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

Pours a cloudy, yellow/golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Very fine yeast are noticeable suspended within the brew. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malts, some fruit (banana), and spices (maybe coriander). Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy. There is a very high carbonation level. Bitterness levels are noticeable, but not too great. Tastes of sweet malts and strong tart malts up front and then some banana flavors come through strongly. An alcohol flavor comes through in the middle of the brew. A slight hop flavor is present in the finish along with some more of the banana. Overall, this is a great beer and definitely worth a try.

Tone, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of THORN
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 FL. Oz bottle poured into Westmalle goblet. Served 40-45 F.
A: Yellow brown with a touch of gray. Suspended particles throughout goblet. Pours thin bubbly head, very small amount is retained. Thin sticky lacing left around goblet.
S: Sweet esters and pineapple. Aroma can be noticed from a distance.
T: Sweet lightly toasted malts. Rounds out with bright pineapple and waffle flavored yeast. Bitter sweet linger with noticeable alcohol.
M: Medium light to light on tongue. Chalky texture and slight warming.
D: Very well balanced. Alcohol is welcomed and doesn't overwhelm gentle flavor profile.

THORN, Jan 23, 2010
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 DragYourBone
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Delirium goblet (nice x-mas present)...watch that pour.

Golden Ale with lots of carbonation sprigs rising to a full inch head that didn't seem to dissipate (maybe because it didn't sit too long in it).
Lemon-scent with a hoppy nose. Crisp and clean with some faint notes of something -couln't quite tell. The hop follows in the taste, but it was sandwiched in the effervescence, creating a full mouthfeel - almost champagne-like. The ABV (9%) is very well hidden within it's dense body. Strangely dense but light at the same time. I couldn't quite place the flavors, but it was a tasty brew by all accounts.
I was expecting maybe a little more flavor and nose, but nevertheless a 'must have again' ale if there ever was one.

DragYourBone, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Lovely Tripel, no doubt.

A: Pours a pale yellow color. Hazy. Head is white, fluffy and simply HUGE. Remains forever. Disappears leaving many many lacings in the glass. The foam reminded me a Duvel
S: Smell is just perfect. A bomb of honey, pepper, clove, vanilla, fruits (apple and pear) and a bit of citric zest. Sweet. Malts, the traditional Belgium yeasts and flowery hops are also very noticed
T: Follows the nose, however much less sweet than expected which is a very positive point here. Taste is dry. Still can feel the malts, honey, cloves, vanilla and fruits. Delicious hops and Belgium yeasts
M: Heavy and dense body. Medium carbonation
D: Not bad. Carolus beers are usually very intense in the way that I prefer to appreciate them with moderation

eduardolinhalis, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ouncer. No freshness dating exhibited. Pours a cloudy, hazy muddy shade of light brown, moderate white head and not leaving much lacing. Nose is fruity, musty, nutty, also alcohol present. First sip was kindoff sharp and biting, 9% clearly showing its fangs, as it warmed and mellowed, the flavors started to come out and shine. This flavorful brew, showed notes of nuts,fruits, yeasy phenolics. A Slight astrigent note also came foward. This is a Complex and interesting triple, certainly worth a try and worth trying over and over for lovers of the style.

Billolick, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of elricorico
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy dark orange with plenty of foamy white head. Looks good, but most tripels seem to.

The smell is zesty. Big and zesty. Fruits and spice, citrus peel and something that reminds me vaguely of shampoo(very faint though). Probably one of the bigger smells I've found in the style, and pretty nice too.

Taste is dry and peppery. The fruit is still there, but is subtle, everywhere in the taste but not strong at any one point. The citrus zest makes a play in the finish, and the lingering taste I would say is closest to pears and black pepper. I don't find the alcohol in the flavour, just in the new warmth in my belly.

This tripel has some body to it, and is almost creamy in its texture. Add to that a carbonation that mellows as you drink, and the mouthfeel is quite nice. Drinkability isn't this brews strongest point, it is definitely a sipper, something about it doesn't make me want for another. Perhaps it has satisfied me in just one bottle.

Good beer. Maybe my new favorite for tripels.

elricorico, Aug 30, 2005
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 BeerSingh
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

BeerSingh, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of auxiliary
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

auxiliary, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of AZbelgian
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light blond color. Very hazy, which gives it a darker appearance. Huge white creamy head with fantastic retention and good lacing.

S - Smells of sweet fruit (apricots, maybe some apple) peppery with some yeast.

T - Taste mimics the aroma: sweet fruit (again apricots, pear with maybe some apple), candy sugar, a bit peppery with some nice yeastiness. Slightly bitter/peppery finish with a lightly tart aftertaste.

M - Light and bubbly in the mouth, smooth then tart.

O - A really good Tripel. The blend of sugar, fruit and peppery yeastiness blends nicely for a solid flavor. One of Brouwerij Het Anker's best.

AZbelgian, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Lexluthor33, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of berley31
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large head that kept its lasting power for awhile, then slowly came down to 1/2-finger. Body is a light copper color and very hazy.

S: Pleasant, very mellow aroma, with a slight smell of fruit.

T: Lots going in with the flavor: fruit, spices (especially white pepper), all done very well with a perfect balance, and no one flavor overpowering the others. Medium duration.

M: Medium-to-light bodied, creamy, with very fizzy carbonation.

