Gouden Carolus Tripel | Brouwerij Het Anker

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
960 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by marc77 on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
960
Reviews:
453
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
186
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 960 |  Reviews: 453
Photo of DPFRD
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

 539 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single bottle of this at the Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Jackie O's snifter.

The pour brings a brew with a light apricot body as well as a three-finger head with quite a bit of retention. Rocky, moon-like surface with quite a few bubbles on top. The nose immediately brings some light bubblegum character along with a healthy dose of clove. There's a slight toffee character underlying what is coming from the yeast.

The taste immediately comes forward with a strong grain presence and a bit of light sweetness. Along with a bit of white pepper spice and clove, there is some light pear character as well as some slight stone fruits. There isn't the sort of underlying complexity that I would expect here. Additionally, there is also a bit of light apple character. The toffee notes that come from the nose are here as well, and this seems to be a bit heavy on the malt and does not bring nearly enough yeast character.

The feel is medium with a bit of sweetness in the finish. I really would like a lot more coming out of the yeast here, as this is seems to really be lacking in complexity when compared with better examples of the style, and certainly when compared to quite a few other Het Anker brews.

 1,231 characters

Photo of wmtxbb
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into chalice.

Appearance: Soft billowy head, cloudy yellow-gold body.

Smell: Spices and pilsner malt, oranges. Not very strong.

Taste: Pepper, orange, sweetness akin to frosting on a cake, lemonade. Alcohol is present, but not too strong. Nice dryness at the end. Light body flavor. Nice bitterness at the end from the hops.

Drinkability: This is a world class beer. Those belgians sure know what they are doing. If I could get this beer at the price I can get miller lite, I wouldn't drink anything else for three months.

 541 characters

Photo of jsh420
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours cloudy golden orange with lots of sediment floating around in the glass - small 1finger head that left no lacing

smells very medicinal and semi spicy saaz hops

tastea - good balance of spicy bitter hops and sugary sweet malts - little banana some pineapple maybe some apricot - decent tripel

mouthfeel is light/medium and lively - well carbonated crisp and creamy

drinkability - now it all comes down to taste and there are better tripels out there

 458 characters

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Lovely Tripel, no doubt.

A: Pours a pale yellow color. Hazy. Head is white, fluffy and simply HUGE. Remains forever. Disappears leaving many many lacings in the glass. The foam reminded me a Duvel
S: Smell is just perfect. A bomb of honey, pepper, clove, vanilla, fruits (apple and pear) and a bit of citric zest. Sweet. Malts, the traditional Belgium yeasts and flowery hops are also very noticed
T: Follows the nose, however much less sweet than expected which is a very positive point here. Taste is dry. Still can feel the malts, honey, cloves, vanilla and fruits. Delicious hops and Belgium yeasts
M: Heavy and dense body. Medium carbonation
D: Not bad. Carolus beers are usually very intense in the way that I prefer to appreciate them with moderation

 793 characters

Photo of Clydesdale
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, lightly hazy yellow-orange color. The head is extremely effervescent upon opening the bottle, billowing up into a tall, consistently foamy off-white crown. Retention is sturdy, and some above average rings of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Sweet sugar cookie notes are accompanied by a pleasant Belgian yeastiness. Some spicy notes of clove and golden orchard fruit. A faint citric zest is also present. Faintly peppery. A bit of alcohol, but nothing obtrusive.

T: Significantly less sweet than I was expecting. A flash of sugary/cookie-like flavor fades into a mostly fruity profile. Apple, pear, and mild citrus zest make a solid presence. Lightly spicy notes of pepper and clove.

M: Medium-full body. Very even-keeled, with a bubbly but not overdone carbonation level. Dry into the finish, with a lightly cidery character.

D: A clean, well-rounded tripel that lacks the ammunition to really stack up to its better competition. It doesn't have any glaring flaws, but it's a bit timid for normally robust style.

 1,038 characters

Photo of sfprint
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orangy yellow. Lively carbonation in large size bubbles.

S: Dried apricot (literally), yeast, plastic-y alcohol

T: A bit apricoty, neutral malt, wood, alcohol. The alcohol is very sedated for the percentage. exceptionally blended.

M: relatively smooth and sparkly.

D: Good.. One of the better Tripels I've had.

