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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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755 Ratings
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Ratings: 755
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 49
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich foamy head on golden. Strong deep taste, somewhat overpowering for a long lunch, it needed much food. Floral hops and honey yeast and orange aroma. Good smooth triple, pepper and spice and honey in taste. Certainly up to par with the other great beers I have had from this brewery.

Sammy, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.9%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.9%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, fruits, spices, and a mild citrus-like hop aroma. Taste is much the same with a nice crisp fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a great smell and some nice flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -9%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.9%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy and dark golden yellow in color. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible along with some small yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a three finger high dense white head that has excellent retention properties and took a long time to die down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of yeast in the nose along with notes of fruity esters—bananas stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. A light amount of dryness is present.
O: This is an excellent representation of the style that is also quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. The head is also very impressive and deserving of having this served in a tulip glass.

metter98, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

kjkinsey, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach colored body with a frothy head that leaves splashy lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Candi sugar, yeast, caramel, clove, banana

Taste: Sweet, yeast laden malt on the front end with bananas building from front to finish; after the swallow, a peppery clove-banana flavor arrives; a bit of hop on the finish provides a nice contrast

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation; some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: A bit too sweet to consume in any quantity but otherwise excellent

brentk56, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quickly becomming one of my favorite breweries. This Tripel is part of the reason why. Though it is probably my least favorite of the Carolus brews that I've had, it is still very solid. Proof of this begins with a pour that immediately releases bold aromas of fresh, tropical fruit, spicy / tart yeast, earthy hops, and alcoholic strength. The beer has a studry golden, copper color with suspended yeast and an unwaivering head retention. The beer promises bold flavors and a firm texture. The fruit flavors dominate with peaches, pears, apples, pineapples, mangos... All followed by a classic Belgian tartness and a powdery sweet taste (sweetheart candies). Lighty pepery and spicy flavors add to the complexity. The beer feels full, round, and rich from the malts and added sugars; but also thinned by the tartness and rising alcohols. Sweet and spicy right up to the end, where the alcohol and tart dryness kicks in providing a fairly clean, crisp finish. Though the beer is good, I do prefer the Kaiser and Classic over this one.

BEERchitect, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a golden hazy beer with a huge head with perfect retention. Aroma is quite complex with a mix of yeast, hops, malts and something sweet like some orange. Taste is just incredible with a perfect mix between sweetness (this beer gotta have some candi sugar in it) and the hops. Alcohol is not noticeable at all, which is great when you have a 9% ABV beer. Overall, this is just wonderful, probably one the best discovery from my recent trip to Belgium.

Phyl21ca, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lemon-tangerine pie with an enormous head of oven-toasted ecru meringue. Actually, the cap is so impossibly creamy that it looks like meringue prior to baking, not after. The bubbles have now quieted themselves and the head looks even more spectacular as it slowly melts. This is a classic looking Belgian beer.

It's difficult to get the full measure of the nose through so much thick foam, especially since I poured a second time before taking a sniff. What I can appreciate is very good. GCT smells like shortbread cookies containing chunks of candied lemon peel and a light sprinkling of ground clove. My hope is that I'll get a better crack at it in a few minutes. I did and I love it.

Gouden Carolus Triple is one of the best versions of this style that has ever crossed my lips. This is outstanding beer, there's no question about it. I'm not sure that I've ever had a more tropical fruity tripel. The cornucopia-like flavor profile is overflowing with banana, pineapple and buttery pear.

A huge amount of pale malt is the bedrock that allows the rest of the flavors to shine. And they take the opportunity to shine like a thousand suns. I'm amazed at how much sweet banana saturates each and every mouthful. I don't mean to forget the delicious spiciness of the Belgian hops and the Belgian yeast. They're as perfectly integrated and as beautifully balanced as all the rest.

The mouthfeel is pure magic. I can't imagine a more lusciously creamy, more silky smooth, more mouthfilling ale that this. Each sip seems to expand in every direction until it seems as if my mouth won't be able to contain it. I keep taking mouthful after mouthful, not believing what I'm experiencing. If ever I wanted 750 ml rather than 330 ml, it's right now.

I didn't realize how much I love Brouwerij Het Anker beer until I glanced at the reviews of the two others that I've had. Classic is an exceptional BSDA and Noel (also a BSDA) is one of the best Christmas beers in the world as far as I'm concerned. Triple is right up there as well. Is there no end to the number of fantastic tripels that one tiny country can produce? This is one for the ages.

BuckeyeNation, May 20, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.9%

kylehay2004, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gouden Carolus chalice.

Three gold coins to the man who makes me some tasty beer! Something like that. (Don't worry about it.) This brew pours a clear golden straw topped by a healthy finger of fizzy white foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, pepper, a hint of bubblegum, a hint of vanilla, and some heavy yeast notes. The taste follows almost exactly, adding only a small touch of citrus hoppiness. The body is a light medium, with an active carbonation and a crisp, drying finish. Overall, a very good tripel, just not something to down on a heavy basis by any stretch.

