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 jnn4v
3.46/5  rDev -16%
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 -2.2%
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 +4.4%
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 -2.2%
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 -3.4%
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 -1.5%
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 +0.2%
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 -11.7%
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 +1.9%
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 -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 +12.9%
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 +14.6%
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 +5.6%
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 +4.9%
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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Photo of mmva321
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Tripels do me good in so many ways.

A: I love the color of the body; it's a deep yellow with a slight orange hue. The body is very hazy but has only a small amount of carbonation, which is my biggest complaint on a visual level. There's a large amount of white head that leaves some delicate lacing and has a good amount of retention.

S: It's a little too faint. That's the bad part out of the way. After that it's pure tripel goodness with sweet honey and clove melding with hops and funk to create a nice, light and balanced aroma. Banana, pear, apple I get as far as fruits, but I'm sure there are many more. Maybe if I spent more time smelling fruit I could tell you all of them.

T: I think the balance of the taste is off, at least for my taste. I usually love the light sweetness of a tripel, offset by hops and funk and some tart fruit. In Golden Carlous, the hops and funk dominate the taste along with clove. It's too funky. Although I get a honey taste, which is a nice addition, I fail to really pick up a consequential amount of fruit. I also miss that smoothness I usually find in tripels. This beer is more bracing.

M: Pretty good, but a little thin, and a little light on the carbonation.

D: It's an easy drinking beer, so generally, the tripel will always get some points, but this beer has problems. It's overly strong funk and hops ruin the balance that is so important in a tripel, and the lack of malts in the taste aren't there to mask any faults or give a unity to the beer. It's still good, but I think there are many better options in the style.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 1/13/11.

Whoa, we've got a gusher! Luckily I was prepared and decanted slowly into a large snifter. The color is a slightly cloudy gold which might be just a shade darker than most Tripels I have seen. Even with the slow pour, a dense, pillowy, just off-white head debuts at 3 fingers and shrinks slowly. The carbonation is copious and furious and weaves between fine yeast sediment. Lacing left on the glass is clumpy, sticky, and intricate.

The smell contains fruity esters and spice from the yeast, aromas of candied pineapple, banana, crisp Granny Smith apple, pepper, clove, and just a little pine. White grape, golden raisin, and caramel are also found in the bouquet. It is a sweet smell, but with just enough yeast and hops to balance the sweetness.

Ooh, the taste is nice. Caramel and candied fruit land on my lips at first, followed by a burst of clove and peppery spice and a fruity Belgian yeast twang. All sorts of fruit flavors abound - banana, pear, green apple, white grape, mango. The finish is nicely dry for the style with an earthy hop bite.

The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent while at the same tome possessing some medium cream tones. A nice nip from the spiciness and a decently puckering finish complements the creaminess, but just a little too much of the sweet meat is left on the none at the end of the sip.

This is a very drinkable treat with a well-hidden a.b.v. I do not drink Tripels all that often, but this is definitely one that I will look for again when I am in the mood for this style.

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Photo of MrOH
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

peachy gold with a tight head

apricot, pastry nose

apricot, bread, biscuit, cookie, thyme, chamomile, honey, dandelion, white pepper, anise

medium bodied, slightly sweet, light carbonation with fine bubbles

complex, but easy to drink

from notes, 9-26-10

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Photo of sprucetip
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Hazy golden with huge fluffy white head, great retention, extremely active, and with big chunks of yeast visible.

Subtle Beligan yeastyness with some malty sweetness and boozy esters.

Tangy fruity yeasty influence with sweet maltyness playing a supporting role. Floral hops, and mild bitterness add depth and complexity. It balances well, and has a touch of lingering bitterness.

Tingly carbonation fades quickly and reveals a rich, medium bodies middle before the drying and slightly bitter finish.

A legitimate Belgian Ale. Complex, balanced, and nuanced. A tasty treat to sip slowly.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pooured a columinous head on top of a orange-red body with great carbonation and lace everywhere. A great aroma that is the Belgian standard. Yeast, orange and citric hops, hints of caramel and/or a mellow sugary sweet malt base; slightly acidic and hints of pepper; something like pear or apple as well. Light-bodied, smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel makes this real easy to drink which is dangeours as the high ABV is well-hidden. Some crisp citric flavors as well as some tart apple or pear give it a little bite, but there's also an orange twang and the yeast notes balance it w/ sweetness. Light spicy pepper, some caramel or honey sweetness and a touch of woodiness all lead to a well-balanced beer that alternates between sharp and fruity and sweet and easy-going. A well-made beer that finishes dry and crisp and probably only spot ABV kicks in, this is a great sipper that gives off plenty of flavors and is a must-try.

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

A: Rich golden color, slightly cloudy with 2 fingers of billowy white head with decent retention. After the head recedes, it remains as just a single thin layer on the top of the beer. No lacing to speak of.

S: Yeasty, some notes of honey, and a slightly sour aroma. Different, but not unpleasant.

T: Sweet and yeasty. The honey flavor in the aroma comes through, the and the sweetness is balanced by some hops. The alcohol does not come through the flavor at all, and only a warming sensation in the throat alerts me to the 9 ABV. The beer ends up balanced, but there is a time before the hops kick in that I find this beer a little cloying.

M: Light, a decent amount of carbonation and slightly sticky.

D: A good beer, but there are better Belgians out there. I don't particularly care for the honey-sweetness, but I can see how some people would really like it. I would say that it's definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of impending
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy caramel with a dense pure white head that subsides slowly, nice sheet lacing.

Aroma is yeasty light skinned fruits and grape skins. Could be mistaken for a strong pale aroma.

Taste is quite sweet. Nice phenols give way to the ripe fruits with a citrus twang, spicy. Pleasant minor hops come out in the slightly dry finish. Alcohol is gut warming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Tripel | 750 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Tripel
Glass: Duvel tulip

A swirling mass of honey-hued bubbles pulsate in a golden sea. Mountains of foam, white as bone, tower above.

Belgian spicy yeast, lemon peal, and strawy malts peak out of dense clusters of foam.

One gulp introduces a cutting mix of pale malt and tropical fruits undergirded by a blast of alcoholic fury. As it warms, more complex flavors develop--barely ripe banana, asian pear, dried pineapple.

Smooth and clean, the carbonation dominates the mouthfeel, imparting a liveliness unusual in Belgian tripels. However, the tumult of flavors and prickling sensations demands to be palliated by a hearty meal.

Remarkably well balanced for such a lively brew; pale malts, spicy yeast and hops, and tropical fruits melt into each other seamlessly.

Would I get it again?:
Yes. It's a bolder tripel than I usually enjoy--I prefer to brood over my Belgian ales--nonetheless, its a class act.

Bottled: ?
Served: January 18, 2011

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy pale yellow
S: yeasty, banana aroma, typical of the bottle fermentation for this style
T: banana-ey; sweet with hints of seaside; this fares well as a sound specimen of a Belgian tripel
M: very smooth

Outstanding, but too powerful to drink much of, given its ABV and complexity

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Photo of DPFRD
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay Goblet.

A- Mildly sudsy head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy golden with a touch of brown.

S- Sweet Belgian candi sugar with some biscuit and moderate yeast presence.

T- Interesting openness to this beer. The malt character is light and is accentuated by some piney hops and a hint of sour and yeast.

M- Moderate body.

D- Pretty decent, not my favorite tripel by far and not my favorite Gouden Carolus offering. A good beer to experience and definitely worth drinking; however this is a last call tripel in my book.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.12 out of 5 based on 959 ratings.
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