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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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Added by marc77 on 08-12-2002

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – light amber color, a little murky, with about two fingers’ worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – hoppy-smelling, but from a different species than I’m used to smelling, so I can’t identify it. A little spicy as well.

Taste – hoppy-tasting as well, and the bitterness comes in, but more toward the middle of the taste. Maybe some spices in the taste too, but finishing with a slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, although not terribly interesting. Very good tasting.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of BBF 2011. 11.2oz bottle poured into a Southampton oversize snifter.

Pour yields a gigantic, 4 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a murky dark grapefruit. Lacing is patchy and thick with excellent cling. What you'd expect and then some. A bit too much for me.

Nose is clove, pineapple, tropical fruit, and Belgian yeast. Cane sugar sweetness sits in the background. Spices tickle the nose. Nice. A bit thin though.

Opens sweet citrus, flour, pineapple, and clove. More tropical fruit in the middle with Belgian yeast and cane sugar sweetness. Finishes spicy with a sweet, fruity aftertaste. Pretty standard.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive. Finish is accented with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Decent.

A solid offering for the style. Nothing really stands out but nothing falls short either. Worth trying and cellaring for a while to see what develops.

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Photo of olmatty
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a lightly clouded glowing yellow orange color with a thick, persistent, rocky head.

Smell-Creaminess, Zesty citrus fruit peel and some earthy spice, a complex and intoxicating aroma.

Taste-Creamy as the aroma implies, grainy and alcoholic hints of curacao orange and a distinct peach brandy sensation that is at last overcome by a clove and light hop bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, and smooth, alcohol is blended well into flavors, but apparent.

Overall-So complex in every respect. What a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is a different one, than last year.

I have learnt that Gouden Carolus is better than I first thought. First I didn't want to accept the liquorice in it. Now I do, I cannot say otherwise: this is great.

L: perfect; lasting top; crystal drops on the glass;
S: Good. Smells like Arabic gom (for the Dutch guys: it smells like 'trekdrop') and caramel. Next to this: a complete flower garden.
T: round, soft, gom, creamy;
M: very nice carbonation and alcohol;
O: lovely!

Sorry not to write this down in my first review!

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Photo of Rapax
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color and an enormous white head with tiny bubbles.

Smells initially sweet, with a fair amount of spices. Coriander. Complex. Intoxicating.

Taste is not as sweet as one would expect from the smell. Mint, citrus peel, and again, coriander. But there is more. A slight bitterness, precisely as much needed to balance the sweetness. A touch of rosé pepper, herbs, bay laurel leaves and an english style hop flavor.

Body is medium, with high carbonation.

I cannot drink this beer without hearing music. It is an angelic choir, a symphony, an ode to belgian craftmanship.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in a red wine glass. No dating apparent on the bottle. Pours a dull, burnt orange with a hazy clarity and a one inch dense, bright white head. Head eventually recedes into a solid 1/8th inch cap. An arc of lacing is formed on the tilt side of the glass with little droplets of foam cascading underneath the curve. Aromas of candied fruits (melon, figs, prunes) dominate the nose as well as a spicy/medicinal quality that follows close behind and a suggestion of caramel. Taste is very much in line with the nose; however, everything comes off a bit more muted. Mouthfeel is medium-light, albeit somewhat lacking in body for the style, with a crisp, almost sharp, carbonation and a semi-dry finish. This tends to be a hit or miss style for me; either I love it or I hate it. That said, this falls somewhere in the middle - pleasant and drinkable with a well-hidden abv; however, I would seek out other offerings if I was craving a tripel.

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Photo of brugge2004
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a hard time finding this one,but definitly worth the effort golden straw color with a beautiful fluffy head that is slow to recede leaving nice sticky lacing. The taste is not off puttingly sweet I think it hits the mark not too floral but some nice blended fruit banana hits me most. would definitly buy this again. Probably my favorite Het Anker brew

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Photo of imbibehour
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into an official Gouden Carolus glass.

A wonderful even twenty four carat gold middle body, accentuated around the edges with lemon hues. Cloudy but not dull and somewhat orb glowing. Leaves a wonderful white whip cream topping head even and nice. This small even head stays on top to never leave the drink. Drink leaves incredible thick spiderweb to circular tiny sheets of lacing while finishing. This perfection in a glass right here.

