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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: 51
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 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.

Cheers!

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 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.

Photo of megahurts4
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Triple

Appearance: Golden with good lacing.

Smell: Yeast, slight fruit, and spices.

Taste: Dried pineapple, other fruits, spices, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a good blond. You don't notice that this is 9% ABV. It is semi-dry and goes down smooth. This one did foam up as soon as the bottle was opened.

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

Thanks to Mark at 3 Corners for this little gem.

Aroma starts with nice spiciness rounded out with slight phenols, nicely complex esters that are abundant. Fruitiness is citrusy. Alcohol notes. A bit of malt.
Full white head that settles evenly. Dark gold yellow. Cloudy. "Belgian" lacing.
Wonderfully complex flavors. Those with better palates than I can describe it better. A touch of malt. Lots of fruitiness (apricots, pear and light citrus-orange). Alcohol in flavor but never dominant and the warmth presents as well, but not hot. Very low on bitterness and only a slightly dry finish, but of some length.
High carbonation lightens the feel nicely, yet somehow it possess a nice density. Rather smooth too, especially as it warms.
An almost overwhelming array of sensory experiences that create a wonderful whole. Nicely done.

Photo of ledemie
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chalice
54 degree

A: look nice, golden, a cloudy 2 inches head.

S: very fruity, orange, raisin, very fruity smell, really pleasant

T: orange, raisin, yeasty,

M: medium body, alcohol is there .

D: this is a very drinkable beer, if you like Chimay white, give it a try, this is a 90 (100) compare to Chimay white, really good beer... I should try to use a sniffer glass next time.

Photo of neruda11
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrenaline
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, thumb of head with solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Bitter citrus rind, bananas, cotton candy and mandarin orange, sweet yeast and a heavy dose of cloves and all-spice.

T - Sour citrus rind dominates alongside the cloves, mandarin oranges come through nicely with a peppery spice, leafy green hop presence and a bitter grapefruit finish. ABV is incredibly well hidden, making for a dangerously drinkable brew.

M - Lighter bodied ale that is a tad prickly, though finishes surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty tripel, and a tad lighter than I've had lately, which was nice for a change. This one was heavy on the citrus flavour profile, which I really enjoyed. I would certainly buy this one again, unfortunately, as is the case with the LCBO, these offerings don't last long.

Photo of TommyW
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy gold with a thin white head that sticks well.

S- Rock sugars and some medicinal funk.

T- Rock sugar sweetness with some fruit and little band-aid-like funk. Finish is crisp with some lingering medicinal flavors.

M- Medium body with a smooth carbonation.

D- Very nice triple; really a treat to have on tap.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 33cl bottle.

pours a hazy gold with a 1/4 inch snow white head. Persistent head and persistent lacing. Smell is fruity and yeasty. Hints of sweetness and spice.

Taste is much like the smell, spicy and sweet. Light hint of cinnamon apples. Sour and peppery as it finishes. Really smooth and oddly creamy (for a tripel) Really one of the nicest textures I've had in a tripel. This one does not reveal it's strength in the body, though very flavorful. Watch out, it'll sneak up on you.

Photo of gr0g
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of unknown age. The pour into a Chimay chalice yields a lightly hazy golden-amber appearance with a two-finger head. Very good head retention with the residual "skin" of foam that good Belgian ales show. Fruit-forward aroma has notes of ripened white grapes, apple, and pear. Candi sugar is also detectable and not unexpected, as I've found that Het Anker likes to use it liberally in the Gouden Carolus line.

There's more of that fruitiness and candi sugar to be found in the flavor, but it's not at all too sweet. Residual sugars are noticeable but far from cloying. Sweetness goes hand-in-hand with the ripened fruitness to create a compelling flavor profile. Depth of flavor gets better as it warms, as does the mouthfeel. Once the carbonation settles down, the sting falls off and the resulting texture is smoother.

Gouden Carolus Tripel is one of those beers that becomes more impressive with each successive sip. Stands among the elites in its style.

Photo of MJR
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got an opportunity to grab this one at The Gardens, Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur at Bottles and Bottles, one cool place to shop for beer in KL. They have a nice sit out where you can sample the beers, chat with the owner and flip through beer books. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Gouden Carolus tulip. The beer is a translucent golden orange with lemony hues around the edges with a nice sheen overall. The head is a massive 3 fingers wide with heavy lacing and retention. Beneath the suds hides a bouquet of varied aromas - grain and pale malt, candi sugar, yeast and tropical fruits. Very inviting and tantalizing. The nose lingers on.
The taste follows the nose - sweet candi sugar and pale malt upfront followed by a burst of tropical fruits. This is one of the sweeter tripels that you will ever have with almost no hop presence but a bold, dryish finish. The beer has enough spike in it from the carbonation to take the flavours all over. Subsequent sips simply coat your palate with more assertion of taste. The beer feels very lively on the palate. The post mortem reveals massive rings of lacing till the bottom of the glass.
I would really rate this tripel very high - maybe not the best and not in the same boat as the Westmalle, but in a class of its own. A must have.

Photo of auxiliary
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice golden color. Very large head nad some nice lace left on the glass.

smell - Citrus smells, like banana and pineapple.

taste - Has a sugary sweet taste and a alcohol taste.

mouthfeel - Nice warm taste of alcohol.

drinkability - mmmm very tasty. Must try, must try on any tripel i guess.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Golden,honey color with a bit of haze. Patchy lace with a decent head and overall a good looking beer.
The aroma was of fruits,some malts,alcohol and a hint of caramel.
The taste starts off sweet with some spicy character. Light hops and fruit flavors follow.I really can not say for sure which fruit,but a fruit so that should do.
The feel is medium carbonation,medium body with a creamy texture.

Notes: I liked this and I did not want to review it until it warmed a bit because initially the carbonation seemed higher and some flavors seemed mute. As it warmed a lot came out and turned into a fine Tripel experience.

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