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


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RATINGS: 958   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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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   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ambro206 (238) - ITALY - MAY 2, 2015
Birra color biondo scarico. Schiuma abbondante e compatta color bianco. Interessante ed intenso aroma di luppoli nobili, spezie, erba. In bocca il lievito si fa sentire in accordo con il lievito belga. Corpo medio basso, carbonazione abbondante e forse un filo fastidiosa. Una classica rivisitazione IPA in stile belga. Piacevole, non eccezionale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
androman (737) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2015
33cl bottle at home from Mitra, Maarssen. Body is hazy orange, head is big, white, creamy, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is fruity, flavor is spicy, apple, biscuit, belgian yeast. Medium sweet, light bitter, light sour, light acidic. Finish is medium lasting fruity sourish bittersweet, light salty. Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation. Not very easy, typical belgian strong ale, not too exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (4139) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 23, 2015
Pale amber, large beige head, creamy, nice lacing. Orange, pine, Belgian spice, bready. Medium sweet, light bitter. Medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sdmmb (1147) - USA - APR 16, 2015
Drunk from 75ck bottle bought at delhaize. Extra hoppy version of the Gouden Carolus' beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
roald76 (13) - NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2015
Heerlijk bier, lekker bittertje, goudgeel troebel, smaakt koud heerlijk fris en hoppig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (1402) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
18.9.2014. Pale slightly hazy orange. Aroma is quite mild with some lemon, zest and herbs. Palate is smooth, sharp carbonation, tastes yeast, lemon, pepper, hops. Slightly sour. A bit hoppier belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yy0pp (782) - - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle. Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma - Citrus, malts, herbs. Taste - Fruit, spice, hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ForlornHope (173) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2015
33 cl bottle at home. Pours a clear yellow with a large white head. Aroma of juicy fruit, grain and peppery hop. Taste is sweet to start, followed by a firm but light bitterness. Rich and sticky palate, there is also further sweet fruitiness and peppery, resin flavours from the hopping. Short dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2264) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Poured from 330ml bottle. Sparkling, hazy, golden color with a huge, persistent, off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of light fruit, lime, celery, puffed cereal, candy and biscuits. Taste of lemon/lime, ginger, apples, white grapes, other light fruit, grain, cereal and yeast. Medium body and medium/high carbonization with a spritzy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
XCaellaX (22) - Bramois, SWITZERLAND - FEB 24, 2015
33 cl bottle from Drink d’Annevoie, BE. Yellow-gold, cloudy, frothy white head. Aroma: moderate malty, toast, moderate hoppy. Flavor: moderate sweet, light heavy beer. Nice, but not exceptional

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