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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor

Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Origin: Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor completes the taste pallet of the gamma Carolus-beers. Name: "Hopsinjoor" is a wordplay to for one thing the several hops which were used, and on the other hand the typical character of Mechelen of Gouden Carolus: the figure "opsinjoor" is intertwined with the history of Mechelen (see: www.opsinjoorke.be/Opsinjoorke/opsinjoor.htm). Kind of hops: 4 types of hops are used: Golding, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz. These hops were fractioned at several times in the cooking process in order to keep a maximum of aroma. Regarding to taste we can say that the beer has a gentle, but nevertheless bitter aftertaste. Gold-yellow colour. Hoppy aroma. 50 IBU / 18.6 Plato

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (10574) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
On tap at the Kulminator, and bottled at Granville Moore’s. A well-hopped, bitter and refreshing beer with faint hints of citrus. Nice one. Better on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdb84 (86) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is smelly cheese and strangely, wet dog... Some alcohol aromas in there too. Looks pretty, pours like a hazy Duvel. First taste is slightly coppery. Subsequent tastes are sour and creamy, quite boozy. The cheese taste permeates, but it is not disturbing. Sour and bitter high. Aftertaste is cheese and basil. Combine this with a nice pasta and you're done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (1023) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
Typical ’tripel hop’ (or rather ’quadrupel hop’ in this case) since 2008, a kind of compromise joining Belgian tripels with American-style IPAs, a style relatively new to Belgian beer culture. Golden blonde colour, cloudy, stable and thick, snow white head, soft honey and apple in the nose, vanilla, red berries, all delightfully covered under complex herbal and grassy hops. Restrained but friendly fruitiness in onset, soft maltiness, sweetish, evolving into a resinous, spicy, strong hop bitterness, lending it a long finish in which a bit of warming alcohol also plays. Very well-executed example of this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikske79 (1096) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Een heel lekker bier met zoals gewoonlijk bij gouden carolus een heel specifieke smaak

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (226) - LATVIA - JUL 26, 2014
Dark yellow cloudy with small white cap. Mild balanced with strong remaining bitterness and clear sweet notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Plaas (85) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2014
Supridingly hoppy Belgian beer, I like its taste. Unfortunately, carbonation is too high, as it is in most Belgian ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (247) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Well here’s a tasty treat. Hazy orange, ample and long lasting head, great lacing. Plenty of hoppy goodness in the smell with some sweet notes. The taste follows the nose, love the German and English hop use, blends well, finishes dry and very refreshing. I’l have another 750 please but not right now, eh?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rayaron (92) - ISRAEL - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle sample at Rogue Brewery tasting at Beer&Beyond, Tel Aviv. Cloudy yellow with foamy off-white head. Interesting floral aroma, yeasty. Hoppy and yeasty flavor, citrus peels, fruity, medium sweet. Alcoholic. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2236) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
330ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Golden amber in colour with a very large and long lasting white head, excellent lacing. The aroma is yeasty, some brett, lots of lemon citrus, floral hops. The flavour is moderately yeasty, nicely hopped, light sweetness, bitter, lots of lemons, grassy. Bitter mouthfeel, medium/light body, high carbonation. Finishes long, hoppy, dry and bitter. I like this one for sure. Hoppy Belgian Strongs are some of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABT_S54 (137) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2014
33cl bottle poured in a De Dolle glass. Pours a star wcolour with a bubbly white head. Aroma and taste is much like its tripel counterpart but less sweet and a little drier. Very nice drinkable beer but although the ABV is lower than the tripel it feels a little stronger with quite a good mouthfeel.

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