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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 44
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002)
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Photo of Meerkey


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

A: Thick, fizzy white head -light clear gold.

S: Hops and grains. Spices, dark fruits.

T: Dark fruits, grains, hops, and honey. Delicious.

M: Tingly -fresh, clean, and lingering aftertaste.

O: Delicious. A very good tripel -the classic Gouden Carolus is still my favorite, but this is lovely.

03-20-2011 23:17:31 | More by Meerkey
Photo of woemad


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

11.2oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $5.49. No freshness date, unfortunately.

Poured a cloudy apricot color, with an inch of white foam. Lots of sediment. Not a lot of carbonation to this, so the head and lacing seemed rather restrained, though a foam skiff endured.

Cloves and bright, sweet, tropical fruit notes abound in the nose.

Spicy and fruity in equal measure, this tastes very well balanced. There's a slight crispy zap at the swallow.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style: light, effervescent ad crisp.

An absolute pleasure to drink, this goes down very easy. I could have several, were it not for the abv and the price.

02-26-2011 06:07:09 | More by woemad
Photo of mmva321


3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

02-16-2011 07:30:25 | More by mmva321
Photo of TCHopCraver


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Reviewed from notes on 1/13/11.

Whoa, we've got a gusher! Luckily I was prepared and decanted slowly into a large snifter. The color is a slightly cloudy gold which might be just a shade darker than most Tripels I have seen. Even with the slow pour, a dense, pillowy, just off-white head debuts at 3 fingers and shrinks slowly. The carbonation is copious and furious and weaves between fine yeast sediment. Lacing left on the glass is clumpy, sticky, and intricate.

The smell contains fruity esters and spice from the yeast, aromas of candied pineapple, banana, crisp Granny Smith apple, pepper, clove, and just a little pine. White grape, golden raisin, and caramel are also found in the bouquet. It is a sweet smell, but with just enough yeast and hops to balance the sweetness.

Ooh, the taste is nice. Caramel and candied fruit land on my lips at first, followed by a burst of clove and peppery spice and a fruity Belgian yeast twang. All sorts of fruit flavors abound - banana, pear, green apple, white grape, mango. The finish is nicely dry for the style with an earthy hop bite.

The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent while at the same tome possessing some medium cream tones. A nice nip from the spiciness and a decently puckering finish complements the creaminess, but just a little too much of the sweet meat is left on the none at the end of the sip.

This is a very drinkable treat with a well-hidden a.b.v. I do not drink Tripels all that often, but this is definitely one that I will look for again when I am in the mood for this style.

02-09-2011 23:22:35 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of MrOH


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

peachy gold with a tight head

apricot, pastry nose

apricot, bread, biscuit, cookie, thyme, chamomile, honey, dandelion, white pepper, anise

medium bodied, slightly sweet, light carbonation with fine bubbles

complex, but easy to drink

from notes, 9-26-10

02-08-2011 01:06:23 | More by MrOH
Photo of sprucetip


3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

From notes. Hazy golden with huge fluffy white head, great retention, extremely active, and with big chunks of yeast visible.

Subtle Beligan yeastyness with some malty sweetness and boozy esters.

Tangy fruity yeasty influence with sweet maltyness playing a supporting role. Floral hops, and mild bitterness add depth and complexity. It balances well, and has a touch of lingering bitterness.

Tingly carbonation fades quickly and reveals a rich, medium bodies middle before the drying and slightly bitter finish.

A legitimate Belgian Ale. Complex, balanced, and nuanced. A tasty treat to sip slowly.

02-01-2011 15:50:18 | More by sprucetip
Photo of clayrock81


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Pooured a columinous head on top of a orange-red body with great carbonation and lace everywhere. A great aroma that is the Belgian standard. Yeast, orange and citric hops, hints of caramel and/or a mellow sugary sweet malt base; slightly acidic and hints of pepper; something like pear or apple as well. Light-bodied, smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel makes this real easy to drink which is dangeours as the high ABV is well-hidden. Some crisp citric flavors as well as some tart apple or pear give it a little bite, but there's also an orange twang and the yeast notes balance it w/ sweetness. Light spicy pepper, some caramel or honey sweetness and a touch of woodiness all lead to a well-balanced beer that alternates between sharp and fruity and sweet and easy-going. A well-made beer that finishes dry and crisp and probably only spot ABV kicks in, this is a great sipper that gives off plenty of flavors and is a must-try.

02-01-2011 12:29:01 | More by clayrock81
Photo of DaveBlack


4/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Rich golden color, slightly cloudy with 2 fingers of billowy white head with decent retention. After the head recedes, it remains as just a single thin layer on the top of the beer. No lacing to speak of.

S: Yeasty, some notes of honey, and a slightly sour aroma. Different, but not unpleasant.

