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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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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
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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Photo of MadScientist
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of dirtylou
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split w/appropriate glassware, paired with some Mussels, Poutine and Foie at Chambar in Vancouver

A classic tripel - well rounded with notes of candied orange, bubble gum, clove, white pepper, corriander, tropical fruit, tangerine. Very versatile and a compliment to all sorts of dishes - very good stuff.

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Photo of Pwnasaur90
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After recently moving, I have found myself next to a humongous stack of belgian beers that I have never even heard of. Yeah, I know these guys are a big name in the beer world but in my tiny corner of the globe, we didn't have access to such delights.

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden, almost straw color with a nice, fluffy white head. Head dissipates only slightly after pour.

Smell: A very mellow aroma to this beer. Normally, i'd come to expect a nice, malty sweetness and slight fruit but with this beer, I only get a tinge of fruit.

Taste: Tasty; The fruit is definitely a power player in this beer. Grapefruit, white grape flavors shine. Melds into a nice malty, sweet finish.

Overall: Quite the scrumptious tripel. If you are looking for something in that style wit a nice, light fruitiness and smooth finish, then I definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- hazy orangish color with some floaters. there is a fine white head that doesn't linger but leaves a nice white cap and some lacing.

Aroma- carmel butter sweet smelling like flowers

Taste- alcohol, carmel sweet vinous. wow its very belgiany without a lot of the yeastyness. Its a strong sipper I am having it with a steak. I think it would compliment a soft cheese and pickles.

Mouthfeel- warming, fizzy medium to full bodied.

Overall- it doesnt get clovey or banana y like a typical belgian the booze is noticable but well played.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: tangerines, delicate hops, and sweet basil

Taste: tart oranges, honey, coriander, subtle hops, and candied sugar

This is one of the first tripels I've had so my review may be slightly more leaning on the positives than the negatives. Regardless of what I just said, this beer is a must for tripel lovers and goes very well with green grapes, Brie cheese, and toast crackers; be sure to lay down the marmalade on each cracker

Also, I've had this out of a tulip and the company's chalice; I prefer the company's method of delivery

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Accidently poured a bit of the bottom sediment into the glass.

Balanced, maybe just a bit to the malty side, but with plenty of bitterness in the middle and a nice dry finish. I believe an excellent representation of the style. A beer I will buy again and would be proud to serve at my house.

A – Pours a light straw color. Slightly cloudy, even before the sediment. Huge dense white head, which faded to about half-finger and then maintained. Creamy, sticky white lacing. Good carbonation.

S – Not overly spicy, some faint fruity/citrusy sweetness, no alcohol.

T – Yeasty, a little spicy funk, slight tang of lemon, bitter but balanced with plenty of malt flavor. Dry finish. Hides its 9% ABV very well.

MF – Bright with a medium body.

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

A: Pours a slight haze, pale straw colour, thin head, thin lacing.

S: green bananas, sour citrus, sour apples.

T: Same as nose with some breadyness.

M: High carbonation, full body. Dry body but finishes with some residual sweetness

O: Exceptional! This is a well balanced Triple with some great sourness balanced with sweetness.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, thumb of head with solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Bitter citrus rind, bananas, cotton candy and mandarin orange, sweet yeast and a heavy dose of cloves and all-spice.

T - Sour citrus rind dominates alongside the cloves, mandarin oranges come through nicely with a peppery spice, leafy green hop presence and a bitter grapefruit finish. ABV is incredibly well hidden, making for a dangerously drinkable brew.

M - Lighter bodied ale that is a tad prickly, though finishes surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty tripel, and a tad lighter than I've had lately, which was nice for a change. This one was heavy on the citrus flavour profile, which I really enjoyed. I would certainly buy this one again, unfortunately, as is the case with the LCBO, these offerings don't last long.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled in 2012
Glass: Tulip

Het Anker has a very good tripel with their recipe, which is very reminiscent of Chimay's Spéciale Cent Cinquante in aroma and flavor. Displaying a bouquet of flowery cherry blossoms along with citrus/banana esters and bread-like malts with similar flavors. Like the Chimay, this strikes me as a spring-appropriate beer, a bright tripel without the yeast heaviness that is found in many others (and which I enjoy as equally). I actually prefer this over Chimay's Spéciale Cent Cinquante, and its US distribution and relatively low price don't hurt.

