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Monday, March 14, 2011

Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor Review


I love seasonal transition periods, it is when LCBO starts to release new beers. And lucky for me, the local LCBO received 3 of the new brews, which I just picked up. The trend this season is hops - two of the three new brews were hop heavy. For example, look at today's beer - Hopsinjoor. Great name and a reasonable price of $3.10 for an 8% beer.

The beer is cloudy with a pale golden color. It pours with a thick, creamy and very lacy head. Part of the reason why I got so much head was because I didn't wait for a long enough time for the beer to settle after the quick drive back from the LCBO. The aroma is very crisp, floral with citrus, cloves and honey. The taste is hoppy and strong with sweet honey and fruity notes - citrus and a bit of pear towards the end. The finish is warm, a bit dry, bittersweet with hops, some citrus and pears, cloves and other spices. The high alcohol content is fairly well concealed, though you can tell that you are consuming a stronger beer. This is a very drinkable beer, though if you are a huge hop fan, you might be a bit disappointed since there is a heavy Belgian ale influence and the hop flavours have been toned down to allow room for crisper, fruitier notes.

Scores:
Cost - $3.10
Taste - 8/10
ABV - 8%

Overall - 8/10...hoppy beer with a Belgian influence

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