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 elricorico
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
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 +7.7%
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 -9.6%
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 -1.2%
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 +6.9%
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 -1.2%
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 -8.6%
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 claspada
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
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 -9.9%
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 -19.8%
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 +6.9%
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 +0.7%
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 +4.2%
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 -7.9%
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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Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Darkish wheat, murky, near white HUGE head that has excellent retention. Some very bubbly lace.

S - Malt and pepper, with some light hops.

T - Sweet, yet a spice attribute. Some bittering apparent in finish.

M - Medium body, VERY carbonated, nice blend of spices, hops and sweet malt.

D - Pretty tasty. Could have a few.

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

On-tap at Brasserie Beck (Washington, DC) on 3/10/2010:

The beer appeared an excellent hazy golden color with a very white, foamy head. There was also noticeable carbonation flowing to the top of the glass.

Aroma was good, nice Belgian sweet yeast aroma with a little hops, very well balanced, not too over the top, with hints of fruits to provide a little sweetness.

Taste was really good, very well balanced but you got the hops with a hint of pepper and some sweetness to really round it out.

The beer had a medium body to it, great carbonation with the alcohol well hidden. The beer was extremely refreshing and extremely easy to drink. Overall, perhaps one of the best Belgian IPAs.

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

This is so refreshing after all the over the top domestic IPA's. This beer pours a cloudy pale golden color with an extremely white foamy head. On the nose you definitely pick up the hops with aromas of grapefruit, banana, orange and corriander. The palate is medium bodied with a good sense of hops in which the bitterness is toned down some sweetness with flavors of grapefruit, orange, honey and toffee

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Photo of GilGarp
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle dated 13/02/11. According to the label, this beer is named after a puppet for some reason.

Served cool into a chalice, Hopsinjoor has a hazy staw yellow color with huge towering head. The head sticks around for the duration leaving some lace.

Aroma is evident even from a distance. It has a familiar Belgian yeast smell to it but with the less-common hoppiness that many Belgian beers don't have in such abundance. There is some nice citrus and tropical fruits mixed with a little sour funk from the yeast.

Flavor is very strong, almost brings tears to my eyes, lots of bitterness, lots of sour, very extreme. The bitterness is the really surprising part about it - maybe it should be a Belgian Dubbel IPA! Impressively hoppy for a beer from outside of the U.S.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with typically large carbonation as you usually see in Belgian styles. Very bitter, very strong. The alcohol is not very well hidden and the carbonation seems to accentuate it.

Overall a total surprise and not a bad one at all. Hopsinjoor is more hoppy than I ever thought a Belgian beer could be.

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

On site review @ 3 sons

A: hazy golden orange. Pillowy creamy white head, very dense. Wonderful appearance.

S: familiar bread-like yeasty aroma. Bubblegum and anise.

T: superb balance. Sweet pale malt. Hallertau in the middle and loads of saaz in the finish. Quite complex for a blond ale.

M: well carbonated as one would expect given the style. Creamy mouthfeel. This beer finds its way to all the right places of the palate.

D: fairly quaffable considering the abv. This lays on my palate longer than I would prefer...not a major problem, but personally this had become slightly cloying. I thoroughly enjoyed this, but I don't immediately desire another.

Great beer. Makes me wonder why I've gotten away from the Belgian styles that I used to drink almost exclusively.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours an opaque gold with a very thick, brilliant white moussy head that lasts and lasts. This is characteristic of Belgian IPAs and probably due to the hop oils.

Aromas of malt, ginger, citrus fruits, brown sugar, hops.

Taste is malty then strongly hoppy and fruity. A little sweetness that is well-balanced by hops.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with almost champagne-like carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, really is a good example of a Belgian style IPA, one that combines a Belgian blond ale style and the fruity triple style with Belgian yeasts and a strong dose of hops.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pale peach/orange body very slightly hazed though i kept most of the sediment in the bottle. Many lines of bubbles feed the big, rocky head, which laces the much of the glass and is slow to fade.

I don't love the aroma at first sniff. It is full of things i love, but together it seems...disjointed? Hops first, herbal, and mixed with the estery yeast aromas I twice almost called it minty. Really sticking my nose in there I get belgian esters and some pale malt. Orchard fruit and a sort of pepper are quite evident now.

Good flavor, but there is more sweetness (candi sugar?) than I expected. As someone who likes his tripels and IPAs both dry, i'm a little disappointed. More fruit, and no shortage thereof. Nice bitterness, though it's a little hidden by the sticky finish.

the carb is extremely high on this glass. Very prickly. Not unexpected at all for a strong pale/tripel, but a touch too much for this hophead. I let it outgas for a few minutes but find the increased temperature is not kind to the flavor.

a good beer I'll have again, but there are many more I'd have first.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a dense white head that fades ever so slowly into a rocky formation. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

Smells of spicy, herbal hops with a touch of Belgian sweetness.

Tastes of spicy hops, a layer of fruit, ending in yeast flavors. Hops have that European herbal, grassy taste with a spicy edge to them. Malts are of the sweet Belgian pale variety giving a fruity edge that provides a good note for the hops to counter. Not very bitter, but not overly sweet either, I find it to be perfectly balanced. Yeast also contributes to the spiciness and makes everything more astounding.

Mouthfeel is full with the carbonation giving a very smooth and creamy feel.

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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 drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my gosh, is this good beer! Lawd gawdamighty. Didn't take much to pour a huge finely frothed off white head and some lace. Color is a cloudy amber. Aroma is spicey, hoppy, malty, very yeasty, and a hint of phenol. Flavor's about the same. Great body and supreme carbonation. Great bitter finish. Make a good apertif. No apparent alcohol. Killer burps.

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.05 out of 5 based on 606 ratings.
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