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


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RATINGS: 1000   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Clear and light golden with foamy white head and champagne-like rising bubbles. Spritzy, effervescent texture with some weight to it. Bright aromas of citrus, sweet flowers, delicate herbs and fresh yeast. Chalky malt flavors with a sweet base follow. Healthy amount of balancing bitterness in the aftertaste. Solid beer with quite a bit of personality. Pleasant and easy to enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 2, 2009
On tap at Novare Res. Pours a a nice golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma is slightly muted mostly hops and grassy scents. Flavor is a nice hoppy bite at first with a nice bunch of citrus flavors. The belgian yeast is really nice in with the hop profile. The ending is very dry and bitter and to me that’s perfect for this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2009
The comments about the head should not be taken lightly. A full three fingers of white rocky foam sits on a light yellow body. Spicy grassy hop aroma. Nice spicy belgian IPA, very grassy with a great malt base. Huge white yeasty floaties at the bottom if you want them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2009
750 mL bottle. Pours cloudy golden yellow with huge sticky white head. The aroma is very floral with some hay and grass hops, honey, perfumy yeast, and a little bit of tropical fruit. The flavor is floral and spicy to begin with, but quickly takes on an assertive hoppy bitterness. There’s a deep, rich yeasty backbone to this beer that I really enjoy. It finishes dry and herbal. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3500) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Brown bottle, 75 cl, best before 16/07/11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on January 31 2009; eye: golden, hazy, voluminous white head that falls but remains as a nice thick sheet, good lazing, lots of effervescence; nose: citrusy, dry, yeast, grapefruit, light caramel malt, medicinal floral, perfume, light spices; mouth: medicinal, grapefruit, malt, light caramel, floral, perfume, alcohol, pepper, short and dry finale all in hops with some malt, medium body, quite carbonated, really foamy texture, mildly bitter, light astringency; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 75 cl, meilleure avant 16/07/11via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 31 janvier 2009; œil : dorée, voilée, mousse blanche abondante qui tombe mais demeure, bonne dentelle, très bonne effervescence; nez : citrique, sec, levure, pamplemousse, léger malt, médicinal, floral, parfum, léger épices; bouche : médicinale, pamplemousse, malt, léger caramel, floral, parfum, alcool, poivre, finale courte et sèche tout en houblon avec un peu de malt, corps moyen, très carbonatée, texture très mousseuse, moyennement amère, légère astringence; en résumé : bien

   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 (6507) - 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.

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