TMoney2591, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow hue, with an insane amount of puffy, foamy off-white head - I had to pour it in three stages. The head is actually courteous and doesn't take too long to gamely disappear, leaving some dense striated and webbed lacing around the glass.

It smells quite spicy - cloves and ginger, mostly - with some grainy pale malt, a touch of honey, and bitter perfumed florals. The taste is semi-sweet pale and caramel malt, muddled coriander/clove, white pepper, lemon zest, pear and apple concentrate, a bit of dry rock candy, and bitter floral aromatic hops, with a subtle booze warming.

There isn't much carbonation to speak of beyond a weak frothiness, surprisingly, after that initial teeming outburst, the body a stolid medium weight, and generally smooth, the spice and alcohol having a minor stultifying effect here. It finishes off-dry, and less sweet than I had anticipated, the hops and fruit mediating somewhat.

For its strength, in true to form flavour, and alcohol, this is actually fairly drinkable. It may be pretty intense at first, but it mellows out quickly when that warm fruitiness settles in. A decent example of the style.

biboergosum, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass (at a restaraunt).

A - It had a golden amber color and a massive head (basically half the glass).

S - A fairly complex aroma. Some citrus (lemony) and yeast smells.

T - It had a sweet malty flavor, a little like caramel. Also, some citrus flavors came through.

M - It is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

D - It is very drinkable. At 9% ABV you can't have too many, though.

zeff80, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle corked and caged. No freshness date is listed, but it's a beautiful presentation with a black, gold and white label and a black and gold cage atop the cork. It pours a hazy golden orange with a full head of densely creamy white froth that holds exceptionally well and leaves some thick splashes of lace about the goblet. The lacing could be better, but given the 9% alcohol by volume not much more can be expected. The nose is candy sweet with a malty side to it that's nice; and some fruit (orange, apple, lemon) and peppery spice. It's even woody in a way. It's not real bold as tripels go; but it's clean, fresh, and inviting. The body is medium-light; and across the tongue it's lightly zesty with it's effervescent carbonation lending a tickle that's backed up by some light alcohol "sting". The flavor is as the nose suggests, but bolder with much more candy sugar and more apple flavor. It's light on the palate but satisfying, lending to a great deal of drinkability. Only it's alcohol content stands in the way of its being a highly drinkable beer; but that's only due to its intoxicating effect as the alcohol itself never really intrudes in the flavor. It's always present, but never becomes dominant. Quite well done; and certainly not one to be missed by fans of the tripel style.

NeroFiddled, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First let me say this one of the best overall tripels I have come into contact with, the type of beer that won't let you wipe a smile off of your face. Appears as a drop of sunshine in my glass with golden orange slightly hazed tone to it, huge mountainous layers of foaming vibrant white head mixed with yeast, leaves an even trickled lace with great head retention on this beast. I must give credit for my selection of this to Hart from the Sharp Edge, because this has been a beer I have overlooked for way too long. Aroma is heavenly with lucious spices along with waves of crescendoing malt tailed by honey richnss wrapped in deep tones of alcohol. Flavor great sweetness from the malt very rich and smooth and warming I truly love this beer simply amazing tripel. Mouthfeel is silky and buttery with carbonation that tickles the senses. Drinkability I could have more of these, but I would fall over when I tried to get off the bar stool.

WVbeergeek, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

RblWthACoz, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slowly gushes out the top, then pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly over super hazy wheat orange yellow color.

Nose has plenty of Belgian malts, golden malts, Belgian yeast aromas with darker fruit, fig, white raisin, apricot, etc. Then light candi sugar, hint of booze and esters.

Taste starts with more sugar flavors, quite sweet but not overly, candi sugar again, white molasses, light spices. A bit of booze and esters as well, with Belgian golden malts and Belgian yeast once again. Plenty of fruits again, apricot, pear, light white raisin and light fig and nutty, with light spices as well. Finishes a bit bitter, lingering spices and fruits, bit more booze and esters as well as sweet like malts but quite dry.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, lots of carbonation, maybe a bit too much.

Overall pretty good, more like Belgian golden strong ale but tripel suits it well. Nice malt and fruity yeast balance, hint of booze, tasty and drinkable.

jlindros, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gouden Carolus glass. Beer is amber to orange and really hazy. Forms a big head of offwhite medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

Aroma is sweet with a slight hint of esters. Yeasty / bready as well. Hints of mild caramel flavors in the aroma.

Beer is pretty carbonated in the mouth. Caramelly and sweet up front, finishes cleanly with a little roast and some dryness in the back. Overall its a good Belgian trip. Not much to say.

drabmuh, Jun 04, 2010
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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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