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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 56
Gots: 91 | 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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Ratings: 795 | Reviews: 426
Photo of birderbeerer
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a tight white head, great lacing.

Loads of yeast in the aroma. With herbal hops. Earthy and oak.

Very mellow taste that follows the aroma. Hoppier than many tripels and less sweet, which accents the yeast more. Very good creaminess.

A nice tripel.

Photo of Brabander
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first report in spite the fact that i have drunk a lot of different kind of beer the last 40 years. I've had two of this Carolus Triple bottles at a friend where we played a game of Colonists of Catan. It's tradition to play this game where the men drink a strong beer.

I drunk the Carolus Triple in a Westmalle glass so the setting was allright. Good smell, i had a very nasty cold but the smell was OK. Tasting the beer is comparing it with some other triples. I have to say this triple can be shared under the group Westmalle kind of triple.

I liked the triple very much because of its characteristic smell and good taste exposure in the mouth.

Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber color with a two finger head with average retention.
Delicious aroma with predominant notes of peaches, mint, fresh oranges, lemon, spices and apples.
Likewise, flavor of peaches, orange-lemon citrusy, herbal hops, green apples, dry fruits, candied sugar, coriander, Belgian yeast, a bit of banana, over ripped pineapples and cloves. Dry aftertaste and mildly acid.
Deceivingly light body with an effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 9% abv is incredibly well hidden, amazing.
This is definitely one of the best Tripels I had. Although faithful to style, it has a character of its own and an elegant and complex taste. Thankfully, not a sugar bomb as other Belgian beers. Highly recommendable.

Photo of impending
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy caramel with a dense pure white head that subsides slowly, nice sheet lacing.

Aroma is yeasty light skinned fruits and grape skins. Could be mistaken for a strong pale aroma.

Taste is quite sweet. Nice phenols give way to the ripe fruits with a citrus twang, spicy. Pleasant minor hops come out in the slightly dry finish. Alcohol is gut warming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly.

Photo of Crosling
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had the triple from Het Anker, which I personally consider to be a world class brewery many times before, but this is the first review.


A simply intoxicating aroma, lovely at times, not as others. Notes of cinnamon, deep malt, peaches, pears, icing and orange peels.

It's better fresh but this is still great. Tropical fruitiness (lemon, pear, pineapple) throughout along with a mild hop bite on the finish. Just a great triple.

Photo of ikantspel
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served into a russian river chalice

pours light blond cider color with a full blown 3 finger head. the head slowly dissipates leaving some boulder bubble lacing on the glass

pepper, clove, apple, orange, and slight floral in the nose.

malty, with some heavy spices and clove as the centerpiece, some light fruits hang in there as well.

this has one distinct taste. gonna buy another couple of these and cellar them, see how they develop.

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

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy and dark golden yellow in color. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible along with some small yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a three finger high dense white head that has excellent retention properties and took a long time to die down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of yeast in the nose along with notes of fruity esters—bananas stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. A light amount of dryness is present.
O: This is an excellent representation of the style that is also quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. The head is also very impressive and deserving of having this served in a tulip glass.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Golden with a slight haze. Massive 5+ fingers of head foam up. Excellent retention with a thick cap that remains. Abundant lacing as well.

S - The first whiff is quite interesting; floral, a little fruity, and with noticable phenolic character. All together it reminds me of some sort of cleaning product; maybe a pleasant smelling liquid soap or sanitizer. Specifically there are notes of banana, savory spices, flowers, and a nutty/bready backbone.

T - White bread with nutty accents and a banana overtone start things off with a moderate sweetness. Fruit and sweetness soften mid palate giving way to a mild wheaty flavor. Bitterness begin creeping in from the sides of the tongue and back of the mouth with a good deal of spiciness akin to witbier; a bit of saltiness with coriander and modest chive/onion-like notes. A touch of sourness finds its place in the melange of flavor. Phenolic character is rather strong in the finish in the form of lemon peel. Bitterness grows and lingers into the aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Medium bodied, a bit creamy at times, with low to moderate carbonation. While decent, I actually found myself prefering a bit more carbonation.

