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

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RATINGS: 1013   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


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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2009
750 ml corked bottle. Beautiful hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head. Banana, yeast, and lemon aromas. Champagne like carbonation and a very light mouthfeel. Alcohol, biscuit, yeast, candy, and fruit in the palate. Finish is a lingering hop bitterness. This is a great beer that has many layers of flavor. Highly drinkable. I am not giving up my Duvel, but this is a good beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6600) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2009
It is a soft, rich, Belgian ale. Round malty body, Duvel-like yeast, and then the extra hops kick in. Golding, Spalt, Tradition and Saaz, according to the label. This does not add up t an extreme beer, but it adds another dimension to the beer, it gets more depth. This is going to be a new benchmark beer. Excellent craftsmanship from Het Anker again. Peaches, lemon, a hint of stable, summer flowers.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6282) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2009
330 ml bottle (Vinmonopolet, bestillingsutvalget), ABV is 8.0%. Ingredients include maize and sugar. Pale golden colour, slightly hazy, huge white head. Lovely complex fruity, sweetish and spicy aroma - fruitiness both from the yeast and the hops. The flavour is sweet and spicy with yeasty and fruity notes, and a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. High level of carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6373) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle (33cl). Shared by you-know-who ... thanks!...Cloudy yellow pour, huge lasting fluffy white head, with a weird, solid, Devil’s Tower-like plug of foam in the middle of the glass. Sweet and pungently grassy aroma - pear, candy, tons of yeast. Tastes the same, even grassier; thick on the tongue, quite an acidic bite to it; almost sugary up front, but a long funky-pungent linger. Very nice - I’d have this again for sure.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
750ml caged&corked bottle. Pours deep yellow gold with some haze and a very thick white head. The aroma is hoppy and grassy with some soft spicy phenols. The flavor is subtly grainy with mild sweetness and hints of banana. There is also a lot of noble hop flavor. Mid-palate is dry and firmly bitter but not too bitter (like some crazy-hopped tripels). Finish is dry, grassy, bitter and warming with light fruit esters, subtle citrus, and some phenols. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and strongly carbonated. Overall, a decent beer but just not that memorable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12373) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
A hazy blonde ale with a thick creamy lacing white head. A pleasant green apple, fusel alcohol and catnip in aroma. In mouth, a sweet vanilla and spiced malt, very herbal and complex. Very good. On tap at American Flatbread, Burlington,VT, Nov. 30 2008, with Sponge and Goldorak.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Case (300) - GERMANY - MAR 10, 2009
Cloudy yellow pour with a big foamy head and some particles floating inside it. The aroma already sets the tone: clearly very hoppy and fresh, with some citrus fruit. Taste is nicely bitter and hoppy offset with a soft malty base. Mouthfeel is quite peppery and the alcohol content clearly evident. Excellent hoppy ale, I just wish the alcohol wouldn’t be so in-your-face - which is why this can’t beat the perfectly balanced XX Bitter. A worthy addition to the new trend of hoppy Belgians.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (9151) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2009
(33cl bottle) Cloudy, pale golden colour with a rocky foamy white head. Herbal, slightly grassy hoppy aroma with a touch of citrus and shy malty notes in the backyard. Bitter flavour with a tinge of acidity, medium to full bodied with a lively carbonation. Soft malty base with notes of citrus and dry herbal hops. Dry and hop bitter finish with herbal and fruity notes in the aftertaste. Another hoppy Belgian Ale that is pretty harsh but also a revelation for every hop head (08.III.09).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2394) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
330 mL bottle at St. Veronus. Translucent brown-gold with a nice, sticky white head. Aroma is mostly hops, along with some candied fruit, citrus and spice. Tastes like a Belgian IPA, if that makes sense: bitterness throughout, earthy/herbal hop flavour, candi-sugar, spice, and malt. Lingering, bitter finish. Quite dry. Well done.


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