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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel

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BA SCORE
92
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641 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002)
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FLima

Brazil

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber color with a two finger head with average retention.
Delicious aroma with predominant notes of peaches, mint, fresh oranges, lemon, spices and apples.
Likewise, flavor of peaches, orange-lemon citrusy, herbal hops, green apples, dry fruits, candied sugar, coriander, Belgian yeast, a bit of banana, over ripped pineapples and cloves. Dry aftertaste and mildly acid.
Deceivingly light body with an effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 9% abv is incredibly well hidden, amazing.
This is definitely one of the best Tripels I had. Although faithful to style, it has a character of its own and an elegant and complex taste. Thankfully, not a sugar bomb as other Belgian beers. Highly recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 00:38:54 | More by FLima
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Roguer

Connecticut

2.41/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fizzy head which almost immediately disappears. Brew is a dark orange/copper color, very dark for a Tripel.

Aroma is boozy, and reeks of vanilla and oak, almost a bourbon-like quality to it. Burnt caramel, Belgian yeast, a bit of diacetyl, and a medicinal quality. Slightly tart.

Taste follows the nose, with a bunch of different tastes competing. Finishes with a huge diacetyl bomb, like drinking a Werther's Original. There's an initial hint of what you expect from a Tripel, but it's quickly washed away.

Mild sting; a little syrupy.

This must have been a bad bottle; I can't imagine it was designed to taste this way. A few tastes into it, and it's surely headed for the drain. Infection? Really, really old (no bottle date)? No idea. I'll try to revisit this someday to see if this was an anomalous experience, but I can't imagine someone drinking this on purpose, especially as a Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 20:32:50 | More by Roguer
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barczar

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle date 2011

Pours a murky golden brown with a frothy, billowing ivory head that lingers.

Belgian yeast, pear, green apple, and candi sugar form the aroma.

Flavor is fairly musty and earthy in the background, countered by sharp green apple and fresh hay. The tart estery character dominates. Alcohol is fairly noticeable. A slightly toasted malt backbone adds support.

Body is moderate, with prickly carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth.

Was hoping to like this better. The tart character is overpowering, rendering the beer fairly one-note.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 21:07:29 | More by barczar
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a tulip, dark yellow and gold wih a frothy white head that stuck around for the whole beer. Smell of banana bread and sweet alcohol. Very fruity on the nose like a Grand Mariner soaked fruit cake. Taste earthy and bready up front, sticks to the mouth with a light alcohol burning, moving to the sweet fruity and banana notes. Smooth, delicious. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 06:40:03 | More by stingrayvr6
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JTuomi

Finland

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a goblet. Slightly hazy golden yellow with a three finger white foam head that slowly came down to half a finger. Lively carbonation and good lacing. Sweet smell of malts and fruits with some yeast and citrus. Crisp malty first taste with some sweetness that's followed by a dryish lemony aftertaste with some hops, pepper and apricots. Became more sweet as it warmed up. Some warmness but no apparent taste of alcohol. Medium body and a high carbonation. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:20:37 | More by JTuomi
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in an Orval Trappist glass: the color was an attractive apricot
with 1/2 finger head.

At first light apricot-lemon and spice aroma. As the beer warmed up,
more complex aromas- some clove, more phenols, and a mix of aromas.

Mouth feel: very carbonated as expected for the style.
Good transition to the taste.

Taste: apricot, lemon, clove, spicy. As the beer warms up, more subtle fruit.

Finish: excellent. Spicy and carbonated.

Overall: an excellent Belgian Tripel. The aroma/taste is less clove and more apricot-lemon-spice.

There are a lot of subtleties in the taste.

I great enjoyed the finish- spicy and carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:56:10 | More by brureview
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JayQue

Virginia

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid traditional Tripel. Pours a hazy golden color from a 330cl bottle into my Chimay goblet. Big bubbly head with better than average retention and filmy lacing down the glass. A good looking beer.

Very nice aroma: apples and pears, Belgian yeast, and some spiciness (mostly black pepper)

Taste is more of the same with some Orange zest thrown in. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Like most good Tripels, no hint of alcohol. The spiciness is most welcome on the tongue.

