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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 56
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 792 | Reviews: 426
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a deep golden almost amber. Had a dense rocky white head.

Smell was candi sugar sweet with a hint of spicyness.

Taste was like a sweet spiced cake.

Very creamy and delicious mouthfeel.

Overall, a very tasty brew. Recommended for sure.

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, pours a golden yellow color with a HUGE white head that takes up half the glass. The head possesses amazing retention and lacing as well. This is a very pretty beer!

S- The aroma is lighter than expected with some fruit, citrus peel, spices and Belgian yeast. The aroma is very light but very pleasant as well. The array of fruits dominate the aroma with some citrus peel and clove. Very nice!

T- The taste like the aroma is very fruity with some spices added in there with a dry yeasty finish along with some alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- This is one of the better Tripels that I have tried, fantastic stuff! Recommended!

Photo of morimech
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, vibrant golden color with a large, dense head that had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has an aroma of honey and the hops give off a floral, almost perfume like smell when combined with the alcohol that lifts off the beer surface. The taste was a bit of a surprise. It was not as sweet as what I was expecting. Somewhat dry and has a vinous quality about it. Light fruit, honey, and cloves are detected. Finishes with a dry, alcoholic taste. The body is a bit light and the carbonation keeps things lively without being harsh. I enjoyed this Tripel and would definately buy and drink this again.

Photo of raoulduke37
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City, CA. Another gem in that fine establishment. I was very surprised to see this not among the top 100. This seemed a little light to me for a tripel, and the smell threw me off, thinking that at best it was going to be "good." The tasted, however, was a light but complex wonder - very malty and sweet, but balanced perfectly with modest hops. Sweet fruits and honey, like a Greek dessert. I could sip this again and again and again. Mouthfeel was smooth and rich. Fantastic Stuff. This one should climb the charts.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow hue, with an insane amount of puffy, foamy off-white head - I had to pour it in three stages. The head is actually courteous and doesn't take too long to gamely disappear, leaving some dense striated and webbed lacing around the glass.

It smells quite spicy - cloves and ginger, mostly - with some grainy pale malt, a touch of honey, and bitter perfumed florals. The taste is semi-sweet pale and caramel malt, muddled coriander/clove, white pepper, lemon zest, pear and apple concentrate, a bit of dry rock candy, and bitter floral aromatic hops, with a subtle booze warming.

There isn't much carbonation to speak of beyond a weak frothiness, surprisingly, after that initial teeming outburst, the body a stolid medium weight, and generally smooth, the spice and alcohol having a minor stultifying effect here. It finishes off-dry, and less sweet than I had anticipated, the hops and fruit mediating somewhat.

For its strength, in true to form flavour, and alcohol, this is actually fairly drinkable. It may be pretty intense at first, but it mellows out quickly when that warm fruitiness settles in. A decent example of the style.

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

A - Cloudy and yeasty lemon yellow with a massive four-finger-plus head that pitted and fluffed as it very slowly lowered to two fluffy fingers in the tulip glass it was served in.

S - Honey, clove, lemon, and oddly, those yellow Zinger things that aren't Ding Dongs, but are yellowish with a white filling.

T - Outstaying complexity! This one is honey dripping on tart fruit. Caramel notes are barely there, but honey, floral hops, white pepper, nutmeg, and lemon are all there with force. Good stuff.

M - Full bodied, but taught and tight. Firm in the mouth, this is slightly boozy, which works wonderfully with the spicy notes in the flavor profile.

D - Excellent stuff. Despite the high alcohol content, I could drink several of these no problem. I will definitely be revisiting this wonderful brew.

Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured beautifully into a St. Bernardus chalice. Hazy blonde with a nice, rich and sparkling head.

S: Soft scents of pear and some citrus notes... a little spiciness.

T: Rather mellow flavours as compared to some other tripels I've enjoyed. Fruity phenols, slightly tart and slightly bitter - a happy medium between the two.

M + D: A shimmering carbonation is quite assertive and has some bite on the tongue which calms on the way down. A decent brew all around, and while it was perhaps not the most impressive of tripels I've come across, it's quite tasty and certainly solid. Worth checking out.

Photo of Da1nonlyBD
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured in a brandy sniffer.

A: Kind of a golden hue. A little bit cloudy, but not too much though.

S: Spicy and biscuity

T: Kind of hard to describe. Fruity and spicy is the closest I can come up with. A little dry.

M: A very good mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation as opposed to some other tripel's out there.

D: Diffenetly an easy one to drink which can be dangerous since it has a high ABV.

Overall a very good beer. I tend to like their grand cru more, but this is still a very good beer to have.

Photo of brdc
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle. Poured into a goblet.

