Gouden Carolus Tripel
Brouwerij Het Anker

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #12
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,152
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 10.34%
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
1,002
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Year-round
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Gots
  206
SCORE
92
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Reviews: 464 | Ratings: 1,002
Photo of Shanex
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I purchased this in Belgium and I brought it over here. Poured the 33cl bottle into a mug, pouring a massive head lasting just like Tripel Karpeliet for a similar styles comparison.

Smell and taste orange and malts.

A very good offering that I would purchase regularly if given the chance, it's a pity we don't see that one much on the shelves... cheers!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750 pours a solid golden yellow and stands in the glass with a mightly glow like that of lava. Huge dense cap of firm white foam floats ever so loftily to the height of about two inches with ease. Keeps about a half inch of it always sitting. Mega impressive. Light streams are noticeable along the glass edge within the golden glow of color. Lacing is delicately patched in moderate splotches. A looker of an ale.

Aroma is medium or so in tone with a grassy edged citrus of tangerine, pineapple, and dullish lemon. Little perks of peppery spice and bubble gum esters makes for some fun notings on the nose as it warms. Caramel becomes a bit more evident as well.

Taste is firm and solid with a wonderfully thick caramel loaded malt thats completely laced with all sorts of fun citrusy spices and yeast play. Mild, dullish flavors that last and last are what makes this quite spectacular. The caramel totally backs up this floral spiced citrus thats super dulled with a slimming after thickness in a plummy orange marmalade and lemon/pineapple jam. Sugary and darkly sweet and totally yummy. Nice little mixing yeasty spice and grab with a complexing feel and thick play and the palate.

So, along with that, this has the perfect body and feel for a Triple. At least the way I favor them. Thick, smooth, and fairly beefy with malt. Great lasting flavors and finish with a slender side to its spice and citrus thats quite sugary thick and playful just like the candy it simulates. The caramel is divine in this stuff. Lovely. Warm. Tasty and lengthy. The 9% is barely evident as it warms gradually throughout each sip adding to its sippable, yummifingly yummyness.

Drinkable to the point of easy going sipping with an intriguing pull for more after each one of those sips. A Solid F*ckin' Tripel !

Side note: Served at 50 degrees F. and only got better as it warmed, around 56 - 58. Perfect.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This poured a hazy bright copper, with lots of bubbles rushing to the top. Thick rich,white,foamy head with great retention.
very fruity aroma.
The taste on this is incredible,mild hop tang,fruity citrus flavors,a bit of sweetness as well, but very well balanced.
mouthfeel was bubbly and slick on the tongue.
Drinkability is absolutely fantastic, what a wonderful beer drinking experience, I will re-visit this one.

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Photo of chadlebald
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Smakawhat
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Nesued
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 11.2 ml bottle (330ml). Yellow clear coloring with a very mild carbonation. However, a very dense head formed upon the initial pour with a resolve to a thin white head with a small bit of lacing on the glass. I had to wait to finish pouring the entire contents as the head formed so quickly even when stored/served at refrigerated temp.

Smell - Very bright, very citrus in aroma. Reminds me of a tropical pineapple-based mixed drink (i.e. pina colada). A bit of a malty aroma as well. Not a spicy presence as others have mentioned. Such a lively offering of fruit aromas.

Taste - This is velvety smooth. A bit of a woody character presented that added to the complexity of the flavors. Based upon the aroma, I expected a lot more of a "mix" of flavors. There was a lasting creamy feel as well. Very balanced between malt and hop presence.

Mouthfeel - Again, so very smooth and full in body. This was a pleasure for the "malt lover" in all of us. This does not feel like a 9.0% ABV. I could not feel/taste the alcohol presence. I mentioned "creamy" before, I'll say it again, creamy.

Drinkability - I am amazed by the depth of presentations within a given style. I've had tripels before, and each one seems to be almost a "style" to it's own. The "added value" the each one has leaves me joyously praising brewing diversity. Yes, pass me another. However, to mis-quote St Augustine: "Give me another Carolus, but not yet...."

