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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 46
Gots: 56 | 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 dren
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber orange with small bubbles and a huge thick head. Left some lacing as it slowly faded.

Smells of sweet malts, citrus notes, some tangy floral scents and a little spice. Smells good to me. You can tell the alcohol content is high but it blends well.

Tastes of sweet bread, malts, citrus, a little spice, hops, and I caught a hint of green beans. Some earthy flavors, not as candy like as some of the other tripels I have had. The flavors blend well. As the beer warmed it mellowed out. A slightly dry finish with a flavor coating in the mouth. The alcohol isn't quite hidden, it's present, but it blends well with the flavors.

A medium to full bodied beer. I wanted to drink this a lot quicker than I did because it went down so easily. You could get bent on this brew quick. Recommended.

dren, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.4/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A- very good looking triple. Cloudy pale yellow body with thin white head. Leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass.

S- Powerful astringent smell. Behind this is a good balance of citrus and yeast.

T- Some citrus and wheat upfront with a touch of bitter hops. Finish is very astringent with a big alcohol burn. Bitter hops remain after the alcohol burn is gone. I was unpleasantly surprised by this considering that I love tripels and most hide their alcohol very well.

M- smooth and creamy mouthfeel. What I expect in a triple.

D- I don't know if there was something wrong with the batch or if it was meant to taste like this. It looks like a tripel and has the great mouthfeel of a tripel but the taste makes me never want to have this one again.

PittBeerGirl, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Nesued
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 11.2 ml bottle (330ml). Yellow clear coloring with a very mild carbonation. However, a very dense head formed upon the initial pour with a resolve to a thin white head with a small bit of lacing on the glass. I had to wait to finish pouring the entire contents as the head formed so quickly even when stored/served at refrigerated temp.

Smell - Very bright, very citrus in aroma. Reminds me of a tropical pineapple-based mixed drink (i.e. pina colada). A bit of a malty aroma as well. Not a spicy presence as others have mentioned. Such a lively offering of fruit aromas.

Taste - This is velvety smooth. A bit of a woody character presented that added to the complexity of the flavors. Based upon the aroma, I expected a lot more of a "mix" of flavors. There was a lasting creamy feel as well. Very balanced between malt and hop presence.

Mouthfeel - Again, so very smooth and full in body. This was a pleasure for the "malt lover" in all of us. This does not feel like a 9.0% ABV. I could not feel/taste the alcohol presence. I mentioned "creamy" before, I'll say it again, creamy.

Drinkability - I am amazed by the depth of presentations within a given style. I've had tripels before, and each one seems to be almost a "style" to it's own. The "added value" the each one has leaves me joyously praising brewing diversity. Yes, pass me another. However, to mis-quote St Augustine: "Give me another Carolus, but not yet...."

Nesued, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of deeplennon
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very very tasty beer.

Everything is in perfect balance for a triple. A lovely pale malt sweetness, with a bit of alcohol and hop character are all harmonious with tons of bright fruity yeast character. Yum yum yum. Poured with mild carbonation, but enough to compliment the flavor perfectly. Way too drinkable for 9%. I would love to get my hands on Het Anker's yeast strain to make some incredible home brew.

deeplennon, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of macster
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into the chalice a hazy golden-orange color. Produces a beautiful thick, dense pillow-like head with superb retention. An intricate lacing pattern of foam adheres to the sides of the glass.

The nose is a bit muted, but with pleasant fruity notes of pineapple, banana, vanilla wafer cookies and honey in the forefront. A faint touch of yeast, light malts, spice and perfume linger in the background.

Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced between the velvety smooth and creamy texture of a big beer and the expected tingle of CO2 from a Belgian Ale.

Flavor profile a bit more assertive than the aroma. Starts out with a fruity, malty sweetness; very much like the nose. Then gradually moves into a slight peppery, spicy alcohol presentation and finally finishes with a somewhat surprising, but slightly astringent moderately bitter hoppy finish.

