Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor

The confusing thing about this beer is the label, which lists the brew as both “Great Blond Ale” and “Belgian Amber Ale”.  Well fear not, because I am going to straighten everything out for you.  http://www.hetanker.be/en/beers/gouden-carolus-hopsinjoor.html Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor is gold and cloudy and pours with a HUGE fluffy white head.  Lots of fine bubbles in the carbonation.  It’s a bottle fermented ale, and it has been blessed with four varieties of hops in its creation.  The bouquet is a tad bit floral, at least at the opening phase, because the head is all I can get a whiff of.  As the head subsides (a bit) some citrus notes become apparent.  It smells clean, not antiseptic clean, but fresh clean.  carolushoThe taste is sweet, dry and hoppy, and very alcoholy.  It tangs the tongue, makes the saliva flow and warms the belly.  The aftertaste hints at the sweetness of the malt and the floweriness of the hops.  This beer is complex, but it’s not as if it’s trying too hard.  The hoppiness brings happiness.  Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor is well-crafted and quite good.

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