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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 43
Gots: 44 | 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 auxiliary

Rhode Island

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2008 00:58:23 | More by auxiliary
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New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 02:36:24 | More by joezak5
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Quebec (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 21:11:55 | More by santa109
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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2008 15:30:46 | More by BretSikkink
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New York

4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 21:14:37 | More by SLeffler27
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Ontario (Canada)

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

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).

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 06:17:32 | More by irishkyle21
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 15:23:14 | More by ledemie
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 02:14:51 | More by BucBasil
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 04:20:24 | More by cyrenaica
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 23:11:17 | More by rye726
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2.1/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2008 16:15:19 | More by Floydster
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4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 01:41:03 | More by jwc215
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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 03:00:15 | More by bigdonniebrasco
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3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 15:13:50 | More by Cresant
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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a cloudy peach color with a light, but foamy white head. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma of white toast and butter, and fruit cocktail.

Tastes of oranges and pears, biscuit, white pepper, and lightly toasted malts. Aftertaste is almost meaty but in a pleasant way.

Lighter mouthfeel, silky, drying, and lively carbonated.

Quite an enjoyable Triple. Easy to drink and well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 22:00:51 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Maudite


4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I am destroyed by this one, and I am not just talking about the abv. This beer was better than I expected. Grabbed it from the shelves of the City Beer Store in SF because I had neither tried it nor heard of it. Glad I did.

A=Somewhere between summer apple cider and a Sunday morning mimosa; bubbly, golden-orange.

S=Pleasant aroma. Apples, a hint of pear, orange blossom, a slight buttery diacetyl lacing toward the end of the nose.

T= Pleasing. A slight sweetness, apples, honey, a bit of a toasty malt somewhere in the middle, and a delicate hop finish that is almost not there. Well constructed. Like eating a piece of crisp bread with an apple slice and some brie.

M= Had my last sip about 3 minutes ago, and i can still feel it. I think the abv lends something to that... More sudsy than bubbly, coats the mouth like a chardonnay or reisling, but falls off slowly and gently so as to not feel syrupy or sugary. One of the shining attributes is the way this beer feels in your mouth.

D= Pretty strong. Although very tasty, not sure I could have more than one back to back, but I'd like to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 02:39:57 | More by Maudite
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy light orange, big fluffy white head recedes to cap, leaving a bit of lace down the glass

S - sweet pils malt, not really honey, no citrus/grassy notes either

T - more layers of lightly sweet pils malt, hops are barely detectable, spicy finish

M - light and lively, remarkably easy to drink, smooth alcohol warmth

D - no problems putting this one away, great example of the style

Another fine offering from this brewer. A straight up tripel with a nice balance of sweetness that is not cloying, but nicely balanced by the alcohol and spice notes. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 02:29:32 | More by markaberrant
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New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Gary's in Madison... I've probably never seen a more impressive appearance in a beer... the gigantic, foamy and frothy head obliterated my glass, pouring over and spilling out... a huge, enormous appearance... smell was very good... full of sweet citrus, pears, and golden honey... taste was distincly different for a tripel... sweet, candied, with a noticeably different taste from most of the same style that I've encountered... can't notice the 9% ABV behind a rich, thick, and unique conglomeration of floral, citrus-like, candied flavors... one of the best tripels I've encountered... amazing stuff with a simultaneously noticeable apple and grapefruit essence... truly different taste for the style... great thick and tasty mouthfeel with a good drinkability that only took a set-back because of the hefty ABV, otherwise, an outstanding Belgian... one of the best I've recently come across... Definintely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 23:17:44 | More by dsa7783
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a pretty clear golden yellow. The head is big and meringue like. The nose is rather difficult to decipher. Alcohol smells strongly. Some butterscotch and fruit.

The first sip and impression is that this is ONE STRONG FLAVORED beer. I didn't think I would like this. Very Belgian malt and hops with citrus on the side. The flavors mellowed as I continued. This beer got better as I drank it. The mouthfeel and bite is good. Overall an enjoyable offering. Very true to the Belgian group.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 03:10:51 | More by daledeee
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Delirium goblet (nice x-mas present)...watch that pour.

