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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: 50
Gots: 78 | 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 Natural510
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, dated 22/03/08

Pours a muddy, darker gold with orange hue. Respectable amount of foam leaves a sturdy ring of ivory lace when all is said & done.

Fruity, sweet nose. Notes of caramel, honey and a bit of orange zest.

Flavor is heavy on honey, fruit (mainly orange and peach), and spicy yeast. Yeast is somewhat understated for the style, allowing the sweetness to come through a bit more. Quite nice.

Balanced in body and mouthfeel; only dry & astringent in the finish, as opposed to a wallop from the start. Well-rounded and refreshing.

Very drinkable triple in this state. I'm concluding age has mellowed out some of the rougher edges leaving a more balanced, enjoyable brew.

Photo of RummyRedbeard
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Photo of Tumble
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Noxious26
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pale gold with an orange tinge and hazy. Lots of little carbonation streams. Head is off white and 3/4 inch at the pour then settling at 1/4 inch. Lots of lacing spreading out like a doily in my glass.

Aroma is a nice mixture of scents. Hops mixed with some sweet fruity smells. Some background elements of herbs, spices and alcohol.

Taste is pretty mild and a little sweet. Lots of carbonation right off the start. Fruity sweet with a bit of an alcohol character at the start is then muted by the fizzy feel. Then there is a hint of banana, a bolder alcohol presence and a little hops. Aftertaste is hops, but not as bitter as it might be. Alcohol presence throughout continues to get stronger as the brew warms.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Leaves a bit of an oil residue feeling. As it warms, gives a bit of an alcohol burn.

The aroma is wonderfully complex and subtle, but the alcohol presence in the taste just took too much away in my opinion. Now, I've always been sensitive to alcohol tastes (so much so that I can not drink any spirits straight.. no mix) and that might hamper me in this case. However, it seems to me that there are some nice nuances throughout this beer, but they just get run over rough-shod by the alcohol which is a shame. This is definitely a sipping beer, but even by those standards, the drinkability suffers. I see this as being neither easy to drink, enticing to drink nor would I want to drink more than one in an evening.

Photo of Bobhoya
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of stomioka
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of aflies
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Macca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok I got a bit carried away with the pour and paid the price. This is a lively beer. A very generous fluffy white head. A cloudy dark straw colour.

A bit of alcohol on the nose but well balanced with some nice tropical fruit notes. A bit of spice.

For a 9% beer the alcohol doesn't really kick on the palate, which is a good thing. A bit of banana.

Big mouthfeel.

I like this a lot. The price and the ABV might make it a once in awhile brew thoiugh.

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

This was in biegaman's cellar for a couple of years, thanks for sharing. Wow! This is one of the finest beers I've had in a good long while, really impressive. Two finger foamy white head atop a honey gold coloured brew featuring large quantities of very tiny bubbles in a Chimay glass. Well carbonated, the bubbles never quit and that regal white head took on a heavenly appearance with spotty clouds superimposed on one another. Excellent sheet lacing and retention. Vanilla wafer nose initially, ginger, spearmint, toffee. Taste was as complex as much as it was delightful with minced tart, christmas cake cherry, spice apple and cinammon with a backdrop of caramel and yeast throughout. Wonderful balance of bitter and sweet with a smooth velvety texture, perfect harmony. The alcohol is well played, this is a superb tripel.

Photo of leodarko
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle served just a wee bit chilled in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Hazy gold with orange highlights topped by an explosive off-white head that initially took up 2/3 of the glass. The head eventually settles down after a good 5 or 6 minutes, but ends up being a decent layer of bubbles on the surface. Lacing was not as impressive as I was hoping, but adequate gobbets of foam were left on the glass.

Smell: Wonderfully strong smells of orange, coriander, and heavy pepper. Mild alcohol, peach, and pineapple notes. Not overly complex, but still quite the sniffer.

Taste: Gorgeously brash spicy pepper and pale malt tastes. Alcohol is well masked. Yeasty and fruity with hints of oranges and apples on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp medium body with great carbonation. A nice warming sensation on tha palate.

Drinkability: A damn fine and well made tripel. I can see why it won the award touted on the label. My memory says the the Westmalle tripel is better, but not by much.

Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of JBogan
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even the slowest of pours creates an enormous pillowy cloud covering which remains and sticks to the sides of the glass. Needless to say the lacing was impressive.

Smelled both fruity and piney.

Tasted fruity, piney as well as citric notes and even a hint of banana. Quite interesting and nice.

Excellent mouthfeel, with a medium body and some carbonation sting.

Drinkability was good, although the alcohol will kind of sneak up on you. A very nice offering and one I'll be revisiting again at some point.

Photo of brutalist
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of nyrblue2
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of kingjohnh
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Schmoog
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brureview
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ultralarry2006
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a two finger plus head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Body is a hazy peach gold. Looks amazing and beautiful.

Smell - horse blanket, plums, apricots.

Taste - horse blanket, sour fruit, plums, apricots, some saltine crackers, and medicinal alcohol. Alcohol is mostly well hidden, lending some spiciness, not harshness.

Mouthfeel -full, slightly fizzy, semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is a great ale, but high abv limits sessionability. Enjoy with food.

Photo of groleau
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of freshflesh
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of MaxPowers
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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