This is an outstanding example of a Tripel, hits all the bases.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:07:18 | More by JayQue
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a hazy butterscotch yellow that glows nicely with light behind it with a huge white head that rockily settles from 3+ fingers to 1-2. Excellent retention; very thorough and even lacing. Beautiful.

S:
White wine, yeasty esters, butterscotch, flowers. Very much a tripel.

T:
Floral and candi sugar tastes up front with more earthy and yeasty flavors coming in at the finish. Rose water, lemon rind, white pepper, apple skin with hop aromatics at the end to dry it all out.

M:
Very refreshing and less boozy than one would think (although there is a touch of alcohol in the finish). Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, velvety head. Quite pleasing in all aspects.

O:
Very good tripel.
This is a quite enjoyable drink that hides its alcohol better than tripels sometimes do and is very refreshing.
Beautiful to look at, it has a classic Belgian nose and tastes very fresh and slightly tart with a quick finish. The palate is exquisite and it is all-in-all a fine beer.
Would have again; worth trying if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 01:45:11 | More by TheDoctor
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Greywulfken

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: medium gold body, slightly hazy, fully effervescent; watch the pour because you're gonna kick up a quick white head half-the glass high in no time at all. Tons of finely bubbled lace was left behind.

S: the Belgian yeasts contribute lots of floral and fruity aromas, supported by a fresh pale malt bill to soften and sweeten the scents

T: pale fruity flavors complement the nose, as do the crisp, tart and citrusy flavors that abound; slight spice character not uncommon to the style - somehow a tripel seems suited to the fall and winter holidays and season, in part due to the herbal and spiced aspects

M: tart and fuzzy, balancing between smooth and crisp, medium-to-light body

O: the Belgian tripel (un-tweaked versions, that is) should present a handful of characteristics, and this beer hits them all - a soft, clean and fresh flavor, featuring pale and citrusy fruits, like lemons, bananas, and various orchard fruits; tart and tight, fizzy and lush - without being heavy. But of course, no two beers are twin.
This is a very spot-on tripel, and will please any fans of the style. It doesn't do anything special to set itself apart from others in the style, so how much anyone likes it will depend mostly on their particular flavor preferences. Certainly a great tripel to go-to. As traditional Belgian tripels go, this one is in the same neighborhood as Chimay and La Fin Du Monde, for my tastes, just a *touch* behind Westmalle and Karmeliet.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 16:18:04 | More by Greywulfken
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BethanyB

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An opaque apricot with a filmy white head. While the color is fine for the style (if a bit dark), the clarity and the lack of head are disappointing.

Smell: A surprisingly floral and herbal perfume, not what I'd expect from any beer, really, not even an IPA. Aromas of rosemary and sage are fresh and crisp, and are accompanied by a drop of honey and a dash of coriander.

Taste: The herbal quality appears in the taste as well (at one point, I got a real hash taste), but is balanced by high amounts of sweet fruity esters, with apricots and pears in the starring roles. A complex mixture of spices (coriander, cloves, white pepper, etc.) is surprisingly well-balanced, and lingers well into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, yet crisp and dry due to high carbonation. A bit of alcohol warming tingles on the back of the tongue.

Overall: Extremely unique, and absolutely worth the try! I generally like a little more malt in my Belgian beers, so this wouldn't become a go-to-brew for me. Still, this is excellent overall, and sure stands out from the rest!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 17:19:38 | More by BethanyB
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of unknown age. The pour into a Chimay chalice yields a lightly hazy golden-amber appearance with a two-finger head. Very good head retention with the residual "skin" of foam that good Belgian ales show. Fruit-forward aroma has notes of ripened white grapes, apple, and pear. Candi sugar is also detectable and not unexpected, as I've found that Het Anker likes to use it liberally in the Gouden Carolus line.

There's more of that fruitiness and candi sugar to be found in the flavor, but it's not at all too sweet. Residual sugars are noticeable but far from cloying. Sweetness goes hand-in-hand with the ripened fruitness to create a compelling flavor profile. Depth of flavor gets better as it warms, as does the mouthfeel. Once the carbonation settles down, the sting falls off and the resulting texture is smoother.

