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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Jspriest
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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Photo of BeerSingh
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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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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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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