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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel

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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%

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

Appearance - Nice, big white puffy head atop a beautiful thick orange body. The liquid almost illuminates the bottom of the glass.

Smell - The wonderful baker's yeast is evenly mixed with some strong, rindy orange. The traditional spices are present along with a hint of alcohol. This nose is very balanced.

Taste - Heavy on the powdery pepper, otherwise pretty much what you'd expect from the terrific nose. This one is very sharp on the tongue. The orange is acidic and demands that the ale be sipped. The yeast is packed tightly.

Mouthfeel - A bit bigger than medium-bodied with a prominent sting of alcohol and some nice, very mature carbonation.

Drinkability - This is my idea of an Abbey Tripel. It is sharp from all angles, has some beautiful carbonation, and goes down extremely well.

Update - It's not often that I find this beer but came across one in early Jan 2010 (probably a 2009 vintage) so had a chance to re-enjoy. The only thing I would add is that the appearance of the poor was much more pleasing, otherwise everything else is the same as my initial review. The spices are huge, the punch is definitely highly-charged orange, and the mouthfeel is out of this world.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 02:59:43 | More by RoyalT
Photo of flagmantho


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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: after I poured, the glass was about 1/4 beer and 3/4 foam; pretty dramatic. Body is a slightly hazy pale golden color with lots of apparent effervescence; head is a gargantuan mass of compact white bubbles. I am impressed.

Smell: aroma is subtle but sweet. Nice, light malt aroma with just hints of pears and apples. I like it, though I would have liked a little more of it.

Taste: similar to the aroma, the flavor is surprisingly subtle. Plain malt sweetness is the main flavor, though little bits of tree fruit peek in at the edges. Overall, it's a much less fruity beer than a lot of other tripels. Alcohol is quite apparent, both in warming effect and the spiciness it adds. There's a nice subtle hop bitterness toward the end that is nice as well. Overall, it's a pretty good tripel, but it doesn't really blow me away.

Mouthfeel: quite creamy, though there is a bit of an astringent factor coming from somewhere that detracts a little bit from the overall experience. But for that, it's got the smooth creaminess I typically like in a tripel.

Drinkability: this was one impressive-looking beer, but I sort of got a tiny bit let down by the rest of the experience. I think this is a pretty bland example of the style, though it's not bad. I like tripels in general, so I like this well enough, but there are plenty of other tripels I'd just rather be drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 01:47:24 | More by flagmantho
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


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

Presentation: Tall thin respectable looking 330ml [11.2 fl.oz] brown glass bottle. Black label wraps 300 Degrees around the body of the bottle; a striking metallic gold colored coin design is repeated on the neck label too. The Crown cap has an inverse colored design. Listed at 9% with no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Fleshy golden Pineapple body is hazed with a marmalade hue. Volcanic rising head explodes on the pour, even into a chilled glass. Rising foam soon relaxes to form a rising island surrounded by thin beaches that spread out to join the smattered lacing that litters the edges of the glass. Fine Belgium carbonation is a joy to watch fall & rise as I gently tip the glass towards and then away from me. Thick head and continually rising streamers last a lifetime. Simply stupendous looks.

Nose: Tropical fruit gums, pineapple, marmalade and Golden Shred orange laced Banana splits. Hints of sweetness tease the hops that seem to be afraid to come out to play, at least until it warms.

Taste: Fruit salad start, chewy sugar coated orange rind melds with a tropical pineapple sharpness which all balances the Candy sugars to perfection. Warming in the middle the alcohol builds smoothly with some lemon honey sweetness. The alcohol rides the lightning until the beer gains a degree or two in the thermal department, when a virulent spicy hop feel pokes you in the eye and leaves a dry hoppy tingle. Peppery with some yeast skid marks on the malt underbelly. It all comes together extremely nicely by the time the swallow is complete.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol is present, but it is one of those dedicated supporters that prefers a seat three or four rows back from the front. Talcum soft conditioning and a warming finish lend a big hand. My belches never felt or tasted better.

