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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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Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +9.7%
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 -17.1%
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 -9.4%
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 +9.7%
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 +1%
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%
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 -0.2%
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 -2.2%
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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Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with lots of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like sharp citrus and lemon zest and sour yeast, with a little grassy hops and candi sugar.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and citrus and grassy hops, with sour yeast and sweet candi sugar and honey malt, along with a bit of spice. It had a bitter aftertaste with a bit of lingering sweetness.
M: It was slightly thick and fairly slick, with smooth natural carbonation.
D: This was a very tasty and complex beer with bitter and sour elements balanced with a bit of sweetness. It had a delicate scent and taste, with nice body. The alcohol was noticeable, but it was still fairly easy to drink. A solid Belgian IPA, though I personally would have preferred a bit more hops (especially tropical American ones, rather than the earthy Euro hops).

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Photo of elricorico
3.11/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very hazy yellow orange in colour with a massive white head that takes a long time to settle. Large chunks of lacing all over. Looks delicious.

Smell is quite citric, zesty and has a healthy dose of belgian yeast character. The overall aroma isn't as strong as I'd hoped, but it is nice enough.

Tripel-like flavours up front, citric with a touch of candy sugar. The back half is a bit unusual. The finish gives a medicinal impression and leaves a lingering cough drop sensation at the back of the throat. It isn't unpleasant, but it certainly isn't to my tastes.

Some slickness to the relatively light body, with steady carbonation. Mouthfeel is fine, aside from the sensation of throat medicine.

This one is just not for me. The whole throat coating is too distracting to enjoy the rest of the beer's attributes. Too bad, because I really like everything else I've had from this brewery.

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

Poured this one carefully and was glad since this has the very best white head with lacing possible. 4 inch head appeared.

Nose is Belgian hops and citrus with spice.

Taste is very strong citrus rind with Belgian hops, a little sweetness and a hint of spice.

Mouth feel is very nice with carbonation and some wetness on the tongue. This beer is very fresh tasting, slightly warming and way drinkable. A very fine example of the style and could easily be a session beer, except the strength would make it a short session.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, somewhat cloudy yellow-orange color. The off-white head has a mild orange tint, and is quite tall initially. The head has a moderately dense, frothy and foamy texture. Retention is quite strong, and thick ribbons of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Fruity, dusty-spicy, and hoppy in the nose. Banana, clove, light lemony citrus, and some light, sugary maltiness. Some phenol aromas are also Hops are primarily herbal/floral.

T: Some light, sugar cookie-ish malt up front. Quite yeasty - spicy notes of clove and some fruity banana notes. Moderately phenolic. A light lemony citric twang accompanies a medium dose of floral and herbal hop bitterness. Juicy and slightly alcoholic into the finish.

M: Medium-full body. Very dry throughout, and moreso into the finish. Carbonation is perky, although not overdone.

D: A pleasant, interestingly complex Belgian IPA. I would have liked it to be a little hoppier - it's definitely more measured than I might have been expecting. That said, it's got a deep, subtle yeasty character that works pretty nicely. It's a good beer - just a little underpowered.

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

On tap at The 12 th belgian beerweekend

Cloudy golden color. White, fluffy head holds well for a minute, then fades to a thin ring. Nice patches of lace on the side of the glass.

Grassy and floral hop aroma combines with a note of pale malt. A hint of citrus at the back end of the nose.

Pale, cookie dough like malt base. Good amount of bitterness, with some earthy flavor. A bit herbal at then end.

A hint of warming alcohol. Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. Enjoyable.

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Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 330ml bottle to a large 2 finger head slightly hazed dark golden color with sticky lacing,,smell is hoppy with spice, herbs,clove and earthy musty smells..taste is crisp hops and a musty flavor filled with yeast clove and fruit,,crisp hops are balanced with some malts,,mouth feel is medium with a crisp dry carbonation that is mixed with the fruit and hops...it is a very enjoyable well made delicious BIPA

