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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 775
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 50
Gots: 78 | 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 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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a classic golden color with a medium thick head and decent lacing. This beer is also pretty hazy.

Yeasty, clovey aroma. Fairly light, but nice.

This beer starts fairly light given the alcohol, and finishes with a clove taste. Very dry and with more yeast tastes than hops or malt.

Very drinkable for the alcohol, but lacks some interest for repeated visits.

Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve been sitting on this brew for a little while, and finally arrived at the perfect time to enjoy it. From a 12 ounce bottle, this brew pours a hazy golden color that’s tinged with a slight peach hue. Quite effervescent, the beer has a consistent and never-ending stream of bubbles rising into the white head. Not a bad looking brew, to be sure. The aroma is muted, with a little fruit and spice. I expected that the smell would jump out of the glass, but you need to go searching for the characteristics. Once you inhale deeply, however, there’s some clove, apple, yeast, orange, raisins, and a lot of malt. The taste is nice…peppery and phenolic, with a wonderful sweetness. There’s an almost immediate warming as well. Fairly full bodied, which is offset by the fizzy effervescence. Finish has a spicy alcoholic quality. Solidly good.

Photo of rsyberg01
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Golden label, world beer cup 2002 accent on upper right part of label.

A - Pours a burnt hazy orange with a very sticky and good head. Lacing is good and webs out after about a second and a half.

S - Peaches, yogurt?, strawberries, good hop smell, a bit of sweet maltiness, caramelized sugar notes as well along with a creamy caramel note. Very interesting and unique nose on this spectacular beer.

M - Creamy with a good bitterness to it. A very good combo of the two. Swarms the mouth with velvety goodness. Yum.

D - It may fatigue the palette after two or three but definitely a drinkable beer. After your first two have an intermezzo and tag on two more and youll be in good shape. A great beer.

Photo of RedHaze
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow, with a thin quarter inch head that slowly fades away to nothing, leaving behind only small traces of lacing.

Smell; very yeasty, with bananas and a little citrus. There's also some nice bready malts with a touch of peppery spices.

Taste; as with the aroma, the yeasts are right up front in the flavor of this one. The fruits are present with bananas and some citrus, with a little bit of peaches thrown in. Even with those fruits, they don't become overwhelming, which I sometimes have a prolem with. Some candied sugar and bread dough malts come out in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and seems to fit this beer very well, with a very nice drinkability.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright orange with a full finger head of white bubbles that melts to fine sticky lacing.
Aromas are so very, very definately belgium....belguim yeast, slightly toasted malt (unique...wonderful), candy sugar, faintly citrus hops.
Taste is biting at first from the hops..then drifts to carmel...rich thick sweet carmel...back to a drying from the hops.
Aftertaste is a strange (but pleasant) drying bitter carmel. Unusual...intentional I am sure....pleasant, I am possitive....very, very interesting triple. All of the belguim triple notes are there, but there seems to be much more in complexity than I have found before...mostly in the addition of the carmel flavorings that somehow don't get sticky and cloying.
This swallows quickly and dry...then the flavors sit on the tongue and the warmth settles in the belly for a very very satistying long time.
Good...no, VERY good triple.

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into glass chalice.

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and pale golden honey color. The head starts off about three and a half fingers in thickness, but quickly dissipates to an uneven half-finger cap on the top of the liquid. There is good lacing as you drink this brew. The head itself is pure white and extremely foamy and silky.

Smell - There is distinct aromas of honey, caramel, and a crisp hop bitterness on the nose. The two former smells have quite a presence. Medium fruit smells also play a small role up front. Traces of lemon and other citrus are also easy picked out. There is a raw malt smell far in the background. Also, there is a very slight scent of alcohol. This tripel has a very pleasing and unique smell that is quite strong and complex.

Taste - As with the smell, an even mixture of honey and caramel dominate the taste initially. The hop bitterness is somewhat mild (not quite crisp like is smelled). The malt comes in last and is somewhat bready yet a bit raw also. This brew also has a moderate amount of spice flavor, and is semi-sweet. What a great tasting brew, such a pleasure to sip this stuff, and quite unique among tripels. The alcohol presence is a constant background burn, not unpleasant at all. The aftertaste mainly consists of moderate hop bitterness, some earthy malt flavors, and just a hint of the honey/caramel character. The complexities of the flavor dramatically increase as this brew warms up.

Mouthfeel - Perfect. This brew is medium-bodied, has a very smooth mouthfeel and spot on carbonation.

