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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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427 Reviews
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Reviews: 427
Hads: 843
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 6.8%
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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Reviews: 427 | Hads: 843
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a hazy pale orange body with a sticky bubble antique white head that is supported by strands of microbubbles.

S- The double bubble aroma has some fruity esters to follow with a ripe peach quality to them. There are some dried orange peel notes and overripe pineapple hints come through in the finish.

T- The taste of club soda and dry yeast has some orange zest flavor in the finish. There is a lemon ester note that comes through as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz and no real alcohol heat.

O- The nice dry fruity esters combined with crisp easy drinking beer make this beer go down very fast. The citrus flavors are a nice twist on the classic tripel (745 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer. I like tripels but mostly drink American made; though I figured it being NYE and all I'd try another Belgian tripel, and was not disappointed.

I popped the cork off and the thing fizzed out all over the counter, floor, and sink eventualy, so no lack of carbonation. After that situation was dealt with I poured it into a goblet. Nice amber color, hazy, just what I like to see.

Smelled BREADY, which I like - super yeasty. I make my own bread, and the aroma coming off of that was very much like freshly baked bread. Had a bitter tinge to the flavor, like some subtle hoppiness, but not hopped exactly, and it brought some nice structure into it. Maybe more like a saison-type of funkiness. The alcohol was present but hung back respectfully. Herbal, fairly thick, slick, and traditional.

Nothing wrong with it, and overall a very good tripel, though I'd probably not get it again for myself. I would recommend it though, and I'd probably buy a bottle to give as a gift or bring to an occasion. (1,019 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of Maakun
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color, almost straw. Quite clear, and with a big white head that shrinks quite fast to a smal layer.

At suggested serving temperature there's not much smell. After a little while in the glass there's some yeast, lemon, and a hint of cloves.

Taste is yeasty, some spices (cloves), a little dried fruits, and some hoppiness. Also again a little lemon(peel). Aftertase is almost like fresh bread with some hops and apples. Also a slight grassiness that I don't like too much.

Mouth is quite light, nice carbonation. Nothing too special.

Overall this is a nice tripel, quite light, but nicely balanced. The big yeastmonsters aren't my favorites, this is a bit more mellow and fresh, not bad at all! (715 characters)

Photo of benfons
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: nice hazy blond colour, little carbonation rising up, nice thick head

S: orange/lemon, clove, petit beurre biscuits, a hint of hops

T: loads of malts, banana and orange, hint of pepper some yeast, quite balanced, altough not that complex

M: the peppery notes really irritate my tongue, other wise carbonation is fine, medium body

O: descent beer, not wild of the peppery aspects, well balance, not very complex (418 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Slightly hazy, somewhere in between deep golden and orange. Huge and also dense white head that shows great retention throughout the whole tasting. Not as much lacing as you would expect from such a head but still enough to be satisfied with

S- Musty/earthy yeast is dominant. Some delicate fruity (citrus, apple) and sugary notes on the back of things, also a slight warming touch from the alcohol. Overall obviously on the sweet side

T- Not as earthy as the smell suggested, but much more bright instead. Caramel malts, with strong candy-like notes from the sugar, very sweet but still far from cloying. nice support from the esters, on the back but still vividly present with a warming spicy feel. Then some fruity notes as the smell suggested (again apple, slight citrus, pear maybe). Very nice and perfectly amalgamated

M- Very soft, full-bodied mouthfeel on both tongue and palate. Carbonation is still quite vivid, adding a touch of lively/prickly feel to the mouthfeel. Just dry enough in the aftertaste to make you longing for another sip

O- A classic tripel that stays totally true to the style, and a great one at that. I would ask no more. Very nice balance and drinkability given the 9%ABV (1,223 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with giant, white, foamy awesome looking head that lasted forever. Great lacing.

S: Citrus, tropical, toasted malt, yeast.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted and spicy with a hint of citrus.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Dry and quite warm going down.

