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 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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Photo of berley31
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large head that kept its lasting power for awhile, then slowly came down to 1/2-finger. Body is a light copper color and very hazy.

S: Pleasant, very mellow aroma, with a slight smell of fruit.

T: Lots going in with the flavor: fruit, spices (especially white pepper), all done very well with a perfect balance, and no one flavor overpowering the others. Medium duration.

M: Medium-to-light bodied, creamy, with very fizzy carbonation.

D: A fantastic Tripel; what really makes it great is the mellowness in both the flavor and aroma.

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

Bright golden color with haze, and fairly good rocky white head that recedes to a thin layer. Nose has a pleasant mix of bready aromas and tropical fruits. On the palate there's a striking resemblance to pineapple juice, with plenty of sweet/sour flavors, good carbonation, and maybe some banana as well. Just a kiss of alcohol warmth on the finish (at cellar temperature serving), but overall is fairly drinkable for the ABV.

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

11.2 ounce bottle with no date. Pours a cloudy orange/gold color with huge white head.
AROMA - 4.5
Sweet honeysuckle and malt.
A light sweet / fruity flavor. Honey, lemon peel, green apples, pear, light spice (ginger/pepper). Hint of heat from the alcohol.
Light to medium body with a silky texture. Light carbonation.
Very easy drinking. Would be good with desert or cheese appetizer.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Gouden chalice.

First of all this is as tripel, but the bottle says its blonde ale. Anyway,

The beer pours a murky yeasty gold with a light white.

The aroma is super light hops with a tad bit of flowers.

The taste is a super smooth blonde ale, easy to drink, but not a ton of flavor.

Overall, a total session despite being 9%.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once poured in my goblet "Gouden Carolus". Look: Bright golden color, white head of creamy foam with 2 fingers thick, very good lacing, has a sticker that say it was the best beer in the world in 2002, let see if it's true; Smell: Biscuity malts and fruit essences; Taste: Pine and spicy hops, molasses, some biscuity malts, alcohol and sugars at the finish; Mouthfeel: Dry and very bitter, bittersweet and spicy finish, the body is creamy and thick; Drinkability: The first time i try the "tripel" style, very spicy.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the appearance is a clear straw yellow color with a giant white foamy head. good lacing.

the scent is really exceptional. kind of a lemony zesty scent, kind of spicy too.

taste is much the same, very yeasty though. sugary as well.

kind of creamy mouthfeel, nice and warming on the way down.

a little heavy, clean on the palate. complex but not bad.

good beer, i like the stuff the gouden carolus has.

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

.5 330 mL in stemless wine glass. Reviewed 9/1/2009

Ar: Tart fruit, spice, herbal qualities, alcohol, perfumy/herbal floral, sweet fruit, Strong pear, apple, strong floral, funky (perfume with herbal floral, almost like what I would expect in a soap), tropical fruit, mint, *honey

Ap: Very thick off white head, leaves good lace, very good retention, golden straw

F: Fruity, alc, pear, long aftertaste, very fruity, perfumy floral, tart/sour fruit, lightly rough end, crisp herbal hop at the end, rough solventy alcohol, bready malt (white french bread), complicated with great floral, same herbal as in smell but much less so, strange, finishes heavier than other tripels, honey/light caramel, funky, strong pear

M: Creamy, amazingly smooth and creamy, could be a bit thick on a hot day, very high carbonation, thick and full, fine carbonation might add to the creaminess

O: Strange mouthfeel, very good but not tripel oriented, complex, alc too much, strange, unique, strong pear, funk, soapy/herbal character is strange, *A lot in this beer i can't describe

*= ideas from fellow taster

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Photo of Chambic
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01.20.10 at City Beer Stre

A: hazy gold, with a thick head

S: esters abound, it's really fragrant, although I can't quite place where all those beautiful scents are coming from

T: crisp, with dried fruit flavors

M: sparkles nicely, with some creaminess to it

D: a nice choice for introducing Belgians, especially trappists and/or tripels

Tripels usually aren't my style, but this might make it to my top 5 tripels list.

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Photo of THORN
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 FL. Oz bottle poured into Westmalle goblet. Served 40-45 F.
A: Yellow brown with a touch of gray. Suspended particles throughout goblet. Pours thin bubbly head, very small amount is retained. Thin sticky lacing left around goblet.
S: Sweet esters and pineapple. Aroma can be noticed from a distance.
T: Sweet lightly toasted malts. Rounds out with bright pineapple and waffle flavored yeast. Bitter sweet linger with noticeable alcohol.
M: Medium light to light on tongue. Chalky texture and slight warming.
D: Very well balanced. Alcohol is welcomed and doesn't overwhelm gentle flavor profile.

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Photo of jdklks
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with amber in the middle and a fluffy white head that lingers throughout. Smells of citrus fruit and belgian yeast. lime and oranges.

Sweet fruit up front in the flavor. Some hoppiness through the middle, and belgian yeast in the finish with a fruit-cake aftertaste. Pears and oranges. Not very complex, but enough to keep you sipping.

Light to medium mouthfeel, but too much carbonation makes it airy on the palate, which in my opinion usually takes away from some of the flavors. Drinkability is pretty good as it goes down easy enough.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 750ml. Clear golden body with a huge fluffy white head. Head retention is outstanding; I didn't think it would ever go away so I could actually drink this. Great lacing on the glass. Lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top.

S - Belgian yeast right up front with a nice malt sweetness that is not cloying. A bit of lemon and pear come through followed by spicy alcohol.

