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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%

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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002)
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Golden with a slight haze. Massive 5+ fingers of head foam up. Excellent retention with a thick cap that remains. Abundant lacing as well.

S - The first whiff is quite interesting; floral, a little fruity, and with noticable phenolic character. All together it reminds me of some sort of cleaning product; maybe a pleasant smelling liquid soap or sanitizer. Specifically there are notes of banana, savory spices, flowers, and a nutty/bready backbone.

T - White bread with nutty accents and a banana overtone start things off with a moderate sweetness. Fruit and sweetness soften mid palate giving way to a mild wheaty flavor. Bitterness begin creeping in from the sides of the tongue and back of the mouth with a good deal of spiciness akin to witbier; a bit of saltiness with coriander and modest chive/onion-like notes. A touch of sourness finds its place in the melange of flavor. Phenolic character is rather strong in the finish in the form of lemon peel. Bitterness grows and lingers into the aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Medium bodied, a bit creamy at times, with low to moderate carbonation. While decent, I actually found myself prefering a bit more carbonation.

D - Another fine example in the wonderful world of tripels. Though it doesn't stand out as much as Karmeliet or St. Bernardus, I certainly wouldn't pass this one up. Easy drinking (as most tripels are) and recommended for anyone who digs the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 07:33:13 | More by PatrickJR
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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-18-2014 23:09:40 | More by frlrv1020
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-16-2014 02:56:54 | More by afsdan
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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-11-2014 19:28:03 | More by Lgarciaosuna
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

04-08-2014 20:39:31 | More by desint
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-08-2014 01:00:44 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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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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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-01-2014 03:07:20 | More by trubeernick
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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-27-2014 01:01:56 | More by kylehay2004
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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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Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -15%

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

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-12-2014 20:22:19 | More by ArtZan
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-08-2014 20:00:20 | More by HufftheMagicDragon
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-14-2014 22:45:14 | More by aztraz
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Puerto Rico

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

02-10-2014 22:24:35 | More by emakings
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-10-2014 14:38:33 | More by psoriasaurus
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-10-2014 10:01:39 | More by KristofH
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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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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

02-06-2014 18:58:12 | More by Synapstic
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-05-2014 17:12:02 | More by sfore8
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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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