Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Reviews: 427
Hads: 837
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 66
Gots: 117 | 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 DevAJ
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is my first Tripel (apparently Gulden Draak isn't a true Tripel). Overall it's really good, but I'm going give it a 4 until I have more of the style. (165 characters)

Photo of dren
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber orange with small bubbles and a huge thick head. Left some lacing as it slowly faded.

Smells of sweet malts, citrus notes, some tangy floral scents and a little spice. Smells good to me. You can tell the alcohol content is high but it blends well.

Tastes of sweet bread, malts, citrus, a little spice, hops, and I caught a hint of green beans. Some earthy flavors, not as candy like as some of the other tripels I have had. The flavors blend well. As the beer warmed it mellowed out. A slightly dry finish with a flavor coating in the mouth. The alcohol isn't quite hidden, it's present, but it blends well with the flavors.

A medium to full bodied beer. I wanted to drink this a lot quicker than I did because it went down so easily. You could get bent on this brew quick. Recommended. (816 characters)

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours ultra pale gold with a just off white head. Carbonation is ultra high vigorous bubbles stream consistently from the bottom of the glass. The beer is just a touch cloudy. The head appears to be the center of attention here. Rocketing from the glass on a gentle pour it quickly rose to the rim of the snifter only to retreat about 3 minutes later. The head looks more like it was chiseled from stone as opposed to created by mear bubbles and some protein. Micro dotted solid sheets of lace coat the entire class. A truly amazing looking beer. Only knock would be its slight haze but I believe its an acceptable amount.

Aroma: Fruity esters of all sorts jump out of the glass, hints of green apple, blueberry, peach mixed with cake batter or sweet bread. Also lemon lime citrus and some herbal (cilantro?) character that give it a bit of spice and complexity. Some banana comes through later and a little bit of cut grass. Hard to nail down this beer begs to be smelled and the aroma is constantly evolving as it warms. Excellent.

Taste: Slight citrus character like lemongrass, strong musty notes like damp cellar. Smooth and crisp slight graininess and very dry. Tastes only slightly sweet at pallet entry and that is washed away by the mild citrus notes and dry cracker maltiness. Slightly warming as its swallowed. Small amount of banana on the finnish and exhale. Crisp clean to the point with no fuss or distractions.

Feel: Full, crisp , never ending waves of carbonation that enhance every detail of flavor. Viscosity is flawless.

Overall: An excellent beer. No flaws and nothing to argue about and for $9.75 for a 750ml its one of the best priced belgians you can get for the dollar. Stop hunting whales and just drink good beer. (1,801 characters)

Photo of philipt
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a slight hint of orange to calm things down a bit. Creates a large, pillowy white head when poured. This tripel has remarkable clarity. The aroma is dominated by a tart and citric smell, followed by a hint of pepper. The tripel is initially quite sweet, slightly cidery. Floral and fruit esters can be found throughout this beer. Underneath the dominant flavors is a distinct yeastiness. The beer leaves a rather peppery alcohol taste towards the back of the mouth and down the throat. The beer seems to sweeten and mellow slightly as it warms Very carbonated and lively mouthfeel that finishes quite dry.

Excellent all-round tripel. (655 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes taken while tasting this fine Tripel at Belgian Beer Café. Served via tap into a 250ml Gouden Carolus Tripel chalice that almost overflowed with the huge thick frothy white head composed of very minute bubbles. The head was very stable persisting almost until finished, but only produced decent lacing. The beer itself was a lightly carbonated slightly turbid golden orange hue that was very appealing to me.

The nose was somewhat pronounced with mainly floral characteristics but a minty fresh cut clover smell became evident as time passed and the beer warmed slightly. The taste started out a crisp and with a biting alcoholic warming sensation that faded to a balanced yet still alcoholic bitterness. The finish was the highlight with the minty hay/clover tastes that were detectable in the nose coming through wonderfully, coating the palate and lingering for quite some time.

The mouthfeel was very nice, slightly viscous and coating but not overly so as to hinder the drinkability. Overall the drinkability was great despite the alcoholic tastes which are hid relatively well when you consider that the actual % of alcohol present is 9%. With that said as much as I would like to drink this beer it is a sipper to be tasted and enjoyed slowly.

An excellent beer overall and style wise which I consider a must try. (1,352 characters)

Photo of BCMan
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (876 characters)

Photo of mexikrainian
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Koningshoeven chalice.

Appearance: gold, translucent with heavy white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: honey, sweet spices, apple and vanilla.

Taste: crisp, syrupy honey flavor with dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with medium carbonation

Overall impression: amazing tripel! smooth, refined and tasty. stock up if you can. (356 characters)

Photo of DPFRD
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay Goblet.

