Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus HopsinjoorGouden Carolus Hopsinjoor
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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 jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage corked bottle, poured into tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden with a large foamy, turning rocky, white pillowy head. As it descends it leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is spicy - herbal, leafy, grassy, with orange and lemon. It has a beautiful (Continental-type) hop aroma.

The taste is spicy as well - very hoppy. Grass, lemon, orange, melon with herbal notes. The hop taste is very complex. Hoppy and bitter, yet rounded by a touch of honey sweetness. A touch of alcohol adds rather than detracts.

It has classic "Belgian-esque" effervescence.

This isn't just about dumping hops in, the hop complexities are wonderful, with just the right touch of malt to round it out. A wonderful, strong, Belgian IPA. Another winner from this great brewery!

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Brickstore this past weekend.

Pours a near-orange color with a frothy, creamy head to top it off.

Smell definitely included the Belgian yeast influence. Citrusy nose and slightly peppery.

Taste had a strong hop presence, obviously. Belgian yeast brought out a spicy, peppery undertone with hop citrus backing it up. Not overly hopped though, as the beer had a good malt backbone.

Good beer. Tough to drink more than one though.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz single bottle poured into a big mouth glass, been meaning to try this for awhile. The bottle says a great blond ale and also says a great belgian amber ale, I would go with the 1st.

A- This one is a slight gusher. Even with a slow cap pry, white foam still crept out, alot of active bubbles seen. Hopsinjoor is a very hazy golden/orange color with some sediment seen floating. The head is magnificent and frothy with lace coating the glass. A great look.

S- The hops are there but not all up in your nose like american versions of this style. The hops are muted giving off some slight scents. The malt addition is nice giving off some fresh bread and the like. The yeast is a different story giving off great scents of tropic/citrus fruit with some spice in the back.

T- God, this is just what I needed at the moment, a different take on a IPA. Hopsinjoor is not overly hopped but what is there (Goldings/ Spalt/Hallertau/Saaz) integrates well with the more prevelant additions of yeast and malt. The hops and I guess yeast gives off some fruits such as green apples pears, tangerine etc.

M&D- Not getting the same bitterness as some have said so I guess the hops have faded but there is just a touch of ummph to this on the tounge to suffice. Hopsinjoor is smooth and medium bodied with a good amount of carb as witnessed by the huge amount of rising bubbles. Drinkability, well let's just say that I should of bought a bigger bottle.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to snifter. This bottle exploded and gushed on me.

Appearance - Other than the gushing, pretty good. Beautiful golden color with no yeast sediment, orange in the middle. Cannot see through it. 4 finger frothy head that leaves no lacing.

Smell - Average belgian yeast and esters smelled. Coriander, banana, orange, other citrus. Very bready smell. Sweet smelling though.

Taste - I really enjoy this. Citrus notes come through the sweet belgian malts. Standard belgian yeast flavors detected. Nice hop bite at the end that makes this beer extremely balanced and very good.

Mouthfeel - This beer feels like silk in the mouth, this is some of the great mouthfeel I have seen for a belgian. It could be that it gushed on me, but I am not sure, really nice feel in the mouth.

Drinkability - Couldn't drink too many of these, big sweet beer with a good amount of alcohol.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle poured into a Gouden Carolus gold rimmed chalice glass.

Pours with a huge surging head that is almost trouble-some in that I kept having to stand back and wait for the creamy head to subside so that I could resume pouring the rest of the contents. Body color is a golden straw with and intense amount of solid haze.

At the end of the session the head proved to provide lots of sticky lace.

The aroma is huge and dominated by a sticky fruit medley driven hop odor coupled with yeast notes.

The taste spectrum follows it aromatic partner however the hops comes across like it's being phased in across multi-layers. Sticky malts mix with sweet citrus fruits and tangy ripe green apples make the already complex spectrum of hops even more interesting.

