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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

686 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 43
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002)
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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Synapstic

France

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

02-06-2014 18:58:12 | More by Synapstic
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emakings

Puerto Rico

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

02-10-2014 22:24:35 | More by emakings
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seedyone

New York

3.31/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice honey colored liquid with barely any head. Delicate lacing and deceptively sweet for something with an ABV of 9%. Not much on the nose & even less on the back end. Where do they hide the alcohol? Nicely done, but probably good for just the one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2014 22:06:22 | More by seedyone
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newton99

Belgium

3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: some spices up front followed by candy sugar and light fruits like grapes and pears. Sweet bread aromas bring up the finish.

T: spices at first followed by some light fruits and candy sugar. A strong, sweet yeasty flavor follows with a slight alcohol burn.

M: medium-light body with highish, frothy carbonation, this beer's alcohol presence keeps it from being light and crisp.

O: a pretty decent tripel overall. I would like a bit more depth of flavor with less alcobol presence.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 09:53:27 | More by newton99
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katan

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first foray into triples. Undated bottle.

A - Pours a dark gold color with a 1/2" head. Lots of lacing and head retention. Looks very carbonated.

S - Interesting floral scent - perhaps from the hops. The strong alcohol does hit the nose.

T - Nice balance of the malt with a smooth aftertaste accentuated by floral note. No particular flavor is pronounced, even though the overall hit is fairly strong.

m - Not sure about the mouthfeel. It does have quite a bit of a bite.

D - I'd like one of these for a change of pace. For my preference for a session beer, I'd probably shift to something else.

(The price for this also makes me unsure I'd pick it up for a nights drinking.)

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 03:54:17 | More by katan
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with no freshness date. Pours a pale copper with a 1 finger head, OK longevity and lace. Aromas of sweet caramel malt, honey, slight citrus and yeast. Tastes of wheat malt, honey, citrus, biscuity, with a decent hop flavor. Very sweet. Strong alcohol kick. High carbonation. A definate sipper. Not a bad beer but not great either. Very average.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 00:21:20 | More by sabrills70
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of BBF 2011. 11.2oz bottle poured into a Southampton oversize snifter.

Pour yields a gigantic, 4 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a murky dark grapefruit. Lacing is patchy and thick with excellent cling. What you'd expect and then some. A bit too much for me.

Nose is clove, pineapple, tropical fruit, and Belgian yeast. Cane sugar sweetness sits in the background. Spices tickle the nose. Nice. A bit thin though.

Opens sweet citrus, flour, pineapple, and clove. More tropical fruit in the middle with Belgian yeast and cane sugar sweetness. Finishes spicy with a sweet, fruity aftertaste. Pretty standard.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive. Finish is accented with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Decent.

A solid offering for the style. Nothing really stands out but nothing falls short either. Worth trying and cellaring for a while to see what develops.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 00:45:14 | More by SpeedwayJim
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DPFRD

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay Goblet.

A- Mildly sudsy head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy golden with a touch of brown.

S- Sweet Belgian candi sugar with some biscuit and moderate yeast presence.

T- Interesting openness to this beer. The malt character is light and is accentuated by some piney hops and a hint of sour and yeast.

M- Moderate body.

D- Pretty decent, not my favorite tripel by far and not my favorite Gouden Carolus offering. A good beer to experience and definitely worth drinking; however this is a last call tripel in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 06:18:27 | More by DPFRD
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Pencible

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy straw color with tons of white head (had to be scooped out with a spoon so I could continue pouring). It smelled like sour yeast and fresh wheat and lemon zest, with some salt and vinegar, and a bit of Belgian sugar. It tasted like waxy lemon and sour yeast, with salt and vinegar and a bit of spicy ginger and alcohol. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was not really what I enjoy in Belgian pale ales, but it was acceptable for the style. It had a clean taste and wasn't difficult to drink, and the flavor and body improved as it warmed and opened up. Perhaps age would help further improve this, since the 1.5 year old pale Van De Keizer I had was significantly better than this. This isn't a bad beer, and others might enjoy it, but I wasn't a fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 19:38:29 | More by Pencible
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip. This was one of my last remaining souvenirs from Belgian Beer Fest 2011.

