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


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RATINGS: 970   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. A: Pours a dark, hazy amber color with lots of carbonation. Typical of the style, the head is really nice - it’s about three fingers high and barely off-white in color. The texture is rather foamy and retention is excellent. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass, as well. S: Quite estery, with a lot of banana, apple, white grape, pear, and coriander notes. I do pick up some noble hops, but their mild presence is a little disappointing. Then again, there IS a reason I got this Gouden Carolus mixed 4-pack at clearance prices... T: Opening hop bitterness makes itself well known right from the start. Hops slowly fade away to reveal plenty of biscuit, bread, apple, honey, and white grape notes on the back end. More subtle flavors of black pepper and coriander are also evident, along with budding hints of citrus as it sits in the glass some more. The solid depth is good, but it’s real crowning feature is its easy drinking nature. M: Dry, as expected. The hop profile does its job admirably here, and that is to cleanse the finish in order to invite further sips. I wouldn’t call it particularly light in texture, though this hardly inhibits drinkability - it certainly doesn’t betray the fact this is 8%. O: Damn, this is good stuff. It’s exactly what I expected it to be: a rock-solid BSPA with an extra helping of hops. This could have the potential to be amazing fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Achel (175) - GREECE - JUL 18, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a longlasting white head. Has a fruity yeasty fresh hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy yeasty flavor with hints of citrus. Has a fruity malty hoppy finish with some hints of citrus in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (2598) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2015
750ml bottle. Beermerchants. Hazy, straw colour. Thin, dense, lasting, bright white head. Looks great. Vanilla toffee malts. Banana. Clove. Taste is sweet, and oily, greasy bitter. Palate is oily, and soft. A bit foamy. Finishes long, oily, herby bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmahut (1485) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 9, 2015
Pours is very hazy yellow body with high frosty head. Aroma is yeasty, banana, light pineapple. Taste has high fruity bitterness, medium wheat sweetness. Body is medium with very high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (912) - CROATIA - JUN 30, 2015
Bottle; pours hazy gold with an off white head; aroma is citrus fruits, yeast, and spice; taste is light sweet with yeast and citrus; finish is light bitter with some hints of spice; very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2015
Je suis un amateur de la poivrée Carolus Tripel (qui est de retour au Québec, yeah!) alors je suis très curieux de goûter une de ses semblables... C’est plus délicat, plus léger que la tripel. Il y a malheureusement moins de profondeur aussi! Ça semble vouloir tirer sur la fraicheur du citron et le corps approuve en étant bien vivant. Malgré la description, les houblons ne sont par contre vraiment pas si présents que ça. Je ne détecte que très peu du fruité ou de l’amertûme en général procurés par ceux-çi... Peut-être faut-il boire cette bière très fraiche? Bref, rien de vraiment fantastique, mais quand même une bière raffraichissante que je boierais régulièrement sans problème.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mauroruellas (365) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 26, 2015
Amarela,turva,espuma alta,volumosa e com boa manutenção;aroma com predomínio dos lúpulos,terroso,herbáceo,condimentado;sabor frutado,condimentado com notas picantes e uma leve presença de malte,álcool notado mas sem ser agressivo,final com gostoso amargor,corpo médio/alto,equilibrada,com boa complexidade e drinkability. Excelente Strong Ale(ou seria Belgian IPA).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1525) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2015
330mL bottle from International Beer Collector. BB 16/10/2016 Certainly looks the part - hazy orange-straw body with big creamy head holding atop. Moderate intensity nose - spicy, herbal, lemon citrus, slightly woody hop character, light toasty malt & peppery yeast undertones. Full body, smooth slightly velvety texture, carbonation is high. Opens out a bit more on the body - toasted cereal malts, pepper, lemon, herbs, grass, clove - rather tasty really, firm bitterness, well done. Nice stuff, good to see some European hops being showcased in an IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (314) - POLAND - JUN 17, 2015
Pana spora, średnio pęcherzykowa, szybko opada do nieregularnej pierzynki ładnie zdobiąc przy tym szkło. Barwa żółto złota, mętna. Zapach ciekawy - charakterystyczny belgijski aromat brzoskwiń, ziół i przypraw miesza się z trawą cytrynową, delikatnymi cytrusami (pomarańcze, limonki), marakują, kwiatami i herbatnikami. Nie jest bardzo intensywny ale niezwykle czysty i przyjemny, daje zapowiedź świetnego trunku. W smaku półsłodkie, fajna owocowość ponczu z dodatkiem różowego wina, wyraźny pieprz (czarny i czerwony), biszkopty i landrynki. Chmielowo-goryczkowa kontra zaznaczona, aczkolwiek te 50 IBU niewyczuwalne w natłoku różnych doznań. W afterteasie likier ananasowy, pikantność i trawiastość oraz rozgrzewanie w przełyku od alkoholu. Gratka dla wielbicieli piw belgijskich w nowofalowym wydaniu. Hopsinjoor może smakować i craftowym beer geekom i zatwardziałym tradycjonalistom. Jest tu klasyczny rdzeń belgijskich jasnych mocnych ALE oraz sznyt chmielowego szaleństwa. Pijalność całkiem niezła, zważywszy na 8% alkocholu - dobre i na lato i na zimę ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jamaty (1239) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 13, 2015
Color miel muy bonito, turbia. Bastante espuma que desaparece pronto, pero que acompaña el vaso en cada trago. Gran aroma, muy intenso, acaramelado y sobre todo a uvas. En boca, carbonatacion media y mucho cuerpo. Compleja. Gran mezcla de frutas (sigue la uva) y dulce Para desencadenar en un final muy seco y amargo con marcado tono alcohólico que queda en boca... Y pide otro trago. Excelente.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bubeer (107) - - MAY 25, 2015
Hazy pale gold. Extremely large frothy head, solid retention, hop bitterness. Spices and some flowers on the nose. Medium bitterness, some sweet in the finish. Slightly oily, average carbonation.

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