Bouquet is a light bodied yeast and malt, airy juicy lemon, with a mild sweetness with hard candy and vanilla stickiness. This is flat out wonderful.

Taste brings joy. Lemon bent and mild creamy texture sweetness. Creamy texture filling with lemon and vanilla in the mid palate brought by the nose, with a finishing like fruit mild banana. Sharp sensations at first the gives way to a brooding softness and feel. Hardly any alcohol tastes for a nine percent drink.

Overall this isn't just a fabulous tripel. Lemon drop mild sugars and malt and candy yeast, almost like a great cocktail. Pure mastery of drink. This is MAGIC in a bottle, pure friggin magic!!!

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

A: 3/4" soapy white head that left a nice lacing over cloudy copper liquid.

S: Banana, citrus, yeast, and some alcohol.

T: Banana, citrus, white wine, and yeast with a dry finish that is very pleasant.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of medium carbonation.

O: A great Tripel and a very easy drinker.

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Photo of nezelrac
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from 11.2oz bottle into tulip

A - pours a tarnished copper/orange with a voluminous off white head that dissipates slowly to a 1/8 inch and good lacing; good CO2 evident

S - lots of fruity esters up front - banana, apple, baked pear, nectarine, lemon balm, too; floral/herbal components present as well; plenty of yeasty/bready notes wrapped around and through the fruity parts; malt aromas are gentle and pale and lurking in the background with the brown sugar and orange/vanilla creme icing; there's a lot going on here...

T - milder echoes of the nose, with a mildly bitter component from mid-palate through the finish; here is where the malt is living - still wrapped in fruity esters and yeast, but straightforward cereal grain goodness; spicy notes pick up from the early mid-palate and emerge with focus on the finish showing white pepper and hints of coriander and anise

M - lively and significant; good weight; CO2 is spot on; intensity without being cloying

O - excellent stuff; a little rustic and better for it; a really good example of the style

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Photo of jnn4v
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, pale yellowish-orange color. Decent amount of foamy white head. No sediment, but decent amount of haze.

S: Doesn't sound at all like I'm used to for a Tripel - no coriander or herbal scent at all, and the Belgian yeast scent was subdued. Lemon zest, orange, and household cleansers - possibly ammonia?

T: Not bad, but not great. Some yeast, and all of the scent elements (lemon zest, orange and ammonia) are present in the flavor. Also some floral elements as well.

M: Ample carbonation, with small-to-medium sized bubbles - slightly more carbonated than a Tripel usually is. Slightly more viscous than a Tripel usually is and fairly dense. The combination of the high carbonation with the density led it to seem about average for the style - although achieved differently.

O: Not a bad Tripel, but not one I could conceive ever seeking out again. Atypical scents, flavors and textures (and none of them necessarily an improvement) make this more of a curiosity than anything else.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is straw gold in colour, and a MOUNTAIN of beautiful, frothy white head sits atop. Great retention, good lacing.

Smell is nice, but not overly strong. Belgian yeast, malt, and spice (clove, a bit of pepper). Faint fruit scent, certainly not as strong as in many tripels.

The spice is quite present in the taste, and is the most immediate flavour that sticks out for me. Pepper and clove, gives a bit of a nice zip to the beer. The malt is quite present, somewhat bready, but not overly sweet, though there is a bit of honey. Like the nose, fruit is present but quite subdued.

Moderate carbontation, but consists of very small bubbles. Beer is a little lighter bodied than some tripels, but still is fairly medium bodied. The spicy flavours impact the palate, similar to the carbonation.

Overall, a good tripel. Not one of the best, but a very enjoyable beer. Would always be happy to have it again.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours hazy golden-yellow color with nice white head
Smell: Sweet malts, yeast, grains, honey, apple/pear, and floral hops
Taste: Taste follows the smell with the addition of spicy cloves and citrus. Nice bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation
Overall: I love this one from tap, from bottle it is less fresh

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Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color. The gold color is softened somewhat by the haziness giving it that traditional Belgian look. Up top, a huge fluffy head of small white bubbles is on display for an eternity producing a nice lace is it subsides.

