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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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Added by marc77 on 08-12-2002

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Ratings: 971 |  Reviews: 454
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

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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....

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of bobsy
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unwisely purchased a bottle at Le Saint-Bock. I should have just grabbed some water, as after a day of drinking at Mondial I could only get through half the bottle before my palate began to feel jaded and in need of a rest.

Hazy orange pour with a huge, creamy off-white head. Lots of lace and good retention. Sweet honey aroma, with peppery yeast, mild citrus and tropical fruits. Very fruity flavour, with mango, lychee and sweet orange coming through. Nice dose of honey and a good sweet spiciness in the finish. Mild hop bite could be a bit stronger, but I can't ascertain the age of this one. Medium body and a pleasant billowing carbonation.

A decent beer, which is far from my favourite tripel, and there are considerably better offerings from this great Belgian brewer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gouden Carolus glass. Beer is amber to orange and really hazy. Forms a big head of offwhite medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

Aroma is sweet with a slight hint of esters. Yeasty / bready as well. Hints of mild caramel flavors in the aroma.

Beer is pretty carbonated in the mouth. Caramelly and sweet up front, finishes cleanly with a little roast and some dryness in the back. Overall its a good Belgian trip. Not much to say.

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Photo of Epicedion
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, Duvel tulip.

A: Bronze and shiny. Considerable head (conservative pour with a little splash at the end) with nice lacing. It looks very good in the glass

S: Most beers I smell don't have a very strong odor, but this one has a very powerful smell of spice and citrus. Very complex, with combinations of orange and lemon.

T: I enjoy tripels very much, and this one is a step above all other contenders. Up front there is a sweet lemon/orange zest flavor, backed up by a rich, complex spice and banana. It really fills the senses and stays with you in a very persistent but pleasant way. The hops really help keep everything else in check by providing a clean bitterness that provides contrast for all of the flavors in this beer.

M: Perky, carbonated, alcohol without astringency. This beer has a medium body, and coats the palate with a smooth, fruity taste that lingers.

D: This beer is perfectly drinkable, but it will ruin your palate for all other beers. If you switch to another beer after this one, you'll constantly be picking up notes from it. I could drink this until I was comatose.

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Photo of trygger87
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow this beer is Great! Iv been on a dark beer tip lately and decided to go for something a bit more bright than an RIS. Iv heard a lot about this beer and i am quite excited to give this one a go.
Appearance is a lovely copper apricot haze with a little bit of white head. Looks just great and i cant wait to have a sip!
Smell is Clean! Very nice, great tropical fruits but not overly ripe like i get in some tripels. A nice light fruity smell with no alcohol scent at all.
Man this beer is yummi, taste of awesome tangerine and sugar but its not at all over sweet. Its very well balanced with a bit of bitterness thrown in.
A GREAT GREAT clean crisp mouth feel. Very well bodied to say the least, compared to some other tripel its very smooth.
Drinkability is off the charts to the moon good. Cant taste ANY booze at all. I recommend this beer to all lovers of all things Belgian, but especially if your a fan of tripels.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Comparatively clear and bright medium yellow color. Big, rocky, soapy, white head with copious quantities of huge, thick, foamy lacing. Looks wonderful!

S- Yeasty bread dough, over-ripe banana, melon, nectarine, juicy fruit, flowers, spice, volatile ethanol. Smells very appealing.

T- This is a delicious tripel. Sweet caramel, yeasty dough, banana. The lingering, lush finish is of caramel and lemon cookie. This finish, like Karmeliet's, is what I want in a tripel; I want the sweet maltiness, not a hop-dominated, thin dryness. Very satisfying.

M, D- Lovely, lush feel & drinkability. Palate-coating and full, and not overly dry. Perfect CO2. The ethanol is apparent in the olfactory, but the structure exists to balance it.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Quite an interesting Tripel. This one pours on tap into a lame branded chalice. Pours a hazy imbued golden and with a thin cap. Nose is light and subtle with just a hint of yeast and light fruit. Taste is easy and light with an apple juice quality.

Drinkable to a fault with a light carbonation and an unobtrusive yeast character. Will have to try in the bottle to get a better perspective, as the draft is easy yet unexciting.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle pours a very hazy gold color with a huge white foam. Mesa inducing retention and crazy lacing. Bottle was a slow gusher.