In the mouth this falls short of the sticky features one may expect from the taste and aroma notes, however its almost "juice-like" when the fruit characteristics are factored in. What you do have is a smooth medium bodied IPA that is the text book definition of well rounded.

The IPA field is one of those take it or leave it type things, for me - this IPA offering is exactly where I want to be.

Great beer and the main fallback is that this wasn't offered as a magnum or jeraboam as I wanted to be sipping it all afternoon long.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 5.0
As is usualy the case when your pour a too cold (the bottle recommends 5 to 7 degrees celcius, I would say mine would be somewhere near the lower end of that scale) the head is huge, a full four fingers of marshmallow-like white foam over a hazy deep gold to light amber body. Lots of sticky lace.

Smell - 4.0
A subtle, yeasty, fruity, slightly funky aroma. A little malty sweetness, light spice, citrus and perhaps a little stone fruit.

Taste - 4.0
A big beer in all regards except for malt flavour. Like most Gouden Carolus beers, it is sweet, both from the pale malt and sugar. Flavours of honey, biscuity malt, fresh grain, lots of dusty, funky yeast, lemon and grass from the hops which also provide a moderate to high level of bitterness. Very crisp, like biting into a tart granny smith apple.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Reasonably light in the mouth, becoming sticky with increased temperature, slightly astringent.

Drinkability - 4.0
Not as drinkable as the benchmark, Duvel, but definitely a must-try for all fans of Belgian ales.

It is interesting to see more Belgian breweries experimenting with hoppier, drier, more bitter beers. Personally I think it can only be a good thing, as on my recent (Jan '09) visit to Belgium I found that far too many beers were under hopped and oversweet. While this Belgian IPA isn't quite up to the standard of the Trappist ales, it is still a very good beer and should appeal to the American hop heads.

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

This beer looks great. The color is a glowing straw yellow with an enormous head that leaves craggy clumps of foam on the sides of the glass. On the other hand, pretty much all of the top Belgian IPA's look great, so it's hard to give full marks. The aroma is of juicy tangerines and interesting dry and earthy Belgian yeast. The flavor is like a light and hoppy tripel. There's a great sweet malt backbone, some phenolic character, sour apples, hops like a bite of a very ripe apricot and a refined, complex Belgian yeast. The feel is creamy and light for the alcohol content. It's quite drinkable. The malt sweetness is balanced by an excellent hop bite.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears golden in color with a large pillowy bone white head and lace. Tons of active carbonation in the glass. Needless to say, she looks appetizing.

Smell is of belgian goodness, yeasty and fruity.

Tastes a bit sweet with some spicy bitterness to it. Tart granny smith apple comes to mind right away. The hops are lightly pungent, yet soft on the palate. Delicious belgian style fruit notes coupled with a slight hop bite. Hops are grassy and herbal. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Dry and effervescent. This beer has legs, and sure is viscious.

Overall, a very tasty beer and one I was glad to try. Drinks very easily with a nice hoppy, dry finish.

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Photo of thekanna
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful radiant Belgian gold with miles and miles of head. In fact, most of the initial pour was head, and I had to wait for a while for it to settle.

S: Very clean smell consisting of a mixture of citrus fruits, tropical fruits, Belgian yeasts, and fresh hops. There is a slight spiciness reminiscent of European peppercorns lingering in the background.

T: Wow. This is incredibly complex. Solid yeast backbone underscores strong notes of citrus fruits, spring flowers, and tropical fruit sweetness (I detect pineapple). Then hops come out of nowhere and finish up with a strong bitterness that overwhelms the palate but is not unpleasant. Fruity notes can still be tasted under the hops.

M: Mostly very juicy, somewhat the texture of apple juice. Carbonation livens up the body but is not domineering, by far.

D: Extremely sippable. I really enjoyed this brew. Then again, all of the Het Anker brews that I've tried so far (Gouden Carolus, and Cuvee van de Keizer red and blue) have never struck a wrong chord.