There's a fruity scent that I can't quite place a finger on, so I'm assuming it's from the yeast. Regardless, it's a classic smell.

The taste is similar to the smell. There's a bready, yeasty flavor that dominates, with the carbonation giving it a champagne-like taste.

As expected, it's very crisp with the high carbonation, which also gives it a bit of a dry finish. The ABV is high, but it's well-hidden as there is only minor heat deep in the swallow.

This is a classic, very refined Belgian. No other words are necessary.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay goblet at Semolina in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: A bit of white head with clinging lace. Glowing liquid gold. A bit cloudy.

S: Banana. Sweet spice. It smells like dessert. An interesting alcohol scent reminds me, of all things, of cachaça.

T: This is a good beer. But I think I prefer the bottled version. It's sweeter than expected, and the flavours are slightly muted. Still, there's plenty here to please. Robust, with a sternly alcoholic spiciness. The aftertaste is gentle and drying with a touch of yeast.

M: Not the most substantial (perhaps more on the watery end of the spectrum). Smackworthy and nice. Candyish.

O: Great beer. Interestingly different on-tap. Very sweet-smooth. Recommended, yes, but I think I'll stick to the bottle.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick tannish orange body that's translucent but not transparent. The head is thick like meringue and has some amazing stamina.

S - Slight banana with lots of wheat aroma.

T - Malty and slightly sweet with a very nice fruity Belgian finish. There is also the presence of alcohol.

M - Smooth and slightly warming from the alcohol.

~This is a great brew. One that I will certainly seek out again. I definitely recommend you, and every beer fan you know, sample this fine beverage.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Gouden Carolus goblet.

A: Lightly hazy, pale amber body; gorgeous rocky, longly-lasting two inches of head. Great retention and lacing. Classically beautiful Tripel.

S: Rich, smooth aromas of bready malt, fruity esters (pear + apple, light peach). Some pepper and clove as well. Lovely.

T: Peppery spice up front, with bubblegum + fruity esters leading the way to a malty, boozy finish. Tasty, if a bit hot.

M: Lively, prickly medium body. The huge carbonation softens out eventually, but it's a bit much even for this style.

O: As good as Cuvee van de Keizer is, I was excited to try the Tripel from this brewery. While I wasn't quite blown away by it, I would definitely rank it up in the top tier for the style, alongside things like Karmeliet and St. Bernardus. Good stuff.


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Photo of SFLpunk
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top. Fresh in today at the Beverage Warehouse but no date on the bottle.

Pours with some soapy, but sudsy white head atop a pristine and clear golden yellow body. Nose is SUPER floral, lots of chamomile, lavender and lemon-balm.

Palate is sharp with alcohol up front but then softens out into a sweet thing as it warms. Lots and lots of mixed flowers on the palate with honeysuckle coming out to the forefront. It also reminds me of a lemon/herb lozenge.

Good, but too floral for my tastes and the alcohol is hot and prickly. I prefer a little more sweetness in my Tripels.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw like color with a big three finger head that explodes in the glass. The head is frothy and soapy and recedes to a nice lace on the glass. The aroma is inviting big sweet notes of candy is rounded out by banana and clove aromas. A smell almost like banana runts. The taste follows the nose nicely, big sweet inviting taste. The candied notes are very present and then banana and clove and a hint of spiciness come in. There is also a champagne like after taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and moderately carbonated. Overall a very solid beer nice big smell and taste. The abv is very well hidden making this a smooth easy drink. This is a beer you could easily have a couple of.

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Photo of canjeeps
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Portsmith tulip

A- classic tripel color, golden with a slight haze. This one has some crazy head on it. Very tight bubbles. Once I poured it into the glass the head exploded into almost a whipped cream appearance and mouthfeel. I never experienced a head that was like whipped cream.

S- Sweet, bananas, cloves, hint of spice. very nice

T- This is one the better ones. I have had countless triples, and this one hits it on all notes. Mouthfell is creamy and dances on my tongue, It tastes like it smells, not much burn from the abv.

O- Classic triple. Try if you can

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super ultra fluffy cloud of white foam leaves gobs of styrofoam-stiff lace, and sits on top of a sunny yellow color, bright and with much clarity.

