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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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92
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687 Ratings
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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 43
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

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

330 ml bottle. Gouden Carolus Triple has a stylish, refined label; simple yet appealing. It poured near-perfectly, and I do mean that. As suggested by the brewery, I poured into a chalice glass in one movement of the bottle and left the sediment in the bottle. A meringue white head, pillowy and almost doughy looking formed a magnificent crown to a honey-brown, tawny beer, not sparkling but a little turbid. Stupendous retention on the head: this is a true beer epiphany; what I imagine when the words "Belgian tripel" enter my mind. The head scarcely looked real sometimes as I glanced at it, such was the density of the foam. The lacing, needless to say, was superthick and very viscous, and it leaves glass-covering sheets of the stuff, refusing to move and making the chalice look white from the outside. Magnificent. Delicious citrus immediately in the nose, super fresh and begging for you to try a sip. A little dusty hoppiness in closer, and a honey-smooth maltiness. As it warms I get more lightly toasted malt, lemon and pineapple, a light spicy piquancy, metallic notes, a very fleeting but noticeable tartness in the background, vanilla beans, and some other characteristic which eludes my description right now, but it is akin to extremely fresh cream or perhaps freshly cut wood, pine or balsam. Yes, the hops are here too in the smell, sometimes giving pungent earthy notes or strong dryness. Without question the best aroma of the last few Belgian tripels I have had. I feel a beer before I taste it, and as I expected from the richness of the appearance and the head, Carolus Triple has exceptional mouth-coating fulness. The word creamy does it no justice. Unctuous, palate-covering, almost "fluffy" on the tongue. Light and carbonated, yet filling and velvety, like sipping a cloud, or melted ice cream. At first the honey-caramel malts are tasted. The middle is where it is most complex: a little spicy hoppiness, vanilla, mollasses, warming alcohol, port-like, with blackberry wine or even the sweetness of ice-wine, along with all the citrus fruits. The middle also possesses a tastes of white-sugar and cinnamon. The complexity is exceptional, and gives new flavours with each sip. The finish clinches the beer as one of the greats. Masterful balance of the sweetness, a little yeastiness, and dryness. The dryness is wood-like in character. The alcohol is only noticed by the pleasant warming of the stomach, and this is a dangerous beer because it is so drinkable, but I have a feeling you would pay for drinking too many at one sitting. I would not want to drink several of these in a night anyway: it deserves better than that. This is something to sip appreciatively. 2 of these are heading into my cellar for a little ageing. In the meantime, I will be picking up a few more 4-packs of this and sharing them with my compatriots. As a conclusion I have to say that this really surprised and awed me. In the past couple of weeks I have had St Bernardus Abt 12, Corsendonk Pater and Agnus, Watou Tripel and St Bernardus Tripel, and for me personally, Gouden Carolus Triple surpasses them all. This might sound like too gushing of a review, but it really was this tasty: quite possibly the best beer of this year so far for me. This is the underdog of tripels, and I will be recommending it exceedingly.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 05:26:11 | More by Cwrw
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ommegangpbr

New York

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

From a 750mL bottle poured into a goblet.
This was a little sticky sweet but I enjoyed the result.
Blue agave, peach schnapps, apricots, bubble gum and carmelized flavor things can be found in the taste.
This is not for everyone... maybe not even for lovers of the tripel style but it certainly tickled my fancy. Something in the Gouden Carolus ingredients resonates with me.
This has magical beer juju.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 02:00:58 | More by ommegangpbr
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scooter231

New York

3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden amber color, similar to a sunset, with a good amount of white head that dies down to a lovely ring around the edge. Smells quite fruity. Also getting some honey notes. Sweet, certainly. Like smelling dessert.

Doesn't taste nearly as good as it smells. Starts out fruity and slightly citrusy and ends up... tequila, oddly enough. For tequila lovers, I'm sure this is a great surprise. For the rest of us (myself included) all I can say is... yuck. The aftertaste doesn't last that long, but it's enough to make me slightly queasy. And after a while even the smell becomes tequilay. Mouthfeel is tequila-y as well. The more I drink this, the more it makes me feel sick and brings up bad, drunken memories. And really bad hangover memories.

For a tripel, it's pretty drinkable. But it's hard for me to rate this honestly because I do not like tequila. Still, it's a solid tripel- just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 04:14:52 | More by scooter231
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich foamy head on golden. Strong deep taste, somewhat overpowering for a long lunch, it needed much food. Floral hops and honey yeast and orange aroma. Good smooth triple, pepper and spice and honey in taste. Certainly up to par with the other great beers I have had from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 05:18:21 | More by Sammy
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark at 3 Corners for this little gem.

