Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus HopsinjoorGouden Carolus Hopsinjoor

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Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy pale yellow forming a huge white aired and fluffy head. Huge retention. Its foam looks whipped cream, leaving tons of lacings around. Beautiful. Reminds me Duvel in this aspect

S: Very citrus. Orange and lemons. Sweet grains, grassy hops and Belgian yeasts. An authentic Belgian IPA

T: Slightly sweet malts upfront. Strong notes of oranges, orange zest, lemon, grassy hops and Belgian yeasts. A bit bready and earthy too. In overall a dry taste and a stingy but not very strong hoppy bitterness

M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Malty, citrus and hoppy bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Authentic Belgian IPA. Recommended

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

A heavy nice round hop style. Okay, but nothing much to mention - I thought last year. Now I look better and see the quality.

L: looks great; nice pearls in a big, lasting head. Color: like a German whitebeer.
S: strong whitebeer? round hoppy smell; smells like a heavy pilsener, orange,
T: nice harmonic taste, with a nice hop character, but not too much as some other hop beers. Small white pepper. Bitter, dry end.
M: a champion!

Very good combined with French cheese (Calvados Brie). Both cheese and beer lose a bit of theit bitterness if combined.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Everything I have had from this brewing company is amazing. William, the beer manager at Total Wine & More in Scottsdale is obsessed with Belgian beers. He prefers the Belgian dark strong ales, but this one is an IPA. This is a newer brew, as well. By the way, their Easter beer is AMAZING! Oh, and their Christmas might be even better than that.

The last few Belgian pale and India pale ales I have had did not impress me. The hop profile is usually much lower, and being a hop head I love a hoppy bitter beer. So I am going in expecting the hop profile to be much lower than what I have come to expect from the expected American styles. The price, however, makes me think this is a really good offering. Makes me want to go back to Belgium! Let's drink.

In the Glass: I could smell this as I was pouring, but it didn't smell like hops. Not the kind of hoppy aroma I expected, anyway. Maybe I need to lower my expectations when we drink a Belgian IPA. In the glass it is LOADED with bubbles and has a ridiculous head. This is a fresh bottle, too. Grabbed this theater night at Total Wine & More. It has a nice golden straw color, and is somewhat cloudy when I try to look through it. I wonder if the aroma is more pronounced in the glass.

Nose: Imagine taking an orange and a lemon, smashing them together, and fermenting their juices. That is what this smells like. Yeah, it has some hop aromas in there… but mostly I am getting citrus. It is also ice cold, but for an IPA like this, I would prefer to drink them a little bit colder.

Flavor: There aren't as many bubbles as I expected on the tongue, and the flavor is very similar to the aroma. That is rare for most beers. I am a big fan of the flavor, and while it is not all that hoppy, this is a beer that I could easily drink six of and not even know it. You never taste the 8% ABV, either. This is a very nice flavor for a beer trying to compere with the American styles.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is actually quite nice. It's not thick, but it has a nice pillowy thing going on. As you swallow some of the bubbles really start to come forward, but you never feel like this is a carbonated beer. Not what I expected from the initial pour. Oh, and let me mention this… the glass still has a thin layer of lace all around it. No matter where I look, the suds are hanging on. That is a good sign.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is where the hops really come forward. It's not all that bitter, but what bitterness is there hang on and gets more pronounced as you swallow. I actually like the aftertaste so much, I don't want to take another drink! But I will, because the flavor here is good. When we were in Belgium, I had a couple of beers from Het Anker. Our next trip will be during Belgian Beer Weekend, and we will just chug beers like this. We have an extra week of vacation this year… maybe we will go to Belgium!

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Photo of mick303
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle with freshness date. Poured a monster head of white pillowy foam, really solid retention. Colour is a slightly hazy straw golden colour. Excellent retention, lacing and film.

Smell has very floral hops, violets (lavender?), also a chewy malt undertone, caramel malt. A hint of barnyard muskiness coming though. Opens up really nicely, quite fragrant.

