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

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RATINGS: 896   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


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 [Bottle] Pours about 20% hazy gold liquid, 80% whitish rocky head. Absolutely massive. Significant noble hop nose, floral honey, orange peel, a bit of bready yeast in there as well. I’m waiting patiently for the head to subside so I can get a taste... Nice light mouthfeel, plenty of hops, a bit of alcohol in there, but not overpowering, banana, and bready yeast. A mild bitterness finishes off the beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2008
(750ml bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a hazy golden body with a rocky off-white head. Aroma of florals, grass, citrus, biscuit, and some herbs. Flavor of mild grassy hops, Belgian yeast, pepper, light cracker, and spices with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5098) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Very cloudy bright golden hay colored body with a huge egg shell colored head. The aroma was sweet pears and pancakes. There was also some light hints of citrus and roses, but it is subtle. The taste had some bitter grapefruit, but it was well balanced with some iced tea. There was also a little bit of raw cereal grains. Interesting to have a subtley hopped pale Belgian strong ale. Most are poorly balanced for my taste, but this one works for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Sampled out of kevins glass at blind tiger. Dammit he said recommend a good ipa but its more of a belgian wit beer with some spices i should have known. Oh well decent beer tastes like a wit with some hops added.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - SEP 29, 2008
Some bubblegum, caramel, and tart spice on the nose. Frothy, soapy, sudsy white head resting atop a murky, hazy piss-golden colour. Taste is of bitter sweet taffy, steamed grass, white wine, copper pennies, and a sort of oaky fruity tartness that I can only pinpoint vaguely as rhubarb. This is a very hoppy, finely balanced ale. Enjoyable!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy amber golden with a large pillowy froth of white head that fills most of the glass, clinging resiliently as it subsides. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops and sweet biscuity pale malt with a touch of toffee. Body starts with good fullness and sweet biscuity malt well-balanced with a crisp, bittersweet resiny hop character throughout. Finishes drier and slightly peppery. Another nice Belgian-style double IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2008
Courtesy of fishingnet. Pours cloudy blonde, white head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity. Taste is again hoppy, thick mouthfeel, lightly bitter, fruity notes (citrus). Hard to belive this is an amber ale as indicated on the bottle? Too hoppy for my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (4572) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle @ KBF in Geel. Cloudy yellow beer, big frothy white head. Aroma of hops and malts. Flavour is hoppy, malty and a bit fruity. Bitter finish. Medium bodied. A bit one-dimensional, but a nice one for the hop-heads. Certainly one of the better beers of GC.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours murky, wit like, bright yellow with a large marang like pure white head. Rings of lace. Lots of dusty yeast and a very perfumey, floral, and herbal hop character. Very nice. Just loaded with hop flavor. A little grassy. A little citrus. Really nice use of hops. Medium light body with high carbonation. Dry finish. Really good beer. Looks kind of under rated.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Aroma is yeasty, sweet, grassy hops. Taste is yeasty, bready, nice spiciness, some banana, and hops. Finishes creamy, sweet, and with a little bit of residual bitterness. Good, but a touch alcoholic and nothing amazingly special. Fantastic head though and kind of a gusher.


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