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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

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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449
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933
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
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Photo of elricorico
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy dark orange with plenty of foamy white head. Looks good, but most tripels seem to.

The smell is zesty. Big and zesty. Fruits and spice, citrus peel and something that reminds me vaguely of shampoo(very faint though). Probably one of the bigger smells I've found in the style, and pretty nice too.

Taste is dry and peppery. The fruit is still there, but is subtle, everywhere in the taste but not strong at any one point. The citrus zest makes a play in the finish, and the lingering taste I would say is closest to pears and black pepper. I don't find the alcohol in the flavour, just in the new warmth in my belly.

This tripel has some body to it, and is almost creamy in its texture. Add to that a carbonation that mellows as you drink, and the mouthfeel is quite nice. Drinkability isn't this brews strongest point, it is definitely a sipper, something about it doesn't make me want for another. Perhaps it has satisfied me in just one bottle.

Good beer. Maybe my new favorite for tripels.

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Photo of Paddez
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange/golden liquid with a big and stubborn white head.

Smell: A short note of flowers and fruits gets quickly overwhelmed by an aroma of complex and intense spicyness. Some malty notes manage to get through near the end.

Taste: It's strange how this brew manages to present itself as a convincing tripel with its bold spicyness and fruits while it is unmistakebly a 'Gouden Carolus' beer at the same time: as the beer warms up, more hints of roasted malts and vague caramel are traceable. Aspects that reminded me a lot of the other Gouden Carolus brews, especially the 'Classic'.
This is delicious stuff though! Classic in many ways yet very unique.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Medium carbonation & body. Excellent overall mouthfeel. Smooth and spot on for the style. Drinkability was good but I found this beer a bit tiring somehow. Probably the high ABV and the effect of it had something to do with it. It's quite drinkable, but wouldn't really wany more than one.

I thought I had seen it all with Tripel Karmeliet, but this comes pretty damn close. A true marvel! And an underrated one at that.

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Photo of Albinoh
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I couldnt decide if the color was tending to yellow, orange or amber... maybe not too amber. Glorious head, thick and dense, foam forms quickly and goes down easily and gently leaving a good lace. Very good head retention. Little carbonation but still present.

I loved the smell it makes you want a sip of that beer!. Sweet aroma, i felt the smell of burned sugar on it (or just sugar). A combination of peach and banana emerges. The predominant taste is banana, sweet and thick, and with a malt falvor coming behind, creamy and sugary. Sometimes the flavor is also very alcoholic, is well hidden behind the full body and sugary flavors, but sometimes it does strikes furiously.

Its a very good beer,good taste... i just take some points for those alcoholic sips that occur sometimes.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive looking caged & corked bomber reveals a stylish tripel pour of ever so slightly cloudy bright golden hued pour topped with an enourmous mountain of bright tightly dense ivory head cap met by a champagne like countenance of bubbles, that leaves a coating of fluffy latice lace throughtout the glass.

Aromatic scents of hot gin awl-kee-hawl and middle of the road apple and citrous peppery spritz. Slight dough detection which is not overly prescent.

First swigs: An unassuming light vanilla and some red apple meet to the middle with a dry clean aftertaste. Peppery flavor is subdued by a delicate Earthy mineral flavor and table sugar. This is the cleanest tripel I can recall. Benign blend of flavors equate to a suggestion of gin & tonic, maple syrup and pancake malts.

Feel is a gusher of foamy feel. Medium bodied that just wants to be carbonated for the distance which could use a bit of restraint there, that finally calmed down at the end of the bottle pour.

Last swigs: "Het Anker" makes a winner. Easy slight overall flavors of Maple gin & tonic and hard candy sugar. Served at just the chilled, not cold temp hides the 9.0 % ABV nearly perfectly. A perfectly clean tripel that is not overly fruity or overly doughy, or overly boozy hot. World Beer Cup 2002 Gold Award winner label. Sometimes this reminds me of Golden Monkey, but just by a bit.

Beer is good. Happy tripel beering.