Gouden Carolus Tripel pours a super hazy tangerine. The frothy white head is absolutely massive, approaching four fingers worth of foam. Head retention couldn't possibly be any better, and the lacing left alongside the glass is plentiful. The nose leads more towards pear than anything else on the ester front, though there is a little bit of green apple as well. There are also some light black pepper and alcochol aromas present to keep things interesting. The fruitiness in the flavor leans even more towards pears, to the point where with the one sided esters and somewhat muted phenols, and a bit of alcohol, that the beer approaches what I imagine a pear cider would taste like. This isn't really a good thing, as it leaves the beer one note, and isn't necessarily what I'd look for in a tripel. The mouthfeel is fantastic though, with a nice and dried out body and an expansive, bubbly carbonation. Gouden Carolus Tripel isn't a bad beer, but it's also firmly not in my top tier of tripels.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 08:43:42 | More by axeman9182
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jnn4v

Virginia

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

A: Cloudy, pale yellowish-orange color. Decent amount of foamy white head. No sediment, but decent amount of haze.

S: Doesn't sound at all like I'm used to for a Tripel - no coriander or herbal scent at all, and the Belgian yeast scent was subdued. Lemon zest, orange, and household cleansers - possibly ammonia?

T: Not bad, but not great. Some yeast, and all of the scent elements (lemon zest, orange and ammonia) are present in the flavor. Also some floral elements as well.

M: Ample carbonation, with small-to-medium sized bubbles - slightly more carbonated than a Tripel usually is. Slightly more viscous than a Tripel usually is and fairly dense. The combination of the high carbonation with the density led it to seem about average for the style - although achieved differently.

O: Not a bad Tripel, but not one I could conceive ever seeking out again. Atypical scents, flavors and textures (and none of them necessarily an improvement) make this more of a curiosity than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 13:49:38 | More by jnn4v
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bennetj17

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 06:34:01 | More by bennetj17
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yesyouam

New York

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

This beer looks like a brick of gold. It's a bit hazy and has a small white head. The aroma is juicy and carries something herbal and something barn-like. It hits the tongue with a juicy sizzle. It's fluffy and perhaps a bit alkaline. The flavor is malt, citrus... It's tangy, sour and plenty bitter. Lemon peel is the flavor that dominates. A good Tripel.
(rated Apr 17, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 14:12:59 | More by yesyouam
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reaganrvltn

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

07-28-2014 21:27:17 | More by reaganrvltn
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desint

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -15%

04-08-2014 20:39:31 | More by desint
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-05-2012 08:36:51 | More by ygtbsm94
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jsurfs82

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-10-2012 17:23:57 | More by jsurfs82
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gerardoluna

Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Eyes] Great pale yellow with a big foamy white head.

[Nouse] Citrus, floral and litle notes of bannana, in deep the alcohol is present.

[Mouth] good smooth body is spice, floral, alcoholic taste in deep and hops and hops and hops! a bitter long afthertaste.

Gooood belgium beer!!!
Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 17:54:58 | More by gerardoluna
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texashammer

Texas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2006 14:17:49 | More by texashammer
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Grinky

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15%

02-13-2013 04:07:22 | More by Grinky
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15%

06-19-2014 02:12:05 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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GarthT

Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -15%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15%

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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a golden orange color with vibrant carbonation. Even with a gentle pour, this forms an aggressive, billowy head about four fingers high. It's off-white in shade with a wonderful consistency and impressive/frustrating retention. The lacing it leaves behind is plentiful, as well. This looks just about perfect in the proper glassware (cough).

S: There's a vibe of both peppers - both black pepper and less-pleasing green bell pepper - and citrus, namely orange. Honey, too. I don't seem to get much of the apple/pear/bread notes typical of Belgian yeast at first, but they pop up once the beer opens up. Nicely complex, even if not every note is perfect.

T: This one is pretty sweet. Honey is the first (and most assertive) flavor I notice, which lasts all the way to the moderately long finish. More typical yeast notes slowly enter past the midpoint, drying out the sweetness (somewhat). The back end also has notes of vanilla and mineral water. Dare I suggest it's even metallic? Other than that foible, it's decent.

M: What seems like a sweet brew at first becomes pretty dry. Only as it warms up does (mild) alcohol become noticeable - still nothing to detract from the experience. To me, it loses its carbonation a bit too soon, though thankfully it doesn't make this one too syrupy. Good drinkability for a tripel...which means it has great drinkability by regular standards.

O: Pretty good tripel. Not an amazing one, because it doesn't hit all my preferred style buttons the right way (I'm not a huge fan of the slight metallic finish, and the booze doesn't quite have that 'just concealed enough' quality of the top-flight tripels). Doubt I'd buy it again, but I'd never refuse a sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 20:34:21 | More by ThisWangsChung
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.