Gouden Carolus Tripel | Brouwerij Het Anker

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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 Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of C20Percent
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

*Review taken from notes*

A: Hazy yellow-gold. Nice amount of bubbles. Dirty white head.

S: Sweet fruity champagne aroma. Citrus notes. Very fragrant. Smells fresh.

T: Crisp subtle sweet flavors. I'm getting all types of fruit flavors. Grapes. Passion Fruit. Booze is very well managed. A refreshing finish.

M: Light body.

O: An American craft brewer would call this an Imperial Blond Ale. Taste like an import -- no mistaking that. Good beer that I would drink again. Not as heavy as a Merry Monks, but more refreshing, IMO. I think this is an "A" beer.

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

A: A hazy, very light orange pour with a big fluffy white head atop it. Retention is quite good with a smattering of lacing.

S: Lots of belgian yeast with some lemon and pears.

T: Yeasty with lots of cloves. Lemon peel, apple and pear. Bready sourdough malt. A touch of grass and some pepper.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth

O: A well balanced and drinkable tripel. Not as yeasty as some but it is still there of course.

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

Pours murky gold with some light brown, a bit dark. A huge almost white fluffy foam forms then sticks to the glass and stays 'till I finish.

Smell is rich bread, grassy yeast, spice, and some apple fruitiness.

Taste is toffee embedded in cookies, Belgian yeast, with a lemon spice ending. Aftertaste of the tangy yeast is there as well.

This beer coats my tongue with a creamy smooth texture of a well made beer. A light yeasty tang brings it back to earth.

A stellar example of Belgian. A little dark for most of the Tripels I have tried so far, but who cares? Fruits, spice, yeast, all where they should be. Nicely done.


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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Julien
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of rderedin
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of n2185
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of AZbelgian
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light blond color. Very hazy, which gives it a darker appearance. Huge white creamy head with fantastic retention and good lacing.

S - Smells of sweet fruit (apricots, maybe some apple) peppery with some yeast.

T - Taste mimics the aroma: sweet fruit (again apricots, pear with maybe some apple), candy sugar, a bit peppery with some nice yeastiness. Slightly bitter/peppery finish with a lightly tart aftertaste.

M - Light and bubbly in the mouth, smooth then tart.

O - A really good Tripel. The blend of sugar, fruit and peppery yeastiness blends nicely for a solid flavor. One of Brouwerij Het Anker's best.

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

11.2oz bottle served into a russian river chalice

pours light blond cider color with a full blown 3 finger head. the head slowly dissipates leaving some boulder bubble lacing on the glass

pepper, clove, apple, orange, and slight floral in the nose.

malty, with some heavy spices and clove as the centerpiece, some light fruits hang in there as well.

this has one distinct taste. gonna buy another couple of these and cellar them, see how they develop.

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Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden color w/ a fluffy, creamy white head, leaves chunks of sticky lacing. Vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is floral, herbal; apricots, Belgian yeast, mild bubblegum as it warms.

Taste is fruity, subtle mustiness. Some tropical citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied and satisfying.

Overall another solid offering from Brouwerij Het Anker.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of axeman9182
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip. This was one of my last remaining souvenirs from Belgian Beer Fest 2011.

Gouden Carolus Tripel pours a super hazy tangerine. The frothy white head is absolutely massive, approaching four fingers worth of foam. Head retention couldn't possibly be any better, and the lacing left alongside the glass is plentiful. The nose leads more towards pear than anything else on the ester front, though there is a little bit of green apple as well. There are also some light black pepper and alcochol aromas present to keep things interesting. The fruitiness in the flavor leans even more towards pears, to the point where with the one sided esters and somewhat muted phenols, and a bit of alcohol, that the beer approaches what I imagine a pear cider would taste like. This isn't really a good thing, as it leaves the beer one note, and isn't necessarily what I'd look for in a tripel. The mouthfeel is fantastic though, with a nice and dried out body and an expansive, bubbly carbonation. Gouden Carolus Tripel isn't a bad beer, but it's also firmly not in my top tier of tripels.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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