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 DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle received as an extra from Scoobydank. Thanks, Bill! Best by 19th Feb 2011. Into my Hopleaf tulip this goes

A: Possibly the lightest beer claiming to be an IPA that I've seen. Clear and light yellow with a gorgeous 3-finger white head, excellent retention, gorgeous lacing. Excellent

S: Spicy, earthy hops. I like this interpretation of the style - meld European hops instead of American hops with Belgian yeast allowing the spicy character of the hops to contrast with the fruity, BSPA-like character of the yeast. Good stuff.

T: Starts off mildly hoppy with some spicy character before a mild candy-sweetness kicks in. Fruity with some peach, this one dries up a little on the finish while retaining some sweetness and spice.

M: Excellent carbonation and nice spicy finish

D: This one is less hoppy than I remember it to be but is very drinkable.

Notes: Need to get a fresher bottle.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had never seen this before.

A - Into a Duvel goblet - deep crystal gold with a decent stream of carbonation and a spectacular, off-white thunderstorm of head and sticky lace that slowly descends into a rich cap. (Watch that pour!) In terms of appearance, Duvel has a healthy twin.

S - Almost like an Orval, it's got a complex blend of spice, citrus, hops, and a touch of that "Band-Aid" scent that's intriguing.

T/M - Citrus, white pepper, clove, corriander, banana, and hops. The carbonation is a tad strong but subsiding and the creaminess is world class.

D - The alcohol is there but supports the body of this ale so well it practically whispers. This is one of the finest ales I've ever tasted, but aside from steamed mussels or fish & chips I'm not confident this is the most food friendly. It's simply too complex and delicious - drink it solo.

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

I got this on draft in an over-sized wine glass, and the first thing I noticed was its wonderful appearance. A bright yellow haze that displayed a couple of pinkies of a white, rocky head that became ever more pockmarked and rocky while displaying great retention and lacing.

I think the nose can be summarized as that of a hoppy Belgian pale. Hopped and spiced fruitiness (resin-y earthy hops, an alcohol bite kicking in some pepper, also with lemon zest, and I think I detected pear) with nice yeasty bread aroma to back things up.

A taste to go with the smell, as if someone accidentally (and fortuitously) knocked a bucket of hop oil into a batch of Gouden Carolus Blond. Crisp, with pine and lemon zest to kick things off before they are moderated by grain and lighter, sweeter fruit notes. Very - but pleasantly - hoppy and resin-y aftertaste. Bitter, it almost leaves you parched, inviting you to drink more.

A dry and crisp beer initially, the pleasant carbonation carries all the way through while a slippery, somewhat heavier mouthfeel is contributed as the hops coat the tongue.

I didn't initially take to this beer. I liked it, but it seemed almost like an odd man out to my taste buds. However, I quickly adjusted, and ended up finding it delicious, as well as very drinkable.

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Photo of Crosling
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect appearance. A light orange colored beer with a massive head that could only come from Belgium. Frothy, fully developed, huge head that forms great shapes, laces and lasts very well. Nose is alarmingly vibrant and full of hop (spice, peach, lemon) and nice yeast derived smells (farmhouse, leather.) Flavor is devastatingly complex and utterly amazing. Was expecting something good after reading Ernest's and Jeff's reviews, but this is beyond good. Starts off dry, peppery, spicy and all hop accented, then settles into an amazingly well extracted vinous-like range of flavors, which leads into the finish that lasts for at least 10 seconds. Wasn't expecting to be blown away by a beer tonight, but was.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork-in-cage bottle opened with a vigorous POP!, poured into a goblet yields a hazy concentrated lemonade-colored body with a huge fine-bubbled white head. The foam retains in a solid, puffed-up, creamy ivory puck that floats atop the drink and leaves a concentric series of fluffy rings down the glass.

The spell of the drink is bold and hoppy, with plenty of grapefruit and green grass and a mixed bouquet of green tobacco with herbal, spicy, resinous hops.

The taste of the drink is hoppy. Hop notes ranging from grapefruity and bitter to sweet-and-sour-orangey and crisp, to sticky, green, and ammonia-style funky. A lipsmacky lemon tartness rules the finish. All the flavors strut their stuff on a mild malty backbone virtually obscured by all the hops buzz-bombing the palate. Persistent bitterness resonates from first sip to aftertaste.

Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor is a Belgian hop bomb, and a darned fine one! The potent flavors and aromas of the drink command the drinker's undivided attention, but do so without overpowering the palate. Great feel and carbonation with superb drinkability, but be forewarned, if hops aren't your thing, skip this baby... she's big, bold, and bitter... or as I like to say upon encountering such a brew, "Just Right."