Aroma starts with nice spiciness rounded out with slight phenols, nicely complex esters that are abundant. Fruitiness is citrusy. Alcohol notes. A bit of malt.
Full white head that settles evenly. Dark gold yellow. Cloudy. "Belgian" lacing.
Wonderfully complex flavors. Those with better palates than I can describe it better. A touch of malt. Lots of fruitiness (apricots, pear and light citrus-orange). Alcohol in flavor but never dominant and the warmth presents as well, but not hot. Very low on bitterness and only a slightly dry finish, but of some length.
High carbonation lightens the feel nicely, yet somehow it possess a nice density. Rather smooth too, especially as it warms.
An almost overwhelming array of sensory experiences that create a wonderful whole. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 23:35:22 | More by garymuchow
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maxpower

Missouri

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy yellow orange with a nice off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity yeasty aroma of pears and apples. Sweet and malty fruity pear and tart apple flavors with a slight bubblegum yeasty taste. Medium-full body with a carbonated crisp mouthfeel, alcohol presence come out as it warms, finishes sweet, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 19:43:23 | More by maxpower
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horndecker

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's a brassy orange hue, cloudy and luminous. A great foaming off white head roils up like boiling milk. The lace lingers.

Wow. The smell is tangerine candy, pine trees, resinous fruity esters, the alcohol shows itself. Eventually the aroma of lime prevails.

The taste is sweet fruit, tart tangelos washing over a buttery malt center. Butterscotch and an herbal, slightly bitter finish. What lingers though, is a sweet, sweet alcohol-laden haze. It's syrupy and somewhat full bodied with a nice fine carbonation which boils up with each sip.

Overall a nice brew, albeit less suited to many foods than other tripels, because of it's persistant sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 02:12:42 | More by horndecker
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: darker than i expected. from brown to amber to a light yellow/orange in the bottom of the glass. soapy foam.

aroma: oranges and brown sugar. very sweet and fruity nose.

taste: citrusey and caramel with a balancing bittersweet finish. oh, and an alcohol kick! aftertaste is clean though, mild warmth lingers from the abv. nice sipper here for a tripel.

drinkable! taste is light and body is light enough for a hot day. alcohol is a bit too pronounced and knocks the drinkability down some. still an expertly crafted beast here, and a dangerous one.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 18:31:49 | More by goodbyeohio
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Truh

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked a three-bagger with this one on 1/1/2005 to ring in the New Year. 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked bomber poured twice in an Allagash glass.

1-inch plume of blistered, pock-marked head. Deeply golden to an orange hue with just a hint of haze and some beautiful cascading motion. Light summer, sweet cilantro and lemon/lime zest gratings on nose, with some spicy alcohol. Subtle, tangy malt with a shot of peach schnapps and some steel cut straw on mouth; frisonne of sunflower seeds and caramelized bananas. Overall, a cortex-crunching libation.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 11:43:20 | More by Truh
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Bierschenker

Belgium

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Place beer was reviewed: In ‘t Ankercafé, Grote Markt 28, B-2800 Mechelen

It had a nice Duvel like head. Which collapsed very as slow. The smell was a nice sweet hop odour. It had a long bitter hop taste that kept on lingering in the back my mouth. The aftertaste was very intense. Something I didn’t experience with this beer from the bottle.


Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2005 22:17:52 | More by Bierschenker
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nortmand

Virginia

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

Presented in a brown, corked 750.
Pours brilliant, clear golden, with a lingering white head, but little lace. I think it's a bit cold.
Sweet smells of clove emenate, which are immediately incorporated into the deep spiciness.
At first taste, there is a tingling pepper that mingles with the carbonation. The taste then spreads into a sweet spiciness, reminiscent of Chai latte, but due to the clean fermentation of the Belgian yeast.
The perfect amount of carbonation rounds this beer into near perfection as it broadens into a silky, smooth delight.
Needless to say, quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 00:44:19 | More by nortmand
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a full off-white head and very active slow bubbled carbonation. Strong Belgian spicy malt aroma with alcohol very noticeable. Strong spicy malt flavors with traces of coriander and cardamom. Medium-full bodied with a strong alcohol finish.

Not very tripel-ish to me ... more like a Belgian Strong Pale with lots of Wit-like spice character.

Per Label: "since 1369"

(11.2 oz / 330 ml)

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 17:00:08 | More by RBorsato
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-finger white head that vanishes without a trace lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is distinctly raisins, starts sweet and finishes sweet and sour but mellow. No hint of alcohol!! Another excellent triple. 330ml bottle for $3.49 from Hoosick St. Discount Bev, Troy, NY.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 23:35:04 | More by jdhilt
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Triple pours in with a huge head that stays and leaves nice laces at the glas. Smell is very fruity, orange, koreander and also some hops. Smelling this nice palate you can't wait for the first sip. Its Alcoholic, yeastspicy and freshness of koreander again. The all over dry taste ends nice and bitter. Mouthfeel is good but could be a litle fuller. Finished this botle that was best till 2-4-07 within 15 minutes so must be good too!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 15:57:28 | More by paterlodie
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

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

From a 33cl bottle.

pours a hazy gold with a 1/4 inch snow white head. Persistent head and persistent lacing. Smell is fruity and yeasty. Hints of sweetness and spice.