T&M - Very nice yeasty flavor chased by a ripe pear flavor. Good malty backbone with the alcohol adding a nice spice. Champaign-like carbonation keeps a crisp mouthfeel. Overall a pretty light mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

D - Very drinkable and the alcohol does not come across as 9%. Not boozy at all just spicy. Was a nice tough on Christmas Day.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle with no dating information on it poured into my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a slightly hazy golden colored body. a two finger head forms on top leaving behind small spots of lacing.

S- belgian yeast is the first thing that i notice. its also heavy with ripe summer fruits. pear, apple, peach, and white grapes. very sweet smelling. somewhat spicy smelling. lastly i smell alcohol.

T- the taste is much like the smell. starts off with belgian yeast which impart a definite fruitiness. apple, pear, peach, orange, and grape. some pepper like spice. a little bit of alcohol and sugar.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. slight warming from the alcohol.

D- different than most of the belgian tripels out there i have tried so far. something to check out if you havnt already. splitting this bottle with my sister was plenty for me. hard to tell this is a 9% ABV beer.

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

This is a good, characterful tripel that is a little different from others I've had.

Hazy, pale golden-amber, it has a huge off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin, rocky top and leaving some thin, weak, foamy lace.

Aroma is string, ripe pears, strong grain, fermented plums, hint of cider vinegar, hint of banana peel, wet grass, hint of papaya.

Taste is nice, fermented fruit (pears, raisisns), a hint of pisco or something similar - a bit musky, a hint of papaya, light alcohol again resembling pisco, light spiciness, hint of wet grass. It just barely leans to the sweet side before a dryish finish and a more clearly sweet aftertatse. Feel is lively, but slightly oily, and quite firm.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a dense white head that leaves loads of lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet bread, honey, apple, lemon, and some spiciness. Lots going on in here.

Tastes of the apple and bread upfront with plenty of sweetness to back it up. Clove comes through strong to cut the sweetness and some warming alcohol rounds everything out. More going on in the palate than I could wish for.

Mouthfeel is more of a medium but still has a creaminess that makes me want more.

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

Poured into a chalice...

A: Thick, slightly off-white head that lasts a fair amount of time with descent residual lacing. Color is exactly as expected - a cloudy, golden orange.

S: Peaches, sweet candied malts, mild hoppiness...

T: Sweet malts, fruity - peach, maybe apricot and a nicely spiced alcoholic finish.

M: Medium, nice carbonation, smooth and creamy.

D: As with most tripels, the abv sort of prohibits sessioning with this style, but it (abv) is very well hidden and can be dangerous. Overall, this is a very good tripel that I would love to try again sometime.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice nov23 2009

A golden peach with lots of sediment and carbonation moving it all around like flakes in a snow globe. the giant head has great retention and and leaves lots of lace well down the glass, a pretty sexy looking beer if you ask me..

S peachy with a fair amount of yeast, toffee and some spice

T quite complex all things mentioned above but with a bit more spice and some bread and floral hops.

M good carbonation gives it a good feel but not the strong point of this beer.

D for 9% it's dangerously drinkable and it's a good thing I only bought a single.

I must admit I'm a little ashamed it took me so long to get to this beer, It's been on the shelf where I work for a couple months now. I feel a little foolish having such a gem so accessible and never having tried it. don't make the same mistake I did and drink this one today.

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Photo of nycwinter
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a gold rimmed chalice at The Back Abbey in Claremont, CA

A= Cloudy gold with minimal head.

S= Bouquet of floral and fruity hops. I didn't take notes on the details, but the overall smells and tastes are still with me.

T= Very fresh flowers with sweet honey and fruit. I couldn't pin point the details, but this was the most exceptional tasting tripel I have had lately. Complemented my almost raw beef cuisine.

M= Medium-light, alcohol was present but not solventy, dry in the aftertaste.

D= Very complimentary with a good meal, or as a sipper at a warmer temp.

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Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a hazy dark golden/lemon color with a 2 ½" fluffy ivory head that is fed by fine streams of ample carbonation. The head takes the longest time to begin to recede that I've ever seen. As the head recedes slowly it leaves patches of lacing many of which slide back down into the beer on sipping but some of which cling to the sides. Even to the end of the beer sipping leaves ample lacing.

Smell: The aroma is light and gentle but definitely present. It has some sweet almost honeyish malt along with hints of yeast, spice and lemon.

Taste: The flavor has some light honey sweetness that is mingled with the tartness of apple and lemon. There are also traces of some pear, some banana and spice (primarily clove). The yeast and the gentle almost herbal spiciness of hops provide a supporting background against which the other flavors play out. As for the alcohol it is well concealed.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied but very soft and creamy with the fine and ample carbonation. The finish is long and begins softly sweet but continues into tart dryness with a bit of bitterness in the background. The soft silky feel is present to the very end

Drinkability: This is a really nice Tripel and one I fully expect to have again. It is a is light, delicate and complex flavored beer that I could keep sipping indefinitely (or until the alcohol caught up with me ☺.) This is also a beer where the flavor experience depends on whether the beer is decanted without adding in the yeast or whether the yeast is added in as well. While there was not a lot of bottle yeast, some of the delicacy of the flavors is lost after swirling the bottle and adding the last bit of yeasty beer. The brewery recommends decanting only and so do I.

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

This must be my fourth tripel after I tasted the Karmeliet tripel and concluded that I had to change my views about tripels in general. I went to my friend Geert who just has tripels in his fridge. No escaping.

A: Dark golden color and an incredible thick foamy head.

S: Grains, herbs, honey, peach, pear.

T: LIke the smell. Grains, sticky honey, pear and now cloves is clear in the mix. Some pleasant warming alcohol.

M: Medium carbonation and a medium body. Very dense texture.

D: I wouldn't buy a full box of these, but a few will do. Again a tripel that I like.

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