O: Good Tripel. A bit too biting for my taste. Really warm, which was nice. Looks phenomenal. (423 characters)

Photo of jaimenavarrog
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow brown opaque
Foam didn't last much
The Foam was Tick not small like a necklace
Excellent smell
Aroma a Malta fermentada
Poco amargor
Muy agradable
Una cerveza para tomar toda la noche
An Excellent option
Great Beer
Mucho cuerpo
...
Tumbs up (250 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: explosive white head over a hazy golden body.

S: Very fruity and sweet. hints of pinapple, raisin, grape, a little must in there.

Taste is as the smell. Alcohol comes through a bit much especially in the finish as does the must. fruit is nice but somewhat overpowered.

M: Sits pretty well with a medium body. Gets a little musty.

Overall a pretty nice beer but the musty finish really take a lot away in my mind. For me tripels are always pretty hit and miss and this one missed a little for me. While not as bad as some other's I've had it doesn't really shine above. (579 characters)

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. (899 characters)

Photo of Hunter
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pale blond ale, slightly cloudy. Frothy white head of dense bubbles that sticks around longer than I would have anticipated. Several fine threads of very active carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass to help sustain that head. good tracing patterns as well.

Smell: Subtle and heady. Belgian candies, light spice, notes of alcohol in the background.

Taste: Light. Notes of hop, citrus, candied fruit. Palate clears almost immediately on the swallow, leaving behind a pleasantly faint aftertaste of sugar and spice. If there's a criticism to make, it's that this brew is not terribly complex. But it's a minor, minor consideration when what's there is so good. Liquid Zen.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, bubbly, bracing. Dry on the palate, clears itself almost immediately after the swallow with little else but a light trace of sugar on the tongue after.

Overall: It may be simply because it's the style of ale I prefer, but the Belgians are far and away the world's best brewmasters. Another choice for me to add to my regular rotation! (1,048 characters)

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

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - Pours a medium golden-amber with moderate haze and a sticky, snow-white head. Quite a bit of carbonation flowing up the glass. Head retains stubbornly and taking style and glassware into consideration, it laces very nicely.

S - Zesty, grassy hops, Belgian yeast and coriander up front. Bready malt, honey, hay, and candi sugar. Fruitiness is comprised mainly of white grapes and pears. Spices add some balance to all the sweeter aromas.

T - Follows the nose for the most part. Lots of bready malt, Belgian yeast, grassy hops, and zesty, earthy flavors. Finishes with some spice and hops, with pear and white grapes making an appearance as well. Less sweet than the aroma had me thinking, as the candi sugar and honey aren't here as much; although they still provide a nice sweetness. White grape and hops provide some dryness and slight bitterness respectively to the finish. Alcohol presence is minimal. A nice bubblegum flavor comes through as it warms. Overall a strong representation of the style but could have used a bit more complexity or depth to the profile in the end.

M - Fine and very smooth carbonation with a medium body. Very smooth overall. Dry finish, with some spice and mild bittering character. Fitting of the style, and very nice.

D - Overall this is a very nice tripel, and a great representation of what one should be. While not the most complex brew in the style, it's flavorful and very drinkable. I'd love to see how some age treats this one. (1,518 characters)

Photo of ehsieh02
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orangy color, foam is creamy and stay for a long time. even after 10 minutes its still there.

S: Orange peel, lemon, yeasty, also a little bit white flower floral at the end.

F: sweet at front, bursting with much of yeast flavor, like lots of clove, a bit hay like. Ten fruitiiness follow, like Orange, very juicy after all.

M: Medium and rounded mouthfeel, u can feel sweetness in your mouth for aftertaste.

O: It's a very yeasty beer overall, and not as dry like other triple. However it's a nice and pleasant beer to go with meal. (549 characters)

Photo of iSip
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gouden Carolus Tripel, 22 oz bomber: Good one! Hazy golden body topped with a decent head that really lasts a long time and laces well. Not much in the aroma department, but this is made up for in flavor. Fizzy and light, this tripel has lots of apricot notes, and reminds you of good champagne. Highly recommended tripel. (322 characters)

Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a chalice from bottle. Pours a hazy gold color with a nice and frothy head.

