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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 56
Gots: 92 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002

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Ratings: 796 | Reviews: 426
Photo of DoubleJ
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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?

Photo of vtfan77
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of sleazo
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of psinderson
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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.

Photo of rallison
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of hunteraw
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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.

Photo of sterstar1
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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.

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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.

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.


Photo of SilentSabre
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very enjoyable Tripel, but quite average for the style. It poured a red-orange colour with a very slightly off-white head that remained intact for quite a while. While a bit cloudy, there was virtually no debris, only a very, very fine sediment that blended in with the rest of the liquid. Large bits of debris mean alot to me with Belgians. Smell was nice, with a bit of a toasted malt, cooked fruit, and subtle alcohol.
Taste was very average for the style. Not bad, just "par for the course" concerning the style here. A bit bitter, a bit of a metallic taste, lots of stewed fruit, and a big, alcohol finish. Mouthfeel was slick and smooth, but nothing that really grabbed my attention. Certainly not a bad beer, just a very average Belgian Tripel.

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

This beer poured into my goblet a cloudy dark gold with a compact white head. It was fragrant, with plenty of fruity esters, pepper and a yeasty aroma.

The taste started with a strong yeasty flavour before turning sugary sweet. It wasn't until the very end that a sharp, drying alcoholic sensation kicked in. The mouthfeel was exceptionally creamy and smooth and overall this beer hides its high alcohol content well. Not a session beer by any means, but a pleasant easy-drinker considering the hefty ABV.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pepper. Black Pepper. White pepper. Did someone pour pepper in my beer when I wasn't looking?

Pours a very pretty golden color, cloudier than expected, with a very nice fluffy white head. Aroma is a light, slight pepper, with even lighter sweetness. Good stuff (did I mention I love tripels?). Flavor is sweet, yeasty, citrus fruity, and yes, pepper. Pepper that grows as it warms. It really has a nice complex set of flavors behind the pepper, but it is just overwhelmed by that one flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. And peppery.

Oh, did I mention pepper?

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

Served this baby on Turkey Day. Overall thoughts are that it was tasty, but not terribly complex. Taste was fairly sweet up front, belgian candi style sweetness, and finished with a bit of grassy bitterness. It was pleasant, but there are better tripels available. Still not a bad beer for Thanksgiving.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a two finger plus head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Body is a hazy peach gold. Looks amazing and beautiful.

Smell - horse blanket, plums, apricots.

Taste - horse blanket, sour fruit, plums, apricots, some saltine crackers, and medicinal alcohol. Alcohol is mostly well hidden, lending some spiciness, not harshness.

Mouthfeel -full, slightly fizzy, semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is a great ale, but high abv limits sessionability. Enjoy with food.

Photo of Bierman9
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle. No "best by" or "bottled on" date found on the label, bottle or cork. Oddly, they call it a "Triple" on the front, as opposed to the more generally accepted "Tripel". Nbd...

Into the Rapscallion goblet she goes, a rich, clear, golden-hued bier. Carbonation is active and abundant, helping form a truly prodigious white head. The fluffy, marshmallow-like topping is a full 2.5", with the upper 1" hovering above the rim. Lasts very well, with nice lacing also. Superb appearance!! Aroma is crackery and bready, and yet at the same time spicy. A touch of fruitiness is also evident. The body is solid, in the medium range, though the plentiful carbo leads to a light, bubbly, foamy feel on the tongue, akin to a Hefeweizen.

Flavor? Most yummy! Lightly sweet in the malt department, with bready notes as in the aroma. Comes on with some fruitiness; flavors of mango and green apple are present, though nothing comes anywhere close to a sour/puckery aspect. Very pleasant. Most evident here in this Tripel is a spicy, peppery character which, I feel, really gives this bier it's soul, it's essence. It has a dry finish, with the aforementioned peppery quality lingering a smidge. The 9% abv gives a bit of a warming feel, though it doesn't bowl you over.

Now, with about 2-3oz left in the gob, I swirled the last 2-or-so ounces from the bottle into the gob, replete with the yeasties (keeps ya regular!!). Turned the clear brew into a dull, opaque golden liquid, with a bit more of a yeasty, spicy bite. Still, a top-shelf bier, one I'd quaff without hesitation in the future.


overall: 4.45
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 5


Photo of johnbonham1980
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I could drink these all day long. Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have in the past, but this has always been one of my favorite Belgians. My local pizza restaurant where I got this on tap had the wrong tap up, so I'm taking a little bit of a guess here that it's the Tripel. Only one that fits though.

Poured with almost no head (mostly pouring style of this place, they try to maximize beer to head percentage for their customers), and was a nice, deep golden.

I sensed quite a bit more phenolic/metallic flavor than I had in the past. This has a nice balanced flavor with a lot of herbs and flowers, with some nice apple/pear fruit to back it up. This gets tons of its flavor from the yeast which is nice in this case. One of my favorite highly yeast-influenced beers.

Mouthfeel was typically Belgian, nothing notable. Smells like flowers.

I'll have to re-review it in the bottle or when I have some detailed notes on it. Probably killed my taste buds with the breadsticks I had right before this one.

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

Reviewed from notes taken while tasting this fine Tripel at Belgian Beer Café. Served via tap into a 250ml Gouden Carolus Tripel chalice that almost overflowed with the huge thick frothy white head composed of very minute bubbles. The head was very stable persisting almost until finished, but only produced decent lacing. The beer itself was a lightly carbonated slightly turbid golden orange hue that was very appealing to me.

The nose was somewhat pronounced with mainly floral characteristics but a minty fresh cut clover smell became evident as time passed and the beer warmed slightly. The taste started out a crisp and with a biting alcoholic warming sensation that faded to a balanced yet still alcoholic bitterness. The finish was the highlight with the minty hay/clover tastes that were detectable in the nose coming through wonderfully, coating the palate and lingering for quite some time.

The mouthfeel was very nice, slightly viscous and coating but not overly so as to hinder the drinkability. Overall the drinkability was great despite the alcoholic tastes which are hid relatively well when you consider that the actual % of alcohol present is 9%. With that said as much as I would like to drink this beer it is a sipper to be tasted and enjoyed slowly.

An excellent beer overall and style wise which I consider a must try.

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