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


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RATINGS: 974   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Caged and corked .. poured with a monster head of poofy head that collapsed in levels. Nice yeasty aroma on this; so the flavor that follows is a bit of an unexpected assault on the palate. Quite a chewy beer, this is full of grassiness, tangy bitterness and spice. This is an incredible conglomeration of characteristics, and I almost wonder if there’s too much going on here. (#3498, 2/16/2009)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2009
750 ml bottle. Hazy gold body with a foamy white head and some decent lace. Pleasant aroma with some grain and bread, hop based citrus and some earthiness. Lively carbonation, medium body, clean and dry. Light grainy sweetness succumbs to a bit of spicy bitterness for a dry, but certainly not overly bitter, finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a massive, white, rocky head which takes a while to settle and leave minimal lace. Nose is okay; cobweb yeast, doughy yeast, herbal and grassy hops, faint citrus (lemon peel), and some cereal grains. Flavor is hoppy golden; light honeyed grains, faint sweet breads, moderate bitterness from light grass, herbal notes, faint spice, and light lemon peel hops. Yeast remains musty and cobweby. Palate is light to medium, lively, and drying. Finishes fairly long and drying with bitter, herbal notes remaining. Interesting hoppy BSGA but note really that unique. Hops control the beer but are not the best aspects of the beer. A nice hoppy Belgian but nothing is great about the beer. A great, very hoppy Belgain beer does not exist, as far I know.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (1742) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2009
THick lasting foam over a almost pilsner light beer. Much small debris in the beer. Typical belgian aroma with some fruit. Very much hops in the taste for a belgian beer but not over powering. A big body balance the bitterness and hop flavour. Not a big drinkability, one per evning is enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Clear and light golden with foamy white head and champagne-like rising bubbles. Spritzy, effervescent texture with some weight to it. Bright aromas of citrus, sweet flowers, delicate herbs and fresh yeast. Chalky malt flavors with a sweet base follow. Healthy amount of balancing bitterness in the aftertaste. Solid beer with quite a bit of personality. Pleasant and easy to enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 2, 2009
On tap at Novare Res. Pours a a nice golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma is slightly muted mostly hops and grassy scents. Flavor is a nice hoppy bite at first with a nice bunch of citrus flavors. The belgian yeast is really nice in with the hop profile. The ending is very dry and bitter and to me that’s perfect for this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2009
The comments about the head should not be taken lightly. A full three fingers of white rocky foam sits on a light yellow body. Spicy grassy hop aroma. Nice spicy belgian IPA, very grassy with a great malt base. Huge white yeasty floaties at the bottom if you want them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2009
750 mL bottle. Pours cloudy golden yellow with huge sticky white head. The aroma is very floral with some hay and grass hops, honey, perfumy yeast, and a little bit of tropical fruit. The flavor is floral and spicy to begin with, but quickly takes on an assertive hoppy bitterness. There’s a deep, rich yeasty backbone to this beer that I really enjoy. It finishes dry and herbal. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3335) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Brown bottle, 75 cl, best before 16/07/11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on January 31 2009; eye: golden, hazy, voluminous white head that falls but remains as a nice thick sheet, good lazing, lots of effervescence; nose: citrusy, dry, yeast, grapefruit, light caramel malt, medicinal floral, perfume, light spices; mouth: medicinal, grapefruit, malt, light caramel, floral, perfume, alcohol, pepper, short and dry finale all in hops with some malt, medium body, quite carbonated, really foamy texture, mildly bitter, light astringency; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 75 cl, meilleure avant 16/07/11via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 31 janvier 2009; œil : dorée, voilée, mousse blanche abondante qui tombe mais demeure, bonne dentelle, très bonne effervescence; nez : citrique, sec, levure, pamplemousse, léger malt, médicinal, floral, parfum, léger épices; bouche : médicinale, pamplemousse, malt, léger caramel, floral, parfum, alcool, poivre, finale courte et sèche tout en houblon avec un peu de malt, corps moyen, très carbonatée, texture très mousseuse, moyennement amère, légère astringence; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
forst (9) - ITALY - JAN 25, 2009 does not count
Yellow color, nice white head. Incredibly tasty, starts almost sweet (in the classic Carolus style) and then you get the full hop explosion, with a definetely unusual combination of them. Found it pretty easily bottled in north Italy belgian beer pubs, and now even on draft.

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