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: 624 |  Reviews: 363
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A European hop smell, a great mouthfeel of white foam on light yellow that cushions the mouth and makes this Belgian IPA quite palatable. Dangerously drinkable. The aroma is somewhat musty and strange from a North American perspective because of the hops used:Golding, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

a really special brew here, best Belgian ipa ive had in memory, just a total gem. blonde and cloudy on the pout, with a permanent and thick white head over three inches tall, this is so lively and robust, as foamy as you make it, lacey and grandiose. the nose is tart and funky like a saison, hoppy, but german and Czech style, not so American and oily, but still plenty dank, not like ganga, but like a wet basement in a good a way as possible. yeast heavy too, Belgian unfiltered goodness. pils type malts, but there is more depth that that here. epic carbonation, one of the best mouthfeels of all time on this one, this beers best feature amongst many. I love the expansive decadent richness, but the lightness and sessionability too. this is everything one could hope for in a Belgian ipa and more, complex, drinkable, refreshing, special. well hopped and gorgeous in feel. a must.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head small cap on top of the beer. Small patches of foam form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and some hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours out as a cloudy yellowish gold color. The smell has a little bit of farmhouse funk and some earthy hop aromas on the nose. The taste has a hoppy start with a light Medicinal flavor in the background. The mouthfeel is a little heavy with some very minimal carbonation. The overall that I get from this beer is that I wasn't too impressed by it. It was average to me. I don't think I'd have to try it again.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Belgium's oldest brewery says "intensely hopped." The first bottle tasted was a honey color, a pineapple nose; medium hop with nice balanced flavors. Pleasant but nothing special.

Re tasted with another bottle and this effort from Belgium's oldest brewery pours orange with a gorgeous thick white head.

Nose of bananas and Belgian fruit; assertive and pleasant.

Flavors of medium hop with dark full Belgian fruit and malty tones and characteristics.

Mouthfeel is creamy and nice. All around good drink.

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Photo of spycow
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of floral hops and spices in the nose.
T: A moderate amount of bitterness is present in the overall taste, which has flavors of spices and notes of apples and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite quaffable considering the alcohol content (which is well masked) and strong amount of bitterness (the hop flavors are well balanced by the underlying malts).

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, a single liberated from the confines of a Gouden Carolus mixed sample pack.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow hue, with a fistful of fingers' worth of silky, puffy, and foamy white head, which leaves a small crusty and layered array of lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of perfumed citrus hops, sweet orchard fruit, some subtle white pepper, a bit of zesty yeast, and bready, crackery pale malt. The taste is semi-sweet tropical fruit, simple pale malt, some spicy, peppery yeast, and soft floral, grassy hops. Very little, if any, sign of the big ABV makes itself known.

The bubbles are fairly mild, just a wan frothiness abounding, the body an even medium weight, and rather earnestly smooth. Nicely blended hoppy, yeasty, and sweet grainy finish.

A splendid example of a prototypical Belgian IPA - it was nice to run into so shortly after exposure to a local-ish New World emulator.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic beer that's truely worthy of the designation as a Belgian IPA.

The pour brings a strong Tripel appearance. Seems a bit viscous and malty at first sight. The strong straw color has quite the haze, likely from bottle conditioning and dry-hopping. A fantastic head forms above the glass and endures the session. A lot of lacing falls on the glass.

Aromas of sharp, earthy, noble hops jump out immediately, well ahead of the lighter pilsner malts. A huge pungent boquet of grassy, piney, and citric hops offer a lot of variety, complexity, enticement. The beer is quite malty to taste, but attenuated well enough to keep the malts supporting the hops and not competing with them. Fruity, spicy, and acidic flavors spring from the yeast in the shapes of peaches, pears, apples, appricots; and then there's the white pepper, orange zest, lemon zest, corriander, and even cumin. I love the complexity of this beer.

The body is perhaps a bit heavier than I expect, but the sharpness and bitterness of the beer helps to clean up the malts and dry out in the finish. Aggressive bitterness with those Euro-hops give a nice less-bitey variety compared to American IPA's.

Again, the Belgian IPA's are up and comming. This beer is a great exemplification of the trend. There's a lot going on with this one; some might say too much. Even despite a soapy phenol and a fusal alcohol note here and there, the beer rounds out beautifully.

Thanks to Marikka's Bierstube for carrying the beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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 Boone757
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of grasses, citrus and floral notes. Some spiced aromas and some caramel malt in the nose, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a citrusy, floral, bitter hop bite. Some nice yeasty flavors some through along with a good deal of zesty spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice Belgian IPA. Love the floral and citrusy qualitites.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright pale yellow color ale with a super huge foamy head with perfect retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of dry European hops with typical Belgian malt base. Taste is a nice mix between some typical Belgian malt with great notes of European dry hops with some subtle floral notes. Easily drinkable with a full body and perfect carbonation with no hints of alcohol. Very well done and a bit more hops would have been even better. Quality brew from a quality brewer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville.
Hazy yellow gold with a moderate sized but very, very durable head. Superior lacing.
Nice, citruc fruity, aroma with a good bit of lemon; citrusy hops.
The taste largely follows although it has more flavor and more yeast than the nose suggests. Despite the name the hops do not dominate but are in good balance with the other flavor components.

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Photo of DrBier
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1%

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 TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/13/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops Belgian yeast and light malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced but starts with a good hops burst and sweet flavors of citrus and spice. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a nice Belgian yeast backbone. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a very good beer with some complexity and is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Diverse flavor and enjoyable all the way through. Poured a cloudy, unfiltered yellow, with a nice white head that retained well throughout. Strong yeasty aroma, with citrus and herbs apparent. Similar taste, with heavy bready yeasts, and various bursts of citrus, herbs, cloves, hop bitterness, and just a touch of alcohol. Very complex and nice. Medium mouthfeel, and a very educational drink to the palate.

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