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Photo of wl0307
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BB date: 17/12/06.
A: in a big tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a cloudy amber hue with extremely subtle carbonation struggling out of the control of gravity... the off-white hued foamy beer head is quite short-lived though, settling to a very thin layer of rimmed froth.
S: exotic fruit-themed maltiness and yeasty note dominates-- preserved figs, dried apricot, banana oil, candy-sugar (not OTT), rich scent of honey comb, lots of fruit esters, buttery lemon cake, very intense perfumy aroma... all mixed together; the nose is ever so complex and rich, but by no means sharp or too thick.
T&M: overwhelming flavour of juicy and oily texture of bananas, sweet citrus-flavoured cake, sultanas, followed by a slightly tartly sweet aftertaste of fig-jam, liquor-soaked peaches and tangy citrus zests, leaving a slightly clashing, spicy touch felt b/w the teeth; a moderately dryish aftertaste develops on top of residual taste of dried fruits, while the warm touch of alcohol emerges only very late during tasting, bit by bit softening the slightly rich fruity mouthfeel down to a mellow texture. The mouthfeel is ever so mellow and the candyish sweet edge is attenuated skilfully, just enough to underline the slightly sharp fruitiness at the front without leaving unwanted sugary touch in the end.
D: incredibly satisfying tripel for me. This is my first bottle of this beer since bringing it back from the Het Anker brewery sixteen months ago, and compared with those I had back then in Belgium, this bottle tastes more mellow with very good depth. I truly love this beer.

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Photo of trygger87
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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 JohnGalt1
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml picked up at the Coop for about $4.50... enjoyed with Brenda.. mine from my Kasteel tulip..

Huge chunky white head and fantastic lacing.. Bright yellow with only the slightest haze.. pretty.

Wow factor on the nose ... sweet toasted biscuits ... lemon verbena.. and a very characteristic spiciness... more complex than I can pick out... wow again.

Big Belgian pale malts are closely guarded by the yeasty flavors... fruits like nothing I've enjoyed in a long time... mango.. papaya.. banana.. meyer lemon.. yummy. I have no idea and have never really been able to pick out hop flavors on real Belgians... so I am not going to try. Perfect mouthfeel with a creaminess that the carbonation bursts with flavors with every sip. Slight white pepper and nutmeg. Perfect sweetness ties every sip together and leaves a lingering flavor until the next.

I get this brew everytime I do a Triple flight, but until now, I've never taken the time to savor it... Gouden Carolus Triple is simply fantastic.... now the question I am asking, "Will it cellar?"

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Photo of obninsk23
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks and smells uneventful, looks like muddy water in Boston actually. But what amazing is the taste. It starts before you sip. I got it my mouth ready to gulp a bite and (oh god!!!) before that the taste exploded in my nose. It's slightly sweet, but the sweetness comes from fruits and not sugar. Wow.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Hefe
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at R.F.D. on 5/13/04 from tap.

Appearance: Lightly hazy, almost flourescent gold and a white fluffy head.

Smell: Wham! Apricots and peaches and spices oh my! Undercurrents of honey and grapefruit.

Taste: Sweet malt and honey right away, then deepening to a touch of earthiness and stone fruits, finally a nice nip on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with a slight oily touch.

Drinkability: 9.0% be damned! Full speed ahead!

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Photo of Paddez
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange/golden liquid with a big and stubborn white head.

Smell: A short note of flowers and fruits gets quickly overwhelmed by an aroma of complex and intense spicyness. Some malty notes manage to get through near the end.

