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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 44
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Thunderball


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into my chalice, and this liquid produced a huge pale white pillow of a head. The smell of fruit and spice are the first introduction of this offering. Taste of some citrus, piney hops, spice components, and some white pepper are the most noticeable from this brew. Lots of carbonation to play on the tongue, finishes with a dry, astringent feel to the palate.

10-09-2008 00:32:37 | More by Thunderball
Photo of tr4nc3d


3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured this into a glass. Poured a nice pale yellow with pretty big head. Had noticable lacing. Smells kinda of like bananas, and hops, can smell some light alcohol.

Taste was kinda fruity and then left with a bitter taste but never overpowering, can taste the alcohol slightly.

Overall this is yet another great belgium beer. Would drink this again

09-19-2008 00:46:07 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of gerardoluna


3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

[Eyes] Great pale yellow with a big foamy white head.

[Nouse] Citrus, floral and litle notes of bannana, in deep the alcohol is present.

[Mouth] good smooth body is spice, floral, alcoholic taste in deep and hops and hops and hops! a bitter long afthertaste.

Gooood belgium beer!!!

09-18-2008 17:54:58 | More by gerardoluna
Photo of DubBrewer


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured into a glass and watched the dense, rocky white head fill the glass, about 2 inches thick. Appearance is a cloudy, hazy light golden color. Smells of pineapple, with light citrus aroma. Very nice aroma profile. Tastes light, but with a complex finish. In the finish I detected the hops and the complex alcohols. It has a slight dry finish, with a bit of zest. Mouthfeel is quite impressive, and I almost forgot its a 9.0% ABV beer. Drinkability is good, but its definitely not a session beer.

09-13-2008 20:38:15 | More by DubBrewer
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

330 ml bottle poured into my Duvel glass yields a glowing yellow-orange body with a bit of haze and an enormous white cap of fine-bubbled foam atop. The huge head goes nowhere quickly, choosing to settle into a free-floating hockey puck-type structure that leaves blobs and interconnected rings of 3-D lacing on the glass.

The nose is fruity and zesty with a hefty shot of pineapple, a sting of resinous pine, and a citrusy perfume of pungent grapefruit and fragrant orange.

The taste is crisp and fruity with a dark sugary side and a mellow malty backbone. A citrusy cocktail of orange, lemon, and lime peel are balanced with a bit of dry bitterness that never threatens to take over the drink. A tingle of spicy and a warming in the torso are the only real indications that Gouden Carolus Tripel is packing heat in the ABV department. Nicely balanced.

The drink is plenty carbonated and zesty with a darned near quaffable medium body, and is one fine brew to relax with.

09-05-2008 21:32:21 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Savoured at Chaucer's Pub in London, Ontario. Served in a branded Gouden Carolus glass.

Generous white head capping a moderately hazy amber-gold body. Wonderfully foamy. Tripels always win in the looks department and the G.C. doesn't disappoint.

Nose like a fruit basket with floral and alcohol notes. Palate is spritzy and fluffy with some spice and citrus. A standout tripel in my mind.

08-27-2008 05:53:56 | More by Antilochus
Photo of Hophead101


2.98/5  rDev -27.8%

had on tap at Yards in Las Vegas on 4/9/08

the beer poured a hazy golden brown - minimal head - but that could be the delay in getting it from the tap to the table. the head did have some great lacing.

there was a light sweet malty smell - flowery citrus - almost like a garden. has a weird malty alcholic taste at the very back of the mouth. weird hints of hops as well - not a huge fan of this beer. there is at least a nice hoppy finish.

having said all of that - it also minimizes the mouthfeel and drinkability.

08-25-2008 00:43:22 | More by Hophead101
Photo of Gehrig


5/5  rDev +21.1%

So, SOOOO glad I grabbed this and especially the big, 750 mL bottle. What a treat. Three lush, dense, durable fingers of white head adorn the Ommegang glass. Ample lacing rings the glass and the thick layer of white foam hardly dissipates during the first glass full of this beauty. A tremendous first impression.

