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 kwjd
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow colour with huge, pillowy white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Smells of grassy hops with spicy Belgian yeast. Flavour has a mild sweetness to it. Aftertaste is leave some peach and spices. Pretty big carbonation for the style. A fairly nice Belgian IPA, but not one of my favourites either.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a very cloudy yellow that was completely opaque. A ridiculous amount of head formed, even after I noticed it getting out of control and slowed down the pour. Some good lacing was left on the glass after the head settled a little bit.

S - Nose is dominated by Belgian yeast smell with some cloves and light citrus notes coming through. Smells of a strong Beligan Ale. I don't get the hops here.

T - Belgian yeast, cloves and a hint of citrus. There is a very noticeable bitterness from the hops that lingers in the finish but it hides in the background and really only shows up in the finish.

M - Light to medium body; heavily carbonated.

D - This was a good beer but a little disappointing. Tasted like a typical strong Belgian Ale/Pale Ale to me and I expected more from the hops. Still good for what it was, but not what I was expecting for the style.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light yellow with an absolute ton of foamy, small bubbled head. Unfiltered, bottle fermented and very effervescent.

Mild aroma that reminds me of any typical Belgian white beer. The taste is also more "traditional white" than I'd expected, given the "Hopsinjoor" name and "IPA" classification. There is a bitterness to the finish which is pleasant, but no sign of hops (to my west coast hop tastes) over the majority of the palate. A lot of fruit & yeast flavours, and would be a pleasant warm weather ale.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First had this at Delirium in Brussels last year. Loved it. So happy the LCBO brought this in for the Spring release before I headed back to Europe.

A - Fills my tulip with a three finger white head that leaves a full finger white cap until the end. Appears a cloud-like dark yellow. Hazy. I have to reiterate the insanity of the appearance by noting the awesome lacing that sticks to the glass so intently.Medium carbonation going on. Lovely.

S - Strong noble hop going on. Quite biscuity with a hint of pineapple in the nose.

T - More noble hop. Grassy and soapy notes. Slight biscuit with a mild bitter finish. Yeast is there also. Great combo of flavours in a Belgian IPA as usual. Fuity hop and fruity hop esters just work well on my palate.

M - Good carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Tingly on the tongue.

D - Delicious. I'll be getting more of this for sure. Refreshing. No alcohol noticable. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy golden yellow colour with a ridiculous amount of puffy white head. Took me awhile just to be able to pour the entire beer. Very nice appearence though. Has a slight banana taste to add to the european hop bitterness. Quite drinkable and I kinda wish I was having this later on in the summer as it would be perfect for that weather. Very refreshing beer overall.

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Photo of peensteen
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange colour, Thick fluffy white head, Nice lace on the glass. Smell is of yeast, banana, green fruit, hop, citrus, slight malt and spicy fresh scents. Taste is of yeast, banana, citrus, hops, bready, slight alcohol, nice firm bitterness and a lightly sweet finish. Medium mouthfeel, nice aggressive carbonation, thin at times but still firm. Drinks well, ABV is hidden for the most part and is really quite satisfying to sip on. Solid belgian brew here.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled glass.

Appearance - beer pours with a TREMENDOUS amount of white fluffy head, impressive actually! Their is some good lasting power to the head as well. The beer is a very hazy straw colour, but if you look hard you can still see some carbonation. there is some very nice lacing.

Smell - i can smell some banana, cloves, hops and some spices. there is also some earthy tones hinted in there.

taste - very good tasting beer, i can pick up the banana's as well the spices. there is a slight hint of the alcohol in this beer. the bitterness at the end is good, not a lasting flavour.

mouthfeel - loads of carbonation in the mouthfeel. very good tasting beer, the banana and hops comes fwd. the bitterness comes from the spices near the end.

drinkability - very decent beer, i found the alcohol wasnt well hidden, but the beer was very good.

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Photo of liamt07
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO Spring Release, 33cl into a tulip. Best before date of November 17, 2013.

Pours an opaque golden tangerine, lots of yeast in suspension with several fingers of soapy and lofty white head. Great dense retention and phenomenal lacing (walls of it!) Nose holds some banana, pear, light spiciness and spicy and floral hops. Sweet and dry it seems. Taste starts off dominated by the pale malt, dry and the carbonation falling on the tongue and palate is evident immediately. After a second, the pear and light fruits come through mid-palate. Finish is quite dry, with a small kick of the spicy and floral hops (Hopsinjoor uses Golding, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz). Moderately warming notes from the alcohol, which become more pronounced with warming. High and active carbonation, and a reasonable drink. Good for an after dinner beer, just as I enjoyed it.

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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 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 AgentMunky
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Best by 7 September 2012.

