Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor
Brouwerij Het Anker

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #10
Ranked #4,511
4.07 | pDev: 10.57%
Brouwerij Het Anker
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BGDrock from Canada

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful opaque golden body, like lemon custard; aggressively forms a thick, frothy head, with excellent retention of several minutes. Looks don't get better than this.
In the aroma, yeast delivers on fruity esters and spice phenols, coriander and clove; accompanied by lighter notes of citrus and spice hops, lemony.
Interesting marriage of flavours, if you can call it a marriage, as the hops and assertive yeast are a tad contradictory; there's notes of citrus (lemon and grapefruit zest), fruity yeast (golden raisins, like in an oat cookie, banana), umami; mild acidity provides balance, as does noticeable alcohol heat (warming, not burning) and moderate hop bitterness in the finish; finish is off dry, a touch astringent, some of the fruit lingering and some residual sugar leaves it a bit sticky; medium body and medium-high carbonation, which is fine and invigorating, delivering a refreshing and yet smooth feel (owing to the unfiltered yeast I'd guess).

Fantastic look, taste, & feel, with a complex, almost contradictory flavour profile than nonetheless intrigues and makes for a fund drink. Expect something quite different than an American IPA.

Sep 19, 2020
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

3.01/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

APP - hazy gold
Aroma - Faint Noble Hop and candy-sweet pils
Flavor - bright, moderately strong, flowery and fruity, spicy noble hop character w belgian golden yeast esters, medium high bitterness in finish. low pils sweetness.
MF - medium-light

Jul 12, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a huge cap of dense head.

Smell is yeasty and fruity with some spicy hints and notes of apples, lemon and hops.

Taste follows the nose and adds a solid punch of bitterness. Dry and slightly vinous on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, with the typical Belgian carbonation, frothy and full.

Overall, a very nice, tradtional "Belgian IPA". Very well made.

Jun 19, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This presents as a a clear amber bottle pour with a 2cm foam cap and an aroma of toffee and banana-bubblegum esters.
The flavor rich full without overt sweetness. There is deep caramel with roasted apple, candi-sugar and a slight woody note.
The mouthfeel is a bit sticky.
I really like this brew. -one of the best of this style that I have enjoyed.

Apr 26, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Quite pale amber, pours with slight haze and 15mm pillowy fine-bubble head. (+ layer of sediment remains stuck fast to the bottom of the empty bottle). ps. Beer now almost gone 20mins later and 3-5mm of head remains, with lacing down side of glass.
S- A light piquant spicyness.
T- There is a clear zone of vibrant spciy notes on the palate with this one. It's typical of the Belgian trad/higher ABV% style. Though yes the hops are a touch more prominent than in a typical Trappist dubbel/tripel.
F- It's 8.0% and I deffo get that coming through in the mouthfeel. It's quite pungent, but the usual 8% Trappist Feel is balanced out by additional hopping.
O- I like it. I can drink one Belgian dubbel or Tripel in an evening before moving to less full-on brews. But with this one, the additional hopping brings a balance and hence the profile is less full-on and I expect if I chose to I could enjoy 2-3 of these in a row...
Bought from BeersOfEurope (UK) 330ml bottle Bb: 04/02/2021

Mar 20, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky orange juice color.

White head; strong lacing.

Banana/orange nose; muted.

Medium mouthfeel.

Bananas & apples in the taste; a touch too bitter for me on the back end.

Apr 09, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Het Anker "Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked and caged.
$10.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: The first careful pour from a long-standing bottle is a mostly clear, just slightly hazy deep golden/amber in color beneath a finger-thick head of dense off-white foam. The aroma isn't that strong, but it delivers a nice blend of grainy malt, gently leafy, herbal, and spicy hops and light fruit. There are some low level floral and grassy notes as well. On to the flavor... as expected, it basically follows the aroma. It's a pleasant mix of grainy and lightly caramelish malt with spicy hops and a bit of yeasty fruitiness that I'd guess I'd say is mainly apple and pear. The spicy hops appear up front, followed by the leafy notes for just a second as the herbal character then immediately piles on. The bitterness comes up at that point, firm but smooth, and then the spicy hops return in the finish along with some earthiness and underlying or background herbal notes. I wonder if that spiciness in the finish is from the alcohol, or is it perhaps a combination of the alcohol and the hops? It is 8% alcohol by volume but... nah, that shouldn't give it spiciness, I think it's just the hops. They seem to be Saaz to me. The second pour is more yeasty and now I've got a hazier glass but it's still far from being cloudy like a hefeweizen. It's cloudier than most witbiers are though. Oddly, I'm now finding and interesting note of what seems like vanilla, although I can't imagine where that's coming from... perhaps the sweetish golden caramel note is confusing me? I doubt it's the yeast. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous side, and the carbonation is surprisingly moderate and it's quite smooth and creamy. The head had dropped before I topped up but it had still maintained an almost solid surface covering, and that's still the case now. Some very nice lacing that looks like trees rising up just a few feet ahead of you completes the appearance. In the end most Americans will not think of this as a hoppy beer, they just won't get it, and yet it is. I wish I had a regular Gouden Carolus to compare it to just for own insight, but I can assure you that that's a sweeter beer where the yeast comes through more fully. This is more of an English style hoppiness, and I personally love that. It's refined, and not exactly subtle, but certainly not as bold and brash as most American beers. So, great beer in my opinion, world class I'd say. If you haven't tried it go for it, and just roll with it - it's easy to drink, pairs well with food, and makes an excellent after dinner drink.
Review # 6,527

