Gouden Carolus Tripel
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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #12
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,364
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 10.34%
Reviews:
471
Ratings:
1,017
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aroma- subtle, delicate, lightly sweet

Flavor - firm pils malt sweetness, medium intensity flowery noble hops on the mid-palalte, dry spicy finish, pear notes, warm vanilla tone, very little bitterness

MF- medium bodied and velvety, really wonderful and very balanced without any heat, bitterness, or excessive dryness

Jul 12, 2020
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MichaelDaMac from Tennessee

4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks golden with a large two finger head, smells sweet and spicy, made me excited to taste it... Strong alcohol taste but sweet and a full mouth feel, tingles the sides of tongue because of a lot of carbonation. I would give it 4.8 out of 5! Great beer, nice to sip on the Cancun beach!

Jul 07, 2020
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MissouriMule

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This nails the genre. Judging by the fact I picked up four for a fiver, it had been on the rack a while, so YMMV. It pours cloudy with a tall and persistent head. There is grass and spice in the nose, corresponding to hay, spice, and floral notes in the taste. The mouthfeel is full and round, with the sharp carbonation acting as an excellent countervailing force. The only detracting element is the aftertaste, which can make for a slightly astringent and vaguely stale bitterness, albeit short-lived. Again, though, my samples may be long in the tooth.

Feb 05, 2020
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from Beerhawk.com (£3.39):
Bright golden & clear with a 3cm white head that's thick & foamy looking, leaving some lacing on the sides. Fresh & spicy with yeast & a little sweetness on the nose, banana, grassy hops & pepper follow. It's more fruity tasting with peach & apricot, a touch of spice & the grassy hops from the nose too. It's well-carbonated throughout & effervescent with a light body & a dry, spicy finish that rounds things off nicely.

Jan 18, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Pale amber, almost clear (minor sediment left in bottle), pours with 1Cm off-white head. (ps. holds well/forms lacing).
S- Woody and leathery.
T- Woody, almost like conifers, into dry but pungent brightness on the palate. Once my palate has adjusted to that I begin to notice the gentle spicing which becomes more prominent as the beer warms a touch.
F- The dry/bright aspects do a thorough job part-masking the 9% ABV. Usually I'd expect a 9% Tripel to be rich/robust/punchy, this seems more subtle. It has major presence just the hefty 9% is discreet.
O- Superb, nothing 'wrong/out of balance' to note. In my view it's on the dryer side of the spectrum of Tripels.
Bought from Beerhawk/UK. 330ml bottle (lable now mostly cream with gold lettering). BB: 28/05/2022

Dec 08, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Quite clear golden color, one finger white head, messy lacing, no carbonation.

S: Hops, yeast, sweet.

T: Hops, yeast, LOTS of alcohol, malts.

F: Medium to full bodied, lots of yeast flavor. Unfortunately, alcohol covers all the rest.

O: Decent beer to have on a cold winter day I guess but nothing I will look for again.

Dec 02, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Bittercreek. Somehow missed this during my time in Europe. Light milky yellow body with a big whiff of Belgian yeast. Taste is yeast, butter, herbal hops. Medium weight and a bit of a bitter finish. Classic

Nov 05, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I believe this was bottled in 2017

Appearance - cloudy orange color with white head

Smell - malt, ginger, coriander, clove,orange

Taste - Malt, Orange, ginger, clove, tangerine, coriander

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, citrus upfront, yeasty ester on the finish

Overall - this was a tripel that I enjoyed, they orange flavor really came through while being in harmony with the other flavors. Recommended for lovers of the style

Price Point - $4.99/11.2 oz single

Aug 16, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy peach orange color
Plenty of champagne like carbonation. At least average body, has a full dense feel
Aroma is citrus,yeast,orange, followed by clove,spice and a little banana
Taste is opposite aroma with banana, clove and spice leading the flavor. Citrus,orange and yeast follow
It's an above average beer, goes really well with food

Apr 08, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tripel that is very much in the style trgat I like them. Color is on the lighter side, yellow tinged with orange. Nice bubbly, fluffy foam with lots of prickly carbonation. Aromas of Belgian yeast and spice dominate, with some white grape. Flavors of candi sugar, spice, bubblegum and banana, some grape and a little green apple/pear.

Mar 05, 2019
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DKGreen from California

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3 yrs old, puffy head that stays frothy with good lacing, unique with an addictive aroma of sweetness reminiscent of bubblegum, pleasant taste of musty fruit and fermenting apples followed by caramel, sweet malt follows spices such as clove and coriander with a silky mouthfeel.

