Hops and Mechelen’s traditional figure, ”Opsinjoorke”, come together to give the name Hopsinjoor.
A bronze statue of Opsinjoorke being tossed in the air stands in front of the Mechelen town hall. He is a fictive character, short and stout and always drunk and inclined to mistreat his wife. The custom of parading a wooden puppet through the town and tossing it from a sheet in the air is seen as a symbolic punishment and dates back to 1647.
The Het Anker brewery – the name, at least – is much more recent. In 1904 it was renamed after the historic brewer from Mechelen Jan de Anker. A brewery tradition can, however, be traced back to the Beguinage of Mechelen founded in 1471. The nuns had the right to brew beer for their own consumption without taxes. In 1872 the beguinage brewery was sold and thus formed the basis of the Het Anker brewery today.
What hit me most about the beer was the thick long lasting head and the hops that could be noticed the moment it started to pour.
Four different types (Golding, Spalt, Hallertau and Saaz) are added during various stages of the brewing process. A golden yellow colour and as for the taste, a gentle balance with a bitter aftertaste that was just right.
If you like more bitterness go for the Chouffe Houblon. A fine beer. 8.0% alc. Vol.