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 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 Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gouden Carolus goblet. Poured a hazy, pale orange; clarity was somewhat hazy. Head quickly dissipated into a heavy skim with tiny ringlets. Nose was very muted - all I picked up was some citrus. Flavor profile was very muted as well; citrus, maybe some wheat, and a hops presence that was very much in the background; however, some bitterness lingered between quaffs. Mouthfeel was light and effervescent and finished dry. My first Belgian IPA - I liked it, but I didn't love it. I was expecting a little more of a hops presence, but it was fairly drinkable.

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

A) White, seafoam-esk head. 2 fingers deep. Nice lacing. Golden grain color. Head drops down quickly but sticks around till the end. Lots of bubbles.

S) Grainy, bready malt. Soft and sweet. A little spicey-hot in the nose.

T) Tastes like it smells. Considerably sweet but easily balanced by assertive hop bitterness in the end, which lingers.

M) Light-medium body. High Carbonation.

D) Well balanced, very drinkable.

A delight.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a small bottle for $7 at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. Poured into a large snifter, the beer is a bit of a foamer and really needs to warm up before it comes to life. Even then the hops aren't that big, though flowery hops dominate the taste. There's a light bready flavor in the background and behind the more citrusy hops in the aroma. Of course, as a good Belgian, the boy is drinkable, relatively light for its strength, and complimented by typical, sweet Belgian spice.

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Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, thanks to mntlover for bringing this one by. Pours a hazy, yellow/golden body with an immense vanilla head that pillows and pits. Sticky clump lacing.

Aroma is a showcase of Belgian IPA style hops. Herbal, grassy, spicy and floral. The better Belgian IPAs share a very distinguished nose.

Mouthfeel has a velvety,tingly carbonation that enlivens the medium body. Some earthiness here, as well.

Taste is on the dry and bitter side. Herbal and floral hops take star billing. Soft notes of sweet maltiness offer up a nice balance. Belgian yeast is apparent, and fruity and spicy notes add ample complexity. Finishes dry and herbal.

A real pleasure. Belgian IPA's are complex and interesting, and don't fry your tastebuds like many of their American counterparts.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - cloudy golden body w/ a massive 3 finger head, that stays afloat for quite some time

S - primarily hops at first, with some belgian yeast/funk to back them up. nice balance here, i also detect some caramel malts, other undefinable spicyness, and also a skunk! wow!

T - hop bitterness opens upbut leaves room for a spicy pepper taste and some alcohol warmth. amazing take on a golden belgian...just enough hops to satisfy a hop-head w/ a classic belgain backbone. This is a Belgian w/ that is in love with hops. I approve!

MF - I like the over-carbonation, but i'm sure others would argue that it's too much

D - for such a big beer, the relatively light body and amazing taste make it dangerous at 8% the alcohol is apparent, yet it is really hard for me to put it down.

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Photo of brow1901
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy straw yellow color with a bright white thick rocky head. Very nice retention and great thick sticky lacing. Excellent appearance.

S- Decent hop character in the nose but it's not what stands out. I smell lots of yeast and alcohol spiciness which really reminds me of a triple or farmhouse.

T- Good complex tastes in this beer, again it really reminds me of a tripel with the spice and alcohol warming. I would call it a triple with slightly more hops in it.

MF- A little over-carbonated for me but obviously it could have been just my bottle, the extra carbonation doesn't ruin the beer at all though.

D- Drinkable but two glasses is the most, (one 750 is bordering on too much).

This is the first belgian IPA I've had and it was good but not what I had expected. I anticipated a belgian pale with more hops. Overall a good beer and worthy of a try.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Leon's in Decatur. Pours to a hazy yellow-straw color with a thick white pillowy head (like a good Belgian Strong Ale) that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Strong pleasant nose of spices, wheat dough, apples and citrus fruit, along with a hint of alcohol as beer warmed slightly. Mouthfeel tingly and slightly hoppy, and the taste follows the lead of the nose. Rounds to a nice pleasant finish.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Map Room in Chicago. 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 lstokes
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got through the first half of the 750ml bottle without really understanding what I was drinking and then read up on the style to see if I could understand it better, and I enjoyed the second half a lot more once I realized that this was not supposed to be anything like an American IPA.

It's BEAUTIFUL, with a hazy gold because of the yeast and cascading lacing, and it smells and tastes estery and wheaty to start before a good mouthful of bitter herbal hops and a funky finish with lots of green apple esters.

The mouthfeel is a little over-carbonated for me, and it wasn't something I personally found super drinkable, but I would definitely look for this again--I feel like this is a style I'll have to ease into and am maybe not ready to fully appreciate at present.

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Photo of dukew456
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 350ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy golden color, with a massive, billowing four-finger head. Unfiltered haze throughout. Pretty on-point.

