Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Reviews: 427
Hads: 838
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 66
Gots: 117 | 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 hunteraw
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at Stubbie, in Gainesville.

Appearance: Poured into a Gouden Carolus glass. Darker than your average Tripel, great head with good retention, not much lacing.

Smell: Banana-y, with a sweet caramel base. Almost wheat beer-like in the intensity of banana. The label indicates that this recipe includes oats and wheat, as well as barley.

Taste: Rich is the best way to describe it. Again, lots of banana. On the sweeter side. A lot *more* flavor, but less complexity than other tripels.

Mouthfeel: Medium body (on the full side for a tripel), probably from the oats. Carbonation seems light.

Drinkability: More on the full and rich side than I think I prefer in the style, limiting sessionability. (721 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this baby on Turkey Day. Overall thoughts are that it was tasty, but not terribly complex. Taste was fairly sweet up front, belgian candi style sweetness, and finished with a bit of grassy bitterness. It was pleasant, but there are better tripels available. Still not a bad beer for Thanksgiving. (303 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (594 characters)

Photo of Truh
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked a three-bagger with this one on 1/1/2005 to ring in the New Year. 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked bomber poured twice in an Allagash glass.

1-inch plume of blistered, pock-marked head. Deeply golden to an orange hue with just a hint of haze and some beautiful cascading motion. Light summer, sweet cilantro and lemon/lime zest gratings on nose, with some spicy alcohol. Subtle, tangy malt with a shot of peach schnapps and some steel cut straw on mouth; frisonne of sunflower seeds and caramelized bananas. Overall, a cortex-crunching libation. (558 characters)

Photo of CNeilP09
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

honey hopped greatness. poured a murky brown copper color; creamy, but quick to settle head; solid carbonation; crisp hoppiness traced with syrupy honeyed stuff. it's a nice belgian trip. the alcohol only makes its presence known on the exhaling finish, which is always fun. kinda malty aftertaste. not the best out of belgium, but not too damn bad either. i do recommend this beer and allow yourself the chance to see for yourself. (432 characters)

Photo of johnbonham1980
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I could drink these all day long. Didn't enjoy this one as much as I have in the past, but this has always been one of my favorite Belgians. My local pizza restaurant where I got this on tap had the wrong tap up, so I'm taking a little bit of a guess here that it's the Tripel. Only one that fits though.

Poured with almost no head (mostly pouring style of this place, they try to maximize beer to head percentage for their customers), and was a nice, deep golden.

I sensed quite a bit more phenolic/metallic flavor than I had in the past. This has a nice balanced flavor with a lot of herbs and flowers, with some nice apple/pear fruit to back it up. This gets tons of its flavor from the yeast which is nice in this case. One of my favorite highly yeast-influenced beers.

Mouthfeel was typically Belgian, nothing notable. Smells like flowers.

I'll have to re-review it in the bottle or when I have some detailed notes on it. Probably killed my taste buds with the breadsticks I had right before this one. (1,018 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Explosive and extensive white head; leaves lumpy lace. Greenish yellow liquor color. Cloudy like a wheat beer.

Light malt and strong Belgian yeast aromas. The alcohol is quite present.

Light malt and soured cream flavor up front. The finish continues the sour flavor with what seems to be a very strong wheat component. This has a lower level of carbonation, which makes this a creamier tripel. (396 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical tripel appearance. Not much lace.

Nose is pungent with the bana phenols.

Taste is a little more astringent than I would have thought. Pepper cloves and bananas. Very hefe ish shall we say. Slightly dry which i like.

Medium body, low carbonation


D-possibily too astringent (295 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Westmalle goblet. No date. The body was opaque/cloudy and the color of dirty golden fruit punch. The beer cleared somewhat as it warmed. One finger if white frothy head. Sediment remained in the bottom of the glass.

Smell was of white raisins and brown sugar.

Taste was rich. Sweet dark dried fruits with some balancing bitterness. Smooth. Well hidden alcohol. Not my favorite style, but a nice tripel.

Mouthfeel was zesty from carbonation and alcohol. Overall smooth and rich in aroma and flavors. (542 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black ink on a black label is hard to read but I think it's stamped 10/06/11.

11.2 fl oz. bottle served cool into a globe, Gouden Carolus Tripel is a hazy golden yellow color with thick towering head that just won't quit. It actually gets bigger for several minutes after I pour it. Settles very slowly and leave a bunch of lace behind.

Aroma is fruity and sweet like lemon cake with a little bit of yeast funk. The spices are fairly subtle at this point.

