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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 46
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a golden hazy beer with a huge head with perfect retention. Aroma is quite complex with a mix of yeast, hops, malts and something sweet like some orange. Taste is just incredible with a perfect mix between sweetness (this beer gotta have some candi sugar in it) and the hops. Alcohol is not noticeable at all, which is great when you have a 9% ABV beer. Overall, this is just wonderful, probably one the best discovery from my recent trip to Belgium.

Phyl21ca, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

240606 on the bottle from beermania...
Hazy peach color (murky) with lots of bubbles in the goblet. Bid fluffy airy white head. Slightly sweet lemon rind nose. Juicy fruit flavors of peach and pine apple upfront then smooth onto a corrander and white pepper finish. Nicely balenced between the sweet fruit malt and spicy hop finish. Dry tongued herbal/grassy mouth after you swallow. Before you swallow you have a fuller smooth silky mouth. Avery nice brew... a complex rollercoaster.

frank4sail, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of Andreji
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the gouden carolus, which I looked for insistingly in paris, came to appear on the outskirts (st.-germain-en-laye) as I watched Netherlands-Germany. The pour was pretty translucid, orangey with a slight but creamy clearly white head. The smell was abundant in spices and the alcohol was clearly felt as well as the malt.

The taste, although showing off considerably the presence of its alcohol, manages to be quite complex ranging through fruityness and the malt down to a slightly bitter finale. The taste was quite similar, as well imo, to a strengthened pale ale such as 'sierra nevada' which made it quite pleasant.

Andreji, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle corked and caged. No freshness date is listed, but it's a beautiful presentation with a black, gold and white label and a black and gold cage atop the cork. It pours a hazy golden orange with a full head of densely creamy white froth that holds exceptionally well and leaves some thick splashes of lace about the goblet. The lacing could be better, but given the 9% alcohol by volume not much more can be expected. The nose is candy sweet with a malty side to it that's nice; and some fruit (orange, apple, lemon) and peppery spice. It's even woody in a way. It's not real bold as tripels go; but it's clean, fresh, and inviting. The body is medium-light; and across the tongue it's lightly zesty with it's effervescent carbonation lending a tickle that's backed up by some light alcohol "sting". The flavor is as the nose suggests, but bolder with much more candy sugar and more apple flavor. It's light on the palate but satisfying, lending to a great deal of drinkability. Only it's alcohol content stands in the way of its being a highly drinkable beer; but that's only due to its intoxicating effect as the alcohol itself never really intrudes in the flavor. It's always present, but never becomes dominant. Quite well done; and certainly not one to be missed by fans of the tripel style.

NeroFiddled, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Regal gold appearance. Hazed slightly. Thick crop of white foam. Retention is outstanding. And lacing is quite full. Aroma is delicate, but complex. It's earthy, herbal, spicy, hoppy, yeasty and bready. The taste follows suit quite nicely. There's a nice "farmyard" presence about this beer. A little peppery addition on the palate. And great yeastiness. Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated. And the body is light-medium. Kind of an airy mouthfeel. This is one nice Tripel.

Bighuge, May 24, 2004
Photo of Hefe
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at R.F.D. on 5/13/04 from tap.

Appearance: Lightly hazy, almost flourescent gold and a white fluffy head.

Smell: Wham! Apricots and peaches and spices oh my! Undercurrents of honey and grapefruit.

Taste: Sweet malt and honey right away, then deepening to a touch of earthiness and stone fruits, finally a nice nip on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with a slight oily touch.

Drinkability: 9.0% be damned! Full speed ahead!

Hefe, May 14, 2004
Photo of ADR
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 11.2 oz bottle...

Light brown, tea-like murkiness. Pale head, diminishes quickly, very little lace, some small patches. Aroma is good, tropical fruit, esters, some faint vanilla. Low carbonation, medium body. Flavor is interesting, almost coconut-like fluffiness and style with accents of lime and breadfruit. Husky and perhaps a little yeasty. Some alcohol sense at the close, but well-integrated and slowly building. This is a fairly fascinating beer, some components are unlike any I've ever encountered. Distinct, slightly heavier than some, without a Tripel's dryness. But it is a stand out.

ADR, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Guacamole! This corked little devil came out with NO effort--BOOM!
And now my trousers are wet...

Muddy golden hue...vast mass of fluffy foam, white as snow sits on top and elegantly collapses, leaving gentle lace...Aroma: yeast, citric, but light, airy, a little honeyish...Taste: mmm, just right!

