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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | 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 kohoutek


3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Hiller's, a local grocery store that has be ramping up its supply of good beers lately. Purchased a 4-pack of 330 mL bottles for $13.99. I have never seen this packaging before so I am assuming the beer is fresh?

Poured into a crystal goblet with the sandblasted image of squirrels involved in an acorn fight scolled around the glass. Nice thrift store score! Poured at 44.7F.

This beer has a cloudy hefe appearance with light amber edges. Very low density bubbles fill the glass releasing the aromatics of banana, green apple, warm bready malt and a whiff of higher alcohol/ester solvents. These solvents do not remain in the nose for long but they do in the flavor profile. The head is quickly collapsing, but nice lacing remains and permafoam covers the brew.

This beer has a wonderful lively acidity that balances the malt, fruity esters, alcohol and residual sweetness. This is a nice touch! It is not lactic in nature, but it most likely comes from the yeast strain and a complex mashing schedule. This tripel is a bit warmer, and richer in body than most. This acidity creates a nice balance, but I think I prefer tripels a bit drier. However, this balance does provide for an easy drinking beer. The flavor is composed of vanilla, light butterscotch (not diacetyl), warm bready browns, pears, apples, and very light spicy edges. Hop bitterness is low and actually integrates/hides the harshness that beers get when they contain higher fusel content.

My only real gripe is the faint oxidation buried under all of the layers in this beer.
There is a little cardboard here.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 12:48:42 | More by kohoutek
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

330ml bottle bought from belgianshop.com

Poured a hazy golden orange colour... Slightly off white head poured big and foamy and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Sugary sweetness, floral, fruity (orange, pear), strong honey notes, vanilla, light malts, spicy hop hints....

Taste – Spicy / peppery hops, nice honey sweetness, pear notes, very light caramel malts, some creaminess, basil hints...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light / medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A top notch tripel.... one of the best. Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 12:12:07 | More by mdagnew
Photo of antzman


4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML Bottle. Pours a hazzy blonde with a frothy head that slowly dissipated as the beer warmed. The flavor is of citrus fruits, pear, apple, grapes. The aroma is full of sweet fruits, very tangy. A very refined Triple, smoother than most Triples I have drank.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 02:22:03 | More by antzman
Photo of texashammer


3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draft, I found this beer a little better, than in the bottle. pours with a nice thick head that fades rather quickly. clear yellow color. turns out to be slightly richer on draft. flavors remain the same; a little austere and plain, but good with food, especially food prepared in the beer (at the brewery's restaurant). comes out a little thin-bodied in the end though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2006 14:17:49 | More by texashammer
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach colored body with a frothy head that leaves splashy lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Candi sugar, yeast, caramel, clove, banana

Taste: Sweet, yeast laden malt on the front end with bananas building from front to finish; after the swallow, a peppery clove-banana flavor arrives; a bit of hop on the finish provides a nice contrast

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation; some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: A bit too sweet to consume in any quantity but otherwise excellent

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 03:51:13 | More by brentk56
Photo of SkeeterHawk


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

Appearance: Quite carbonated...as the cork only needed to be touched to come out on its own. The beer poured mostly clean golden yellow with a thick 2" head of pillowy white foam that was obviously going to be around for some time due the column of bubbles rising. There is a lot of lacing left on the glass after the beer starts to settle.

Aroma: Through the foam there is quite a contribution of bread aromatics from the yeast. Among this, there is a light citrusy aroma there along with some complex spiciness. Hops become a lot more noticeable in the beer as it warms up.

Taste: The flavor is much more grainy that the aroma suggested. There is a toasty character to this beer that you don't often get with a Tripel. There is some sweetness to the beer that is obscured by the citrus and the carbonation. The hops are a noticeable part of the flavor profile in the middle of the sip, but then the carbonation takes back over and leads you into the finish. The finish is pretty dry due to the carbonation, but after that fades, you are left with a little bit of syrupy sweetness to linger along with the spiciness that you get in the aroma.

Opinion: I am pretty happy with this beer. This particular example has been in my closet for about 6 months now. I don't taste that this beer is aging, but the hops are such a big player in this beer that I would imagine that it is much more spicy when it is fresh...and of course I would like to try in at the brewery. This is a fine beer, and one that I will be trying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 00:20:58 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of GClarkage


4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/19/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded lighter golden yellow in color. Slight bit of micro fine yeast sits at the bottom of the glass. Mondo 2 inch head which is creamy and thick in nature. Chunky streaks and spots on the inside of the glass. Excellent!