Gouden Carolus Tripel is one of those beers that becomes more impressive with each successive sip. Stands among the elites in its style.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 00:34:07 | More by gr0g
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spoony

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 ml bottle and a 750 ml bottle (dated February 14, 2013) into a globe glass and tulip glass, respectively. Tasted twice.

A-The brew is lighter in color than most other tripels with a light-golden-straw color. The small bottle produces about one and one-half finger of dense, white foam and the big bottle produces nearly three fingers of dense foam. Retention is good on the small bottle and really good on the big bottle. Nice chunks of lacing, too.

S-The smell is a bit soapy and floral with a light sweetness. There is a good dose of white pepper and lemon. The alcohol is assertive, but fitting for the style and other flavors. Pleasing, but a bit rustic.

T-The taste is sharper and more focused. I think it is more grassy and peppery than the smell, but there is still a bit of lemon and sweetness with reminds me of lemon curd or meringue. The yeast here is milder than on many Belgian variants of this style. A bit simple, but drinkable and pleasing.

M-The carbonation is more robust and full of crackle than many Belgian brews, but it really works here. Heft is medium. This brew is not a softy.

O-This is a nice tripel. I like the style to be lighter in color, which this beer certainly is, and although I often go for the sweet bubblegum Belgian sugar bombs, this brew managed to please without going that route. That is not to say that it was dry or hugely hopped. Instead, it is just a nicely balanced, slightly aggressive tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 02:03:55 | More by spoony
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz(330 ml) brown Het Anker Belgian style bottle with the usual greatness of a Het Anker Gouden Carolus label. Really classy and something always catches my eye. This was poured as always into a Het Anker/Gouden Carolus goblet.

A - straw yellowish golden with small hints of light orange. Head pours a fluffy white that takes a few moments to settle into its lovely clumpy ring of lace. There is some stick, but it just clumps back into its brilliant pillowy head.

S - very fruity aroma with some spice. Banana, soft orange with some citrusy notes. The display of yeast in the aroma is off the charts. Absolutely excellent aroma. Sweet, fruity, and spicy. The notes in this nose leave me mouth watering every single time.

T - a nice shot of banana with lighter notes of orange and very faint green apple. I'm very impressed with the banana character. Spicy Belgian funk from a yeast strain that's both spicy and sweet. A nice bready malt. Coriander, clove, and pepper are notes that's also detectable. Some fruity alcohol esters in the finish.

M - not quite full. More of a bigger medium body with great Tripel style texture. Really a lot going on and the feel for me is spot on for the style. There is some alcohol present but don't let it fool you, it's unbelievably drinkable for its size. Nice warming and coating with this Belgian Tripel.

O - my all time favorite Tripel. Period. I've had a lot of good ones, but nothing puts on an overall display like Het Anker's Gouden Carolus Tripel does each time I enjoy it. It's actually shocking how this brew brings excitement with every experience. It just keeps throwing unprecedented qualities at me each time. This is a Tripel I can have any time of year and know I just bought an enjoyable Belgian ale every time I buy it. This thing is brilliant and hands down one of the best in its style. Highly recommended and something ill always enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 00:07:41 | More by BradtheGreat7
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a golden orange color with vibrant carbonation. Even with a gentle pour, this forms an aggressive, billowy head about four fingers high. It's off-white in shade with a wonderful consistency and impressive/frustrating retention. The lacing it leaves behind is plentiful, as well. This looks just about perfect in the proper glassware (cough).

S: There's a vibe of both peppers - both black pepper and less-pleasing green bell pepper - and citrus, namely orange. Honey, too. I don't seem to get much of the apple/pear/bread notes typical of Belgian yeast at first, but they pop up once the beer opens up. Nicely complex, even if not every note is perfect.

T: This one is pretty sweet. Honey is the first (and most assertive) flavor I notice, which lasts all the way to the moderately long finish. More typical yeast notes slowly enter past the midpoint, drying out the sweetness (somewhat). The back end also has notes of vanilla and mineral water. Dare I suggest it's even metallic? Other than that foible, it's decent.