Mar 03, 2019
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SSS from Canada

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Transparent golden blonde with an effervescent white pillowy head
S-A very sweet aroma with champagne like notes and musty ripe fruit elements
M-Very high end carbonation with a medium body due to the high alcohol content
T-Fruit flavours of apple and berries and almost a Hawaiian punch like symphony
O- this beer is quite complex and has many layers of flavours and aromas and nuances, I am unfortunately just not a fan of very high carbonated Belgian beers. But please do try as this is one well crafted beer

Feb 02, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

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

Bottle. Huge white head. Clear golden color.

Bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast, candied sugars, bready malts. Some abv showing. Dry and carbonated.

Solid triple.

Dec 27, 2018
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elnachooo from Spain

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cerveza de color dorado con una pequeña cabeza blanca. De cuerpo medio y alta carbonatación. Del aroma se perciben hierbas, miel, levadura y pimienta. En boca destaca el cilantro, las hierbas y la naranja. Herbácea y dulce. Una muy buena opción.

Dec 08, 2018
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Het Anker Gouden Carolus Tripel, 9% ABV. Pours pale golden, with lots of white foamy head that left lots of foamy lacing - almost like Orval. Nose is yeast and sweet fruit. I slurped some of the head and it was quite bitter, but the beer itself is only slightly bitter, but yeasty, and a bit fruity. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Sep 09, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The back of the bottle says: "PRODUCE OF BELGIUM Lotn° 17036 15:57"

Appearance: The body is hazy and has a light gold appearance with hints of darker beige. The white head is huge with a fluffy consistency. It has very good lacing.

Aroma: It has a lovely aromatic quality laced with notes of clove and just a bit of bubblegum. There is a light coriander scent that starts to come through as the beer sits longer. It is a very lovely beer to smell. Retronasal scent gives off just a bit of skunk. It isn't strong enough to make too much of a difference but even in brown bottles it feels like import hasn't been too kind to this beer.

Taste: Up front there is a sweet coriander flavor which is nice and adds to the mix of earthy, herbal, hop flavors. It has just a bit of a sweet candy and light malt finish which mingles nicely with that slight herbal character. The aftertaste is just a bit of cotton candy.

Mouthfeel: It feels light and effervescent with just a hint of bitterness to cut the levity. The mouthfeel is such that it supports the beer in the background like a frame on a painting rather than detracting or adding to it. It feels perfect.

Overall: As previously mentioned there was just a light bit of skunkiness to the beer which entered the nose after drinking for a bit. As an import I would still recommend the beer because it smells and tastes great and the impact from that slight skunk isn't so much that a person would have their experience ruined by it. If you are able to buy this some place in Europe then I would highly recommend giving it a shot. If you are buying it as an import from the U.S. I would, again, recommend picking up a bottle so that you can enjoy this beer. Every part of the construction of this beer feels deliberate to give the drinker an enjoyable experience.

Mar 25, 2018
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml. Dated 28/11/2015, so nearly 2 years old. Light straw and mostly clear except for the last bottom of the bottle that hat a little extra haze. Bright gleaming golden straw in color. Wet fuming rotting bread and apples, peach and apricot on the nose. Just a little too much funk there for my nose. The taste is clean and subdued with a light amber sugar syrup. Biscuit grainy breads persist with a stewed musky finish. Alcohol greasyness fills the midsection along with dried apricot and some gala apple. A nice crisp tangy dried leaf finishes balancing the sweetness well. A little too much cloying sweetness builds after 80% through the 750ml bottle. Chewy and thick that the carbonation and the hops just almost overcome. It balanced nicely with spicy food but also stood well on its own just to sip on.

Oct 01, 2017
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Shanex from France

4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I purchased this in Belgium and I brought it over here. Poured the 33cl bottle into a mug, pouring a massive head lasting just like Tripel Karpeliet for a similar styles comparison.

Smell and taste orange and malts.

A very good offering that I would purchase regularly if given the chance, it's a pity we don't see that one much on the shelves... cheers!

Jun 25, 2017
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from a mixed 4-pack purchased at the LCBO in late 2016; best before May 9 2019 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy, muddled golden-peach colour, initially generating nearly two fingers of soapy, bright white foam at the surface. It steadily dissipates over the course of the next five minutes or so, leaving a creamy-looking collar and thin cap behind in its wake. A quick swirl manages to give the head new life, but only briefly; this is also the only way I seem to be able to get much in the way of lace. It might not win a tripel beauty contest, but the aroma is absolutely to die for. I'm getting a wallop of stone fruit on the nose, especially apricots and juicy peach, with distinct notes of lemon peel, orange zest and white grape. Subtle banana esters, clove phenols and candi sugar sweetness, with grassy hay and some spiciness.