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

Pours pale, hazy gold, with a massive three inch head of porous foam.
A slow retreat revealed a myriad of ripped sheets of lacework, and a full, rocky skim coat for the duration.

Grassy, earthy, spicey overtones lead off the aromatics. Wet hay, spruce dew on moss, orange peel, lemon zest, and melon rind follow through.
Light malt with a great combination of citrus and spice.

Dry, crisp, and spritzy mouthfeel. Quenchingly snappy, light bodied, and effervescent.

Lemon pith, dried apricots, white pepper, spruce bark and grapefruit start the pallet.
Light malt, fresh cut hay, and warming alcohol follow through.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, spice-laden citrus, and a hint of pineapple skin.

Great beer. Plenty lively and full of character. Highly drinkable without becoming boring.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


On-tap at none other than the KULMINATOR, Antwerpen. Straw gold body, lots of hop presence in the nose, grassy notes, pale malt, a true Belgian IPA. Good carbonation in the palate, hop character comes out here too, perhaps a bit too light given abv but great bitterness to round out the finish. Relentlessly easy drinking.

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Photo of illidurit
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue goblet. Medium gold color with an enormous, billowing white head that shoots an inch over the rim of the glass. Luckily it's dense enough to keep its shape and not overflow. Outlandish amounts of sticky lacing as it slowly recedes, displaying excellent retention. One of the best appearances I've seen on a beer.

Aroma is classic strong golden ale, with spicy alcohol, overripe apples, and a touch of banana. Additionally there's a big dose of noble hops.

Flavors of sweet spicy dough, yeast, and stone fruit. The alcohol is fairly apparent on the tongue and in the chest. Very little if any flavor of hops, but their influence is known by the dry finish and tinge of bitterness.

Carbonation is predictably high. On one hand, that helps to really stick the flavor to the taste buds, but on the other hand it hurts the drinkability. A very burpy beer, but a pretty good one as well.

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Photo of Kraken
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New offering from Het Anker, it does not disapoint.

Reviewd from notes a.k.a. the land before highspeed.

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into an over sized wine glass. This necter pours and amazing cloudy yellow that literally seems to glow. Massive 4 finger head that sticks like glue to the sides of my glass and refuses to let go. Fantastic head retention.

Nose- Belgian yeast, prevelant hops, citrus and hints of sweet ripe pear.

Taste- WoW this is a very nice Belgian IPA. Citrus, lemon rind, melon. Intense bitternessin finish that almost puckers your cheeks. Faint mineral qualities (think savigion blanc), very crisp and refreshing. Booze is very well hidden. Well done!

Mouthfeel-Buttery, creamy, yet light. Long bitter finish. Cleansing carbonation and lemon zest quality.

Drinkability- Highly drinkable, especially so on a hot day!

Hats off to Het Anker. Seek out!

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

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small white head with good retention, leaving loads of sticky white lacing all down the glass.

S: Strong grassy hops, yeast, pepper.

T: Taste gives more of what the smell introduced, more intensity. Starts with a light bready malt, a bit of coriander, then some great floral, cut grass hops come in, not strongly bitter and out of sorts, very well balanced. Ends with some pink grapefruit.

M: Juicy, resiny, yeasty, light-bodied for its alcohol content, very drinkable.

D: One of the best beers I've had in a while, definitely the best of August '08 so far, definitely this and Houblon Chouffe are 1 and 1a in this new style for me so far.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delightful appearance due to a giant billowy orange tinted head atop an orange peachy colored brew. After some patience the head finally lowers to a fluffy 1/4" leaving clumps of foamy lace aorund the rim of the tulip glass I'm enjoying this in. Aroma is very pleasantly hoppy and delicately Belgian. Phenolic, wild farm flowers, banana puddin, bubblegum, tangerines, lemons, and fresh bread. This assortment of sniffable aromas is fitting together nice and smoothly. Taste is more citric than expected with the various Belgian flavors underneath. Not as impressive as the nose. Kind of tangy. Less smooth than the aroma. Mouthfeel isn't bad. Could be creamier and have a slighty larger body. Extra fine mellow carbonation.

Pretty good. I was a little put off by the taste after the super nice aroma.

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Photo of wedge
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours - slowly - a deeply hazed yellow-gold color with a ridiculous white head that extends well beyond the capacity of the glass...giant, puffy, and slow to recede, leaving large clumps behind. Light and fresh aroma - very Duvel-like with a stronger hop spiciness. Fruity esters, yeast, sugar cookies, vanilla, and light phenols. Bold flavor...lots of pulpy citrus upfront, yeasty esters, and a peppery sweetness follow. The long, dry finish is a little herbal and certainly bitter.

