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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Reviews: 427
Hads: 844
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 70
Gots: 120 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 jonb5
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Golden, slight haze, looked lively, lots of bubbles, two finger head, candidate for the best laced beer I’ve ever drunk.

S: Over ripe tangerine, phenol.

T: Over ripe tangerine, followed by a strange combination of musty earth, wet towels, grass, perfume, slightly cloying, a bit of a boozy burn.

M: Crisp body, went down well.

O: Different, interesting. (411 characters)

Photo of charlzm
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on June 9th, 2015 from a bottle labeled March 2013. Poured into a tulip.

Beer is a medium-yellow/gold, ever-so-slightly hazy. A moderate pour generates a white, three-finger creamy meringue-like head that provides excellent sheeting to the end of the glass.

On first sniff, aroma is all metallic. Ack. However, after beer warmed, a mellow lemon note appeared, supported by clove. Not as complex as expected.

Flavor is malty with light, almost caramel note. A little diacetyl is noted as green apples, but it is faint and seemed to disappear after a few sips. Some zesty citrus towards the 2/3 mark. A dash of pepper. Lingering malt flavor on palate after swallow. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry, almost spritzy. Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Some alcohol heat, but it is not significant.

Overall, it's a beer I would drink again if I were looking for a tripel and it were available to me. (919 characters)

Photo of djura
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 0,33l

A - Pale honey color, white foam lasting minute, medium carbonation.
S - Sweet honey aroma, with some fruits.
T/M - Highly carbonated, aromatic, worm.

O - Good Belgium tripel. (190 characters)

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

I believe this is my first Tripel (apparently Gulden Draak isn't a true Tripel). Overall it's really good, but I'm going give it a 4 until I have more of the style. (165 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $3.00 mark for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that stays forever! Medium gold color and filtered clear

N- Bubble gum and hops. Nice blend

T- Very mellow and unobstructed tripel. Very good blend. Nothing reaches out and grabs you, only a well blended beer with lots of overtones. Slight fruitiness to it

M- Dry as expected but has some creaminess

O- Very good beer. Would buy again. Ages ok as I have had it for nearly a year.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with..... Cotton candy believe it or not.

Enjoy (622 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Russian River “tion” tulip. Bottled on date of 22/05/2014. Reviewed as an after dinner treat.

Ap: A gentle pour yields a huge pillow of foam so that I have to pause and pour. Oh those Belgian beers… Lots of bubble action. Head is off white and dense, at least three fingers. Leaves a huge cap that hangs around for a long time. Body is a clear golden yellow without the bottom of the bottle poured in.

Ar: Pineapple juice, citrus peels, floral soap, lavender, coriander, bubblegum, pepper, you get the idea. Textbook triple that is heavy on the canned fruit juice. Just shy of Tripel Karmeliet in my opinion.

T: Oxidized apple slices and citrus fruits before leading into spicy yeast phenols/pepper, white sugar and a mild bubblegum sweetness. Finish is pilsner malts and confectioners’ sugar. Just a bit perfume like soft alcohol.

Mf: Effervescent, dry and sweet. Feel is light/medium with a nice creaminess. Drinks too easy.

Overall: Textbook triple and then some. Great notes of pineapple and fruits with moderate spiciness and bubblegum sweetness. Body is rich but light and palate cleansing. The notes that I used to dislike in these beers like too much bubblegum, black pepper, and harsh biting dry bodies (that felt like I was chewing on sugar) are not at all present here. Well balanced between all aspects; I can’t help but think this would be a great beer to pair with food. Would love to try it fresh to get a bit of that noble hop bite or with a little bit of brett to add a nice zesty earthiness. Worth paying a little extra for. (1,615 characters)

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tripel of a dark ocher color and a nice and big whitey foam.
Smell and taste are malty, with strong condimented tones - some of them remind me of dried tomatos (woah) and is less yeasty than common belgian beers.
After it warmed a bit, I could feel sweeter tones on the head and a hoppier taste.
Body is really high (impossible to feel the alcohol), I would say this beer deserves a bitter ending.. but it's ok. (411 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a hazy golden with white head that sticks to the glass

S-bready malt, yeast, light fruits, and a citrus finish

T-taste is similar to the smell, bready backbone with spices, some pepper spiciness, light fruits, sugar, and yeast.

M-medium body, moderate to high prickly carbonation, dry finish

Overall a great example of a Tripel, very well done (349 characters)

Photo of ssmack
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light golden honey with 2 inches of mountainous head. Streams of bubbles. Thick lacing with retention.

Sutle malt and yeast aroma. I expected more.

Tastes of sweet discuit malt and grassy hops. Ends with the esters of Belgian yeast. No taste of alcohol.

Full mouthfeel. Smooth. Excellent.

