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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 THORN
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 FL. Oz bottle poured into Westmalle goblet. Served 40-45 F.
A: Yellow brown with a touch of gray. Suspended particles throughout goblet. Pours thin bubbly head, very small amount is retained. Thin sticky lacing left around goblet.
S: Sweet esters and pineapple. Aroma can be noticed from a distance.
T: Sweet lightly toasted malts. Rounds out with bright pineapple and waffle flavored yeast. Bitter sweet linger with noticeable alcohol.
M: Medium light to light on tongue. Chalky texture and slight warming.
D: Very well balanced. Alcohol is welcomed and doesn't overwhelm gentle flavor profile.

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Photo of texashammer
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draft, I found this beer a little better, than in the bottle. pours with a nice thick head that fades rather quickly. clear yellow color. turns out to be slightly richer on draft. flavors remain the same; a little austere and plain, but good with food, especially food prepared in the beer (at the brewery's restaurant). comes out a little thin-bodied in the end though.

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Photo of mmva321
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Tripels do me good in so many ways.

A: I love the color of the body; it's a deep yellow with a slight orange hue. The body is very hazy but has only a small amount of carbonation, which is my biggest complaint on a visual level. There's a large amount of white head that leaves some delicate lacing and has a good amount of retention.

S: It's a little too faint. That's the bad part out of the way. After that it's pure tripel goodness with sweet honey and clove melding with hops and funk to create a nice, light and balanced aroma. Banana, pear, apple I get as far as fruits, but I'm sure there are many more. Maybe if I spent more time smelling fruit I could tell you all of them.

T: I think the balance of the taste is off, at least for my taste. I usually love the light sweetness of a tripel, offset by hops and funk and some tart fruit. In Golden Carlous, the hops and funk dominate the taste along with clove. It's too funky. Although I get a honey taste, which is a nice addition, I fail to really pick up a consequential amount of fruit. I also miss that smoothness I usually find in tripels. This beer is more bracing.

M: Pretty good, but a little thin, and a little light on the carbonation.

D: It's an easy drinking beer, so generally, the tripel will always get some points, but this beer has problems. It's overly strong funk and hops ruin the balance that is so important in a tripel, and the lack of malts in the taste aren't there to mask any faults or give a unity to the beer. It's still good, but I think there are many better options in the style.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- hazy orangish color with some floaters. there is a fine white head that doesn't linger but leaves a nice white cap and some lacing.

Aroma- carmel butter sweet smelling like flowers

Taste- alcohol, carmel sweet vinous. wow its very belgiany without a lot of the yeastyness. Its a strong sipper I am having it with a steak. I think it would compliment a soft cheese and pickles.

Mouthfeel- warming, fizzy medium to full bodied.

Overall- it doesnt get clovey or banana y like a typical belgian the booze is noticable but well played.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, very slightly yellowish-orange Belgian Triple with a very large, clingy, rocky, slightly creamy, dissipating, white head. The smell is sweet, along with pepper, spice, and anise. The taste starts with a smooth sweetness, followed by pepper and mild spices, finishing with a lingering rooty bitterness. There is also a mild lingering taste of licorice and anise in the back of my mouth, and a mild lingering sweetness in the middle. The body is full and rounded in my mouth. Overall, I like this Triple and would definitely drink more, but I did find the lingering bitterness of some of the flavors a bit odd.

(source: Great Beers of Belgium)

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City, CA. Another gem in that fine establishment. I was very surprised to see this not among the top 100. This seemed a little light to me for a tripel, and the smell threw me off, thinking that at best it was going to be "good." The tasted, however, was a light but complex wonder - very malty and sweet, but balanced perfectly with modest hops. Sweet fruits and honey, like a Greek dessert. I could sip this again and again and again. Mouthfeel was smooth and rich. Fantastic Stuff. This one should climb the charts.

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Photo of hellomcfly
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a big off white head that can easily get out of control. The nice fluffy head is quite persistent.

Aroma reminded very much me of ginger ale. A somewhat flowery smell is detectable as well.

There is a nice fruityness as well as spicyness too it. It has a distinct ginger character as well. There is a nice bitterness to it that I feel really makes it quite balances. So many tripels seem to be boozy sweet but this is well rounded and subtle.

M - Smooth and creamy despite the prickly carbonation.

D - I find one to be highly drinkable. Don't know that I would want more than one in a sitting though.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carolus tripel was poured gracefully by the waiter into a goblet. Boasts an inoffensive yellow color with, nice big foam which seems to stick forever in there, leaving some lacing behind.

Ah...remember the last time you smelled a basket of fresh fruit?? add some floral aromas, malt and alcohol background, and there ya go. It's irresistible.

Taste is noticeable malt sweetness, a complexity of fruit tastes, with a pinch of sourness in there. Just enough hops to balance this out, and a rewarding warmth from the alcohol. Awesome.

