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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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BA SCORE
92
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711 Ratings
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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 45
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

drummermattie02, Jul 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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.

ThisWangsChung, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Golden colour, with a beautiful, compact, white foam, even if not too abundant. Very persistent.
The smell is crisp, floral, lightly alcoholic, bread. Some sweet (marzapane?)
Pleasant taste, similar to the smell (it has the same notes, apart the floral). Even bitter and some alcohol.
Medium body, bitter afterstaste, hops and maybe licorice.

stcules, Jul 27, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

rekel, Jul 13, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -14.3%

Quite an interesting Tripel. This one pours on tap into a lame branded chalice. Pours a hazy imbued golden and with a thin cap. Nose is light and subtle with just a hint of yeast and light fruit. Taste is easy and light with an apple juice quality.

Drinkable to a fault with a light carbonation and an unobtrusive yeast character. Will have to try in the bottle to get a better perspective, as the draft is easy yet unexciting.

HalfFull, May 18, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -14.3%

Reviewed 1/29/2008 (bottle from AZ):

Pours a very pale golden yellow color. Somewhat cloudy. Big foamy white head, big bubbles, mostly lasting. Floral sweet aroma, light. Light grapes, sugary. Some alcohol,a little hops. Soft floral taste, some rubbing alcohol. Warming up...less alcoholy, a little warming. Very light flavor.

jujubeast6000, Mar 06, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev -13.8%

pours cloudy golden orange with lots of sediment floating around in the glass - small 1finger head that left no lacing

smells very medicinal and semi spicy saaz hops

tastea - good balance of spicy bitter hops and sugary sweet malts - little banana some pineapple maybe some apricot - decent tripel

mouthfeel is light/medium and lively - well carbonated crisp and creamy

drinkability - now it all comes down to taste and there are better tripels out there

jsh420, Oct 31, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev -13.8%

Appearance: deep gold, voluminous layer of dense off-white foam (even on a gentle pour), good clarity, lacey

Aroma: delicate cookie sweetness, light floral hop scent, marcipan, hint of rum raisins

Flavor: malt sweetness balanced by a smooth alcohol thread and a distant hop bitterness, slight spice, finishes dryish with an aftertaste of alcohol and a slight vegetal quality lingering

Mouthfeel: medium body, blooming carbonation, alcohol warmth, somewhat sharp

Other comments: Definitely a well-made Tripel, but I wouldn't consider it one of the best. Not a lot of complexity, though it is well balanced and the 9% abv is well hidden. May too well hidden!

GreenCard, Aug 23, 2004
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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%

Dull brass, largely opague and spotted with floaters. A trim white head rises and stays.
Muskmelon aroma, dusted with pepper, and seared with flashes of booze.
Begins with a graham cracker semi-dry maltiness, leading into fruits, featuring cantaloupe, peach, and white grape skins. Traces of rock candy, then the yeast adds pepper and a grander scale of dough. Ends with a bright Noble hoppiness and tracers of white rum heat. Brashly dry on the close from the commixture of slaking hops and ripping alcohol.
Medium body, but light-feeling. It's not really airy, but it's close.
Overridingly, the booze qualities are a bit ragged and seem to cloak any potential nuance. At best, it's a decent templatic tripel.

cokes, Jul 12, 2005
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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that lasts. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: fruit sweetness, honey, and yeast are picked up by the nose.

Taste: very fruity, nice malt profile, honey, green grapes, decent bitterness, and alcohol make up a decent triple.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp from start to finish. Short sweet aftertaste sticks to the tongue.

Drinkability: this is a good beer but it was a touch unbalanced as the sweetness seemed to grow as the glass emptied. Alcohol keeps this down a notch too.

Gavage, Feb 23, 2007
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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%

On tap at Hop Devil, NYC.
Cloudy dark gold ....white head..drops quickly to a film. Served in a Carolus chalice.
Smells of faint fruit...yeast and some alcohol.
Tastes very sweet, cidery....some pear and very light bubblegum barely there. Alcohol does show up midway. Peppery hop bite at the fifnish.
Medium/heavy mouthfeel....medium carbonation.
A good tripel ( never met one I didn't like )....not outstanding, but will try a bottle if I see one.

Hautacam, Apr 17, 2006
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3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

A: Pours a bright, lightly hazy yellow-orange color. The head is extremely effervescent upon opening the bottle, billowing up into a tall, consistently foamy off-white crown. Retention is sturdy, and some above average rings of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Sweet sugar cookie notes are accompanied by a pleasant Belgian yeastiness. Some spicy notes of clove and golden orchard fruit. A faint citric zest is also present. Faintly peppery. A bit of alcohol, but nothing obtrusive.

T: Significantly less sweet than I was expecting. A flash of sugary/cookie-like flavor fades into a mostly fruity profile. Apple, pear, and mild citrus zest make a solid presence. Lightly spicy notes of pepper and clove.

M: Medium-full body. Very even-keeled, with a bubbly but not overdone carbonation level. Dry into the finish, with a lightly cidery character.

D: A clean, well-rounded tripel that lacks the ammunition to really stack up to its better competition. It doesn't have any glaring flaws, but it's a bit timid for normally robust style.

Clydesdale, Oct 29, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours a hazy straw color with amber in the middle and a fluffy white head that lingers throughout. Smells of citrus fruit and belgian yeast. lime and oranges.

Sweet fruit up front in the flavor. Some hoppiness through the middle, and belgian yeast in the finish with a fruit-cake aftertaste. Pears and oranges. Not very complex, but enough to keep you sipping.