Phase two, the nose--flush with banana, orange, and apricot but also no shortage of spice, especially clove, ginger, and a dash of pepper. What a remarkable taste, full of fruit such as those mentioned above but also apple and pear, sweet but also spicy, and that hop finish that is slightly bitter but, when mixed with the dense malt and ample spice, only adds to the rich melange. Just wonderful.

It all comes together in the mouthfeel--lush carbonation that is such a trademark (among many) of Belgian beers but never overdone, allowing the rich malt to work in harmony with the hops, sweet with spice and a touch of bitter, yet all very smooth.

This is nothing short of a masterpiece, one of the ten best beers I've ever had and certainly my favorite Tripel, supplanting the wonderful Westmalle Tripel from atop my personal perch. Five stars.

08-24-2008 05:33:00 | More by Gehrig
Photo of yael6666


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

A. Great opaque yellow with a big endless white head.

S.Citrus, floral and bannana aromas go along with the alcohol smell (pretty dominant)

T.Spice, floral, alcohol and hops (to much hops)
with a bitter long ending.

M. Great sprinkling and smooth body, alcoholic taste too.

D. This is a very strong beer, but it is quite good for the cold nights... drink 3 of this and youll forget the cold out there...

Recomended for strong palades, very classy beer.


08-19-2008 01:04:10 | More by yael6666
Photo of philipquarles


3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

On tap at t'Ankertje in Mechelen, the triple poured a nice, slightly cloudy gold with a frothy one-finger head that stuck around for quite a while and left a good bit of lacing.

Smells predominantly of malt, followed by citrus, sugars, and a bit of alcohol. Tastes is much the same, but light spices and hops are also present and make this a pretty complex triple. Mouthfeel is decent thanks to a bit of carbonation.

Overall, a good, balanced triple, but one that is somewhat uninspiring--there's just nothing that screams 'world-class' to me (despite the fact that this one a gold in some World Beer competition in 2002).

08-09-2008 19:47:13 | More by philipquarles
Photo of sweethome


3.8/5  rDev -8%

Part of a blind tripel tasting done with some friends. This finished 3rd out of five. Nice beer - but not up with Westmalle or Allagash (below Tripel Karmeliet for me too).

Hazy light golden color - big white head is traditional. Excellent lace.

Nose of honey, alcohol and yeast. Straw. Very traditional nose.

Highly carbonated entry - medium mouthfeel, big estery flavors flow over the palate. Honey, yeast-cake, alcohol burn on finish.

For this tasting (with many great trips) it doesn't quite get there - but this a fine beer. Traditional style, big alcohol, complex.

08-05-2008 02:51:29 | More by sweethome
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

appearance - Nice golden color. Very large head nad some nice lace left on the glass.

smell - Citrus smells, like banana and pineapple.

taste - Has a sugary sweet taste and a alcohol taste.

mouthfeel - Nice warm taste of alcohol.

drinkability - mmmm very tasty. Must try, must try on any tripel i guess.

07-20-2008 00:58:23 | More by auxiliary
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +16.9%

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter and a La Fin du Monde when the head went wild; this head just went crazy from the start, gurgling out the bottle while lightly pouring... what settled down was a clear orange gold with incredible meringue like head and excellent lacing and rentention... I'm lucky I had and extra glass hanging around.

Smell: Lightly spiced lemon shortbread cookies, candied ginger and cloves, cream... lemon curd.

Mouthfeel: Gel-like in the mouth, creamy and smooth, just wonderful light carbonation when agitated. Wonderful.

Taste: Lemony spicy yeast flavors with chewy malt overload. Wild fremented bananas, pineapples and oranges, hoppy cloves on the back of the throat, no alcohol presence except the light warmth at the end.

Drinkability: Light and complex flovors but at the same time overwhelmingly luxorious mouthfeel. Unreal; I'll take this over Duvel any day.

06-30-2008 02:36:24 | More by joezak5
Photo of santa109

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9%

Had this at L'autre-oeil in Gatineau, QC.

A: Poured a cloudy bright yellow-orange with a foamy film for a head into the gouden carolus glass. The thin head stuck around until the end.

