Gouden Carolus Tripel | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel

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Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Tomesco
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of sherillc
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Guennois
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of drmeto
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-pours a cloudy golden with a huge,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-biscuity,lemon,doughy,spicy,coriander,honey,nettle,herbal,white bread
-spicy,grassy,honey,white bread
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium to high carbonation
-medium to full body
-alcohol noticeable
A very good Tripel

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Photo of Zet
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange/bronze colour with a little haze and a big frothy head. A full nose of yeast, citrus fruit, peach, banana and spices like coriander and muscat. Taste follows suit, with a smooth blend of sweet, sour and bitter flavours. Quite yeasty, but without masking the other flavours. Alcohol is present in the taste, but blends well. A balanced yet complex tripel, well done.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This fine tripel pours a lightly hazed golden color with a fantastic head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice lacing. Nose of candy sugars, banana esters from the yeast, light citrus notes of grapefruit and oranges, and moderate spice notes of coriander. Flavors exceed the nose with nice candy notes on the front, yeasty goodness hits nicely on the middle and rear of the taste with banana notes that fade into a spice of coriander and white pepper flavors, and finishes with a nice light herbal hop bitterness that blends nicely with the fruity overtones of pineapple and grapefruit. Great mouth feel, medium high effervescent carbonation, and a crisp sweet/herbal/citrus finish. Overall an excellent brew from Belgium.


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Photo of delta490
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy, deep orangey gold with a volumes of foamy white head. It settles down but doesn't disappear and leaves moderate amounts of small sticky lacing. The aroma is great, with hints of golden fruit, lightly spiced, and hints of yeast and light roasted grains. The taste takes it all just blends it superbly. It is full bodied with just a little tingle from the carbonation and a lightly crisp finish

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color clear gold, clear. Head is white, very high and very durable, on the glass leaves many traces.
Unfortunately, aroma is very weak, a little bright fruit with white grapes and light notes of spicy seasoning.
Taste dry, fruity floral, unfortunately, only gentle.
Bitterness low and short on the finish. Saturation high, fits. A little bit alcohol, but it is not so intense that adversely affect the taste.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber with thick white head, excellent retention. Sediment.
Smell - apple, lemon, spices, white bread, belgian yeasts.
Taste - malty, yeasty, yellow fruits, moderate hop bitterness.
Medium body and carbonation.

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

Gives a nice clear light orange color,gives a good to fingertips high creamy head that half of it disolves quickly.nice lacings on the glass .

A: candied sugar,honey,caramel malts and tofee, cloves and pepper,much different fruits like tropical fruits like banana and abricot.citrus fruits like lemon and orange.a great taste on this triple

T&F: A very fruity start in the taste,much of the tropical taste is very noticable, I also sense banana,citrus fruits and different spices like peppers,cloves and muscat.the light malts are comfortable in the background and make this triple very good balanced. The aftertaste is the only thing I think it could have a little more of .The aftertaste is sweet and fruity but a does not last that long. This beer was really easy drinking and enjoyable

O: an amazing and delicious triple. Enjoyed every drop of it.I was impressed by this triple and eager to trie more beers from brouwerij hey anker

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Photo of Beginner2
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said it "pours a dense, ice cream head. It has an attractive golden-bronze color and a fine, sustained head. Both the aroma and palate are packed with tropical fruits and spices..... the palate is intense and powerful.... The finish is long..." and he goes on for several more sentences and, then to make his point, he cites the awards.
My personal opinion is that MJ liked this one.
He also said that he had visited Het Anker at least six times.
My opinion confirmed.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really satisfying Belgian Tripel with a solid, assertive, malt body to balance out the relatively hefty alcohol content for a well rounded experience without any unwanted booziness experienced in other tripels.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer purs hazy with a beatiful, thick, yellow colour. A two finger high, creamy, white head that refuses to leave the side of the glass!

Nose: Belgian yeast, orange, citrus, peach, caramel malt, lemon, honey and grass.
Taste: Oh! This is good! Sweet caramel, banan, honey, lemon, pepper, green apples and some orange zest.
Mouthfeel: Very soft, creamy with a small and high, but still very soft, carbonation. A light dry bitterness at the end. Beatiful!

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Photo of obninsk23
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks and smells uneventful, looks like muddy water in Boston actually. But what amazing is the taste. It starts before you sip. I got it my mouth ready to gulp a bite and (oh god!!!) before that the taste exploded in my nose. It's slightly sweet, but the sweetness comes from fruits and not sugar. Wow.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice golden color, that is slightly hazy and with a beautiful white head that is soapy in texture. This head is about 2.5 fingers thick and has excellent retention....turning more into a froth on top of the beer itself. Lacing is nice as well and I think this yeast suspended brew looks very nice!

