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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Added by Paddez on 04-09-2008

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Ratings: 623 |  Reviews: 363
Reviews by crossovert:
Photo of crossovert
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excited to try this one, found it in an 11.2 ounce bottle. Bottle says 50 IBUs, 4 types of European hops (Golding, Spalt, Hallertau, and Saaz). Poured into my Duvel glass with a gigantic head, another uncontrollable Belgian head. Once the gigantic foam pilliar rose to the top I used the remaining liquid to form some nice fluffy mountains of joy on top. It takes forever to recede, which is good because I will be enjoying this brew somewhere near its optimal temperature. As the head recedes it leaves some fluffy but intricate lacing that sticks until your finished. It is a nice hazy pale blonde color, love the appearance.

Smell is another winner. On the nose are some very spicy hops with some nice tropical fruitiness and sweet malts.

Incredible hoppiness on the tounge, BUT, with an explosion of Belgian spices, sugar, and yeast. It starts out with some great bitter hops, then leads into a triple-like spice with some candi sugar/yeasty sweetness. There is also some tasty tropical fruit in there ,too, and I think runs beautifully with the bright, potent hops. Has a nice mouthfeel and seemingly endless drinkablity, wow.

It is every person's dream right? A strong, elegant Belgian pale ale twisted with an IPA, gotta love the Belgian IPA. I really love this beer, a classic.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A style Iam just now starting to go to,there are some things I like,and dont like of the style.Poured into a large tulip glass a light hazed blond color with a huge blooming white head,to much so I think.A mix of leafy-lemony hop,slight funk,and yeasty spice in the nose.A lighter but creamy feel in the mouth,very nice,almost airy in a good way.Flavors are medicinal and herbal from the onset,some phenols come in as well.Well its not the American hopped Raging Bitch,but I respect the beer,just not enough of the hop oomph I look for.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The head came up perfectly on an easy pour. It was white and puffy and showed good retention. The lacing left on the inside of my glass was remarkable - some of the most complex that I've seen.

Smell - This is some of the strongest Belgian hopping that I've ever smelled. It is extremely rich with loads of depth. It is a fascinating combination of strong subtleness if that makes any sense. The hop aroma is not sharp or harsh but it is incredibly deep and powerful - very vegetative in the best possible way.

There are some classic Belgian spices here to boot. The coriander especially rings in the nose and the white pepper that you find in some BSPAs is here tenfold.

Taste - The intensity from the nose comes out big time at the taste. The spices in particular are huge. If the nose made its mark with balance the taste is thrown into overdrive. The leafy hops will snap your eyes open and there is truly a handsome malt base to this one as well.

Mouthfeel - This is well above medium-bodied with some mild but stubborn carbonation and a presence of bitterness, especially at the finish.

Drinkability - This would undoubtedly have to be the best drink on the planet coming out of a cask. From the bottle it is only slightly short of perfect. It is high-quality Belgian brewing at its best. I'm a big fan of this brewery to begin with but this definitely put me in the "sold" column.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A golden beer with brilliant clarity. Pours with three fingers of thick sticky foam

S: A spicy and fruit aroma with medium-strong spicy and earthy hops blending with pepper, peach and apricot note from the yeast. Some Pilsner malt aroma with a light honey-like malt sweetness and a sweet, moderate alcohol note.

T: Medium pepper fermentation character and earthy hops dominate with a noticeable alcohol sweetness. There is a medium malt sweetness and strong hops bitterness giving a balance that is very bitter. The off-dry finish is followed by an aftertaste of hops bitterness and fruity.

M: A medium bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.

O: A bitter beer with a fair amount of hops flavor and aroma, this bottle seems like it might be a bit older but far from flat, old hops character. Additionally this would probably still be an excellent beer even if it had been aged I'd just be approaching it more like a triple than an IPA style.

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Photo of warnerry
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of dieBlume
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Beaver13
2.39/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a HUGE rocky white head that retains well.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and some floral pilsner style hops (saaz).

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a decent amount of bitterness in the hops. There are some metallic skunky off-notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, tastes like an imperial pilsner. It's not well balanced, fiarly flawed, and doesn't really appeal to me.

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Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, thanks to mntlover for bringing this one by. Pours a hazy, yellow/golden body with an immense vanilla head that pillows and pits. Sticky clump lacing.

