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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:
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Added by marc77 on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
449
Ratings:
934
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
15.01%
 
 
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86
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174
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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" soapy white head that left a nice lacing over cloudy copper liquid.

S: Banana, citrus, yeast, and some alcohol.

T: Banana, citrus, white wine, and yeast with a dry finish that is very pleasant.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of medium carbonation.

O: A great Tripel and a very easy drinker.

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

slightly hazy peachy golden colored with a big white head that holds pretty well and leaves a little lace. nose is spicy with clove and white pepper up front followed by lemon, hop, pale malt (nice and subdued, but plays a full role still), and a hint of pear. tastes like lemon clove bread almost. really wonderful and unique tripel while sticking to the criteria of a real classic at the same time. silky mouthfeel - more silky than most other tripels i've ever had - with a little bit of a dry finish. great. great with food and friends. i'm impressed with this simply complex classy classic beer.

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

Pours a very slightly hazy golden ale with a massive puffy white head. Furious carbonation level, so high it started to foam over the top of the glass resulting in the need to eat some foam. This is a head that never says die.

Smell is banana and apple with a spicy yeast scent. Smell of honey and flowers and spices. Lemon and pepper scents ride along on the faint scent of alcohol.

Taste is sweet spice and banana in the first sip. Mildly sweet and very peppery with a clear flavor of coriander. Vanilla, cinnamon, apple, and nuts are the more subtle flavors. Fairly noticeable bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected.

Drinkability is in one word heaven. Damn tasty beer here and I am not surprised, this brewery has yet to make a beer I do not adore.

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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 ADR
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 11.2 oz bottle...

Light brown, tea-like murkiness. Pale head, diminishes quickly, very little lace, some small patches. Aroma is good, tropical fruit, esters, some faint vanilla. Low carbonation, medium body. Flavor is interesting, almost coconut-like fluffiness and style with accents of lime and breadfruit. Husky and perhaps a little yeasty. Some alcohol sense at the close, but well-integrated and slowly building. This is a fairly fascinating beer, some components are unlike any I've ever encountered. Distinct, slightly heavier than some, without a Tripel's dryness. But it is a stand out.

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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 RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice, big white puffy head atop a beautiful thick orange body. The liquid almost illuminates the bottom of the glass.

Smell - The wonderful baker's yeast is evenly mixed with some strong, rindy orange. The traditional spices are present along with a hint of alcohol. This nose is very balanced.

Taste - Heavy on the powdery pepper, otherwise pretty much what you'd expect from the terrific nose. This one is very sharp on the tongue. The orange is acidic and demands that the ale be sipped. The yeast is packed tightly.

Mouthfeel - A bit bigger than medium-bodied with a prominent sting of alcohol and some nice, very mature carbonation.

Drinkability - This is my idea of an Abbey Tripel. It is sharp from all angles, has some beautiful carbonation, and goes down extremely well.

Update - It's not often that I find this beer but came across one in early Jan 2010 (probably a 2009 vintage) so had a chance to re-enjoy. The only thing I would add is that the appearance of the poor was much more pleasing, otherwise everything else is the same as my initial review. The spices are huge, the punch is definitely highly-charged orange, and the mouthfeel is out of this world.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jason sent this from the East Coast so it should be fresher than what we get in IA.

The beer poured a giant head with a careful pour it just won't go away. Really thick head with a great lacing. The color is light golden brown with a little haziness. The smell is light and very aromatic, I love it. There are smells of citrus with a small sweetness. The taste is very good and has great light flavors found in the smell. The mouthfeel is good as well, not a single problem. Overall if I could get this I would drink it this fresh all of the time.

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Photo of dstc
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, yellow with a huge, foamy white head. Heads stays a long time. Big lace.

Nice spiced, floral nose. Clean.

Delicious flavor. Nice herbal hoppieness with hints of fruit. Malts present too with a sweet finish. You can taste the alcohol, especially as it warms a bit.

Medium bodied in the mouth, crisp.

Great triple from a great brewery. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy gold into a Gouden Carolus D'Or chalice. Lots of foam, excellent head retention and lace.

Very aromatic. Tropical fruit smells, ginger, and sugar.

This is one of the best tripels I have had. Lots of tropical fruits coming through, butterscotch, ginger, caramelized sugar.
This starts off creamy, buttery, and silky smooth, then finishes dry. It is almost like a brut. Can taste the alcohol, but it is very well balanced.