Nose is very heavenly; sweet candi-sugar, light grains and some bready yeast. Unlike many tripels, this one does not smell like it is heavily influenced by the yeast used. Simple smelling, but delicious.

Taste is like liquid bread! Spicy, classic triple flavors with a nice saaz hop flavor. Not a ton of bitterness, but enough to clean up the finish nicely. Highly carbonated, but it seems to be ok for this beer and is helped along by a rich, marshmallow creaminess. ABV is hidden quite well. Very drinkable and enjoyable tripel. I like this much more than I thought I would, it is a nice little surprise. Right up there with the abbey tripels, IMHO.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy orange color with a huge frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a good sweet beer.

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

I've been meaning to review this one for awhile, but am just now getting around to it. Wow, I wish I hadn't waited so long! This is a great representation of the Tripel Style: cloudy orange with a bulbous head, intricate lacing, and that complex Belgian Tripel aroma. Fresh flowers, sugar, spice, and yeast. Yum! After the first sip, while you're still enjoying the intense flavors, you'll be mellowed by the warmth of the 9% abv. Don't be put off. Continue to enjoy because this one only gets better as it goes along. At only $7.99, this will be a regular purchase from now on. Enjoy!

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Photo of MrSnrub
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle purchased at D's and consumed on 13-4-10.

Pours a cloudy, deep yellow with a fine, modest head and lots of lacing. Pleasant nose, primarily of yeast. Pleasant taste as well; flavors of yeast and grass predominate. Alcohol barely noticeable; hard to believe that it's 9% ABV. Perhaps the best thing about this beer is the way it feels in the mouth - very creamy and effervescent. A highly enjoyable tripel that really nails the style.

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Photo of jhtipton
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up in Yokohama at a great gourmet world market. Pours a very frothy nearly white head. Used a chardonnay stemless wineglass and it gave me a couple of inches of head. It is a cloudy light brown beer, almost apple cider color. It has somewhat of a floral smell to it and does not taste too stron considering the advertised ABV. Mouthfeel is effervescent and light. Drink-ability is pretty good, would probably try again some day.

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

330ml bottle at Chaucer's Pub in London, ON. Pours a glowing, cloudy, and golden orange body with a ring of fizzy white head. Smell and taste are mango, peaches, grainy pale malts, candy sugar, yeast, cookie dough, and a juicy, tart finish with a trace of sourness. Fruity esters hit the nose with each sip. Medium mouthfeel is spicy, peppery, sharp carbonation, light side of dry, some sweetness as well. Alcohol doesn't register on the palate, which makes this beer unusually drinkable for 9% ABV. It literally tastes like liquid Fuzzy Peaches. A balanced and flavourful tripel that really nails the style.

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: after I poured, the glass was about 1/4 beer and 3/4 foam; pretty dramatic. Body is a slightly hazy pale golden color with lots of apparent effervescence; head is a gargantuan mass of compact white bubbles. I am impressed.

Smell: aroma is subtle but sweet. Nice, light malt aroma with just hints of pears and apples. I like it, though I would have liked a little more of it.

Taste: similar to the aroma, the flavor is surprisingly subtle. Plain malt sweetness is the main flavor, though little bits of tree fruit peek in at the edges. Overall, it's a much less fruity beer than a lot of other tripels. Alcohol is quite apparent, both in warming effect and the spiciness it adds. There's a nice subtle hop bitterness toward the end that is nice as well. Overall, it's a pretty good tripel, but it doesn't really blow me away.

Mouthfeel: quite creamy, though there is a bit of an astringent factor coming from somewhere that detracts a little bit from the overall experience. But for that, it's got the smooth creaminess I typically like in a tripel.

Drinkability: this was one impressive-looking beer, but I sort of got a tiny bit let down by the rest of the experience. I think this is a pretty bland example of the style, though it's not bad. I like tripels in general, so I like this well enough, but there are plenty of other tripels I'd just rather be drinking.

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Photo of david18
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft and liked it a lot and then I tried it in the bottle and enjoyed it even more.

A great golden color with much better carbonation than the draft version. Great aroma and flavor. A little light in alcohol for a tripel which is a good thing.

This is becoming my new favorite Belgian Brewery.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 971 ratings
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