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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1022   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 10, 2009
draft. belgian yeast, herbal hops, earthy, slightly grainy. pours a hazy golden. enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Pours a very luminous straw color that is quite hazy, with extraordinarily large white head with large bubbles that leave copious amounts of lace behind. Nose is very, very fresh with citrus in general, but especially orange/coriander. On the palate the carbonation carries through wonderfully with balanced hops with sugary sweet malt in the background. In some ways this is like a hoppy witbier, with some of the candied flavors coming through (and appearance).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAY 5, 2009
Hazy yellow with a with lasting creamy head. The aroma is strong but unrefined, boozy, messy. Too ethilic, warming. I don’t like a blonde beer to be warming in this way. Unbalanced toward bitterness, a quite rough one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kestral (506) - Ĺrnes, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2009
Pours slightly hazy yellow with a gigantic head, loads of lacing. Aroma of alcohol, yeast, apricots, bread, citrus, a bit funky. The same notes returns in the flavor, along with a long bitter hop bite in the end. It’s quite warming too. Light to medium body, quite sparkly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2009
THOUGHTS: One of the few Gouden Carolus beer I had not tried at this point. It was nice, but probably my least favorite of the bunch. It might have beer slightly skunked, The cork was in a little funny. It was sort of like Duvel, but not as quite as good in the flavor department. It hid the alcohol well. This one was a little too bitter for my taste. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a murky, and unusual, orangey yellow, similar to La Fin Du Monde. It also had a large to huge, creamy and slightly rocky, slightly off-white head that slowly diminished, keeping a nice sheet and leaving thick, excellent lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy bread; moderate flowery, perfumy, grassy, citrus and earthy hops; light to moderate yeast and orange rind. The initial flavor was sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was acidic, bitter and lightly sweet with a long duration. The flavor was malty, with citrus orange rind, then bitter, earthy and floral hops, yeast and then metallic hops. The light to medium body was somewhat dry with very fizzy carbonation and a light astringent, slightly metallic and dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3090) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Awesome beer. The appearance is a golden color, with a lovely tinge of orange, very attractive. The aroma is very nice as well, notes of lemon, orange peel, hops. The flavor is a nice fruity and hoppy mix, citrus fruits, sweetness, and citrus hop flavors, along with mild booze. The finish is pure hops, leaving a nice grapefruit bitter flavor on the palate. The moutheel is thin/medium. Enjoyable overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - APR 28, 2009
0.75l - Cloudy gold liquid under a thick, white head, nice lace. Sour smells, loads of hops on nose. Seltzerlike mouthfeel with a cinnamon note, and a long, dry, hoppy finish. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2009
Tap @ Map Room. Pours cloudy yellow with thin head. I didn’t think it had a crazy hop aroma by any means, which is sort of what I expected. It had the classic Belgian yeast aroma. It did have some bitterness, but sweetness from the Belgian yeast as well. Decent beer though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2009
33cl bottle from hopduvel in ghent, a plezant bitter taste, hazy blond beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2009
On tap at Leon’s in Decatur. Pours to a hazy yellow-straw color with a thick white pillowy head (like a good Belgian Strong Ale) that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Strong pleasant nose of spices, wheat dough, apples and citrus fruit, along with a hint of alcohol as beer warmed slightly. Mouthfeel tingly and slightly hoppy, and the taste follows the lead of the nose. Rounds to a nice pleasant finish.


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