Flavor is strangely a little cake-like as well. There seems to be the usual lemon and pepper, mild funkiness, and then some sort of sweet vanilla cake taste. The actual taste of alcohol comes as a surprise. The burn is well-concealed but there seems to be a grain alcohol (vodka?) taste that is really strange.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-carbonated.

Overall an unusual take on this classic style. I'm not sure if this is normal or just an off batch but I may come back to try it again. (955 characters)

Photo of philipquarles
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at t'Ankertje in Mechelen, the triple poured a nice, slightly cloudy gold with a frothy one-finger head that stuck around for quite a while and left a good bit of lacing.

Smells predominantly of malt, followed by citrus, sugars, and a bit of alcohol. Tastes is much the same, but light spices and hops are also present and make this a pretty complex triple. Mouthfeel is decent thanks to a bit of carbonation.

Overall, a good, balanced triple, but one that is somewhat uninspiring--there's just nothing that screams 'world-class' to me (despite the fact that this one a gold in some World Beer competition in 2002). (624 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a full off-white head and very active slow bubbled carbonation. Strong Belgian spicy malt aroma with alcohol very noticeable. Strong spicy malt flavors with traces of coriander and cardamom. Medium-full bodied with a strong alcohol finish.

Not very tripel-ish to me ... more like a Belgian Strong Pale with lots of Wit-like spice character.

Per Label: "since 1369"

(11.2 oz / 330 ml) (404 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw color with a light orange hue, and a thick, creamy white head that remains. Tons of lacing.
Smell is malts and Belgian/euro yeast, with some notes of fig, clove, banana, and orange peel. Some peppery notes in there as well.
Taste is spicy malts with some Belgian yeast. More notes of clove, banana, lemon peel, orange peel. Touch of cinnamon.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of crispness, and a crisp yet smooth finish. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is good. Alcohol is well-concealed. Tasty. (501 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – light amber color, a little murky, with about two fingers’ worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – hoppy-smelling, but from a different species than I’m used to smelling, so I can’t identify it. A little spicy as well.

Taste – hoppy-tasting as well, and the bitterness comes in, but more toward the middle of the taste. Maybe some spices in the taste too, but finishing with a slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, although not terribly interesting. Very good tasting. (617 characters)

Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this a bit cold (45 deg) so the aroma was fairly subdued. Faint esters, some citrus. The appearance is a bit mucky, not what I would expect from a tripel. The flavor has a tang, with some alcohol and spice. Balance is toward malt, but hops add a pleasant counterpoint. Mouthfeel is smooth with a bit too much of an alchol bite for my taste at this ABV. Excellent, smooth drinkability. This would rate higher for me if the flavor had more depth. (450 characters)

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I kept seeing where many reviews call the look of domestic lights as "like piss", but that is more bias than anything. If you want some TMI about myself, this looks like my piss. I put some points for the good head.

The smell is another story. I is a nice fruity smell that is crisp and strong. Rather inviting for me.

I can taste the alcohol. 9% and you should taste the alcohol. Has a slight difficulty going down, but not much. Slight aftertaste is covered up with the taste of alcohol. I little fruit, but not much. Rather unique for the taste and that is a plus.

Verdict: If you can get by the fact that is actually looks like real urine, try it. (660 characters)

Photo of horndecker
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's a brassy orange hue, cloudy and luminous. A great foaming off white head roils up like boiling milk. The lace lingers.

Wow. The smell is tangerine candy, pine trees, resinous fruity esters, the alcohol shows itself. Eventually the aroma of lime prevails.

The taste is sweet fruit, tart tangelos washing over a buttery malt center. Butterscotch and an herbal, slightly bitter finish. What lingers though, is a sweet, sweet alcohol-laden haze. It's syrupy and somewhat full bodied with a nice fine carbonation which boils up with each sip.

Overall a nice brew, albeit less suited to many foods than other tripels, because of it's persistant sweetness. (663 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with huge dense tower of foam, settles slowly to a half inch that stays, with a thick sheet of styrofoamy lace down the glass. Smell: out of the bottle it was a little windex-y but thankfully that faded before the head... slightly boozy, apple cake, apple juice, coriander, thyme-y herbal note. Less sweet than most and a bit aggressive / astringent. Taste: unripe pear, soft apple, sugared dried apricot, and grape skin. This is nice, but then it's similarly oddly astringent, finishing with pepper and grassy notes. Medium bodied, finishes a bit slimy and sticky. Definitely different. I think I'd rate it higher if it was lower abv and not labeled 'tripel'...it's interesting. (699 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Tripel | 750 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Tripel
Glass: Duvel tulip

Appearance:
A swirling mass of honey-hued bubbles pulsate in a golden sea. Mountains of foam, white as bone, tower above.

