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


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RATINGS: 975   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Cloudy yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, citrus, some noble and/or grassy hops. Taste is mildly hoppy, balanced fairly well with the malt. Belgian yeast, mild sugar, citrus and mild corn. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle 25cl. Pours a nice golden/yellow color with a grandious foamy head! Aroma is filled with citrus,hops and some apple. Taste is bitter with lots of apples and hops and a spicey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Corked bottle and served in my big ole Karmeliet tulip: Clean golden hue topped by a HUGE fluffy head and left spotty lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of grassy and herbal hops, slight dusty yeast esters, biscuity malts and a touch of apple and citrus. The taste is moderately (by Belgian standards) hoppy with a surprising peppery spice finish. A bit chalky and dry malt midsection that does take away some enjoyment for the overall palate. The mouth feel is as expected to be, very sprite and aggressive with a medicinal finish. Overall much better than the first time I tried this (of course I was also trashed when I had it the first time resulting in a deleted rating). Still, I am remissed to say that this is not worth the price of $9 a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Hazy golden with huge head. Mix of bubble gum belgian yeast and citrus hops in the aroma. Taste is more of the same. Big bitterness in the finish is a bit over the top. Light to medium body could be bumped up a bit. Lots of carb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
How about some more head with my beer? No seriously. Pretty bold for a Belgian blonde - lots of citrus, lots of hops. But definitely not like the usual hop fix. Dry with spicy/peppery citrus at the end. Aftertaste lingers for a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2009
In short: An uber-hoppy sharp Belgian blonde ale. Intense. Excellent.
How: Bottle 750ml, about 6 months old or less
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a large persistent white head
In long: I’ve rarely had a well-malted beer that had so little malt-related flavour. The hopping of this beer is over the top. A ton of spicy dry grassy hops and then some more. Slightly lemony/acidic touch. Fluffy/foamy body. Very sharp finish when cold. This is a rather aggressive beer, including the carbonation that is more than just lively. A thicker body would have been amazing but still this is a great beer. I didn’t mind it being somewhat unbalanced, this is a superb Belgian hop fix, something we don’t see very often. I’d drink this beer injour (I’m assuming injoor means “in extremely large quantity” in some Belgium dialect).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2009
I become more impressed with Gouden Carolus beers every time I pop one open. They’re never superb, but they’re always very tasty, and they have a liveliness that is just great. This one is no exception. I don’t get a ton of hops out of it, though. Pours like a champagne - a *huge* head, even with a slow pour - though it dissipates quickly. Very light golden color. Apple cider (Martinelli’s) and pear in the aroma, along with some hops and a honey sweetness. The hops come through more powerfully in the flavor, which presents a bitterness to counter what is otherwise a very sweet beer. Well-balanced, effervescent... this one would be great to celebrate an occasion on a budget, as it’s really very much like champagne. Good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2009
on tap, pours cloudy orange with a white head that laces well. Aroma is all hops. Taste is sweet with a bitter undertone, ends fairly bitter with a dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4902) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Some hops, maybe a bit soapy in aroma. Pours with a gigantic amount of head. A hop bite shows up first, then slowly turns into more of a spice flavor. A smooth non-bitter finish. Quite nice. Maybe the best I’ve had from these guys.

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