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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1048   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Bottle: Unfiltered
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). 5 types of hops are used in this beer. 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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle, from a recent private order, thanks Mat for coordinating. Looks nice - medium hazy yellow, gigantic fluffy bubbly white head. Aroma is hoppy, spicy, some alcohol, nice. Taste - excellent. Spicy strong light malt, lots of hops and even more in the finish. I mean a ton of hops in finish, almost sweet in nature. Complex, sneaking warming alcohol. Floral in the taste as well. Damn good beer, wish I had bought more of this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2009
Looks great. Aroma? Yep, just spot on. The classic Belgian hoppy aroma, in a very warm and round way, almost sweaty. Its been a while since Ive had a beer like this and it reminded me I need to drink them a LOT more. Great pils malt flavour - rich and supple and round - with nicely poised phenols and polystyrene hops. Fairly assertive bitterness for the style, nice alcohol warmth. Comes off as a slightly more rich, warm, open version of Hommelbier. Beautiful. How come Ankers beers all taste better in Australia than in the brewerys taproom?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2009
Pours golden yellow with a big snow white. Nose is not quite what i expected, almost pils like in terms of honey malt sweetness and spicy/floral noble hops. Palate is more in line with what i expected, being a belgian ipa. Some mild citrus & apricot/peach pops up but plays second fiddle to the spicy & floral noble hops that dominate the mid palate and the finish. High abv almost non-existent. Overall a nice, robust alternative to a pils but not quite what i was expecting. Regardless, easy to see why this is rated quite highly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
330mL bottle from a group order. Pours a hazy straw gold with a huge white foamy head, lots of floaties. The nose on this reminds me a lot of the Margriet from this same brewery. Very lemon-zesty hoppy, pale malts and a hint of candi sugar. Very nice. Flavour is quite sweet upfront, with some assertive hop bitterness following and then a dry yeasty finish. Lingering dryness and yeast in the aftertaste. Nice astringent feel to it from the hops. Sweet fruity esters are tasty, peach, mango, pineapple. Feels strong yet drinkable. The unique combination of hop varieties in this makes for some nice complexity (reminds me a little of Orvals hops characteristics). The sweetness matches the biting hops very well and I really appreciate the balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma is spice, some funk, yeastiness, and fruit. Taste is much the same but has some weird bitterness that Im just not feelin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Pours a hazy rich yellow color with thick frothy white head. Aroma is of ripe fruit, yeast, mild funk, and some Belgian spice. Taste is belgian spice, fruit notes, some yeast funk. Not too sweet like some Belgians, everything was well put together with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KM (416) - Troms, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2009
Bottle. Huge lovely white head. Very unclear dark yellow body. Fresh sourish aroma, some yeast and fruits too. Quite strong. Strong flavour, of alcohol. Some yeast and bitter hops. Not very exciting flavour, not like the aroma. (At home, 27.04.09)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2009
[email protected], Providence. RI Pretty decent hoppy, belgian blonde. Floral and yeasty. Alcohol is noticeable, yet soft. Some estery yeast characters.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2009
(bottle). Super carbonated and thick, thick head. In spite of the claim of hopiness, I didnt find this to be hoppy. For a Belgian beer there is certainly a hoppy finish, but I dont drink Belgian beers for hops. If I want hops, Ill go with Racer 5 or some other American Brew. Its not a bad beer, but its not great either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Tasted at the San Diego International Beer Festival. Yellow with a creamy white head. Sweet malty and apple aroma and taste with a tart citrus finish.

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