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Photo of mntlover
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy darker golden color with loads of bubbles feeding a big fluffy white head, that's from a mellow pour. Very tasty looking brew.

Aroma is sweet nice malty loads of fruit, a good hop aroma grassy and herbal combination.

Taste is malty defiantly a triple here, sweet and fruity. Nice fruit pear, grapes, mango mixed with Belgium notes through out. Good hop flavors through out grassy and herbal just like the nose.

Mouthfeel is big medium approaching full with good carbonation on par with a triple. Lively without being over done.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable Belgian IPA right on par with what you would expect.

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Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the bottled beer stall at the 2009 Southampton Beer Festival, which was run by the local specialist beer shop "Bitter Virtue". 330ml brown slim bottle, BB 21/10/2011, served lightly-chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer. NOTE: four different varieties of hops are used in this brew - Golding, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz.

A: evenly murky dark orangey in colour, topped with a super thick, super tight and superbly lingering off-white creamy froth that leaves uneven sheets of lacing as it retreats slowly; carbonation is very mild.
S: intensely fruity on the hoppiness, with sweet citric notes leading the chorus that consists of light grassiness, passion-fruits, and breezy coriander-seed like herbal touch. Malts lag behind, as well as the dense candy sugar. A good swirl gives rise to lightly spicy, old-ish and dried grapefruit peels (and even dried olives), hints of sulphur, and salty-sweetness of yeasts. Somehow the aroma is not rendered "more" complex by the four hop varieties used, but the beer base itself is refreshing and pleasantly yeasty enough - Het Anker can't go wrong, IMO.
T: grassy, citric and green-apple-ly fruity hops come on a par, with a thin-ish palate but an intense level of fruit-esters in the middle... very clean as regards the hop flavour, on top of a rather light bedrock of malts, very different from an American or English IPA; then, slowly but surely, the flavour turns increasingly tangy and bitter, with a level of bitterness much higher than most Belgian ales, while a woody, spicy and lightly dry palate rules at the tail of each sip, as joint work of yeasts and a bucketful of hops.
M&D: soft on the palate, which is marvellously carbonated as witness to successful bottle-conditioning, while the light body helps elevate the weight of 8%abv. effortlessly. Compared with my recent encounters with three other "Belgian IPAs", this one keeps the original Gouden Carolus beer base loyally, as hops are not incorporated in a rather unconventional, American way; rather, hops are felt most explicitly in the level of higher-than-normal bitterness, but overall the impact is deeply intertwined with a very clean palate that the yeasty Belgian ales are renowned for. All in all, this is a very enticing hoppy ale, even thirst-quenching, thanks to the overall balance.

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Photo of smithflipper
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cloudy pale golden witha creamy head that falls away quickly.

Smell: yeasty, sweet biscuit with plenty of citrus and some pepper.

Taste: very creamy, quite sweet. citrus faintly comes through but is pushed out by a big peppery wallop.

nice, and very interesting, not something you could drink every day though.

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Photo of ATPete
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a pale yellow orange color with a very large white head. A tight nose bellows from the meringue, another BA sampling with us notes that this batch may be in 'shock' from recent shipment to the US, a very good point, mainly a mild Belgian yeast and fresh piney/peppery hop aroma that subtly intensifies as the beer warms. Sharp, well carbonated and assertive in character, bitter on the back end, some minty wintergreen, some crackery malt sweetness, subtle peppery spice and little alcohol presence. I havent tried the Duvel Tripel Hop yet but i imagine it to be something like this, although i expected this one to be way more hoppy than it is. Fizzy, but very drinkable none the less, a damn fine beer and definitely a more balanced interpretation of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -4.7%
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 +11.4%
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 -8.9%
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 +3.5%
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 +18.8%
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 -3.2%
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%
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%
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 -3.2%
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 +14.6%
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 +7.2%
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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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 619 ratings