D: A fantastic Tripel; what really makes it great is the mellowness in both the flavor and aroma.

berley31, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw like color with a big three finger head that explodes in the glass. The head is frothy and soapy and recedes to a nice lace on the glass. The aroma is inviting big sweet notes of candy is rounded out by banana and clove aromas. A smell almost like banana runts. The taste follows the nose nicely, big sweet inviting taste. The candied notes are very present and then banana and clove and a hint of spiciness come in. There is also a champagne like after taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and moderately carbonated. Overall a very solid beer nice big smell and taste. The abv is very well hidden making this a smooth easy drink. This is a beer you could easily have a couple of.

goblue3509, May 23, 2011
Photo of Thunderball
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my chalice, and this liquid produced a huge pale white pillow of a head. The smell of fruit and spice are the first introduction of this offering. Taste of some citrus, piney hops, spice components, and some white pepper are the most noticeable from this brew. Lots of carbonation to play on the tongue, finishes with a dry, astringent feel to the palate.

Thunderball, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Liverpool08
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great Tripel. Nice golden cloudy pour, with puffy white head. Aromas of cloves, spices bananas and funk. Nice carbonation makes this a great thirst quencher and very drinkible. Flavors of bananas, spiced fruits and vanilla bubblegum. A great example of the style.

Liverpool08, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of brdc
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle. Poured into a goblet.

Golden, hazy brew with a good white head, creamy, that retains well and leaves good lacing. Classic belgian appearance.
Nice, but underdeveloped aroma shows belgian yeastiness, fruitiness, earthiness, mild hoppiness and biscuit like aromas. Very nice but could use a bit more power.
Medium bodied, incredibly easy to drink with no alcohol to be noticed. Complex, delicate flavors that will not blow you away but the glass just goes empty. Biscuits, grassy hops, yeastiness, fruitiness.
Very nice, and as mentioned, easy to drink, but I would prefer a bit more power and depth of flavor. Nonetheless, hard to imagine higher drinkability.

brdc, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was a hazy peach with a one inch head, and a dense creamy tan appearance. The nose had aromas of juniper, fresh flowers and juicy dates. The taste was buttery and yeasty with some nice fruity apricots,fig and a splash of honey. Very good acidity and carbonation made this brew lively. After the alcohol disapates of your tongue a spicy clove flavor and a hint of sweet grass finishes this tasty triple.

athensbeermaster, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750mL bottle poured into a goblet.
This was a little sticky sweet but I enjoyed the result.
Blue agave, peach schnapps, apricots, bubble gum and carmelized flavor things can be found in the taste.
This is not for everyone... maybe not even for lovers of the tripel style but it certainly tickled my fancy. Something in the Gouden Carolus ingredients resonates with me.
This has magical beer juju.

ommegangpbr, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of Pepeton
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Belgian!
Dark amber, with some reddish too. Small bubbly head and lacing on the walls of the chalice.
Smell is complex: ripe fruit (mostly bananas); herbal, malts and alcohol.
Taste is great and also complex: Lots of sweetness, some bitter, grassy...
Mouthfeel is creamy, buttery, bitter and with dry finish.
I'll drink this one anytime.

Pepeton, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of psinderson
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Served in traditional glassware.

Appearance: Murky dark golden color with a thick white head that lasts. Good lacing down the glass.

Smell: Complex mix of honey, lemon and fruit. A bit of brown sugar in the background. Not much hop presence.

Taste: A nice complex citrus, spice and brown sugar flavor. Some alcohol to finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick...tingley in the mouth.

Drinkability: Goes down quite smooth for a tripel...watch out!

psinderson, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of nickss
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into proper Gouden glassware (which I get to take home with me... hooray!)...hazy, golden-straw in colour with a nice level nitro-like 1/2" head that quickly settle into a 1/4" cap.

Huge fragrant floral bouquet with strong citrus notes. Very perfumey... pomegranate, honeysuckle, absolutely incredible.

Like the aroma, tremendously perfumey... perhaps too perfumey, in fact. Still alot of citrus, but very sweet, and kinda one-dimensional it seems.

Nice, moderately thick body... obviously no carbonation, which is a refreshing change of pace. I hate myself for saying... but I think this one could actually use some of the crispness that carbonation offers.

Very refreshing and tasty... what more could you ask for?... perhaps a bit less perfume in the taste... but oh well... a fantastic beer nonetheless.

nickss, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of Trueant1
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at the yard house in Glendale az in a a small goblet.2

pours orange/amber with a white wispy head. Very cloudy which looks good.
smells rather weak maybe since I am at a pub. Does smell sweet.
tastes like belgem candy sugars. Belgem yeasts and hops are sublime in this one.
alcoholic on the aftertaste. A little thin but the balance @ sweets make this a good one.
for me, memorable!

Trueant1, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of BobZ
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Very rich head with up to an 1" maybe 1 1/2" of depth, strong lacing from start to finish.

Smell: Nice lemon with spice.

Taste: Very rich! Sweetness with great balance. Great example of what a tripel is supposed to be.

Drinkability: Extremely smooth and creamy, incredibly so, on par with a Westy Blonde.

Extraordinary Tripel!

BobZ, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of cratez
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle at Chaucer's Pub in London, ON. Pours a glowing, cloudy, and golden orange body with a ring of fizzy white head. Smell and taste are mango, peaches, grainy pale malts, candy sugar, yeast, cookie dough, and a juicy, tart finish with a trace of sourness. Fruity esters hit the nose with each sip. Medium mouthfeel is spicy, peppery, sharp carbonation, light side of dry, some sweetness as well. Alcohol doesn't register on the palate, which makes this beer unusually drinkable for 9% ABV. It literally tastes like liquid Fuzzy Peaches. A balanced and flavourful tripel that really nails the style.

cratez, Mar 28, 2010
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.