Mar 17, 2019
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Alexc11 from Canada

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the first sip this beer was really good. It possesses a cloudy gold color with a really thick, foamy lace that remains strong. Aroma nice combo of coriander, citrus, hops, cereal overtones. Same with the taste with a light spice kick. I would say carbonation and bitterness more on the medium end. It just all works nicely. Light and full of flavor. One of the better beers I've had yet. I'm learning I'm digging Belgian style beers.

Mar 14, 2019
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from De Garre, Bruges (€4.50):
Fairly light & easy going for both the style & the alcohol content, this one was a fresh & lively beer with a good balance & quite a lot of hops for a Belgian offering too. There was a nice combination of pine & floral hops in the early going with some biscuit malts & background fruits helping with the balance & making it an easy on to drink with good complexity without being too heavy or strong; a great beer.

Jul 03, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a cloudy golden-orange with a big,frothy, white head
-great head retension
-medium carbonation visible
-grapefruit,wheaty,coriander,white bread,peach,lemon
-coriander,spicy,grassy,white bread,grapefruit
-high,lingering bitterniss
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
This certainly deserves the title "Belgian IPA".A big blast of grassy bitterniss hits you once you taste it.
A really good combination of Hoppy+Belgian characteristics.

Oct 13, 2017
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The_Bujon from Ireland

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best looking beers, pours hazy light golden body, mahoooosive head which takes an age to dissipate.

Aroma is fresh and all hops, a touch citrus zest.

Taste is hoppy as expected, not overpowering, just nice on the tongue, refreshing floral notes too.

Feel is a little bitter and dry, which does detract a touch.

Overall this is a great brew all-round, just a whisk away from being outstanding in most departments.

Sep 16, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice pale ale. Quite balance with a very heavy and smooth mouthfeel. The herbal and floral hops balance the malt and the estery notes makes it a well rounded beer. Can Het Anker make a bad beer ?

Jun 09, 2017
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

my bottle says 10/05/12 so i hope it's not 5 years old but it still tastes good, really good - so i guess it doesn't matter, also drinking it warm and it's still good.

May 28, 2017
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; one of four Gouden Carolus beers included in a mixed pack that I picked up this past November. Best before May 23 2018 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy, translucent golden-blonde colour, producing a prodigiously puffy, sparkling white head about two fingers high. The liquid's effervescence is intense enough to force the head briefly above the lip of my goblet, followed by a long, drawn-out process in the reverse direction. The layer of foam seeps away unevenly, producing a lumpy, generously-sized cap and collar, caking the glass with a beautiful coat of fine lacing. A real beauty. Lemon pith and zest come through on the nose, with grassy, herbal notes, candi sugar, apricot and white grape. A bit yeasty, too, with potent phenolics.

Flavour follows after the aroma; candi sugar and grainy, bready pale malts imbue a light sweetness, but they're minor players compared to the hops and yeast. Grassy, floral and herbal, with hints of white grape, lemon, green apple, apricot, and a faint suggestion of banana. The yeasty phenols assert themselves on the back end, giving this brew a peppery, somewhat spicy finish that leans toward the dry side. Medium-full in body, with middling carbonation levels that begin sharp, but soften considerably by the time I'm half-way through the glass - transitioning to a softer, slightly less crisp (but still satisfying) texture. Easier to knock back than many examples of this style.

Final Grade: 4.18, an A-. If you're in the market for a quality Belgian-style IPA, then Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor is a brew well worth checking out. Not necessarily the most complex or memorable one I've ever had, but still a very pleasing and well-made brew. The grassy, herbal, continental hops employed work together quite well, in conjunction with the peppery, pungent yeast-derived flavours and aromas. I've never seen this one being sold as a single, but should that change in the future, I'm sure I'd be back for more.

Mar 11, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a slightly hazy golden body with big foaming white head that stays
Big crisp chardonnay aroma
Golden syrup and pine flavour
Dangerously drinkable

Mar 06, 2017
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tykechandler from Kentucky

1.5/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Large format bottle from Liquor Barn on Shelbyville Rd in Louisville. No bottling date so I am assuming it's fresh even though my trained palate knows it is oxidized and probably around 3 years old. Drain pour. Shame on the brewery for not putting a bottling date, and shame in the store for not rotating stock.