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Photo of Pepeton
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Belgian!
Dark amber, with some reddish too. Small bubbly head and lacing on the walls of the chalice.
Smell is complex: ripe fruit (mostly bananas); herbal, malts and alcohol.
Taste is great and also complex: Lots of sweetness, some bitter, grassy...
Mouthfeel is creamy, buttery, bitter and with dry finish.
I'll drink this one anytime.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 4-pack of 330 ml brown bottles, simple Middle Ages emblem on the logo. Curious side note, the white importer's sticker on the back of the bottle containing the beer's vitals in English states the following: "Hell Beer with second fermentation in the bottle." Yet the French line below it states it as Biere blonde. Who's doing the translating here?

It's amusing enough as I wait for the massive white foamy head to start settling so I can pour the rest of the bottle into my tulip glass. Small ridges of cinnamon form the more the head recedes, with intense thick sticky lacing. The body itself is a well-carbonated hazy apricot hue.

On that note I also get a big inhalation of sweet apricots and peaches on the nose, blended with coriander. Sweet orange and grain follow close behind, with aromatic floral notes as well. The smell isn't very complex on this tripel, but it is robust and uplifting, a pleasure to inhale.

The alcohol is apparent on the first sip, ripe peaches and orange zest, with a floral yet spicy middle of pepper and coriander, concluding with a somewhat dry finish of lemon rind and raw ginger, with a mild herbal aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is on the light side, but possesses a smooth creamy texture that builds a bit more fullness when rolled over the tongue. Although the alcohol is present in the flavour, it doesn't bite or kick along the way, this is in fact a very easy-drinking tripel.

A fine example of the style, and one that I enjoyed, yet what stands out for me the most at the end of the glass is the impression the aroma made on me. Quite the burst of summer sunshine in the orchard, that is what will actually draw me back to this stuff overall.

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Photo of cokes
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dull brass, largely opague and spotted with floaters. A trim white head rises and stays.
Muskmelon aroma, dusted with pepper, and seared with flashes of booze.
Begins with a graham cracker semi-dry maltiness, leading into fruits, featuring cantaloupe, peach, and white grape skins. Traces of rock candy, then the yeast adds pepper and a grander scale of dough. Ends with a bright Noble hoppiness and tracers of white rum heat. Brashly dry on the close from the commixture of slaking hops and ripping alcohol.
Medium body, but light-feeling. It's not really airy, but it's close.
Overridingly, the booze qualities are a bit ragged and seem to cloak any potential nuance. At best, it's a decent templatic tripel.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Gouden Carolus Triple has a stylish, refined label; simple yet appealing. It poured near-perfectly, and I do mean that. As suggested by the brewery, I poured into a chalice glass in one movement of the bottle and left the sediment in the bottle. A meringue white head, pillowy and almost doughy looking formed a magnificent crown to a honey-brown, tawny beer, not sparkling but a little turbid. Stupendous retention on the head: this is a true beer epiphany; what I imagine when the words "Belgian tripel" enter my mind. The head scarcely looked real sometimes as I glanced at it, such was the density of the foam. The lacing, needless to say, was superthick and very viscous, and it leaves glass-covering sheets of the stuff, refusing to move and making the chalice look white from the outside. Magnificent. Delicious citrus immediately in the nose, super fresh and begging for you to try a sip. A little dusty hoppiness in closer, and a honey-smooth maltiness. As it warms I get more lightly toasted malt, lemon and pineapple, a light spicy piquancy, metallic notes, a very fleeting but noticeable tartness in the background, vanilla beans, and some other characteristic which eludes my description right now, but it is akin to extremely fresh cream or perhaps freshly cut wood, pine or balsam. Yes, the hops are here too in the smell, sometimes giving pungent earthy notes or strong dryness. Without question the best aroma of the last few Belgian tripels I have had. I feel a beer before I taste it, and as I expected from the richness of the appearance and the head, Carolus Triple has exceptional mouth-coating fulness. The word creamy does it no justice. Unctuous, palate-covering, almost "fluffy" on the tongue. Light and carbonated, yet filling and velvety, like sipping a cloud, or melted ice cream. At first the honey-caramel malts are tasted. The middle is where it is most complex: a little spicy hoppiness, vanilla, mollasses, warming alcohol, port-like, with blackberry wine or even the sweetness of ice-wine, along with all the citrus fruits. The middle also possesses a tastes of white-sugar and cinnamon. The complexity is exceptional, and gives new flavours with each sip. The finish clinches the beer as one of the greats. Masterful balance of the sweetness, a little yeastiness, and dryness. The dryness is wood-like in character. The alcohol is only noticed by the pleasant warming of the stomach, and this is a dangerous beer because it is so drinkable, but I have a feeling you would pay for drinking too many at one sitting. I would not want to drink several of these in a night anyway: it deserves better than that. This is something to sip appreciatively. 2 of these are heading into my cellar for a little ageing. In the meantime, I will be picking up a few more 4-packs of this and sharing them with my compatriots. As a conclusion I have to say that this really surprised and awed me. In the past couple of weeks I have had St Bernardus Abt 12, Corsendonk Pater and Agnus, Watou Tripel and St Bernardus Tripel, and for me personally, Gouden Carolus Triple surpasses them all. This might sound like too gushing of a review, but it really was this tasty: quite possibly the best beer of this year so far for me. This is the underdog of tripels, and I will be recommending it exceedingly.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750mL bottle poured into a goblet.
This was a little sticky sweet but I enjoyed the result.
Blue agave, peach schnapps, apricots, bubble gum and carmelized flavor things can be found in the taste.
This is not for everyone... maybe not even for lovers of the tripel style but it certainly tickled my fancy. Something in the Gouden Carolus ingredients resonates with me.
This has magical beer juju.

