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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Photo of Fabianno
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, pours a golden yellow color with a HUGE white head that takes up half the glass. The head possesses amazing retention and lacing as well. This is a very pretty beer!

S- The aroma is lighter than expected with some fruit, citrus peel, spices and Belgian yeast. The aroma is very light but very pleasant as well. The array of fruits dominate the aroma with some citrus peel and clove. Very nice!

T- The taste like the aroma is very fruity with some spices added in there with a dry yeasty finish along with some alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- This is one of the better Tripels that I have tried, fantastic stuff! Recommended!

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Photo of vanrassel
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured into my goblet a cloudy dark gold with a compact white head. It was fragrant, with plenty of fruity esters, pepper and a yeasty aroma.

The taste started with a strong yeasty flavour before turning sugary sweet. It wasn't until the very end that a sharp, drying alcoholic sensation kicked in. The mouthfeel was exceptionally creamy and smooth and overall this beer hides its high alcohol content well. Not a session beer by any means, but a pleasant easy-drinker considering the hefty ABV.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a deep golden almost amber. Had a dense rocky white head.

Smell was candi sugar sweet with a hint of spicyness.

Taste was like a sweet spiced cake.

Very creamy and delicious mouthfeel.

Overall, a very tasty brew. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of Guennois
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw coloured, quite cloudy. Foamy white head, good density, lasts well and leaves a nice lacing.
Light nose, with herbal notes and something like white grape.
Quite thick in mouth, light carbonation, and bitterness waiting her time to appear, followed by a whole bread taste and alcohol warmth. Pretty sweet for 9°. Fruity for the rest.

Une robe paille trouble, mousse assez abondante, d'une bonne densité, tenue moyenne et lacis net.
Un nez léger, aux notes herbales et fraîches, sur fond de raisin blanc.
En bouche, du corps, peu de carbonation, une amertume légère même pour le style, qui ne perce qu'en fin, suivie d'un goût de pain de campagne et d'une légère chaleur alcoolique. Fruitée pour le reste, sans plus de précision.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy, very light orange pour with a big fluffy white head atop it. Retention is quite good with a smattering of lacing.

S: Lots of belgian yeast with some lemon and pears.

T: Yeasty with lots of cloves. Lemon peel, apple and pear. Bready sourdough malt. A touch of grass and some pepper.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth

O: A well balanced and drinkable tripel. Not as yeasty as some but it is still there of course.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, early 2005 vintage, pulled from the cellar

Sparkling golden color, so far, so good

Smell is in line with the style, very sweet and malty, no hint of alcohol

Taste follows suit, big hit of sweetness and malts up front, but a distinct bitterness and tartness hits the tongue. The aftertaste has real bite, very dry, very enjoyable.

Overall, a treat from my cellar I wish I had kept a bit longer, but this was still a very smooth brew, great way to cap off an evening with friends and fellow BA's. No hint of the alcohol, very good recipe here. I will have to buy another to cellar for a longer period of time.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pooured a columinous head on top of a orange-red body with great carbonation and lace everywhere. A great aroma that is the Belgian standard. Yeast, orange and citric hops, hints of caramel and/or a mellow sugary sweet malt base; slightly acidic and hints of pepper; something like pear or apple as well. Light-bodied, smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel makes this real easy to drink which is dangeours as the high ABV is well-hidden. Some crisp citric flavors as well as some tart apple or pear give it a little bite, but there's also an orange twang and the yeast notes balance it w/ sweetness. Light spicy pepper, some caramel or honey sweetness and a touch of woodiness all lead to a well-balanced beer that alternates between sharp and fruity and sweet and easy-going. A well-made beer that finishes dry and crisp and probably only spot ABV kicks in, this is a great sipper that gives off plenty of flavors and is a must-try.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer. I like tripels but mostly drink American made; though I figured it being NYE and all I'd try another Belgian tripel, and was not disappointed.

I popped the cork off and the thing fizzed out all over the counter, floor, and sink eventualy, so no lack of carbonation. After that situation was dealt with I poured it into a goblet. Nice amber color, hazy, just what I like to see.

Smelled BREADY, which I like - super yeasty. I make my own bread, and the aroma coming off of that was very much like freshly baked bread. Had a bitter tinge to the flavor, like some subtle hoppiness, but not hopped exactly, and it brought some nice structure into it. Maybe more like a saison-type of funkiness. The alcohol was present but hung back respectfully. Herbal, fairly thick, slick, and traditional.

Nothing wrong with it, and overall a very good tripel, though I'd probably not get it again for myself. I would recommend it though, and I'd probably buy a bottle to give as a gift or bring to an occasion.

