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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel

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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%


Brewed by:
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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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ikantspel

California

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 06:16:07 | More by ikantspel
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draheim

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 05:21:57 | More by draheim
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 08:43:42 | More by axeman9182
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Jerreve

Belgium

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 18:41:01 | More by Jerreve
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u2carew

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:27:43 | More by u2carew
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we have one of my all-time favorite breweries doing one of my all-time favorite traditional styles of beer. I will do my best to remain unbiased! No promises. Ha!

Appearance - The head retention and lacing on this Tripel is always the first thing to impress me. Very creamy. I believe this is a filtered beer, yet it is still reasonably cloudy. Clearly they do not over filter, which personally, I like. A very strong golden yellow, as well as mild, bright orange coloration.

Smell - Yeast and lemon citrus zap the senses. Very sharp and slightly 'bready.' Not much sugar coming through, however, there is a little bit. Not a complicated aroma. Decent overall smell but nothing amazing.

Taste - Licorice/ anise is very prominent. Lots of orange peel coming through as well. Vanilla and heavy floral notes are also noticeable. A subtle use of coriander perhaps. A hint of toffee (especially after it warms). Quite a sweet beer, but overall very balanced. The pale malts and hops really play their part in distracting the tongue from how sugary this Tripel is. Very impressive. Again, LOVE the use of anise.

Mouthfeel - This is interesting. It seems to really sit on the tongue more than most places. Directly on the surface and around the sides. A relatively smooth and syrupy beer. Not a ton of 'feel' per se, but very silky nonetheless.

Overall - Het Anker outdoes themselves. This is an excellent Tripel. The combination of pale malts, sugars and Belgian hops really leaves the enthusiast wanting more. It's no wonder this traditional beer is still one of the oldest standing recipes from Mechelen (brewed since 1941 for the Knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece, according to their official website). A true *classic*. Wait. Speaking of which...

Maybe another outstanding (sibling) beer is in need of review...?

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 10:11:51 | More by Agent1
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prototypic

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gouden Carolus Triple pours a nice golden color. It’s very hazy. Looks a bit copper or orange when held to light. It’s topped with a white head that rises to about two and a half fingers tall. It’s slow to recede, and leaves a moderate coat of sticky lace behind.

The nose is quite good. It features a really nice Belgian yeast scent. Smells mostly like clove and pepper. It has a strong fruit presence. Apple and pear flavors work really well with the Belgian yeast. There’s also a healthy amount of banana here. It’s a nice complement to the clove. There are some sweet, malty scents, but they’re secondary. Alcohol is very mild in the mix for 9% abv.

The flavor is even more impressive. The malt base is little sweet. Tastes mostly like pale malt. Belgian yeast has a very strong presence. It’s quite spicy, featuring very tasty clove and pepper flavors. They’re complemented by host of fruit flavors, including apple, pear, banana, and light pineapple. The banana flavor complements the spicy notes extremely well. Earthy and grainy notes are present throughout. They’re definitely secondary though. Alcohol is blended extremely well and is barely noticeable for 9% abv. Very impressive.

The body is best described as medium. Carbonation appears active, but the bubbles feel light and soft. Very smooth and lush. Impressive. This stuff is way too easy to drink. This 750 is disappearing quickly. I wish I had more.

Brouwerij Het Anker brews excellent beer. Gouden Carolus Triple is no exception. This is simply delicious stuff. It might not be the world’s best Tripel, but it’s definitely competitive. The Belgian yeast presence and the banana flavor really make it stand out. They work extremely well together. Irrespective of what you’re into, Gouden Carolus Triple is well worth your money and your attention. Find a bottle…or two.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 05:47:20 | More by prototypic
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 22:37:09 | More by jlindros
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw colored. Wonderful lacing. Head that stays forever

Smell: Wonderful esters. Smells like a triple should.

Taste: What balance and flavor. no harshness. Slight hop bitterness. Wonderful esters abound.

Mouthfeel: Who cares with this taste. perfect balance of syrupy sweetness and carbonation.

Overall: My best triple yet. A must try

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 21:56:39 | More by Squelch
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

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

I bought a single 330mL bottle from Woodman's in Janesville, WI as part of a closeout deal for $2.59.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a very large head that is thick and fluffy. Very highly carbonated bottle. The scent is rich with yeast and bready hints. Hops and other earthy tones are evident as well. Taste is mild and creamy. Every ingredient mixes quite well for a bready, earthy grain taste. A really great brew from Belgium. This may have been a 9% beer but it certainly didn't taste like it. I almost want to give this a beer some 5's but idk, with all the beer out there is this is 5 worthy.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 20:53:09 | More by Lemke10
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birderbeerer

Virginia

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

Golden with a tight white head, great lacing.

Loads of yeast in the aroma. With herbal hops. Earthy and oak.

Very mellow taste that follows the aroma. Hoppier than many tripels and less sweet, which accents the yeast more. Very good creaminess.

A nice tripel.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 22:17:27 | More by birderbeerer
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tony223366

California

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

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 22, 2011.