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Photo of scooter231
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden amber color, similar to a sunset, with a good amount of white head that dies down to a lovely ring around the edge. Smells quite fruity. Also getting some honey notes. Sweet, certainly. Like smelling dessert.

Doesn't taste nearly as good as it smells. Starts out fruity and slightly citrusy and ends up... tequila, oddly enough. For tequila lovers, I'm sure this is a great surprise. For the rest of us (myself included) all I can say is... yuck. The aftertaste doesn't last that long, but it's enough to make me slightly queasy. And after a while even the smell becomes tequilay. Mouthfeel is tequila-y as well. The more I drink this, the more it makes me feel sick and brings up bad, drunken memories. And really bad hangover memories.

For a tripel, it's pretty drinkable. But it's hard for me to rate this honestly because I do not like tequila. Still, it's a solid tripel- just not for me.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich foamy head on golden. Strong deep taste, somewhat overpowering for a long lunch, it needed much food. Floral hops and honey yeast and orange aroma. Good smooth triple, pepper and spice and honey in taste. Certainly up to par with the other great beers I have had from this brewery.

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

Thanks to Mark at 3 Corners for this little gem.

Aroma starts with nice spiciness rounded out with slight phenols, nicely complex esters that are abundant. Fruitiness is citrusy. Alcohol notes. A bit of malt.
Full white head that settles evenly. Dark gold yellow. Cloudy. "Belgian" lacing.
Wonderfully complex flavors. Those with better palates than I can describe it better. A touch of malt. Lots of fruitiness (apricots, pear and light citrus-orange). Alcohol in flavor but never dominant and the warmth presents as well, but not hot. Very low on bitterness and only a slightly dry finish, but of some length.
High carbonation lightens the feel nicely, yet somehow it possess a nice density. Rather smooth too, especially as it warms.
An almost overwhelming array of sensory experiences that create a wonderful whole. Nicely done.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy yellow orange with a nice off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity yeasty aroma of pears and apples. Sweet and malty fruity pear and tart apple flavors with a slight bubblegum yeasty taste. Medium-full body with a carbonated crisp mouthfeel, alcohol presence come out as it warms, finishes sweet, very nice.

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Photo of horndecker
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's a brassy orange hue, cloudy and luminous. A great foaming off white head roils up like boiling milk. The lace lingers.

Wow. The smell is tangerine candy, pine trees, resinous fruity esters, the alcohol shows itself. Eventually the aroma of lime prevails.

The taste is sweet fruit, tart tangelos washing over a buttery malt center. Butterscotch and an herbal, slightly bitter finish. What lingers though, is a sweet, sweet alcohol-laden haze. It's syrupy and somewhat full bodied with a nice fine carbonation which boils up with each sip.