All in all a solid Triple save for the slightly distracting finish. I’d definitely go back for more.

macster, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a thick head that is mostly lasting and leaves great lacing on the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts, spice and yeast. The taste is also a very nicely spiced sweet malt flavor with some very subdued hops. The beer is medium bodied and very crisp with very well hidden alcohol, this is one to be careful with. Overall, this is an extremely enjoyable Tripel.

atsprings, May 31, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this one.

Poured into a chalice a deep dark golden color, nice carbonation, huge two finger plus creamy head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly sweet, spicy, bready, and yeasty. The taste is sweet/tangy, spicy, malty, and yeasty. Medium body, a nice complex brew. Very drinkable, a very tasty tripel, highly recommended.

Wasatch, May 22, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lemon-tangerine pie with an enormous head of oven-toasted ecru meringue. Actually, the cap is so impossibly creamy that it looks like meringue prior to baking, not after. The bubbles have now quieted themselves and the head looks even more spectacular as it slowly melts. This is a classic looking Belgian beer.

It's difficult to get the full measure of the nose through so much thick foam, especially since I poured a second time before taking a sniff. What I can appreciate is very good. GCT smells like shortbread cookies containing chunks of candied lemon peel and a light sprinkling of ground clove. My hope is that I'll get a better crack at it in a few minutes. I did and I love it.

Gouden Carolus Triple is one of the best versions of this style that has ever crossed my lips. This is outstanding beer, there's no question about it. I'm not sure that I've ever had a more tropical fruity tripel. The cornucopia-like flavor profile is overflowing with banana, pineapple and buttery pear.

A huge amount of pale malt is the bedrock that allows the rest of the flavors to shine. And they take the opportunity to shine like a thousand suns. I'm amazed at how much sweet banana saturates each and every mouthful. I don't mean to forget the delicious spiciness of the Belgian hops and the Belgian yeast. They're as perfectly integrated and as beautifully balanced as all the rest.

The mouthfeel is pure magic. I can't imagine a more lusciously creamy, more silky smooth, more mouthfilling ale that this. Each sip seems to expand in every direction until it seems as if my mouth won't be able to contain it. I keep taking mouthful after mouthful, not believing what I'm experiencing. If ever I wanted 750 ml rather than 330 ml, it's right now.

I didn't realize how much I love Brouwerij Het Anker beer until I glanced at the reviews of the two others that I've had. Classic is an exceptional BSDA and Noel (also a BSDA) is one of the best Christmas beers in the world as far as I'm concerned. Triple is right up there as well. Is there no end to the number of fantastic tripels that one tiny country can produce? This is one for the ages.

BuckeyeNation, May 20, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gosh, I can't believe it's been a week since I had this beer. That's why I take notes. On the label, it boosts a World Beer Cup 2002 Gold, so it must be good, right? On to the beer:

The color of the beer is a hazy orange with a decent head to it. Smell is very complex and sweet. Candy like sweetness with a blend of butterscotch, and yeast. Sweetness in the flavor is tart, peppery, a bit tropical (like pinneapple), and delicate. Alcohol is placed nicely, and remains hidden for the most part. <BURP!> Yum, tropical fruit punch in my burp. Can I have another?

DoubleJ, May 09, 2007
Photo of vtfan77
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy orange-gold with a very large white head. Nice-looking lace sticks to the side of the glass as well.

S- Sweet fruits first, with banana and pear. Malt comes through with a honey-like sweetness. A touch of clove along with a substantial alcohol aroma give it some spice.

T- More sweet malt and fruit. Alcohol is hidden much better in the taste. Hops give it a nice herbal touch and a little bitterness on the finish. Flavor is quite complex; it's really beyond me to pick out the various flavors. Very good, though.

M- Fairly light and kind of creamy. Lots of carbonation, which works here.

D- Very drinkable. You'd never know this was 9% alcohol based on the taste, and the light body makes it almost seem quaffable.

