Gouden Carolus Tripel | Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel
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Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by marc77 on 08-12-2002

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz(330 ml) brown Het Anker Belgian style bottle with the usual greatness of a Het Anker Gouden Carolus label. Really classy and something always catches my eye. This was poured as always into a Het Anker/Gouden Carolus goblet.

A - straw yellowish golden with small hints of light orange. Head pours a fluffy white that takes a few moments to settle into its lovely clumpy ring of lace. There is some stick, but it just clumps back into its brilliant pillowy head.

S - very fruity aroma with some spice. Banana, soft orange with some citrusy notes. The display of yeast in the aroma is off the charts. Absolutely excellent aroma. Sweet, fruity, and spicy. The notes in this nose leave me mouth watering every single time.

T - a nice shot of banana with lighter notes of orange and very faint green apple. I'm very impressed with the banana character. Spicy Belgian funk from a yeast strain that's both spicy and sweet. A nice bready malt. Coriander, clove, and pepper are notes that's also detectable. Some fruity alcohol esters in the finish.

M - not quite full. More of a bigger medium body with great Tripel style texture. Really a lot going on and the feel for me is spot on for the style. There is some alcohol present but don't let it fool you, it's unbelievably drinkable for its size. Nice warming and coating with this Belgian Tripel.

O - my all time favorite Tripel. Period. I've had a lot of good ones, but nothing puts on an overall display like Het Anker's Gouden Carolus Tripel does each time I enjoy it. It's actually shocking how this brew brings excitement with every experience. It just keeps throwing unprecedented qualities at me each time. This is a Tripel I can have any time of year and know I just bought an enjoyable Belgian ale every time I buy it. This thing is brilliant and hands down one of the best in its style. Highly recommended and something ill always enjoy.

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3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a golden orange color with vibrant carbonation. Even with a gentle pour, this forms an aggressive, billowy head about four fingers high. It's off-white in shade with a wonderful consistency and impressive/frustrating retention. The lacing it leaves behind is plentiful, as well. This looks just about perfect in the proper glassware (cough).

S: There's a vibe of both peppers - both black pepper and less-pleasing green bell pepper - and citrus, namely orange. Honey, too. I don't seem to get much of the apple/pear/bread notes typical of Belgian yeast at first, but they pop up once the beer opens up. Nicely complex, even if not every note is perfect.

T: This one is pretty sweet. Honey is the first (and most assertive) flavor I notice, which lasts all the way to the moderately long finish. More typical yeast notes slowly enter past the midpoint, drying out the sweetness (somewhat). The back end also has notes of vanilla and mineral water. Dare I suggest it's even metallic? Other than that foible, it's decent.

M: What seems like a sweet brew at first becomes pretty dry. Only as it warms up does (mild) alcohol become noticeable - still nothing to detract from the experience. To me, it loses its carbonation a bit too soon, though thankfully it doesn't make this one too syrupy. Good drinkability for a tripel...which means it has great drinkability by regular standards.

O: Pretty good tripel. Not an amazing one, because it doesn't hit all my preferred style buttons the right way (I'm not a huge fan of the slight metallic finish, and the booze doesn't quite have that 'just concealed enough' quality of the top-flight tripels). Doubt I'd buy it again, but I'd never refuse a sample.

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3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy pale golden beer. There head is made of fine white bubbles that leave thick sticky lacing on the glass.

S: A strong orange aroma with a medium amount of pepper followed by a medium-low honey aroma. There is a light malt aroma and a floral alcohol aroma.

T: Strong citrus flavor with a bit of pithy bitterness that has me thinking it was brewed with bitter orange peels. As in the nose there is a medium pepper phenol. There is a medium hops bitterness with floral and spicy hops flavor. The balance is fairly bitter but there is a light honey-like malt sweetness.

M: A medium bodied beer with a very strong level of carbonation.

A: very citrusy and spicy beer with orange and pepper dominating the flavor and aroma. A nice balance of all the flavors a tripel should have orange, pepper, honey ad alcohol.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 89.2% out of 100 with 961 ratings
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