A little rough around the edges perhaps, I would think with the hops they used this would be more "noble" tasting, but it's a real citrusy beast. It's the most outright hoppy beer I think I've had from Belgium.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, very light golden color with a massive brilliantly white head and plumes of carbonation jetting up. Aroma is distinctively Belgian with plenty of fruity esters combined with a floral and citrus hop background. Throughout all these Belgian IPAs I try, I have a hard time really distinguishing hop aromas from yeast notes; however they are very complimentary and pleasant. On the palate, things continue to open up as massive carbonation delivers waves of flavor starting with bright citrusy fruits followed by a really definitive hop flavor and an assertive bitterness (something really missing from all other BIPAs). There's certainly a nice malt breadiness to this beer as well really rounding it out well. It's extremely balanced, flavorful and well done, better than any other BIPA out there. Certainly one to seek out.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a murky golden-yellow body with a couple inches of off-white rocky head that slowly dissipates leaving some nice lacing. Smells hoppy - grassy and citrussy, spicy, hints of apple, pepper... Tastes citrussy, pithy, spicy, with some grassy hops. Fairly subdued and quite dry. Light bodied with ample carbonation, combined with lack of alcohol presence makes this one dangerously drinkable. Very tasty and very good. Probably the best Belgian IPA I've had.

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Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to try this new to me excellent Belgium IPA at an IPA tasting the other night.

The beer pours a hazy peach color with impressive head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly subdued, but I do get some nice citrus, honey and pepper. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but I'm impressed by the balance and well integrated flavors in this beer. Everything seems to be in just the right preportion, with the spice and honey flavors seeming to blend perfectly with the subtle, underlying bitterness. This beer reminds me very much of the De Ranke XX, except it's a bit less bitter and seems a bit easier to drink. The beer is medium bodied and drinkability is exceptional. It's not the least bit heavy or tiring to drink.

Just an excellent beer...

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Photo of phisig137
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy light gold color, as a massive 4 finger head quickly erupts. World class retention, and phenomenal rocky clumps of lace cling to the side of the glass. Perfect.

S- Dry spicy yeast, much different from the other Het Anker beers, but reminiscent of the Triple. Grassy hops fill out the aroma. Nice.

F- Heavy hand of hops from front to back, but with very mild bitterness. Well rounded and complex although muted and understated. While American IPA's are often turned up to 11, this is more of a 6, but with all the complexity and interest of the louder flavor. Long lingering clean hop finish.

M- Smooth and well carbonated, but a bit thin.

D- Excellent considering the ABV. This one hides it well and can quickly get away from you.

Overall, another damn fine beer from Het Anker. I find this quite a bit more interesting that the similar beer produced by Chouffe, although you've got to dig for the flavor and complexity here. As far as I'm concerned, this is world class, and well worth picking up for $9. Highly recommended.

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Photo of QuentinCompson
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Insane bubbling brew coming out; crazy head - frosty marshmallow hand deep; retention: insane; snowball lacing; just luscious looking

S - Hops; touch citrus; grapefruit perhaps; slight peppery notes

T - M - Slight malt nose, citrusy hops ringing in nicely, a rich smokey flavor coating; bitterness is about nonextistent; amazing ale. Perfect carbonation.

D - This is a magnificent blonde ale. Would love to taste on tap sometime.

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

Pours cloudy gold with a thick creme head. Nose is dough and spices. Real smooth noticeable hops in there too. Nice even spicy tones with dough and a smooth sweet edge on the flavor profile. There's also a slight bitter edge. Feel is smooth. This is great to drink. An excellent Belgian IPA that should definitely be tried.

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Photo of vurt
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle purchased at Red Carpet Wines in Glendale, CA. Enjoyed in a New Belgium glass.

The color is deep gold, touched with orange and quite cloudy. I can't see through it. The white foam on top has a fluffy, meringue-like consistency that maintains an asymmetric shape and leaves cobwebs of lace all the way down the glass.

Yeasty and fruity (bananas and apricots) with a clove-y spiciness. Rather like banana bread dough before you bake it. And a fragrant layer of floral hops. The smell actually makes me think this is more of a hoppy tripel than a Belgian IPA.

