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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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667 Ratings
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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002)
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 17:58:19 | More by StonedTrippin
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a clear, rich, concentrated gold color and is topped by an easily three-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite herbal; perhaps a mix of fermentation character, hops and even a touch of grassy malt. Notes of vanilla peak through a base of dry weeds (which give this some sharp biting notes), . There is a nice aromatic note of both sweet and toasty malt here that has vague nuances of butterscotch, a just lightly malty caramel note, some dry soda cracker notes, and the aforementioned grassy grain character. There is a touch of higher alcohols in the nose, which only seem to accentuate that sharp, sort of weed-like herbal note that seems to be the most dominant note.

Sharp up front with a herbal astringent note, but the beer immediately softens up a bit with a sweet malt character. Notes of honey are certainly in evidence and mix quite well with the herbal notes; the combination makes me think of some sort of greenish wild flower nectar. This beer has a way of lightly sticking to the palate, letting one no that this is not a beer to take lightly, though it certainly drinks a bit lighter than its alcohol content might suggest. Back to that sharpness, it seems to be a combination of higher alcohols and some phenolic notes, neither of which are out of control and in fact add a touch of balance to the sweetness that might otherwise be dominating. Speaking of phenolics there is a definite note of clove here, which tends to accentuate the sweet malt. There are also some noticeable fruit notes here, predominantly pear, green apple, and tart plum.

This is an interesting beer; sweet yet astringently dry at times; palate sticking, yet light enough to be quaffable. There is definitely enough sharp rough edges here to balance the sweet malt and fruit notes. At times this beer is incredibly enjoyable, but at other times there is something (that I can't quite put my finger on) that seems a bit off kilter. It is not enough to negate my enjoyments, but it certainly makes me ponder, and perhaps that is a good thing anyway. In the end not being able to fully grasp this beer makes it that much more intriguing.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 04:30:20 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed orangeish golden with a white head that thins and becomes a lasting, swirling patch. Surprisingly, and unfortunately, the glass is left almost clean as a whistle (though there are a few vanishing dots and a thin film.

The smell is of spiced, bready yeast (a nice one), apples, oranges with earthy/grainy, caramelish notes.

The taste is complex, in a mellow/subtle way. Fruity - apple, melon, a bit of pear, a hint of orange with a balancing earthy/herbal, grassy spicing - hoppy without becoming too herbal/medicinal. This is all held together by caramel and a nice yeast strain. Wonderful balance of malt, hops, and yeast. Just a hint of soft alcohol that lends dryness and a touch of peppery spice more than it does heat.

Lighter-side of medium-bodied, but still rich. Creamy, yet lively. Very refreshing.

Considering the abv this is wonderfully drinkable. Complex, robust in a mellow way. Refreshing. Hits the spot on a warm day, though I could easily appreciate this year-round. For wine-drinkers coming over to beer (graduating?) substitute this for pinot grigio.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 01:41:03 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +21.4%

11-26-2011 16:41:27 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a golden yellow, with orange highlights, with a phenomenal white, fluffy head, good lacing in a tulip glass.

S: Fruity esters, apple and pear, with a bit of malt, has a definite floral, herbal quality to the smell.

T: Good tasting tripel. A fruity center meets with light malt and yeast esters to make a fantastic combination. There is also a hint of caramel and candy sugar in this brew too.

M: Smooth and fluffy, full-bodied and warming.

D: A drinkable and tasty tripel. Haven't had this one for a while, I'm glad I revisited it, it is a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 17:33:37 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 19:57:43 | More by BlackHaddock
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 22:58:37 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 23:24:19 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/19/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded lighter golden yellow in color. Slight bit of micro fine yeast sits at the bottom of the glass. Mondo 2 inch head which is creamy and thick in nature. Chunky streaks and spots on the inside of the glass. Excellent!

Smell- As soon as the bottle opened a huge whiff of tangerines and other orchard type fruits hit my nose. Peaches, oranges and lemons. Not to mention the powdered sugar and the corriander like scent.

Taste- More lemon rind flavored than any of the other scents listed above. Fairly sharp hop bite, but doesn't have a big drying effect. Corriander and white pepper (kinda saison like) with a funky medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste. Lighty warming.

