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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Reviews: 431
Hads: 867
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 136 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002

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Photo of Floydster
2.13/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Goblet at the Yardhouse in Rancho Cucamonga for $6.50, served in a smaller glass because of its high ABV, one of the only things that looked interesting on the menu

A-Medium brown with an obvious orange tint, hazy, 1/4 inch creamy off white head that disappeared immediately, no retention, no lacing

S-Apples, raisins, white grapes, honey, bready malt aromas, orange peel, other fruits, candy, earthy accents, and brown sugar

T-Started off with an immediate raisin taste, then some chewiness in the middle that was immediately overshadowed by booze and fruitiness in the finish, too sweet already and I was scared to see how it got once it warmed, more apples and oranges later on and the bread toned down a lot, got way too sweet and boozy by the end, needed some hops or chewier malt to provide some balance to the fruit war that was going on

M-Sweet, boozy, and tangy mouthfeel, needed some carbonation because this one was seriously flat, medium to thick body, syrupy, taste lasted long

D-Could barely finish mine within an hour, did not do justice on a warm day in the IE, heavy on the stomach, high alcohol content, not smooth, alcohol was not hidden

Never tried a beer from this brewery before, have been wanting to try the grand cru for quite some time now, simply curious to see what this one was like because I had not heard anything about it, one of my least favorite tripels ever, would not drink again, not recommended

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Photo of Roguer
2.46/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.46/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A- very good looking triple. Cloudy pale yellow body with thin white head. Leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass.

S- Powerful astringent smell. Behind this is a good balance of citrus and yeast.

T- Some citrus and wheat upfront with a touch of bitter hops. Finish is very astringent with a big alcohol burn. Bitter hops remain after the alcohol burn is gone. I was unpleasantly surprised by this considering that I love tripels and most hide their alcohol very well.

M- smooth and creamy mouthfeel. What I expect in a triple.

D- I don't know if there was something wrong with the batch or if it was meant to taste like this. It looks like a tripel and has the great mouthfeel of a tripel but the taste makes me never want to have this one again.

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Photo of battlekow
2.6/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I quite liked the rather eccentric American triple I had last night, Bell's Sparkling Ale, so I figured I'd love this, The Real Thing. I guess it's telling of my level of patriotism that I'm ashamed to much prefer the souped-up American one to the authentic Belgian.

The Gouden Carolus Triple (it says Triple on the label, not Tripel) frankly smells awful, sour yeastiness combining with a potent alcohol character to create a nasty odor. I keep setting the thing down and picking it up five minutes later, thinking, "Oh, it can't be that bad!" But it always is that bad, like ketchup, vinegar, and Everclear mixed together.

On the bright side, it doesn't taste nearly as awful. There's a bit of unpleasantness, but there's also your typical Tripel breadiness. The aftertaste moves from the breadiness of the initial flavor into actual bread--it literally tastes just I just ate a slice. Not much fruitiness.

It looks and feels like a good tripel, tastes like a slightly off tripel, and smells like bear shit. Not good.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.93/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the first beer that really let me down. I enjoyed the D'or and thought this would be nice, but it wasn't really what I expected.

A- Poured into a wine glass from a 330 mL bottle. Nice big head, white, bubbly. The beer was a deep yellow with a slight orange tinge to it.

S- I can smell citrus fruit, maybe pears, oranges, piney hops, alcohol.

T- Alcohol was always underlying throughout the drink. Sweet, full-flavored, and sharp. The hops really poke out more than most tripels I've had.

M- This was the kicker for me. The alcohol left a hot feel in my mouth and throat, the flavor was full, but bold in a way as to keep it unbalanced and tart. The bubbles didn't help the alcohol burn in the least bit.

