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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle thanks to mesandsim over at the hoose. Alround rating: Very peppery, floural and spicey, very yeast and alc is clearly present, its not really working for me, the hops make it actually harder to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Draught at Tyler’s in Durham. Nice hoppy belgian with a balanced hop profile. Very dry overall, without much sweetness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Pours hazy golden color with white head. Bready aroma with lots of floral hops. Flavor is mostly bitter hops with almost no sweetness. Medium body with lively carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. A good beer, but I prefer their sweeter, more yeasty brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle from Sam’s at a solid $6.99. Muddy bright golden pour with thick white head. Lovely to behold. Hops, citrus, and yeast on the nose. Great body and similar tastes as smells with an added spiciness and crisp bitter hop finish. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: September 19, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: opaque dark yellow, lasting dense creamy off white head, thick patterned lace
Aroma: sweet bready aroma with lots of spicyness and floral hops
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of balancing bitterness, spicyness adds character to the bitterness, hop flavor is well blended with the spicy phenolics, nice lasting bitter finish with a peppery edge

Date: January 08, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
maybe a bit hoppier in the bottle, otherwise unchanged,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Pours a very hazy golden with floating impurities and a tall, frothy shaving foam-style lacing head. Aroma of yeast and fruit - very Belgian - and add to that quite some hoppiness. Quite full-bodied with sweetish malt and fruit and a fairly dry and bitter hop finish. 050908

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2008
Beige-light tan colour. Big head. Lots of cloudiness. Fresh herbal continental hops and dusty Belgian yeast. Dry, fairly bitter flavour. Lots of herbal hoppiness and thick bready pale malts. There are a lot of beers like this, but it is a very solid concept and this one is executed well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Lots of herbal hops with the yeastiness relegated to the background. Dry, lightly bitter hops on the finish. Not a bad heavily hopped Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Foam, foam, and more foam...practically needed to climb into the glass to drink the beer. 15" (okay, exaggerating a bit) ivory head with a murky lemon body. Citrus, spice, and dirty skunk find the nose. Flavor is mostly bitter hops but has a yeasty quality as well. Kind of like me as a kid...never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beaver (1285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2008
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a HUGE rocky white head that retains well.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and some floral pilsner style hops (saaz).

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a decent amount of bitterness in the hops. There are some metallic skunky off-notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, tastes like an imperial pilsner. It’s not well balanced, fiarly flawed, and doesn’t really appeal to me.

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