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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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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 GRG1313
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2%
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 StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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 metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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 BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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 biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BRABO in Alexandria. Served in a goblet.

Pours a slightly-hazy golden-yellow color with a good white head and quite a bit of ringy lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light floral character and peppers plus a bit of brad. Hops are in the front, though there's definitely some yeast and malt. The flavor brings a nice, light white pepper character plus some faint earth and some floral. hops. A bit bready as well. Medium body with a good bitterness in the finish and average carbonation. A really solid brew.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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 oberon
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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 chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +1.2%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served a straight-up opaque, dark orange-yellow body capped with a chunky, off-white head.

Smell: Largely hoppy nose smelling of dried herbal blends, spice, and citrus peelings from the European variety of hops used. Melange of fine fruit notes. Lesser, lighter hints of malt and spicy phenols in the background.

Taste: Crackery-minded pale maltiness with sweet hints of honey and light toffee. Vibrant medley of fruity tastes, including everything from white peaches, to apricots, Pinot Gris grapes, and lemons. Spicy, herbaceous, slight citric hops with a fine crackle of bitterness are given a bump by the clove-like spice and white pepper flavors from the yeast. There's a cumulative bitterness, though some sweetish malty hints try to reemerge. Splash of alcohol and a pinch of acidity precedes the fruity, spicy, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable. A quality, nicely complex Belgian brew with a dialed up hop character and bitterness.

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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 russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very effervescent chill-haze caramel with 4 fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

s: Apple skins & some bready notes

T: Apple Skins, grapefruit, & earthy hops, booze & estery fruit, plus some booze up front. Green apples, & grapefruit as this warms, along with juicy fruit & pineapple. Finishes slightlty tart with more grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & okay balance

Drinks average, this just seemed so disjointed

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Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I shared this bottle w/ tenderbranson69 or should I say he shared it with me. Poured chilled into a double walled tumbler.

A - A hazy golden w/ a full 2 finger snowy rocky head and plenty of lace coats the glass like a film of suds

S - A fruity hoppy nose w/ slightly phenolic yeast esters an spicy/herbal hop presence in the aroma

M - A basic spiced dry belgian yeasty feel w/ little sweetness to soften the acidity and booziness. The spiciness and acrid texture is not up my alley

T - An intense amount of hopped, herbal and pine tastes w/ light medicinal yeast flavors.There is subtle citrus acidity and and grainy astringency, not the most pleasing taste w/ the close to bone dry malt and bitter hoppy finish

D - A bit one dimensional overall for belgian IPA's that sucks the mouth of any moisture. The beer is very astringent IMO, maybe not the best bottle or just beyond its prime. I may try it again, but not likely

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Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE head. I poured less than 4 ounces in a 24 oz glass and the head nearly overflowed! It is nearly pure white and settles very slowly, leaving some spotty lace on the glass. The broth is cloudy and deep golden color.

Sour, Belgian yeast smell is the first thing I notice. Next I detect a fresh floral hop presence. A little bit citrusy, lemon to be exact.

The flavor starts with a surprising malt base that I didn't detect in the smell. The yeast is subdued until the swallow, but the hop is intense--very bitter with lots of grapefruit. Mild sourness in the aftertaste. Superb complexity...lots of variation in the flavors. The body is typical for the style while the carbonation is mildly prickly.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gouden Carolus chalice.

So...this beer is named for a hoppy puppet? Whatever. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises clove, pepper, rye bread, banana, light mandarin oranges, grapefruit, and a healthy load o' hoppy florals. The taste holds notes of ruby red grapefruit, sharp pine, hardcore flowers, cloves, and yeasty goodness. Are they sure there are hops in this? The body is a heavy light, with an active carbonation and a crisp, semi-dry finish. Overall, a nice, hoppy Belgian, though it's questionable whether or not I can rock very many of these in one sitting.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold with a thick creme head. Nose is dough and spices. Real smooth noticeable hops in there too. Nice even spicy tones with dough and a smooth sweet edge on the flavor profile. There's also a slight bitter edge. Feel is smooth. This is great to drink. An excellent Belgian IPA that should definitely be tried.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an official Gouden Carolus glass.

A soapy rocky and uniform white head is produced, sitting on top of a solid dull yellow gold body. Head falls leaving a small white island patch and sticky collar around.

Bouquet is very very good. Brings lemon bent much like the tripel but more so a grassy hop feel, giving to.. you guessed it, lemongrass. Light cola soda and orange juice too. Great nose!

Taste is sharp alcohol and a solid neutral bitter. Medium bodied in texture with not too much carbonation, or gaseous feeling. Nose sensations don't come through on the palate as much, but more so a real gaseous quality.

Overall I'am a bit disappointed by this since the nose is so fantastic. Unfortunately the beer just did not pull it off.

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Photo of jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage corked bottle, poured into tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden with a large foamy, turning rocky, white pillowy head. As it descends it leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is spicy - herbal, leafy, grassy, with orange and lemon. It has a beautiful (Continental-type) hop aroma.

The taste is spicy as well - very hoppy. Grass, lemon, orange, melon with herbal notes. The hop taste is very complex. Hoppy and bitter, yet rounded by a touch of honey sweetness. A touch of alcohol adds rather than detracts.

It has classic "Belgian-esque" effervescence.

This isn't just about dumping hops in, the hop complexities are wonderful, with just the right touch of malt to round it out. A wonderful, strong, Belgian IPA. Another winner from this great brewery!

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