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

bottled
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available

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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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2.5
Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2009
courtesy of Laurent Mousson (WBA) - cloudy blond colour with a solid white foam leaving a nice lace on the side of the glass; estery with notes of pear and spices; far too much carbonated, heavy sweetness behind which lasts in a short fruity and sticky finish - medicinal and very dubious

3.6
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle @ the soon to be renamed Abbot on the Hill. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, malt and yeast, hazy yellow, small firm white head, leaves some pretty lace, Flavour is a fine malt, tasty lemon and a little yeast. Light bodied, very well balanced, quite refreshing considering the abv. Terrific!

3.9
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Corked and caged 750 pours a hazed yellow gold body with an enormous vanilla head. Sticky clump lacing is left after the pillowy head falls to a meringue. Aroma is herbal and grassy hops. Velvety carbonation softens the medium body. Dry and bitter herbal hops driven taste. Soft caramel backbone. Nicely done Belgian IPA.

3.5
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAY 30, 2009
TOo bitter for me but awesome brew. It has th Belgian and Carolus touch. Nice colour in th label.

4.2
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Pours golden and slightly hazy with a well maintained foamy beige head. Dominated by herbal hops and fruity esters, notes of banana, bubble gum, pear, and candy. Mouthfeel is full bodied with lush carbonation. Very tasty and elegant.

3.1
Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2009
Flaske 0,33l fra Vinmonopolet. Strågul farge. Kraftig kremaktig skum som varer lenge. Uklart. Fruktig og krydret aroma. Smaken er fyldig og dominert av krydder. Litt skarp. Tørr fruktig bitter ettersmak. Alkoholen er godt skjult.

3.3
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2009
Pours a golden honey like blonde, big pure white soapy head. Aroma is lots of fruity hops, yeast and a sugary sweetness. Taste is hoppy peppery bitter, some sweetness and a hint of yeast. finishes with a crisp herbal bitterness. Similar in many respects to an IPA with some Belgian sweetness and well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable, but perhaps lacking in other flavours, I prefer Carolus’ other beers.

3.4
hopscotch (11104) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle… Hazy yellow ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Soapy, spicy, herbal nose. Full-bodied and creamy with lackadaisical carbonation. Medium pale grain sweetness and moderate, spicy, European hop bitterness - a rumor of acidity. Sweet, lightly bitter finish.

3.2
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Cloudy gold pour with a thick white head. Lightly fruity nose, citrusy, with a touch of hops. Flavor is sweet, fruity malt and yeast with an interesting blend of citrusy hops: a note of orange peel. Sharp tasting. Refreshing and good.

3.1
Aggy360 (115) - Anchorage/ Vista,CA, Alaska, USA - MAY 10, 2009
On tap at Cafe Amsterdam, in Anchorage. A golden yellow, very hazy. Good white head that leaves a strong lace. The nose is citrusy and sweet. The taste was about the same, a little earthy. Not very bitter for a four hop beer. Hides it’s 8% well. Overall a very easy and enjoyable drink.


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