Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus HopsinjoorGouden Carolus Hopsinjoor

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Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Crosling
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect appearance. A light orange colored beer with a massive head that could only come from Belgium. Frothy, fully developed, huge head that forms great shapes, laces and lasts very well. Nose is alarmingly vibrant and full of hop (spice, peach, lemon) and nice yeast derived smells (farmhouse, leather.) Flavor is devastatingly complex and utterly amazing. Was expecting something good after reading Ernest's and Jeff's reviews, but this is beyond good. Starts off dry, peppery, spicy and all hop accented, then settles into an amazingly well extracted vinous-like range of flavors, which leads into the finish that lasts for at least 10 seconds. Wasn't expecting to be blown away by a beer tonight, but was.

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Photo of libertygrails
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Get an oversized goblet because the head bursts out like Jethro Tull live in 1978. Patience is a virtue with this one as it takes a good 20 minutes for the head to quarter into a cratery meringue. What a start!

Smell: Fresh cut apple, complex Euro hops, tangerine, heady yeast, malts. Exceptional.

Taste: Finally! Silky/toasty malts, bready yeasts, subtle hops and citrus/lemon meringue blend into an absolute delight. Wow.

Mouthfeel: Like a mouthful of liquid cotton candy or candy floss for UK readers, but never cloying. Very big and satisfying. Refreshing. Can't wait to have another sup!

Drinkability: You've heard of "Pie Heaven" right? This is "Belgian Blonde Ale Heaven." I could live very happily drinking this and only this for the rest of my days.

This has toppled McChouffe/Houblon Chouffe as my fave Belgian Blonde. This is the capstone of the Pyramid imho.

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Photo of Derek
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A Belgian IPA with nobel hops (Golding, Spalt, Hallertau & Saaz), certainly an interesting hybrid of styles.

A: Hazy straw with a crazy, HUGE, white fluffy head. Good retention & lacing.

S: The hop aroma is more of an imperial pilsner than an IPA. It's very floral, herbal, grassy & metallic with just a little rind. The Belgian yeast has produced some nice, tropical fruity esters.

T: Metallic, herbal, grassy, orange rind, lemon, pineapple, papaya, mango, hints of grainy biscuit, assertive bitterness, alcohol really well-hidden. The malt & hops really say Imperial Pils, but the Belgian yeast shines through.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body has a dry finish.

D: Very drinkable for its strength.

Truly a unique, phenomenal brew.

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Photo of JimTeal
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
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 ocelot2500
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a dense white head that fades ever so slowly into a rocky formation. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

Smells of spicy, herbal hops with a touch of Belgian sweetness.

Tastes of spicy hops, a layer of fruit, ending in yeast flavors. Hops have that European herbal, grassy taste with a spicy edge to them. Malts are of the sweet Belgian pale variety giving a fruity edge that provides a good note for the hops to counter. Not very bitter, but not overly sweet either, I find it to be perfectly balanced. Yeast also contributes to the spiciness and makes everything more astounding.

Mouthfeel is full with the carbonation giving a very smooth and creamy feel.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Belgian beer with 4 different hops, once served in my goblet "Gouden Carolus":

A: Very cloudy yellow color, the foamy head is creamy with a thick finger, good lacing;

S: COmplex, perfumed with different hops, citrus scents, floral and spicy notes, in addition sweets notes of mango;

T: Predominates the essences of citrus and spicy hops, the little sweetness dissapears, the end is woody, the foam tastes like hop ice cream;

M: Dry, very bitter, woody, spicy, medium body, and the ABV goes undetected;

D: Like all beers with Charles V on a horse, excellent, i liked the way that hides the abv in the smell, taste and feel.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - cloudy golden body w/ a massive 3 finger head, that stays afloat for quite some time

S - primarily hops at first, with some belgian yeast/funk to back them up. nice balance here, i also detect some caramel malts, other undefinable spicyness, and also a skunk! wow!

T - hop bitterness opens upbut leaves room for a spicy pepper taste and some alcohol warmth. amazing take on a golden belgian...just enough hops to satisfy a hop-head w/ a classic belgain backbone. This is a Belgian w/ that is in love with hops. I approve!

MF - I like the over-carbonation, but i'm sure others would argue that it's too much

D - for such a big beer, the relatively light body and amazing taste make it dangerous at 8% the alcohol is apparent, yet it is really hard for me to put it down.

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Photo of crossovert
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Photo of Morphoenix
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Cloudy, yellowish-amber appearance. Lots of tropical fruit and earthy, spicy tones in the nose. Hard to contain this one with the crazy Belgian head, which forms a giant pearlescent pillow atop this tasty brew. Huge peppery spiciness on the tongue, presumably a product of the masterful mingling of four different hop varieties, along with tropical fruit flavors. Just awesome. Nice, substantial mouthfeel with lively carbonation. At 8.00% it can get tricky to have more than a few glasses. But boy, are those few good.

