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


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RATINGS: 925   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Pours a very hazy golden with floating impurities and a tall, frothy shaving foam-style lacing head. Aroma of yeast and fruit - very Belgian - and add to that quite some hoppiness. Quite full-bodied with sweetish malt and fruit and a fairly dry and bitter hop finish. 050908

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2008
Beige-light tan colour. Big head. Lots of cloudiness. Fresh herbal continental hops and dusty Belgian yeast. Dry, fairly bitter flavour. Lots of herbal hoppiness and thick bready pale malts. There are a lot of beers like this, but it is a very solid concept and this one is executed well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Lots of herbal hops with the yeastiness relegated to the background. Dry, lightly bitter hops on the finish. Not a bad heavily hopped Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Foam, foam, and more foam...practically needed to climb into the glass to drink the beer. 15" (okay, exaggerating a bit) ivory head with a murky lemon body. Citrus, spice, and dirty skunk find the nose. Flavor is mostly bitter hops but has a yeasty quality as well. Kind of like me as a kid...never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beaver (1337) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2008
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a HUGE rocky white head that retains well.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and some floral pilsner style hops (saaz).

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a decent amount of bitterness in the hops. There are some metallic skunky off-notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, tastes like an imperial pilsner. It’s not well balanced, fiarly flawed, and doesn’t really appeal to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Orange colored. Aroma is spicy hops, somewhat fruity, light bit of sugar and spice. Medium bodied, drinkable but I still am not wild about these hybrids.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2008
lively aggressive bright white head, lemon oil aroma and all that yeast. the hops are strong with an astringent edge initially becomes dry later on

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 5, 2008
C&C 750 from LooseCanon - thanks! A bit of crust around the cork. Two seconds after removing the cage, the cork blows out with such force it knocked a chunk out of my ceiling. Pours with the biggest white head I’ve ever seen - the entire first glass was all foam, the second pour into my Duvel glass netted me 1/2" of beer and the rest foam. The beer itself is clear gold, well carbonated. Grassy nose, sweet grain, yeast and light fruit and biscuit. Rather dry and bitter, lightly spicy and a bit hot. Some grass and hay come out later. Odd beer, this one, but pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2008
bottle, cloudy yellow pour, large foamy belgian head, nose is fruity with sour citrus flavors and spice nicely carbonated finish

   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.

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