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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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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 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.


Photo of CNeilP09
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

honey hopped greatness. poured a murky brown copper color; creamy, but quick to settle head; solid carbonation; crisp hoppiness traced with syrupy honeyed stuff. it's a nice belgian trip. the alcohol only makes its presence known on the exhaling finish, which is always fun. kinda malty aftertaste. not the best out of belgium, but not too damn bad either. i do recommend this beer and allow yourself the chance to see for yourself.

Photo of nickss
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into proper Gouden glassware (which I get to take home with me... hooray!)...hazy, golden-straw in colour with a nice level nitro-like 1/2" head that quickly settle into a 1/4" cap.

Huge fragrant floral bouquet with strong citrus notes. Very perfumey... pomegranate, honeysuckle, absolutely incredible.

Like the aroma, tremendously perfumey... perhaps too perfumey, in fact. Still alot of citrus, but very sweet, and kinda one-dimensional it seems.

Nice, moderately thick body... obviously no carbonation, which is a refreshing change of pace. I hate myself for saying... but I think this one could actually use some of the crispness that carbonation offers.

Very refreshing and tasty... what more could you ask for?... perhaps a bit less perfume in the taste... but oh well... a fantastic beer nonetheless.

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

Poured a golden honey color with a thin rim of head.
Some aromatic spice and hops along with cider and mead blended nicely and made it pleasant to smell.
This tripel had all kinds of flavors going on. Started with hints of spicy wine that melded into honey, pears and malt that finished quite oaky.
It had a lot of carbonation and was medium bodied.
This was a great and smooth tripel.

Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this a bit cold (45 deg) so the aroma was fairly subdued. Faint esters, some citrus. The appearance is a bit mucky, not what I would expect from a tripel. The flavor has a tang, with some alcohol and spice. Balance is toward malt, but hops add a pleasant counterpoint. Mouthfeel is smooth with a bit too much of an alchol bite for my taste at this ABV. Excellent, smooth drinkability. This would rate higher for me if the flavor had more depth.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A deep, almost apricot, gold. Clear. Decent head, though somewhat lackluster for the style, and very short retention. Served a bit too cold, so it's not clear whether the beer or server was to blame. I'll blame the beer.

Smell: Just what you'd expect, only different. The expected peach/pineapple fruitiness, orange rind, clovey yeast spice, but there's an unusual herbal spiciness -- think gin. I suppose it could be hops, but I'll be damned if I know which produce a scent like this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The interesting aroma carries over to the flavor. Very rindy, with a dense, almost syrupy apricot sweetness, but then it gets a bit watery in the finish and the herbal (hop?) flavor reappears. It tastes a bit like a gin and tonic once the ice has begun to melt. The mouthfeel starts out fine, but the thin, fizzy finish left a bit to be desired.

Drinkability: Good. Wish it didn't dry out in the finish, but I enjoyed the unusual take on the typical tripel flavor. Worth a try, for sure.

Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a orange golden color with a 1/2 inch stable head and a slow stream of carbonation.
Smell was really citric, almost like Cascade, floral and herbal with solvent and a slight honey-like smell.
Taste was hoppy and citric, with a sharp bitterness. Also some herbal notes. Mouthfeel is dry which make me suspect a lot of sugar has been used brewing this. The mouthfeel combined with the bitterness is a good combination and the choice of hops is well choosen. The flavors added by the yeast remind me of Westmalle, although not the same, both have the solvent and herbal notes. So, a pretty good Belgian triple.

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

Pours from the 330ml. brown glass bottle a cloudy gold with a big two-fingers of frothy, white head. The head is keep alive with rigorous carbo bubbles and plenty of lacing as well.

Sweet, malty nose with a fruity bouquet, also notes of alcohol and honey come into play.

Sweet hearty malt flavor that fades into bubble-gum, fig and plum with a bite of hops to finish it up. Compex and quite a tasty Triple, another Belgian ale that's a pleasure to consume. It has a nice sweet honey aftertaste. Normaly I'm not a fan of overly sweet beers, while this one's a bit on the sweet side...it's done right and definitly to my liking.

Smooth and creamy, a wee bit bubbly with a medium body, feels good in the mouth and goes down warm to the tummy. Easy to drink, yet fairly strong...another Belgian most worthy of recommendation, try it !

Photo of Hautacam
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hop Devil, NYC.
Cloudy dark gold ....white head..drops quickly to a film. Served in a Carolus chalice.
Smells of faint fruit...yeast and some alcohol.
Tastes very sweet, cidery....some pear and very light bubblegum barely there. Alcohol does show up midway. Peppery hop bite at the fifnish.
Medium/heavy mouthfeel....medium carbonation.
A good tripel ( never met one I didn't like )....not outstanding, but will try a bottle if I see one.

Photo of kohoutek
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Hiller's, a local grocery store that has be ramping up its supply of good beers lately. Purchased a 4-pack of 330 mL bottles for $13.99. I have never seen this packaging before so I am assuming the beer is fresh?

Poured into a crystal goblet with the sandblasted image of squirrels involved in an acorn fight scolled around the glass. Nice thrift store score! Poured at 44.7F.

This beer has a cloudy hefe appearance with light amber edges. Very low density bubbles fill the glass releasing the aromatics of banana, green apple, warm bready malt and a whiff of higher alcohol/ester solvents. These solvents do not remain in the nose for long but they do in the flavor profile. The head is quickly collapsing, but nice lacing remains and permafoam covers the brew.

This beer has a wonderful lively acidity that balances the malt, fruity esters, alcohol and residual sweetness. This is a nice touch! It is not lactic in nature, but it most likely comes from the yeast strain and a complex mashing schedule. This tripel is a bit warmer, and richer in body than most. This acidity creates a nice balance, but I think I prefer tripels a bit drier. However, this balance does provide for an easy drinking beer. The flavor is composed of vanilla, light butterscotch (not diacetyl), warm bready browns, pears, apples, and very light spicy edges. Hop bitterness is low and actually integrates/hides the harshness that beers get when they contain higher fusel content.

My only real gripe is the faint oxidation buried under all of the layers in this beer.
There is a little cardboard here.

Photo of mdagnew
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from belgianshop.com

Poured a hazy golden orange colour... Slightly off white head poured big and foamy and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Sugary sweetness, floral, fruity (orange, pear), strong honey notes, vanilla, light malts, spicy hop hints....

Taste – Spicy / peppery hops, nice honey sweetness, pear notes, very light caramel malts, some creaminess, basil hints...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light / medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A top notch tripel.... one of the best. Highly recommended...

Photo of antzman
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML Bottle. Pours a hazzy blonde with a frothy head that slowly dissipated as the beer warmed. The flavor is of citrus fruits, pear, apple, grapes. The aroma is full of sweet fruits, very tangy. A very refined Triple, smoother than most Triples I have drank.

Photo of texashammer
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draft, I found this beer a little better, than in the bottle. pours with a nice thick head that fades rather quickly. clear yellow color. turns out to be slightly richer on draft. flavors remain the same; a little austere and plain, but good with food, especially food prepared in the beer (at the brewery's restaurant). comes out a little thin-bodied in the end though.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach colored body with a frothy head that leaves splashy lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Candi sugar, yeast, caramel, clove, banana

Taste: Sweet, yeast laden malt on the front end with bananas building from front to finish; after the swallow, a peppery clove-banana flavor arrives; a bit of hop on the finish provides a nice contrast

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation; some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: A bit too sweet to consume in any quantity but otherwise excellent

Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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