M: What seems like a sweet brew at first becomes pretty dry. Only as it warms up does (mild) alcohol become noticeable - still nothing to detract from the experience. To me, it loses its carbonation a bit too soon, though thankfully it doesn't make this one too syrupy. Good drinkability for a tripel...which means it has great drinkability by regular standards.

O: Pretty good tripel. Not an amazing one, because it doesn't hit all my preferred style buttons the right way (I'm not a huge fan of the slight metallic finish, and the booze doesn't quite have that 'just concealed enough' quality of the top-flight tripels). Doubt I'd buy it again, but I'd never refuse a sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 20:34:21 | More by ThisWangsChung
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MadScientist

New York

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy pale golden beer. There head is made of fine white bubbles that leave thick sticky lacing on the glass.

S: A strong orange aroma with a medium amount of pepper followed by a medium-low honey aroma. There is a light malt aroma and a floral alcohol aroma.

T: Strong citrus flavor with a bit of pithy bitterness that has me thinking it was brewed with bitter orange peels. As in the nose there is a medium pepper phenol. There is a medium hops bitterness with floral and spicy hops flavor. The balance is fairly bitter but there is a light honey-like malt sweetness.

M: A medium bodied beer with a very strong level of carbonation.

A: very citrusy and spicy beer with orange and pepper dominating the flavor and aroma. A nice balance of all the flavors a tripel should have orange, pepper, honey ad alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:35:09 | More by MadScientist
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dirtylou

Washington

4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split w/appropriate glassware, paired with some Mussels, Poutine and Foie at Chambar in Vancouver

A classic tripel - well rounded with notes of candied orange, bubble gum, clove, white pepper, corriander, tropical fruit, tangerine. Very versatile and a compliment to all sorts of dishes - very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 18:17:04 | More by dirtylou
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Pwnasaur90

Washington

4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After recently moving, I have found myself next to a humongous stack of belgian beers that I have never even heard of. Yeah, I know these guys are a big name in the beer world but in my tiny corner of the globe, we didn't have access to such delights.

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden, almost straw color with a nice, fluffy white head. Head dissipates only slightly after pour.

Smell: A very mellow aroma to this beer. Normally, i'd come to expect a nice, malty sweetness and slight fruit but with this beer, I only get a tinge of fruit.

Taste: Tasty; The fruit is definitely a power player in this beer. Grapefruit, white grape flavors shine. Melds into a nice malty, sweet finish.

Overall: Quite the scrumptious tripel. If you are looking for something in that style wit a nice, light fruitiness and smooth finish, then I definitely recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 18:29:17 | More by Pwnasaur90
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- hazy orangish color with some floaters. there is a fine white head that doesn't linger but leaves a nice white cap and some lacing.

Aroma- carmel butter sweet smelling like flowers

Taste- alcohol, carmel sweet vinous. wow its very belgiany without a lot of the yeastyness. Its a strong sipper I am having it with a steak. I think it would compliment a soft cheese and pickles.

Mouthfeel- warming, fizzy medium to full bodied.

Overall- it doesnt get clovey or banana y like a typical belgian the booze is noticable but well played.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:58:51 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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Blindpigbiz

California

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: tangerines, delicate hops, and sweet basil

Taste: tart oranges, honey, coriander, subtle hops, and candied sugar

This is one of the first tripels I've had so my review may be slightly more leaning on the positives than the negatives. Regardless of what I just said, this beer is a must for tripel lovers and goes very well with green grapes, Brie cheese, and toast crackers; be sure to lay down the marmalade on each cracker

Also, I've had this out of a tulip and the company's chalice; I prefer the company's method of delivery

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 06:23:54 | More by Blindpigbiz
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Accidently poured a bit of the bottom sediment into the glass.

Balanced, maybe just a bit to the malty side, but with plenty of bitterness in the middle and a nice dry finish. I believe an excellent representation of the style. A beer I will buy again and would be proud to serve at my house.

A – Pours a light straw color. Slightly cloudy, even before the sediment. Huge dense white head, which faded to about half-finger and then maintained. Creamy, sticky white lacing. Good carbonation.

S – Not overly spicy, some faint fruity/citrusy sweetness, no alcohol.