Taste has fair bit of hops, but not so much bitter as really fresh and juicy. Grapefruit, apple, citrus notes all combined with a mild minerally Belgian funk. Some mild acidity and yeast gives way to a more malty caramel mild woodiness. Malt provides some definite caramel and toffee sweetness. Finish is quite dry, bubbly and a bit grassy. A bit of lingering malt and yeast. Really rich, tasty and the flavours work really well together.

Mouthfeel is moderate, I had completely forgotten this is 8% as it is so remarkably drinkable and light. Carbonation is moderate, altogether pretty smooth, a bit malty on the palate, but comes across really nicely and refreshingly.

Definitely one of the better beers Ive had recently. A really solid take on the BIPA style with plenty of juicey hops, pretty mild bitterness, and a nice overall feel to it. Really tasty. Try it out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head small cap on top of the beer. Small patches of foam form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and some hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of JimTeal
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I thought to myself what the heck is Gouden doing making an IPA? Their lineup is so solid, but this excellent brew reminds us to keep an open mind. Great creative people always see something new and exciting just over the horizon. This is a beautifully crafted beer. Initial taste (great spices, properly infused), look (on the wheat beer side), smell and finish (clean and crisp) and makes for an oh so interesting pleasure. Good surprise find and more than well worth a try.

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Photo of Philousa
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle well before the 2013 expiration date.

Pours with a big, billowy white foam, three fingers high atop an opaque tawny yellow beer. Great retention and the lacing rings the glass well. Green, floral hop aroma mixes with pungent, slightly spicy Belgian malt. The two go together very well and balance each other out. Peppercorn probably stand out more than anything else, not too bold but impressive. Belgian malt taste gets spicy: allspice, pepper, then pungent and moves to the throat. Bitterness comes in gently but stays firmly towards the back of the tongue. A little earthy, gritty. Balanced feel, dry finish.

The spice and floral, nectary hops go together like love and marriage, PB and J, well... you get the point. This is just a well crafted Belgian IPA that isn't over the top. Cheers!

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Photo of mscudder
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a globe.

A - A deep and murky blend of brown and gold, completely opaque. A thick multi-finger pale head. It is frothy and leaves some nice lacing with ample lacing behind.

S - Very dry herbs, spices, Belgian malts, citrus and subtle hops. Certainly a foreign aroma, one which in its complexity, turns me off.

T - This is an interesting one for sure! As it hits the tongue I get a popping sensation of crackers accompanied by lightly-sugared fruits, particularly pear, perhaps some light tart alternatives. The hops jump on the tongue in a way not found in American-styled brews. The complexity of the hop bitterness and the sweet malts/fruits makes for an intriguing contrast. I must note the balance is top notch. Some pepper and clove seem to be the source of the explosive taste.

M - A creamy light-medium body with a big quantity of carbonation. Explodes on the palette.

O - An enjoyable brew from our Belgian friends at Brouwerij. I feel as if this is a bit off of my particular tastes although for a bitter hop explosion on a Belgian base, this is an exquisite brew.

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Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presently, this is ranked #17 on the list of best Belgian IPAs here on BA.

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured a super murky, yet lively orange color, with a massive 2-3-4 finger head that stayed a cloud formation on top of the liquid even minutes after the hard pour.

S: I got sort of a fresh, farmhouse quality right away, along with some grass clipping, and lots of orange peel.

T: Excellent use of the Belgian yeast strain. Normally, this is not my thing whenever American breweries do it, however, this kept the whole leaf, sizzle effect in check and let the Belgian-infused citrus fruit do the work.

M: Extremely creamy and infinitely drinkable. I didn't find this dry or boozy in any way and the citrus sweetness was kept in check by the fresh grass clippings.

O: This was actually the fist time I've ever had this one, and it definitely won't be the last!

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Photo of Momar42
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle pored into Duvel tulip

A - huge, fluffy white head. Lingers wonderfully yielding fantastic typical Belgian lacing. Great looking BIPA.

S - some banana, Belgian yeast, light citrus. Nose isn't as strong as the appearance but announces itself.

T - a very Belgian BIPA if that makes sense. Not an overwhelming sensory trip or wealth of crazy characteristics. Just solid, Belgian yeast and hops goodness. Aftertaste could be stronger, but overall spot on to the style.