Taste is much like the smell, spicy and sweet. Light hint of cinnamon apples. Sour and peppery as it finishes. Really smooth and oddly creamy (for a tripel) Really one of the nicest textures I've had in a tripel. This one does not reveal it's strength in the body, though very flavorful. Watch out, it'll sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 03:23:48 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

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

Deep golden in color with a creamy off-white head. Swirling carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is yeasty and peppery, with a light touch of fruits. It has a really soft aroma overall. The flavor is spicy, peppery and yeasty. It is also somewhat earthy as well. It is light in body for its strength and very drying in the finish. A very smooth, easy drinking Triple.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 01:22:16 | More by BeerBuilder
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golde color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent that is slightly dry with a fruity yeast finish. It is rich and warm. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, warm, pale malt flavor that is rich and full of alcohol. It goes down slow and finishes slightly fruity and warm. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good tripel. It is a bit warmer than I would prefer, but it is full of flavor; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 22:08:54 | More by WesWes
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Hex92

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can smell the alcohol coming off this beer. I did a easy pour and ended up with no cloudiness. Nice white head that stuck around for a little while, didnt get much lacing. Alcohol warmed the tongue upon drinking. Good beer. Not fantastic. But then again Tripels aren't my favorite style. Interesting, but I don't think I would buy it again. There are just too many others out there that I like better.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 04:27:21 | More by Hex92
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice a hazy and chunky pale goledn with a white head that stood tall and fell slowly to lace the glass. The bottle had fallen over in the fridge so the haze and chunks were probably from that experience.

The aroma was low with some slight belgian yeast spiciness of clove. Some higher alcohols assist the fruity esters in the aroma to show themselves.

The flavor was light as well with a crisp bite of hop bitterness and a hop presence as well. The alcohol was present in the warming sensation after the beer is consumed. The flavor was also fruity, but muted. Spices resided after the hops fade and the background till the beer warmed and then spices, bitterness and alcohol rule the day.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bittering that grew long into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

11.2 ounce bottle. Nice to drink, but not very complex. I hate to be odd man out, but this one just doesn't have the attributes of a great tripel.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 22:24:44 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Billolick

New York

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

11.2 ouncer. No freshness dating exhibited. Pours a cloudy, hazy muddy shade of light brown, moderate white head and not leaving much lacing. Nose is fruity, musty, nutty, also alcohol present. First sip was kindoff sharp and biting, 9% clearly showing its fangs, as it warmed and mellowed, the flavors started to come out and shine. This flavorful brew, showed notes of nuts,fruits, yeasy phenolics. A Slight astrigent note also came foward. This is a Complex and interesting triple, certainly worth a try and worth trying over and over for lovers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 00:27:30 | More by Billolick
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden Carolus Triple was served from a small bottle into a tulip glass, where it sat as a muddied, orangish golden-yellow nectar that was topped with a fine, blanketing white head that left sheet lacing. The nose offered orange-tinged malts that held interesting earthy-mushroomy notes and well-developed spices...zesty bitter orange peel and coriander. The taste reflected the nose, with tasty orange zest-tinged malts and subtler melded spices such as coriander and anise. The orange then takes on a mandarin flavor in the somehow refreshing, spicy-hop bittered finish with lingering spicy anise and coriander. The alcohol blends in very well with the hoppiness The body was excellently composed. This was one of the most drinkable triples I have ever experienced...skillfully balanced, not too huge, but still satisfying. Recommended for an introduction to the style, or even to Belgian beers as a whole.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 04:16:39 | More by HiroProtagonist
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beerceller99

Louisiana

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

75 cl. bottle pours a light amber fluid with a decent two finger white head. Smells peppery, lemongrass.Medium bodied with a bubbley, lively mouthfeel. Superb lemongrass, black pepper, leather, and woody oak wine barrel taste. Finishes with a slight hop - alcohol tang. Another great Belgium triple.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 07:26:05 | More by beerceller99
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep gold, voluminous layer of dense off-white foam (even on a gentle pour), good clarity, lacey

Aroma: delicate cookie sweetness, light floral hop scent, marcipan, hint of rum raisins

Flavor: malt sweetness balanced by a smooth alcohol thread and a distant hop bitterness, slight spice, finishes dryish with an aftertaste of alcohol and a slight vegetal quality lingering

Mouthfeel: medium body, blooming carbonation, alcohol warmth, somewhat sharp

Other comments: Definitely a well-made Tripel, but I wouldn't consider it one of the best. Not a lot of complexity, though it is well balanced and the 9% abv is well hidden. May too well hidden!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 16:55:53 | More by GreenCard
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Crosling

Colorado

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

I have had the triple from Het Anker, which I personally consider to be a world class brewery many times before, but this is the first review.

Golden.

A simply intoxicating aroma, lovely at times, not as others. Notes of cinnamon, deep malt, peaches, pears, icing and orange peels.

It's better fresh but this is still great. Tropical fruitiness (lemon, pear, pineapple) throughout along with a mild hop bite on the finish. Just a great triple.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 03:10:07 | More by Crosling
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danadeny

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is big and bubbly. The smell is sweet, fruity, and fresh. The taste wasn’t what I expected from the smell. The taste is very spicy, not fruity. With a strong burnt hops finish. Alcohol is detectable. Overall if you are looking for a tripple that is light on the fruit and strong on the hops, this is the one for you. Hop heads must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 12:54:17 | More by danadeny
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.