T: Sweet and yeasty. The honey flavor in the aroma comes through, the and the sweetness is balanced by some hops. The alcohol does not come through the flavor at all, and only a warming sensation in the throat alerts me to the 9 ABV. The beer ends up balanced, but there is a time before the hops kick in that I find this beer a little cloying.

M: Light, a decent amount of carbonation and slightly sticky.

D: A good beer, but there are better Belgians out there. I don't particularly care for the honey-sweetness, but I can see how some people would really like it. I would say that it's definitely worth seeking out.

01-23-2011 23:18:08 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of impending


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

33cl into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy caramel with a dense pure white head that subsides slowly, nice sheet lacing.

Aroma is yeasty light skinned fruits and grape skins. Could be mistaken for a strong pale aroma.

Taste is quite sweet. Nice phenols give way to the ripe fruits with a citrus twang, spicy. Pleasant minor hops come out in the slightly dry finish. Alcohol is gut warming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly.

01-21-2011 22:10:05 | More by impending
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

Gouden Carolus Tripel | 750 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Tripel
Glass: Duvel tulip

A swirling mass of honey-hued bubbles pulsate in a golden sea. Mountains of foam, white as bone, tower above.

Belgian spicy yeast, lemon peal, and strawy malts peak out of dense clusters of foam.

One gulp introduces a cutting mix of pale malt and tropical fruits undergirded by a blast of alcoholic fury. As it warms, more complex flavors develop--barely ripe banana, asian pear, dried pineapple.

Smooth and clean, the carbonation dominates the mouthfeel, imparting a liveliness unusual in Belgian tripels. However, the tumult of flavors and prickling sensations demands to be palliated by a hearty meal.

Remarkably well balanced for such a lively brew; pale malts, spicy yeast and hops, and tropical fruits melt into each other seamlessly.

Would I get it again?:
Yes. It's a bolder tripel than I usually enjoy--I prefer to brood over my Belgian ales--nonetheless, its a class act.

Bottled: ?
Served: January 18, 2011

01-19-2011 21:25:40 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

A: cloudy pale yellow
S: yeasty, banana aroma, typical of the bottle fermentation for this style
T: banana-ey; sweet with hints of seaside; this fares well as a sound specimen of a Belgian tripel
M: very smooth

Outstanding, but too powerful to drink much of, given its ABV and complexity

12-27-2010 14:56:18 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of DPFRD


3.4/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

12-20-2010 06:18:27 | More by DPFRD
Photo of Thorpe429


3.23/5  rDev -21.8%

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
Photo of wmtxbb


4.65/5  rDev +12.6%

Bottle poured into chalice.

Appearance: Soft billowy head, cloudy yellow-gold body.

Smell: Spices and pilsner malt, oranges. Not very strong.

Taste: Pepper, orange, sweetness akin to frosting on a cake, lemonade. Alcohol is present, but not too strong. Nice dryness at the end. Light body flavor. Nice bitterness at the end from the hops.

Drinkability: This is a world class beer. Those belgians sure know what they are doing. If I could get this beer at the price I can get miller lite, I wouldn't drink anything else for three months.

12-05-2010 22:38:06 | More by wmtxbb
Photo of jsh420


3.55/5  rDev -14%

pours cloudy golden orange with lots of sediment floating around in the glass - small 1finger head that left no lacing

smells very medicinal and semi spicy saaz hops

tastea - good balance of spicy bitter hops and sugary sweet malts - little banana some pineapple maybe some apricot - decent tripel

mouthfeel is light/medium and lively - well carbonated crisp and creamy

drinkability - now it all comes down to taste and there are better tripels out there

10-31-2010 23:38:45 | More by jsh420
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Lovely Tripel, no doubt.

A: Pours a pale yellow color. Hazy. Head is white, fluffy and simply HUGE. Remains forever. Disappears leaving many many lacings in the glass. The foam reminded me a Duvel
S: Smell is just perfect. A bomb of honey, pepper, clove, vanilla, fruits (apple and pear) and a bit of citric zest. Sweet. Malts, the traditional Belgium yeasts and flowery hops are also very noticed
T: Follows the nose, however much less sweet than expected which is a very positive point here. Taste is dry. Still can feel the malts, honey, cloves, vanilla and fruits. Delicious hops and Belgium yeasts
M: Heavy and dense body. Medium carbonation
D: Not bad. Carolus beers are usually very intense in the way that I prefer to appreciate them with moderation

10-29-2010 18:57:45 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

A: Pours a bright, lightly hazy yellow-orange color. The head is extremely effervescent upon opening the bottle, billowing up into a tall, consistently foamy off-white crown. Retention is sturdy, and some above average rings of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Sweet sugar cookie notes are accompanied by a pleasant Belgian yeastiness. Some spicy notes of clove and golden orchard fruit. A faint citric zest is also present. Faintly peppery. A bit of alcohol, but nothing obtrusive.

