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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

711 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 46
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002)
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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.

GClarkage, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
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.

Backer2004, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
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.

AlexJ, Jan 11, 2006
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.

bennetj17, Jan 05, 2006
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.

jaluria, Jan 04, 2006
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.

whynot44, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of wl0307
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.

wl0307, Nov 04, 2005
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.

battlekow, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
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.

sinistrsam, Oct 28, 2005
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.

ypsifly, Oct 25, 2005
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.

TastyTaste, Oct 09, 2005
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.

ski271, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of asabreed
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.

asabreed, Oct 03, 2005
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.

merlin48, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of Noxious26
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.

Noxious26, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of elricorico
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.

elricorico, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of Paddez
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.

Paddez, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of Albinoh
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I couldnt decide if the color was tending to yellow, orange or amber... maybe not too amber. Glorious head, thick and dense, foam forms quickly and goes down easily and gently leaving a good lace. Very good head retention. Little carbonation but still present.

I loved the smell it makes you want a sip of that beer!. Sweet aroma, i felt the smell of burned sugar on it (or just sugar). A combination of peach and banana emerges. The predominant taste is banana, sweet and thick, and with a malt falvor coming behind, creamy and sugary. Sometimes the flavor is also very alcoholic, is well hidden behind the full body and sugary flavors, but sometimes it does strikes furiously.

Its a very good beer,good taste... i just take some points for those alcoholic sips that occur sometimes.

Albinoh, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive looking caged & corked bomber reveals a stylish tripel pour of ever so slightly cloudy bright golden hued pour topped with an enourmous mountain of bright tightly dense ivory head cap met by a champagne like countenance of bubbles, that leaves a coating of fluffy latice lace throughtout the glass.

Aromatic scents of hot gin awl-kee-hawl and middle of the road apple and citrous peppery spritz. Slight dough detection which is not overly prescent.

First swigs: An unassuming light vanilla and some red apple meet to the middle with a dry clean aftertaste. Peppery flavor is subdued by a delicate Earthy mineral flavor and table sugar. This is the cleanest tripel I can recall. Benign blend of flavors equate to a suggestion of gin & tonic, maple syrup and pancake malts.

Feel is a gusher of foamy feel. Medium bodied that just wants to be carbonated for the distance which could use a bit of restraint there, that finally calmed down at the end of the bottle pour.

Last swigs: "Het Anker" makes a winner. Easy slight overall flavors of Maple gin & tonic and hard candy sugar. Served at just the chilled, not cold temp hides the 9.0 % ABV nearly perfectly. A perfectly clean tripel that is not overly fruity or overly doughy, or overly boozy hot. World Beer Cup 2002 Gold Award winner label. Sometimes this reminds me of Golden Monkey, but just by a bit.

Beer is good. Happy tripel beering.

blitheringidiot, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of Pepeton
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Belgian!
Dark amber, with some reddish too. Small bubbly head and lacing on the walls of the chalice.
Smell is complex: ripe fruit (mostly bananas); herbal, malts and alcohol.
Taste is great and also complex: Lots of sweetness, some bitter, grassy...
Mouthfeel is creamy, buttery, bitter and with dry finish.
I'll drink this one anytime.

Pepeton, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of IronDjinn
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 4-pack of 330 ml brown bottles, simple Middle Ages emblem on the logo. Curious side note, the white importer's sticker on the back of the bottle containing the beer's vitals in English states the following: "Hell Beer with second fermentation in the bottle." Yet the French line below it states it as Biere blonde. Who's doing the translating here?

It's amusing enough as I wait for the massive white foamy head to start settling so I can pour the rest of the bottle into my tulip glass. Small ridges of cinnamon form the more the head recedes, with intense thick sticky lacing. The body itself is a well-carbonated hazy apricot hue.

On that note I also get a big inhalation of sweet apricots and peaches on the nose, blended with coriander. Sweet orange and grain follow close behind, with aromatic floral notes as well. The smell isn't very complex on this tripel, but it is robust and uplifting, a pleasure to inhale.

The alcohol is apparent on the first sip, ripe peaches and orange zest, with a floral yet spicy middle of pepper and coriander, concluding with a somewhat dry finish of lemon rind and raw ginger, with a mild herbal aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is on the light side, but possesses a smooth creamy texture that builds a bit more fullness when rolled over the tongue. Although the alcohol is present in the flavour, it doesn't bite or kick along the way, this is in fact a very easy-drinking tripel.

A fine example of the style, and one that I enjoyed, yet what stands out for me the most at the end of the glass is the impression the aroma made on me. Quite the burst of summer sunshine in the orchard, that is what will actually draw me back to this stuff overall.

IronDjinn, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of cokes
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dull brass, largely opague and spotted with floaters. A trim white head rises and stays.
Muskmelon aroma, dusted with pepper, and seared with flashes of booze.
Begins with a graham cracker semi-dry maltiness, leading into fruits, featuring cantaloupe, peach, and white grape skins. Traces of rock candy, then the yeast adds pepper and a grander scale of dough. Ends with a bright Noble hoppiness and tracers of white rum heat. Brashly dry on the close from the commixture of slaking hops and ripping alcohol.
Medium body, but light-feeling. It's not really airy, but it's close.
Overridingly, the booze qualities are a bit ragged and seem to cloak any potential nuance. At best, it's a decent templatic tripel.

cokes, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of Cwrw
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.

Cwrw, Jul 11, 2005
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.