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

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RATINGS: 1015   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


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Japalo (1725) - DENMARK - JUN 9, 2016
Bottle@home. Two finger foam. Orange haze. Peppery Spice notes. Dry some alcoholic mouthfeel. Love the hop alcoholic balance. The malts subdue the yeast and hops. Still nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fules (477) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - MAY 29, 2016
Nagyon erős keserűsség, ami sokáig megmarad utóízként. Határozottan gyümölcsös, kissé savanykás íz.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (1685) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 9, 2016
BOTTLE 33 CL. Hazy golden, creamy ivory head. Big apricot aroma - both fresh and dried, some corn? The taste has a pretty big honey pale sweetness with notes of tart fruit, balanced and died up by a pretty strong bitterness with quite a bit of alcohol in it. Some corn grits here and there. Quite nice, maybe too boozy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2585) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2016
Tasted on 5/4/16 from a capped 330mL bottle purchased at Frugal. Pours hazy pale orange with a thick, smooth white head that slowly recedes to thick lace. The nose is sweet candi and honey malt with some light bread, a touch of earthy yeast, and very light hops spice. The flavor is a fairly sweet honey attack, moving to some light bitterness and the same yeasty character from the nose, and finishing with more candi sugar sweetness. The body is nearly full with very lively carbonation, and a medium honeyed and lightly bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2373) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2016
Draft at the Quad Alehouse for my birthday. Decent head. Aroma were classic spicy/fruity Belgian. Hoppy flavors gave it that difference they were looking for. No bad

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lello4ever (558) - ITALY - APR 28, 2016
UPDATED: APR 28, 2016 Bionda, torbida, bel cappello di schiuma bianca pannosa. Aroma interessante di lievito, agrumi, banana e frutta. Carbonazione medio alta. Bevuta per nulla pesante nonostante un buon grado alcolico. Malto, frutta, una discreta nota amara su una base dolce. Piacevole.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evilman (50) - Taverny, FRANCE - APR 24, 2016
Good one overall, not especially remarkable as it lacks what makes the Classic and Tripel so great, but still a very decent beer. APPROVED BY TAVERNY’S BLACK METAL CREW !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkanu (50) - Iasi, ROMANIA - APR 21, 2016
Really good strong Belgian beer: alcohol is nicely masked around fruity notes with hints of coriander. Aftertaste is just perfect, not too bitter, but still full of hops. Looks and feels like it should!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lbianchi66 (294) - FRANCE - APR 15, 2016
Robe jaune abricot et opaque. La mousse et épaisse et tient bien, un voile crčme se forme en dessous. Arômes agrumes, fruits jaunes. Goűt résines, agrumes, banane. On reste sur les esters de banane. Texture crémeuse. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2016
On tap at Brunzies (5/1/15). Resiny dank hop and tropical fruit aromas, sweet and musky. Very nice aroma. Medium amber golden clear with thin head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts with tropical fruit sweetness, apricots and mango. Resinous and sharp dank quality to it, too. Big sweetness followed by bit bitterness. Big flavorful bitter finish and sweet bitter after.


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