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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 50
Gots: 78 | 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 nickss
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Quite carbonated...as the cork only needed to be touched to come out on its own. The beer poured mostly clean golden yellow with a thick 2" head of pillowy white foam that was obviously going to be around for some time due the column of bubbles rising. There is a lot of lacing left on the glass after the beer starts to settle.

Aroma: Through the foam there is quite a contribution of bread aromatics from the yeast. Among this, there is a light citrusy aroma there along with some complex spiciness. Hops become a lot more noticeable in the beer as it warms up.

Taste: The flavor is much more grainy that the aroma suggested. There is a toasty character to this beer that you don't often get with a Tripel. There is some sweetness to the beer that is obscured by the citrus and the carbonation. The hops are a noticeable part of the flavor profile in the middle of the sip, but then the carbonation takes back over and leads you into the finish. The finish is pretty dry due to the carbonation, but after that fades, you are left with a little bit of syrupy sweetness to linger along with the spiciness that you get in the aroma.

Opinion: I am pretty happy with this beer. This particular example has been in my closet for about 6 months now. I don't taste that this beer is aging, but the hops are such a big player in this beer that I would imagine that it is much more spicy when it is fresh...and of course I would like to try in at the brewery. This is a fine beer, and one that I will be trying again.

Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/19/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded lighter golden yellow in color. Slight bit of micro fine yeast sits at the bottom of the glass. Mondo 2 inch head which is creamy and thick in nature. Chunky streaks and spots on the inside of the glass. Excellent!

Smell- As soon as the bottle opened a huge whiff of tangerines and other orchard type fruits hit my nose. Peaches, oranges and lemons. Not to mention the powdered sugar and the corriander like scent.

Taste- More lemon rind flavored than any of the other scents listed above. Fairly sharp hop bite, but doesn't have a big drying effect. Corriander and white pepper (kinda saison like) with a funky medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste. Lighty warming.

Drinkability- All in all a very nice tripel. Certainly up there with the best looking and smelling ones. A bit to much hops for me and a touch to medicinal in taste. Overall though a nice beer that I would buy again.

Photo of Backer2004
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this may be the highest rated beer I've ever given - at least it's much better than some of the higher rated beers I've reviewed in my past. Absolutely wonderful in so many ways. The mouthfeel is just so overpowering, it stings the tongue even after you swallow. Nice head and carbonation, such a complexity of flavors. I'm not sure who brought this to our BA tasting and how long it's around, but I would love to get my hands on this again for a special occassion.

Photo of AlexJ
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This 2 year old bottle pours out golden yellow with a HUGE white head that stays forever, eventually forming a thick veil that leaves generous lace behind.

Aroma is a transcendant medley of golden malts, honey drenched tropical fruit, delicate yeast ans spice, light minerality, and white grape.

Flavor has clean golden pilsneresque malts,a huge fruit presence of pear, mango, peach, pinapple, white grapes, and apricot. The yeast is delicat and spicey and the finish has a beautiful nip of Saaz-like hops. Sweet, never cloying, with a dry, mineral-laden finish. Complex and glorious.

Body is medium, with a light , fluffy texture and smooth, slick mouthfeel. No trace of the alcohol and dangerous drinkability.

Photo of bennetj17
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With its cloudy orange color, Gouden Carolus is definitely on the darker spectrum of Tripel Style Ales. It has a fine head of foam with nice lacing. The aroma is of citrus, spices and even some brown sugar, but it doesn't come out very sharply. The taste is fruity and a bit citrusy to start, but the malt flavor evaporates and quickly turns into a mildly sour and bitter finish that is dominated by a strong alcoholic taste. The mouthfeel is good, with plenty of carbonation and a medium body. I didn't particularly enjoy this one as the malt flavor was not robust enough and the alcohol was not as well hidden as it could have been.

Photo of jaluria
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very tasty beer with loads of character.

Pours a semi-clear yellow-golden color with plenty of off-white colored foam that disappears quickly and leaves behind thick lacing. Aromas of white grapes, flowers, alcohol, and taffy seem to come out nicely. The taste is a wonderful blend of earthy sweetness and fruit-derived sourness that gives this beer a strong finish. Hints of grapes and honey also come out as the beer warms. The texture of the beer is viscous and easily coats my tongue, but the alcohol is present in the taste and hence a reduction in the drinkability.

Photo of whynot44
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy apricot color with a substantial ivory head that hangs around and leaves curtains of lace.

The aroma is fruit salad - apricot, peach, banana, green grapes, orange, lemon, and honey - sweet but with a citrus hops note.

The taste is fruit salad with a bit of light brown sugar and honey balanced by a citrus, peppery hops and a slightly tart finish.

Medium bodied, smooth, a bit sweet but balanced enough to drink easily.