Taste: It's strange how this brew manages to present itself as a convincing tripel with its bold spicyness and fruits while it is unmistakebly a 'Gouden Carolus' beer at the same time: as the beer warms up, more hints of roasted malts and vague caramel are traceable. Aspects that reminded me a lot of the other Gouden Carolus brews, especially the 'Classic'.
This is delicious stuff though! Classic in many ways yet very unique.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Medium carbonation & body. Excellent overall mouthfeel. Smooth and spot on for the style. Drinkability was good but I found this beer a bit tiring somehow. Probably the high ABV and the effect of it had something to do with it. It's quite drinkable, but wouldn't really wany more than one.

I thought I had seen it all with Tripel Karmeliet, but this comes pretty damn close. A true marvel! And an underrated one at that.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the better tripels I've had in a long time; it started out with a large white head, enhanced by the appropriate (Duvel) glassware. The bouquet was as close to perfect as you can get; hints of banana, alcohol, mild citrus. The head stayed all throughout the tasting and left incredible lacing.
Although slightly carbonated, there was a soft creamy mouthfeel. Hints of slight citrus, banana, mild hops, yeast and sweet fruits were perfectly balanced. Overall this is what I expect from a great tripel.

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Photo of jph424
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a 1 finger white head with solid retention all the way through.

I smell banana, pepper, and some faint citrus.

Taste is exceptional. Light peppery belgian yeast, banana, very balanced and flavorful. Nice gentle hop flavor at the finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium carbonated with plenty of body.

This is an especially drinkable tripel! Very balanced and flavorful. I highly recommend giving this one a try.

My Tripel Ratings:
1. St Bernardus
2. Gouden Carolus
3. Westmalle

Brouwerij Het Anker creates masterful beers. Definitely one of my favorite Belgian brewers.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this may be the highest rated beer I've ever given - at least it's much better than some of the higher rated beers I've reviewed in my past. Absolutely wonderful in so many ways. The mouthfeel is just so overpowering, it stings the tongue even after you swallow. Nice head and carbonation, such a complexity of flavors. I'm not sure who brought this to our BA tasting and how long it's around, but I would love to get my hands on this again for a special occassion.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a massive three fingers in height. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is of yeast, lemon, oranges, with some earthy tones as well. The taste is like the aroma, but with a slight alcohol tweak in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium light bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, I would certainly buy this beer again, and am looking forward to trying Hey Anker's other beers.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City, CA. Another gem in that fine establishment. I was very surprised to see this not among the top 100. This seemed a little light to me for a tripel, and the smell threw me off, thinking that at best it was going to be "good." The tasted, however, was a light but complex wonder - very malty and sweet, but balanced perfectly with modest hops. Sweet fruits and honey, like a Greek dessert. I could sip this again and again and again. Mouthfeel was smooth and rich. Fantastic Stuff. This one should climb the charts.

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Photo of biegaman
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glowing apricot with a shiny bronzing complexion. The flurry of bubbles will largely obstruct one's view of the other side of the glass and, despite the vivid clarity, reduce transparency to a matter of squinting. The head is so super, duper, fantastically creamy that it looks uncannily like frothed milk. So much so, it looks delicious enough to drink on its own!

Speaking of whipped cream, I noted on a previous occasion such an overload of banana that I likened it to a banana cream pie (an attribute most appreciated by these nostrils!) Tonight, however, I'm finding more similarity to lemon-meringue pie (which is equally as delightful in my books.) Either way you slice it, dessert is served!

The beer's appearance and aroma should be considered nothing short of remarkable and its flavour profile no less so. A taste grounded in lightly toasted, very bready malts begins with drying notes of hay and straw and then quickly turns fruity, followed by spicy. Peach and apricot, pepper and ginger are noted. Mace and anise seed coated apple seems most prominent throughout this tasting.

The mouthfeel is interesting too. It leaves a unique texture in the mouth, one I would liken to yogurt. The presence of a drying, straw-like yeast also factors in. The alcohol will, on occasion, show face but it fades very quickly against the backdrop of flavours. One glass is extremely satisfying but a whole bottle (even the 750ml) is not at all unrealistic for a beer this well made, even if it is 9%.

