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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 46
Gots: 56 | 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 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
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
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.