This beer has more flavor than I was expecting from the nose. The fruit flavors are quite impressive: sweet lemony citrus, apple juice, ripe bananas, a little dried mango. The middle is defined by bready malt and yeast, initially sweet then drying with a tingly spiciness. A tremendous herbal hop smack ramps up through the middle and peaks at the swallow. The bitterness and spicy notes linger through a lengthy finish, along with some warming alcohol, reminding you at the very last minute that this is every bit an 8% beer.

Medium-to-full body, with carbonation that is lively at the beginning of the sip and gentler at the swallow. A nice transition. The final impression is soft and a bit creamy.

Surprisingly refreshing, considering the alcohol content and the variety and intensity of the flavors. Yet the heat in the finish encourages moderation, and after this small bottle my palate is just a bit numb. The hop character seemed low for a Belgian IPA. I can think of several examples with higher bitterness or a more distinctive hop aroma. That said, it is still a flavorful brew with a fine mouthfeel.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 750 purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a chalice.

Cloudy orange under a tall and hick head of light tan that sits fat, holds its ground and leaves thick webby lace as it goes down.

The nose is very floral hop with just enough malty dough and chalk with some fusel in the back. I get the impression of a triple made with good euro hops. The yeasty aromas are what give it the smell of a good triple.

Upfront there is a suggestion of bread followed by a good dose of the hops that are very dry yet citric into a dry finish with some peppery heat in the aftertaste. Some yeasty notes throughout the back just before the alcohol. Very nice.

Full in the mouth with lots of body and and spritz with a dry finish with some linger hop oils. A big beer with lots of flavor, not for the casual IPA drinker.

Another awesome beer from Het Anker!

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Photo of charlzm
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at LAX Radisson beer dinner, 07/16/08.

Cloudy golden pour. Highly effervescent, leading to a substantial foam head of fine white bubbles.

Aroma is mild spice, floral Belgian yeast, some lemon and a grassy, minty note. Yum!

Very lively on the tongue, almost burning from carbonation, the flavor is lightly yeasty, tangy and sharp with a hint of thosefruits again. Interestingly, I didn't get much in the way of hops or bitterness from this one until the finish, when the bitterness slowly fades up along with a slight dryness.

A good Belgian, but I'd grab a Duvel first.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus "hopsinjoor", Brewery Het Anker, Mechelen, Belgium

4 hops: Saaz, Spalt, Tradition, & Golding. Also, named after a 200+ year old puppet. Huh.
Hugely hazed, bright golden color, big head, long-lasting, lace-leaving. Poured into a small Gouden Carolus gold-rimmed glass.

Aroma: bright, beautiful hops, more citrus, lemon, with just a side-oder of cat pee. Creamy, floral, yummy.

It blasts hops on the palate right from the start. Blisteringly bitter, long sizzle on the the tongue. Full-bodied, lush malt. A bright beer, with intense hop flavor. I thought a mere 50 IBUs would result in less hop bitterness than this. I'm happily reassured. Swims brilliantly in the mouth, spreading hoppiness and joy. Snappy. Bold. Refreshing and delicious. Big citric slap.

nice one, Golden Charlie!

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

I just picked up this bottle on a weekend trip to a great bottle shop in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon.

The beer poured a pale cloudy yellow color with a massive, 2 plus inch head with an almost ice cream float like fluff on top. There was tremendous lacing and fluffiness to the head, even after several pours. Amazing.

The nose was citrusy, wheaty and had slight peppery notes as well. Nice piney tones.

The taste had a strong taste of grapefruit, piney, with a slight sweetness and citrus. Slight peppery taste. Overall a rather smooth beer with a creamy taste. After awhile, the higher abv comes through. Filing. Very interesting and worth a check out.

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Photo of Paddez
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at ABS drinks Winksele. It seems to be a new brew from 'Brouwerij Het Anker'.

A: A blond brew that was a bit more transparent than I expected. A medium pour produced a ton of foam. The huge head does grow smaller after a while but a a large fluffy cloud persistantly remained.

S: Straighforward and unpretentious: hops & malts with a trace of alcohol and citrus fruits.

T: The taste finally revealed what this beer really is: a Duvel-clone. A short kick of citrus fruits, herbs & malts that is swept away by a long bitter hoppy finish.

M&D: Medium bodied, the beer has a vivid carbonation. Like Duvel, the drinkability is in my opinion somewhat hampered by the beer's bitter character and headiness.

Conclusion: a rather unpretentious Strong Pale Ale. It has a lot in common with Duvel which can hardly be coincidental. Definitely not a bad brew though not quite as original & unique as most other offerings from this brewer. Give this a try if you come across it, but -with Duvel being so readily available everywhere- don't bother to go searching for it.

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