Drinkability: Seriously Dangerous. Luckily I only got the one bottle.

Overall: Not your usual run-of-the-mill Tripel by any stretch of the imagination, this one branches out with a refined conditioning and some nice fruity notes, it works too. A rather Sexy Tripel-tastic offering from Mechelens finest.

Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 06:03:46 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Gouden chalice.

First of all this is as tripel, but the bottle says its blonde ale. Anyway,

The beer pours a murky yeasty gold with a light white.

The aroma is super light hops with a tad bit of flowers.

The taste is a super smooth blonde ale, easy to drink, but not a ton of flavor.

Overall, a total session despite being 9%.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 23:04:02 | More by jrallen34
Photo of cokes


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 03:55:05 | More by cokes
Photo of woosterbill


4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Gouden Carolus goblet.

A: Lightly hazy, pale amber body; gorgeous rocky, longly-lasting two inches of head. Great retention and lacing. Classically beautiful Tripel.

S: Rich, smooth aromas of bready malt, fruity esters (pear + apple, light peach). Some pepper and clove as well. Lovely.

T: Peppery spice up front, with bubblegum + fruity esters leading the way to a malty, boozy finish. Tasty, if a bit hot.

M: Lively, prickly medium body. The huge carbonation softens out eventually, but it's a bit much even for this style.

O: As good as Cuvee van de Keizer is, I was excited to try the Tripel from this brewery. While I wasn't quite blown away by it, I would definitely rank it up in the top tier for the style, alongside things like Karmeliet and St. Bernardus. Good stuff.


Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 16:35:30 | More by woosterbill
Photo of drpimento


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

Exceptional beer! Light golden color and clear at first till the yeast residue is added later. Very fine carbonation. Huge estery aromas. Good body but not heavy. Some lace. Definitely warming. Mostly sweet but a little bitterness and dryness throughout.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 03:54:38 | More by drpimento
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3.00

Appearance - hazy gold colour with a massive size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 6-7 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, white grapes, oranges, clove/yeast, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with bananas and green grapes and orange zest. There is also some clove and yeast and some candied sugar. It ends with a light bittersweet fruity aftertaste.

Overall - I don't think this brewer makes a bad beer. This is another wonderfully balanced yet complex beer. The flavours are great and don't taste artificial and the alcohol is well hidden. A winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:06:36 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

11.2oz. bottle served in a red wine glass. No dating apparent on the bottle. Pours a dull, burnt orange with a hazy clarity and a one inch dense, bright white head. Head eventually recedes into a solid 1/8th inch cap. An arc of lacing is formed on the tilt side of the glass with little droplets of foam cascading underneath the curve. Aromas of candied fruits (melon, figs, prunes) dominate the nose as well as a spicy/medicinal quality that follows close behind and a suggestion of caramel. Taste is very much in line with the nose; however, everything comes off a bit more muted. Mouthfeel is medium-light, albeit somewhat lacking in body for the style, with a crisp, almost sharp, carbonation and a semi-dry finish. This tends to be a hit or miss style for me; either I love it or I hate it. That said, this falls somewhere in the middle - pleasant and drinkable with a well-hidden abv; however, I would seek out other offerings if I was craving a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 00:52:58 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Brent


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

Pours a hazy peach with enthusiastic, tight carbonation (sampling from a small goblet - the second pour was a little vigorous and foamed over). Vague but pleasant sweet aroma. Sharp and tingly on the tongue - very bright with peach and mango flavors. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, but clearly there. Not particulary dry at the finish, but clean nonetheless. A very drinkable tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 19:16:50 | More by Brent
Photo of GClarkage


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
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Holybrew for "making" me sample this beer.

Pours lovely. Fluffy head, sticky, white. Chunks a bit in the center and sticks to the glass wall. Cloudy and hazy, the golden body has some floaties, but not much. Almost glows...

Yeast, corriander, slight pepper, and floral spice come through the nose, but not that strong. I think I used the wrong glass, but they mug is all I have here.