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden body with huge head on top of a yeasty/orangish body with some other plush fruits as well as citric and spice with a minimum of malt. Light-to-medium body that is smooth and taste maintains the aroma as it is hoppy, citrusy, some spice and orange notes as a little ABV bite with some sweet sugary caramel malt. Not the greatest belgian ale but it is balanced and a good drink to have and has a little bit of everything.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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 claspada
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Rattle n Hum.
Nose of bananas and Belgian fruit; smells quite assertive and pleasant.
Mouthfeel is average for the style. Dark amber or light brown color with moderate lacing.
Flavors of earthy hops with dark full Belgian fruit and malty tones and characteristics, finishes with a nice clovy/banana flavor from the yeast.
This Belgian "intensely hopped" beer was average at best. Pleasant but nothing special, but not that there's anything wrong with that. Worth ordering/tasting if you've never sampled before. With so many poor examples of this style out there, this is a good all around drink.

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Photo of treque
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pale, dark orange hue, slightly opaque texture, has a rich head, creamy white, with good retention and consistent. With carbonation steady but not very abundant.

S:Excellent aroma, where are perceived herbal notes, a touch of sweet, a very faint fruity hints

T: Dry taste, lots of malt and herbs, which highlights final widespread bitterness and flavored, alcohol perception is significant.

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Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle poured into a goblet, Hopsinjoor is murky dark gold with a huge, fluffy white head that is slow settling, rocky, leaving very nice foamy lace. There are a few really dark floaties.

Smell is dusty, herbal noble hops, spicy.

Taste is similar, spicy hops, the bitterness accentuates the alcohol character. Not much in the way of malt or esters though, it makes it pretty simple. It's very phenolic as well. This is the second time I've had this beer, and this confirms my impression that it's not a very well executed BIPA.

Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated, soft and dry, light bodied.

Drinkability isn't to high, just a bitter, phenolic Belgian blonde. While I don't think think most native BIPAs travel well here, this one strikes me as a particularly bad example.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, coriander, yeasty, and dry. In the taste, coriander, a bit hoppy and a dry yeastiness. A small bitterness and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small hop and pinch of coriander in the aftertaste. Nice flavor and mellow hops, quite easy to drink.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very cloudy pale yellow and has a super light and fluffy bright white head. The head has great staying power and leaves delicate lace as I savor this beer. The aroma is sweet with plenty of banana and green apple, as well as spicy herbal hops and a slight tartness. The flavor of this beer is quite surprising. For one thing, the 8 ABV really shows through, but it works for this beer and is actually a good thing. This beer is quite hoppy with plenty of herbal, grassy, lemony and spicy hops dominating the flavor. There is a definite sweet malt presence as well, but it seems like the hops and the Belgian yeast are the stars. I also get a bit of banana and green apple, maybe a bit of bubble gum. This beer sort of reminds me of a cross between an English IPA, a saison and a wit. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, and is very smooth with a nice slightly tart finish. This beer would be more drinkable if it had a lower ABV, but it still goes down pretty easily. A great find for a random buy beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a clean, clear golden color, similar in look to a light pilsner, but with a much larger, foamy head. Great carb lifting the head up into pillowy lacing.

Nose: Right away some wonderful European hops, I pick out Saaz as the most predominant, but probably a few varietals in the brew, as well, touches of fresh cut grains and grass, and a bit of hay balance out the nose

Taste: The tripel base mellows the hop characteristics of the beer, leaving the taste a delightful combination of a BSPA and an IPA, with neither flavor profile overwhelming the other. The top of the palate is dominated by lovely fruity sweetness of pears and other orchard fruits, which is balanced by a touch of clove spiciness, and finished off by the bittering, grassy notes of the hops. All in all an excellent example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, very drinkable, the heaviness of the Carolus base provides a fullness to the beer that gives it some heft.

Drinkability: None of the flavors are too overwhelming, and thus the beer, despite it's ABV, could almost be considered sessionable, like a good IPA

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Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden ripe banana yellow color with golden yellow edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Crisp light fruit aroma with a decent amount of earthy hops and peppery spice. Hints of apple and pear accompany the citrus and piny hop character.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation up front followed by crisp light fruit notes, alcohol warmth and pilsner malt all balanced by a decent earthy hop profile. Nicely balanced with hints of apple and pear, a slightly creamy body and a bitter dry finish.

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 617 ratings
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