Drinkability - For its unique flavor, superb mouthfeel, and well-hidden alcohol content, this stuff is as easily drinkable as any tripel out there, and easier than most.

Overall, I opened this bottle expecting an average tripel flavor, basically like the rest...spicy, dark fruits, medium alcohol and slightly medium-bodied. Now that I've had it, I must say this is probably one of my very favorite tripels (if not very favorite). The honey/caramel flavor is just fantastically executed and ties the brew together wonderfully. One of the best brews I've had, period. A MUST have!

Photo of bort11
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Huge Mountainous head that retained itself forever. It didn't lace so much as leace a frothy cap smack in the middle of the surface. Color was a hazy honey golden yellow. A beauty to look at.. Smell was a mild hop, with some sweet spices, coriander I think. Taste was a very mild and smooth hop base with more herbal spices. More coriander, and a little bit of pepper. Nothing overwhelming, just very colorful. Mouthfeel was full with a pleasant alcohol warmth. For being a bigger beer, this went down very smoothly. Restraint keeps me from drinking more than one in a sitting. A lot of restraint.

Photo of zeff80
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass (at a restaraunt).

A - It had a golden amber color and a massive head (basically half the glass).

S - A fairly complex aroma. Some citrus (lemony) and yeast smells.

T - It had a sweet malty flavor, a little like caramel. Also, some citrus flavors came through.

M - It is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

D - It is very drinkable. At 9% ABV you can't have too many, though.

Photo of haz77
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy gold/amber with a massive creamy head. This still sits 2 inches high after several minutes to fall and is helped along by streams of high carbonation. Huge clumps of lacing are left behind.

S - Light/tropical esters, honey, yeast, a little lemon. A lovely perfumy scent.

T - Sweet and fruity to begin with. Caramel malts in the middle with some spice beginning to come through. Finishes slightly dry with alcohol warmth building in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, creamy and coating. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D - A really good tripel. Alcohol is noticeable although you wouldn't expect it to be as strong as it is. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of tavernjef
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750 pours a solid golden yellow and stands in the glass with a mightly glow like that of lava. Huge dense cap of firm white foam floats ever so loftily to the height of about two inches with ease. Keeps about a half inch of it always sitting. Mega impressive. Light streams are noticeable along the glass edge within the golden glow of color. Lacing is delicately patched in moderate splotches. A looker of an ale.

Aroma is medium or so in tone with a grassy edged citrus of tangerine, pineapple, and dullish lemon. Little perks of peppery spice and bubble gum esters makes for some fun notings on the nose as it warms. Caramel becomes a bit more evident as well.

Taste is firm and solid with a wonderfully thick caramel loaded malt thats completely laced with all sorts of fun citrusy spices and yeast play. Mild, dullish flavors that last and last are what makes this quite spectacular. The caramel totally backs up this floral spiced citrus thats super dulled with a slimming after thickness in a plummy orange marmalade and lemon/pineapple jam. Sugary and darkly sweet and totally yummy. Nice little mixing yeasty spice and grab with a complexing feel and thick play and the palate.

So, along with that, this has the perfect body and feel for a Triple. At least the way I favor them. Thick, smooth, and fairly beefy with malt. Great lasting flavors and finish with a slender side to its spice and citrus thats quite sugary thick and playful just like the candy it simulates. The caramel is divine in this stuff. Lovely. Warm. Tasty and lengthy. The 9% is barely evident as it warms gradually throughout each sip adding to its sippable, yummifingly yummyness.

Drinkable to the point of easy going sipping with an intriguing pull for more after each one of those sips. A Solid F*ckin' Tripel !

Side note: Served at 50 degrees F. and only got better as it warmed, around 56 - 58. Perfect.

Photo of geexploitation
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an exceedingly bright, golden amber, with a tenacious head that leaves sticking lacing on the sides of my glass. Brilliant nose, redolent of those chocolate oranges people give away during Christmas time, plus candi sugar. Very zesty. Quite sweet on the palate, but in a light way -- it's nectary as opposed to molasses-y, with peppy carbonation that helps in that regard. Some orange notes come out in the palate, but there's also a very forward burnt sugar flavor, kind of like creme brulee. Quite a good tripel -- it manages that tripel balancing act, being rich, light, fruity and sweet at the same time. Bravo.

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

Very good sesion beer item: It pours a cloudy ambar golden color; decent head and lace; Smells fruity, yeast and some alcohol; Tastes very sweet, honey and spicy; Nice mouthfeeel; enough carbonation, And easy to drink.

Good Triple belgian beer.


Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.