D- It was nice to try, but I won't be getting it again. Maybe some other beers from Het Anker will tickle my fancy (whatever that means)

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured it had loads of white foam with large bubbles. The smell was of hops was very weak. The aroma of this Triple was a big disappointment.
The flavor was of a very sour nature. It seems that maybe this Triple's was way past it fresh date. The sour taste of hops was all I could muster up as far as flavor. Not a good triple. In fact, of all the triple's I've ever tasted, this has rank as one of the worst. My score of 2.5 was very conservative.

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Photo of Hophead101
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

had on tap at Yards in Las Vegas on 4/9/08

the beer poured a hazy golden brown - minimal head - but that could be the delay in getting it from the tap to the table. the head did have some great lacing.

there was a light sweet malty smell - flowery citrus - almost like a garden. has a weird malty alcholic taste at the very back of the mouth. weird hints of hops as well - not a huge fan of this beer. there is at least a nice hoppy finish.

having said all of that - it also minimizes the mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of weeare138
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white cap. Scattered bits of tubular lacing left around the tulip glass.
Smell is of grains of paradise, and light citrus. Wheat notes similar to a witbier.
Taste is of a hybrid wit/tripel. Odd spicing and dry wheat flavor sort of clash.
Mouthfeel is chewy, dry, with spicy dryness, after a weird sweetness of peach.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very enjoyable Tripel, but quite average for the style. It poured a red-orange colour with a very slightly off-white head that remained intact for quite a while. While a bit cloudy, there was virtually no debris, only a very, very fine sediment that blended in with the rest of the liquid. Large bits of debris mean alot to me with Belgians. Smell was nice, with a bit of a toasted malt, cooked fruit, and subtle alcohol.
Taste was very average for the style. Not bad, just "par for the course" concerning the style here. A bit bitter, a bit of a metallic taste, lots of stewed fruit, and a big, alcohol finish. Mouthfeel was slick and smooth, but nothing that really grabbed my attention. Certainly not a bad beer, just a very average Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of scooter231
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden amber color, similar to a sunset, with a good amount of white head that dies down to a lovely ring around the edge. Smells quite fruity. Also getting some honey notes. Sweet, certainly. Like smelling dessert.

Doesn't taste nearly as good as it smells. Starts out fruity and slightly citrusy and ends up... tequila, oddly enough. For tequila lovers, I'm sure this is a great surprise. For the rest of us (myself included) all I can say is... yuck. The aftertaste doesn't last that long, but it's enough to make me slightly queasy. And after a while even the smell becomes tequilay. Mouthfeel is tequila-y as well. The more I drink this, the more it makes me feel sick and brings up bad, drunken memories. And really bad hangover memories.

For a tripel, it's pretty drinkable. But it's hard for me to rate this honestly because I do not like tequila. Still, it's a solid tripel- just not for me.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : blond color, with white foam head.
Smell : spicy and malty nose.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, alcohol presence.
Drinkability: an average beer in the style Belgian tripel.

Review translated from french 5-14-2008.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pepper. Black Pepper. White pepper. Did someone pour pepper in my beer when I wasn't looking?

Pours a very pretty golden color, cloudier than expected, with a very nice fluffy white head. Aroma is a light, slight pepper, with even lighter sweetness. Good stuff (did I mention I love tripels?). Flavor is sweet, yeasty, citrus fruity, and yes, pepper. Pepper that grows as it warms. It really has a nice complex set of flavors behind the pepper, but it is just overwhelmed by that one flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. And peppery.

Oh, did I mention pepper?

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Photo of Popsinc
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A golden pour with a suprisingly small head head.

Smell: A malty sweet nose sugary hints of caramel.

Taste: Semi-sweet and off dry. Hints of caramel and a good maltiness.

Mouthfeel: lively and a dry finish.

Drinkability: i wasn't overly impressed with this tripel. maybe i'm the crazy one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single bottle of this at the Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Jackie O's snifter.

The pour brings a brew with a light apricot body as well as a three-finger head with quite a bit of retention. Rocky, moon-like surface with quite a few bubbles on top. The nose immediately brings some light bubblegum character along with a healthy dose of clove. There's a slight toffee character underlying what is coming from the yeast.