S: Wow, banana bread really strikes me as the dominant aroma. It reminds me of a hefeweizen. There's also a hint of vanilla in there and the alcohol is a bit present too.

T: Big fruityness upfront with pear being the dominant taste. There seems to be a bit of pineapple in there too and vanilla shows up again with a touch of alcohol.

M: Light-bodied with a bit of an oily mouthfeel and low carbonation.

D: Very high since it reminded me of hefeweizens with its fruityness.

Overall, a very enjoyable triple that's different than what I expect from them but I'm glad I had it. I would recommend trying this one.

06-29-2008 21:11:55 | More by santa109
Photo of BretSikkink


4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Yellow-orange color with an attractive white head served about two fingers high. Great retention, not much in the way of formations but the legs are very nice as well.

Floral aromas are quite strong, banana and clove like a weissbier. The light fruits waft nicely while the hops resonate in the glass. Citric peel as well.

Jesus but I don't remember this being so tasty and quaffable. I slammed this thing down and had another straightaway. Lots of hops for a tripel, they're a pleasantly earthy, spicy prickle.

Great mouthfeel, wonderful finish. Alcohol is hidden delightfully. I remember from my bottle review that I really enjoyed this beer this first time, but why did it take so long to come around to again?! Amazing tripel.

06-20-2008 15:30:46 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

4.88/5  rDev +18.2%

A huge, white, sea foam head blooms over a cloudy, cherry/honey elixir and clings to the Carolus chalice. As the head recedes, legs form with gentle swirling and small bubbles continuously rise throughout the session.

Subtle sweet spices and complex fruit notes envelop the olfactory, tantalizing the senses. The complexity improves with added pepper as it warms.

The malt profile includes fruits like banana and perfectly-ripe cantaloupe, followed by orange peel in a slightly bitter finish.

This one is spectacular as it grabs the tongue, coats it with flavors, and has a crescendo of alcohol finish.

This is the feel-good beer of the night. Dangerously smooth. Keep 'em coming, but remember to sip and enjoy as 9% is pretty high.

06-08-2008 21:14:37 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours with a very bright white head. Not all that much retention or lacing. The color is a mix of orange and gold (with some haziness).

Smells of fruits, spicy yeast, something similar to bubblegum (the kind that comes with the little comics), grass and a sweet malt.

Lots of different fruits on the palate as well as spices, malts and a warming alcohol (it almost stings your taste buds).

05-23-2008 06:17:32 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of ledemie

New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

54 degree

A: look nice, golden, a cloudy 2 inches head.

S: very fruity, orange, raisin, very fruity smell, really pleasant

T: orange, raisin, yeasty,

M: medium body, alcohol is there .

D: this is a very drinkable beer, if you like Chimay white, give it a try, this is a 90 (100) compare to Chimay white, really good beer... I should try to use a sniffer glass next time.

05-21-2008 15:23:14 | More by ledemie
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance: Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is a hazy bright orange color with plenty of carbonation underneath. Head was remarkably huge, growing to about 3 and a half fingers thick, bubbly with a rocky top and pure white with great retention.

Smell: Clean and citrusy with a somehwat soapy undertone. Subtle spicy notes underneath.

Taste: Big and yeasty with a hint of lemon and clove at first, then fading into a more subtle fruitiness including more citrus and a hint of banana lurking underneath.

Overall, this is just a pretty good tripel. It's strong and flavorful, but a bit unbalanced. I might buy it again sometime... maybe.

05-18-2008 02:14:51 | More by BucBasil
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev 0%

330ml bottle
9.0% ABV

I tried this beer on April 25, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a solid orangy-gold colour with a very thin white head. The aroma was that of sweet malt and some yeast. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, and highly carbonated. The flavour was candied malt, some hoppy grapefruity hints, and a little more yeast. A very good beer.

05-12-2008 04:20:24 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of rye726


4.5/5  rDev +9%

750ml bottle poured at 50F into a goblet.

Golden color with nice bubbles rising from the glass. Thich and creamy white head with good lacing.

