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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

639 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 407
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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Reviews by MJR:
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MJR

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow with a hint of orange. A creamy off-white head starts out at a finger deep, then fades to a thin, complete cap.

Smell: The aroma is quite nice with lots of banana and clove upfront. A touch of fruity esters and phenolics trail behind. There's a bit of bready yeast as well.

Taste: Starts out sweet, with a blast of fruitiness and cloves. Midway, a honey flavor and medicinal phenolics appear, with a bit of peppery spiciness just behind them. The sweetness is consistent the whole time, only fading a bit on the finish where a slight hop bite and alcoholic warmth come together for a rich, smooth ending.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and rich, with a medium mouthfeel. Wonderfully prickly carbonation. The potent alcohol level provides a touch of dryness on the tail end.

Drinkability: Quite the drinkable tripel. This is a good example of the style, and one that I will certainly buy again soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 11:59:55 | More by MJR
More User Reviews:
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-16-2014 02:56:54 | More by afsdan
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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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Lgarciaosuna

Mexico

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-11-2014 19:28:03 | More by Lgarciaosuna
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desint

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -15%

04-08-2014 20:39:31 | More by desint
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Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-08-2014 01:00:44 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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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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trubeernick

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-01-2014 03:07:20 | More by trubeernick
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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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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-27-2014 01:01:56 | More by kylehay2004
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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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GarthT

Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -15%

03-20-2014 13:37:26 | More by GarthT
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ArtZan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-12-2014 20:22:19 | More by ArtZan
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-09-2014 23:47:36 | More by Beerbuddy21
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HufftheMagicDragon

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-08-2014 20:00:20 | More by HufftheMagicDragon
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aztraz

Sweden

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-14-2014 22:45:14 | More by aztraz
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emakings

Puerto Rico

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

02-10-2014 22:24:35 | More by emakings
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-10-2014 14:38:33 | More by psoriasaurus
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KristofH

Belgium

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-10-2014 10:01:39 | More by KristofH
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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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Synapstic

France

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

02-06-2014 18:58:12 | More by Synapstic
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sfore8

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-05-2014 17:12:02 | More by sfore8
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BJSmit

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-02-2014 20:06:55 | More by BJSmit
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -9%

01-24-2014 13:09:38 | More by jmsedgwick
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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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