The taste immediately comes forward with a strong grain presence and a bit of light sweetness. Along with a bit of white pepper spice and clove, there is some light pear character as well as some slight stone fruits. There isn't the sort of underlying complexity that I would expect here. Additionally, there is also a bit of light apple character. The toffee notes that come from the nose are here as well, and this seems to be a bit heavy on the malt and does not bring nearly enough yeast character.

The feel is medium with a bit of sweetness in the finish. I really would like a lot more coming out of the yeast here, as this is seems to really be lacking in complexity when compared with better examples of the style, and certainly when compared to quite a few other Het Anker brews.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pale gold with an orange tinge and hazy. Lots of little carbonation streams. Head is off white and 3/4 inch at the pour then settling at 1/4 inch. Lots of lacing spreading out like a doily in my glass.

Aroma is a nice mixture of scents. Hops mixed with some sweet fruity smells. Some background elements of herbs, spices and alcohol.

Taste is pretty mild and a little sweet. Lots of carbonation right off the start. Fruity sweet with a bit of an alcohol character at the start is then muted by the fizzy feel. Then there is a hint of banana, a bolder alcohol presence and a little hops. Aftertaste is hops, but not as bitter as it might be. Alcohol presence throughout continues to get stronger as the brew warms.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Leaves a bit of an oil residue feeling. As it warms, gives a bit of an alcohol burn.

The aroma is wonderfully complex and subtle, but the alcohol presence in the taste just took too much away in my opinion. Now, I've always been sensitive to alcohol tastes (so much so that I can not drink any spirits straight.. no mix) and that might hamper me in this case. However, it seems to me that there are some nice nuances throughout this beer, but they just get run over rough-shod by the alcohol which is a shame. This is definitely a sipping beer, but even by those standards, the drinkability suffers. I see this as being neither easy to drink, enticing to drink nor would I want to drink more than one in an evening.

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Photo of seedyone
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of newton99
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: some spices up front followed by candy sugar and light fruits like grapes and pears. Sweet bread aromas bring up the finish.

T: spices at first followed by some light fruits and candy sugar. A strong, sweet yeasty flavor follows with a slight alcohol burn.

M: medium-light body with highish, frothy carbonation, this beer's alcohol presence keeps it from being light and crisp.

O: a pretty decent tripel overall. I would like a bit more depth of flavor with less alcobol presence.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of sabrills70
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with no freshness date. Pours a pale copper with a 1 finger head, OK longevity and lace. Aromas of sweet caramel malt, honey, slight citrus and yeast. Tastes of wheat malt, honey, citrus, biscuity, with a decent hop flavor. Very sweet. Strong alcohol kick. High carbonation. A definate sipper. Not a bad beer but not great either. Very average.

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Photo of katan
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first foray into triples. Undated bottle.

A - Pours a dark gold color with a 1/2" head. Lots of lacing and head retention. Looks very carbonated.

S - Interesting floral scent - perhaps from the hops. The strong alcohol does hit the nose.

T - Nice balance of the malt with a smooth aftertaste accentuated by floral note. No particular flavor is pronounced, even though the overall hit is fairly strong.

m - Not sure about the mouthfeel. It does have quite a bit of a bite.

D - I'd like one of these for a change of pace. For my preference for a session beer, I'd probably shift to something else.

(The price for this also makes me unsure I'd pick it up for a nights drinking.)

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Photo of Pencible
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy straw color with tons of white head (had to be scooped out with a spoon so I could continue pouring). It smelled like sour yeast and fresh wheat and lemon zest, with some salt and vinegar, and a bit of Belgian sugar. It tasted like waxy lemon and sour yeast, with salt and vinegar and a bit of spicy ginger and alcohol. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was not really what I enjoy in Belgian pale ales, but it was acceptable for the style. It had a clean taste and wasn't difficult to drink, and the flavor and body improved as it warmed and opened up. Perhaps age would help further improve this, since the 1.5 year old pale Van De Keizer I had was significantly better than this. This isn't a bad beer, and others might enjoy it, but I wasn't a fan.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay Goblet.