T – Yeasty, a little spicy funk, slight tang of lemon, bitter but balanced with plenty of malt flavor. Dry finish. Hides its 9% ABV very well.

MF – Bright with a medium body.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 00:45:49 | More by Sludgeman
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slight haze, pale straw colour, thin head, thin lacing.

S: green bananas, sour citrus, sour apples.

T: Same as nose with some breadyness.

M: High carbonation, full body. Dry body but finishes with some residual sweetness

O: Exceptional! This is a well balanced Triple with some great sourness balanced with sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:10:54 | More by Kremlock
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, thumb of head with solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Bitter citrus rind, bananas, cotton candy and mandarin orange, sweet yeast and a heavy dose of cloves and all-spice.

T - Sour citrus rind dominates alongside the cloves, mandarin oranges come through nicely with a peppery spice, leafy green hop presence and a bitter grapefruit finish. ABV is incredibly well hidden, making for a dangerously drinkable brew.

M - Lighter bodied ale that is a tad prickly, though finishes surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty tripel, and a tad lighter than I've had lately, which was nice for a change. This one was heavy on the citrus flavour profile, which I really enjoyed. I would certainly buy this one again, unfortunately, as is the case with the LCBO, these offerings don't last long.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 02:23:41 | More by andrenaline
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled in 2012
Glass: Tulip

Het Anker has a very good tripel with their recipe, which is very reminiscent of Chimay's Spéciale Cent Cinquante in aroma and flavor. Displaying a bouquet of flowery cherry blossoms along with citrus/banana esters and bread-like malts with similar flavors. Like the Chimay, this strikes me as a spring-appropriate beer, a bright tripel without the yeast heaviness that is found in many others (and which I enjoy as equally). I actually prefer this over Chimay's Spéciale Cent Cinquante, and its US distribution and relatively low price don't hurt.

Pours a very tall (4cm) head of off-white to beige foam, composed of small (on the bottom) to medium (middle) and large (top) bubbles. Retention lasts for ages, as expected for the style, and the foam eventually fades to a still substantial 0.75cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, substantial thick washes mixed with spiderweb-like patterns line the insides of the glass. The body is a fairly bright golden orange color, about 40-50% opaque, with light bringing out brighter, paler yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is visible, quite active and very numerous.

Smells very similar to Chimay's Spéciale Cent Cinquante: bright, floral and fruity. There is a pleasant cherry-blossom scent, along with orange zest and mild banana, spicy Continental hops, sweet pale malts that accentuate the blossom-like scent, and subdued Belgian yeast phenols. Really phenomenal, a wonderful and lively aroma.

Front palate is of rich, sweet malt with notable cherry blossom flavors, musty Belgian yeast, banana-like esters, citrus zest (orange and bit of lemon), and slightly spicy and woodsy Continental hops. Mid-palate of banana, sweet and bready malts, Belgian yeast phenols, orange rind, diluted honey, pale malt sweetness, spice and woodsiness from Continental hops, and slight ethanol (as the beer warms). Back of palate picks up ethanol, slight coconut, pale bready malts, Belgian yeast phenols, and spicy Continental hop contributions. Aftertaste of peach, apricot, and nectarine with a touch of Belgian yeast phenols and musty banana.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy, prickly feel at first, but quickly becoming very foamy, smooth and creamy, ultimately as soft on the palate as it is in smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 05:27:43 | More by falloutsnow
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A three finger head appeared on top. The beer itself poured a hazy golden.

There are some fruity aromas present and an overall mild and pleasing aroma is present.

The taste is fruity and sweet with the carbonation being a little forward.

Quite a nice tripel...thanks to my Belgian buddy B for bringing this to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 17:17:37 | More by polloenfuego
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange with just over a finger of white head, light lace as well here. Smell is fruity with lots of green apple and banana, yeasty with just a bit of spice to it as well, crisp malt with lots of lemony hops in there as well. Taste has spice up front followed by massive fruit largely in the way of green apple, lemony, banana and yeasty, mild lingering bitterness throughout, more fruit in the aftertaste. Medium-high prickly carbonation, medium creamy body. One of the better triplels I have had in a while, something worthy of multiple revisits.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 16:27:59 | More by peensteen
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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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