A tripel that defines the style, very enjoyable. I can drink this beer 'till I get to heaven (in moderation, of course).

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Tripel. Poured from 750 ml bottle into an Omme Gang goblet. Deep, golden musky color. Excellent creamy head. Plenty of hops and a slight tangy citrus flavor. Feels nice and thick going down.

Nice beer to enjoy with a seafood dinner such as sauteed shrimp, scallops, stuffed lobster tail, etc. Not the best to pair with a cigar as they really don't mix well.

After your first few mouthful's, you start to appreciate the alcohol content.

Just sit back and enjoy this one.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Tall thin respectable looking 330ml [11.2 fl.oz] brown glass bottle. Black label wraps 300 Degrees around the body of the bottle; a striking metallic gold colored coin design is repeated on the neck label too. The Crown cap has an inverse colored design. Listed at 9% with no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Fleshy golden Pineapple body is hazed with a marmalade hue. Volcanic rising head explodes on the pour, even into a chilled glass. Rising foam soon relaxes to form a rising island surrounded by thin beaches that spread out to join the smattered lacing that litters the edges of the glass. Fine Belgium carbonation is a joy to watch fall & rise as I gently tip the glass towards and then away from me. Thick head and continually rising streamers last a lifetime. Simply stupendous looks.

Nose: Tropical fruit gums, pineapple, marmalade and Golden Shred orange laced Banana splits. Hints of sweetness tease the hops that seem to be afraid to come out to play, at least until it warms.

Taste: Fruit salad start, chewy sugar coated orange rind melds with a tropical pineapple sharpness which all balances the Candy sugars to perfection. Warming in the middle the alcohol builds smoothly with some lemon honey sweetness. The alcohol rides the lightning until the beer gains a degree or two in the thermal department, when a virulent spicy hop feel pokes you in the eye and leaves a dry hoppy tingle. Peppery with some yeast skid marks on the malt underbelly. It all comes together extremely nicely by the time the swallow is complete.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol is present, but it is one of those dedicated supporters that prefers a seat three or four rows back from the front. Talcum soft conditioning and a warming finish lend a big hand. My belches never felt or tasted better.

Drinkability: Seriously Dangerous. Luckily I only got the one bottle.

Overall: Not your usual run-of-the-mill Tripel by any stretch of the imagination, this one branches out with a refined conditioning and some nice fruity notes, it works too. A rather Sexy Tripel-tastic offering from Mechelens finest.

Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 330mL bottle from Woodman's in Janesville, WI as part of a closeout deal for $2.59.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a very large head that is thick and fluffy. Very highly carbonated bottle. The scent is rich with yeast and bready hints. Hops and other earthy tones are evident as well. Taste is mild and creamy. Every ingredient mixes quite well for a bready, earthy grain taste. A really great brew from Belgium. This may have been a 9% beer but it certainly didn't taste like it. I almost want to give this a beer some 5's but idk, with all the beer out there is this is 5 worthy.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this one.

Poured into a chalice a deep dark golden color, nice carbonation, huge two finger plus creamy head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly sweet, spicy, bready, and yeasty. The taste is sweet/tangy, spicy, malty, and yeasty. Medium body, a nice complex brew. Very drinkable, a very tasty tripel, highly recommended.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was in biegaman's cellar for a couple of years, thanks for sharing. Wow! This is one of the finest beers I've had in a good long while, really impressive. Two finger foamy white head atop a honey gold coloured brew featuring large quantities of very tiny bubbles in a Chimay glass. Well carbonated, the bubbles never quit and that regal white head took on a heavenly appearance with spotty clouds superimposed on one another. Excellent sheet lacing and retention. Vanilla wafer nose initially, ginger, spearmint, toffee. Taste was as complex as much as it was delightful with minced tart, christmas cake cherry, spice apple and cinammon with a backdrop of caramel and yeast throughout. Wonderful balance of bitter and sweet with a smooth velvety texture, perfect harmony. The alcohol is well played, this is a superb tripel.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the Gouden Carolus glass, at the Sharp Edge Creek House. The color was a darker gold, with a nice, thick, creamy head. The smell was sweet. The taste was also quite sweet, very sugar-ish, with the nice, yeasty, flowery taste a good tripel should feature, and very little noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Drinkability-wise, I'd have as many as I could afford (was 8 dollars a pop!); though sweet, the beer isn't so cloying as to be off-putting.