D - Another fine example in the wonderful world of tripels. Though it doesn't stand out as much as Karmeliet or St. Bernardus, I certainly wouldn't pass this one up. Easy drinking (as most tripels are) and recommended for anyone who digs the style.

Photo of medic25
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with a thick, persistent white foamy head. Sweet, light aroma. Taste is classic Belgian Tripel; sugary sweet, malty with a little spice and peppers. Very little evidence of the alcohol, despite the 9% ABV. Extremely easy drinking, with a sugary aftertaste. Made a great nightcap for my birthday!

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

Thanks to Holybrew for "making" me sample this beer.

Pours lovely. Fluffy head, sticky, white. Chunks a bit in the center and sticks to the glass wall. Cloudy and hazy, the golden body has some floaties, but not much. Almost glows...

Yeast, corriander, slight pepper, and floral spice come through the nose, but not that strong. I think I used the wrong glass, but they mug is all I have here.

Sweet taste up front, with zest and carbonation coming through. Slight citrus in the middle and light malt towards the end. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Crisp feeling. Very easy drinking for abv. Would be good on a hot summer night.

Photo of brureview
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in an Orval Trappist glass: the color was an attractive apricot
with 1/2 finger head.

At first light apricot-lemon and spice aroma. As the beer warmed up,
more complex aromas- some clove, more phenols, and a mix of aromas.

Mouth feel: very carbonated as expected for the style.
Good transition to the taste.

Taste: apricot, lemon, clove, spicy. As the beer warms up, more subtle fruit.

Finish: excellent. Spicy and carbonated.

Overall: an excellent Belgian Tripel. The aroma/taste is less clove and more apricot-lemon-spice.

There are a lot of subtleties in the taste.

I great enjoyed the finish- spicy and carbonated.

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

33cl bottle into a Gouden Carolus goblet.

A: Lightly hazy, pale amber body; gorgeous rocky, longly-lasting two inches of head. Great retention and lacing. Classically beautiful Tripel.

S: Rich, smooth aromas of bready malt, fruity esters (pear + apple, light peach). Some pepper and clove as well. Lovely.

T: Peppery spice up front, with bubblegum + fruity esters leading the way to a malty, boozy finish. Tasty, if a bit hot.

M: Lively, prickly medium body. The huge carbonation softens out eventually, but it's a bit much even for this style.

O: As good as Cuvee van de Keizer is, I was excited to try the Tripel from this brewery. While I wasn't quite blown away by it, I would definitely rank it up in the top tier for the style, alongside things like Karmeliet and St. Bernardus. Good stuff.


Photo of PhillyStyle
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brasserie Beck, Washington, DC:

Serves up a very nice golden, opaque with a nice big white head that had decent retention. A thin layer lasted throughout the beer.

The beer had a nice Belgian aroma to it, sweet, citrus and maybe a hint of alcohol and yeast. Very well balanced.

The taste was good, although appeared to be a little watered down. A little sweet, strong, citrus. Very well done.

Medium body, but a little watered down. Smooth, rich, creamy and very drinkable. Overall, I really enjoyed the beer and will definitely try again if given the opportunity.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 4-pack of 330 ml brown bottles, simple Middle Ages emblem on the logo. Curious side note, the white importer's sticker on the back of the bottle containing the beer's vitals in English states the following: "Hell Beer with second fermentation in the bottle." Yet the French line below it states it as Biere blonde. Who's doing the translating here?

It's amusing enough as I wait for the massive white foamy head to start settling so I can pour the rest of the bottle into my tulip glass. Small ridges of cinnamon form the more the head recedes, with intense thick sticky lacing. The body itself is a well-carbonated hazy apricot hue.

On that note I also get a big inhalation of sweet apricots and peaches on the nose, blended with coriander. Sweet orange and grain follow close behind, with aromatic floral notes as well. The smell isn't very complex on this tripel, but it is robust and uplifting, a pleasure to inhale.

