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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor | Brouwerij Het Anker

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
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Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,868
Reviews:
365
Ratings:
625
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
64
Trade:
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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 365
Reviews by JimTeal:
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4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I thought to myself what the heck is Gouden doing making an IPA? Their lineup is so solid, but this excellent brew reminds us to keep an open mind. Great creative people always see something new and exciting just over the horizon. This is a beautifully crafted beer. Initial taste (great spices, properly infused), look (on the wheat beer side), smell and finish (clean and crisp) and makes for an oh so interesting pleasure. Good surprise find and more than well worth a try.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml with cork and cage. no date found. tasted in late march 09. poured into tulip.

deep golden straw color. moderate haze (yeasty and murky on final pours). huge, overflowing iceberg head, forming a white meringue on top, bubbly foam for the rest, and slowly receding to a thin layer with the remaining puffy meringue. good lacing too, but if it was even better, this might have been a 5.0.

aroma: crisp noble hops, spicy with grassy/herbal note. fresh pear, ripe apple. light bready malts. whiff of sweet peppery phenols and esters.

flavor begins with fruity pear, white grape and sweet bready malts, into more pears and grape, offset by grassy, spicy noble hops with a moderate yet snappy bitterness that backs off right into the background, with more malt and fruit. spice and phenols appearing towards the finish, but retains a light hoppy resinous note underneath and all throughout.

light to medium body. starts smooth, then touch of astringent resins and faint acidic note in the finish before fading. crisp, prickly carbonation is lively but not overdone and gives moments of fluffiness.

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Photo of supermeniscus
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gouden Carolus goblet. Poured a hazy, pale orange; clarity was somewhat hazy. Head quickly dissipated into a heavy skim with tiny ringlets. Nose was very muted - all I picked up was some citrus. Flavor profile was very muted as well; citrus, maybe some wheat, and a hops presence that was very much in the background; however, some bitterness lingered between quaffs. Mouthfeel was light and effervescent and finished dry. My first Belgian IPA - I liked it, but I didn't love it. I was expecting a little more of a hops presence, but it was fairly drinkable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Pours a dark, hazy amber color with lots of carbonation. Typical of the style, the head is really nice - it's about three fingers high and barely off-white in color. The texture is rather foamy and retention is excellent. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass, as well.

S: Quite estery, with a lot of banana, apple, white grape, pear, and coriander notes. I do pick up some noble hops, but their mild presence is a little disappointing. Then again, there IS a reason I got this Gouden Carolus mixed 4-pack at clearance prices...

T: Opening hop bitterness makes itself well known right from the start. Hops slowly fade away to reveal plenty of biscuit, bread, apple, honey, and white grape notes on the back end. More subtle flavors of black pepper and coriander are also evident, along with budding hints of citrus as it sits in the glass some more. The solid depth is good, but it's real crowning feature is its easy drinking nature.

M: Dry, as expected. The hop profile does its job admirably here, and that is to cleanse the finish in order to invite further sips. I wouldn't call it particularly light in texture, though this hardly inhibits drinkability - it certainly doesn't betray the fact this is 8%.

O: Damn, this is good stuff. It's exactly what I expected it to be: a rock-solid BSPA with an extra helping of hops. This could have the potential to be amazing fresh.

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Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adamette
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 750 ML corked and caged dark brown bottle that I bought for $7.49 at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood, Ohio a few months ago into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style gold rimmed goblet. No observed "best by" date but the words "Belgian Blond Ale" printed clearly on the right side of the label.