Drinkability- All in all a very nice tripel. Certainly up there with the best looking and smelling ones. A bit to much hops for me and a touch to medicinal in taste. Overall though a nice beer that I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 17:40:47 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 750 ml. bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden color with thick, foamy white head. Nice fuity aroma of apple, pear and grape. Very pleasantly crisp with hints of lighter fruits such as apple, pear and grape with a nice alcohol balance rendering it not too sweet. I enjoyed this beer very much.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 09:48:31 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white cap. Scattered bits of tubular lacing left around the tulip glass.
Smell is of grains of paradise, and light citrus. Wheat notes similar to a witbier.
Taste is of a hybrid wit/tripel. Odd spicing and dry wheat flavor sort of clash.
Mouthfeel is chewy, dry, with spicy dryness, after a weird sweetness of peach.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2009 19:09:43 | More by weeare138
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 03:33:22 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BB date: 17/12/06.
A: in a big tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a cloudy amber hue with extremely subtle carbonation struggling out of the control of gravity... the off-white hued foamy beer head is quite short-lived though, settling to a very thin layer of rimmed froth.
S: exotic fruit-themed maltiness and yeasty note dominates-- preserved figs, dried apricot, banana oil, candy-sugar (not OTT), rich scent of honey comb, lots of fruit esters, buttery lemon cake, very intense perfumy aroma... all mixed together; the nose is ever so complex and rich, but by no means sharp or too thick.
T&M: overwhelming flavour of juicy and oily texture of bananas, sweet citrus-flavoured cake, sultanas, followed by a slightly tartly sweet aftertaste of fig-jam, liquor-soaked peaches and tangy citrus zests, leaving a slightly clashing, spicy touch felt b/w the teeth; a moderately dryish aftertaste develops on top of residual taste of dried fruits, while the warm touch of alcohol emerges only very late during tasting, bit by bit softening the slightly rich fruity mouthfeel down to a mellow texture. The mouthfeel is ever so mellow and the candyish sweet edge is attenuated skilfully, just enough to underline the slightly sharp fruitiness at the front without leaving unwanted sugary touch in the end.
D: incredibly satisfying tripel for me. This is my first bottle of this beer since bringing it back from the Het Anker brewery sixteen months ago, and compared with those I had back then in Belgium, this bottle tastes more mellow with very good depth. I truly love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 02:27:00 | More by wl0307
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 00:27:30 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a hazy pale orange body with a sticky bubble antique white head that is supported by strands of microbubbles.

S- The double bubble aroma has some fruity esters to follow with a ripe peach quality to them. There are some dried orange peel notes and overripe pineapple hints come through in the finish.

T- The taste of club soda and dry yeast has some orange zest flavor in the finish. There is a lemon ester note that comes through as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz and no real alcohol heat.

O- The nice dry fruity esters combined with crisp easy drinking beer make this beer go down very fast. The citrus flavors are a nice twist on the classic tripel

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 20:17:46 | More by rhoadsrage
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Zorro

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slightly hazy golden ale with a massive puffy white head. Furious carbonation level, so high it started to foam over the top of the glass resulting in the need to eat some foam. This is a head that never says die.

Smell is banana and apple with a spicy yeast scent. Smell of honey and flowers and spices. Lemon and pepper scents ride along on the faint scent of alcohol.

Taste is sweet spice and banana in the first sip. Mildly sweet and very peppery with a clear flavor of coriander. Vanilla, cinnamon, apple, and nuts are the more subtle flavors. Fairly noticeable bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected.

Drinkability is in one word heaven. Damn tasty beer here and I am not surprised, this brewery has yet to make a beer I do not adore.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 02:32:02 | More by Zorro
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-23-2013 16:10:43 | More by InspectorBob
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-finger white head that vanishes without a trace lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is distinctly raisins, starts sweet and finishes sweet and sour but mellow. No hint of alcohol!! Another excellent triple. 330ml bottle for $3.49 from Hoosick St. Discount Bev, Troy, NY.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 23:35:04 | More by jdhilt
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DoubleJ

California

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gosh, I can't believe it's been a week since I had this beer. That's why I take notes. On the label, it boosts a World Beer Cup 2002 Gold, so it must be good, right? On to the beer:

The color of the beer is a hazy orange with a decent head to it. Smell is very complex and sweet. Candy like sweetness with a blend of butterscotch, and yeast. Sweetness in the flavor is tart, peppery, a bit tropical (like pinneapple), and delicate. Alcohol is placed nicely, and remains hidden for the most part. <BURP!> Yum, tropical fruit punch in my burp. Can I have another?