The alcohol is apparent on the first sip, ripe peaches and orange zest, with a floral yet spicy middle of pepper and coriander, concluding with a somewhat dry finish of lemon rind and raw ginger, with a mild herbal aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is on the light side, but possesses a smooth creamy texture that builds a bit more fullness when rolled over the tongue. Although the alcohol is present in the flavour, it doesn't bite or kick along the way, this is in fact a very easy-drinking tripel.

A fine example of the style, and one that I enjoyed, yet what stands out for me the most at the end of the glass is the impression the aroma made on me. Quite the burst of summer sunshine in the orchard, that is what will actually draw me back to this stuff overall.

Photo of mdm46410
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub, and served in a Gouden Carolus trappist glass. This tripel poured a bright, hazy orange color with a long lasting beige head. The aroma was made up of orange, apple, candy sugar, and some mild yeast esthers. The flavor was the same, but with some excellent spice notes showing up. Also, some lightly warming alcohol made it’s presence known. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and champagne-like. A truly exceptional beer.

Photo of antzman
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 BeerBuilder
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden in color with a creamy off-white head. Swirling carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is yeasty and peppery, with a light touch of fruits. It has a really soft aroma overall. The flavor is spicy, peppery and yeasty. It is also somewhat earthy as well. It is light in body for its strength and very drying in the finish. A very smooth, easy drinking Triple.

Photo of khrx4u
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

of all the belgian made authentic triples from the motherland there, this may be my favorite. its so decadent yet drinkable, and really bright in feel, just wonderful. blonde and hazy, radiant though and glowing brightly, huge white head rises well above the rim of my glass. the nose on this is awesome, all yeasty, warm temperature belgian esters of sweet raisin, vanilla, and dried grass, its a neat complexion over the blonde barley base. the flavor is similarly propelled by the yeast, sweet for a minute, but drying out beautifully in the finish. dynamic and layered, so creamy in feel, rich, but i keep drinking it faster than i should for a 9% abv beer, it just goes down too easy. love all the carbonation, and the way it lingers with just a hint of candy sugar in the finish. i don't get a ton of grain nuance in this one, but its simplicity lets the yeast just rock out. distinct and delicious, can't say enough about this one, a perfect classic example of the belgian tripel style.

Photo of cyrenaica
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle
9.0% ABV

I tried this beer on April 25, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a solid orangy-gold colour with a very thin white head. The aroma was that of sweet malt and some yeast. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, and highly carbonated. The flavour was candied malt, some hoppy grapefruity hints, and a little more yeast. A very good beer.

Photo of dren
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber orange with small bubbles and a huge thick head. Left some lacing as it slowly faded.

Smells of sweet malts, citrus notes, some tangy floral scents and a little spice. Smells good to me. You can tell the alcohol content is high but it blends well.

Tastes of sweet bread, malts, citrus, a little spice, hops, and I caught a hint of green beans. Some earthy flavors, not as candy like as some of the other tripels I have had. The flavors blend well. As the beer warmed it mellowed out. A slightly dry finish with a flavor coating in the mouth. The alcohol isn't quite hidden, it's present, but it blends well with the flavors.

A medium to full bodied beer. I wanted to drink this a lot quicker than I did because it went down so easily. You could get bent on this brew quick. Recommended.

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No vintage or best by markings on this, but it was differently labeled than all the others in the store so suspect it is a year or two old. Pours relatively transparent ( wierd) very straw yellow with orange highlights. The head was good at first but quickly became thinner than nicole richie. The nose is pretty good, floral with hops and a hint of yeast and citrus. At first taste, there is some flavor that i can ony describe as toasted hops. then the light applish fruits come out with a decent hop finish. The mouthfeel is average for a belgian tripel. Drinkability is good. Another fine het anker product, but i do have to say it is my least favorite of their brews, but they make some amazing brews! Dont get me wrong, this is good beer. get one.

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