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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 rbd13
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with noticable carbonation, foamy white head that leaves a good sticky lacing on the glass.
Sweet slightly hoppy smell with hints of grapefruit, bananas and orange peel.
Flavor is sweet with grapefruit, banana, orange spice, pepper, honey and a nice hoppy finish.
Medium body with healthy carbonation, very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great looking beer. A nice golden color with a thick and lacy beige head. The nose has subtle hops over candy malts and Belgian yeasts. The taste has again quiet floral hops over cramy malts and peppery yeast. Crisp body with delicate carbonation. Another great beer from Het Anker.

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Photo of BarryNL
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a local restaurant - always a nice find:

A: Hazy, opaque yellow/amber beer with a decent head which fades but never quite dies.

S: Super hops - pine, some citrus, some floral, earthy. Perhaps German noble hops? Tettnanger, or Mittelfruh maybe? Definitely a hop head's beer.

T: What you'd expect from the smell - dominated by the hops. Decent balancing sweetness from the malts.

M: Very nice texture, rich, velvety, fluffy.

D: Very drinkable considering what a flavour punch it packs. The strong flavours are balanced enough that they don't become tiring - I think I could keep drinking this one all night.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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 dukew456
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Radiant sunshine gold with a light yeasty blurriness. Multiple streams of fine bubbles can be seen traveling the short distance from the bottom of the glass to the underside of a massive cap of ivory colored foam that is quintessentially Belgian. The head is ridiculously rocky as it melts and is starting to grace the glass with delicate patterns of sudsy lace.

If you like hops in general, and European hops in particular, then you'll love the aroma. The Four Hopsmen of the Apocalypse include Goldings, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz. They give the beer a wonderful musky-herbal-spiciness that is perfect in combination with the incredibly estery yeast strain.

Too bad I didn't have the opportunity to buy the 750 ml bottle because this is amazing beer! 330 ml isn't going to be anywhere near enough. Like all good to great Belgian IPAs, Hopsinjoor tastes like a lupulinirific tripel or BSPA, which is pretty much what it is. The label is great. It reads 'flavour: hoppy'. Yeah, that pretty much covers it.

Each eager mouthful is a symphony of perfectly matched flavors. Lightly sugared orchard fruit (ripe pears and apples) lays down the bass line, while the hops and yeast intertwine to create a beautiful melody on the top end. The contrast between pale malt (and candi sugar) sweetness, hop bitterness and yeasty spiciness is astouding. White pepper and clove are especially explosive.

The final pour turns blurry into murky and jacks up flavor intensity even higher. There's no longer any question about the appearance score. Amazingly, alcohol is only noted when ones goes looking for it. As with all great beer, it adds a power and presence that would be missed if it was completely buried.

The mouthfeel is the best of both worlds. It's light enough to allow rapid consumption (sips simply aren't an option with beer this good), yet it has an underlying viscosity that is just right. Not to mention energetic carbonation that is perfectly dialed in. How many times have I used the word 'perfect' in this review?

Even though I prefer the tropical fruitiness of American hops, European hops can be equally great in the right hands. Brouwerij Het Anker definitely has the right hands. They aren't my favorite Belgian brewery for nothing. Everything that I've had from BHA has been excellent to spectacular. Hopsinjoor is the latter, without question. Two thumbs waaaay up.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml brown bottle

Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor was orange-yellow in color and very cloudy. It had a large rocky white head with very good retention and lots of lacing. The smell was euro hops, yeast, and some light malt. The taste was hop forward with floral and earthy notes as well as malt, yeast flavors, and peppery spices. The finish was long and dry with some bitterness. The mouthfeel was good with a medium plus body and about medium carbonation, a bit creamy. The drinkability was outstanding and the alcohol well hidden. This is a very good beer. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of weazal
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Earthy lemon and orange citrus with loads of spices. Some dark fruit as well...raisin sweetness and savory dates. Rich and complex

T: Big, in your face, instant onslaught of lemony citrus and a hit of carbonation that rides a thick mouth feel making the whole experience wonderfully over the top. There's a noticable sweetness that becomes thick halfway through, transitioning creatively into the dry, very hoppy finish which goes for ever, still playing with the early citrus notes from the beginning.

One of the most intense, complex tastings that doesn't loose its deft balance of flavors. Truly impressive!

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Photo of Angus703
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale yellow with a massive head (kind of a pain, because I want to drink it right now), it was about 4 fingers, then settled to about a half inch. Soapy lacing. Great smell, almost banana maybe, and hoppy. Not an overpowering taste, hoppy, and then alcohol. Mouthfeel was good, warm, and medium bodied.

My first Belgium IPA, wasn't exactly sure what to expect but it was great, I now want to explore the style.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.

Hazy gold, huge lumpy loosely knit white head, leaving sticky clumps clinging to the glass.

Smells like tropical fruit, orange, peach, flowers, grass, earth, pungent black pepper, fresh and good.

