Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker
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2.1/5 rDev -49%
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
04-24-2008 16:15:19 | More by Floydster
2.4/5 rDev -41.7%
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.
07-02-2007 17:12:33 | More by PittBeerGirl
2.41/5 rDev -41.5%
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.
04-12-2014 20:32:50 | More by Roguer
2.65/5 rDev -35.7%
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.
10-28-2005 04:28:58 | More by battlekow
2.93/5 rDev -28.9%
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.
09-23-2006 22:25:43 | More by BeerManDan
2.95/5 rDev -28.4%
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)
10-26-2006 21:20:23 | More by Rudgers73
2.98/5 rDev -27.7%
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.
08-25-2008 00:43:22 | More by Hophead101
3.08/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
05-15-2009 19:09:43 | More by weeare138
3.1/5 rDev -24.8%
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.
01-02-2007 02:40:22 | More by SilentSabre
3.13/5 rDev -24%
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.
07-01-2005 04:14:52 | More by scooter231
3.13/5 rDev -24%
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.
11-21-2007 19:59:33 | More by thierrynantes
3.15/5 rDev -23.5%
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?
11-26-2006 01:05:19 | More by Dukeofearl
3.18/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
11-04-2003 15:08:25 | More by Popsinc
3.23/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
12-08-2010 03:48:46 | More by Thorpe429
3.23/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
09-02-2005 02:56:08 | More by Noxious26
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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