Sweet taste up front, with zest and carbonation coming through. Slight citrus in the middle and light malt towards the end. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Crisp feeling. Very easy drinking for abv. Would be good on a hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 04:37:36 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Suds


4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve been sitting on this brew for a little while, and finally arrived at the perfect time to enjoy it. From a 12 ounce bottle, this brew pours a hazy golden color that’s tinged with a slight peach hue. Quite effervescent, the beer has a consistent and never-ending stream of bubbles rising into the white head. Not a bad looking brew, to be sure. The aroma is muted, with a little fruit and spice. I expected that the smell would jump out of the glass, but you need to go searching for the characteristics. Once you inhale deeply, however, there’s some clove, apple, yeast, orange, raisins, and a lot of malt. The taste is nice…peppery and phenolic, with a wonderful sweetness. There’s an almost immediate warming as well. Fairly full bodied, which is offset by the fizzy effervescence. Finish has a spicy alcoholic quality. Solidly good.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 18:32:12 | More by Suds
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pooured a columinous head on top of a orange-red body with great carbonation and lace everywhere. A great aroma that is the Belgian standard. Yeast, orange and citric hops, hints of caramel and/or a mellow sugary sweet malt base; slightly acidic and hints of pepper; something like pear or apple as well. Light-bodied, smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel makes this real easy to drink which is dangeours as the high ABV is well-hidden. Some crisp citric flavors as well as some tart apple or pear give it a little bite, but there's also an orange twang and the yeast notes balance it w/ sweetness. Light spicy pepper, some caramel or honey sweetness and a touch of woodiness all lead to a well-balanced beer that alternates between sharp and fruity and sweet and easy-going. A well-made beer that finishes dry and crisp and probably only spot ABV kicks in, this is a great sipper that gives off plenty of flavors and is a must-try.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 12:29:01 | More by clayrock81
Photo of merlin48


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

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, served chilled into a St Bernardus goblet. Served chilled in order to spend an hour, or so, of slow sipping in order to enjoy the complexities to emerge as it warms.
Appearance: Hazed peach body with a restrained, bonewhite head that tops the goblet with a small tight head. Sheet lacing eventually gives way to streaks of island chain lace.

Aroma: Fresh, ripe apricots, unripe bananas, honey, wet dog funky yeast, spicy pepper, coriander, and thyme, and some floral hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation enlivens a solid medium body.

Taste: Quite complex! Peach and nectarine fruity sweetness, dried apricots, earthy yeast, asertive floral/herbal hop bitterness, bready caramel malt, coriander and nutmeg spiciness. Upon reaching room temperature, warming alcohol adds some nice heat. Hop bitterness was surprisingly assertive all the way through.

Drinkability: I should have known not to begin drinking this one chilled. Flavors and aromas don't fully come forth until it warms considerably. Lots of complexity going on with this one. A solid Belgian Tripel, but I was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 13:20:42 | More by merlin48
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle. No "best by" or "bottled on" date found on the label, bottle or cork. Oddly, they call it a "Triple" on the front, as opposed to the more generally accepted "Tripel". Nbd...

Into the Rapscallion goblet she goes, a rich, clear, golden-hued bier. Carbonation is active and abundant, helping form a truly prodigious white head. The fluffy, marshmallow-like topping is a full 2.5", with the upper 1" hovering above the rim. Lasts very well, with nice lacing also. Superb appearance!! Aroma is crackery and bready, and yet at the same time spicy. A touch of fruitiness is also evident. The body is solid, in the medium range, though the plentiful carbo leads to a light, bubbly, foamy feel on the tongue, akin to a Hefeweizen.

Flavor? Most yummy! Lightly sweet in the malt department, with bready notes as in the aroma. Comes on with some fruitiness; flavors of mango and green apple are present, though nothing comes anywhere close to a sour/puckery aspect. Very pleasant. Most evident here in this Tripel is a spicy, peppery character which, I feel, really gives this bier it's soul, it's essence. It has a dry finish, with the aforementioned peppery quality lingering a smidge. The 9% abv gives a bit of a warming feel, though it doesn't bowl you over.