A: Cloudy tan color. Almost like a light caramel. Great 2 fingers of white fluffy head. A beauty!

S: Very citrusy with a sweetness. Some herbal aromas that I'm having trouble placing. Coriander?

T: Definitely a rich caramel. Still lots of herbs and a citrus backbone. Slightly bitter at the finish. Need a bit more though. Nice warming alcohol especially once this beer warms.

M: Very nice and creamy, almost fluffy body.

O: Good beer. Not perfect but I still really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 06:05:50 | More by tony223366
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BeerSingh

India

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got an opportunity to grab this one at The Gardens, Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur at Bottles and Bottles, one cool place to shop for beer in KL. They have a nice sit out where you can sample the beers, chat with the owner and flip through beer books. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Gouden Carolus tulip. The beer is a translucent golden orange with lemony hues around the edges with a nice sheen overall. The head is a massive 3 fingers wide with heavy lacing and retention. Beneath the suds hides a bouquet of varied aromas - grain and pale malt, candi sugar, yeast and tropical fruits. Very inviting and tantalizing. The nose lingers on.
The taste follows the nose - sweet candi sugar and pale malt upfront followed by a burst of tropical fruits. This is one of the sweeter tripels that you will ever have with almost no hop presence but a bold, dryish finish. The beer has enough spike in it from the carbonation to take the flavours all over. Subsequent sips simply coat your palate with more assertion of taste. The beer feels very lively on the palate. The post mortem reveals massive rings of lacing till the bottom of the glass.
I would really rate this tripel very high - maybe not the best and not in the same boat as the Westmalle, but in a class of its own. A must have.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 10:45:16 | More by BeerSingh
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – light amber color, a little murky, with about two fingers’ worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – hoppy-smelling, but from a different species than I’m used to smelling, so I can’t identify it. A little spicy as well.

Taste – hoppy-tasting as well, and the bitterness comes in, but more toward the middle of the taste. Maybe some spices in the taste too, but finishing with a slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, although not terribly interesting. Very good tasting.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 18:29:37 | More by Nerudamann
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of BBF 2011. 11.2oz bottle poured into a Southampton oversize snifter.

Pour yields a gigantic, 4 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a murky dark grapefruit. Lacing is patchy and thick with excellent cling. What you'd expect and then some. A bit too much for me.

Nose is clove, pineapple, tropical fruit, and Belgian yeast. Cane sugar sweetness sits in the background. Spices tickle the nose. Nice. A bit thin though.

Opens sweet citrus, flour, pineapple, and clove. More tropical fruit in the middle with Belgian yeast and cane sugar sweetness. Finishes spicy with a sweet, fruity aftertaste. Pretty standard.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive. Finish is accented with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Decent.

A solid offering for the style. Nothing really stands out but nothing falls short either. Worth trying and cellaring for a while to see what develops.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 00:45:14 | More by SpeedwayJim
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olmatty

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a lightly clouded glowing yellow orange color with a thick, persistent, rocky head.

Smell-Creaminess, Zesty citrus fruit peel and some earthy spice, a complex and intoxicating aroma.

Taste-Creamy as the aroma implies, grainy and alcoholic hints of curacao orange and a distinct peach brandy sensation that is at last overcome by a clove and light hop bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, and smooth, alcohol is blended well into flavors, but apparent.

Overall-So complex in every respect. What a wonderful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 17:09:29 | More by olmatty
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is a different one, than last year.

I have learnt that Gouden Carolus is better than I first thought. First I didn't want to accept the liquorice in it. Now I do, I cannot say otherwise: this is great.

L: perfect; lasting top; crystal drops on the glass;
S: Good. Smells like Arabic gom (for the Dutch guys: it smells like 'trekdrop') and caramel. Next to this: a complete flower garden.
T: round, soft, gom, creamy;
M: very nice carbonation and alcohol;
O: lovely!

Sorry not to write this down in my first review!

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 12:37:49 | More by Filosoof
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Rapax

Sweden

4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color and an enormous white head with tiny bubbles.

Smells initially sweet, with a fair amount of spices. Coriander. Complex. Intoxicating.

Taste is not as sweet as one would expect from the smell. Mint, citrus peel, and again, coriander. But there is more. A slight bitterness, precisely as much needed to balance the sweetness. A touch of rosé pepper, herbs, bay laurel leaves and an english style hop flavor.

Body is medium, with high carbonation.

