very carbonoted, whether it is or not. Looking forward to trying the other styles.

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Photo of ShamasUVA
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There are two types of Belgian IPAs-- those that are basically American IPA recipes, fermented with belgian yeasts (Stone IPA, LeFreak), and Belgian beers that use an aggressive approach to hopping (XX Bitter, Xtra Gold). This beer is an example of the latter.

Beer pours a cloudy golden with a huge dense head. Aroma is tropical fruit and a sugary sweetness which does not manifest itself in the flavor. This bottle has been in my fridge for a few months, so it does not really have a huge hop nose like a fresh example would. The strong point of this beer is the ultra-dry mouthfeel, which leaves an impression very much like a saison. This is a lovely beer, not the best that Het Anker has to offer, but quite good.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maybe I'm a little salty that I paid $12 for what seemed like 8oz at the Bethesda Mussel Bar outside DC... but mainly I just don't think this Belgian IPA is that good. Certainly not deserving of an A rating.

Pours a crisp golden color, very refreshing in appearance.

Smell is hoppy, but lacking on the "Belgian" side. Instead of complex and interesting maltys and flavors, it seems as if they just dumped in a hefeweizen to off-balance the hops.

Overall, big let down.. on both taste and the wallet.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks nearly identical to their Tripel I just poured for my wife. Dark yellow / light orange color. Somewhat more pale or muted color than the Tripel. Nice, foamy white head fills about 1/3 or maybe 40% of the glass. Slightly hazy. No visible sediment.

S: Very good scent - this is definitely more Belgian than IPA, but it's still got some very noticeable hop character to the scent. Some green herbal, resiny and piney scents, but all somewhat subtle. Lots of Belgian yeast and maybe some lemongrass as well.

T: All of the characteristics of the scent were definitely in the flavor as well, but there's also a nice, sweet malt element that's pervasive throughout the taste. It's also a bit dry at points as well. Nicely balanced overall.

M: Good texture - the foamy white head was indicative of the overall carbonation level - ample, but with small bubbles. Nicely viscous as well.

O: One of the better Belgian IPAs I've had. It tastes much better than their Tripel, and has true Belgian character (which a lot of the American breweries' versions of Belgian IPAs don't seem to be able to pull off yet).

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.