Gouden Carolus Tripel | Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel
BA SCORE
89.2%
Liked This Beer
4.13 w/ 961 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by marc77 on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,739
Reviews:
453
Ratings:
961
Liked:
857
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
10.41%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
186
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 961 |  Reviews: 453
Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Explosive and extensive white head; leaves lumpy lace. Greenish yellow liquor color. Cloudy like a wheat beer.

Light malt and strong Belgian yeast aromas. The alcohol is quite present.

Light malt and soured cream flavor up front. The finish continues the sour flavor with what seems to be a very strong wheat component. This has a lower level of carbonation, which makes this a creamier tripel.

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Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lemon-tangerine pie with an enormous head of oven-toasted ecru meringue. Actually, the cap is so impossibly creamy that it looks like meringue prior to baking, not after. The bubbles have now quieted themselves and the head looks even more spectacular as it slowly melts. This is a classic looking Belgian beer.

It's difficult to get the full measure of the nose through so much thick foam, especially since I poured a second time before taking a sniff. What I can appreciate is very good. GCT smells like shortbread cookies containing chunks of candied lemon peel and a light sprinkling of ground clove. My hope is that I'll get a better crack at it in a few minutes. I did and I love it.

Gouden Carolus Triple is one of the best versions of this style that has ever crossed my lips. This is outstanding beer, there's no question about it. I'm not sure that I've ever had a more tropical fruity tripel. The cornucopia-like flavor profile is overflowing with banana, pineapple and buttery pear.

A huge amount of pale malt is the bedrock that allows the rest of the flavors to shine. And they take the opportunity to shine like a thousand suns. I'm amazed at how much sweet banana saturates each and every mouthful. I don't mean to forget the delicious spiciness of the Belgian hops and the Belgian yeast. They're as perfectly integrated and as beautifully balanced as all the rest.

The mouthfeel is pure magic. I can't imagine a more lusciously creamy, more silky smooth, more mouthfilling ale that this. Each sip seems to expand in every direction until it seems as if my mouth won't be able to contain it. I keep taking mouthful after mouthful, not believing what I'm experiencing. If ever I wanted 750 ml rather than 330 ml, it's right now.

I didn't realize how much I love Brouwerij Het Anker beer until I glanced at the reviews of the two others that I've had. Classic is an exceptional BSDA and Noel (also a BSDA) is one of the best Christmas beers in the world as far as I'm concerned. Triple is right up there as well. Is there no end to the number of fantastic tripels that one tiny country can produce? This is one for the ages.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gouden Carolus chalice.

Three gold coins to the man who makes me some tasty beer! Something like that. (Don't worry about it.) This brew pours a clear golden straw topped by a healthy finger of fizzy white foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, pepper, a hint of bubblegum, a hint of vanilla, and some heavy yeast notes. The taste follows almost exactly, adding only a small touch of citrus hoppiness. The body is a light medium, with an active carbonation and a crisp, drying finish. Overall, a very good tripel, just not something to down on a heavy basis by any stretch.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First let me say this one of the best overall tripels I have come into contact with, the type of beer that won't let you wipe a smile off of your face. Appears as a drop of sunshine in my glass with golden orange slightly hazed tone to it, huge mountainous layers of foaming vibrant white head mixed with yeast, leaves an even trickled lace with great head retention on this beast. I must give credit for my selection of this to Hart from the Sharp Edge, because this has been a beer I have overlooked for way too long. Aroma is heavenly with lucious spices along with waves of crescendoing malt tailed by honey richnss wrapped in deep tones of alcohol. Flavor great sweetness from the malt very rich and smooth and warming I truly love this beer simply amazing tripel. Mouthfeel is silky and buttery with carbonation that tickles the senses. Drinkability I could have more of these, but I would fall over when I tried to get off the bar stool.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of imbibehour
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
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 rab53
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ouncer. No freshness dating exhibited. Pours a cloudy, hazy muddy shade of light brown, moderate white head and not leaving much lacing. Nose is fruity, musty, nutty, also alcohol present. First sip was kindoff sharp and biting, 9% clearly showing its fangs, as it warmed and mellowed, the flavors started to come out and shine. This flavorful brew, showed notes of nuts,fruits, yeasy phenolics. A Slight astrigent note also came foward. This is a Complex and interesting triple, certainly worth a try and worth trying over and over for lovers of the style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jwc215
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed orangeish golden with a white head that thins and becomes a lasting, swirling patch. Surprisingly, and unfortunately, the glass is left almost clean as a whistle (though there are a few vanishing dots and a thin film.

The smell is of spiced, bready yeast (a nice one), apples, oranges with earthy/grainy, caramelish notes.

The taste is complex, in a mellow/subtle way. Fruity - apple, melon, a bit of pear, a hint of orange with a balancing earthy/herbal, grassy spicing - hoppy without becoming too herbal/medicinal. This is all held together by caramel and a nice yeast strain. Wonderful balance of malt, hops, and yeast. Just a hint of soft alcohol that lends dryness and a touch of peppery spice more than it does heat.

Lighter-side of medium-bodied, but still rich. Creamy, yet lively. Very refreshing.

Considering the abv this is wonderfully drinkable. Complex, robust in a mellow way. Refreshing. Hits the spot on a warm day, though I could easily appreciate this year-round. For wine-drinkers coming over to beer (graduating?) substitute this for pinot grigio.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, yellow/golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Very fine yeast are noticeable suspended within the brew. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malts, some fruit (banana), and spices (maybe coriander). Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy. There is a very high carbonation level. Bitterness levels are noticeable, but not too great. Tastes of sweet malts and strong tart malts up front and then some banana flavors come through strongly. An alcohol flavor comes through in the middle of the brew. A slight hop flavor is present in the finish along with some more of the banana. Overall, this is a great beer and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Guacamole! This corked little devil came out with NO effort--BOOM!
And now my trousers are wet...

Muddy golden hue...vast mass of fluffy foam, white as snow sits on top and elegantly collapses, leaving gentle lace...Aroma: yeast, citric, but light, airy, a little honeyish...Taste: mmm, just right!

Elaborate? I shall. A garden of fruit is here, apricots, peaches, oranges, banana, mix it with cream, soften it with sugar, throw some honey in it, whipped cream on top now, gently sprinkle with spices...tastiness abounds! Lightly, judiciously hopped, ample malt, incessant flavor. Body is about medium, finish is nigh-unto-eternal, light, sugary, and just about damned delicious, balance is near perfect too, nothing is overly forward, everything meets just-so, and it's drinkability gets a boost from that.
My first try with this one, and now it's a new favorite, that I'll return to again and again...deeelicious!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/19/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded lighter golden yellow in color. Slight bit of micro fine yeast sits at the bottom of the glass. Mondo 2 inch head which is creamy and thick in nature. Chunky streaks and spots on the inside of the glass. Excellent!

Smell- As soon as the bottle opened a huge whiff of tangerines and other orchard type fruits hit my nose. Peaches, oranges and lemons. Not to mention the powdered sugar and the corriander like scent.

Taste- More lemon rind flavored than any of the other scents listed above. Fairly sharp hop bite, but doesn't have a big drying effect. Corriander and white pepper (kinda saison like) with a funky medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste. Lighty warming.

Drinkability- All in all a very nice tripel. Certainly up there with the best looking and smelling ones. A bit to much hops for me and a touch to medicinal in taste. Overall though a nice beer that I would buy again.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 89.2% out of 100 with 961 ratings
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