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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1062   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2009
fantastic hop aroma - all the perfumey herbal flowery stuff I like, mixed with nice fresh doughy belgian yeast and bit of banana. 5 for appearance cause the head is colossal and leaves great ice floes as it subsides. in the mouth a bit disappointing - dry to the point of emptiness, with phenols peppery (good) but also a bit burn ointmenty ( bad): surprisingly not much bitterness. banana.

4
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Bottle courtesy of SoLan. Good aroma of coriander. Hazy yellow body with excellent sheetings of lacing. Zesty soapy lemon flavor with some wheat and mild bitterness. Good beer. A BSA I actually really enjoyed!

3.5
hallinghansen (3192) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2009
Bottle. Hazy light orange body, with a huge white head. Aroma is yeast and alcohol. Flavor is fruit, spices, yeast and alcohol. The flavor is way better than the aroma.

4.7
barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2009
330 ml bottle from a KW group private order. this is orval without the brett. pils malt, lotsa hops. super dry, very complex. orval without brett, almost perfect.

4.2
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!

4.1
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. It’s been a while since I’ve 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 Anker’s beers all taste better in Australia than in the brewery’s taproom?

3.6
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.

4
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 Orval’s hops characteristics). The sweetness matches the biting hops very well and I really appreciate the balance.

3.4
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 I’m just not feelin.

3.8
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.


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