Golden Ale with lots of carbonation sprigs rising to a full inch head that didn't seem to dissipate (maybe because it didn't sit too long in it).
Lemon-scent with a hoppy nose. Crisp and clean with some faint notes of something -couln't quite tell. The hop follows in the taste, but it was sandwiched in the effervescence, creating a full mouthfeel - almost champagne-like. The ABV (9%) is very well hidden within it's dense body. Strangely dense but light at the same time. I couldn't quite place the flavors, but it was a tasty brew by all accounts.
I was expecting maybe a little more flavor and nose, but nevertheless a 'must have again' ale if there ever was one.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 14:54:33 | More by DragYourBone
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District of Columbia

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

slightly hazy peachy golden colored with a big white head that holds pretty well and leaves a little lace. nose is spicy with clove and white pepper up front followed by lemon, hop, pale malt (nice and subdued, but plays a full role still), and a hint of pear. tastes like lemon clove bread almost. really wonderful and unique tripel while sticking to the criteria of a real classic at the same time. silky mouthfeel - more silky than most other tripels i've ever had - with a little bit of a dry finish. great. great with food and friends. i'm impressed with this simply complex classy classic beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 02:45:56 | More by timtim
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at the yard house in Glendale az in a a small goblet.2

pours orange/amber with a white wispy head. Very cloudy which looks good.
smells rather weak maybe since I am at a pub. Does smell sweet.
tastes like belgem candy sugars. Belgem yeasts and hops are sublime in this one.
alcoholic on the aftertaste. A little thin but the balance @ sweets make this a good one.
for me, memorable!

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2007 20:18:06 | More by Trueant1
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4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml picked up at the Coop for about $4.50... enjoyed with Brenda.. mine from my Kasteel tulip..

Huge chunky white head and fantastic lacing.. Bright yellow with only the slightest haze.. pretty.

Wow factor on the nose ... sweet toasted biscuits ... lemon verbena.. and a very characteristic spiciness... more complex than I can pick out... wow again.

Big Belgian pale malts are closely guarded by the yeasty flavors... fruits like nothing I've enjoyed in a long time... mango.. papaya.. banana.. meyer lemon.. yummy. I have no idea and have never really been able to pick out hop flavors on real Belgians... so I am not going to try. Perfect mouthfeel with a creaminess that the carbonation bursts with flavors with every sip. Slight white pepper and nutmeg. Perfect sweetness ties every sip together and leaves a lingering flavor until the next.

I get this brew everytime I do a Triple flight, but until now, I've never taken the time to savor it... Gouden Carolus Triple is simply fantastic.... now the question I am asking, "Will it cellar?"

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 08:48:37 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No vintage or best by markings on this, but it was differently labeled than all the others in the store so suspect it is a year or two old. Pours relatively transparent ( wierd) very straw yellow with orange highlights. The head was good at first but quickly became thinner than nicole richie. The nose is pretty good, floral with hops and a hint of yeast and citrus. At first taste, there is some flavor that i can ony describe as toasted hops. then the light applish fruits come out with a decent hop finish. The mouthfeel is average for a belgian tripel. Drinkability is good. Another fine het anker product, but i do have to say it is my least favorite of their brews, but they make some amazing brews! Dont get me wrong, this is good beer. get one.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 04:16:04 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typed from notes taken on 15 April 2007:

A: This beer is very fitting in my Westmalle glass. The beer looks a lot like that famed trappis tripel. Mine has poured more orange and murky than I would expect but I may not have let this rest long enough before pouring. The very thin head was shite for retention.

S: This has a subtle sweet aroma and a hint of alcohol presence. I can honestly say this is the first time I have smelled toasted bread in a beer. Perhaps because I had some earlier, I also smell green grapes when I take a deep whiff.

T: Honey or maybe candy sugar round off a very bold flavor on first sip. An almost rye-like hop flavor persists on the the palate. I'm changing my opinion of green grapes to a more general sweet, dried fruit flavor (apricot?). The bitter aftertaste on this beer is my only problem with the flavor. Alcohol is very warming too.

M: Bold and beautiful. OK, so that is too strong but tit is a very bold flavor. Not really chewy or creamy but there is a sweet, frothy stickiness left after swallow.

D: This is not my favorite Belgian tripel but it is good nonetheless. Assuming I could find it significantly cheaper than other abbey or trappist ales, I would buy it more regularly.

330ml bottle poured into Westmalle glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 20:38:21 | More by Big78CJ
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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