 324 characters

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

Pours a very bubbly cloudy golden color with a nice frothy white head that hangs around for quite some time. Scent is a bit funky with a strong white/green grape smell. Some scents of pineapple and belgian yeast. Scent is less spicy than most tripels. Taste is where the spice comes in. Wow, this tripel sure is different. Thats what I love about tripels though... they all have distinct tastes. This one seems to have the strongest grape flavor of any tripel I've ever had. Initially I get hit with spiciness that is expected from a Belgian tripel...then I get sweet pineapple flavor followed by the lingering grape flavor. Alcohol is very well hidden throughout. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied with a somewhat crisp finish. Drinkability is very good.

 751 characters

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay glass.

It pours a hazy gold with a big white rocky head and lots of lace. Looks just like a Tripel should.

The aroma is subtly sweet and spicy with white grape, lemon like citrus and yeasty phenols.

Crisp, medium bodied and dry with a stronger flavor than I expected from the aroma. It's peppery, earthy and yeasty with a hint of light malt and citrus.

A very enjoyable, very drinkable Tripel.

 438 characters

Photo of GilGarp
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black ink on a black label is hard to read but I think it's stamped 10/06/11.

11.2 fl oz. bottle served cool into a globe, Gouden Carolus Tripel is a hazy golden yellow color with thick towering head that just won't quit. It actually gets bigger for several minutes after I pour it. Settles very slowly and leave a bunch of lace behind.

Aroma is fruity and sweet like lemon cake with a little bit of yeast funk. The spices are fairly subtle at this point.

Flavor is strangely a little cake-like as well. There seems to be the usual lemon and pepper, mild funkiness, and then some sort of sweet vanilla cake taste. The actual taste of alcohol comes as a surprise. The burn is well-concealed but there seems to be a grain alcohol (vodka?) taste that is really strange.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-carbonated.

Overall an unusual take on this classic style. I'm not sure if this is normal or just an off batch but I may come back to try it again.

 955 characters

Photo of megahurts4
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Triple

Appearance: Golden with good lacing.

Smell: Yeast, slight fruit, and spices.

Taste: Dried pineapple, other fruits, spices, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a good blond. You don't notice that this is 9% ABV. It is semi-dry and goes down smooth. This one did foam up as soon as the bottle was opened.

 351 characters

Photo of mexikrainian
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Koningshoeven chalice.

Appearance: gold, translucent with heavy white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: honey, sweet spices, apple and vanilla.

Taste: crisp, syrupy honey flavor with dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with medium carbonation

Overall impression: amazing tripel! smooth, refined and tasty. stock up if you can.

 356 characters

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

Pours a hazed golden oranage color, highly active carbonation, fluffy white head with decent retention and lacing. Scent is mild for the style with belgian yeast, clove, touch of straw, grahmn cracker and faint lemon. Taste is more aggressive then scent dictates with the belgian yeasts, clove, hint of pepper, lemon, grahmn cracker all backed by a fres clean straw taste. Lighter side of medium bodied with slightly overdone carbonation. A good, under control tripel.

 468 characters

Photo of Liverpool08
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great Tripel. Nice golden cloudy pour, with puffy white head. Aromas of cloves, spices bananas and funk. Nice carbonation makes this a great thirst quencher and very drinkible. Flavors of bananas, spiced fruits and vanilla bubblegum. A great example of the style.

 265 characters

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

poured from a 330ml bottle with a huge 2+ finger head that stayed around with nice sticky white lacing and a mostly clear golden yellow color..smell was fruit,clove,banana,pepper,pale mats and sugar..taste is sweet and fruity up front with clove and yeast in the middle followed by pale malts and a hop bitterness..mouthfeel is medium but it offers sweet bitter and some sour..its crisp and very palate pleasing..its highly drinkable nicely balanced with well hidden alcohol a superb tripel

 490 characters

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

On tap at brewery het anker

Poured a hazy golden orange colour... Nice white head poured big and foamy and faded to thin layer...

S - Sugary sweetness, floral, fruity (orange,) strong honey notes, vanilla, light malts, spicy hop hints , you can also smell The Camille flowers that they use in this tripel

T - hops, nice honey sweetness, like in the nouse you can taste the camille flowers very well , ( on tap , i cant find this when i drink this from a bottel ) , very light caramel malts, some creaminess,

m - Pretty sharp and dry. medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A top notch tripel....

 611 characters

Photo of chesspupil
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle cork top with wire holder. Brown Bottle. I grabed this on a whim. Bottle appearance is different from that shown. Same name though.

Really enjoyed this Goulden... Maybe even better than Duvel's Goulden. I am normally a dark triple fan.

It has as sharp entry highly carbonated that fizzles across the tongue. Pleasant aftertaste. Smooth lingering taste. Golden color with light head. Would by again... paid $8 (+/1-0)

 433 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gouden Carolus chalice.