Aroma:
Belgian spicy yeast, lemon peal, and strawy malts peak out of dense clusters of foam.

Taste:
One gulp introduces a cutting mix of pale malt and tropical fruits undergirded by a blast of alcoholic fury. As it warms, more complex flavors develop--barely ripe banana, asian pear, dried pineapple.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and clean, the carbonation dominates the mouthfeel, imparting a liveliness unusual in Belgian tripels. However, the tumult of flavors and prickling sensations demands to be palliated by a hearty meal.

Harmony:
Remarkably well balanced for such a lively brew; pale malts, spicy yeast and hops, and tropical fruits melt into each other seamlessly.

Would I get it again?:
Yes. It's a bolder tripel than I usually enjoy--I prefer to brood over my Belgian ales--nonetheless, its a class act.

Bottled: ?
Served: January 18, 2011 (1,090 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: darker than i expected. from brown to amber to a light yellow/orange in the bottom of the glass. soapy foam.

aroma: oranges and brown sugar. very sweet and fruity nose.

taste: citrusey and caramel with a balancing bittersweet finish. oh, and an alcohol kick! aftertaste is clean though, mild warmth lingers from the abv. nice sipper here for a tripel.

drinkable! taste is light and body is light enough for a hot day. alcohol is a bit too pronounced and knocks the drinkability down some. still an expertly crafted beast here, and a dangerous one. (568 characters)

Photo of danadeny
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is big and bubbly. The smell is sweet, fruity, and fresh. The taste wasn’t what I expected from the smell. The taste is very spicy, not fruity. With a strong burnt hops finish. Alcohol is detectable. Overall if you are looking for a tripple that is light on the fruit and strong on the hops, this is the one for you. Hop heads must try. (351 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A deep, almost apricot, gold. Clear. Decent head, though somewhat lackluster for the style, and very short retention. Served a bit too cold, so it's not clear whether the beer or server was to blame. I'll blame the beer.

Smell: Just what you'd expect, only different. The expected peach/pineapple fruitiness, orange rind, clovey yeast spice, but there's an unusual herbal spiciness -- think gin. I suppose it could be hops, but I'll be damned if I know which produce a scent like this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The interesting aroma carries over to the flavor. Very rindy, with a dense, almost syrupy apricot sweetness, but then it gets a bit watery in the finish and the herbal (hop?) flavor reappears. It tastes a bit like a gin and tonic once the ice has begun to melt. The mouthfeel starts out fine, but the thin, fizzy finish left a bit to be desired.

Drinkability: Good. Wish it didn't dry out in the finish, but I enjoyed the unusual take on the typical tripel flavor. Worth a try, for sure. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: explosive white head over a hazy golden body.

S: Very fruity and sweet. hints of pinapple, raisin, grape, a little must in there.

Taste is as the smell. Alcohol comes through a bit much especially in the finish as does the must. fruit is nice but somewhat overpowered.

M: Sits pretty well with a medium body. Gets a little musty.

Overall a pretty nice beer but the musty finish really take a lot away in my mind. For me tripels are always pretty hit and miss and this one missed a little for me. While not as bad as some other's I've had it doesn't really shine above. (579 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a blind tripel tasting done with some friends. This finished 3rd out of five. Nice beer - but not up with Westmalle or Allagash (below Tripel Karmeliet for me too).

Hazy light golden color - big white head is traditional. Excellent lace.

Nose of honey, alcohol and yeast. Straw. Very traditional nose.

Highly carbonated entry - medium mouthfeel, big estery flavors flow over the palate. Honey, yeast-cake, alcohol burn on finish.

For this tasting (with many great trips) it doesn't quite get there - but this a fine beer. Traditional style, big alcohol, complex. (576 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Hazy golden with huge fluffy white head, great retention, extremely active, and with big chunks of yeast visible.

Subtle Beligan yeastyness with some malty sweetness and boozy esters.

Tangy fruity yeasty influence with sweet maltyness playing a supporting role. Floral hops, and mild bitterness add depth and complexity. It balances well, and has a touch of lingering bitterness.

Tingly carbonation fades quickly and reveals a rich, medium bodies middle before the drying and slightly bitter finish.

A legitimate Belgian Ale. Complex, balanced, and nuanced. A tasty treat to sip slowly. (602 characters)

Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.