Spicy Belgian yeast, citrus fruits, candy malts and complex alcohols.

Big malt profile with candy, and a salad of tropical and mountainous fruits. Belgian hops and yeast bring it together nicely.

Thick and creamy with perfect carbonation. This is for sure one of the most complex yet well balanced triples around. Alcohol is well hidden.

05-02-2008 23:11:17 | More by rye726
Photo of Floydster


2.1/5  rDev -49.2%

Goblet at the Yardhouse in Rancho Cucamonga for $6.50, served in a smaller glass because of its high ABV, one of the only things that looked interesting on the menu

A-Medium brown with an obvious orange tint, hazy, 1/4 inch creamy off white head that disappeared immediately, no retention, no lacing

S-Apples, raisins, white grapes, honey, bready malt aromas, orange peel, other fruits, candy, earthy accents, and brown sugar

T-Started off with an immediate raisin taste, then some chewiness in the middle that was immediately overshadowed by booze and fruitiness in the finish, too sweet already and I was scared to see how it got once it warmed, more apples and oranges later on and the bread toned down a lot, got way too sweet and boozy by the end, needed some hops or chewier malt to provide some balance to the fruit war that was going on

M-Sweet, boozy, and tangy mouthfeel, needed some carbonation because this one was seriously flat, medium to thick body, syrupy, taste lasted long

D-Could barely finish mine within an hour, did not do justice on a warm day in the IE, heavy on the stomach, high alcohol content, not smooth, alcohol was not hidden

Never tried a beer from this brewery before, have been wanting to try the grand cru for quite some time now, simply curious to see what this one was like because I had not heard anything about it, one of my least favorite tripels ever, would not drink again, not recommended

04-24-2008 16:15:19 | More by Floydster
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4.72/5  rDev +14.3%

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed orangeish golden with a white head that thins and becomes a lasting, swirling patch. Surprisingly, and unfortunately, the glass is left almost clean as a whistle (though there are a few vanishing dots and a thin film.

The smell is of spiced, bready yeast (a nice one), apples, oranges with earthy/grainy, caramelish notes.

The taste is complex, in a mellow/subtle way. Fruity - apple, melon, a bit of pear, a hint of orange with a balancing earthy/herbal, grassy spicing - hoppy without becoming too herbal/medicinal. This is all held together by caramel and a nice yeast strain. Wonderful balance of malt, hops, and yeast. Just a hint of soft alcohol that lends dryness and a touch of peppery spice more than it does heat.

Lighter-side of medium-bodied, but still rich. Creamy, yet lively. Very refreshing.

Considering the abv this is wonderfully drinkable. Complex, robust in a mellow way. Refreshing. Hits the spot on a warm day, though I could easily appreciate this year-round. For wine-drinkers coming over to beer (graduating?) substitute this for pinot grigio.

04-24-2008 01:41:03 | More by jwc215
Photo of bigdonniebrasco


4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

This beer was better than I expected.
A=Somewhere between summer apple cider and a Sunday morning mimosa; bubbly, golden-orange.

S=Nice aroma or orchard fruits, a slight buttery diacetyl lacing toward the end of the nose.

T= Very nice - apples, honey, and fruit.
(Copied from previous poster because it's dead on)
Like eating a piece of crisp bread with an apple slice and some brie.

M= Velvety fruit, with a touch of oilyness

D= Great beer, but so much going on that I think more than one would get a little cloying.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 03:00:15 | More by bigdonniebrasco
Photo of Cresant


3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Westmalle goblet. No date. The body was opaque/cloudy and the color of dirty golden fruit punch. The beer cleared somewhat as it warmed. One finger if white frothy head. Sediment remained in the bottom of the glass.

Smell was of white raisins and brown sugar.

Taste was rich. Sweet dark dried fruits with some balancing bitterness. Smooth. Well hidden alcohol. Not my favorite style, but a nice tripel.

Mouthfeel was zesty from carbonation and alcohol. Overall smooth and rich in aroma and flavors.

02-25-2008 15:13:50 | More by Cresant
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.