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


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RATINGS: 967   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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

   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 (4827) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle - 330ml. Hazy golden body with average carbonation and a thick, lasting white foamy head. Well balanced hoppy aroma with grassy and coriander hints. Sharp hoppy taste that carries, herbal, flowery and grapefruit notes. Ends with a long bitter/herbal finish. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Pours pale, hazy gold, with a massive three inch head of porous foam. A slow retreat revealed a myriad of ripped sheets of lacework, and a full, rocky skim coat for the duration. Grassy, earthy, spicey overtones lead off the aromatics. Wet hay, spruce dew on moss, orange peel, lemon zest, and melon rind follow through. Light malt with a great combination of citrus and spice. Dry, crisp, and spritzy mouthfeel. Quenchingly snappy, light bodied, and effervescent. Lemon pith, dried apricots, white pepper, spruce bark and grapefruit start the pallet. Light malt, fresh cut hay, and warming alcohol follow through. Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, spice-laden citrus, and a hint of pineapple skin. Great beer. Plenty lively and full of character. Highly drinkable without becoming boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (7433) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2011 Very hoppy aroma with citrus and a bit of pine. Dry, hoppy flavor, citrus, grass, hay, and a touch of honey. Very light malt presence that is a bit over-shadowed but it works well anyhow. Dry as a bone. Champagne-like. Lots of carbonation. Very long, hoppy, finish. I like this stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Dynamic beer. I won’t get too specific except to say this: This brew is versatile. I find too many Belgian beers to be cloying and thin bodied or just too one-dimensional. I really think this beer is a hit! It has characteristics of a classic witbier, the drinkability of a well made German hefe and the bright hoppiness of something like Victory’s Prima Pils. It’s deliciously dangerous at 8% and can appeal to both the Blue Moon drinker or the elitist beer snob that YOU probably are or aspire to be! ;) To me, a year-round winner!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2009
From the bottle pours a soft gold, great clarity with a tall small bubbled white head. Dry and crisp with a soft fruity finish. Hops provide a soft bitterness, hints of citrus pair nicely against the yeast esters. Great balance and oh so drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sten (706) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2009
Hazy golden coloured beer with a nice white head. Fruity in the nose. Dry bittery taste. Good quenching beer. Full body.(Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5501) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Because of the explosive head patience is required while pouring this beer. Some solids on the final pour of the 750. Slightly cloudy honey gold color. Massive lacing acing is almost powdery. Aroma is honey, Simcoe hops, grass, and faint spice. While not a big aroma it is nice. This is a well hopped beer. They are citrus, grass, and floral. There is a distinct bitterness that lingers following each sip. It is somewhat acidic and has a peppery zing. Alcohol is not noticed until well into the bottle and it gets spicier as the beer warms. The hops combine to make a delightful beer. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Tasted at Ale Atlanta. Very hoppy aroma. Smells a little garlicky (in a good way) like Simcoe, but what do I know, the description says othe hops. Lots of bitterness. Nice.

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