M - high carbonation effects this brew on the negative side. Otherwise a nice finish. The high carb level produces an almost astringent effect.

O - maybe not a game changer but easily a solid go to if ou can find it. There are an increasing amount of new takes on the BIPA style, but this is a classic example. Quality beer from a solid brewery.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Super bubbly hazy light golden color.

S: Some hops come through, some fruitiness. Smells a little light.

T: The taste is very delicate but insanely well executed. Some hints of apple, cheery, a good sourness to it which, again, is very delicate. And yet somehow the alcohol is well masked. Oh... just now noticed this is labeled wrong in the style description. This is a blonde ale not an IPA and there certainly aren't any IPA aspects here.

M: A little heavy on the carbonation but otherwise sits with a good body and with no harsh flavors.

Overall this is a great beer in terms of taste (and thats what counts!) It's light yet complex which is something that I've rarely seen made doable. I think no matter who you are you will like this beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a massive, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, enticing aroma of light fruit, hops, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), fruit (citrus, grapefruit probably), malt, and a hint of yeast as well. In general, this is a solid, focused, well done flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a well made, drinkable beer. Very solid.

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3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Gouden Carolus Chalice glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Pale yellow color, foggy appearance. White froth, creamy, copious & rocky crown. Sugar, alcohol & spices to the nose, bready & yeasty touches. Taste is ripe fruits & sweet malts with spiced & clean bitterness. Creamy palate. Medium body, moderate carbonation. ABV well masked. Delightful. Smooth bitter finish.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the perfume, with some orange citrus and bread malt notes thrown in. The flavor is similar, with the floral notes really standing out initially. There is also some bread and grass, as well as some Belgian yeast and a low amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

330ml bottle, a single liberated from the confines of a Gouden Carolus mixed sample pack.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow hue, with a fistful of fingers' worth of silky, puffy, and foamy white head, which leaves a small crusty and layered array of lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of perfumed citrus hops, sweet orchard fruit, some subtle white pepper, a bit of zesty yeast, and bready, crackery pale malt. The taste is semi-sweet tropical fruit, simple pale malt, some spicy, peppery yeast, and soft floral, grassy hops. Very little, if any, sign of the big ABV makes itself known.

The bubbles are fairly mild, just a wan frothiness abounding, the body an even medium weight, and rather earnestly smooth. Nicely blended hoppy, yeasty, and sweet grainy finish.

A splendid example of a prototypical Belgian IPA - it was nice to run into so shortly after exposure to a local-ish New World emulator.

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Photo of SebD
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrusy/tropical fruit with some spices, yeast and light bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a fruity character (citrus and tropical fruit) with some bready notes, yeast, and lemony spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Dope
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: A cloudy, pale golden-orange pour. Huge, roiling bubbly white head. Leaves decent lacing behind as it slowly fades away. Island of foam resides in the middle at all times.

S: Loaded with overripe, sweet citrus - oranges and lemons. Sweet melon too, like cantelope and honeydew. Lots of banana. Very sweet bready malt in there too.

T: Again, lots of sweet fruits, bolstered by a big bready malt. Has an off flavor though that I can't quite discern. Some kind of spice that drags it down. Almost like spoiled fruit.

M: Medium, relatively smooth.

O: Will have to revisit this one. Smells great, tastes great initially but a lingering spice or tartness in the aftertaste ruined it for me. Perhaps an old or infected bottle, I am unsure - never had an "off" flavor like this one.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this through private import.

The beer is hazy and pale yellow, on which crowns a very white foamy head that looks like cloud. The aroma is belgian yeast with some tropical fruits. Quite strong on those fruits. Hoppy. Nice. It has quite a bite in the aroma zone. I like this.

Now lets taste it. This is dominated by hops. Lucky me! Tropical fruits mainly with in the back some belgian yeast. It is very dry on the finish... as well as bitter. Very nice Belgian IPA. Its how I like it!

Looks show that it is quite carbonated. The foam sticks so well to the glass its crazy.