Overall a nice brew, albeit less suited to many foods than other tripels, because of it's persistant sweetness.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: darker than i expected. from brown to amber to a light yellow/orange in the bottom of the glass. soapy foam.

aroma: oranges and brown sugar. very sweet and fruity nose.

taste: citrusey and caramel with a balancing bittersweet finish. oh, and an alcohol kick! aftertaste is clean though, mild warmth lingers from the abv. nice sipper here for a tripel.

drinkable! taste is light and body is light enough for a hot day. alcohol is a bit too pronounced and knocks the drinkability down some. still an expertly crafted beast here, and a dangerous one.

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Photo of Truh
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked a three-bagger with this one on 1/1/2005 to ring in the New Year. 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked bomber poured twice in an Allagash glass.

1-inch plume of blistered, pock-marked head. Deeply golden to an orange hue with just a hint of haze and some beautiful cascading motion. Light summer, sweet cilantro and lemon/lime zest gratings on nose, with some spicy alcohol. Subtle, tangy malt with a shot of peach schnapps and some steel cut straw on mouth; frisonne of sunflower seeds and caramelized bananas. Overall, a cortex-crunching libation.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Place beer was reviewed: In ‘t Ankercafé, Grote Markt 28, B-2800 Mechelen

It had a nice Duvel like head. Which collapsed very as slow. The smell was a nice sweet hop odour. It had a long bitter hop taste that kept on lingering in the back my mouth. The aftertaste was very intense. Something I didn’t experience with this beer from the bottle.


Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

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Photo of nortmand
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a brown, corked 750.
Pours brilliant, clear golden, with a lingering white head, but little lace. I think it's a bit cold.
Sweet smells of clove emenate, which are immediately incorporated into the deep spiciness.
At first taste, there is a tingling pepper that mingles with the carbonation. The taste then spreads into a sweet spiciness, reminiscent of Chai latte, but due to the clean fermentation of the Belgian yeast.
The perfect amount of carbonation rounds this beer into near perfection as it broadens into a silky, smooth delight.
Needless to say, quite drinkable.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a full off-white head and very active slow bubbled carbonation. Strong Belgian spicy malt aroma with alcohol very noticeable. Strong spicy malt flavors with traces of coriander and cardamom. Medium-full bodied with a strong alcohol finish.

Not very tripel-ish to me ... more like a Belgian Strong Pale with lots of Wit-like spice character.

Per Label: "since 1369"

(11.2 oz / 330 ml)

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Photo of jdhilt
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-finger white head that vanishes without a trace lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is distinctly raisins, starts sweet and finishes sweet and sour but mellow. No hint of alcohol!! Another excellent triple. 330ml bottle for $3.49 from Hoosick St. Discount Bev, Troy, NY.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Triple pours in with a huge head that stays and leaves nice laces at the glas. Smell is very fruity, orange, koreander and also some hops. Smelling this nice palate you can't wait for the first sip. Its Alcoholic, yeastspicy and freshness of koreander again. The all over dry taste ends nice and bitter. Mouthfeel is good but could be a litle fuller. Finished this botle that was best till 2-4-07 within 15 minutes so must be good too!

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 33cl bottle.

pours a hazy gold with a 1/4 inch snow white head. Persistent head and persistent lacing. Smell is fruity and yeasty. Hints of sweetness and spice.

Taste is much like the smell, spicy and sweet. Light hint of cinnamon apples. Sour and peppery as it finishes. Really smooth and oddly creamy (for a tripel) Really one of the nicest textures I've had in a tripel. This one does not reveal it's strength in the body, though very flavorful. Watch out, it'll sneak up on you.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden in color with a creamy off-white head. Swirling carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is yeasty and peppery, with a light touch of fruits. It has a really soft aroma overall. The flavor is spicy, peppery and yeasty. It is also somewhat earthy as well. It is light in body for its strength and very drying in the finish. A very smooth, easy drinking Triple.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golde color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent that is slightly dry with a fruity yeast finish. It is rich and warm. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, warm, pale malt flavor that is rich and full of alcohol. It goes down slow and finishes slightly fruity and warm. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good tripel. It is a bit warmer than I would prefer, but it is full of flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of Hex92
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can smell the alcohol coming off this beer. I did a easy pour and ended up with no cloudiness. Nice white head that stuck around for a little while, didnt get much lacing. Alcohol warmed the tongue upon drinking. Good beer. Not fantastic. But then again Tripels aren't my favorite style. Interesting, but I don't think I would buy it again. There are just too many others out there that I like better.

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