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Photo of bjd88
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cozzatoad
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Slightly hazy, somewhere in between deep golden and orange. Huge and also dense white head that shows great retention throughout the whole tasting. Not as much lacing as you would expect from such a head but still enough to be satisfied with

S- Musty/earthy yeast is dominant. Some delicate fruity (citrus, apple) and sugary notes on the back of things, also a slight warming touch from the alcohol. Overall obviously on the sweet side

T- Not as earthy as the smell suggested, but much more bright instead. Caramel malts, with strong candy-like notes from the sugar, very sweet but still far from cloying. nice support from the esters, on the back but still vividly present with a warming spicy feel. Then some fruity notes as the smell suggested (again apple, slight citrus, pear maybe). Very nice and perfectly amalgamated

M- Very soft, full-bodied mouthfeel on both tongue and palate. Carbonation is still quite vivid, adding a touch of lively/prickly feel to the mouthfeel. Just dry enough in the aftertaste to make you longing for another sip

O- A classic tripel that stays totally true to the style, and a great one at that. I would ask no more. Very nice balance and drinkability given the 9%ABV

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Photo of sd123
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of janubio
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouden Carolus glass. Cloudy fainted yellow colour, an abslolutely enormous head that lasts for all its life in the glass. Fresh floral aroma, wet earth, clove, coriander and citrus.Harsh in the palate, with orange, cookies, dust, acidic finish. A very good one.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick tannish orange body that's translucent but not transparent. The head is thick like meringue and has some amazing stamina.

S - Slight banana with lots of wheat aroma.

T - Malty and slightly sweet with a very nice fruity Belgian finish. There is also the presence of alcohol.

M - Smooth and slightly warming from the alcohol.

~This is a great brew. One that I will certainly seek out again. I definitely recommend you, and every beer fan you know, sample this fine beverage.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with giant, white, foamy awesome looking head that lasted forever. Great lacing.

S: Citrus, tropical, toasted malt, yeast.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted and spicy with a hint of citrus.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Dry and quite warm going down.

O: Good Tripel. A bit too biting for my taste. Really warm, which was nice. Looks phenomenal.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a two finger plus head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Body is a hazy peach gold. Looks amazing and beautiful.

Smell - horse blanket, plums, apricots.

Taste - horse blanket, sour fruit, plums, apricots, some saltine crackers, and medicinal alcohol. Alcohol is mostly well hidden, lending some spiciness, not harshness.

Mouthfeel -full, slightly fizzy, semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is a great ale, but high abv limits sessionability. Enjoy with food.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from belgianshop.com

Poured a hazy golden orange colour... Slightly off white head poured big and foamy and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Sugary sweetness, floral, fruity (orange, pear), strong honey notes, vanilla, light malts, spicy hop hints....

Taste – Spicy / peppery hops, nice honey sweetness, pear notes, very light caramel malts, some creaminess, basil hints...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light / medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A top notch tripel.... one of the best. Highly recommended...

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Photo of markaberrant
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy light orange, big fluffy white head recedes to cap, leaving a bit of lace down the glass

S - sweet pils malt, not really honey, no citrus/grassy notes either

T - more layers of lightly sweet pils malt, hops are barely detectable, spicy finish

M - light and lively, remarkably easy to drink, smooth alcohol warmth

D - no problems putting this one away, great example of the style

Another fine offering from this brewer. A straight up tripel with a nice balance of sweetness that is not cloying, but nicely balanced by the alcohol and spice notes. Great stuff.

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Photo of Jon
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden color with a frothy white head, active carbonation, and intentionally poured flecks of sediment throughout. Nose is complex and dominant in its coriander, pepper, and peachy fruit with a hint of musty yeast and funky, earthy hops. Aroma of spearmint, as well? Very farmhouse-like in the bouquet. Taste is heavy, once again, on fresh pepper and coriander with additional emphasis on earthy hops, traces of honey and partially hidden citrus and ripe peach notes. Super smooth mouthfeel that possesses a profound creaminess. The abv never seems overwhelming and is well integrated throughout the beer. Though the spiciness and abv keep this beer from scoring perfectly in the drinkability category, it does possess some quenching characteristics and goes down quite easily for its size. A quality Belgian tripel from a notoriously solid brewery.

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Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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 jakea
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden color w/ a fluffy, creamy white head, leaves chunks of sticky lacing. Vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is floral, herbal; apricots, Belgian yeast, mild bubblegum as it warms.

Taste is fruity, subtle mustiness. Some tropical citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied and satisfying.

Overall another solid offering from Brouwerij Het Anker.

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Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve been sitting on this brew for a little while, and finally arrived at the perfect time to enjoy it. From a 12 ounce bottle, this brew pours a hazy golden color that’s tinged with a slight peach hue. Quite effervescent, the beer has a consistent and never-ending stream of bubbles rising into the white head. Not a bad looking brew, to be sure. The aroma is muted, with a little fruit and spice. I expected that the smell would jump out of the glass, but you need to go searching for the characteristics. Once you inhale deeply, however, there’s some clove, apple, yeast, orange, raisins, and a lot of malt. The taste is nice…peppery and phenolic, with a wonderful sweetness. There’s an almost immediate warming as well. Fairly full bodied, which is offset by the fizzy effervescence. Finish has a spicy alcoholic quality. Solidly good.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.12 out of 5 based on 952 ratings.
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