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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 714
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

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(Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002)
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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
Photo of MJR
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow with a hint of orange. A creamy off-white head starts out at a finger deep, then fades to a thin, complete cap.

Smell: The aroma is quite nice with lots of banana and clove upfront. A touch of fruity esters and phenolics trail behind. There's a bit of bready yeast as well.

Taste: Starts out sweet, with a blast of fruitiness and cloves. Midway, a honey flavor and medicinal phenolics appear, with a bit of peppery spiciness just behind them. The sweetness is consistent the whole time, only fading a bit on the finish where a slight hop bite and alcoholic warmth come together for a rich, smooth ending.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and rich, with a medium mouthfeel. Wonderfully prickly carbonation. The potent alcohol level provides a touch of dryness on the tail end.

Drinkability: Quite the drinkable tripel. This is a good example of the style, and one that I will certainly buy again soon.

MJR, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of Darkale
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is fresh, sharp, and yeasty. Faint whiff of spice in there, too.

Bright white and thick head, lumpy, and slowly fades to a skim. Good lacing. Body swirls with sediment immediately after you pour, and then settles down to a cloudy dark gold that is very appealing.

Creamy, chewy mouthfeel, with a final dry and bitter sharpness that stays, hand-in-hand with the sweetness. I like that combination quite a bit. The two flavors hang in there together in your mouth.

This is a very enjoyable and complex beer. You won't have a couple in one sitting, I don't think, unless you are a lot larger than I am or don't plan on doing much the next day.

This is one of my favorite Belgian breweries, and they do not disappoint with their tripel.

Darkale, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First let me say this one of the best overall tripels I have come into contact with, the type of beer that won't let you wipe a smile off of your face. Appears as a drop of sunshine in my glass with golden orange slightly hazed tone to it, huge mountainous layers of foaming vibrant white head mixed with yeast, leaves an even trickled lace with great head retention on this beast. I must give credit for my selection of this to Hart from the Sharp Edge, because this has been a beer I have overlooked for way too long. Aroma is heavenly with lucious spices along with waves of crescendoing malt tailed by honey richnss wrapped in deep tones of alcohol. Flavor great sweetness from the malt very rich and smooth and warming I truly love this beer simply amazing tripel. Mouthfeel is silky and buttery with carbonation that tickles the senses. Drinkability I could have more of these, but I would fall over when I tried to get off the bar stool.

WVbeergeek, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a massive off-white head that seems eternal. The blended aromas of fruit, spices, yeast, and light alcohol are near perfection. The taste repeats the smell with a tart yet lightly sweet fruit and faint spicing with the background yeast and a very warming alcohol that is well pronounced but not overwhelming. This beer is medium bodied and finishes with a lightly sweetened end with each swallow. A beautiful Belgian beer in my opinion! Op uw gezonheid!

BeerAngel, May 29, 2003
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach with enthusiastic, tight carbonation (sampling from a small goblet - the second pour was a little vigorous and foamed over). Vague but pleasant sweet aroma. Sharp and tingly on the tongue - very bright with peach and mango flavors. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, but clearly there. Not particulary dry at the finish, but clean nonetheless. A very drinkable tripel.

Brent, May 22, 2003
Photo of philipt
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a slight hint of orange to calm things down a bit. Creates a large, pillowy white head when poured. This tripel has remarkable clarity. The aroma is dominated by a tart and citric smell, followed by a hint of pepper. The tripel is initially quite sweet, slightly cidery. Floral and fruit esters can be found throughout this beer. Underneath the dominant flavors is a distinct yeastiness. The beer leaves a rather peppery alcohol taste towards the back of the mouth and down the throat. The beer seems to sweeten and mellow slightly as it warms Very carbonated and lively mouthfeel that finishes quite dry.

Excellent all-round tripel.

philipt, May 09, 2003
Photo of fattyre
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy very slightly yellowish orange color with a very large clingy, rocky, slightly creamy dissipating white head. The mouthfeel is full and rounded. The smell is candylike with an odd sort of grill rub(?!?) and bell pepper. The taste is again this odd grilling rub flavor, bell pepper, fruitlike, and warming alcohol. A most unusual flavored beer that I can't quite put my finger on but still pleasant and quite enjoyable.

fattyre, May 01, 2003
Photo of pbrian
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange, slight haze, pillowy white head with steady stream of carbonation that keeps the head replenished. Aroma to die for. Floral, fruity, spicey with a hint of alcoholic vapors. Flavor is akin to chewing on a pack of Juicy Fruit soaked in orange liquor. Initial sweet srypy mouthfeel is cut by a slightly drying, warm finish. This is full-on, no bars held, vwersion of a triple. Extremely enjoyable.

pbrian, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a triple, tastes like a triple, smells like a tri.... Oh wait.

After the pour reveals a nice, hazy, orange-ish colored beer with a medium-high amount of head, the first thing to do is put it to the nose -- and it certainly does smell like a triple. But man. Aroma of spruce and tiger lillies. Supremely floral. This is not the aroma of your average triple. This beer could be marketed as liquid potpourri, and I'd be proud to buy a lame plug-in air freshener that smelled like this.

Certainly, all the qualities are there. Tastes great too -- strong orange flavor mixed with a kind of candi sweet malt flavor. A tasty beer to be sure.

marburg, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, very slightly yellowish-orange Belgian Triple with a very large, clingy, rocky, slightly creamy, dissipating, white head. The smell is sweet, along with pepper, spice, and anise. The taste starts with a smooth sweetness, followed by pepper and mild spices, finishing with a lingering rooty bitterness. There is also a mild lingering taste of licorice and anise in the back of my mouth, and a mild lingering sweetness in the middle. The body is full and rounded in my mouth. Overall, I like this Triple and would definitely drink more, but I did find the lingering bitterness of some of the flavors a bit odd.

(source: Great Beers of Belgium)

Bunnyhop, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of marc77
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden in hue w/ excellent clarity. Typically attractive, thick, fluffy off white head. Citrus rind and tart fruity esters upfront in aroma, followed by prominent alcohol spiciness and light phenol riding along with candy sweetness. Cider sweetness hits the palate initially, and fades into a pleasant melange of honey, raisin bread and lightly bittersweet alcohol. Fruity sweetness is a constant foundation for the flavor profile. Moderately bodied, w/ a dangerously smooth mouthfeel. Finishes w/ bittersweet peppery alcohol coating the tongue ensued by mellow alcohol warmth. A delicious tripel, with excellent balance of fruit and spicy notes. Cleaner and seemingly fresher than many other examples. I would drink this all day if my body would allow it.

marc77, Aug 12, 2002
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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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