Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker
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Reviews by mmva321:
3.63/5 rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a snifter.
Tripels do me good in so many ways.
A: I love the color of the body; it's a deep yellow with a slight orange hue. The body is very hazy but has only a small amount of carbonation, which is my biggest complaint on a visual level. There's a large amount of white head that leaves some delicate lacing and has a good amount of retention.
S: It's a little too faint. That's the bad part out of the way. After that it's pure tripel goodness with sweet honey and clove melding with hops and funk to create a nice, light and balanced aroma. Banana, pear, apple I get as far as fruits, but I'm sure there are many more. Maybe if I spent more time smelling fruit I could tell you all of them.
T: I think the balance of the taste is off, at least for my taste. I usually love the light sweetness of a tripel, offset by hops and funk and some tart fruit. In Golden Carlous, the hops and funk dominate the taste along with clove. It's too funky. Although I get a honey taste, which is a nice addition, I fail to really pick up a consequential amount of fruit. I also miss that smoothness I usually find in tripels. This beer is more bracing.
M: Pretty good, but a little thin, and a little light on the carbonation.
D: It's an easy drinking beer, so generally, the tripel will always get some points, but this beer has problems. It's overly strong funk and hops ruin the balance that is so important in a tripel, and the lack of malts in the taste aren't there to mask any faults or give a unity to the beer. It's still good, but I think there are many better options in the style.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2011 07:30:25 | More by mmva321
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4.16/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
of all the belgian made authentic triples from the motherland there, this may be my favorite. its so decadent yet drinkable, and really bright in feel, just wonderful. blonde and hazy, radiant though and glowing brightly, huge white head rises well above the rim of my glass. the nose on this is awesome, all yeasty, warm temperature belgian esters of sweet raisin, vanilla, and dried grass, its a neat complexion over the blonde barley base. the flavor is similarly propelled by the yeast, sweet for a minute, but drying out beautifully in the finish. dynamic and layered, so creamy in feel, rich, but i keep drinking it faster than i should for a 9% abv beer, it just goes down too easy. love all the carbonation, and the way it lingers with just a hint of candy sugar in the finish. i don't get a ton of grain nuance in this one, but its simplicity lets the yeast just rock out. distinct and delicious, can't say enough about this one, a perfect classic example of the belgian tripel style.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 17:58:19 | More by StonedTrippin
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a cloudy, hazy gold, with a surprisingly aggressive head. There is no explosive quality to popping the cap, which makes the foam that much more shocking. The head is annoyingly persistent, because if you're not careful, the head will fill up the rest of the glass before you've poured it all.
A gentle, crisp scent, but nothing terribly notable.
Healthy carbonation, on par with a Mountain Dew. Lingering fizz. Grapefruit, grapes, underlying hops that are more tart than bitter. Fruit and bitter notes balance very well.
Absolutely no booze or alcohol burn. This is 9% ABV? No way! Aggressive in the glass, energetic when it hits the tongue with a smooth and velvety finish. No sticky, mouth-smacking aftertaste.
Very tasty, but be careful pouring it. And try and keep the yeast dregs out of your glass (blegh!)
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 04:43:28 | More by TheStig
3.31/5 rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice honey colored liquid with barely any head. Delicate lacing and deceptively sweet for something with an ABV of 9%. Not much on the nose & even less on the back end. Where do they hide the alcohol? Nicely done, but probably good for just the one.
Serving type: on-tap
06-04-2014 22:06:22 | More by seedyone
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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