Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Paddez on 04-09-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
606
Reviews:
358
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 606 |  Reviews: 358
Photo of Bruno74200
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ?

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

Photo of mmmbeer89
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.

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

Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 cunning_stunt
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tyjohnson55
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jaisell
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bf_89
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oleg85
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kevinlater
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 nullbort
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DanielCseklye
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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