T: Significantly less sweet than I was expecting. A flash of sugary/cookie-like flavor fades into a mostly fruity profile. Apple, pear, and mild citrus zest make a solid presence. Lightly spicy notes of pepper and clove.

M: Medium-full body. Very even-keeled, with a bubbly but not overdone carbonation level. Dry into the finish, with a lightly cidery character.

D: A clean, well-rounded tripel that lacks the ammunition to really stack up to its better competition. It doesn't have any glaring flaws, but it's a bit timid for normally robust style.

10-29-2010 00:29:42 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of sfprint


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Cloudy orangy yellow. Lively carbonation in large size bubbles.

S: Dried apricot (literally), yeast, plastic-y alcohol

T: A bit apricoty, neutral malt, wood, alcohol. The alcohol is very sedated for the percentage. exceptionally blended.

M: relatively smooth and sparkly.

D: Good.. One of the better Tripels I've had.

10-24-2010 21:34:04 | More by sfprint
Photo of DovaliHops


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a very bubbly cloudy golden color with a nice frothy white head that hangs around for quite some time. Scent is a bit funky with a strong white/green grape smell. Some scents of pineapple and belgian yeast. Scent is less spicy than most tripels. Taste is where the spice comes in. Wow, this tripel sure is different. Thats what I love about tripels though... they all have distinct tastes. This one seems to have the strongest grape flavor of any tripel I've ever had. Initially I get hit with spiciness that is expected from a Belgian tripel...then I get sweet pineapple flavor followed by the lingering grape flavor. Alcohol is very well hidden throughout. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied with a somewhat crisp finish. Drinkability is very good.

10-19-2010 08:40:49 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of SuperSpy


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay glass.

It pours a hazy gold with a big white rocky head and lots of lace. Looks just like a Tripel should.

The aroma is subtly sweet and spicy with white grape, lemon like citrus and yeasty phenols.

Crisp, medium bodied and dry with a stronger flavor than I expected from the aroma. It's peppery, earthy and yeasty with a hint of light malt and citrus.

A very enjoyable, very drinkable Tripel.

10-19-2010 00:33:58 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of GilGarp


3.7/5  rDev -10.4%

Black ink on a black label is hard to read but I think it's stamped 10/06/11.

11.2 fl oz. bottle served cool into a globe, Gouden Carolus Tripel is a hazy golden yellow color with thick towering head that just won't quit. It actually gets bigger for several minutes after I pour it. Settles very slowly and leave a bunch of lace behind.

Aroma is fruity and sweet like lemon cake with a little bit of yeast funk. The spices are fairly subtle at this point.

Flavor is strangely a little cake-like as well. There seems to be the usual lemon and pepper, mild funkiness, and then some sort of sweet vanilla cake taste. The actual taste of alcohol comes as a surprise. The burn is well-concealed but there seems to be a grain alcohol (vodka?) taste that is really strange.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-carbonated.

Overall an unusual take on this classic style. I'm not sure if this is normal or just an off batch but I may come back to try it again.

10-09-2010 00:10:54 | More by GilGarp
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Gouden Carolus Triple

Appearance: Golden with good lacing.

Smell: Yeast, slight fruit, and spices.

Taste: Dried pineapple, other fruits, spices, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

This is a good blond. You don't notice that this is 9% ABV. It is semi-dry and goes down smooth. This one did foam up as soon as the bottle was opened.

10-08-2010 06:49:37 | More by megahurts4
Photo of mexikrainian


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

750ml poured into a Koningshoeven chalice.

Appearance: gold, translucent with heavy white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: honey, sweet spices, apple and vanilla.

Taste: crisp, syrupy honey flavor with dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with medium carbonation

Overall impression: amazing tripel! smooth, refined and tasty. stock up if you can.

09-11-2010 00:29:19 | More by mexikrainian
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a hazed golden oranage color, highly active carbonation, fluffy white head with decent retention and lacing. Scent is mild for the style with belgian yeast, clove, touch of straw, grahmn cracker and faint lemon. Taste is more aggressive then scent dictates with the belgian yeasts, clove, hint of pepper, lemon, grahmn cracker all backed by a fres clean straw taste. Lighter side of medium bodied with slightly overdone carbonation. A good, under control tripel.

09-06-2010 19:51:00 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Liverpool08


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

A great Tripel. Nice golden cloudy pour, with puffy white head. Aromas of cloves, spices bananas and funk. Nice carbonation makes this a great thirst quencher and very drinkible. Flavors of bananas, spiced fruits and vanilla bubblegum. A great example of the style.

08-21-2010 20:32:24 | More by Liverpool08
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.