A simply fantastic tripel, and up there with St. Bernardus as a personal favorite. Definitely one that I would have again.

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Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured at 50F into a goblet.

Golden color with nice bubbles rising from the glass. Thich and creamy white head with good lacing.

Spicy Belgian yeast, citrus fruits, candy malts and complex alcohols.

Big malt profile with candy, and a salad of tropical and mountainous fruits. Belgian hops and yeast bring it together nicely.

Thick and creamy with perfect carbonation. This is for sure one of the most complex yet well balanced triples around. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Kremlock
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slight haze, pale straw colour, thin head, thin lacing.

S: green bananas, sour citrus, sour apples.

T: Same as nose with some breadyness.

M: High carbonation, full body. Dry body but finishes with some residual sweetness

O: Exceptional! This is a well balanced Triple with some great sourness balanced with sweetness.

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Photo of santa109
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this at L'autre-oeil in Gatineau, QC.

A: Poured a cloudy bright yellow-orange with a foamy film for a head into the gouden carolus glass. The thin head stuck around until the end.

S: Wow, banana bread really strikes me as the dominant aroma. It reminds me of a hefeweizen. There's also a hint of vanilla in there and the alcohol is a bit present too.

T: Big fruityness upfront with pear being the dominant taste. There seems to be a bit of pineapple in there too and vanilla shows up again with a touch of alcohol.

M: Light-bodied with a bit of an oily mouthfeel and low carbonation.

D: Very high since it reminded me of hefeweizens with its fruityness.

Overall, a very enjoyable triple that's different than what I expect from them but I'm glad I had it. I would recommend trying this one.

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Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy yellow orange with a nice off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity yeasty aroma of pears and apples. Sweet and malty fruity pear and tart apple flavors with a slight bubblegum yeasty taste. Medium-full body with a carbonated crisp mouthfeel, alcohol presence come out as it warms, finishes sweet, very nice.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 750 ml. bottle dated 13/04/2015. Sampled on October 17, 2016.

Golden colored pour under a foamy cream colored and long lasting head. Busy carbonation.

The aroma is alive with roses, blossoms, or some kind of floral, flowery character along with apple and pear thrown in for good measure.

Medium to full body. Smooth texture.

The taste is as flowery as the nose suggests it would be with those added meaty fruits and leading up to a herbal or peppery bite at the finish. Lovely beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Gary's in Madison... I've probably never seen a more impressive appearance in a beer... the gigantic, foamy and frothy head obliterated my glass, pouring over and spilling out... a huge, enormous appearance... smell was very good... full of sweet citrus, pears, and golden honey... taste was distincly different for a tripel... sweet, candied, with a noticeably different taste from most of the same style that I've encountered... can't notice the 9% ABV behind a rich, thick, and unique conglomeration of floral, citrus-like, candied flavors... one of the best tripels I've encountered... amazing stuff with a simultaneously noticeable apple and grapefruit essence... truly different taste for the style... great thick and tasty mouthfeel with a good drinkability that only took a set-back because of the hefty ABV, otherwise, an outstanding Belgian... one of the best I've recently come across... Definintely recommended...

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Photo of AlexJ
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This 2 year old bottle pours out golden yellow with a HUGE white head that stays forever, eventually forming a thick veil that leaves generous lace behind.

Aroma is a transcendant medley of golden malts, honey drenched tropical fruit, delicate yeast ans spice, light minerality, and white grape.

Flavor has clean golden pilsneresque malts,a huge fruit presence of pear, mango, peach, pinapple, white grapes, and apricot. The yeast is delicat and spicey and the finish has a beautiful nip of Saaz-like hops. Sweet, never cloying, with a dry, mineral-laden finish. Complex and glorious.

Body is medium, with a light , fluffy texture and smooth, slick mouthfeel. No trace of the alcohol and dangerous drinkability.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an exceedingly bright, golden amber, with a tenacious head that leaves sticking lacing on the sides of my glass. Brilliant nose, redolent of those chocolate oranges people give away during Christmas time, plus candi sugar. Very zesty. Quite sweet on the palate, but in a light way -- it's nectary as opposed to molasses-y, with peppy carbonation that helps in that regard. Some orange notes come out in the palate, but there's also a very forward burnt sugar flavor, kind of like creme brulee. Quite a good tripel -- it manages that tripel balancing act, being rich, light, fruity and sweet at the same time. Bravo.

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Photo of zeff80
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
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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