Now, with about 2-3oz left in the gob, I swirled the last 2-or-so ounces from the bottle into the gob, replete with the yeasties (keeps ya regular!!). Turned the clear brew into a dull, opaque golden liquid, with a bit more of a yeasty, spicy bite. Still, a top-shelf bier, one I'd quaff without hesitation in the future.


overall: 4.45
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 5


Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 20:26:09 | More by Bierman9
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North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the chalice a hazy and chunky pale goledn with a white head that stood tall and fell slowly to lace the glass. The bottle had fallen over in the fridge so the haze and chunks were probably from that experience.

The aroma was low with some slight belgian yeast spiciness of clove. Some higher alcohols assist the fruity esters in the aroma to show themselves.

The flavor was light as well with a crisp bite of hop bitterness and a hop presence as well. The alcohol was present in the warming sensation after the beer is consumed. The flavor was also fruity, but muted. Spices resided after the hops fade and the background till the beer warmed and then spices, bitterness and alcohol rule the day.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bittering that grew long into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

11.2 ounce bottle. Nice to drink, but not very complex. I hate to be odd man out, but this one just doesn't have the attributes of a great tripel.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 22:24:44 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a massive three fingers in height. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is of yeast, lemon, oranges, with some earthy tones as well. The taste is like the aroma, but with a slight alcohol tweak in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium light bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, I would certainly buy this beer again, and am looking forward to trying Hey Anker's other beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 19:25:33 | More by KarlHungus
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North Carolina

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

Super ultra fluffy cloud of white foam leaves gobs of styrofoam-stiff lace, and sits on top of a sunny yellow color, bright and with much clarity.

Nose is equal parts mineral, lemon, soap, earth, yeast. A bit less spicy and phenolic than many other tripels from the tripel motherland, but no less enjoyable. Just more Saison than Tripel, maybe.

Taste brings in a more traditional tripel slant, with sweet and "hotter" spices coming into the character of Gouden Carolus Tripel, along with the stuff detected in the aroma: lemon and mineral, especially. Citrusy; bright; honey-ish; fruity but not over-sweet. Slightly soapy, not in a bad way, just a way to describe a very detectable characteristic that lacks a better descriptor. Still pretty dry, like a good saison, hops are crisp and felt/tasted strongest after warming and during the finish.

Speaking of crisp, the mouthfeel is just that, along with being an airy, drier sort of drink, and the lemony tartness in the taste gives the sensation of mild lemonade pucker.

Interesting and different, in that the alcohol hardly presents itself (rare for a tripel) and the spiciness is more on the milder side and not quite as sharp as in many other tripels. A Big Belgian Blonde Ale, a Saison, an Imperial Golden Ale, or, okay, a Tripel, but probably just better to enjoy it for what it is than trying to pin it down to any single category (despite what the label says it is).

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 22:38:04 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of morimech


4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, vibrant golden color with a large, dense head that had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has an aroma of honey and the hops give off a floral, almost perfume like smell when combined with the alcohol that lifts off the beer surface. The taste was a bit of a surprise. It was not as sweet as what I was expecting. Somewhat dry and has a vinous quality about it. Light fruit, honey, and cloves are detected. Finishes with a dry, alcoholic taste. The body is a bit light and the carbonation keeps things lively without being harsh. I enjoyed this Tripel and would definately buy and drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 19:15:31 | More by morimech
Photo of argock


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

Poured from 750mL light brown magnum into a Chimay goblet. 18/01/12 on bottle neck label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.29.

A: Honey gold with small-bubbled foamy 1-finger eggshell head which hangs around nicely (thanks to enucleation) and leaves a light line of lace.

S: Sweet fruity aromas and crisp herbal hops are the main players with apple, pear, and candi sugar working nicely with the herbal, earthy hops. ALcohol is fruity and subtly present.