This is the first tripel I've had in quite some time, and I enjoyed it. I think it could take me a while to be able to pick out some of the subtleties of this style. Still, I can tell you that this is a good beer, and I certainly recommend it.

vtfan77, May 04, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical tripel appearance. Not much lace.

Nose is pungent with the bana phenols.

Taste is a little more astringent than I would have thought. Pepper cloves and bananas. Very hefe ish shall we say. Slightly dry which i like.

Medium body, low carbonation

D-possibily too astringent

sleazo, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before May 2009, drank in April 2007.

Poured into a Corsendonk glass.

Looked fine, dull, dirty copper colour, slight haze. Good white head sat on top.

Aroma of apple pie and sugar, strange but true!

Sour and fizzy, dry and yeasty. Complexed flavours attack your tastebuds, difficult to split them from each other, I liked it.

For a 9% beer there is not a great mouthfeel, but there isn't in many triples, again strange.

A very drinkable beer, would like to see it on tap on day.

BlackHaddock, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of psinderson
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Served in traditional glassware.

Appearance: Murky dark golden color with a thick white head that lasts. Good lacing down the glass.

Smell: Complex mix of honey, lemon and fruit. A bit of brown sugar in the background. Not much hop presence.

Taste: A nice complex citrus, spice and brown sugar flavor. Some alcohol to finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick...tingley in the mouth.

Drinkability: Goes down quite smooth for a tripel...watch out!

psinderson, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Beerzebub
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, cellared upright 5 months.

Hazy golden color. Huge three fingers of white head, going down slowly. Big lace.

Smells strikingly of citrus and tropical fruit, particularly bergamot. There is also some malt like biscuit and honey, and a note like custard. Certainly inviting. The citrus subsides after a few minutes, but it's still there.

Tastes moderately sweet, with plenty of lush tropical fruit - hints of papaya, mango, pineapple, with bergamot and lemon. Some doughy, honeyish malt. Hops contribute an herbacious/grassy flavor, and some balancing bitterness. A creamy, custardy element, delicious. A roasted/burnt note. Alcohol is barely perceptible, except cerebrally. Moderately long, herbacious, fruity finish.

Decent mouthfeel overall, although the borders with fizziness, wateriness, and sugariness are skirmished upon. Drinkable, but not remarkably so.

This is a remarkable beer - complex, unusual, and wonderful.

Beerzebub, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden color with a 3 finger fluffy white head that never, ever dies!

S: Nice and refreshing. Earthy and toffee malts. Smells so good!

T: Delicious! Creamy toffee malts with a wonderful earthiness. Bit of spice, and a nice array of spices. Just delicious and tasty.

M: Perfect mouthfeel - rich in flavor, but delicate also. Very nice.

D: Extremely drinkable. Tasty, delicious, and well balanced too!

Highly recommended. One of the better tripels out there!

rallison, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of ggaughan
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep golden color with a very active body of carbonation and a thick foamy head. The nose was malty and citrus. The taste and nose had some banana notes and the body was full due to the good carbonation still running through. There was also so chocolately notes running through.

ggaughan, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at Stubbie, in Gainesville.

Appearance: Poured into a Gouden Carolus glass. Darker than your average Tripel, great head with good retention, not much lacing.

Smell: Banana-y, with a sweet caramel base. Almost wheat beer-like in the intensity of banana. The label indicates that this recipe includes oats and wheat, as well as barley.

Taste: Rich is the best way to describe it. Again, lots of banana. On the sweeter side. A lot *more* flavor, but less complexity than other tripels.

Mouthfeel: Medium body (on the full side for a tripel), probably from the oats. Carbonation seems light.