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 06:12:31 | More by DoubleJ
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a classic golden color with a medium thick head and decent lacing. This beer is also pretty hazy.

Yeasty, clovey aroma. Fairly light, but nice.

This beer starts fairly light given the alcohol, and finishes with a clove taste. Very dry and with more yeast tastes than hops or malt.

Very drinkable for the alcohol, but lacks some interest for repeated visits.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 01:07:05 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this one.

Poured into a chalice a deep dark golden color, nice carbonation, huge two finger plus creamy head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly sweet, spicy, bready, and yeasty. The taste is sweet/tangy, spicy, malty, and yeasty. Medium body, a nice complex brew. Very drinkable, a very tasty tripel, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 23:25:15 | More by Wasatch
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured ontap into a Gouden Carolus glass. Hazy straw golden color to it with ample bone white head and wonderful lacing.

S. Smell is belgian yeast in the nose with some citrus tones.

T. The flavor profile does not deviate from the nose much, nice belgian yeast kick, notes of lemon. Noble hopping adds to the mild citrus. Sweet bread notes, wheat like at times, but finishes clean and strong.

M. Light to medium bodied, fairly smooth.

D. A very nice tripel here, definately in my top 5.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2009 13:32:13 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glowing apricot with a shiny bronzing complexion. The flurry of bubbles will largely obstruct one's view of the other side of the glass and, despite the vivid clarity, reduce transparency to a matter of squinting. The head is so super, duper, fantastically creamy that it looks uncannily like frothed milk. So much so, it looks delicious enough to drink on its own!

Speaking of whipped cream, I noted on a previous occasion such an overload of banana that I likened it to a banana cream pie (an attribute most appreciated by these nostrils!) Tonight, however, I'm finding more similarity to lemon-meringue pie (which is equally as delightful in my books.) Either way you slice it, dessert is served!

The beer's appearance and aroma should be considered nothing short of remarkable and its flavour profile no less so. A taste grounded in lightly toasted, very bready malts begins with drying notes of hay and straw and then quickly turns fruity, followed by spicy. Peach and apricot, pepper and ginger are noted. Mace and anise seed coated apple seems most prominent throughout this tasting.

The mouthfeel is interesting too. It leaves a unique texture in the mouth, one I would liken to yogurt. The presence of a drying, straw-like yeast also factors in. The alcohol will, on occasion, show face but it fades very quickly against the backdrop of flavours. One glass is extremely satisfying but a whole bottle (even the 750ml) is not at all unrealistic for a beer this well made, even if it is 9%.

Despite all the fruit (apple, pear, apricot, nectarine) and spice (mace, allspice, ginger, pepper, clove) neither is used. All this complexity and flavour is derived from a time-tested, antiquated Belgian yeast strain. As any homebrewer will tell you, Belgian beers are not as complicated to make as it would seem; the yeast does most the work. The exclusion of real fruit and spice is actually an act of addition and not subtraction.

I first had this beer at the Poechenellekelder in Brussels and scored it very highly. In the two years that have passed my understanding and appreciation for Belgian beer has only increased and so too have my thoughts on this beer. As different as they may be, all of Belgium's great tripels are just that and together, as a group, Gouden Carolus' included, comprise one of the greatest ensemble of beers known to Earth.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 03:15:50 | More by biegaman
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 7/8/2013. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, lemon, pepper, grape, clove, earth, grass, herbal, candi sugar, bread, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good complexity. Very phenolic and spicy feeling. Taste of pear, apple, grape, pepper, earth, herbal, clove, bread, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruit, clove, pepper, bread, earth, candi sugar, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamyh and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel. Nice flavor balance and complexity; very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 03:34:51 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +21.4%

12-01-2011 07:14:06 | More by rab53
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.