Glad I've got more than one of this one! Cheers all. A must try if you like hops!

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy deep golden color with a nice big fluffy white head. Great retention time and nice lacing as it faded. Settled to a nice white frothy cap throughout.

Smell: Citrus hops and sweet Belgian yeast with a slight spice to it.

Taste: A good blast of bright and clean citrus and pine hops up fronts that mellows out quickly and gives way to some light roasted malts and a nice sweet yeasty flavor with some grass and light fruit. Very nice.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with good creamy carbonation. Finished semi-dry.

Overall: A really nice Belgian IPA, with a good balance of hops, light malts and a nice strain of Belgian yeast. I like this a lot and would happily buy more again.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.
A - big cork pop followed by a light pour yields a head unlike any I've seen before. Massive and overflowing despite the light handed pour. Beer is a hazy gold full of fine bubbles.
S - belgian yeast, fruity esters, sharp hops, and a tart citrus tingle.
T - fantastic. All of the smells with a bitter sweet blend that is amazingly balanced.
M - crisp and spritzy like a saison but with a heavier body.
D - wonderfully easy to enjoy.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale gold that's a touch shy of honey. Very large, creamy white head takes a rather long time to settle and leaves copious amounts of lacing. Relatively cloudy, as is to be expected from this unfiltered brew. Some faint bubbles travel slowly up the sides of the glass, suggesting a mild carbonation.

S: Citrus (lemon) hop character sits well on top of some crisp pale malt. Slightly medicinal/lemony yeast character as well. Has a bit of a saison-esque quality to it.

T: A smooth sweetness gathers around the sides of the tongue, almost hiding from the bitterness that dominates the top and middle. The balance is quite excellent. Grassy/floral hops predominate in the beginning, gradually becoming elevated by the yeast and malt. The flavors blend extremely well. Finishes bitter and slightly astringent.

M: Medium-bodied, but feels lighter than it is thanks to a subtle but active carbonation. Surprisingly crisp and refreshing, with no hint of alcohol whatsoever. Gets a little less drinkable as the carbonation fades, but still remains delicious.

O: All I can say is: wow! A big surprise from a brewery that I haven't been particularly impressed with in the past (excluding Gulden Draak). Has all of the best qualities of the style and very little defects. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent looking beer. Perfectly golden, cloudy and supporting a puffy cream-colored head with great retention.

Bready aroma with classic Belgian yeast smells. Nothing overly complex.

Rich flavor, nearly no hopping as far as I can tell despite the name. Maybe this is the English-style IPA rather than the American style. Bready, a little banana. Again, not complex but tasty.

Highly carbonated and it seems like it just keeps evolving CO2. Definitely a sipper, and a meaty beer.

Classic Belgian golden ale, well done.

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Photo of n2185
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a hazy yellow-orange with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Slight spice notes up front followed by lots of chalky yeast aromas. There are some slight citrus aromas from the hops. There is also a strong oxidized aroma to it. I've had a couple of bottles now and I've found it in each of them.

T: Again, some light spices up front followed by lots of yeasty flavors. The hops show up some as well, giving slight grapefruit notes with a piny bitter flavors on the finish.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is a little thick, but still nice and crisp.

O: A decent beer, but nothing special. The strongly oxidized aroma is a bit of a turn-off, but it still tastes pretty decent.

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

Poured from the bottle a cloudy yellow with a huge, long-lasting, rocky white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma of lemon and light tropical fruit, banana, yeast, pepper and herbal spices.

Tasted of tart lemon, yeast, biscuit, pepper and spices. The 8% alcohol warms the palate.

Medium bodied and sticky with a fairly sharp carbonation.

A well-made and enjoyable beer from Brouwerij Het Anker.

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

appearance: Cloudy. Huge white head. Nice lacing. Straw colored beer.

Smell: Citrusy hops dominate the aromas

Taste: Taste is hoppy. Nice up front bitterness from "C" hops. finishes complex sweetness.

Mouthfeel: puckering. Medium light bodied.

Overall: Tastes like an american IPA. Belgian funkiness missing. i still like it.

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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.05 out of 5 based on 603 ratings.
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