I love the taste of most tripels, and this one is not an exception to the rule. Grainy malts, candi sugar sweetness and banana are apparent right off the starting gun, though the stone fruit and citrus elements noted in the aroma are somewhat subdued here. Hints of apricot, apple skin, white grape and orange peel surface briefly, only to be overcome on the back end by this beer's assertive yeasty qualities - plus a little help from some grassy, spicy hops. Finishes spicy, with suggestions of clove, white pepper, and a light, bready malt sweetness. Not particularly dry, though the aftertaste does have an astringent tendency. Medium in body, with fiercely potent carbonation that prickles the surface of the palate and foams up in the mouth. I like a good, crisp bite from my tripels, but this bottle goes a little overboard. No biggie; it happens sometimes with these bottle-conditioned Belgians - it's still an exquisitely well-crafted beer that completely masks its strong alcohol content.

Final Grade: 4.38, a brown-nosing A grade. I'm far from impartial when it comes to tripels - particularly when it comes to the ones which have been imported directly from Belgium. So it really shouldn't be surprising when I state that I highly recommend Gouden Carolus Tripel, or that I find it to be one of the finest examples of the style that I've had in recent memory. It's certainly not flawless - with the unnecessarily foamy mouthfeel being my main point of contention - but the fact remains that I'm still really enjoying my glass. It would be a crying shame if this didn't return to the LCBO at some point, ideally in single format.

Mar 13, 2017
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Tomesco from Canada

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A rich gold color and cloudy. Lots of head.

Smell - Peachy and citrusy.

Taste - Fruity and strong without being alcoholic.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a touch of stick to it.

Overall - A good tripel, straightforward to drink but also without complexity behind it.

Feb 26, 2017
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The_Bujon from Ireland

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional brew. You can taste the alcohol from the first sip but oh sooooo smooth! I tasted this after a 12 hour journey where Warsteiner was my only refreshment, so perhaps a little bias when I stress how heavenly this one is. By far the best triple I have quaffed so far. Fluffy head, golden body, no gas to speak of just an awesome beverage top to bottom. Served at refrigerator chilled temp 5-7 degrees, do yourself the honour and get this one on your shopping list!

Jan 14, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Best before May of 2019. Purchased as part of this years holiday pack from Het Anker.

Appearance - even a gentle pour yielded a mostly clear beer with some haze, a brilliant pale gold color, excessive carbonation and a gorgeous 2 plus finger egg-shell white coloured head. Loads of spotty lacing dress the glass. Monster retention. Just a beautiful beer.

Smell - wow this is loaded with fruit. Peaches dominate but plenty of perfume as well. Some sugar as well and possibly some sugar plums and nectarines, but peaches are the focal point.
Pretty incredible.

Taste - some fruit again with peaches and nectarines the focal point. Restrained sweetness, with some bitterness and some of the funky yeast, but dialled back compared to many Belgian classics. Booze is rather apparent but not distracting.

Mouthfeel- light body and soft feel, like velvet but not slick. Initially juicy, but finishes a little dry. Lots of carbonation but fits really well

Overall - wow an incredible beer, super soft and gentle feel, plethora of smells and flavours, and everything just fits here. Every once in a while these incredible Belgian tripels just catch me off guard and in awe. On par with the best from Unibroue, Westmalle and of course St. Bernardus. A must-try.

Dec 01, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 750 ml. bottle dated 13/04/2015. Sampled on October 17, 2016.

Golden colored pour under a foamy cream colored and long lasting head. Busy carbonation.

The aroma is alive with roses, blossoms, or some kind of floral, flowery character along with apple and pear thrown in for good measure.

Medium to full body. Smooth texture.

The taste is as flowery as the nose suggests it would be with those added meaty fruits and leading up to a herbal or peppery bite at the finish. Lovely beer.

Oct 17, 2016
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sherillc from Canada

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden colour with scant foam. Aromas of bread, apricot, honey, citrus and a hint of wet dog. Mouth feel is creamy and rich, well balanced by the carbonation. Flavours of apricot, honey, bread, citrus. High alcohol content is not overly apparent. An excellent tripel.

Oct 08, 2016
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Guennois from France

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw coloured, quite cloudy. Foamy white head, good density, lasts well and leaves a nice lacing.
Light nose, with herbal notes and something like white grape.
Quite thick in mouth, light carbonation, and bitterness waiting her time to appear, followed by a whole bread taste and alcohol warmth. Pretty sweet for 9°. Fruity for the rest.

Une robe paille trouble, mousse assez abondante, d'une bonne densité, tenue moyenne et lacis net.
Un nez léger, aux notes herbales et fraîches, sur fond de raisin blanc.
En bouche, du corps, peu de carbonation, une amertume légère même pour le style, qui ne perce qu'en fin, suivie d'un goût de pain de campagne et d'une légère chaleur alcoolique. Fruitée pour le reste, sans plus de précision.

Sep 30, 2016
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1017 ratings