Golden, hazy brew with a good white head, creamy, that retains well and leaves good lacing. Classic belgian appearance.
Nice, but underdeveloped aroma shows belgian yeastiness, fruitiness, earthiness, mild hoppiness and biscuit like aromas. Very nice but could use a bit more power.
Medium bodied, incredibly easy to drink with no alcohol to be noticed. Complex, delicate flavors that will not blow you away but the glass just goes empty. Biscuits, grassy hops, yeastiness, fruitiness.
Very nice, and as mentioned, easy to drink, but I would prefer a bit more power and depth of flavor. Nonetheless, hard to imagine higher drinkability.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from morel's in beijing.

330ml bottle. importer's label of april 2008, with "best by" of 3 yrs later. poured into tulip.

slightly hazy golden straw/honey color. great bubbly head that gradually fades to a constant, thin foamy layer. several fat rings of lace.

estery aroma upfront, with distinct banana tones and hints of pear. whiffs of toasted crackers, candied orange zest, and candied ginger. trace of grassy euro hop.

flavor is fruity (banana and pears again) upfront, with malt and... sugary(?) sweetness underneath, and then a punch of bitterness and mild acidity. finishing into an off-dry, phenolic aftertaste that i have to classify as "neutral" (not bad, not good)

relatively smooth, but slightly thin and watery. prickly carbonation is lively and can give a sense of spritzy liveliness.

an interesting tripel, although the strong banana tones seem a bit out of place. feel is also a bit thin and fizzy.

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

This beer looks like a brick of gold. It's a bit hazy and has a small white head. The aroma is juicy and carries something herbal and something barn-like. It hits the tongue with a juicy sizzle. It's fluffy and perhaps a bit alkaline. The flavor is malt, citrus... It's tangy, sour and plenty bitter. Lemon peel is the flavor that dominates. A good Tripel.
(rated Apr 17, 2007)

Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 750 ml. bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden color with thick, foamy white head. Nice fuity aroma of apple, pear and grape. Very pleasantly crisp with hints of lighter fruits such as apple, pear and grape with a nice alcohol balance rendering it not too sweet. I enjoyed this beer very much.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slinky's had these in for $5 per... had to give it a try. Poured from a bottle into a chimay goblet. It had a very large head, took a second pour after letting it settle to finish off the bottle. A golden color, lighter than some other tripels.

A variety of spices are present in the aroma, definite citrus, a floral smell, definitely a Belgian ale. Unmistakable.

A very well-balanced taste to this one, Combining all the spices in the aroma with a slight presence of alcohol, and a delicious bit of hops at the end. Very nice.

An above-average tripel for sure, I'll be on the lookout for more.

Photo of jph424
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a 1 finger white head with solid retention all the way through.

I smell banana, pepper, and some faint citrus.

Taste is exceptional. Light peppery belgian yeast, banana, very balanced and flavorful. Nice gentle hop flavor at the finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium carbonated with plenty of body.

This is an especially drinkable tripel! Very balanced and flavorful. I highly recommend giving this one a try.

My Tripel Ratings:
1. St Bernardus
2. Gouden Carolus
3. Westmalle

Brouwerij Het Anker creates masterful beers. Definitely one of my favorite Belgian brewers.

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

Thanks to Holybrew for "making" me sample this beer.

Pours lovely. Fluffy head, sticky, white. Chunks a bit in the center and sticks to the glass wall. Cloudy and hazy, the golden body has some floaties, but not much. Almost glows...

Yeast, corriander, slight pepper, and floral spice come through the nose, but not that strong. I think I used the wrong glass, but they mug is all I have here.

Sweet taste up front, with zest and carbonation coming through. Slight citrus in the middle and light malt towards the end. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Crisp feeling. Very easy drinking for abv. Would be good on a hot summer night.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Publick House as part of the Monk's Cell Belgian rotational draughts. Served in a Gouden Carolus chalice.

Appearance: Came out with a nice one finger, fluffy head, with a body of lemon fruit.

Smell: Nose wasn't overwhelming for me - but got hints of citrus and a delicious high gravity yeast.

Taste: Really nice flavor with this guy - the usual citrus, peppery spice, and yeastiness of a solid tripel came through. But I also noted a real nice backbone of sugar cane. Finish had some extremely light hops - I'm guessing would be more pronounced out of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp - and really went down easy. Some tingling lingered on my lips and tongue - beckoning me to continue to drink this.

Drinkability: Really a fantastic beer.. A nice light and sweet tripel that you couldn't have 2 or three of if you can handle the effects of the ABV.

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

Even the slowest of pours creates an enormous pillowy cloud covering which remains and sticks to the sides of the glass. Needless to say the lacing was impressive.

Smelled both fruity and piney.

Tasted fruity, piney as well as citric notes and even a hint of banana. Quite interesting and nice.

Excellent mouthfeel, with a medium body and some carbonation sting.

Drinkability was good, although the alcohol will kind of sneak up on you. A very nice offering and one I'll be revisiting again at some point.

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

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.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

Photo of gerardoluna
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[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!!!

Photo of DubBrewer
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

Photo of Hophead101
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Gehrig
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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