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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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5686) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
Bottle: Poured a bright pale yellow color ale with a super huge foamy head with perfect retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of dry European hops with typical Belgian malt base. Taste is a nice mix between some typical Belgian malt with great notes of European dry hops with some subtle floral notes. Easily drinkable with a full body and perfect carbonation with no hints of alcohol. Very well done and a bit more hops would have been even better. Quality brew from a quality brewer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2009
In the 750 mL cork bottle from Beertopia. Pours cloudy yellow with a concrete head that freezes solid on a February Nebraska evening in the hot tub. Indeed a good bargain at $7.49 a bottle. Nice citrus hop aroma. Flavor initially presents with a solid pear-like fruitiness, but soon is washed away with a confluent wave of hop bitterness that lingers to the end og the beer. A real bargain.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Fresh as hell 750 bottle shared by willblake. Fuck yeah kickass massive fluffy white head on top of a nice light coppery amber body with intense yet delicate carbonation. Aroma is crazy with intense doughy bready malts followed up with massively assertive citrusy and floral hops. Flavor is zesty, spicy, earthy with tons of bready fresh pils malts and a very light sweetness, with just tons of fresh floral and lightly ciitrusy hops. Clean and crisp finish leaves room for a tacky drying bitterness which is awesome. Wow- i need to buy lots of this, since the price is also very reasonable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HolidayBeerGuy (50) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2009
I think I’ve found my everyday IPA. Pours cloudy gold, persistant head, dissipates slowly. Aroma is llight of citrus and floral notes. The mouthfeel is not potent hoppiness, very well balanced. Lasting citrus after taste. A good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1394) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle, has a hazy yellow-orange gold pour with moderate effervescence, produced a fluffy, dense foamy white persistent head, aromas of flowery hops, pilsner malt, lemon and orange fruits, faint yeast and herb spice fragrances, faint flower honey-nectar sweetness, sip has lots of hop herb flavor with fleeting light fruity lemon citrus, pilsner and gentle bread malt flavors, finish is pretty dry with hop bitterness and pepper on the taste buds, mouth feel is light with a creamy fluffiness. Why is this written as a Amber Ale on label? It looks a like a golden ale, anyway, this is a very nice ale, alcohol is hidden well, the 8% alc. is not evident, a very nice Belgian golden ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13068) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle from Belmpnt Party shared at local BA tasting. Poured a hazy orange color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy tart citrus and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a very drinkable beer and my expectations where met.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle. Fresh fruity, hoppy aroma. Slightly hazy yellow orange body, massive dense white head. Flavor is spicy and very hoppy, plenty of yeast and some fruit. Distinctly bitter finish. Very different from sweeter and fruitier Belgian strongs, but memorable and enjoyable in its own way.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5208) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2009
750 ml bottle thanks to willblake. Very hazy bright yellow with a huge fizzy foamy head. Aroma is very spicey, hoppy, slight fruit and bubble gum. Spiced up flavor almost minty. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4576) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2009
Bottle. Cloudy golden beer with a strong head. The aroma is lightly bitter, and the flavour is strongly spiced and very bitter/dry. Overall a nice Belgian strong ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6196) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Caged and corked .. poured with a monster head of poofy head that collapsed in levels. Nice yeasty aroma on this; so the flavor that follows is a bit of an unexpected assault on the palate. Quite a chewy beer, this is full of grassiness, tangy bitterness and spice. This is an incredible conglomeration of characteristics, and I almost wonder if there’s too much going on here. (#3498, 2/16/2009)


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