Smell- As soon as the bottle opened a huge whiff of tangerines and other orchard type fruits hit my nose. Peaches, oranges and lemons. Not to mention the powdered sugar and the corriander like scent.

Taste- More lemon rind flavored than any of the other scents listed above. Fairly sharp hop bite, but doesn't have a big drying effect. Corriander and white pepper (kinda saison like) with a funky medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste. Lighty warming.

Drinkability- All in all a very nice tripel. Certainly up there with the best looking and smelling ones. A bit to much hops for me and a touch to medicinal in taste. Overall though a nice beer that I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 17:40:47 | More by GClarkage
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North Carolina

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

Wow, this may be the highest rated beer I've ever given - at least it's much better than some of the higher rated beers I've reviewed in my past. Absolutely wonderful in so many ways. The mouthfeel is just so overpowering, it stings the tongue even after you swallow. Nice head and carbonation, such a complexity of flavors. I'm not sure who brought this to our BA tasting and how long it's around, but I would love to get my hands on this again for a special occassion.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 02:43:40 | More by Backer2004
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This 2 year old bottle pours out golden yellow with a HUGE white head that stays forever, eventually forming a thick veil that leaves generous lace behind.

Aroma is a transcendant medley of golden malts, honey drenched tropical fruit, delicate yeast ans spice, light minerality, and white grape.

Flavor has clean golden pilsneresque malts,a huge fruit presence of pear, mango, peach, pinapple, white grapes, and apricot. The yeast is delicat and spicey and the finish has a beautiful nip of Saaz-like hops. Sweet, never cloying, with a dry, mineral-laden finish. Complex and glorious.

Body is medium, with a light , fluffy texture and smooth, slick mouthfeel. No trace of the alcohol and dangerous drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 02:37:33 | More by AlexJ
Photo of bennetj17


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

With its cloudy orange color, Gouden Carolus is definitely on the darker spectrum of Tripel Style Ales. It has a fine head of foam with nice lacing. The aroma is of citrus, spices and even some brown sugar, but it doesn't come out very sharply. The taste is fruity and a bit citrusy to start, but the malt flavor evaporates and quickly turns into a mildly sour and bitter finish that is dominated by a strong alcoholic taste. The mouthfeel is good, with plenty of carbonation and a medium body. I didn't particularly enjoy this one as the malt flavor was not robust enough and the alcohol was not as well hidden as it could have been.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 06:34:01 | More by bennetj17
Photo of jaluria


4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very tasty beer with loads of character.

Pours a semi-clear yellow-golden color with plenty of off-white colored foam that disappears quickly and leaves behind thick lacing. Aromas of white grapes, flowers, alcohol, and taffy seem to come out nicely. The taste is a wonderful blend of earthy sweetness and fruit-derived sourness that gives this beer a strong finish. Hints of grapes and honey also come out as the beer warms. The texture of the beer is viscous and easily coats my tongue, but the alcohol is present in the taste and hence a reduction in the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 17:32:11 | More by jaluria
Photo of whynot44


4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy apricot color with a substantial ivory head that hangs around and leaves curtains of lace.

The aroma is fruit salad - apricot, peach, banana, green grapes, orange, lemon, and honey - sweet but with a citrus hops note.

The taste is fruit salad with a bit of light brown sugar and honey balanced by a citrus, peppery hops and a slightly tart finish.

Medium bodied, smooth, a bit sweet but balanced enough to drink easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 05:21:14 | More by whynot44
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United Kingdom (England)