I cannot drink this beer without hearing music. It is an angelic choir, a symphony, an ode to belgian craftmanship.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 20:31:29 | More by Rapax
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

11.2oz. bottle served in a red wine glass. No dating apparent on the bottle. Pours a dull, burnt orange with a hazy clarity and a one inch dense, bright white head. Head eventually recedes into a solid 1/8th inch cap. An arc of lacing is formed on the tilt side of the glass with little droplets of foam cascading underneath the curve. Aromas of candied fruits (melon, figs, prunes) dominate the nose as well as a spicy/medicinal quality that follows close behind and a suggestion of caramel. Taste is very much in line with the nose; however, everything comes off a bit more muted. Mouthfeel is medium-light, albeit somewhat lacking in body for the style, with a crisp, almost sharp, carbonation and a semi-dry finish. This tends to be a hit or miss style for me; either I love it or I hate it. That said, this falls somewhere in the middle - pleasant and drinkable with a well-hidden abv; however, I would seek out other offerings if I was craving a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 00:52:58 | More by Jwale73
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brugge2004

New York

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a hard time finding this one,but definitly worth the effort golden straw color with a beautiful fluffy head that is slow to recede leaving nice sticky lacing. The taste is not off puttingly sweet I think it hits the mark not too floral but some nice blended fruit banana hits me most. would definitly buy this again. Probably my favorite Het Anker brew

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 21:35:04 | More by brugge2004
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into an official Gouden Carolus glass.

A wonderful even twenty four carat gold middle body, accentuated around the edges with lemon hues. Cloudy but not dull and somewhat orb glowing. Leaves a wonderful white whip cream topping head even and nice. This small even head stays on top to never leave the drink. Drink leaves incredible thick spiderweb to circular tiny sheets of lacing while finishing. This perfection in a glass right here.

Bouquet is a light bodied yeast and malt, airy juicy lemon, with a mild sweetness with hard candy and vanilla stickiness. This is flat out wonderful.

Taste brings joy. Lemon bent and mild creamy texture sweetness. Creamy texture filling with lemon and vanilla in the mid palate brought by the nose, with a finishing like fruit mild banana. Sharp sensations at first the gives way to a brooding softness and feel. Hardly any alcohol tastes for a nine percent drink.

Overall this isn't just a fabulous tripel. Lemon drop mild sugars and malt and candy yeast, almost like a great cocktail. Pure mastery of drink. This is MAGIC in a bottle, pure friggin magic!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:00:19 | More by smakawhat
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" soapy white head that left a nice lacing over cloudy copper liquid.

S: Banana, citrus, yeast, and some alcohol.

T: Banana, citrus, white wine, and yeast with a dry finish that is very pleasant.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of medium carbonation.

O: A great Tripel and a very easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:18:32 | More by DaftCaskBC
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nezelrac

New York

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from 11.2oz bottle into tulip

A - pours a tarnished copper/orange with a voluminous off white head that dissipates slowly to a 1/8 inch and good lacing; good CO2 evident

S - lots of fruity esters up front - banana, apple, baked pear, nectarine, lemon balm, too; floral/herbal components present as well; plenty of yeasty/bready notes wrapped around and through the fruity parts; malt aromas are gentle and pale and lurking in the background with the brown sugar and orange/vanilla creme icing; there's a lot going on here...

T - milder echoes of the nose, with a mildly bitter component from mid-palate through the finish; here is where the malt is living - still wrapped in fruity esters and yeast, but straightforward cereal grain goodness; spicy notes pick up from the early mid-palate and emerge with focus on the finish showing white pepper and hints of coriander and anise

M - lively and significant; good weight; CO2 is spot on; intensity without being cloying

O - excellent stuff; a little rustic and better for it; a really good example of the style

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 03:11:13 | More by nezelrac
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jnn4v

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, pale yellowish-orange color. Decent amount of foamy white head. No sediment, but decent amount of haze.

S: Doesn't sound at all like I'm used to for a Tripel - no coriander or herbal scent at all, and the Belgian yeast scent was subdued. Lemon zest, orange, and household cleansers - possibly ammonia?

T: Not bad, but not great. Some yeast, and all of the scent elements (lemon zest, orange and ammonia) are present in the flavor. Also some floral elements as well.

M: Ample carbonation, with small-to-medium sized bubbles - slightly more carbonated than a Tripel usually is. Slightly more viscous than a Tripel usually is and fairly dense. The combination of the high carbonation with the density led it to seem about average for the style - although achieved differently.

O: Not a bad Tripel, but not one I could conceive ever seeking out again. Atypical scents, flavors and textures (and none of them necessarily an improvement) make this more of a curiosity than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 13:49:38 | More by jnn4v
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

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

Beer is straw gold in colour, and a MOUNTAIN of beautiful, frothy white head sits atop. Great retention, good lacing.

Smell is nice, but not overly strong. Belgian yeast, malt, and spice (clove, a bit of pepper). Faint fruit scent, certainly not as strong as in many tripels.

The spice is quite present in the taste, and is the most immediate flavour that sticks out for me. Pepper and clove, gives a bit of a nice zip to the beer. The malt is quite present, somewhat bready, but not overly sweet, though there is a bit of honey. Like the nose, fruit is present but quite subdued.

Moderate carbontation, but consists of very small bubbles. Beer is a little lighter bodied than some tripels, but still is fairly medium bodied. The spicy flavours impact the palate, similar to the carbonation.

Overall, a good tripel. Not one of the best, but a very enjoyable beer. Would always be happy to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 18:11:59 | More by jrenihan
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 639 ratings.