A 2 inch meringue like white head over a slightly opaque (mostly translucent) golden yellow (indeed, blonde) body. Fair look for the stated style with a bump in score for me due to the nice patchy lacing left on the inside of the glass after sipping. 3.5

S Minimal smell really. Only trace hops, some sweet malt but not a pungeant smell at all. 2.5

T Wow, what this beer seemed to lack in look and smell it really makes up for in the taste. A nice, flavorful Belgian yeast over top of a nice "blond" or light roast malt sweetness and the expected hops gives a nice "punch" of taste that is very welcomed. Most american IPA fans will not believe that it has enough hops but a Belgian IPA is never overly bitter. The hops (which often times are covered completely by sweet malt in many Belgian styles) takes on a featured role in Belgian IPAs as is the case in this beer. 4.0

M A blond ale would normally have a thin feel but this beer's mouthfeel is beefed up quite a bit by the hops presence as well as a rather pungeant and obvious grain bite of the Belgian yeast. I really like the feel of this beer. It is not a pushover, weak one. 4.5

D At 8% ABV I would have been smart to share this with someone so that drives down the drinkability but there is plenty of interest there for me to keep sippin'. 3.5

Notes: My third Gouden Carolus beer (Had the Noel and the Tripel prior to this) and I have been happy with every one of them. Next up is the Carolus d'Or (Grand Cru of the Emperor).

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Antilochus
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

VLAAMSVEST '08

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.

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Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of charlzm
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at LAX Radisson beer dinner, 07/16/08.

Cloudy golden pour. Highly effervescent, leading to a substantial foam head of fine white bubbles.

Aroma is mild spice, floral Belgian yeast, some lemon and a grassy, minty note. Yum!

Very lively on the tongue, almost burning from carbonation, the flavor is lightly yeasty, tangy and sharp with a hint of thosefruits again. Interestingly, I didn't get much in the way of hops or bitterness from this one until the finish, when the bitterness slowly fades up along with a slight dryness.

A good Belgian, but I'd grab a Duvel first.

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Photo of vegasmac99
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of claspada
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Rattle n Hum.
Nose of bananas and Belgian fruit; smells quite assertive and pleasant.
Mouthfeel is average for the style. Dark amber or light brown color with moderate lacing.
Flavors of earthy hops with dark full Belgian fruit and malty tones and characteristics, finishes with a nice clovy/banana flavor from the yeast.
This Belgian "intensely hopped" beer was average at best. Pleasant but nothing special, but not that there's anything wrong with that. Worth ordering/tasting if you've never sampled before. With so many poor examples of this style out there, this is a good all around drink.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of dukew456
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 350ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy golden color, with a massive, billowing four-finger head. Unfiltered haze throughout. Pretty on-point.

The aroma has that good-old Belgian "yeastiness" dominating up front that gives way to a spicy-alcoholic scent. A slight hop earthiness/spiciness, comes through as well. Very nice.

The flavors up front are fruity and ester-driven, but soon give way to a grassy, alcholicly spicy flavor. This contrast works very well, as it starts off as a typical Beligian pale/golden but morphs into a sort of bitter younger brother. The light carbonation on this works well, and the hop-linger is pretty nice.

I love this style because of the different interpretations that brewers have of the idea of a hoppy Belgian. The balance between Belgian twang/funk and hop bitterness that Hopsinjoor achieves is remarkable.

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Photo of Dapperticus
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of rabiddawg
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the palest cloudy straw color. Puffy rocky head with long lasting lace. Sweet yeasty nose with some skunk from hops. Taste is a sting of gingerbread malts with some tropical fruit. Complex hops play: grassy and spicy, with white pepper and coriander notes. Lingers forever, with a bit of medicinal herb tightness at the end and a slight alcohol hit. Very lively carbonation, with light but clingy feel.

Balanced, intricate flavors - what the style should be.

2nd tasting, 8-13-11: Struck by the soft and creamy mouthfeel and the honey-and-apple fruitiness. Compared to Poperings Hommel: sweeter, less hoppy and not as hot. Initial rating had this a bit higher than PH, and that's about right.
More like a hoppy tripel. (and not even that hoppy.)

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Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, cloudy, strong foamy, puffy white head, straw yellow around edges with orangey tint in the middle

Aroma: spicy banana and clove phenols, slight citrus hop aroma, pale malt aroma

Taste: banana and clove flavors with spicy hop additions, slight citrusy twang to it, pale malt supports the main yeast and hop flavors

Mouthfeel: medium body, smooth, medium carbonation,

Overall Impression: A very quaffable Belgian IPA whose body and flavor belie its 8.0% ABV. Playful hop and yeast character contribute to make an overall great ale.

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 625 ratings