Fresh juicy flavors of hops and fruit, this really works. Fruit and pepper from the yeast, with earthy, grassy, minty, floral, spicy hops. Great balance between moderate sweetness and clean grassy bitterness. Long bittersweet hoppy fruity spicy finish, with a bit of tartness. Very very tasty.

Prickly carbonation, bordering on fizzy, but a few swirls smooths it out nicely. Indubitably drinkable.

I'm addicted to the fruitiness of Het Anker's beers, but I had no idea that throwing a bunch of noble hops into the mix would work so well. Very well executed. Great beer. I'll be getting this again.

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Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my gosh, is this good beer! Lawd gawdamighty. Didn't take much to pour a huge finely frothed off white head and some lace. Color is a cloudy amber. Aroma is spicey, hoppy, malty, very yeasty, and a hint of phenol. Flavor's about the same. Great body and supreme carbonation. Great bitter finish. Make a good apertif. No apparent alcohol. Killer burps.

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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 FreshHawk
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden orange color. Decent sized white foamy head, that went down fairly quick. Nice lacing.

S - Some malt but a good amount of spicy/herbal/earthy hop smell. Also Belgian yeast is mixed in there.

T - First there is some pale malt, which leads into the herbal/earthy flavors as well as some fruity flavors (apple, pear, lemon). Then it finishes with a spiced bitterness. This reminds me of a well hoped BSPA. Hops not as present in the taste as in the smell, but they certainly are there.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Slight stickiness to it as well as a slightly drying finish.

D - Really easy to drink, as it is light and goes down easy. The flavors go from malty to juicy to spiced bitter and this makes you want to keep drinking more, in order to repeat the cylce.

Notes: European hops used are apparent as it doesn't have the same fruitiness from hops as American IPAs and DIPAs, so if you are expecting something similar to one of these, you may be disappointed. I enjoyed it though, as it was was like a BSPA with the added complexity of the multiple hops.

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Photo of sholland119
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with about a half inch white head. Some nice lacing.

Smells of hops (grass, citrus and pine, with a nod to citrus), spice, pepper and Belgian yeast. Excellent.

As is the taste. Very well balanced between the hop presence and the classic Belgian flavors. Really well done with nice hop bitterness and solid hints of pepper and spice to balance things out. Really excellent.

Mouthfeel is nicely crisp with some lingering hop bitterness.

Drinkability is high form the flavor side but ABV is a bit high to have more than one.

I did a side by side with DeRanke XX, which I have always really enjoyed. But this beer blows it out of the water. Probably my favorite of the style.


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4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Everything I have had from this brewing company is amazing. William, the beer manager at Total Wine & More in Scottsdale is obsessed with Belgian beers. He prefers the Belgian dark strong ales, but this one is an IPA. This is a newer brew, as well. By the way, their Easter beer is AMAZING! Oh, and their Christmas might be even better than that.

The last few Belgian pale and India pale ales I have had did not impress me. The hop profile is usually much lower, and being a hop head I love a hoppy bitter beer. So I am going in expecting the hop profile to be much lower than what I have come to expect from the expected American styles. The price, however, makes me think this is a really good offering. Makes me want to go back to Belgium! Let's drink.

In the Glass: I could smell this as I was pouring, but it didn't smell like hops. Not the kind of hoppy aroma I expected, anyway. Maybe I need to lower my expectations when we drink a Belgian IPA. In the glass it is LOADED with bubbles and has a ridiculous head. This is a fresh bottle, too. Grabbed this theater night at Total Wine & More. It has a nice golden straw color, and is somewhat cloudy when I try to look through it. I wonder if the aroma is more pronounced in the glass.

Nose: Imagine taking an orange and a lemon, smashing them together, and fermenting their juices. That is what this smells like. Yeah, it has some hop aromas in there… but mostly I am getting citrus. It is also ice cold, but for an IPA like this, I would prefer to drink them a little bit colder.

Flavor: There aren't as many bubbles as I expected on the tongue, and the flavor is very similar to the aroma. That is rare for most beers. I am a big fan of the flavor, and while it is not all that hoppy, this is a beer that I could easily drink six of and not even know it. You never taste the 8% ABV, either. This is a very nice flavor for a beer trying to compere with the American styles.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is actually quite nice. It's not thick, but it has a nice pillowy thing going on. As you swallow some of the bubbles really start to come forward, but you never feel like this is a carbonated beer. Not what I expected from the initial pour. Oh, and let me mention this… the glass still has a thin layer of lace all around it. No matter where I look, the suds are hanging on. That is a good sign.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is where the hops really come forward. It's not all that bitter, but what bitterness is there hang on and gets more pronounced as you swallow. I actually like the aftertaste so much, I don't want to take another drink! But I will, because the flavor here is good. When we were in Belgium, I had a couple of beers from Het Anker. Our next trip will be during Belgian Beer Weekend, and we will just chug beers like this. We have an extra week of vacation this year… maybe we will go to Belgium!

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.05 out of 5 based on 602 ratings.
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