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


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RATINGS: 1029   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kestral (506) - Ňrnes, 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. Itís quite warming too. Light to medium body, quite sparkly.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3100) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AskForJenny (1067) - 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.

   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 didnít 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.

   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

   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 Leonís 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 20, 2009
[Bottle @ Odense Tasting, 14th February 2009, remembered for Carsten BeerMouths fantastic 3 meals highend gastronomy.] Although itís long time Iíve tasted these brewdrops I remember it as a not typIcal BSA. Hoppy like Hommelbier and XX-bitter, but only a 1/4.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2009
Draft at Map Room. Pours a slightly hazed gold. Nose is spicy with noble style hops, clean malt and a touch of Belgian yeast. Taste is fresh and clean, spicy and dry. Quenching bitterness that is bigger than youíd expect, finishing into a dry and earthy taste. A very different type of hoppy beer, but very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (759) - Flanders, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Bottle, Dulle Griet Ghent. Pours hazy blond with an excellent nice creamy white head, good lacing. Hoppy spicy nose, bananapeel. Fresh hops, herbal. Well balanced flavors. Creamy spritzy palate. Good beer. Lacks some aroma hops.

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