T: A tripel that falls on the sweeter end of the spectrum than most but it does satisfy exceedingly well. Bubblegum, pear, and apple mesh with earthy, spicy hops and a medium alcohol presence. I think a little more cellaring time with help temper the alcohol and leave a crisper, lighter and better overall brew.

M: Very nice medium-full body, which does come off as a bit heavy instead of comporting the lightness of the best of the style. Aftertaste is sweet and alcohol-tinged.

D: A really good tripel that I enjoyed a lot, but I think a little more time with mellow the alcohol edge some and improve this even more.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 00:46:06 | More by argock
Photo of Pencible


3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy straw color with tons of white head (had to be scooped out with a spoon so I could continue pouring). It smelled like sour yeast and fresh wheat and lemon zest, with some salt and vinegar, and a bit of Belgian sugar. It tasted like waxy lemon and sour yeast, with salt and vinegar and a bit of spicy ginger and alcohol. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was not really what I enjoy in Belgian pale ales, but it was acceptable for the style. It had a clean taste and wasn't difficult to drink, and the flavor and body improved as it warmed and opened up. Perhaps age would help further improve this, since the 1.5 year old pale Van De Keizer I had was significantly better than this. This isn't a bad beer, and others might enjoy it, but I wasn't a fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 19:38:29 | More by Pencible
Photo of Floydster


2.1/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Goblet at the Yardhouse in Rancho Cucamonga for $6.50, served in a smaller glass because of its high ABV, one of the only things that looked interesting on the menu

A-Medium brown with an obvious orange tint, hazy, 1/4 inch creamy off white head that disappeared immediately, no retention, no lacing

S-Apples, raisins, white grapes, honey, bready malt aromas, orange peel, other fruits, candy, earthy accents, and brown sugar

T-Started off with an immediate raisin taste, then some chewiness in the middle that was immediately overshadowed by booze and fruitiness in the finish, too sweet already and I was scared to see how it got once it warmed, more apples and oranges later on and the bread toned down a lot, got way too sweet and boozy by the end, needed some hops or chewier malt to provide some balance to the fruit war that was going on

M-Sweet, boozy, and tangy mouthfeel, needed some carbonation because this one was seriously flat, medium to thick body, syrupy, taste lasted long

D-Could barely finish mine within an hour, did not do justice on a warm day in the IE, heavy on the stomach, high alcohol content, not smooth, alcohol was not hidden

Never tried a beer from this brewery before, have been wanting to try the grand cru for quite some time now, simply curious to see what this one was like because I had not heard anything about it, one of my least favorite tripels ever, would not drink again, not recommended

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2008 16:15:19 | More by Floydster
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unwisely purchased a bottle at Le Saint-Bock. I should have just grabbed some water, as after a day of drinking at Mondial I could only get through half the bottle before my palate began to feel jaded and in need of a rest.

Hazy orange pour with a huge, creamy off-white head. Lots of lace and good retention. Sweet honey aroma, with peppery yeast, mild citrus and tropical fruits. Very fruity flavour, with mango, lychee and sweet orange coming through. Nice dose of honey and a good sweet spiciness in the finish. Mild hop bite could be a bit stronger, but I can't ascertain the age of this one. Medium body and a pleasant billowing carbonation.

A decent beer, which is far from my favourite tripel, and there are considerably better offerings from this great Belgian brewer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 14:23:47 | More by bobsy
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, pours a golden yellow color with a HUGE white head that takes up half the glass. The head possesses amazing retention and lacing as well. This is a very pretty beer!

S- The aroma is lighter than expected with some fruit, citrus peel, spices and Belgian yeast. The aroma is very light but very pleasant as well. The array of fruits dominate the aroma with some citrus peel and clove. Very nice!

T- The taste like the aroma is very fruity with some spices added in there with a dry yeasty finish along with some alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- This is one of the better Tripels that I have tried, fantastic stuff! Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 04:41:21 | More by cjgator3
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 639 ratings.