Very good balance with nice depth and aromas of creams, lemons, pears, and white florals

full bodied with a real smooth feel and flavors of lemons, pears, and creams

A quality tripel. Balanced with real good flavors and aromas. A bit more depth would've been nice, but this was a real good drink (386 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

*Review taken from notes*

A: Hazy yellow-gold. Nice amount of bubbles. Dirty white head.

S: Sweet fruity champagne aroma. Citrus notes. Very fragrant. Smells fresh.

T: Crisp subtle sweet flavors. I'm getting all types of fruit flavors. Grapes. Passion Fruit. Booze is very well managed. A refreshing finish.

M: Light body.

O: An American craft brewer would call this an Imperial Blond Ale. Taste like an import -- no mistaking that. Good beer that I would drink again. Not as heavy as a Merry Monks, but more refreshing, IMO. I think this is an "A" beer. (559 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy, very light orange pour with a big fluffy white head atop it. Retention is quite good with a smattering of lacing.

S: Lots of belgian yeast with some lemon and pears.

T: Yeasty with lots of cloves. Lemon peel, apple and pear. Bready sourdough malt. A touch of grass and some pepper.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth

O: A well balanced and drinkable tripel. Not as yeasty as some but it is still there of course. (426 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky gold with some light brown, a bit dark. A huge almost white fluffy foam forms then sticks to the glass and stays 'till I finish.

Smell is rich bread, grassy yeast, spice, and some apple fruitiness.

Taste is toffee embedded in cookies, Belgian yeast, with a lemon spice ending. Aftertaste of the tangy yeast is there as well.

This beer coats my tongue with a creamy smooth texture of a well made beer. A light yeasty tang brings it back to earth.

A stellar example of Belgian. A little dark for most of the Tripels I have tried so far, but who cares? Fruits, spice, yeast, all where they should be. Nicely done.

DOA (632 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (594 characters)

Photo of AZbelgian
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light blond color. Very hazy, which gives it a darker appearance. Huge white creamy head with fantastic retention and good lacing.

S - Smells of sweet fruit (apricots, maybe some apple) peppery with some yeast.

T - Taste mimics the aroma: sweet fruit (again apricots, pear with maybe some apple), candy sugar, a bit peppery with some nice yeastiness. Slightly bitter/peppery finish with a lightly tart aftertaste.

M - Light and bubbly in the mouth, smooth then tart.

O - A really good Tripel. The blend of sugar, fruit and peppery yeastiness blends nicely for a solid flavor. One of Brouwerij Het Anker's best. (627 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served into a russian river chalice

pours light blond cider color with a full blown 3 finger head. the head slowly dissipates leaving some boulder bubble lacing on the glass

pepper, clove, apple, orange, and slight floral in the nose.

malty, with some heavy spices and clove as the centerpiece, some light fruits hang in there as well.

this has one distinct taste. gonna buy another couple of these and cellar them, see how they develop. (455 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden color w/ a fluffy, creamy white head, leaves chunks of sticky lacing. Vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is floral, herbal; apricots, Belgian yeast, mild bubblegum as it warms.

Taste is fruity, subtle mustiness. Some tropical citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied and satisfying.

Overall another solid offering from Brouwerij Het Anker. (398 characters)

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. (1,126 characters)

Photo of Jerreve
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very sweet beer.
The looks are impressive. Grand head, nice and faomy. Clear yellow color.

In the aroma lots of fruits, banana, orange.
Also a very fruity taste. Orange, and something i can not specify.

Got a nice bitternes in the aftertaste.

Like it a lot. But not to much of it! (284 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz longneck.
A) pours with a big head. Stays large with good retention. Hazy yellow body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Banana. Yeast. Subtle clove and orange peel.
T) Banana. Hints of pear. Clove. Fairly clean finish.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Tannin / slick tongue feel in the finish.
O) A good tripel. I'd definitely drink another one. (346 characters)

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