Overall very smooth drinkable tripel. I wish it had more aroma. I am glad that I have a couple more of these. (409 characters)

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Tripel. Poured from 750 ml bottle into an Omme Gang goblet. Deep, golden musky color. Excellent creamy head. Plenty of hops and a slight tangy citrus flavor. Feels nice and thick going down.

Nice beer to enjoy with a seafood dinner such as sauteed shrimp, scallops, stuffed lobster tail, etc. Not the best to pair with a cigar as they really don't mix well.

After your first few mouthful's, you start to appreciate the alcohol content.

Just sit back and enjoy this one. (488 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 6/20/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, coriander, candi sugar, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, coriander, candi sugar, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, coriander, candi sugar, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Quite dry on the finish as well for the gravity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding tripel style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,624 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden cloudy, almost peach color in the light. Exploding foamy coating.
Citrus and sour smell, a little alcohol. Hoppy and lemony taste, slightly sweet.
Feels a little zesty but thin, strong alcohol aftertaste, almost vinous.

Overall : Good beer with a taste too sharp, and missing some texture. (297 characters)

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours ultra pale gold with a just off white head. Carbonation is ultra high vigorous bubbles stream consistently from the bottom of the glass. The beer is just a touch cloudy. The head appears to be the center of attention here. Rocketing from the glass on a gentle pour it quickly rose to the rim of the snifter only to retreat about 3 minutes later. The head looks more like it was chiseled from stone as opposed to created by mear bubbles and some protein. Micro dotted solid sheets of lace coat the entire class. A truly amazing looking beer. Only knock would be its slight haze but I believe its an acceptable amount.

Aroma: Fruity esters of all sorts jump out of the glass, hints of green apple, blueberry, peach mixed with cake batter or sweet bread. Also lemon lime citrus and some herbal (cilantro?) character that give it a bit of spice and complexity. Some banana comes through later and a little bit of cut grass. Hard to nail down this beer begs to be smelled and the aroma is constantly evolving as it warms. Excellent.

Taste: Slight citrus character like lemongrass, strong musty notes like damp cellar. Smooth and crisp slight graininess and very dry. Tastes only slightly sweet at pallet entry and that is washed away by the mild citrus notes and dry cracker maltiness. Slightly warming as its swallowed. Small amount of banana on the finnish and exhale. Crisp clean to the point with no fuss or distractions.

Feel: Full, crisp , never ending waves of carbonation that enhance every detail of flavor. Viscosity is flawless.

Overall: An excellent beer. No flaws and nothing to argue about and for $9.75 for a 750ml its one of the best priced belgians you can get for the dollar. Stop hunting whales and just drink good beer. (1,801 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance: amber, heady white froth, fine carbonation

Smell: slightly malty, pear, honey .

Taste: Sweet, flowery up front without being syrupy, pleasant astringent quality from very carbonation and mild hops.clean finish.

Overall: Very good, excellent example of the style. Would purchase again. (300 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with huge dense tower of foam, settles slowly to a half inch that stays, with a thick sheet of styrofoamy lace down the glass. Smell: out of the bottle it was a little windex-y but thankfully that faded before the head... slightly boozy, apple cake, apple juice, coriander, thyme-y herbal note. Less sweet than most and a bit aggressive / astringent. Taste: unripe pear, soft apple, sugared dried apricot, and grape skin. This is nice, but then it's similarly oddly astringent, finishing with pepper and grassy notes. Medium bodied, finishes a bit slimy and sticky. Definitely different. I think I'd rate it higher if it was lower abv and not labeled 'tripel'...it's interesting. (699 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at the Porter Bar (ATL). Served in a tulip.

Excellent and very fruity aroma.

Good flavor but doesn't quite keep up with the quality of the aroma. It's a bit too sweet until the mildly bitter and tart finish.

Light body. Little noticeable effect of the nitro. (277 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled either...March 8th or August 3rd 2013. I suspect it is the latter since Europe uses Day-Month-Year.

A nice popped when the cork came off, it pours, straight from the fridge, a 3/4 foam to 1/4 liquid mix. I can now see a hazy light golden brew that certainly leaves some nice lacing behind.

A big yeasty aroma I get followed by some cloves, some banana, and a nice touch of some hoppy bitterness but, not too much, mind you.

The taste is lovely. I get more banana and clove with some hints of bubblegum in the taste and the hoppy bitterness is in the taste too and I like it! There's some other spice here that reminds me of cinnamon, or is it nutmeg? How aboot both so I'm covered..

Medium and smooth bodied, medium carbonation, smooth as silk this is with pretty much no presence from the hefty abv.

Yep, this one heck of a good Tripel in my book. Pardon me while I sip the rest of the bottle away. (913 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (993 characters)

Photo of TheStig
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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!) (824 characters)

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. (278 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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. (713 characters)

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. (905 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of stingrayvr6
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. (373 characters)

Photo of JTuomi
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. (488 characters)

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.