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


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RATINGS: 1052   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 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 - its 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 its 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 wouldnt call it particularly light in texture, though this hardly inhibits drinkability - it certainly doesnt betray the fact this is 8%. O: Damn, this is good stuff. Its 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nathanvc (356) - Brugge, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2017
Pours clear golden with a big, frothy, white head that lasts. The aroma contains malt, citrus, hops, herbs, some pepper. It tastes light sweet and medium to heavy bitter, but the hops never become aggressive. Creamy texture, fizzy carbonation, long balanced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (3815) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 2, 2017
(2014-15 Rating deleted?) Resampled 33cl bb12/2017, BLsampler. - Does with the refined-all-too refined Carolus range what it might have learned from De Dolle Arabier: introduce European earthy hoppiness in a golden strong ale/tripel malt bed. Earthy citrus, pepper, apple freshness laced through cakey biscuit and a yeastiness so refined it might as well be the recondensated dirty lees of evaporated fine champagne. Bit of a green herbal bite in finish - Saaz-y in its Belgian deployment. Reliable dry hoppy belgian, but no match for the work of art that is Arabier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnRMurdoch (4736) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle at The Capital. Hazy orange amber, good head. Light lemon hop aroma. Grain yeasty lemon flavour. Light spicy pine aftertaste. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mice (910) - FINLAND - MAR 3, 2017
Beautiful, golden beer with good, long lasting white head. Aroma has herbs and spices, sour, belgium yeast, citrus. Taste has malts, yeast, citrus, flowers and yeast. Dry and spicy end. Simple beer, which lacks something special. Still quite ok.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Helsdon (371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2017
Cloudy blonde with creamy white head. Nose not all that hoppy, but really in this hop bomb world... Mild malt nose, some resin, A little citrus. The beer is still full of good Belgian yeastiness, nice malts, the hops are not overwhelming. Resin and again a little citrus, with a lingering bitterness. Solid beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Michael27 (1649) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2017
Aus der Flasche in Mechelen getrunken. Trbes Gold mit stabiler Schaumdecke im Glas. Die Kalthopfung macht ein perfektes Bier aus dem ursprnglichen Dubbel. Lang anhaltende leichte Bitterkeit im Abgang. Eher ungewhnlich fr Belgien.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2986) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Bottle. BB Date Jul 2011; Drank Jul 2011. Golden Yellow in colour. Thick and lasting head and lacing; good carbonation. Aroma of yeast, fruit and hops. Yeasty; lots of grainy floaties and sediment. Very Fruity; orange citrus and peaches. Spicy, peppery. Malty; sweet malts, some candy sugar. Hoppy; grassy and resinous hops. Sweet fruity and spicy throughout leading to a dry mildly bitter aftertaste. Lovely Beer! (2011-07-03)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Salwal (465) - GERMANY - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Sour herbal nose, alcoholic middlepart, grassy. Grassy herbal finish...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeorgePratt (67) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2017
Aroma of hops, dough, yeast and earth. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Taste mirrors aroma. WOW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
QcBeer (183) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2017
De couleur jaune paille voile avec une mousse blanche abondante et invitante. Nez dagrume et de citron, crale et de caramel avec une touche floral! En bouche, miam, cest bon! Les crales domines, suivi de plusieurs pices. Une touche citronn, mielleuse et caramlis. Les levures sont bien prsente. Une finale longue et savoureuse, huileuse et sche sur un fond de coriandre, de caramel et de crale! Excellente! Cheers!

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