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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by marc77 on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
959
Reviews:
452
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
184
For Trade:
1
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Photo of brureview
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in an Orval Trappist glass: the color was an attractive apricot
with 1/2 finger head.

At first light apricot-lemon and spice aroma. As the beer warmed up,
more complex aromas- some clove, more phenols, and a mix of aromas.

Mouth feel: very carbonated as expected for the style.
Good transition to the taste.

Taste: apricot, lemon, clove, spicy. As the beer warms up, more subtle fruit.

Finish: excellent. Spicy and carbonated.

Overall: an excellent Belgian Tripel. The aroma/taste is less clove and more apricot-lemon-spice.

There are a lot of subtleties in the taste.

I great enjoyed the finish- spicy and carbonated.

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Photo of dipso123
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of johntfox
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Foley67
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SFLpunk
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top. Fresh in today at the Beverage Warehouse but no date on the bottle.

Pours with some soapy, but sudsy white head atop a pristine and clear golden yellow body. Nose is SUPER floral, lots of chamomile, lavender and lemon-balm.

Palate is sharp with alcohol up front but then softens out into a sweet thing as it warms. Lots and lots of mixed flowers on the palate with honeysuckle coming out to the forefront. It also reminds me of a lemon/herb lozenge.

Good, but too floral for my tastes and the alcohol is hot and prickly. I prefer a little more sweetness in my Tripels.

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Photo of MaxPowers
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a hazy butterscotch yellow that glows nicely with light behind it with a huge white head that rockily settles from 3+ fingers to 1-2. Excellent retention; very thorough and even lacing. Beautiful.

S:
White wine, yeasty esters, butterscotch, flowers. Very much a tripel.

T:
Floral and candi sugar tastes up front with more earthy and yeasty flavors coming in at the finish. Rose water, lemon rind, white pepper, apple skin with hop aromatics at the end to dry it all out.

M:
Very refreshing and less boozy than one would think (although there is a touch of alcohol in the finish). Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, velvety head. Quite pleasing in all aspects.

O:
Very good tripel.
This is a quite enjoyable drink that hides its alcohol better than tripels sometimes do and is very refreshing.
Beautiful to look at, it has a classic Belgian nose and tastes very fresh and slightly tart with a quick finish. The palate is exquisite and it is all-in-all a fine beer.
Would have again; worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of u2carew
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz longneck.
A) pours with a big head. Stays large with good retention. Hazy yellow body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Banana. Yeast. Subtle clove and orange peel.
T) Banana. Hints of pear. Clove. Fairly clean finish.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Tannin / slick tongue feel in the finish.
O) A good tripel. I'd definitely drink another one.

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Photo of Mphis
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Jaisell
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep gold, voluminous layer of dense off-white foam (even on a gentle pour), good clarity, lacey

Aroma: delicate cookie sweetness, light floral hop scent, marcipan, hint of rum raisins

Flavor: malt sweetness balanced by a smooth alcohol thread and a distant hop bitterness, slight spice, finishes dryish with an aftertaste of alcohol and a slight vegetal quality lingering

Mouthfeel: medium body, blooming carbonation, alcohol warmth, somewhat sharp

Other comments: Definitely a well-made Tripel, but I wouldn't consider it one of the best. Not a lot of complexity, though it is well balanced and the 9% abv is well hidden. May too well hidden!

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 33cl bottle.

pours a hazy gold with a 1/4 inch snow white head. Persistent head and persistent lacing. Smell is fruity and yeasty. Hints of sweetness and spice.

Taste is much like the smell, spicy and sweet. Light hint of cinnamon apples. Sour and peppery as it finishes. Really smooth and oddly creamy (for a tripel) Really one of the nicest textures I've had in a tripel. This one does not reveal it's strength in the body, though very flavorful. Watch out, it'll sneak up on you.

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Photo of bort11
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Huge Mountainous head that retained itself forever. It didn't lace so much as leace a frothy cap smack in the middle of the surface. Color was a hazy honey golden yellow. A beauty to look at.. Smell was a mild hop, with some sweet spices, coriander I think. Taste was a very mild and smooth hop base with more herbal spices. More coriander, and a little bit of pepper. Nothing overwhelming, just very colorful. Mouthfeel was full with a pleasant alcohol warmth. For being a bigger beer, this went down very smoothly. Restraint keeps me from drinking more than one in a sitting. A lot of restraint.

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Photo of JeffSK
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - An opaque orangish gold beer with a one finger head and some sparse lacing.

S - Bubble gum, tangerine, some lychee with a little soap, but like a lavender soap. Well it isn't quite soap, but I am stumped how else to describe it. A delicious aroma.

T - Lightly sweet flavor, golden raisins, pineapple, gumball and white grapes. A nice flavor, very mellow.

M - Carbonation is way too high, thin and very refreshing.

D - I got another right away. It went well with my pizza (arugula, tomato, olives and red onion) This was quite the enjoyable brew. I wouldn't mind having this again. Certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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 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 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 TheBierdimpfe
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden cloudy, almost peach color in the light. Exploding foamy coating.
Citrus and sour smell, a little alcohol. Hoppy and lemony taste, slightly sweet.
Feels a little zesty but thin, strong alcohol aftertaste, almost vinous.

Overall : Good beer with a taste too sharp, and missing some texture.

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

Photo of TubaDan
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of mwar
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.12 out of 5 based on 959 ratings.
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