Elaborate? I shall. A garden of fruit is here, apricots, peaches, oranges, banana, mix it with cream, soften it with sugar, throw some honey in it, whipped cream on top now, gently sprinkle with spices...tastiness abounds! Lightly, judiciously hopped, ample malt, incessant flavor. Body is about medium, finish is nigh-unto-eternal, light, sugary, and just about damned delicious, balance is near perfect too, nothing is overly forward, everything meets just-so, and it's drinkability gets a boost from that.
My first try with this one, and now it's a new favorite, that I'll return to again and again...deeelicious!

feloniousmonk, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hazy gold-yellow Belgian ale with a large soft head that lasts forever and leaves a nice lace. It is refreshing despite its hefty alcohol content. The beer has a hoppy and fruity aroma that leads to a sweet, crisp taste with the hint of apricot. Corriander is evident and it finishes with a warming punch.

ark57, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of BCMan
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a very active pour that produced a big, frothy head that slowly crackled down leaving a nice lace on the walls of the glass. Has a nice caramel color that is a bit cloudy. The aroma is very subtle. The head doeas not retreat all the way but instead blankets the beer that lies beneath it. The first sip seemed a bit weak but it might have been becaus it was overly cooled. It doesn't really have that Belgian Triple punch that I look for.The mouthfeel is a bit creamy & smooth. The taste is a bit sweet and grows less sweet as it warms. The aftertaste builds as it warms as well. This beer is a good long evening beer because at 9% you defineltly shouldn't be opporating any large equipment. Overall...a nice beer. Not the best triple I've had but then again, a triple is like sex. When it's good it's good and when it's not good, it's still pretty good. Cheers!

BCMan, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/tan in color-supple lace and head that remain, yet fade to a minimal degree in time. Lots of tasty , yeasty specks noted throughout the journey-never too much albiet. Aromas hint pleasantly of citrus- orange/lemon as well as sweet malt and spice-especially coriander. This is a medium bodied work that finds an outstanding degree of balance in the way of fruity/malty/hoppy interplay. The beer finishes again citrusy, with spice and wild yeast notes chiming in also. A nicely drinkable offering that is quite elegant to boot.

moulefrite, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of Wildman
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In 33 oz bottle: This beer poured a light golden color and formed a small bubbly white head that left a circular lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation and a small amount of sediment is present. An aroma of citrus, candy and butter, with an after affect of the alcohol present. A flavor of candy again with an emphasis on caramel with a hint of yeast. The finish is medium light and slightly sprite with some sweetness. A nice tripel, even if the alcohol does mean that it is a definate sipper.

Wildman, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of pio
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very pretty golden orange color with a decent white head that dies to a halo after a minute or so, not too many bubbles comming up through the liquid. the head will come back with a little swirl.

glorious scents. bubble gum, rock candy, orange, leafy herbal/vegetable scent a bit of green apple. vanilla, a note of grapes and a spice i can't name spacifically (cingamon?) also notable. very complex and alluring. difficult to stop smeling this wonderful beer.

an amazingly complex flavor. it's like a procession. stupifying, hard to review. the start is unlike anything i've ever had, this is a beer(?)! wow. some kind of orange and spice that is sweet and bubbly. it gets quite sweet at one point then in the middle there is what i'd call a summersault of a development from what i've tried to describe above to a more herbal spice along with bannana nut bread -like- malts that bitter up and get slightly tart. the finish is also unbelievible, a group of leafy tea like vegetable/herbal notes balance wildly on the palate with a sweet number of notes among them are golden rasin, a hint of orange and a white table wine after palate, if you will.
the mouthfeel evolves nicely according to the flavor procession, bubbly and fun at first and more subdued in the finish,quite nice.
the drinkability goes like this: when i'm ready for a truly complex beer this is it. i'm really not sure if this can even be reviewed, it seems so special and so good.

pio, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of CRJMellor
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a classic triple. Golden color, with thin white head. Very effervescent with small bubbles cascading up the side of the glass. Aroma is spicy with balance between malt and hops. Taste is powerful malt followed by nice balanced hopped finish. Alocohol present at the end but well concealed. good finish for a Trippel. Noted some other spices as drink warmed a bit, maybe an orange peel and coriander hint. Possibly grains of paradise used.
Highly drinkable beer, would love to have another

CRJMellor, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of Jon
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden color with a frothy white head, active carbonation, and intentionally poured flecks of sediment throughout. Nose is complex and dominant in its coriander, pepper, and peachy fruit with a hint of musty yeast and funky, earthy hops. Aroma of spearmint, as well? Very farmhouse-like in the bouquet. Taste is heavy, once again, on fresh pepper and coriander with additional emphasis on earthy hops, traces of honey and partially hidden citrus and ripe peach notes. Super smooth mouthfeel that possesses a profound creaminess. The abv never seems overwhelming and is well integrated throughout the beer. Though the spiciness and abv keep this beer from scoring perfectly in the drinkability category, it does possess some quenching characteristics and goes down quite easily for its size. A quality Belgian tripel from a notoriously solid brewery.

Jon, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle served just a wee bit chilled in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Hazy gold with orange highlights topped by an explosive off-white head that initially took up 2/3 of the glass. The head eventually settles down after a good 5 or 6 minutes, but ends up being a decent layer of bubbles on the surface. Lacing was not as impressive as I was hoping, but adequate gobbets of foam were left on the glass.

Smell: Wonderfully strong smells of orange, coriander, and heavy pepper. Mild alcohol, peach, and pineapple notes. Not overly complex, but still quite the sniffer.

Taste: Gorgeously brash spicy pepper and pale malt tastes. Alcohol is well masked. Yeasty and fruity with hints of oranges and apples on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp medium body with great carbonation. A nice warming sensation on tha palate.

