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


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RATINGS: 989   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

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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rami_pl (783) - Warszawa, POLAND - NOV 15, 2015
Butelka, warka do 17/05/2016 - czyli swoje postala. Jasne, zoltawo-bursztynowe piwo z bardzo ladna ale szybko opadajaca, biala piana. Aromaty niezwykle intensywne - roslinne, ziolwe (przez chwile moj mozg zinterpretowal to jako kolendre), owocowe (morele chyba najbardziej). miod... W ustach czuc i slodycz i kwaskowatosc lekka i goryczke niewysoka - bardzo ladnie razem ulozone. Spore wysycenie. Niewiele ciala. Bardzo rzeskie. No i rzeczjasna to nie jest zadne Belgian Strong Ale, tylko BIPA, ale przez wielkie B. Bardzo dobre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Daanminator (375) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
Mooie kleur met mooie schuimkraag. Veel koolzuur en een flinke hopsmaak. Best lekker maar iets te....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vincentvega72 (157) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2015
Mooi troebel goudblond bier met rijke witte schuimkraag. Bloemig aroma. Rijk en vol in de mond. Brood, geel fruit, graan, beetje hop. Warme afdronk. Misschien net iets te zoet en had iets bitterder mogen zijn. Voor de rest een zeer lekker bier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruigo (1800) - PORTUGAL - NOV 4, 2015
33cl bottle. Hazy orangish golden colour with a generous white head. Hops, fruity and citrus in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is sweet at first followed by a hoppy bitter finish. Overall, a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VDuquerroux (818) - Airvault, FRANCE - NOV 3, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2015 Bottle, 33cL. @ l’Ancienne Belgique, Toulouse. Just out of the fridge. A pale yellow opaque beer with a big white head ; medium retention ; good lacing. Resin, flower, herbs, fruits (red berries, peach), vanilla, roast, biscuit, alcohol. Medium dry bitter refreshing, light to medium sweet, light warming background. Good body, average texture, light oily, good carbonation, bittersweet dry lasting finish. Overall, yes, definitely hoppy ! I enjoyed this one ; nice bitterness ; maybeeee just a bit too sweet ; nevertheless, good balanced !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cph1698 (1) - Vlissingen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2015 does not count
Poured in a tulip glass from a chilled 25cl bottle. Nice wite foam. Aroma: bananas, nuts, Taste: not too hoppy to my opinion, but still a very nice bitter taste. Nice long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ysok02 (525) - MOns, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2015
Robe blonde, reflets ambrés, belle mousse crémeuse. Nez tout en élégance sur de belles notes fuitées et même florales, touche d’agrumes (mandarine et citron vert), de brioche. Bouche à l’attaque ronde et moelleuse, très belle fraîcheur et superbe fruit, longue finale acidulée. Une très belle bière équilibrée, idéal à boire en automne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rubin77 (321) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 15, 2015
F: very huge white long lasting, make rings. C: hazy yellow to gold, opaque. A: sweet malt and complex hoppy gently aroma, grassy and floral. T: sweet like first, then nice hoppy on the palate, grassy, floral, peppery, dry hoppy finish, bitter lemon like curacao, green pepper, if you like hoppy notes this is the best Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jamesthebrit (382) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2015
I think this is the first Belgian style ipa I’ve had that is not from America. American produced Belgian ipas have always been an ipa first with Belgian yeast as the afterthought. This beer was clearly a Belgian beer first with some hops added to it. A really interesting beer. The hop choices really complimented the other flavors and felt great on the palate. Lighter in body but boozy and hoppy. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
josanguapo (501) - SPAIN - SEP 25, 2015
From elcervecero. In Duvel glass. Watching The hangover. Tasty and very drinkable, with a nice bitterness and carbonation that pleases the upper part of the mouth. Aroma could improve. Its a bit dull for a beer with a hoppy name

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