The aroma has that good-old Belgian "yeastiness" dominating up front that gives way to a spicy-alcoholic scent. A slight hop earthiness/spiciness, comes through as well. Very nice.

The flavors up front are fruity and ester-driven, but soon give way to a grassy, alcholicly spicy flavor. This contrast works very well, as it starts off as a typical Beligian pale/golden but morphs into a sort of bitter younger brother. The light carbonation on this works well, and the hop-linger is pretty nice.

I love this style because of the different interpretations that brewers have of the idea of a hoppy Belgian. The balance between Belgian twang/funk and hop bitterness that Hopsinjoor achieves is remarkable.

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

750ml with cork and cage. no date found. tasted in late march 09. poured into tulip.

deep golden straw color. moderate haze (yeasty and murky on final pours). huge, overflowing iceberg head, forming a white meringue on top, bubbly foam for the rest, and slowly receding to a thin layer with the remaining puffy meringue. good lacing too, but if it was even better, this might have been a 5.0.

aroma: crisp noble hops, spicy with grassy/herbal note. fresh pear, ripe apple. light bready malts. whiff of sweet peppery phenols and esters.

flavor begins with fruity pear, white grape and sweet bready malts, into more pears and grape, offset by grassy, spicy noble hops with a moderate yet snappy bitterness that backs off right into the background, with more malt and fruit. spice and phenols appearing towards the finish, but retains a light hoppy resinous note underneath and all throughout.

light to medium body. starts smooth, then touch of astringent resins and faint acidic note in the finish before fading. crisp, prickly carbonation is lively but not overdone and gives moments of fluffiness.

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

pour is a beautiful large white head that creeps on popping. about four fingers. this is belgian foam that is powerful. head contracts like the la chouffe into tight balls of cauliflower. white with soap and lace. golden in color with a murky that makes it almost orange in the center. at first a bit disorienting. smell of carbonation. gassy. but when that subsides earthier than expected. honey and mild cotton candy, caramel and lemon zest and pepper. palate is not too fruity actually. vanilla with a pilsner bitter dry on the tongue. but true to the nose. honey and pepper combination that is quite unique. mild sugar with lemon zest. a taste of saaz that have a straw funk. dry but mild sweet and citrus finish. bready honey malt end. and unique herbal. the straw bitter character and the sweet bring forth an interesting quality. interesting aspect of the beer is the body. carbonation seems a bit aggressive and i can imagine aspirin like even. its clean but i don't know if the beer could be a borderline medical soapy for some. i can't really figure what would make this more so a better version of itself in that point.

had it again about a year later and it wasn't as broad hop wise as before. in a evening of drinking in brussels... it was too one dimensional. better in bigger bottle too.

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

Pours a very luminous straw color that is quite hazy, with extraordinarily large white head with large bubbles that leave copious amounts of lace behind.

Nose is very, very fresh with citrus in general, but especially orange/coriander.

On the palate the carbonation carries through wonderfully with balanced hops with sugary sweet malt in the background. In some ways this is like a hoppy witbier, with some of the candied flavors coming through (and appearance).

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Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to Derek for hooking me up with a couple.

Pours a hazy straw yellow/gold, huge fluffy white head forms, big bubbles, drops some big lace spirals on its slow journey down to a thick ring, great retention. Smell is neat, very spicy and herbal, some floral, bit of caramel and biscuity malt, sugary, light grapefruit, malty, pretty neat noble hoppiness. Taste is sweet and malty at first, some sugar and biscuit, floral hops, spicy and herbal, some fruit in the finish, strawberries and apricot, touch of wheat, very dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, pretty cool stuff. I like the big hoppy beers with noble hops, real nice juxtaposition of the US hop monsters. Thanks Derek!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice slightly hazy yellow with minimal orange tint, and a monsterous ice cream head that holds like its made out of marble. Vigorous carbonation and great lacing.

Nose is full of belgian pale flavor. Some belgian yeast, and a very flowery euro hop aroma with slight spice and an almost peachiness.

Wow. This is pretty killer beer. Amazingly flavorful. Great belgian yeast character with a great crisp clean belgian pale backbone. The hops are nicely blended, the flavor is quite nice. Don't be infantile and expect a WC hop facebashing here. As great as those are, this is a different style folks. Different style. A good crisp finish with a nice mild dryness and belgian yeast kick. Aftertaste of euro hops and slight green apple esters linger on.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Carbonation is on the upside of middle ground without getting too crazy. Viscosity is fine.

Drinkability defenitely shines here. For an 8% brew this one is dangerously sessionable. Excellent drinkability.

Overall this is defenitely one of the better examples of belgian style IPA out there. Anyone looking to learn about the style should defenitely be picking this one up. This style of brew is quickly growing on me, and its really nice to see both solid originals like this one, and new school melded examples on this side of the pond (Wrath, Le Freak, Saturn, etc). Great beer.

