Gouden Carolus Tripel | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by marc77 on 08-12-2002

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443
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922
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
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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

L:
-pours a cloudy golden with a huge,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-biscuity,lemon,doughy,spicy,coriander,honey,nettle,herbal,white bread
T:
-spicy,grassy,honey,white bread
-medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-medium to full body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
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.

Cheers

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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

23.11.2015

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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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.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $3.00 mark for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that stays forever! Medium gold color and filtered clear

N- Bubble gum and hops. Nice blend

T- Very mellow and unobstructed tripel. Very good blend. Nothing reaches out and grabs you, only a well blended beer with lots of overtones. Slight fruitiness to it

M- Dry as expected but has some creaminess

O- Very good beer. Would buy again. Ages ok as I have had it for nearly a year.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with..... Cotton candy believe it or not.

Enjoy

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Russian River “tion” tulip. Bottled on date of 22/05/2014. Reviewed as an after dinner treat.

Ap: A gentle pour yields a huge pillow of foam so that I have to pause and pour. Oh those Belgian beers… Lots of bubble action. Head is off white and dense, at least three fingers. Leaves a huge cap that hangs around for a long time. Body is a clear golden yellow without the bottom of the bottle poured in.

Ar: Pineapple juice, citrus peels, floral soap, lavender, coriander, bubblegum, pepper, you get the idea. Textbook triple that is heavy on the canned fruit juice. Just shy of Tripel Karmeliet in my opinion.

T: Oxidized apple slices and citrus fruits before leading into spicy yeast phenols/pepper, white sugar and a mild bubblegum sweetness. Finish is pilsner malts and confectioners’ sugar. Just a bit perfume like soft alcohol.

Mf: Effervescent, dry and sweet. Feel is light/medium with a nice creaminess. Drinks too easy.

Overall: Textbook triple and then some. Great notes of pineapple and fruits with moderate spiciness and bubblegum sweetness. Body is rich but light and palate cleansing. The notes that I used to dislike in these beers like too much bubblegum, black pepper, and harsh biting dry bodies (that felt like I was chewing on sugar) are not at all present here. Well balanced between all aspects; I can’t help but think this would be a great beer to pair with food. Would love to try it fresh to get a bit of that noble hop bite or with a little bit of brett to add a nice zesty earthiness. Worth paying a little extra for.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tripel of a dark ocher color and a nice and big whitey foam.
Smell and taste are malty, with strong condimented tones - some of them remind me of dried tomatos (woah) and is less yeasty than common belgian beers.
After it warmed a bit, I could feel sweeter tones on the head and a hoppier taste.
Body is really high (impossible to feel the alcohol), I would say this beer deserves a bitter ending.. but it's ok.

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Photo of ksimons
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a hazy golden with white head that sticks to the glass

S-bready malt, yeast, light fruits, and a citrus finish

T-taste is similar to the smell, bready backbone with spices, some pepper spiciness, light fruits, sugar, and yeast.

M-medium body, moderate to high prickly carbonation, dry finish

Overall a great example of a Tripel, very well done

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Photo of ssmack
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light golden honey with 2 inches of mountainous head. Streams of bubbles. Thick lacing with retention.

Sutle malt and yeast aroma. I expected more.

Tastes of sweet discuit malt and grassy hops. Ends with the esters of Belgian yeast. No taste of alcohol.

Full mouthfeel. Smooth. Excellent.

Overall very smooth drinkable tripel. I wish it had more aroma. I am glad that I have a couple more of these.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Tripel. Poured from 750 ml bottle into an Omme Gang goblet. Deep, golden musky color. Excellent creamy head. Plenty of hops and a slight tangy citrus flavor. Feels nice and thick going down.

Nice beer to enjoy with a seafood dinner such as sauteed shrimp, scallops, stuffed lobster tail, etc. Not the best to pair with a cigar as they really don't mix well.

After your first few mouthful's, you start to appreciate the alcohol content.

Just sit back and enjoy this one.

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