Photo of wl0307
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BB date: 17/12/06.
A: in a big tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a cloudy amber hue with extremely subtle carbonation struggling out of the control of gravity... the off-white hued foamy beer head is quite short-lived though, settling to a very thin layer of rimmed froth.
S: exotic fruit-themed maltiness and yeasty note dominates-- preserved figs, dried apricot, banana oil, candy-sugar (not OTT), rich scent of honey comb, lots of fruit esters, buttery lemon cake, very intense perfumy aroma... all mixed together; the nose is ever so complex and rich, but by no means sharp or too thick.
T&M: overwhelming flavour of juicy and oily texture of bananas, sweet citrus-flavoured cake, sultanas, followed by a slightly tartly sweet aftertaste of fig-jam, liquor-soaked peaches and tangy citrus zests, leaving a slightly clashing, spicy touch felt b/w the teeth; a moderately dryish aftertaste develops on top of residual taste of dried fruits, while the warm touch of alcohol emerges only very late during tasting, bit by bit softening the slightly rich fruity mouthfeel down to a mellow texture. The mouthfeel is ever so mellow and the candyish sweet edge is attenuated skilfully, just enough to underline the slightly sharp fruitiness at the front without leaving unwanted sugary touch in the end.
D: incredibly satisfying tripel for me. This is my first bottle of this beer since bringing it back from the Het Anker brewery sixteen months ago, and compared with those I had back then in Belgium, this bottle tastes more mellow with very good depth. I truly love this beer.

Photo of battlekow
2.65/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I quite liked the rather eccentric American triple I had last night, Bell's Sparkling Ale, so I figured I'd love this, The Real Thing. I guess it's telling of my level of patriotism that I'm ashamed to much prefer the souped-up American one to the authentic Belgian.

The Gouden Carolus Triple (it says Triple on the label, not Tripel) frankly smells awful, sour yeastiness combining with a potent alcohol character to create a nasty odor. I keep setting the thing down and picking it up five minutes later, thinking, "Oh, it can't be that bad!" But it always is that bad, like ketchup, vinegar, and Everclear mixed together.

On the bright side, it doesn't taste nearly as awful. There's a bit of unpleasantness, but there's also your typical Tripel breadiness. The aftertaste moves from the breadiness of the initial flavor into actual bread--it literally tastes just I just ate a slice. Not much fruitiness.

It looks and feels like a good tripel, tastes like a slightly off tripel, and smells like bear shit. Not good.

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

This was one of the better tripels I've had in a long time; it started out with a large white head, enhanced by the appropriate (Duvel) glassware. The bouquet was as close to perfect as you can get; hints of banana, alcohol, mild citrus. The head stayed all throughout the tasting and left incredible lacing.
Although slightly carbonated, there was a soft creamy mouthfeel. Hints of slight citrus, banana, mild hops, yeast and sweet fruits were perfectly balanced. Overall this is what I expect from a great tripel.

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

Undated 750 that is corked and caged poured into a tulip.

Hazed gold with a tall white head that clings and shows strong retention. Thick lace.

Candy sugars and a little lemon zest followed by fruity belgian yeast in the nose. The alcohol barely registers as a pinch of pepper.

Lots of sugars and citric notes that are approaching tart upfront. There is a smooth malt flavor in the middle that is paired with banana and adds balance. The finish is hoppy with just a bit of heat from the abv. Nice mix of sweet and bitter flavors.

The mouth is good. Full and smooth with a good tingle from the carbonation. A very drinkable Triple.

Het Anker has yet to let me down.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy brone body. A few columns of carbonation going up to the top of the beer. Head is beautiful and huge, filling up to the top of a 16 oz. goblet.

Smell: Sweet, malty, funky, fruity. Belgian yeast perceptable. Slightly peppery.

Taste: Full and malty, spicy with alcohol and yeast. Hops are also well represented. What more do you want from a triple? Big and spicy, but also not cloying or grating in any way.

Mouthfeel: Slick, but full from the perfect amount of carbonation. Alcohol warms the mouth on the way down.

Drinkability: Up there with the best Triples I've had. Lots of character, not a flaw to be found.

Photo of ski271
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy slightly pinkish-amber with a large, foamy, slightly off-white head with decent retention and good lacing.

Smell: Candi, clove, yeast and alcohol were most prevalent. Some honey, banana, pepper and citrus backing it up… but all those characteristics are overpowered by a bit of a harshness I couldn’t put my finger on. Could be the alcohol, but there’s something else.

Taste: Again it’s overall rather mild for a tripel, but it also has its jagged edges. At first I didn’t really care for it too much, but it slowly grew on me, from its crisp hop bitterness, to its light esters, honey and pepper, to its warming alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a light, effervescent texture.

Drinkability: Like I said, it started a bit harsh and unimpressive but it got better as it went down, leaving me wanting another. Not the best tripel I’ve ever had by any means, but a good, solid one that’s worth a try.

Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.