Nov 16, 2016
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Cramshawbar from Canada

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very close to Gouden Carolus Ambrio, only slightly better. True, it has an awful colour but the yeast has been toned down a notch, even if the sting of the alcohol hasn't. Not sure why Brouwerij Het Anker felt the need to create a brew so close to Ambrio but here it is.

Nov 01, 2016
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle served cold into the promotional Gouden Carolus chalice. Purchased as part of the holiday pack at the LCBO.

Appearance - rich dark golden color with plenty of haze. Long lasting two finger mountain of white head. Loads of spiderweb lacing left behind.

Smell - candi sugar, Belgian yeast, a touch of citrusy hops and faint traces of honey. Not a huge nose but smells very inviting.

Taste - earthier than many in the style, a gentle suggestive bitterness. Leafy hops, Belgian yeast and some grassy flavours too. Just a little sweetness. Candi sugar not as prevalent as the nose. Not as much of an IPA as others in the style as this is a Belgian pale ale first and an IPA second.

Mouthfeel - light bodied yet boozy and with expressive carbonation. A nice little burn in the back of the throat and down the esophagus as it goes down. Great feel and really enjoyable drinking.

Overall - Hopsinjoor is a fine Belgian IPA that really captures the spirit of the style with a great feel. Dangerously drinkable, a beer that will stand up to the best Belgian IPAs and not look out of place amongst them. Another worthy beer from this tasters pack.

Oct 30, 2016
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delta490 from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy dark orangey-gold with a thin ring of white head. No lacing or retention is present in the glass. The aroma is unique, with a rich malt sweetness (green fruit or maybe golden raisins) and a sharp hoppy twang that hangs out in the background. The taste, though, brings the hops up to match the malts but I still can't put a finger on the hops characteristics. The body has a medium weight, a little thicker on the palate with a moderate carbonated tingle.

Aug 05, 2016
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Zet from Netherlands

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a very good head of fluffiness. A full nose of pine and fruits like apricot and peach. The taste is a classic triple, with a strong yeast and ester (tangerine, peach, vanilla) profile. The hops make there way back into the swallowing, though it's more pine and less fruit here. Mouth feel is full-bodied, with some tickling by carbonation and alcohol. A very good combination of a belgian triple and an american IPA.

Jul 24, 2016
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet.
L: Light Amber with a weak foam head.
S: Hoppy and fruity.
T: Great bittersweet taste. Spicy.
F: Oily body pleasant aftertaste.
O: Probably best Belgian ipa I ever had after La Chouffe Houblon.

Jun 29, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If under penalty of death I had to choose my favorite Belgian brewer and defend that choice in our snakepit of beer opinion, it probably would be Het Anker. While their BSDAs I find luscious and often indescribable, they produce some amazing blonds as well. Hopsinjoor is one such. This review is from my second bottle.... and I just might not die fulfilled unless I have a third.

You can Look at Hopsinjoor and be excused if you do not find it better than an average blond. But if you stick your nose into it and you do not Smell a yeast working that is far above average, then you should give up drinking beer and play cards sober. Tastes improve more and honestly because this is a master brewer's hoppier-than-normal, I get a fine blend of hops. But what few hoppy beers can do, Hopsinjoor then does: it sits in your mouth and, at least for me, makes mine soft. To me, this is the King of Beers.

My mentors making "The 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" made some mistakes in their selections. But by including Hopsinjoor, they get some redemption. The reviewer (Chuck Cook) also gives insight into the beer and brewer. (It makes me want to read his book on Belgian brew culture.) If you have not had Hopsinjoor, put it on your bucket list.

11/19/19 I did get my third copy and I concur with everything (almost) I said in my earlier review. I also have not changed my opinion that Het Anker is the best... and I invite anyone into the snakepits to argue differently.

Apr 25, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big yellow vibrancy to the pour. 1" white head, dense. The aroma was belgian but without all the spice rack shit I hate like clove. Banana was missing too, but it had plenty of band aid.

Taste was hoppy by Belgian standards, hid the alcohol well. Very mild citrus notes from the hops. One of the better examples of an ipa/dipa from here.

Mar 13, 2016
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cambabeer from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've taken a recent liking to Belgian IPAs. This one has a nice yeast character, very Belgian in the nose as well. Bready, apple-y, maybe a little cloves and grassy, with a little bit of hops. Most of the hops are in the flavor, but even there, not overpowering. Still very yeasty and malty in the taste and somewhat sticky in the mouth feel.

Feb 18, 2016
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janubio from Spain

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gloden colour, with medium head that leaves a ring and a good lace. Smell of banana, cloves, tropical fruits, herbs. Medium compact body, with good carbonation. Taste is hoppy, fruits, flowers, pepper. Anotherone very good Carolus.

Dec 22, 2015
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