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BB date: 17/12/06.
A: in a big tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a cloudy amber hue with extremely subtle carbonation struggling out of the control of gravity... the off-white hued foamy beer head is quite short-lived though, settling to a very thin layer of rimmed froth.
S: exotic fruit-themed maltiness and yeasty note dominates-- preserved figs, dried apricot, banana oil, candy-sugar (not OTT), rich scent of honey comb, lots of fruit esters, buttery lemon cake, very intense perfumy aroma... all mixed together; the nose is ever so complex and rich, but by no means sharp or too thick.
T&M: overwhelming flavour of juicy and oily texture of bananas, sweet citrus-flavoured cake, sultanas, followed by a slightly tartly sweet aftertaste of fig-jam, liquor-soaked peaches and tangy citrus zests, leaving a slightly clashing, spicy touch felt b/w the teeth; a moderately dryish aftertaste develops on top of residual taste of dried fruits, while the warm touch of alcohol emerges only very late during tasting, bit by bit softening the slightly rich fruity mouthfeel down to a mellow texture. The mouthfeel is ever so mellow and the candyish sweet edge is attenuated skilfully, just enough to underline the slightly sharp fruitiness at the front without leaving unwanted sugary touch in the end.
D: incredibly satisfying tripel for me. This is my first bottle of this beer since bringing it back from the Het Anker brewery sixteen months ago, and compared with those I had back then in Belgium, this bottle tastes more mellow with very good depth. I truly love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 02:27:00 | More by wl0307
Photo of battlekow


2.65/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I quite liked the rather eccentric American triple I had last night, Bell's Sparkling Ale, so I figured I'd love this, The Real Thing. I guess it's telling of my level of patriotism that I'm ashamed to much prefer the souped-up American one to the authentic Belgian.

The Gouden Carolus Triple (it says Triple on the label, not Tripel) frankly smells awful, sour yeastiness combining with a potent alcohol character to create a nasty odor. I keep setting the thing down and picking it up five minutes later, thinking, "Oh, it can't be that bad!" But it always is that bad, like ketchup, vinegar, and Everclear mixed together.

On the bright side, it doesn't taste nearly as awful. There's a bit of unpleasantness, but there's also your typical Tripel breadiness. The aftertaste moves from the breadiness of the initial flavor into actual bread--it literally tastes just I just ate a slice. Not much fruitiness.

It looks and feels like a good tripel, tastes like a slightly off tripel, and smells like bear shit. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 04:28:58 | More by battlekow
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4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the better tripels I've had in a long time; it started out with a large white head, enhanced by the appropriate (Duvel) glassware. The bouquet was as close to perfect as you can get; hints of banana, alcohol, mild citrus. The head stayed all throughout the tasting and left incredible lacing.
Although slightly carbonated, there was a soft creamy mouthfeel. Hints of slight citrus, banana, mild hops, yeast and sweet fruits were perfectly balanced. Overall this is what I expect from a great tripel.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 02:22:13 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of ypsifly


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

Undated 750 that is corked and caged poured into a tulip.

Hazed gold with a tall white head that clings and shows strong retention. Thick lace.

Candy sugars and a little lemon zest followed by fruity belgian yeast in the nose. The alcohol barely registers as a pinch of pepper.

Lots of sugars and citric notes that are approaching tart upfront. There is a smooth malt flavor in the middle that is paired with banana and adds balance. The finish is hoppy with just a bit of heat from the abv. Nice mix of sweet and bitter flavors.

The mouth is good. Full and smooth with a good tingle from the carbonation. A very drinkable Triple.

Het Anker has yet to let me down.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 04:10:07 | More by ypsifly
Photo of TastyTaste


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

Appearance: Hazy brone body. A few columns of carbonation going up to the top of the beer. Head is beautiful and huge, filling up to the top of a 16 oz. goblet.

Smell: Sweet, malty, funky, fruity. Belgian yeast perceptable. Slightly peppery.

Taste: Full and malty, spicy with alcohol and yeast. Hops are also well represented. What more do you want from a triple? Big and spicy, but also not cloying or grating in any way.

Mouthfeel: Slick, but full from the perfect amount of carbonation. Alcohol warms the mouth on the way down.

Drinkability: Up there with the best Triples I've had. Lots of character, not a flaw to be found.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 21:40:47 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of ski271


3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy slightly pinkish-amber with a large, foamy, slightly off-white head with decent retention and good lacing.

Smell: Candi, clove, yeast and alcohol were most prevalent. Some honey, banana, pepper and citrus backing it up… but all those characteristics are overpowered by a bit of a harshness I couldn’t put my finger on. Could be the alcohol, but there’s something else.