Three gold coins to the man who makes me some tasty beer! Something like that. (Don't worry about it.) This brew pours a clear golden straw topped by a healthy finger of fizzy white foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, pepper, a hint of bubblegum, a hint of vanilla, and some heavy yeast notes. The taste follows almost exactly, adding only a small touch of citrus hoppiness. The body is a light medium, with an active carbonation and a crisp, drying finish. Overall, a very good tripel, just not something to down on a heavy basis by any stretch.

 587 characters

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

A light golden/straw colored clouded brew, a firm white head that leaves some lacing.

Earthy smells, stable and leather, sour milk, apricot sweet and fruity.

Rather sweet, sweet ripe grapes, good bitterness.

Much carbonation, bubbly and foamy, a warm and oily feeling.

A good, rather well balanced tripel.

 309 characters

Photo of TommyW
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy gold with a thin white head that sticks well.

S- Rock sugars and some medicinal funk.

T- Rock sugar sweetness with some fruit and little band-aid-like funk. Finish is crisp with some lingering medicinal flavors.

M- Medium body with a smooth carbonation.

D- Very nice triple; really a treat to have on tap.

 317 characters

Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden blonde with vigorous carbonation and a munificent pillow white head that hangs around for quite some time, eventually leaving a dense lacing clinging to the glass.

Generous aromas of banana, citrus, and clove waft from the glass. Further inspection reveals yeast and sweeter fruit.

The flavor is similar to the aroma with immediate banana and citrus flavors hitting your palate followed by yeast and a return to the banana at the finish with hints of clove.

Light to medium in body with generous carbonation, this tripel is quite clean with just a touch of alcohol.

This is a good example of the tripel style offering most of the traditional style characteristics. The abv is well hidden and the appearance alone keeps you coming back for more.

 768 characters

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

Poured from 750mL light brown magnum into a Chimay goblet. 18/01/12 on bottle neck label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.29.

A: Honey gold with small-bubbled foamy 1-finger eggshell head which hangs around nicely (thanks to enucleation) and leaves a light line of lace.

S: Sweet fruity aromas and crisp herbal hops are the main players with apple, pear, and candi sugar working nicely with the herbal, earthy hops. ALcohol is fruity and subtly present.

T: A tripel that falls on the sweeter end of the spectrum than most but it does satisfy exceedingly well. Bubblegum, pear, and apple mesh with earthy, spicy hops and a medium alcohol presence. I think a little more cellaring time with help temper the alcohol and leave a crisper, lighter and better overall brew.

M: Very nice medium-full body, which does come off as a bit heavy instead of comporting the lightness of the best of the style. Aftertaste is sweet and alcohol-tinged.

D: A really good tripel that I enjoyed a lot, but I think a little more time with mellow the alcohol edge some and improve this even more.

 1,103 characters

Photo of BobZ
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Very rich head with up to an 1" maybe 1 1/2" of depth, strong lacing from start to finish.

Smell: Nice lemon with spice.

Taste: Very rich! Sweetness with great balance. Great example of what a tripel is supposed to be.

Drinkability: Extremely smooth and creamy, incredibly so, on par with a Westy Blonde.

Extraordinary Tripel!

 394 characters

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw color with a light orange hue, and a thick, creamy white head that remains. Tons of lacing.
Smell is malts and Belgian/euro yeast, with some notes of fig, clove, banana, and orange peel. Some peppery notes in there as well.
Taste is spicy malts with some Belgian yeast. More notes of clove, banana, lemon peel, orange peel. Touch of cinnamon.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of crispness, and a crisp yet smooth finish. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is good. Alcohol is well-concealed. Tasty.

 501 characters

Photo of Natural510
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, dated 22/03/08

Pours a muddy, darker gold with orange hue. Respectable amount of foam leaves a sturdy ring of ivory lace when all is said & done.

Fruity, sweet nose. Notes of caramel, honey and a bit of orange zest.

Flavor is heavy on honey, fruit (mainly orange and peach), and spicy yeast. Yeast is somewhat understated for the style, allowing the sweetness to come through a bit more. Quite nice.

Balanced in body and mouthfeel; only dry & astringent in the finish, as opposed to a wallop from the start. Well-rounded and refreshing.

Very drinkable triple in this state. I'm concluding age has mellowed out some of the rougher edges leaving a more balanced, enjoyable brew.

 695 characters

Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.13 out of 5 based on 960 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.