A- Mildly sudsy head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy golden with a touch of brown.

S- Sweet Belgian candi sugar with some biscuit and moderate yeast presence.

T- Interesting openness to this beer. The malt character is light and is accentuated by some piney hops and a hint of sour and yeast.

M- Moderate body.

D- Pretty decent, not my favorite tripel by far and not my favorite Gouden Carolus offering. A good beer to experience and definitely worth drinking; however this is a last call tripel in my book. (539 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 santa109
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this at L'autre-oeil in Gatineau, QC.

A: Poured a cloudy bright yellow-orange with a foamy film for a head into the gouden carolus glass. The thin head stuck around until the end.

S: Wow, banana bread really strikes me as the dominant aroma. It reminds me of a hefeweizen. There's also a hint of vanilla in there and the alcohol is a bit present too.

T: Big fruityness upfront with pear being the dominant taste. There seems to be a bit of pineapple in there too and vanilla shows up again with a touch of alcohol.

M: Light-bodied with a bit of an oily mouthfeel and low carbonation.

D: Very high since it reminded me of hefeweizens with its fruityness.

Overall, a very enjoyable triple that's different than what I expect from them but I'm glad I had it. I would recommend trying this one. (800 characters)

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

I bought a Duvel Goblet/snifter today. So i decided to grab a couple Belgians, but they didn't appreciate me touching them.
I came home with some beer instead.

This here "tripel" poured out of it's black and gold bottle, hazy and yeast particle laden. A HUGE head filled up half the glass. The not-so-dense head dissipated rather quickly.

Smells like sour apples and golden raisons. Apple juice, also. Just sweet fruits, not much hoppyness. A quite pungent odor, though.

Taste of floral hops and lavender tea. Fresh oranges. Really not what i expected from a tripel. A light and floral like version of a tripel, very refreshing.

Easy to drink, refreshing, and worth the money. Very good beer. (700 characters)

Photo of gerardoluna
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Eyes] Great pale yellow with a big foamy white head.

[Nouse] Citrus, floral and litle notes of bannana, in deep the alcohol is present.

[Mouth] good smooth body is spice, floral, alcoholic taste in deep and hops and hops and hops! a bitter long afthertaste.

Gooood belgium beer!!!
Prost! (291 characters)

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

Purchased at Hiller's, a local grocery store that has be ramping up its supply of good beers lately. Purchased a 4-pack of 330 mL bottles for $13.99. I have never seen this packaging before so I am assuming the beer is fresh?

Poured into a crystal goblet with the sandblasted image of squirrels involved in an acorn fight scolled around the glass. Nice thrift store score! Poured at 44.7F.

This beer has a cloudy hefe appearance with light amber edges. Very low density bubbles fill the glass releasing the aromatics of banana, green apple, warm bready malt and a whiff of higher alcohol/ester solvents. These solvents do not remain in the nose for long but they do in the flavor profile. The head is quickly collapsing, but nice lacing remains and permafoam covers the brew.

This beer has a wonderful lively acidity that balances the malt, fruity esters, alcohol and residual sweetness. This is a nice touch! It is not lactic in nature, but it most likely comes from the yeast strain and a complex mashing schedule. This tripel is a bit warmer, and richer in body than most. This acidity creates a nice balance, but I think I prefer tripels a bit drier. However, this balance does provide for an easy drinking beer. The flavor is composed of vanilla, light butterscotch (not diacetyl), warm bready browns, pears, apples, and very light spicy edges. Hop bitterness is low and actually integrates/hides the harshness that beers get when they contain higher fusel content.

My only real gripe is the faint oxidation buried under all of the layers in this beer.
There is a little cardboard here. (1,604 characters)

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

Wow. I am destroyed by this one, and I am not just talking about the abv. This beer was better than I expected. Grabbed it from the shelves of the City Beer Store in SF because I had neither tried it nor heard of it. Glad I did.

A=Somewhere between summer apple cider and a Sunday morning mimosa; bubbly, golden-orange.

S=Pleasant aroma. Apples, a hint of pear, orange blossom, a slight buttery diacetyl lacing toward the end of the nose.

T= Pleasing. A slight sweetness, apples, honey, a bit of a toasty malt somewhere in the middle, and a delicate hop finish that is almost not there. Well constructed. Like eating a piece of crisp bread with an apple slice and some brie.

M= Had my last sip about 3 minutes ago, and i can still feel it. I think the abv lends something to that... More sudsy than bubbly, coats the mouth like a chardonnay or reisling, but falls off slowly and gently so as to not feel syrupy or sugary. One of the shining attributes is the way this beer feels in your mouth.