Taste: Again it’s overall rather mild for a tripel, but it also has its jagged edges. At first I didn’t really care for it too much, but it slowly grew on me, from its crisp hop bitterness, to its light esters, honey and pepper, to its warming alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a light, effervescent texture.

Drinkability: Like I said, it started a bit harsh and unimpressive but it got better as it went down, leaving me wanting another. Not the best tripel I’ve ever had by any means, but a good, solid one that’s worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 21:15:18 | More by ski271
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle served chilled into a La Fin Du Monde glass.

Appearance: A huge, foaming head bolts up the glass at first. Champagne-like bubbles pushing their way to the top. It takes a lot for the head to dissipate, and luckily the glass was at room temperature. It's maybe one of the haziest tripel's I've seen, and one of the most gorgeous, also.

Smell: An amazing concoction of heavy cream, banana oil, and candi sugar. As it warms some zest and lemon grass start to creep through. Very fine indeed.

Taste: Here's where the stellar possibility of the beer slightly diminished a bit for me. I guess I started to think of the Westmalle and St. Bernardus tripels, and for some reason this one fell slightly flat (but it still tells you at my 4.0 that it was closer than further away). There was just something about it that was a little off. Too much sugar? Not enough of the amazing cream smell coming through? Once again, quite good, but I was hoping for so much more after the appearance and the aroma.

Mouthfeel: As expected, lighter to medium body, very creamy, and huge bursts of carbonation that keep the taste buds and tongue in check.

Drinkability: Like any other gorgeous tripel, why would you want to make any beer such as this a session? Don't get me wrong, I could see maybe attempting it, but that's what my 4 is going on. Too many and you'd be able to probably discern less anyway, which diminishes the point of enjoying such a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 19:42:12 | More by asabreed
Photo of merlin48


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

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, served chilled into a St Bernardus goblet. Served chilled in order to spend an hour, or so, of slow sipping in order to enjoy the complexities to emerge as it warms.
Appearance: Hazed peach body with a restrained, bonewhite head that tops the goblet with a small tight head. Sheet lacing eventually gives way to streaks of island chain lace.

Aroma: Fresh, ripe apricots, unripe bananas, honey, wet dog funky yeast, spicy pepper, coriander, and thyme, and some floral hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation enlivens a solid medium body.

Taste: Quite complex! Peach and nectarine fruity sweetness, dried apricots, earthy yeast, asertive floral/herbal hop bitterness, bready caramel malt, coriander and nutmeg spiciness. Upon reaching room temperature, warming alcohol adds some nice heat. Hop bitterness was surprisingly assertive all the way through.

Drinkability: I should have known not to begin drinking this one chilled. Flavors and aromas don't fully come forth until it warms considerably. Lots of complexity going on with this one. A solid Belgian Tripel, but I was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 13:20:42 | More by merlin48
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4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slightly hazy golden ale with a massive puffy white head. Furious carbonation level, so high it started to foam over the top of the glass resulting in the need to eat some foam. This is a head that never says die.

Smell is banana and apple with a spicy yeast scent. Smell of honey and flowers and spices. Lemon and pepper scents ride along on the faint scent of alcohol.

Taste is sweet spice and banana in the first sip. Mildly sweet and very peppery with a clear flavor of coriander. Vanilla, cinnamon, apple, and nuts are the more subtle flavors. Fairly noticeable bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected.

Drinkability is in one word heaven. Damn tasty beer here and I am not surprised, this brewery has yet to make a beer I do not adore.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 02:32:02 | More by Zorro
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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

Presentation: Tall thin respectable looking 330ml [11.2 fl.oz] brown glass bottle. Black label wraps 300 Degrees around the body of the bottle; a striking metallic gold colored coin design is repeated on the neck label too. The Crown cap has an inverse colored design. Listed at 9% with no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Fleshy golden Pineapple body is hazed with a marmalade hue. Volcanic rising head explodes on the pour, even into a chilled glass. Rising foam soon relaxes to form a rising island surrounded by thin beaches that spread out to join the smattered lacing that litters the edges of the glass. Fine Belgium carbonation is a joy to watch fall & rise as I gently tip the glass towards and then away from me. Thick head and continually rising streamers last a lifetime. Simply stupendous looks.

Nose: Tropical fruit gums, pineapple, marmalade and Golden Shred orange laced Banana splits. Hints of sweetness tease the hops that seem to be afraid to come out to play, at least until it warms.

