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


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RATINGS: 1062   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 - 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.

Sissio (1642) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUL 10, 2017
bottle @ home hazy peach, rocky cream head sweet malts, belgian yeasts, cream, caramel, candy, yellow fruit, toffee carbonated, peach juice, bitter hoppy dry finish, mashmellow

PapaCanard (148) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 6, 2017
Belle mousse généreuse, goût marqué et puissant du houblon, robe blonde gracieuse: cette bière est une princesse!

Gerbeer (3745) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2017
On tap. Pours a hazy amber with full head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, almost perfumey, with fruity esters leaning towards dried stoned fruit, bananas and oranges. Flavors of same, very much a Belgian Golden with a bit of hops bittering on the finish. Well made.

Inoven (745) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2017
Flesje gedronken tijdens verjaardag. Aroma en smaak is hoppig en kruidig. Nasmaak is iets bitter.

cervmagpt (834) - PORTUGAL - MAY 30, 2017
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 25C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 15135 12:05 (BBF 02/12/2017). AROMA: medium fruity aroma with notes of candied pear/oranges, peppery, mixed with medium-low lacqer notes. APPEARANCE: golden color and clear. medium-large white head, moussy, whith good retention. lace formation. TASTE: medium fruity notes of pears, oranges, with a spicy (peppery) character. clean and slightly sweet malt background. medium bitterness with a dry and slight bitter finish. PALATE: medium body with medium-high to high carbonation. slight alcohol warmth. OVERALL: a nice belgian golden strong ale with nice notes characteristic from the style.

jybi (317) - FRANCE - MAY 21, 2017
La brasserie Carolus a su, au travers de cette Hopsinjoor, mettre remarquablement en valeur le houblon au travers d’une bière racée, équilibrée et distinguée. D’une robe blond doré (EBC de 9), voilée et parée d’une mousse crémeuse de 4 cm d’épaisseur, distinguée, cette bière l’est déjà en verre. Le nez frais et racé laisse s’exprimer les houblons (5 dans la composition) sur des arômes d’agrumes, d’épices (coriandre et poivre) et herbacés. Cette base se retrouve à la dégustation, avec une attaque sur une fraîcheur houblonnée, des arômes citronnés, de coriandre, de poivre et sur une belle amertume fine et précise. En second plan vient de plus s’ajouter des notes davantage tournées le malt, plus suaves et mielleuses. La deuxième bouche est linéaire mais enrichie par une arrière bouche présentant une belle amertume saillante et herbacée. La troisième bouche se densifie alors pour devenir pleine avec un malt plus présent sur des arômes de miel, de biscuit, d’agrumes et de pêche. Le final laisse quant à lui réapparaître une amertume saillante herbacée et poivrée. Nous terminons ainsi de façon brillante une très belle dégustation où l’ensemble alcool (8 % Abv)/houblon (50 d’EBU, très bien pensé, pas trop amère permettant une bonne expression aromatique des houblons) et sucre est d’un excellent équilibre. Cette Hopsinjoor est un véritable poème procurant de formidables sensations. La bière belge n’est pas inscrite au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco par hasard.

Jimbo2 (474) - DENMARK - MAY 8, 2017
Decent, clasically Belgian hoppy ale. Blonde, aromatic, some slightly fruity hops. Easy drinking.

ALIBALI (2074) - Kiel, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2017
Farmerfunk & Yeasty Matschelemongrapefruitbrei auf einer üppigen XX-Bitter Wiese. Fresh & hoppy 👌. 0,1/1 Jetson beim ZYTHOS 2017.

carlom (57) - ITALY - MAY 5, 2017
Colore giallo dorato, schiuma abbondante e persistente, media carbonazione. Sentori marcati di luppoli, erba. Al palato sentori erbacei importanti e persistenti nel retrogusto. Corpo medio finale amaro. Un blond ale per gli amanti del luppolo.

simontomlinson (365) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2017
Just white head stayed well on a murky, highly carbonated, thick orange coloured body. Big aroma of sweet orange, Belgium yeast & bitter citrus. Medium bodied. Very very sharp on the tongue. Very tingly. Clean on the back. This is bitter citrus, masses of orange, hoppy & lots of typical Belgium yeast tastes. An unusual Belgium but one to try.

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