A: Hulking white head, rocky and massive. A cloud of bubbles fills a slightly cloudy, copper-coloured body. Beautiful. When the yeast from the bottom of the bottle is dumped in, it turns completely opaque; a muddy yellow.

S: My nose is slightly stuffy, perhaps dulling the power of the scent a bit. Pleasant, fresh hops. Crisp and grassy. Subtle spices. Buttery malts. I like it.

T: Whoah, that's good. Strange, but good. A balance of fruit and spice, yeast and citrus. Peppery pear and yeasty lemon zest. The aftertaste is lightly dry, hoppy and thoroughly delicious. When all the yeast from the last ounce are mixed in, the taste only improves.

M: Wonderfully pleasant, carbonated and titillating.

D: Quite drinkable, but not everyday fare. Nevertheless, easy drinkable and recommended for all.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to find an IPA I hadn't tasted yet, in my local liquor store.
4 hop varieties: Golding, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz

Looks orange brown, creamy white coloured head. Good carbonation.
Smell and taste: a lot of herby and spicy notes. Some grassy, some citric notes. Malty sweetness pretty well balanced, perhaps slightly dominated, by mild bitterness from the hop.
The alcohol is well masked
All in all, a well crafted IPA. As expected, the hops reminds a lot of German pilsner, but the extra spice notes make it an interesting drink.
Glad to have these on the european market

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Photo of LoadedSchells
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the MGM in maple grove, quite the selection for a suburban liquor store.
A- a hazy golden straw color, more yellow than orange. The head has the body of a lemon meringue pie and laces beautifully.
S- you can tell there are hops in this one. Your standard Belgian yeast aroma as well as some mild firm white flesh fruits. A bit of spice and alcohol rounds it out.
T- smash a really solid Belgian tripel and a mild American IPA together and this is it's child. The slightly dry spicy hops mingle nicely with the bubbly Belgian yeast character. It's incredibly balanced throughout. You get some light fruit sweetness initially followed by a bit of dry spice followed up by some floral citrus spicy hop notes. No alcohol present on the tongue. This beer is special.
M- I'm jot huge on this category but it has your average medium body. Excellent coronation. Kind of slick. Goes down really easy.
D- the 8% abv is completely invisible. Goes down easier than a coors light.

This beer is awesome. If you don't like Belgian beer because of its sweetness this beer is for you. It carries itself with the exquisite craftsmanship of a Belgian brew with hints of hops well suited for an American palate.

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Photo of Goatshaver
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light golden yellow with a generous head that tapers away to a thin layer.

Smell: Some yeast and fruit and the Belgian earthy mustiness.

Taste: Some citrus taste and spices mixed with the hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer with a hoppy finish that is slightly dry.

A nice Belgian IPA thats easy to drink, but not my favorite.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor

Appearance: yellow-amber, medium-large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast, wheat, and spices.

Taste: yeast, wheat, subtle fruit flavors, and a bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a good brew. Plenty of flavor up front turns into a quick bitter finish. The balance is quite nice.

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Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. L 081112 stamped on label. Purchased as part of 4-pack Gouden Carolus sampler for $15.49.

A: Hazy golden with foamy 1-finger off-white head with good retention and intricate lacing.

S: Pale malt fruitiness balanced with noble hops aroma of grass. Yeasty breadiness is also present.

T: Very similar flavor to Duvel with less alcohol presence and a very decided noble hops presence with crisp, grassy, clean bitterness layered on a thick pale malt backbone.

M: Very thick and coating with relatively low carbonation.

D: A good beer from Het Anker but not their best by a long shot. Not all that different than other moderately hoppy Belgian pale ales.

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

Pours a cloudy gold color with a full, foamy white head. Head falls very slow and stays. Nice, clinging lace.

Aroma is of Belgian yeast with nice hints if citrus, lemon mostly. Bit of banana and clove in there as well.

Nice taste, typical Belgian flavor. Pleasant taste of Belgian yeast with a hop finish. Very mild hop finish considering the word hop is in the name of the beer.

Medium to full bodied and rather smooth. Low carbonation yet biting.

Yummy. I always love a Gouden Carolus and this one is no exception. Try it.

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Photo of Vec2267
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy straw color, massive head (pour gently)

S: floral, grassy hops, lemon

T: light fruits(pear/apple/orange), candy sugar, a little yeast spice, and hops all merge in a wonderful symphony, typical dry European hop flavor

M: light, typical Belgian bubbly presence

D: can I have another please

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was not very impressed with this beer and how I wanted to like it so.
It had a golden orange color with an average foamy head. Well carbonated.
The aroma is more in tune with bottle lemon juice, tart and lemony.
Flavor is not much better. Tart and lemony. The alcohol slaps you right from the start.
Bitter at end.
Very dry and leaves a nasty aftertaste.
Now I'm just an average joe but I couldn't even finish this one. Thats right, it's a drainer.
This style is new to me as well as most Beligum made American style beers and since I have just the one bottle I'll have to do some further research on this topic.