Light to medium mouthfeel, but too much carbonation makes it airy on the palate, which in my opinion usually takes away from some of the flavors. Drinkability is pretty good as it goes down easy enough.

jdklks, Jan 17, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

Pale yellow colored beer witha slowly fading head,it actually looks like a macro.Aroma is sour apple.Taste is apple with hops and malts thrown in.This is a pretty good beer with a little kick to it.I think it should be tried at least once,and as for me I will be trying it again.

matty, May 10, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

Gouden Carolus Triple pours a real nice burnt orange with an initial one inch head. The smell is faint to moderate, consisting of yeast and a bit of citrus. Its overall taste is sweet, mellow, and well balaced; however, it completely fails to deliver on the hops like the bottle claims. This beer has a pretty smooth feel with a lot of carbonation. One big bottle will be more than enough for me.

AMo, Oct 28, 2007
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3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

A: nice hazy blond colour, little carbonation rising up, nice thick head

S: orange/lemon, clove, petit beurre biscuits, a hint of hops

T: loads of malts, banana and orange, hint of pepper some yeast, quite balanced, altough not that complex

M: the peppery notes really irritate my tongue, other wise carbonation is fine, medium body

O: descent beer, not wild of the peppery aspects, well balance, not very complex

benfons, Nov 21, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

This beer poured a orange golden color with a 1/2 inch stable head and a slow stream of carbonation.
Smell was really citric, almost like Cascade, floral and herbal with solvent and a slight honey-like smell.
Taste was hoppy and citric, with a sharp bitterness. Also some herbal notes. Mouthfeel is dry which make me suspect a lot of sugar has been used brewing this. The mouthfeel combined with the bitterness is a good combination and the choice of hops is well choosen. The flavors added by the yeast remind me of Westmalle, although not the same, both have the solvent and herbal notes. So, a pretty good Belgian triple.

Absumaster, Jun 07, 2006
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3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

A: Golden orangy color, foam is creamy and stay for a long time. even after 10 minutes its still there.

S: Orange peel, lemon, yeasty, also a little bit white flower floral at the end.

F: sweet at front, bursting with much of yeast flavor, like lots of clove, a bit hay like. Ten fruitiiness follow, like Orange, very juicy after all.

M: Medium and rounded mouthfeel, u can feel sweetness in your mouth for aftertaste.

O: It's a very yeasty beer overall, and not as dry like other triple. However it's a nice and pleasant beer to go with meal.

ehsieh02, May 15, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

This beer had a very active pour that produced a big, frothy head that slowly crackled down leaving a nice lace on the walls of the glass. Has a nice caramel color that is a bit cloudy. The aroma is very subtle. The head doeas not retreat all the way but instead blankets the beer that lies beneath it. The first sip seemed a bit weak but it might have been becaus it was overly cooled. It doesn't really have that Belgian Triple punch that I look for.The mouthfeel is a bit creamy & smooth. The taste is a bit sweet and grows less sweet as it warms. The aftertaste builds as it warms as well. This beer is a good long evening beer because at 9% you defineltly shouldn't be opporating any large equipment. Overall...a nice beer. Not the best triple I've had but then again, a triple is like sex. When it's good it's good and when it's not good, it's still pretty good. Cheers!

BCMan, Jan 21, 2004
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3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Poured into a snifter.

Tripels do me good in so many ways.

A: I love the color of the body; it's a deep yellow with a slight orange hue. The body is very hazy but has only a small amount of carbonation, which is my biggest complaint on a visual level. There's a large amount of white head that leaves some delicate lacing and has a good amount of retention.

S: It's a little too faint. That's the bad part out of the way. After that it's pure tripel goodness with sweet honey and clove melding with hops and funk to create a nice, light and balanced aroma. Banana, pear, apple I get as far as fruits, but I'm sure there are many more. Maybe if I spent more time smelling fruit I could tell you all of them.

T: I think the balance of the taste is off, at least for my taste. I usually love the light sweetness of a tripel, offset by hops and funk and some tart fruit. In Golden Carlous, the hops and funk dominate the taste along with clove. It's too funky. Although I get a honey taste, which is a nice addition, I fail to really pick up a consequential amount of fruit. I also miss that smoothness I usually find in tripels. This beer is more bracing.

M: Pretty good, but a little thin, and a little light on the carbonation.

D: It's an easy drinking beer, so generally, the tripel will always get some points, but this beer has problems. It's overly strong funk and hops ruin the balance that is so important in a tripel, and the lack of malts in the taste aren't there to mask any faults or give a unity to the beer. It's still good, but I think there are many better options in the style.

mmva321, Feb 16, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

n2185, Feb 08, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -11.4%

Brown 33cl bottle, best before May 2009, drank in April 2007.

Poured into a Corsendonk glass.

Looked fine, dull, dirty copper colour, slight haze. Good white head sat on top.

Aroma of apple pie and sugar, strange but true!

Sour and fizzy, dry and yeasty. Complexed flavours attack your tastebuds, difficult to split them from each other, I liked it.

For a 9% beer there is not a great mouthfeel, but there isn't in many triples, again strange.

A very drinkable beer, would like to see it on tap on day.

BlackHaddock, Apr 20, 2007
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3.65/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

hunteraw, Mar 25, 2007
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3.65/5  rDev -11.4%

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top. Fresh in today at the Beverage Warehouse but no date on the bottle.

Pours with some soapy, but sudsy white head atop a pristine and clear golden yellow body. Nose is SUPER floral, lots of chamomile, lavender and lemon-balm.

Palate is sharp with alcohol up front but then softens out into a sweet thing as it warms. Lots and lots of mixed flowers on the palate with honeysuckle coming out to the forefront. It also reminds me of a lemon/herb lozenge.

Good, but too floral for my tastes and the alcohol is hot and prickly. I prefer a little more sweetness in my Tripels.

SFLpunk, Jun 01, 2011
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.