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

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RATINGS: 1012   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
Wow. Bright golden color, huge frothy sticky head. Maybe I shook this one up too much or something but there were some very very tiny particles in suspension. No big deal though. The head on this beer was magical though...super light and foamy, bright white, sticking to the glass, creating a meringue-like appearance. Had to pour this one really slowly and gently, it was pretty lively. The aroma was a nice grassy, hoppy, bittersweet, nice and sugary/malty/sweet in that Belgian kind of way. Flavors were predominantly sweet and malty, though there was a huge amount of bitterness from the hops. It was actually fairly subtle and well-blended... the right combimation of hops to create a rich earthy, grassy, funky quality... not just plain bitterness. The body was pretty huge, very rich, well-carbonated and champagne-like. Kind of a like a crazy super hoppy tripel. This beer was great, this brewery makes great beers, plain and simple.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2009
Absurd amount of bready white head, tons of lacing, and turbid pale gold body. Aroma was somewhat funky hop, dandelion-honey, slightly sour, and herbal yeasty. Flavor was bitter citric, crisp spiciness (reminiscent of a wheat beer), honey, delicate buttered biscuit, and dandelion. Soft ale body, slight carbonation bite. Certainly a summer beer and quite an interesting belgian.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5264) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
Interesting hoppy Belgian ale. Cloudy yellow pour. Sweet malt, light fruit, grass and herbs, and some spicy hops. It’s alright.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 3, 2009
330 ml bottle. Huge, slowly diminishing fluffy white head. Foggy golden body. Strong grassy hop aroma with notes of flowers, pine and tropical fruits. Prominent bitterness in the flavor, pine and grass, backed by some pale malts with a strange suger-sweet accent. Notes of pepper and alcohol. Well-bodied. Bitter ending. Not very sophisticated, powerful with high drinkability though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Pour a clear glowing golden with some particulate, lots of bubbles and a very large thin sudsy white foam on top. Floral and fruity hop aroma, a bit spicy, with sweet candy malt underneath. First taste has bit too much dulling alcohol, fruity, lightly sweet, a bit spicy, yeasty, nutty, slightly cheesed hops, mostly noble hops in the flavor a touch of citrus in the finish. Long perfume floral aftertaste. Creamy mouthful with a slight fluff, not sticky at all, medium/full feeling with lots of medium sized but soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Agaguk (122) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
330ml Bottle shared with Grand Genie. Pours a yellow hazy appearance with a thick bubblely rocky white head. Aroma: mango, lght peppery taste, floral, abricot, thym, estragon, lime and grape juice. Flavor: strong pepperry taste. lime, green banana, mint, peaches and alcohol. Palate: lively carbonation, light to medium body, sticky with a chalky finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grandgenie (259) - val-des-monts, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
Bouteille de 330ml dégusté avec Agaguk dans un verre de dieu du ciel du 10e anniversaire. Apparence incroyable, une mousse collante à chaque gorgée, une couleur jaune banane ambré avec de fine particules et une mousse épaise en forme de rocher avec une bonne effervescence. Arômes de poivre léger, un peu abricot, de lime, thym, estragon, senteur de jus de raisin du à la levure utilisé qui caractérise gouden carolus. Goût de lime, de poivre et de malt avec une touche de banane verte encore pas mûre et une touche de menthe. Au palais nous goûtons l’alcool avec un fini pâteux, une bonne effervescence, bien houblonné et persistante en bouche. Une bière de haut niveaux.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2009
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 (330ml Bottle from Fat Cat, Norwich) Huge golden colour with huge white head. Good hop smell with hint of fresh flowers. Taste very hoppy and bitter. Brilliant. Full of flavour and a biscuit earthy malt. Citrus elements and dry finish. Alcohol very obvious but in good way. Warming with a prickly mouthfeel. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009
330 ml. From Bev4less. Fairly typical golden pour. Aroma is like a really hoppy Pilsner. Flavor is very reminiscent of other uber hopped Belgian beers (think Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen), but there is a distinct Pilsner character to it as well. At any rate, it’s very very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
On tap at Café Gollem, Amsterdam, 14th March 09. Golden colour. The nose and taste are dominated by the hop varieties giving it a very bitter character, but surprisingly, little sign of floral, grassy or perfumy notes. The alcohol is very well hidden and it’s an effective palate cleanser but I’d have liked some stronger flavours.


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