Despite all the fruit (apple, pear, apricot, nectarine) and spice (mace, allspice, ginger, pepper, clove) neither is used. All this complexity and flavour is derived from a time-tested, antiquated Belgian yeast strain. As any homebrewer will tell you, Belgian beers are not as complicated to make as it would seem; the yeast does most the work. The exclusion of real fruit and spice is actually an act of addition and not subtraction.

I first had this beer at the Poechenellekelder in Brussels and scored it very highly. In the two years that have passed my understanding and appreciation for Belgian beer has only increased and so too have my thoughts on this beer. As different as they may be, all of Belgium's great tripels are just that and together, as a group, Gouden Carolus' included, comprise one of the greatest ensemble of beers known to Earth.

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Photo of wofat
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap - Poured with a beautiful head however that dissipated quickly and as I drank it left no lacing (all of which could be due to the semi-clean nature of the glassware). The aroma is full of tropical fruits! As I taste this beer I am stunned by the flavor... very fruity but not quite tart. A masterpiece of a belgian ale! A well balance mild sweetness, mixing in a light bittering and wonderful fruit flavors. Amazing! The flavor hints fruit roll-up which I find very odd... but this is just so much better! Wonderfully complex brew with no hint whatsoever of its rather large ABV. Excellent... i will drink this MANY more times!

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Photo of Pwnasaur90
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After recently moving, I have found myself next to a humongous stack of belgian beers that I have never even heard of. Yeah, I know these guys are a big name in the beer world but in my tiny corner of the globe, we didn't have access to such delights.

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden, almost straw color with a nice, fluffy white head. Head dissipates only slightly after pour.

Smell: A very mellow aroma to this beer. Normally, i'd come to expect a nice, malty sweetness and slight fruit but with this beer, I only get a tinge of fruit.

Taste: Tasty; The fruit is definitely a power player in this beer. Grapefruit, white grape flavors shine. Melds into a nice malty, sweet finish.

Overall: Quite the scrumptious tripel. If you are looking for something in that style wit a nice, light fruitiness and smooth finish, then I definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Gouden Carolus Triple has a stylish, refined label; simple yet appealing. It poured near-perfectly, and I do mean that. As suggested by the brewery, I poured into a chalice glass in one movement of the bottle and left the sediment in the bottle. A meringue white head, pillowy and almost doughy looking formed a magnificent crown to a honey-brown, tawny beer, not sparkling but a little turbid. Stupendous retention on the head: this is a true beer epiphany; what I imagine when the words "Belgian tripel" enter my mind. The head scarcely looked real sometimes as I glanced at it, such was the density of the foam. The lacing, needless to say, was superthick and very viscous, and it leaves glass-covering sheets of the stuff, refusing to move and making the chalice look white from the outside. Magnificent. Delicious citrus immediately in the nose, super fresh and begging for you to try a sip. A little dusty hoppiness in closer, and a honey-smooth maltiness. As it warms I get more lightly toasted malt, lemon and pineapple, a light spicy piquancy, metallic notes, a very fleeting but noticeable tartness in the background, vanilla beans, and some other characteristic which eludes my description right now, but it is akin to extremely fresh cream or perhaps freshly cut wood, pine or balsam. Yes, the hops are here too in the smell, sometimes giving pungent earthy notes or strong dryness. Without question the best aroma of the last few Belgian tripels I have had. I feel a beer before I taste it, and as I expected from the richness of the appearance and the head, Carolus Triple has exceptional mouth-coating fulness. The word creamy does it no justice. Unctuous, palate-covering, almost "fluffy" on the tongue. Light and carbonated, yet filling and velvety, like sipping a cloud, or melted ice cream. At first the honey-caramel malts are tasted. The middle is where it is most complex: a little spicy hoppiness, vanilla, mollasses, warming alcohol, port-like, with blackberry wine or even the sweetness of ice-wine, along with all the citrus fruits. The middle also possesses a tastes of white-sugar and cinnamon. The complexity is exceptional, and gives new flavours with each sip. The finish clinches the beer as one of the greats. Masterful balance of the sweetness, a little yeastiness, and dryness. The dryness is wood-like in character. The alcohol is only noticed by the pleasant warming of the stomach, and this is a dangerous beer because it is so drinkable, but I have a feeling you would pay for drinking too many at one sitting. I would not want to drink several of these in a night anyway: it deserves better than that. This is something to sip appreciatively. 2 of these are heading into my cellar for a little ageing. In the meantime, I will be picking up a few more 4-packs of this and sharing them with my compatriots. As a conclusion I have to say that this really surprised and awed me. In the past couple of weeks I have had St Bernardus Abt 12, Corsendonk Pater and Agnus, Watou Tripel and St Bernardus Tripel, and for me personally, Gouden Carolus Triple surpasses them all. This might sound like too gushing of a review, but it really was this tasty: quite possibly the best beer of this year so far for me. This is the underdog of tripels, and I will be recommending it exceedingly.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled in 2012
Glass: Tulip