Drinkability: A damn fine and well made tripel. I can see why it won the award touted on the label. My memory says the the Westmalle tripel is better, but not by much.

ManekiNeko, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beautiful hazy gold-orange color. Beautiful off-white to beige colored head. Sweet candi, coriander deep orange and musty aromas arise from the GC glass. Big malt sweetness and texture mixed with coriander in the middle, finishing musty, sweet and the very faintest tart or dry. Rather bold and regal, if you will. Effervescent, thick and rich on the tongue. Something I will definitely miss on-tap. Drinks better because it has a more refreshing feel, but sweeter, than some other tripels.

crookedhalo, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A golden pour with a suprisingly small head head.

Smell: A malty sweet nose sugary hints of caramel.

Taste: Semi-sweet and off dry. Hints of caramel and a good maltiness.

Mouthfeel: lively and a dry finish.

Drinkability: i wasn't overly impressed with this tripel. maybe i'm the crazy one.

Popsinc, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice, big white puffy head atop a beautiful thick orange body. The liquid almost illuminates the bottom of the glass.

Smell - The wonderful baker's yeast is evenly mixed with some strong, rindy orange. The traditional spices are present along with a hint of alcohol. This nose is very balanced.

Taste - Heavy on the powdery pepper, otherwise pretty much what you'd expect from the terrific nose. This one is very sharp on the tongue. The orange is acidic and demands that the ale be sipped. The yeast is packed tightly.

Mouthfeel - A bit bigger than medium-bodied with a prominent sting of alcohol and some nice, very mature carbonation.

Drinkability - This is my idea of an Abbey Tripel. It is sharp from all angles, has some beautiful carbonation, and goes down extremely well.

Update - It's not often that I find this beer but came across one in early Jan 2010 (probably a 2009 vintage) so had a chance to re-enjoy. The only thing I would add is that the appearance of the poor was much more pleasing, otherwise everything else is the same as my initial review. The spices are huge, the punch is definitely highly-charged orange, and the mouthfeel is out of this world.

RoyalT, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the Gouden Carolus glass, at the Sharp Edge Creek House. The color was a darker gold, with a nice, thick, creamy head. The smell was sweet. The taste was also quite sweet, very sugar-ish, with the nice, yeasty, flowery taste a good tripel should feature, and very little noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Drinkability-wise, I'd have as many as I could afford (was 8 dollars a pop!); though sweet, the beer isn't so cloying as to be off-putting.

A simply fantastic tripel, and up there with St. Bernardus as a personal favorite. Definitely one that I would have again.

beergeek279, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dusty deep golden color with an initially billowing white head that rapidly disappeared to nothing more than a wispy lace on top. Aromas are all over the place. Hops, bannanas, orange rind, medicinal alcohol, sweet caramelized sugars. Flavor is a lesson in transition. Initial syrupy sweet on the front side, warming alcohol flavors follow, then a bit of spicy bite, finishing with a nicely subtle bitterness. Interestingly, the alcohol warmth is not noticed at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, though somewhat "smaller" than expected. Drinkability is good as well. Quite tasty in its own right and the complexity only adds to the experience.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for splitting a shipment with me.

OldFrothingSlosh, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of wofat
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap - Poured with a beautiful head however that dissipated quickly and as I drank it left no lacing (all of which could be due to the semi-clean nature of the glassware). The aroma is full of tropical fruits! As I taste this beer I am stunned by the flavor... very fruity but not quite tart. A masterpiece of a belgian ale! A well balance mild sweetness, mixing in a light bittering and wonderful fruit flavors. Amazing! The flavor hints fruit roll-up which I find very odd... but this is just so much better! Wonderfully complex brew with no hint whatsoever of its rather large ABV. Excellent... i will drink this MANY more times!

wofat, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a large, foamy head, which lasted quite a while. Lots of carbonation. Quite a bite. More bitter than a lot of other tripels, with a nice, full mouthfeel. Tart and biting, yet quite flavorful. I really enjoyed the dujour, and this is also an excellent brew (which, by the way, I enjoyed in my new Gouden Carolus glass!). Unique amongst tripels, I will definitely try this again. (Maybe the 750 next time).

JohnnyDuvel, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a substantial, full and frothy head that dissipates rather quickly. A golden orange color with some haze, and an adequate amount of CO2. A resilient clinging lace. Rich fruity smell, with some hints of orange and yeast. The flavor is fruity sweet, almost syrupy, yet tart, with a lasting biting finish. The alcohol is well hidden, yet the warming effects can be felt quickly. The mouth feel was effervescent, lively and also creamy. A good beer with a distinct character, although I do not really care for the contrasting bite.

SeanChouffe, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of stcules
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden colour, with a beautiful, compact, white foam, even if not too abundant. Very persistent.
The smell is crisp, floral, lightly alcoholic, bread. Some sweet (marzapane?)
Pleasant taste, similar to the smell (it has the same notes, apart the floral). Even bitter and some alcohol.
Medium body, bitter afterstaste, hops and maybe licorice.

stcules, Jul 27, 2003
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.