Taste: Fruit salad start, chewy sugar coated orange rind melds with a tropical pineapple sharpness which all balances the Candy sugars to perfection. Warming in the middle the alcohol builds smoothly with some lemon honey sweetness. The alcohol rides the lightning until the beer gains a degree or two in the thermal department, when a virulent spicy hop feel pokes you in the eye and leaves a dry hoppy tingle. Peppery with some yeast skid marks on the malt underbelly. It all comes together extremely nicely by the time the swallow is complete.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol is present, but it is one of those dedicated supporters that prefers a seat three or four rows back from the front. Talcum soft conditioning and a warming finish lend a big hand. My belches never felt or tasted better.

Drinkability: Seriously Dangerous. Luckily I only got the one bottle.

Overall: Not your usual run-of-the-mill Tripel by any stretch of the imagination, this one branches out with a refined conditioning and some nice fruity notes, it works too. A rather Sexy Tripel-tastic offering from Mechelens finest.

Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 06:03:46 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pale gold with an orange tinge and hazy. Lots of little carbonation streams. Head is off white and 3/4 inch at the pour then settling at 1/4 inch. Lots of lacing spreading out like a doily in my glass.

Aroma is a nice mixture of scents. Hops mixed with some sweet fruity smells. Some background elements of herbs, spices and alcohol.

Taste is pretty mild and a little sweet. Lots of carbonation right off the start. Fruity sweet with a bit of an alcohol character at the start is then muted by the fizzy feel. Then there is a hint of banana, a bolder alcohol presence and a little hops. Aftertaste is hops, but not as bitter as it might be. Alcohol presence throughout continues to get stronger as the brew warms.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Leaves a bit of an oil residue feeling. As it warms, gives a bit of an alcohol burn.

The aroma is wonderfully complex and subtle, but the alcohol presence in the taste just took too much away in my opinion. Now, I've always been sensitive to alcohol tastes (so much so that I can not drink any spirits straight.. no mix) and that might hamper me in this case. However, it seems to me that there are some nice nuances throughout this beer, but they just get run over rough-shod by the alcohol which is a shame. This is definitely a sipping beer, but even by those standards, the drinkability suffers. I see this as being neither easy to drink, enticing to drink nor would I want to drink more than one in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 02:56:08 | More by Noxious26
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Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy dark orange with plenty of foamy white head. Looks good, but most tripels seem to.

The smell is zesty. Big and zesty. Fruits and spice, citrus peel and something that reminds me vaguely of shampoo(very faint though). Probably one of the bigger smells I've found in the style, and pretty nice too.

Taste is dry and peppery. The fruit is still there, but is subtle, everywhere in the taste but not strong at any one point. The citrus zest makes a play in the finish, and the lingering taste I would say is closest to pears and black pepper. I don't find the alcohol in the flavour, just in the new warmth in my belly.

This tripel has some body to it, and is almost creamy in its texture. Add to that a carbonation that mellows as you drink, and the mouthfeel is quite nice. Drinkability isn't this brews strongest point, it is definitely a sipper, something about it doesn't make me want for another. Perhaps it has satisfied me in just one bottle.

Good beer. Maybe my new favorite for tripels.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 03:47:34 | More by elricorico
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4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange/golden liquid with a big and stubborn white head.

Smell: A short note of flowers and fruits gets quickly overwhelmed by an aroma of complex and intense spicyness. Some malty notes manage to get through near the end.

Taste: It's strange how this brew manages to present itself as a convincing tripel with its bold spicyness and fruits while it is unmistakebly a 'Gouden Carolus' beer at the same time: as the beer warms up, more hints of roasted malts and vague caramel are traceable. Aspects that reminded me a lot of the other Gouden Carolus brews, especially the 'Classic'.
This is delicious stuff though! Classic in many ways yet very unique.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Medium carbonation & body. Excellent overall mouthfeel. Smooth and spot on for the style. Drinkability was good but I found this beer a bit tiring somehow. Probably the high ABV and the effect of it had something to do with it. It's quite drinkable, but wouldn't really wany more than one.

I thought I had seen it all with Tripel Karmeliet, but this comes pretty damn close. A true marvel! And an underrated one at that.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 18:31:34 | More by Paddez
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.