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


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RATINGS: 990   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5987) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2009
330 ml bottle (Vinmonopolet, bestillingsutvalget), ABV is 8.0%. Ingredients include maize and sugar. Pale golden colour, slightly hazy, huge white head. Lovely complex fruity, sweetish and spicy aroma - fruitiness both from the yeast and the hops. The flavour is sweet and spicy with yeasty and fruity notes, and a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. High level of carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle (33cl). Shared by you-know-who ... thanks!...Cloudy yellow pour, huge lasting fluffy white head, with a weird, solid, Devil’s Tower-like plug of foam in the middle of the glass. Sweet and pungently grassy aroma - pear, candy, tons of yeast. Tastes the same, even grassier; thick on the tongue, quite an acidic bite to it; almost sugary up front, but a long funky-pungent linger. Very nice - I’d have this again for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
750ml caged&corked bottle. Pours deep yellow gold with some haze and a very thick white head. The aroma is hoppy and grassy with some soft spicy phenols. The flavor is subtly grainy with mild sweetness and hints of banana. There is also a lot of noble hop flavor. Mid-palate is dry and firmly bitter but not too bitter (like some crazy-hopped tripels). Finish is dry, grassy, bitter and warming with light fruit esters, subtle citrus, and some phenols. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and strongly carbonated. Overall, a decent beer but just not that memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
A hazy blonde ale with a thick creamy lacing white head. A pleasant green apple, fusel alcohol and catnip in aroma. In mouth, a sweet vanilla and spiced malt, very herbal and complex. Very good. On tap at American Flatbread, Burlington,VT, Nov. 30 2008, with Sponge and Goldorak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Case (299) - GERMANY - MAR 10, 2009
Cloudy yellow pour with a big foamy head and some particles floating inside it. The aroma already sets the tone: clearly very hoppy and fresh, with some citrus fruit. Taste is nicely bitter and hoppy offset with a soft malty base. Mouthfeel is quite peppery and the alcohol content clearly evident. Excellent hoppy ale, I just wish the alcohol wouldn’t be so in-your-face - which is why this can’t beat the perfectly balanced XX Bitter. A worthy addition to the new trend of hoppy Belgians.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8926) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2009
(33cl bottle) Cloudy, pale golden colour with a rocky foamy white head. Herbal, slightly grassy hoppy aroma with a touch of citrus and shy malty notes in the backyard. Bitter flavour with a tinge of acidity, medium to full bodied with a lively carbonation. Soft malty base with notes of citrus and dry herbal hops. Dry and hop bitter finish with herbal and fruity notes in the aftertaste. Another hoppy Belgian Ale that is pretty harsh but also a revelation for every hop head (08.III.09).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2244) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
330 mL bottle at St. Veronus. Translucent brown-gold with a nice, sticky white head. Aroma is mostly hops, along with some candied fruit, citrus and spice. Tastes like a Belgian IPA, if that makes sense: bitterness throughout, earthy/herbal hop flavour, candi-sugar, spice, and malt. Lingering, bitter finish. Quite dry. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5357) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
Bottle: Poured a bright pale yellow color ale with a super huge foamy head with perfect retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of dry European hops with typical Belgian malt base. Taste is a nice mix between some typical Belgian malt with great notes of European dry hops with some subtle floral notes. Easily drinkable with a full body and perfect carbonation with no hints of alcohol. Very well done and a bit more hops would have been even better. Quality brew from a quality brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2009
In the 750 mL cork bottle from Beertopia. Pours cloudy yellow with a concrete head that freezes solid on a February Nebraska evening in the hot tub. Indeed a good bargain at $7.49 a bottle. Nice citrus hop aroma. Flavor initially presents with a solid pear-like fruitiness, but soon is washed away with a confluent wave of hop bitterness that lingers to the end og the beer. A real bargain.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Fresh as hell 750 bottle shared by willblake. Fuck yeah kickass massive fluffy white head on top of a nice light coppery amber body with intense yet delicate carbonation. Aroma is crazy with intense doughy bready malts followed up with massively assertive citrusy and floral hops. Flavor is zesty, spicy, earthy with tons of bready fresh pils malts and a very light sweetness, with just tons of fresh floral and lightly ciitrusy hops. Clean and crisp finish leaves room for a tacky drying bitterness which is awesome. Wow- i need to buy lots of this, since the price is also very reasonable.

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