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

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RATINGS: 1043   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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). Kind of hops: 4 types of hops are used: Golding, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz. 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2008
The Tubes said it best. "what a beauty". This one pours with a skyscraper creamy head that lasts. The color is hazed creamy yellow. Aromas are strong with meaty banana cream and other tropicals. Full nectar with superb carbonation. This brew is balanced with a crazy delicious tropical malt backbone and a citrus pulp aspirin hop that cuts through the blubber. The finish lingers long and steady. It’s so rich yet balanced I could drink it all night long. As I sip and it warms the Hopsinjoor never diminishes. A solid classic. Trump!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1608) - BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2012
Trs belle cration de 2008 de la brasserie Het Anker Malines, faisant partie de la Belgian Family Brewers. Cette bire comprend 5 houblons et est prsente comme une blonde de dgustation: on le comprend!! Elle titre 8 % abv et est refermente en bouteille et non filtre. Trs beau positionnement sur le march pour cette nouvelle venue. Couleur abricot clair, allant sur la pche, voire le rose orang. Elle montre un lger trouble de brume (ou est-ce peut-tre dmotions...). Le ptillant est vif avec des bulles de taille moyenne, partout dans le verre. La mousse au versage est superbe, floconneuse et paisse souhait, dun blanc un peu cass. Le nez est de houblon clairement avec de la coriandre, et une pointe de thym et de romarin. La texture est celle qui convient ce type de bire, entre liquide et soyeux. La premire bouche est dune amertume trs fine, spcifique, trs recherche, avec des fleurs de houblon. On trouve aussi une pointe de cpres et de sureau. Trs belle entre en matire. Le second got se dveloppe sur le bl, lpeautre et le seigle, avec une pointe davoine, le tout encercl par le houblon. La 3me bouche est un grand bain de jouvence entre les crales et le houblon, du fruit blanc qui arrive avec un peu dpice. La levure est fine, pointue, prcise et tout fait adquate. La longueur est superbe pour une 8 abv. Lalcool est bien adapt. La finale ne faillit jamais, pleine de sensations agrables et fraches. Une bire de dgustation, certes, mais aussi une bire dt parfaite. Magnifique travail de Het Anker.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrRizzotto (14) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - JAN 20, 2015
Bread, hay, cereal, floral, herbs, dough, citrus, earthy, leaves, alcohol, butterscotch, raisin, licorice, ginger, skunky, soy sauce, cough drop, woody

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bear53 (7) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2010 does not count
From a bottle. beautiful 2-3 finger wonderful white head as good as Duvel, vanilla, small citrus flavor, this ale is top shelf Belgan, I am in love although I love everything Carolus brews. Mouthfeel is refreshing not overly carbonated - next to Chimay one of my all time favorites.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Perfect appearance. A light orange colored beer with a massive head that could only come from Belgium. Frothy, fully developed, huge head that forms great shapes, laces and lasts very well. Nose is alarmingly vibrant and full of hop (spice, peach, lemon) and nice yeast derived smells (farmhouse, leather.) Flavor is devastatingly complex and utterly amazing. Was expecting something good after reading Ernest’s and Jeff’s reviews, but this is beyond good. Starts off dry, peppery, spicy and all hop accented, then settles into an amazingly well extracted vinous-like range of flavors, which leads into the finish that lasts for at least 10 seconds. Wasn’t expecting to be blown away by a beer tonight, but was.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Pours amber with a nice lingering white head. Smells of dry malt, spice, pepper, pine, some citrus, hints of sugar. Tastes grassy and earthy with some peppery splashes and a dry malty finish. One of their best beers.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kleurplaatje (143) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2015
Pours slightly hazy pale golden with a stable, thick, lasting white head. Beautfiful lacing. Nice fruity aroma with clear malty notes. Nice citrus smell, apples, some hoppy notes... Malty touches from the caramel and some honey. Some spices up the nose as well. Loveable. Taste is bitterish with a beautifully spiced up yeasty and fruity touch. The fruits kick in beautifully, taking over from the bitterness to linger long in the incredibly soft and tasteful aftertaste. Spices, fruits, sweetness and softness sizzling all over the place. This is some kind of a treasure... Wow. Beautiful balance between bitters, sweets and softness. Nicely full bodied, nice silky mouthfeel. Marvellous. Wonderful, world class brew.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Teran (308) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 10, 2015
Extremely rich and persistent white top, hazy orange colour. Light and heavy beer. 75 cl e bottle in Belgrade. Nice fruity aroma, bitter finish, World class in chalice glass!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
barncatmatt (2281) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (11794) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 Excited to try this one, found it in an 11.2 ounce bottle. Bottle says 50 IBUs, 4 types of European hops (Golding, Spalt, Hallertau, and Saaz). Poured into my Duvel glass with a gigantic head, another uncontrollable Belgian head. Once the gigantic foam pilliar rose to the top I used the remaining liquid to form some nice fluffy mountains of joy on top. It takes forever to recede, which is good because I will be enjoying this brew somewhere near its optimal temperature. As the head recedes it leaves some fluffy but intricate lacing that sticks until your finished. It is a nice hazy pale blonde color, love the appearance. Smell is another winner. On the nose are some very spicy hops with some nice tropical fruitiness and sweet malts. Incredible hoppiness on the tounge, BUT, with an explosion of Belgian spices, sugar, and yeast. It starts out with some great bitter hops, then leads into a triple-like spice with some candi sugar/yeasty sweetness. There is also some tasty tropical fruit in there ,too, and I think runs beautifully with the bright, potent hops. Has a nice mouthfeel and seemingly endless drinkablity, wow. It is every persons dream right? A strong, elegant Belgian pale ale twisted with an IPA, gotta love the Belgian IPA. I really love this beer, a classic. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-17-2009 00:55:14


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