Pours a very tall (4cm) head of off-white to beige foam, composed of small (on the bottom) to medium (middle) and large (top) bubbles. Retention lasts for ages, as expected for the style, and the foam eventually fades to a still substantial 0.75cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, substantial thick washes mixed with spiderweb-like patterns line the insides of the glass. The body is a fairly bright golden orange color, about 40-50% opaque, with light bringing out brighter, paler yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is visible, quite active and very numerous.

Smells very similar to Chimay's Spéciale Cent Cinquante: bright, floral and fruity. There is a pleasant cherry-blossom scent, along with orange zest and mild banana, spicy Continental hops, sweet pale malts that accentuate the blossom-like scent, and subdued Belgian yeast phenols. Really phenomenal, a wonderful and lively aroma.

Front palate is of rich, sweet malt with notable cherry blossom flavors, musty Belgian yeast, banana-like esters, citrus zest (orange and bit of lemon), and slightly spicy and woodsy Continental hops. Mid-palate of banana, sweet and bready malts, Belgian yeast phenols, orange rind, diluted honey, pale malt sweetness, spice and woodsiness from Continental hops, and slight ethanol (as the beer warms). Back of palate picks up ethanol, slight coconut, pale bready malts, Belgian yeast phenols, and spicy Continental hop contributions. Aftertaste of peach, apricot, and nectarine with a touch of Belgian yeast phenols and musty banana.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy, prickly feel at first, but quickly becoming very foamy, smooth and creamy, ultimately as soft on the palate as it is in smell and taste.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A three finger head appeared on top. The beer itself poured a hazy golden.

There are some fruity aromas present and an overall mild and pleasing aroma is present.

The taste is fruity and sweet with the carbonation being a little forward.

Quite a nice tripel...thanks to my Belgian buddy B for bringing this to me.

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Photo of peensteen
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange with just over a finger of white head, light lace as well here. Smell is fruity with lots of green apple and banana, yeasty with just a bit of spice to it as well, crisp malt with lots of lemony hops in there as well. Taste has spice up front followed by massive fruit largely in the way of green apple, lemony, banana and yeasty, mild lingering bitterness throughout, more fruit in the aftertaste. Medium-high prickly carbonation, medium creamy body. One of the better triplels I have had in a while, something worthy of multiple revisits.

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Photo of newton99
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: some spices up front followed by candy sugar and light fruits like grapes and pears. Sweet bread aromas bring up the finish.

T: spices at first followed by some light fruits and candy sugar. A strong, sweet yeasty flavor follows with a slight alcohol burn.

M: medium-light body with highish, frothy carbonation, this beer's alcohol presence keeps it from being light and crisp.

O: a pretty decent tripel overall. I would like a bit more depth of flavor with less alcobol presence.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of spinrsx
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3.00

Appearance - hazy gold colour with a massive size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 6-7 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, white grapes, oranges, clove/yeast, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with bananas and green grapes and orange zest. There is also some clove and yeast and some candied sugar. It ends with a light bittersweet fruity aftertaste.

Overall - I don't think this brewer makes a bad beer. This is another wonderfully balanced yet complex beer. The flavours are great and don't taste artificial and the alcohol is well hidden. A winner.

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Photo of hardy008
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark gold with a 3 finger foamy white head, with good retention and very nice lacing. the aroma has peaches, pears, apples, pale malts, Belgian yeast, and spices.

The taste is sweet, with some bitterness for balance. There are pale malts, candy sugar, pepper, peaches, pears, apples, citrus, and spices. The citrus hop flavor combines with the pepper to provide enough bitterness to make this a nicely balanced beer.

Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for 9.00 % abv. Another very nice, and well made beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of gmelcar
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly hazy golden liquid. Dense and persistent white foam, with a nice lacing.
Citrus aroma. Flavor is orangy, with hints of honey. Medium bodied beer. Alcohol is present but very well balanced into flavors. Dry aftertaste. Very nice tripel !

