Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor | Brouwerij Het Anker

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4.04/5
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621 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#3,598
Reviews:
363
Ratings:
621
pDev:
10.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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32
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Ratings: 621 |  Reviews: 363
Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.19/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jaisell
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bf_89
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oleg85
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tykechandler
1.5/5  rDev -62.9%
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%
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 +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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 +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanielCseklye
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of Zet
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a very good head of fluffiness. A full nose of pine and fruits like apricot and peach. The taste is a classic triple, with a strong yeast and ester (tangerine, peach, vanilla) profile. The hops make there way back into the swallowing, though it's more pine and less fruit here. Mouth feel is full-bodied, with some tickling by carbonation and alcohol. A very good combination of a belgian triple and an american IPA.

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Photo of MrDell
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Dzu
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet.
L: Light Amber with a weak foam head.
S: Hoppy and fruity.
T: Great bittersweet taste. Spicy.
F: Oily body pleasant aftertaste.
O: Probably best Belgian ipa I ever had after La Chouffe Houblon.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dentist666
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DispyDnb
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wonothesane42
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If under penalty of death I had to choose my favorite Belgian brewer and defend that choice in our snakepit of beer opinion, it probably would be Het Anker. While their BSDAs I find luscious and often indescribable, they produce some amazing blonds as well. Hopsinjoor is one such. This review is from my second bottle.... and I just might not die fulfilled unless I have a third.

You can Look at Hopsinjoor and be excused if you do not find it better than an average blond. But if you stick your nose into it and you do not Smell a yeast working that is far above average, then you should give up drinking beer and play cards sober. Tastes improve more and honestly because you know this is hoppier than normal and it delivers a fine blend of hops. But what few hoppy beers can do, Hopsinjoor then does: it sits in your mouth and, at least for me, makes mine soft. To me, this is the King of Beers.

My mentors, "The 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" have made mistakes in their selection. But by including Hopsinjoor, they get some redemption. The reviewer (Chuck Cook) also gives a great review of the beer and the brewer. (It makes me want to read his book on Belgian brew culture.) If you have had Hopsinjoor only once, keep it on your bucket list.

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 621 ratings