Het Anker has a very good tripel with their recipe, which is very reminiscent of Chimay's Spéciale Cent Cinquante in aroma and flavor. Displaying a bouquet of flowery cherry blossoms along with citrus/banana esters and bread-like malts with similar flavors. Like the Chimay, this strikes me as a spring-appropriate beer, a bright tripel without the yeast heaviness that is found in many others (and which I enjoy as equally). I actually prefer this over Chimay's Spéciale Cent Cinquante, and its US distribution and relatively low price don't hurt.

Pours a very tall (4cm) head of off-white to beige foam, composed of small (on the bottom) to medium (middle) and large (top) bubbles. Retention lasts for ages, as expected for the style, and the foam eventually fades to a still substantial 0.75cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, substantial thick washes mixed with spiderweb-like patterns line the insides of the glass. The body is a fairly bright golden orange color, about 40-50% opaque, with light bringing out brighter, paler yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is visible, quite active and very numerous.

Smells very similar to Chimay's Spéciale Cent Cinquante: bright, floral and fruity. There is a pleasant cherry-blossom scent, along with orange zest and mild banana, spicy Continental hops, sweet pale malts that accentuate the blossom-like scent, and subdued Belgian yeast phenols. Really phenomenal, a wonderful and lively aroma.

Front palate is of rich, sweet malt with notable cherry blossom flavors, musty Belgian yeast, banana-like esters, citrus zest (orange and bit of lemon), and slightly spicy and woodsy Continental hops. Mid-palate of banana, sweet and bready malts, Belgian yeast phenols, orange rind, diluted honey, pale malt sweetness, spice and woodsiness from Continental hops, and slight ethanol (as the beer warms). Back of palate picks up ethanol, slight coconut, pale bready malts, Belgian yeast phenols, and spicy Continental hop contributions. Aftertaste of peach, apricot, and nectarine with a touch of Belgian yeast phenols and musty banana.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy, prickly feel at first, but quickly becoming very foamy, smooth and creamy, ultimately as soft on the palate as it is in smell and taste.

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Photo of zeff80
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass (at a restaraunt).

A - It had a golden amber color and a massive head (basically half the glass).

S - A fairly complex aroma. Some citrus (lemony) and yeast smells.

T - It had a sweet malty flavor, a little like caramel. Also, some citrus flavors came through.

M - It is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

D - It is very drinkable. At 9% ABV you can't have too many, though.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours an appetizing golden yellow with a very thick, fine-bubbled, persistent head. Aroma is rather strong, fruity, yeasty and malty. Flavor is rich and mouth-filling, fruity and malty with a yeasty undertone. Texture is delightfully fizzy and tingly, smooth underneath. Worth finding.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1002 ratings