Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker
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4.14/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-19-2014 00:38:54 | More by FLima
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
3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
04-07-2014 21:07:29 | More by barczar
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
04-01-2014 06:40:03 | More by stingrayvr6
4.34/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-29-2014 20:20:37 | More by JTuomi
4.14/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured in an Orval Trappist glass: the color was an attractive apricot
with 1/2 finger head.
At first light apricot-lemon and spice aroma. As the beer warmed up,
more complex aromas- some clove, more phenols, and a mix of aromas.
Mouth feel: very carbonated as expected for the style.
Good transition to the taste.
Taste: apricot, lemon, clove, spicy. As the beer warms up, more subtle fruit.
Finish: excellent. Spicy and carbonated.
Overall: an excellent Belgian Tripel. The aroma/taste is less clove and more apricot-lemon-spice.
There are a lot of subtleties in the taste.
I great enjoyed the finish- spicy and carbonated.
03-24-2014 00:56:10 | More by brureview
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.