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

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RATINGS: 961   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Hazy golden with huge head. Mix of bubble gum belgian yeast and citrus hops in the aroma. Taste is more of the same. Big bitterness in the finish is a bit over the top. Light to medium body could be bumped up a bit. Lots of carb.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
How about some more head with my beer? No seriously. Pretty bold for a Belgian blonde - lots of citrus, lots of hops. But definitely not like the usual hop fix. Dry with spicy/peppery citrus at the end. Aftertaste lingers for a while.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2009
In short: An uber-hoppy sharp Belgian blonde ale. Intense. Excellent.
How: Bottle 750ml, about 6 months old or less
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a large persistent white head
In long: I’ve rarely had a well-malted beer that had so little malt-related flavour. The hopping of this beer is over the top. A ton of spicy dry grassy hops and then some more. Slightly lemony/acidic touch. Fluffy/foamy body. Very sharp finish when cold. This is a rather aggressive beer, including the carbonation that is more than just lively. A thicker body would have been amazing but still this is a great beer. I didn’t mind it being somewhat unbalanced, this is a superb Belgian hop fix, something we don’t see very often. I’d drink this beer injour (I’m assuming injoor means “in extremely large quantity” in some Belgium dialect).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1404) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2009
I become more impressed with Gouden Carolus beers every time I pop one open. They’re never superb, but they’re always very tasty, and they have a liveliness that is just great. This one is no exception. I don’t get a ton of hops out of it, though. Pours like a champagne - a *huge* head, even with a slow pour - though it dissipates quickly. Very light golden color. Apple cider (Martinelli’s) and pear in the aroma, along with some hops and a honey sweetness. The hops come through more powerfully in the flavor, which presents a bitterness to counter what is otherwise a very sweet beer. Well-balanced, effervescent... this one would be great to celebrate an occasion on a budget, as it’s really very much like champagne. Good stuff!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2009
on tap, pours cloudy orange with a white head that laces well. Aroma is all hops. Taste is sweet with a bitter undertone, ends fairly bitter with a dryness.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4811) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Some hops, maybe a bit soapy in aroma. Pours with a gigantic amount of head. A hop bite shows up first, then slowly turns into more of a spice flavor. A smooth non-bitter finish. Quite nice. Maybe the best I’ve had from these guys.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3296) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle - 330ml. Hazy golden body with average carbonation and a thick, lasting white foamy head. Well balanced hoppy aroma with grassy and coriander hints. Sharp hoppy taste that carries, herbal, flowery and grapefruit notes. Ends with a long bitter/herbal finish. Very good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (7368) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2011 Very hoppy aroma with citrus and a bit of pine. Dry, hoppy flavor, citrus, grass, hay, and a touch of honey. Very light malt presence that is a bit over-shadowed but it works well anyhow. Dry as a bone. Champagne-like. Lots of carbonation. Very long, hoppy, finish. I like this stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Dynamic beer. I won’t get too specific except to say this: This brew is versatile. I find too many Belgian beers to be cloying and thin bodied or just too one-dimensional. I really think this beer is a hit! It has characteristics of a classic witbier, the drinkability of a well made German hefe and the bright hoppiness of something like Victory’s Prima Pils. It’s deliciously dangerous at 8% and can appeal to both the Blue Moon drinker or the elitist beer snob that YOU probably are or aspire to be! ;) To me, a year-round winner!


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