Nose is equal parts mineral, lemon, soap, earth, yeast. A bit less spicy and phenolic than many other tripels from the tripel motherland, but no less enjoyable. Just more Saison than Tripel, maybe.

Taste brings in a more traditional tripel slant, with sweet and "hotter" spices coming into the character of Gouden Carolus Tripel, along with the stuff detected in the aroma: lemon and mineral, especially. Citrusy; bright; honey-ish; fruity but not over-sweet. Slightly soapy, not in a bad way, just a way to describe a very detectable characteristic that lacks a better descriptor. Still pretty dry, like a good saison, hops are crisp and felt/tasted strongest after warming and during the finish.

Speaking of crisp, the mouthfeel is just that, along with being an airy, drier sort of drink, and the lemony tartness in the taste gives the sensation of mild lemonade pucker.

Interesting and different, in that the alcohol hardly presents itself (rare for a tripel) and the spiciness is more on the milder side and not quite as sharp as in many other tripels. A Big Belgian Blonde Ale, a Saison, an Imperial Golden Ale, or, okay, a Tripel, but probably just better to enjoy it for what it is than trying to pin it down to any single category (despite what the label says it is).

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Photo of chadlebald
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pale and slightly cloudy, with tons of head--I had to wait a bit to get to the full pour (in fact, I sucked down a few mouthfuls to make space -- no nasty jokes please!). Gentle lacing all the way down to the end of the glass.

S: sweet and malty with the 'expected' Belgian yeast tones. Picked up a bit of faint hops (expected a bit more based on bottle description).

T: Wow. Tropical fruits- pineapple and banana. Hop presence now felt (thank you tongue). I'm getting minerally hops. Not lots but a bit more than typical of the style. And me likey. Finishes with slight alcohol warmth.

M: coats the palette throughout with a balanced smoothness--just enough bitterness to say 'hey don't forget about me!'

O: Agree with previous poster on these fronts: 9% abv sneaks up (wouldn't have thunk it), and may indeed be my new favorite Belgian--tripel or otherwise (title previously held by chimay blue).

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Photo of boudreaux
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an opaque, cloudy golden color, with a huge, billowy white head; head is a good 3 fingers thick (had to pour 2/3 of bottle, wait for a good 1 minute for head to dissipate, and pour the rest) and finally dissipates to leave a memory foam with sticky lacing

S: This brew has the perfect aroma; very delicate flavors play on the nose, with malt and the candy sugar familiar to Belgian beers present; slight malty notes also present, evidenced by the bready aroma; banana and clove spices also sneak in

T: Hello, fruit! Apricot, banana, and fig flavors sweeten the taste up front; the Belgian candy only sweetens the deal; a hint of malt (caramel) exists, and the spices make their presence known late in the flavor profile, with clove and nutmeg coming out; the bitterness from hops are barely noticeable, but do balance the flavor well

M: The sticky, thick mouthfeel from the malt and Belgian candy overwhelm the mouth upfront; almost syrupy thick; however, the hops provide a biting effect, and the spicy alcohol notes provide warmth and balance; very complex mouthfeel

O: This Tripel sneaks up on you. The flavors are complex, delicious, and perfectly balanced. The alcohol hit me about 3/4 of the way through the bottle. It has a perfect aroma, a great taste and mouthfeel, and is overall wonderful. May be my favorite Belgian beer.

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Photo of Meerkey
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, fizzy white head -light clear gold.

S: Hops and grains. Spices, dark fruits.

T: Dark fruits, grains, hops, and honey. Delicious.

M: Tingly -fresh, clean, and lingering aftertaste.

O: Delicious. A very good tripel -the classic Gouden Carolus is still my favorite, but this is lovely.

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Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $5.49. No freshness date, unfortunately.

Poured a cloudy apricot color, with an inch of white foam. Lots of sediment. Not a lot of carbonation to this, so the head and lacing seemed rather restrained, though a foam skiff endured.

Cloves and bright, sweet, tropical fruit notes abound in the nose.

Spicy and fruity in equal measure, this tastes very well balanced. There's a slight crispy zap at the swallow.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style: light, effervescent ad crisp.

An absolute pleasure to drink, this goes down very easy. I could have several, were it not for the abv and the price.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 969 ratings
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