Drinkability: More on the full and rich side than I think I prefer in the style, limiting sessionability.

hunteraw, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy orange/yellow with one finger of white suds. Not a lot of lacing.
Smell is clove and citrus with banana and yeast. Slight hop.
Taste is mellow sweet with very light hints of clove and grapefruit.
The dry hop bitterness is a welcome flavor. This could be a little stronger in the tastes but it is still a very nice mix of wonderful flavors.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated. A sweet dry feel followed by a slight alcohol warmth.
All in all, this is a great beer but with the 9% abv it is a little too much for a session.

peabody, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of sterstar1
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far, the best Tripel I have ever tried. The color was great, the nose was very fruity and extremely pleasant . I poured a little too much head in my glass and my first taste was just the foam but holy cow! The foam was great. Once I got to the beer, I was flattened. It was wonderful! Now I just need to find more of this stuff. Cheers!

sterstar1, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that lasts. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: fruit sweetness, honey, and yeast are picked up by the nose.

Taste: very fruity, nice malt profile, honey, green grapes, decent bitterness, and alcohol make up a decent triple.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp from start to finish. Short sweet aftertaste sticks to the tongue.

Drinkability: this is a good beer but it was a touch unbalanced as the sweetness seemed to grow as the glass emptied. Alcohol keeps this down a notch too.

Gavage, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quickly becomming one of my favorite breweries. This Tripel is part of the reason why. Though it is probably my least favorite of the Carolus brews that I've had, it is still very solid. Proof of this begins with a pour that immediately releases bold aromas of fresh, tropical fruit, spicy / tart yeast, earthy hops, and alcoholic strength. The beer has a studry golden, copper color with suspended yeast and an unwaivering head retention. The beer promises bold flavors and a firm texture. The fruit flavors dominate with peaches, pears, apples, pineapples, mangos... All followed by a classic Belgian tartness and a powdery sweet taste (sweetheart candies). Lighty pepery and spicy flavors add to the complexity. The beer feels full, round, and rich from the malts and added sugars; but also thinned by the tartness and rising alcohols. Sweet and spicy right up to the end, where the alcohol and tart dryness kicks in providing a fairly clean, crisp finish. Though the beer is good, I do prefer the Kaiser and Classic over this one.

BEERchitect, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jason sent this from the East Coast so it should be fresher than what we get in IA.

The beer poured a giant head with a careful pour it just won't go away. Really thick head with a great lacing. The color is light golden brown with a little haziness. The smell is light and very aromatic, I love it. There are smells of citrus with a small sweetness. The taste is very good and has great light flavors found in the smell. The mouthfeel is good as well, not a single problem. Overall if I could get this I would drink it this fresh all of the time.

Erdinger2003, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was a hazy peach with a one inch head, and a dense creamy tan appearance. The nose had aromas of juniper, fresh flowers and juicy dates. The taste was buttery and yeasty with some nice fruity apricots,fig and a splash of honey. Very good acidity and carbonation made this brew lively. After the alcohol disapates of your tongue a spicy clove flavor and a hint of sweet grass finishes this tasty triple.

athensbeermaster, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, early 2005 vintage, pulled from the cellar

Sparkling golden color, so far, so good

Smell is in line with the style, very sweet and malty, no hint of alcohol

Taste follows suit, big hit of sweetness and malts up front, but a distinct bitterness and tartness hits the tongue. The aftertaste has real bite, very dry, very enjoyable.

Overall, a treat from my cellar I wish I had kept a bit longer, but this was still a very smooth brew, great way to cap off an evening with friends and fellow BA's. No hint of the alcohol, very good recipe here. I will have to buy another to cellar for a longer period of time.

leftmindedrighty, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of mmcave
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice, quarter inch white head, no lacing present yet, body is a hazy blonde orange peach color very nice. Definitely visible carbonation and good retention. Smells of Belgian yeast, candied apple, slight and pleasant tinge of banana as it warms, some definite pear, basically all the subtle and wonderful pale fruit esters very well balanced and implemented. The hops are hidden, but I care not, I am in olfactory heaven. The taste is very well balanced, fresh pears right up front. Great subtle esters slight carbonation that keeps it interesting not cloying in the least, very fresh and tasty I very much enjoy this. Really refreshing, great mouth feel. This goes way up there in my tripel book, slightly different then what I normally look for, but an excellent (I mean excellent) interpretation just the same. No doubt I will buy this again.


mmcave, Jan 06, 2007
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.