Gouden Carolus Tripel
Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel
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From:
Brouwerij Het Anker
 
Belgium
Style:
Tripel
Ranked #17
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,952
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.41%
Reviews:
478
Ratings:
558
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 16, 2022
Added:
Aug 12, 2002
Wants:
  102
Gots:
  209
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel
Notes: Full graceful tenderness, with a clean and neat taste, this ale will enchant you: matured in the bottle, exclusively obtained from pale malt, highly fermented and 100% natural. With a full-bodied flavor that still works thirst quenching, thanks to a balanced hoping. This pleasant golden ale is preferred by all who love heavier, somewhat seasoned and refreshing ale.
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Ratings by thehyperduck:
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Reviewed by Raoul

3.09/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Not my cup of tea. Nice color and a nice foam. You can smell the hops and fruitiness. But you can also smell and tast grain gins. For me is this beer to strong to taste the real flavors. Thats too bad.
Mar 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by irishevans from California

Mar 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.98 by Sphagnicola from Belgium

Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2021-11-22
750ml capped bottle served in a tulip. Date info: 20/01/2024 121616 11:41. Brought home from Spain for me by @mr-jj. Served probably a bit cold, I'll try to warm it up with my hands while I review.

Pours a somewhat hazy straw yellow with a giant fluffy head that collapses into a large, crunchy-looking mountain of head, right in the center, with some gorgeously webby lacing along the sides. Smell is hay, a little funk, a little spice, definite yeast aroma, surprisingly not getting much of a banana or clove, though the spice might be leaning in the clove direction.

Taste is very slightly banana-fruity, very mildly spicy. As it warms up, I get a bit more banana and more of an earthy flavor. There's a bit of bitterness to it, which I have a hard time pinning down -- more nutty than green, but not quite nutty. Maybe it'll come to me (closest I can get is almost a bark flavor?). Clove is definitely getting clearer.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and dry and clean. Overall, this is a very nice tripel.
Nov 23, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle. Label is stamped for production date of '07/13/21'.
Clear, straw colored body. Big show of uprising bubbles. Voluminous head, which takes a few small pours to fill the glass. Leaves clumps of lacing.
Aroma of banana esters, with a touch of cloves. Sweet honey and peach fruit. Also apricot.
Taste is even more expressive than the smell. Big bready malts, banana esters, and pear, peach, and apricot fruit. This is both sweet and slightly bitter. Dry in the aftertaste, with the yeast, malts, and fruit.
Dry and slightly tart mouth feel. Each sip is quick and to the point. High level of carbonation, with beautiful billowing heads.
So nuanced and very expressive at the same time. High mark for the style. Higher ABV% is well hidden, but results in a warming experience. The chore to drinking this beer is the waiting for the head of each pour to subside.
Nov 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by altrio

Oct 04, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Le0Pont from Mexico

Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at The Sovereign in Washington DC.

This one pours a hazy golden yellow color, with a small fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like pear, honey, stone fruit, banana esters, and clove.

I'm really beginning to like tripels more with time. This is an excellent version, one of the best that I've had. There's a nice doughy sweetness, with some clovey and grassy bitterness. There's a lot of dried fruit character - banana, pear, peach, etc.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, with a very well hidden alcohol character. It's quite drinkable,

This is as good as it gets for this style. This is tremendous.
Sep 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by ptarmigan98 from Alaska

Jun 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750 ml corked and wired bottle, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 9.0%. Very pale yellow colour, huge white head. Strong fruity, yeasty and spicy (cloves a.o.) aroma. The flavour is spicy with some fruit and white kandij sugar, but the sweetness is nearly too much. Still a good beer, but if it is worth the high price in Norway is debatable.
Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Mar 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.17 by Jarrod_LC from Louisiana

Mar 03, 2021
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Reviewed by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Gold body, hazy and unfiltered, with a marshmallow white head, thick and with excellent retention.
Aromas of banana bread, floral yeast spice, crisp sweet apple,
The taste brings to mind a dry vermouth, dry white wine, sourdough bread. Beautifully blended, it's difficult to recognize distinct flavours. Getting some white grape, floral notes, fresh bread, a dash of pear, a dust of mustiness. Fantastic feel, dry with a fine, medium-light effervescence, and warming alcohol heat providing additional balance. Flavour is clean and pure, like spring water. Well balanced, the hop bitterness is doing it's thing, hard to detect.
Feb 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jan 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by dbauer from California

Dec 26, 2020
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Reviewed by octortus from Canada (ON)

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
330 mL Bottle. ABV 9%.
Appearance: Pale orange/gold, Quite clear, One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head, Moderate-High carbonation, Phenomenal retention.
Aroma: Belgian esters, Banana, Stone fruit (apricot, slight peach), Soapy, Spice, Citrus (Lemon, Orange zest), Floral, Slight caramel pale malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Moderate carbonation, Feels like heavy silk, Very well hidden alcohol.
Flavour: Citrus (Lemon, Orange zest), Soapy, Floral, Slight apricot, Slight caramel pale malt, Bitter finish (citrusy, earthy hops).
Overall:

Review: 246
Dec 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.05 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Oct 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.49 by XeroD from Germany

Sep 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 04, 2020
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Reviewed by BelgianHops from Belgium

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Good triple. Not as good as others, but above average. Smooth and balanced beer with fresh yeast, citrus, mandarine and hints of black pepper. Medium body with medium carbonation. Gets worse once developed from temperature.
Aug 13, 2020
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Reviewed by JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Reviewed by MichaelDaMac from Tennessee

4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.15 by Maarten_W from Netherlands

Jul 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.99 by Eltrandos from France

Jun 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.23 by bird_soul from Netherlands

May 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by eldoctorador from Chile

Mar 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Mar 01, 2020
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Reviewed by MissouriMule from Missouri

4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.48 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 27, 2020
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.07 by Lanas from Greece

Oct 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by generallee from Virginia

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by keithmurray from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.63 by Myara from Brazil

Jul 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.39 by Smurfman584 from Texas

Jun 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by fredmugs from Indiana

Apr 26, 2019
Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1036 ratings