Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus HopsinjoorGouden Carolus Hopsinjoor

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of tykechandler
1.5/5  rDev -63%
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.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Zet
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Dzu
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of janubio
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of djura
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,75l

A - Golden honey with steady white head. Representative.
S - Very close to Tripel aromas.
T/M - And again Tripel with more hops in it. Bitter finish. Creamy.

O - This is goid brew.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Large white head sits on top of the old golden brew and refuses to subside.

S - The smell is sweet, malts and bready yeast reminiscent of the style.

T - More of the same which the nose presents, holiday breads, yeasts, belgian candy sugar, and light citrus notes.

F - Medium bodied, slightly warming, a bit chewy.

Overall it is exactly what you would expect. A good Belgian Ale.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From elcervecero. In Duvel glass. Watching The hangover. Tasty and very drinkable, with a nice bitterness and carbonation that pleases the upper part of the mouth. Aroma could improve. Its a bit dull for a beer with a hoppy name

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Photo of MrGraybeard
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a refrigerated bottle, raising a substantial persistent head. A layer of yeast remained at the bottom of the bottle. Color is a hazy gold, with cidery effervescence. Scent is vinous with a hint of candy and lemon.

Malt and hops are emphatic but balanced up front, leaving a slightly sour taste at the finish. Mouthfeel was a little lighter than I expected, but alcohol was well concealed.

I've had some domestic Belgian-style IPAs, and they tended to have a heavier feel and hoppier punch. This brew out of the Low Countries is a more subtle effort. Nicely done.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 2017-03-12
ABV: 8.0%

It pours hazy, light yellow, with a huge, three finger high head.

Nose: Banana, Belgian yeast, citrus, orange, pear, apple, pineapple, hops and grass.
Taste: Grapefruit, banana, apple, grass, Belgian yeast, caramel malt and honey.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth feeling. Very refreshing!

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 750ml bottle from my cellar served in a tulip glass cold. Bottling date is 05/2013

Appearance: very pale gold with a very nice white head of tiny bubbles. Very hazy but I did not a hearty pour. Light to medium body.

Nose: bready, malty sweet, apples, oranges and pears, low to no hop character (this scares me in a IPA, even a Belgian one)

Taste: Nice and round with lots of fruit character and a lingering sweetness. The hop character is kinda muted but is still there and adds a fruity chewy quality that is a nice contrast to the malty sweetness. This beer really stood up to time on the shelf. The body is still rich enough not to immediately evaporate once it hits your tongue.

Overall: I'm not too familiar with the Belgian IPA style but I am impressed with beer. It is delicate and balanced like it should be. The hops are still present after 2 years in the cellar and is very drinkable. Good job Het Anker.

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Photo of JayQue
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty Belgian IPA. Poured into a Chimay goblet from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Golden yellow color, lots of carbomation and a big, white long lasting head. Plenty of lacing on the sides of the goblet.

Strong aroma of peppery spicing, Belgian yeast and an apple cider type fruitiness.

Taste is more of the same with the sweetish apple cider balanced out with mild hoppiness and yeast.. Mouthfeel is rich, good carbonation and the peppery spicing and hops element adding to the "feel".

A very good Belgian IPA, I would like to have this one again.

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Photo of interzen
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Pours a murky straw yellow with a fairly loose, bubbly head. Massive amount of lacing once the head had subsided.

Smell: Quite earthy and hoppy - not a lot else was discernable. Certainly not unpleasant.

Taste: This is where it gets interesting - although the beer smells rather hoppy, the initial taste is definitely more malty with a hint of resin. There are hints of boozy alcohol there, but malts and resins are well forward.

Feel: Quite a spicy mouthfeel with an almost spiritous aftertaste. For something that's 8% ABV this is quite dangerously drinkable. Despite the ludicrous amount of head on pouring, the carbonation diminished fairly quickly leaving a pleasant fizziness.

Overall: My first encounter with the Belgian IPA style and I suspect that it won't be my last. Not as insanely hoppy as American IPAs but then again this certainly doesn't drink like an 8% beer. As I type this, the current BA score is 91 (outstanding) and I'm finding little to disagree with - definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of BWED
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Date on bottle 10/05/12.

A- Hazy bronze in color. Some white highlight. Towering cloud of white foam. Beautiful rings and lines of lacing. A really awesome looking beer.

S- Heavy caramel. Very mild earthy hop. Faint, dark fruit.

T- Light caramel flavor. Toasty malt. A bit like fruitcake. Faint earth and pine.

M- Very carbonated. Lost some beer on the pour, it was coming out so fast. Body is medium, smooth, slightly spicy. Finish is just a bit dry. Definitely doesn't drink like an 8%.

O- I think the hops have faded on this one, but it really had a lot of depth and character. Tastes more like a Belgian Pale. I'd like to try it again fresh.

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Photo of benfons
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Clear dark blond colour, a lot of carbonation rising up, big dense head, a lot of lacing.
In the nose there are some grains, some hops, some yeast, some fruit, orange peel, peach, hint of banana.
Tastes of grain, granny smith, grapes, slight hoppy finish.
Nice carbonation, dry finish.
Overall a nicely balanced beer. Fruitiness topped off with a hoppy finish. Not the best beer, but a solid one.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/21/2013. Pours slightly cloudy golden orange color with a 3 finger dense and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, clove, black, pepper, floral, grass, herbal, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hops, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, honey, biscuit, black pepper, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, honey, biscuit, clove, black pepper, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great sweetness/spice/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Belgian IPA style. All around great complexity and balance of yeast, hops, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie tasted in 2014.

Appearance : golden colour with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty and malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : yeasty spiced and holy flavors, with dry fruity finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong Ale.

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

(served in a goblet, over and over)

A: yellow-gold color, quite cloudy (as in containing wheat?)... long-lasting cap of foam, leaving some fabulous lace

S: lemon peel, lightly-toasted corn bread... flowery noble hops... overall Belgian blond or saison-like spicy aromatics

T: assertive, green-tea-like, tannic hop bitterness - leafy, tobacco-y... light banana tones with a lightly honey-sweet malt finish... light-moderate phenolic spiciness, alcohol well hidden... seems like a showcase for yeast proofing and spring lawn

M: smooth, frothy, round, medium body... mellow (spicy) warmth in the afterglow... one of the more foamy feels in a Belgian IPA - perhaps most similar to a Wit or Hefeweizen

O: had this a few times in the past week... stands out... the biting, leafy bitterness has me coming back again and again

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Photo of JTuomi
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle (19/9/2015) into a goblet. Slightly hazy pale golden yellow with one finger white head that left a thin foam after settling down. Smell has malts and hops with a hint of apples. Crisp moderately sweet malty taste with a dry hop aftertaste with a note of grapefruit. Fruitier when colder and more hoppy as it warmed up. Very nicely balanced. Warms the tongue a bit but no apparent alcohol taste. Medium body and high carbonation. Very drinkable.

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