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

33cl bottle. Hazy orange pour with a white head. Bananas, coriander, Belgian yeast, floral hops, lemon zest, honey, thyme. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a sticky sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of KingSlayer
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz bottle
poured a golden semitranslucent liquid, at least 2 fingers white head, medium retention, nice lacing, visible carbonation, nose of honey, cinnamon and colves, estery malts, palate is interesting because its not dark fruits like you would expect, this is more like honey spiced refreshing brew with malt estery character. medium body lots of carbonation, i liked it because its different and liked the honey spiced touch.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a hazy pale orange body with a sticky bubble antique white head that is supported by strands of microbubbles.

S- The double bubble aroma has some fruity esters to follow with a ripe peach quality to them. There are some dried orange peel notes and overripe pineapple hints come through in the finish.

T- The taste of club soda and dry yeast has some orange zest flavor in the finish. There is a lemon ester note that comes through as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz and no real alcohol heat.

O- The nice dry fruity esters combined with crisp easy drinking beer make this beer go down very fast. The citrus flavors are a nice twist on the classic tripel

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer. I like tripels but mostly drink American made; though I figured it being NYE and all I'd try another Belgian tripel, and was not disappointed.

I popped the cork off and the thing fizzed out all over the counter, floor, and sink eventualy, so no lack of carbonation. After that situation was dealt with I poured it into a goblet. Nice amber color, hazy, just what I like to see.

Smelled BREADY, which I like - super yeasty. I make my own bread, and the aroma coming off of that was very much like freshly baked bread. Had a bitter tinge to the flavor, like some subtle hoppiness, but not hopped exactly, and it brought some nice structure into it. Maybe more like a saison-type of funkiness. The alcohol was present but hung back respectfully. Herbal, fairly thick, slick, and traditional.

Nothing wrong with it, and overall a very good tripel, though I'd probably not get it again for myself. I would recommend it though, and I'd probably buy a bottle to give as a gift or bring to an occasion.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, fruits, spices, and a mild citrus-like hop aroma. Taste is much the same with a nice crisp fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a great smell and some nice flavors.

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Photo of Maakun
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color, almost straw. Quite clear, and with a big white head that shrinks quite fast to a smal layer.

At suggested serving temperature there's not much smell. After a little while in the glass there's some yeast, lemon, and a hint of cloves.

Taste is yeasty, some spices (cloves), a little dried fruits, and some hoppiness. Also again a little lemon(peel). Aftertase is almost like fresh bread with some hops and apples. Also a slight grassiness that I don't like too much.

Mouth is quite light, nice carbonation. Nothing too special.

Overall this is a nice tripel, quite light, but nicely balanced. The big yeastmonsters aren't my favorites, this is a bit more mellow and fresh, not bad at all!

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Photo of benfons
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: nice hazy blond colour, little carbonation rising up, nice thick head

S: orange/lemon, clove, petit beurre biscuits, a hint of hops

T: loads of malts, banana and orange, hint of pepper some yeast, quite balanced, altough not that complex

M: the peppery notes really irritate my tongue, other wise carbonation is fine, medium body

O: descent beer, not wild of the peppery aspects, well balance, not very complex

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Slightly hazy, somewhere in between deep golden and orange. Huge and also dense white head that shows great retention throughout the whole tasting. Not as much lacing as you would expect from such a head but still enough to be satisfied with

S- Musty/earthy yeast is dominant. Some delicate fruity (citrus, apple) and sugary notes on the back of things, also a slight warming touch from the alcohol. Overall obviously on the sweet side

T- Not as earthy as the smell suggested, but much more bright instead. Caramel malts, with strong candy-like notes from the sugar, very sweet but still far from cloying. nice support from the esters, on the back but still vividly present with a warming spicy feel. Then some fruity notes as the smell suggested (again apple, slight citrus, pear maybe). Very nice and perfectly amalgamated

M- Very soft, full-bodied mouthfeel on both tongue and palate. Carbonation is still quite vivid, adding a touch of lively/prickly feel to the mouthfeel. Just dry enough in the aftertaste to make you longing for another sip

O- A classic tripel that stays totally true to the style, and a great one at that. I would ask no more. Very nice balance and drinkability given the 9%ABV

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