Gouden Carolus Tripel | Brouwerij Het Anker

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

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:
959
Reviews:
452
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
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Photo of josanguapo
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From elcervecero. Playing Goodbye Deponia. In Duvel glass. Too much spices in makes it oddly tasting. The gouden carolus ive enjoyed the least

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : blond color, with white foam head.
Smell : spicy and malty nose.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, alcohol presence.
Drinkability: an average beer in the style Belgian tripel.

Review translated from french 5-14-2008.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pepper. Black Pepper. White pepper. Did someone pour pepper in my beer when I wasn't looking?

Pours a very pretty golden color, cloudier than expected, with a very nice fluffy white head. Aroma is a light, slight pepper, with even lighter sweetness. Good stuff (did I mention I love tripels?). Flavor is sweet, yeasty, citrus fruity, and yes, pepper. Pepper that grows as it warms. It really has a nice complex set of flavors behind the pepper, but it is just overwhelmed by that one flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. And peppery.

Oh, did I mention pepper?

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Photo of Popsinc
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A golden pour with a suprisingly small head head.

Smell: A malty sweet nose sugary hints of caramel.

Taste: Semi-sweet and off dry. Hints of caramel and a good maltiness.

Mouthfeel: lively and a dry finish.

Drinkability: i wasn't overly impressed with this tripel. maybe i'm the crazy one.

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Photo of Dwarf
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Synapstic
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of emakings
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of 5373752018
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Noxious26
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pale gold with an orange tinge and hazy. Lots of little carbonation streams. Head is off white and 3/4 inch at the pour then settling at 1/4 inch. Lots of lacing spreading out like a doily in my glass.

Aroma is a nice mixture of scents. Hops mixed with some sweet fruity smells. Some background elements of herbs, spices and alcohol.

Taste is pretty mild and a little sweet. Lots of carbonation right off the start. Fruity sweet with a bit of an alcohol character at the start is then muted by the fizzy feel. Then there is a hint of banana, a bolder alcohol presence and a little hops. Aftertaste is hops, but not as bitter as it might be. Alcohol presence throughout continues to get stronger as the brew warms.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Leaves a bit of an oil residue feeling. As it warms, gives a bit of an alcohol burn.

The aroma is wonderfully complex and subtle, but the alcohol presence in the taste just took too much away in my opinion. Now, I've always been sensitive to alcohol tastes (so much so that I can not drink any spirits straight.. no mix) and that might hamper me in this case. However, it seems to me that there are some nice nuances throughout this beer, but they just get run over rough-shod by the alcohol which is a shame. This is definitely a sipping beer, but even by those standards, the drinkability suffers. I see this as being neither easy to drink, enticing to drink nor would I want to drink more than one in an evening.

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Photo of seedyone
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice honey colored liquid with barely any head. Delicate lacing and deceptively sweet for something with an ABV of 9%. Not much on the nose & even less on the back end. Where do they hide the alcohol? Nicely done, but probably good for just the one.

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Photo of waldemarsto
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of newton99
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: some spices up front followed by candy sugar and light fruits like grapes and pears. Sweet bread aromas bring up the finish.

T: spices at first followed by some light fruits and candy sugar. A strong, sweet yeasty flavor follows with a slight alcohol burn.

M: medium-light body with highish, frothy carbonation, this beer's alcohol presence keeps it from being light and crisp.

O: a pretty decent tripel overall. I would like a bit more depth of flavor with less alcobol presence.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of sabrills70
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with no freshness date. Pours a pale copper with a 1 finger head, OK longevity and lace. Aromas of sweet caramel malt, honey, slight citrus and yeast. Tastes of wheat malt, honey, citrus, biscuity, with a decent hop flavor. Very sweet. Strong alcohol kick. High carbonation. A definate sipper. Not a bad beer but not great either. Very average.

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Photo of katan
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first foray into triples. Undated bottle.

A - Pours a dark gold color with a 1/2" head. Lots of lacing and head retention. Looks very carbonated.

S - Interesting floral scent - perhaps from the hops. The strong alcohol does hit the nose.

T - Nice balance of the malt with a smooth aftertaste accentuated by floral note. No particular flavor is pronounced, even though the overall hit is fairly strong.

m - Not sure about the mouthfeel. It does have quite a bit of a bite.

D - I'd like one of these for a change of pace. For my preference for a session beer, I'd probably shift to something else.

(The price for this also makes me unsure I'd pick it up for a nights drinking.)

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Photo of jroof1
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pencible
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy straw color with tons of white head (had to be scooped out with a spoon so I could continue pouring). It smelled like sour yeast and fresh wheat and lemon zest, with some salt and vinegar, and a bit of Belgian sugar. It tasted like waxy lemon and sour yeast, with salt and vinegar and a bit of spicy ginger and alcohol. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was not really what I enjoy in Belgian pale ales, but it was acceptable for the style. It had a clean taste and wasn't difficult to drink, and the flavor and body improved as it warmed and opened up. Perhaps age would help further improve this, since the 1.5 year old pale Van De Keizer I had was significantly better than this. This isn't a bad beer, and others might enjoy it, but I wasn't a fan.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
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 jnn4v
3.46/5  rDev -16%
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 axeman9182
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip. This was one of my last remaining souvenirs from Belgian Beer Fest 2011.

Gouden Carolus Tripel pours a super hazy tangerine. The frothy white head is absolutely massive, approaching four fingers worth of foam. Head retention couldn't possibly be any better, and the lacing left alongside the glass is plentiful. The nose leads more towards pear than anything else on the ester front, though there is a little bit of green apple as well. There are also some light black pepper and alcochol aromas present to keep things interesting. The fruitiness in the flavor leans even more towards pears, to the point where with the one sided esters and somewhat muted phenols, and a bit of alcohol, that the beer approaches what I imagine a pear cider would taste like. This isn't really a good thing, as it leaves the beer one note, and isn't necessarily what I'd look for in a tripel. The mouthfeel is fantastic though, with a nice and dried out body and an expansive, bubbly carbonation. Gouden Carolus Tripel isn't a bad beer, but it's also firmly not in my top tier of tripels.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With its cloudy orange color, Gouden Carolus is definitely on the darker spectrum of Tripel Style Ales. It has a fine head of foam with nice lacing. The aroma is of citrus, spices and even some brown sugar, but it doesn't come out very sharply. The taste is fruity and a bit citrusy to start, but the malt flavor evaporates and quickly turns into a mildly sour and bitter finish that is dominated by a strong alcoholic taste. The mouthfeel is good, with plenty of carbonation and a medium body. I didn't particularly enjoy this one as the malt flavor was not robust enough and the alcohol was not as well hidden as it could have been.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like a brick of gold. It's a bit hazy and has a small white head. The aroma is juicy and carries something herbal and something barn-like. It hits the tongue with a juicy sizzle. It's fluffy and perhaps a bit alkaline. The flavor is malt, citrus... It's tangy, sour and plenty bitter. Lemon peel is the flavor that dominates. A good Tripel.
(rated Apr 17, 2007)

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Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reaganrvltn
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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