A- Mildly sudsy head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy golden with a touch of brown.

S- Sweet Belgian candi sugar with some biscuit and moderate yeast presence.

T- Interesting openness to this beer. The malt character is light and is accentuated by some piney hops and a hint of sour and yeast.

M- Moderate body.

D- Pretty decent, not my favorite tripel by far and not my favorite Gouden Carolus offering. A good beer to experience and definitely worth drinking; however this is a last call tripel in my book.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of BBF 2011. 11.2oz bottle poured into a Southampton oversize snifter.

Pour yields a gigantic, 4 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a murky dark grapefruit. Lacing is patchy and thick with excellent cling. What you'd expect and then some. A bit too much for me.

Nose is clove, pineapple, tropical fruit, and Belgian yeast. Cane sugar sweetness sits in the background. Spices tickle the nose. Nice. A bit thin though.

Opens sweet citrus, flour, pineapple, and clove. More tropical fruit in the middle with Belgian yeast and cane sugar sweetness. Finishes spicy with a sweet, fruity aftertaste. Pretty standard.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive. Finish is accented with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Decent.

A solid offering for the style. Nothing really stands out but nothing falls short either. Worth trying and cellaring for a while to see what develops.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, pale yellowish-orange color. Decent amount of foamy white head. No sediment, but decent amount of haze.

S: Doesn't sound at all like I'm used to for a Tripel - no coriander or herbal scent at all, and the Belgian yeast scent was subdued. Lemon zest, orange, and household cleansers - possibly ammonia?

T: Not bad, but not great. Some yeast, and all of the scent elements (lemon zest, orange and ammonia) are present in the flavor. Also some floral elements as well.

M: Ample carbonation, with small-to-medium sized bubbles - slightly more carbonated than a Tripel usually is. Slightly more viscous than a Tripel usually is and fairly dense. The combination of the high carbonation with the density led it to seem about average for the style - although achieved differently.

O: Not a bad Tripel, but not one I could conceive ever seeking out again. Atypical scents, flavors and textures (and none of them necessarily an improvement) make this more of a curiosity than anything else.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip. This was one of my last remaining souvenirs from Belgian Beer Fest 2011.

Gouden Carolus Tripel pours a super hazy tangerine. The frothy white head is absolutely massive, approaching four fingers worth of foam. Head retention couldn't possibly be any better, and the lacing left alongside the glass is plentiful. The nose leads more towards pear than anything else on the ester front, though there is a little bit of green apple as well. There are also some light black pepper and alcochol aromas present to keep things interesting. The fruitiness in the flavor leans even more towards pears, to the point where with the one sided esters and somewhat muted phenols, and a bit of alcohol, that the beer approaches what I imagine a pear cider would taste like. This isn't really a good thing, as it leaves the beer one note, and isn't necessarily what I'd look for in a tripel. The mouthfeel is fantastic though, with a nice and dried out body and an expansive, bubbly carbonation. Gouden Carolus Tripel isn't a bad beer, but it's also firmly not in my top tier of tripels.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With its cloudy orange color, Gouden Carolus is definitely on the darker spectrum of Tripel Style Ales. It has a fine head of foam with nice lacing. The aroma is of citrus, spices and even some brown sugar, but it doesn't come out very sharply. The taste is fruity and a bit citrusy to start, but the malt flavor evaporates and quickly turns into a mildly sour and bitter finish that is dominated by a strong alcoholic taste. The mouthfeel is good, with plenty of carbonation and a medium body. I didn't particularly enjoy this one as the malt flavor was not robust enough and the alcohol was not as well hidden as it could have been.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.