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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 -3.1%

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Photo of Agent1
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of prototypic
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slowly gushes out the top, then pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly over super hazy wheat orange yellow color.

Nose has plenty of Belgian malts, golden malts, Belgian yeast aromas with darker fruit, fig, white raisin, apricot, etc. Then light candi sugar, hint of booze and esters.

Taste starts with more sugar flavors, quite sweet but not overly, candi sugar again, white molasses, light spices. A bit of booze and esters as well, with Belgian golden malts and Belgian yeast once again. Plenty of fruits again, apricot, pear, light white raisin and light fig and nutty, with light spices as well. Finishes a bit bitter, lingering spices and fruits, bit more booze and esters as well as sweet like malts but quite dry.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, lots of carbonation, maybe a bit too much.

Overall pretty good, more like Belgian golden strong ale but tripel suits it well. Nice malt and fruity yeast balance, hint of booze, tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Squelch
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw colored. Wonderful lacing. Head that stays forever

Smell: Wonderful esters. Smells like a triple should.

Taste: What balance and flavor. no harshness. Slight hop bitterness. Wonderful esters abound.

Mouthfeel: Who cares with this taste. perfect balance of syrupy sweetness and carbonation.

Overall: My best triple yet. A must try

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Photo of Lemke10
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 330mL bottle from Woodman's in Janesville, WI as part of a closeout deal for $2.59.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a very large head that is thick and fluffy. Very highly carbonated bottle. The scent is rich with yeast and bready hints. Hops and other earthy tones are evident as well. Taste is mild and creamy. Every ingredient mixes quite well for a bready, earthy grain taste. A really great brew from Belgium. This may have been a 9% beer but it certainly didn't taste like it. I almost want to give this a beer some 5's but idk, with all the beer out there is this is 5 worthy.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a tight white head, great lacing.

Loads of yeast in the aroma. With herbal hops. Earthy and oak.

Very mellow taste that follows the aroma. Hoppier than many tripels and less sweet, which accents the yeast more. Very good creaminess.

A nice tripel.

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Photo of tony223366
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 22, 2011.

A: Cloudy tan color. Almost like a light caramel. Great 2 fingers of white fluffy head. A beauty!

S: Very citrusy with a sweetness. Some herbal aromas that I'm having trouble placing. Coriander?

T: Definitely a rich caramel. Still lots of herbs and a citrus backbone. Slightly bitter at the finish. Need a bit more though. Nice warming alcohol especially once this beer warms.

M: Very nice and creamy, almost fluffy body.

O: Good beer. Not perfect but I still really enjoyed it.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got an opportunity to grab this one at The Gardens, Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur at Bottles and Bottles, one cool place to shop for beer in KL. They have a nice sit out where you can sample the beers, chat with the owner and flip through beer books. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Gouden Carolus tulip. The beer is a translucent golden orange with lemony hues around the edges with a nice sheen overall. The head is a massive 3 fingers wide with heavy lacing and retention. Beneath the suds hides a bouquet of varied aromas - grain and pale malt, candi sugar, yeast and tropical fruits. Very inviting and tantalizing. The nose lingers on.
The taste follows the nose - sweet candi sugar and pale malt upfront followed by a burst of tropical fruits. This is one of the sweeter tripels that you will ever have with almost no hop presence but a bold, dryish finish. The beer has enough spike in it from the carbonation to take the flavours all over. Subsequent sips simply coat your palate with more assertion of taste. The beer feels very lively on the palate. The post mortem reveals massive rings of lacing till the bottom of the glass.
I would really rate this tripel very high - maybe not the best and not in the same boat as the Westmalle, but in a class of its own. A must have.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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