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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 53
Gots: 85 | 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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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.

Photo of Rudgers73
2.93/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the first beer that really let me down. I enjoyed the D'or and thought this would be nice, but it wasn't really what I expected.

A- Poured into a wine glass from a 330 mL bottle. Nice big head, white, bubbly. The beer was a deep yellow with a slight orange tinge to it.

S- I can smell citrus fruit, maybe pears, oranges, piney hops, alcohol.

T- Alcohol was always underlying throughout the drink. Sweet, full-flavored, and sharp. The hops really poke out more than most tripels I've had.

M- This was the kicker for me. The alcohol left a hot feel in my mouth and throat, the flavor was full, but bold in a way as to keep it unbalanced and tart. The bubbles didn't help the alcohol burn in the least bit.

D- It was nice to try, but I won't be getting it again. Maybe some other beers from Het Anker will tickle my fancy (whatever that means)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - An opaque orangish gold beer with a one finger head and some sparse lacing.

S - Bubble gum, tangerine, some lychee with a little soap, but like a lavender soap. Well it isn't quite soap, but I am stumped how else to describe it. A delicious aroma.

T - Lightly sweet flavor, golden raisins, pineapple, gumball and white grapes. A nice flavor, very mellow.

M - Carbonation is way too high, thin and very refreshing.

D - I got another right away. It went well with my pizza (arugula, tomato, olives and red onion) This was quite the enjoyable brew. I wouldn't mind having this again. Certainly worth seeking out.

Photo of rodrot
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold/light amber color with a massive head that stuck around. This beer is quite dark for a Tripel. This was a very lively beer with lots of bubbles. I had to be careful it didn't overflow all over the coffee table. Aroma was full of floral spicy hops along with notes of vanilla, citrus and banana. Taste was quite spicy but also balanced with sweet malts and a little bit of tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel was full bodied with a thick, syrupy feeling in the back of the mouth. Drinkability is good, but sip this one slowly due to the fairly high alcohol content. This is nice Tripel and one that I will drink again.

Photo of Ivanthehero
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first time trying a Triple.

Appearance-Pours a beautiful hazy orange-red. Handsom beer.

Smell-The central aroma is like nothing I've ever smelled. I do detect hints of citrus and butterscotch.

Taste-Again, a totally new taste to me. Sweetend grapefruit is what I have decided on...yeah, sweetend grapefruit. Really nice, light and fruity taste.

Mouthfeel-Juicey and tingley. I like.

Drinkability- The high ABV is masked beautifully and who wouldnt want to put down a couple light, juicy, fruity tingley beers?

Definatly recommend.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a massive three fingers in height. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is of yeast, lemon, oranges, with some earthy tones as well. The taste is like the aroma, but with a slight alcohol tweak in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium light bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, I would certainly buy this beer again, and am looking forward to trying Hey Anker's other beers.

Photo of DogFood11
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A review that is long overdue as this is a staple in my beer fridge. It always pours this magnificent, humongous Ivory white head that leaves chunky lace. Hazy, golden body with lots of fine carbonation. A perfect presentation.

Sweet apples on the front side, spiced up and woody on the backside. Rich exotic fruits mold together and the hops seem to be just enough to keep this in place. Peppered, drying towards the finish. There is no way this is 9%...is there? Hell it says so right on the bottle but its nowhere to be found in the brew. Excellent!!

Notes: To me the earthiness in the wood towards the finish along with some spices really is the nuts and bolts of this offering. The sweet apples up front just melt and lie down in the face of the finishing agents. A winner.

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

Pours with a clear, rich, concentrated gold color and is topped by an easily three-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite herbal; perhaps a mix of fermentation character, hops and even a touch of grassy malt. Notes of vanilla peak through a base of dry weeds (which give this some sharp biting notes), . There is a nice aromatic note of both sweet and toasty malt here that has vague nuances of butterscotch, a just lightly malty caramel note, some dry soda cracker notes, and the aforementioned grassy grain character. There is a touch of higher alcohols in the nose, which only seem to accentuate that sharp, sort of weed-like herbal note that seems to be the most dominant note.

Sharp up front with a herbal astringent note, but the beer immediately softens up a bit with a sweet malt character. Notes of honey are certainly in evidence and mix quite well with the herbal notes; the combination makes me think of some sort of greenish wild flower nectar. This beer has a way of lightly sticking to the palate, letting one no that this is not a beer to take lightly, though it certainly drinks a bit lighter than its alcohol content might suggest. Back to that sharpness, it seems to be a combination of higher alcohols and some phenolic notes, neither of which are out of control and in fact add a touch of balance to the sweetness that might otherwise be dominating. Speaking of phenolics there is a definite note of clove here, which tends to accentuate the sweet malt. There are also some noticeable fruit notes here, predominantly pear, green apple, and tart plum.

This is an interesting beer; sweet yet astringently dry at times; palate sticking, yet light enough to be quaffable. There is definitely enough sharp rough edges here to balance the sweet malt and fruit notes. At times this beer is incredibly enjoyable, but at other times there is something (that I can't quite put my finger on) that seems a bit off kilter. It is not enough to negate my enjoyments, but it certainly makes me ponder, and perhaps that is a good thing anyway. In the end not being able to fully grasp this beer makes it that much more intriguing.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of BeerManDan
2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured it had loads of white foam with large bubbles. The smell was of hops was very weak. The aroma of this Triple was a big disappointment.
The flavor was of a very sour nature. It seems that maybe this Triple's was way past it fresh date. The sour taste of hops was all I could muster up as far as flavor. Not a good triple. In fact, of all the triple's I've ever tasted, this has rank as one of the worst. My score of 2.5 was very conservative.

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

Poured from the bottle to a cloudy, dark orange color with thick, highly carbonated, off-white head and good lacing. Initial aroma was slightly sour fruit. As beer warmed, the scent of the 9% alcohol became more noticeable, but at no time overpowering. Likewise, the alcohol crept in nicely in the taste to help accent the fruit and hint of spices. Finish was smooth and long. I really enjoyed this beer.

Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.