S- Very nice aromas that are initially of fresh orchard fruits....peach/nectarine/apricot...even hints of blueberries. Honeyed malt sweetness, that could be from Belgian candy sugar compliments a yeasty biscuit smell too. Finish is floral....muted rose petals and various hibiscus....

T- Tons of fruit and candy on the palate!....Apricot, peach/nectarine juiciness and slight banana fruit and cantaloupe melon. Brown sugar/caramel sugars in terms of sweetness....rich and robust Belgian yeast strains that have some tang yet is robust like a light rumcake! Finish becomes dry quickly and the floral tones found earlier show themselves on the palate right after the swallow....almost astringent in dryness.

M/O- Medium bodied, and super smooth carbonation makes this a very unique beer unto itself, even within the style of Tripel. It's almost of milky/creamy structure....nearly buttery. I quite like the flavors found, and this is second to none in terms of how balanced and rounded this is....alcohol is very well hidden! I aged this one for a couple of years (2013 bottling) and would like to investigate this one further for sure!

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Photo of MrDell
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Gouden Carolus – Tripel
Tripel - 9% - 330ml Bottle - Best before 29.04.2018

Appearance: Straw colour, slightly cloudy with a white head and lively carbonation.

Aroma: Hay, earthy, alcohol, lemon and Belgian yeast. Very similar to Chimay tripel on the nose.

Taste: Ripe banana upfront followed by a very slightly bittering then hay and wheat in the middle with a sweet, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth for a tripel and not as dry as I was expecting, refreshing, leaves the palate feeling clean.

Overall: Very sweet for a tripel and very quaffable. Alcohol (all in 9% of it!) is extremely well hidden. I really enjoyed this one and would definitely revisit, unlike the Gouden Carolus Classic (Belgian Strong Dark Ale) which I find to be a rather bland example of the style. This Tripel scores a respectable 8.75 / 10 in my book.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer. Pours golden, hazy with a nice thick foam head. Smell is complex, fruity, alcoholic, spices, malts and floral hops. Taste is great, strong, mildly sweet, great exponent of the style.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I ordered this at a bar in Belgrade, 30 minutes before my train left. Not my best decision.

I was given a beautiful golden beer with a moderate, yet cloudy, head. Smelled of Belgian yeast, herbal notes and caramel. Quite a lot of sweetness in the nose, even besides the caramel-flavor.

Taste was similar to the smell. A lot of citrus, caramel and herbs, in addition to the characteristic Belgian yeast flavor. Mouth-feel was quite dry, but light.

I remember thinking that this was surprisingly light, drinkable and presumably non-alcoholic for a Belgian tripel. Then I looked at the label and realized that it was as strong as one would expect from the style. While this has been a common realization for me with Belgian beers in the past, this felt particularly so. Very enjoyable, and I can't wait to have it again.

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Photo of jonb5
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Golden, slight haze, looked lively, lots of bubbles, two finger head, candidate for the best laced beer I’ve ever drunk.

S: Over ripe tangerine, phenol.

T: Over ripe tangerine, followed by a strange combination of musty earth, wet towels, grass, perfume, slightly cloying, a bit of a boozy burn.

M: Crisp body, went down well.

O: Different, interesting.

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Photo of charlzm
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on June 9th, 2015 from a bottle labeled March 2013. Poured into a tulip.

Beer is a medium-yellow/gold, ever-so-slightly hazy. A moderate pour generates a white, three-finger creamy meringue-like head that provides excellent sheeting to the end of the glass.

On first sniff, aroma is all metallic. Ack. However, after beer warmed, a mellow lemon note appeared, supported by clove. Not as complex as expected.

Flavor is malty with light, almost caramel note. A little diacetyl is noted as green apples, but it is faint and seemed to disappear after a few sips. Some zesty citrus towards the 2/3 mark. A dash of pepper. Lingering malt flavor on palate after swallow. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry, almost spritzy. Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Some alcohol heat, but it is not significant.

Overall, it's a beer I would drink again if I were looking for a tripel and it were available to me.

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Photo of djura
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 0,33l

A - Pale honey color, white foam lasting minute, medium carbonation.
S - Sweet honey aroma, with some fruits.
T/M - Highly carbonated, aromatic, worm.

O - Good Belgium tripel.

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