Gouden Carolus Tripel | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel

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Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very sweet beer.
The looks are impressive. Grand head, nice and faomy. Clear yellow color.

In the aroma lots of fruits, banana, orange.
Also a very fruity taste. Orange, and something i can not specify.

Got a nice bitternes in the aftertaste.

Like it a lot. But not to much of it!

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz longneck.
A) pours with a big head. Stays large with good retention. Hazy yellow body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Banana. Yeast. Subtle clove and orange peel.
T) Banana. Hints of pear. Clove. Fairly clean finish.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Tannin / slick tongue feel in the finish.
O) A good tripel. I'd definitely drink another one.

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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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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4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we have one of my all-time favorite breweries doing one of my all-time favorite traditional styles of beer. I will do my best to remain unbiased! No promises. Ha!

Appearance - The head retention and lacing on this Tripel is always the first thing to impress me. Very creamy. I believe this is a filtered beer, yet it is still reasonably cloudy. Clearly they do not over filter, which personally, I like. A very strong golden yellow, as well as mild, bright orange coloration.

Smell - Yeast and lemon citrus zap the senses. Very sharp and slightly 'bready.' Not much sugar coming through, however, there is a little bit. Not a complicated aroma. Decent overall smell but nothing amazing.

Taste - Licorice/ anise is very prominent. Lots of orange peel coming through as well. Vanilla and heavy floral notes are also noticeable. A subtle use of coriander perhaps. A hint of toffee (especially after it warms). Quite a sweet beer, but overall very balanced. The pale malts and hops really play their part in distracting the tongue from how sugary this Tripel is. Very impressive. Again, LOVE the use of anise.

Mouthfeel - This is interesting. It seems to really sit on the tongue more than most places. Directly on the surface and around the sides. A relatively smooth and syrupy beer. Not a ton of 'feel' per se, but very silky nonetheless.

Overall - Het Anker outdoes themselves. This is an excellent Tripel. The combination of pale malts, sugars and Belgian hops really leaves the enthusiast wanting more. It's no wonder this traditional beer is still one of the oldest standing recipes from Mechelen (brewed since 1941 for the Knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece, according to their official website). A true *classic*. Wait. Speaking of which...

Maybe another outstanding (sibling) beer is in need of review...?

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

Gouden Carolus Triple pours a nice golden color. It’s very hazy. Looks a bit copper or orange when held to light. It’s topped with a white head that rises to about two and a half fingers tall. It’s slow to recede, and leaves a moderate coat of sticky lace behind.

The nose is quite good. It features a really nice Belgian yeast scent. Smells mostly like clove and pepper. It has a strong fruit presence. Apple and pear flavors work really well with the Belgian yeast. There’s also a healthy amount of banana here. It’s a nice complement to the clove. There are some sweet, malty scents, but they’re secondary. Alcohol is very mild in the mix for 9% abv.

The flavor is even more impressive. The malt base is little sweet. Tastes mostly like pale malt. Belgian yeast has a very strong presence. It’s quite spicy, featuring very tasty clove and pepper flavors. They’re complemented by host of fruit flavors, including apple, pear, banana, and light pineapple. The banana flavor complements the spicy notes extremely well. Earthy and grainy notes are present throughout. They’re definitely secondary though. Alcohol is blended extremely well and is barely noticeable for 9% abv. Very impressive.

The body is best described as medium. Carbonation appears active, but the bubbles feel light and soft. Very smooth and lush. Impressive. This stuff is way too easy to drink. This 750 is disappearing quickly. I wish I had more.

Brouwerij Het Anker brews excellent beer. Gouden Carolus Triple is no exception. This is simply delicious stuff. It might not be the world’s best Tripel, but it’s definitely competitive. The Belgian yeast presence and the banana flavor really make it stand out. They work extremely well together. Irrespective of what you’re into, Gouden Carolus Triple is well worth your money and your attention. Find a bottle…or two.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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