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Photo of stcules
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark honeyed color, slightly hazy. A very beautiful light cream foam, compact.
Floral smell, with a light fruitiness (red fruit), and royal jelly.
Good maltiness in the taste, again floral, hay, background honey.
Malty aftertaste, with a good balancing hop. Spicy and peppery notes.
Pleasant, full, well structured.

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Photo of oneeye
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I shared this 750 ml bottle with a friend during what ended up being yet another epic session. What a nice beer this is! The Gouden Carolus hopsinjoor is a beautiful looking Belgian Blonde Ale with a complex taste profile. Brewed with a variety of four hops (Golding, Spalt, Hallertau, and Saaz) and brewed well with sweet pale malts and Belgian yeast.

A. Poured into a snifter. The hopsinjoor pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy, and with a perfect foamy head. Lacy with plenty of sticky lace left clinging to the snifter. Almost picture perfect as if it leaves me wondering that if I had the proper glassware that this would of ended up being a perfect 5.

S. The aroma of earthy hops, citrusy fruit of banana and green apples, and with light Belgian yeast that is herbal and earthy.

T. A complex and well mixed flavour that is enjoyable to the palate in every way. Upfront and dry, green apple, and earthy hops. A blend of hops that come off spicy, bitter, herbal, and grassy. Fruitful with green apple, banana, and pear. Candied sugars mixing well with the earthy peppery Belgian yeast. Finishing dry with a slight hop bite character. Flavours lingering along side of the bitterness and a pleasure of candied pale malt left behind absorbing upon the palate.

M. The mouthfeel is amazing! Slick and prickly with great carbonation. Lingering bitterness with a dry finish. Champagne like bubbles that are left dancing upon your tounge. Perfect!

D. The hopsinjoor was a real treat indeed. A complex Belgian Ale but very easy to drink. More and more flavours became more evident with every sip. A beer that should be enjoyed with patience. At 8% you should have no problem sipping and savoring this tasty Belgian IPA / Pale Blonde to the very last sip. Highly Reccomended!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light, silvery golden hue with tons of haze and copious effervescence. Head is 3+ fingers of pillowy white foam which shows no signs of subsiding. Glorious.

Smell: sweet orchard aroma of apples and pears, as well as some enticing light-malt aroma. There aren't much hops in the aroma, and the aroma is somewhat light, but the composition is quite nice indeed.

Taste: much more hops in the flavor than in the aroma. Flavor has a sweet Belgian character mixed in with some bright, herbal hop flavors. It's fruity and earthy at the same time; I quite like it, though it seems a bit messy.

Mouthfeel: medium body but with a good texture; huge carbonation yields a great creaminess which I just love. The Belgians really do this best.

Drinkability: refreshing and tasty, this is still a big-flavored beer. I would love to have it again, but I wouldn't session this bad boy.

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Photo of shambeano
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip.

A- pours a cloudy pale gold, with about 2 inches of fluffy white head. very very slowly subsides with some nice lacing.

S- bready sweetness, some yeastiness, and a bunch of hop in there as well. that belgian yeast really comes through.

T- first the belgian yeast comes through, spicy and peppery, then a bunch of malts as well. finish is all hop. on warming a bit some fruit comes through, kinda pineapple, some citrus as well. pretty damn good.

M- lots of prickly carbonation, and the bitterness really tingles the back of the throat. the finish is pretty dry and it has a great length.

D- this is pretty easy to drink for the percentage, i could definitely have a couple. nice.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

about an 8 oz serving on tap at pizza plant.

pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow golden color, pure white head with great retention and tons of sticky lace.

the aroma is mostly lemon citrus hops and bubblegum like belgian yeast.

the tasty follows suit with lemon citrus and spicy hops with phenolic, bubblegum belgian yeast flavor. decent hop bitterness.

pretty light on the mouthfeel, decent carb,

fairly easy to drink, worth a try, but there are better more readily available belgian ipas out there.

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Photo of jsh420
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright cloudy golden orange with a big pillowy white head that had great retention

smell was very hoppy - very earthy spicey hops some lemon some citrus

taste is where the beer lost a few points - biggger bitter spicey earthy hops upfront then nothing - extermely dry

mouthfeel is very carbonated, light and dry

drinkability - the more i sipped on this the more i enjoyed it - this would be the perfect beer the next time i eat sushi

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.05 out of 5 based on 607 ratings.
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