Gouden Carolus Tripel
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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #12
Ranked #2,185
4.16 | pDev: 10.34%
Brouwerij Het Anker
Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel
Reviews: 464 | Ratings: 1,003
Photo of Beginner2
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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 0%
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 +4.6%
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 +10.3%
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 Bruno74200
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very classical tripel.
Pours a nice clear golden body with a three fingers head.
Nice esters from the yeast anf good malt profile

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.7/5  rDev +13%
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 +6%
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 +20%
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 -1.2%
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 -5.8%
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 -3.4%
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 -15.1%
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 -3.8%
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 -0.7%
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.


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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -7%
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 +2.9%
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 -7.7%
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 +8.2%
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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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 6/20/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, coriander, candi sugar, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, coriander, candi sugar, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, coriander, candi sugar, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Quite dry on the finish as well for the gravity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding tripel style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden cloudy, almost peach color in the light. Exploding foamy coating.
Citrus and sour smell, a little alcohol. Hoppy and lemony taste, slightly sweet.
Feels a little zesty but thin, strong alcohol aftertaste, almost vinous.

Overall : Good beer with a taste too sharp, and missing some texture.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours ultra pale gold with a just off white head. Carbonation is ultra high vigorous bubbles stream consistently from the bottom of the glass. The beer is just a touch cloudy. The head appears to be the center of attention here. Rocketing from the glass on a gentle pour it quickly rose to the rim of the snifter only to retreat about 3 minutes later. The head looks more like it was chiseled from stone as opposed to created by mear bubbles and some protein. Micro dotted solid sheets of lace coat the entire class. A truly amazing looking beer. Only knock would be its slight haze but I believe its an acceptable amount.

Aroma: Fruity esters of all sorts jump out of the glass, hints of green apple, blueberry, peach mixed with cake batter or sweet bread. Also lemon lime citrus and some herbal (cilantro?) character that give it a bit of spice and complexity. Some banana comes through later and a little bit of cut grass. Hard to nail down this beer begs to be smelled and the aroma is constantly evolving as it warms. Excellent.

Taste: Slight citrus character like lemongrass, strong musty notes like damp cellar. Smooth and crisp slight graininess and very dry. Tastes only slightly sweet at pallet entry and that is washed away by the mild citrus notes and dry cracker maltiness. Slightly warming as its swallowed. Small amount of banana on the finnish and exhale. Crisp clean to the point with no fuss or distractions.

Feel: Full, crisp , never ending waves of carbonation that enhance every detail of flavor. Viscosity is flawless.

Overall: An excellent beer. No flaws and nothing to argue about and for $9.75 for a 750ml its one of the best priced belgians you can get for the dollar. Stop hunting whales and just drink good beer.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: amber, heady white froth, fine carbonation

Smell: slightly malty, pear, honey .

Taste: Sweet, flowery up front without being syrupy, pleasant astringent quality from very carbonation and mild hops.clean finish.

Overall: Very good, excellent example of the style. Would purchase again.

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Photo of babaracas
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with huge dense tower of foam, settles slowly to a half inch that stays, with a thick sheet of styrofoamy lace down the glass. Smell: out of the bottle it was a little windex-y but thankfully that faded before the head... slightly boozy, apple cake, apple juice, coriander, thyme-y herbal note. Less sweet than most and a bit aggressive / astringent. Taste: unripe pear, soft apple, sugared dried apricot, and grape skin. This is nice, but then it's similarly oddly astringent, finishing with pepper and grassy notes. Medium bodied, finishes a bit slimy and sticky. Definitely different. I think I'd rate it higher if it was lower abv and not labeled 'tripel'...it's interesting.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at the Porter Bar (ATL). Served in a tulip.

Excellent and very fruity aroma.

Good flavor but doesn't quite keep up with the quality of the aroma. It's a bit too sweet until the mildly bitter and tart finish.

Light body. Little noticeable effect of the nitro.

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