Aroma is a showcase of Belgian IPA style hops. Herbal, grassy, spicy and floral. The better Belgian IPAs share a very distinguished nose.

Mouthfeel has a velvety,tingly carbonation that enlivens the medium body. Some earthiness here, as well.

Taste is on the dry and bitter side. Herbal and floral hops take star billing. Soft notes of sweet maltiness offer up a nice balance. Belgian yeast is apparent, and fruity and spicy notes add ample complexity. Finishes dry and herbal.

A real pleasure. Belgian IPA's are complex and interesting, and don't fry your tastebuds like many of their American counterparts.

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

Finally caught up with a bottle of this stuff, thanks Biscodoll for the info and heads up...Belgian bomber, caged/corked w/o freshness info. Pours super cloudy, medium apricot, near white head, hugely heady, moderately retentive, marainge producing, leaving TONS of wild and crazy lace and sheeting. The nose is heavily citric and generally tropical fruity and minty. I'm a sucker for the style so I was excited to try this stuff. No disappointments here, plenty of biting hops up front, Belgian yeasts and peppery spice all over the mouth and a bright, flavorful finish to seal the deal. Nice beer. Belgian lovers rejoice and go get some of this stuff.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
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 GreenMountainBoy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the LCBO spring release. Was very happy with Carolus's other two Ontario releases, so I was looking forward to this.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Ridiculous foam on this fellow, a good inch and a half. Made for some great photos, but damn it took forever to settle. Great retention, lots of lacing. A light peachy-golden hue, opaque, with wisps of sediment collecting at the base of the glass.

Nose is yeast, spice, peach, lemon, herbal hops.

A nice Belgian ale, tart and spicy, good yeast character. Wheat husks and fruit open things off, while the hops provided a nice dry tang to the finish. Reminded me of grapefruit juice a little bit. Alcohol kicks in just as the flavor leaves the tongue.

Thick, creamy, strong carbonation at first, but settles down.

Pretty fine brew. Alcohol crept up on me though. Will pick up another bottle or two for the cellar.

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

Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of standardcherry
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Slothrop
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of wattoclone
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of Swedes21
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled glass.

Appearance - beer pours with a TREMENDOUS amount of white fluffy head, impressive actually! Their is some good lasting power to the head as well. The beer is a very hazy straw colour, but if you look hard you can still see some carbonation. there is some very nice lacing.

Smell - i can smell some banana, cloves, hops and some spices. there is also some earthy tones hinted in there.

taste - very good tasting beer, i can pick up the banana's as well the spices. there is a slight hint of the alcohol in this beer. the bitterness at the end is good, not a lasting flavour.

mouthfeel - loads of carbonation in the mouthfeel. very good tasting beer, the banana and hops comes fwd. the bitterness comes from the spices near the end.

drinkability - very decent beer, i found the alcohol wasnt well hidden, but the beer was very good.

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Photo of Kraken
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New offering from Het Anker, it does not disapoint.

Reviewd from notes a.k.a. the land before highspeed.

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into an over sized wine glass. This necter pours and amazing cloudy yellow that literally seems to glow. Massive 4 finger head that sticks like glue to the sides of my glass and refuses to let go. Fantastic head retention.

Nose- Belgian yeast, prevelant hops, citrus and hints of sweet ripe pear.

Taste- WoW this is a very nice Belgian IPA. Citrus, lemon rind, melon. Intense bitternessin finish that almost puckers your cheeks. Faint mineral qualities (think savigion blanc), very crisp and refreshing. Booze is very well hidden. Well done!

Mouthfeel-Buttery, creamy, yet light. Long bitter finish. Cleansing carbonation and lemon zest quality.

Drinkability- Highly drinkable, especially so on a hot day!

Hats off to Het Anker. Seek out!

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of stephenlee
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

about an 8 oz serving on tap at pizza plant.

pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow golden color, pure white head with great retention and tons of sticky lace.

the aroma is mostly lemon citrus hops and bubblegum like belgian yeast.

the tasty follows suit with lemon citrus and spicy hops with phenolic, bubblegum belgian yeast flavor. decent hop bitterness.

pretty light on the mouthfeel, decent carb,

fairly easy to drink, worth a try, but there are better more readily available belgian ipas out there.

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Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -1%

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