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Gouden Carolus Tripel | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium | website

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

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 dsa7783
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
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 +9.5%
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 +9.7%
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 +9.7%
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 C20Percent
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

*Review taken from notes*

A: Hazy yellow-gold. Nice amount of bubbles. Dirty white head.

S: Sweet fruity champagne aroma. Citrus notes. Very fragrant. Smells fresh.

T: Crisp subtle sweet flavors. I'm getting all types of fruit flavors. Grapes. Passion Fruit. Booze is very well managed. A refreshing finish.

M: Light body.

O: An American craft brewer would call this an Imperial Blond Ale. Taste like an import -- no mistaking that. Good beer that I would drink again. Not as heavy as a Merry Monks, but more refreshing, IMO. I think this is an "A" beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of falloutsnow
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Pwnasaur90
4.53/5  rDev +10%
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 +10%
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 wofat
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Backer2004
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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 +10.4%
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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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.
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