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

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

330ml bottle. sampled may 3/09.

pours hazy golden yellow with a huge rocky white head. the head drops very slowly and leaves tons of clumpy lace down the glass.

aroma is good. alcohol. big bright floral hops. grapefruit and orange. pineapple and mango. white bread and cracker. peppery yeasty spice.

taste is good. medium bitterness level. bright floral hops again. bit of earthy character too. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. grapefruit and orange peel. bit of pineapple and tropical fruit, but less than in the aroma.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a bone dry finish. crazily dry actually - i feel like i need a drink of water following this. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. smooth, interesting, and very enjoyable. the use of noble rather than american hops gives this belgian ipa - typically a US-belgian combo - a neat slant.

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Photo of KeefD
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottles poured into a La Fin tulip, very slowly which didn't see to matter as a ginormous rocky Belgian head sprung to life which was kept afloat on top of the golden body for a ridiculous amount of time from the fine, streaming carbonation bubbles. This look wonderful! Excellent alcoholic hoppy aroma coming from this beer. Loads of Euro noble hops, Belgian yeast, a touch of mint and other spices, light apples, and a nice booziness. It almost smells like Duvel with triple the hops. Flavor is great. Though I'm not a huge fan of noble hops, this has a great bitterness to it. It well balanced, somewhat sweet at first, but becomes dry and crisp on the finish. Effervescent mouthfeel, lots of strong carbonation, crisp, and very drinkable. Yeah.... I like this beer. Belgian IPAs are one of favorite styles and this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of anchordrinker
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, straw colored with a HUGE head that fills up the entirety of my Duvel tulip.

S- Yeasty and hoppy, also some citric fruity tones.

T- Citric hop bitterness, spicy yeast, apricot-fruitiness.

M- Medium-bodied, highly carbonated, and very creamy.

D- Drinkable for an 8%, and I find the high level of carbonation pleasant.

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

I get a little apprehensive about trying beer with Belgium in the name. I always think they will be sweeter than I like. That was not the case with this beer.

I got grassy, hoppy aroma and the taste matched up exactly with that what I was smelling. There was also a definite wheat taste to it as well. Almost like a cookie dough before you add the sugar. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale light amber color with a HUGE stiff white head that fades to lacing, some of it 3D. Visible sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Highly effervescent, pours actively fizzy. The smell is all about the earthy Belgian yeast, apple and pears with tart notes. Highly carbonated, the mouth feel light and the flavor is as tart as suggested in the nose. A real sipper; a little too lively for me. I also find that the 8% ABV is pretty evident by a dull burn on the way down.

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Photo of Monsteruss
2.53/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The first impression of this beer was when opened, the beer pretty much exploded out of the bottle with enormous amount if foam, a bad 1st impression. The foam...well what can I say, there was a lot of it - it was very light wheat, clung to the glass bigtime. The color was light golden wheat which had a hazy color like a wheat beer and somewhat honey hue. Taste had a very wheat overtone with little hops feel. Mouthfeel -smooth, not impressed. Drinkability - If it wasn't for the foam, it might have a good session.

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- Even the gentlest pour results in a glass of nothing but foam, but after a a minute there is a slightly hazy yellow body that forms with the tiniest bubbles I have ever seen. Even though the head shrinks to a reasonable size it last for the full beer.

S- This beer has a pretty clean aroma with notes of perfumed slightly sweet yeast and a faint earthy hint when the beer really warms.

T- The taste of slightly earthy pale wheat dough has a green lemony hop finish to it. There are some more fruity qualities that come through in the hops as the beer warms but not much depth.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizzy finish and no alcohol heat noted.

D- This beer had some nice yeasty wheat flavors but the hops were very soft and not at all in the aroma. This made the overall beer a bit bland.

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

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a hazy honey blonde, with a huge, dense, pillowy white head.

Nose - Some spicy yeast, big grassy hops that tend to recede a bit as the beer warms, hints of pear and apricot.

Taste is big and yeasty up front, with notes of pear, with a light, refreshing, grassy hop quality that's huge when the beer is cool, but recedes noticeably as the beer warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, with a light body that feels bigger than it is because of the spot-on carbonation.

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Photo of brendan13
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured carefully into a tulip glass a very hazy golden straw colour with an inch of dense white head that hangs around forever and leaves lots of lacing down the glass.
S - Floral and herbal hop notes quickly give way to spicy phenols and slighty sweet aromas.
T - Like the smell; floral and herbal initially followed by a strong hit of belgian yeast flavours with a slightly sweet yet dry finish.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation.
D - Not something I'd drink heaps of but worth trying for sure. I'd LOVE to try it fresh.

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