D= Pretty strong. Although very tasty, not sure I could have more than one back to back, but I'd like to try. (1,113 characters)

Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: tangerines, delicate hops, and sweet basil

Taste: tart oranges, honey, coriander, subtle hops, and candied sugar

This is one of the first tripels I've had so my review may be slightly more leaning on the positives than the negatives. Regardless of what I just said, this beer is a must for tripel lovers and goes very well with green grapes, Brie cheese, and toast crackers; be sure to lay down the marmalade on each cracker

Also, I've had this out of a tulip and the company's chalice; I prefer the company's method of delivery (539 characters)

Photo of Maakun
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color, almost straw. Quite clear, and with a big white head that shrinks quite fast to a smal layer.

At suggested serving temperature there's not much smell. After a little while in the glass there's some yeast, lemon, and a hint of cloves.

Taste is yeasty, some spices (cloves), a little dried fruits, and some hoppiness. Also again a little lemon(peel). Aftertase is almost like fresh bread with some hops and apples. Also a slight grassiness that I don't like too much.

Mouth is quite light, nice carbonation. Nothing too special.

Overall this is a nice tripel, quite light, but nicely balanced. The big yeastmonsters aren't my favorites, this is a bit more mellow and fresh, not bad at all! (715 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 ledemie
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chalice
54 degree

A: look nice, golden, a cloudy 2 inches head.

S: very fruity, orange, raisin, very fruity smell, really pleasant

T: orange, raisin, yeasty,

M: medium body, alcohol is there .

D: this is a very drinkable beer, if you like Chimay white, give it a try, this is a 90 (100) compare to Chimay white, really good beer... I should try to use a sniffer glass next time. (383 characters)

Photo of Albinoh
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I couldnt decide if the color was tending to yellow, orange or amber... maybe not too amber. Glorious head, thick and dense, foam forms quickly and goes down easily and gently leaving a good lace. Very good head retention. Little carbonation but still present.

I loved the smell it makes you want a sip of that beer!. Sweet aroma, i felt the smell of burned sugar on it (or just sugar). A combination of peach and banana emerges. The predominant taste is banana, sweet and thick, and with a malt falvor coming behind, creamy and sugary. Sometimes the flavor is also very alcoholic, is well hidden behind the full body and sugary flavors, but sometimes it does strikes furiously.

Its a very good beer,good taste... i just take some points for those alcoholic sips that occur sometimes. (792 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 bigdonniebrasco
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was better than I expected.
A=Somewhere between summer apple cider and a Sunday morning mimosa; bubbly, golden-orange.

S=Nice aroma or orchard fruits, a slight buttery diacetyl lacing toward the end of the nose.

T= Very nice - apples, honey, and fruit.
(Copied from previous poster because it's dead on)
Like eating a piece of crisp bread with an apple slice and some brie.

M= Velvety fruit, with a touch of oilyness

D= Great beer, but so much going on that I think more than one would get a little cloying.

Serving type: bottle (547 characters)

Photo of newton99
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle (616 characters)

Photo of TheStig
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, hazy gold, with a surprisingly aggressive head. There is no explosive quality to popping the cap, which makes the foam that much more shocking. The head is annoyingly persistent, because if you're not careful, the head will fill up the rest of the glass before you've poured it all.

A gentle, crisp scent, but nothing terribly notable.

Healthy carbonation, on par with a Mountain Dew. Lingering fizz. Grapefruit, grapes, underlying hops that are more tart than bitter. Fruit and bitter notes balance very well.

Absolutely no booze or alcohol burn. This is 9% ABV? No way! Aggressive in the glass, energetic when it hits the tongue with a smooth and velvety finish. No sticky, mouth-smacking aftertaste.

Very tasty, but be careful pouring it. And try and keep the yeast dregs out of your glass (blegh!) (824 characters)

Photo of gmelcar
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly hazy golden liquid. Dense and persistent white foam, with a nice lacing.
Citrus aroma. Flavor is orangy, with hints of honey. Medium bodied beer. Alcohol is present but very well balanced into flavors. Dry aftertaste. Very nice tripel ! (255 characters)

Photo of WonderWoman
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden honey color with a thin rim of head.
Some aromatic spice and hops along with cider and mead blended nicely and made it pleasant to smell.
This tripel had all kinds of flavors going on. Started with hints of spicy wine that melded into honey, pears and malt that finished quite oaky.
It had a lot of carbonation and was medium bodied.
This was a great and smooth tripel. (390 characters)

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