Sort of chewy mouthfeel with a unique texture. Very nice.

Drikability is dangerous. It's 9% abv, but so smooth and well balanced that it doesn't feel like a kick in the ass. This is one awesome brew.

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Photo of pio
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very pretty golden orange color with a decent white head that dies to a halo after a minute or so, not too many bubbles comming up through the liquid. the head will come back with a little swirl.

glorious scents. bubble gum, rock candy, orange, leafy herbal/vegetable scent a bit of green apple. vanilla, a note of grapes and a spice i can't name spacifically (cingamon?) also notable. very complex and alluring. difficult to stop smeling this wonderful beer.

an amazingly complex flavor. it's like a procession. stupifying, hard to review. the start is unlike anything i've ever had, this is a beer(?)! wow. some kind of orange and spice that is sweet and bubbly. it gets quite sweet at one point then in the middle there is what i'd call a summersault of a development from what i've tried to describe above to a more herbal spice along with bannana nut bread -like- malts that bitter up and get slightly tart. the finish is also unbelievible, a group of leafy tea like vegetable/herbal notes balance wildly on the palate with a sweet number of notes among them are golden rasin, a hint of orange and a white table wine after palate, if you will.
the mouthfeel evolves nicely according to the flavor procession, bubbly and fun at first and more subdued in the finish,quite nice.
the drinkability goes like this: when i'm ready for a truly complex beer this is it. i'm really not sure if this can even be reviewed, it seems so special and so good.

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Photo of AMo
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gouden Carolus Triple pours a real nice burnt orange with an initial one inch head. The smell is faint to moderate, consisting of yeast and a bit of citrus. Its overall taste is sweet, mellow, and well balaced; however, it completely fails to deliver on the hops like the bottle claims. This beer has a pretty smooth feel with a lot of carbonation. One big bottle will be more than enough for me.

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Photo of weazal
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A very potent blend of fruity sweetness and peppery alcohol. Honey lemon and sweet bananas are pretty detectable.

T: Sprinkling of carbonation up front which gives birth to a very recognizable anise that is oh so slowly carried out on a wonderfully smooth finish. The flavor just doesn't leave your palate, either. Light, but full of long-lasting flavor - a real pleasure to drink!

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Photo of Paddez
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange/golden liquid with a big and stubborn white head.

Smell: A short note of flowers and fruits gets quickly overwhelmed by an aroma of complex and intense spicyness. Some malty notes manage to get through near the end.

Taste: It's strange how this brew manages to present itself as a convincing tripel with its bold spicyness and fruits while it is unmistakebly a 'Gouden Carolus' beer at the same time: as the beer warms up, more hints of roasted malts and vague caramel are traceable. Aspects that reminded me a lot of the other Gouden Carolus brews, especially the 'Classic'.
This is delicious stuff though! Classic in many ways yet very unique.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Medium carbonation & body. Excellent overall mouthfeel. Smooth and spot on for the style. Drinkability was good but I found this beer a bit tiring somehow. Probably the high ABV and the effect of it had something to do with it. It's quite drinkable, but wouldn't really wany more than one.

I thought I had seen it all with Tripel Karmeliet, but this comes pretty damn close. A true marvel! And an underrated one at that.

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Photo of OlaB
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gives a nice clear light orange color,gives a good to fingertips high creamy head that half of it disolves quickly.nice lacings on the glass .

A: candied sugar,honey,caramel malts and tofee, cloves and pepper,much different fruits like tropical fruits like banana and abricot.citrus fruits like lemon and orange.a great taste on this triple

T&F: A very fruity start in the taste,much of the tropical taste is very noticable, I also sense banana,citrus fruits and different spices like peppers,cloves and muscat.the light malts are comfortable in the background and make this triple very good balanced. The aftertaste is the only thing I think it could have a little more of .The aftertaste is sweet and fruity but a does not last that long. This beer was really easy drinking and enjoyable

O: an amazing and delicious triple. Enjoyed every drop of it.I was impressed by this triple and eager to trie more beers from brouwerij hey anker

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Photo of Agent1
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we have one of my all-time favorite breweries doing one of my all-time favorite traditional styles of beer. I will do my best to remain unbiased! No promises. Ha!

Appearance - The head retention and lacing on this Tripel is always the first thing to impress me. Very creamy. I believe this is a filtered beer, yet it is still reasonably cloudy. Clearly they do not over filter, which personally, I like. A very strong golden yellow, as well as mild, bright orange coloration.

Smell - Yeast and lemon citrus zap the senses. Very sharp and slightly 'bready.' Not much sugar coming through, however, there is a little bit. Not a complicated aroma. Decent overall smell but nothing amazing.

Taste - Licorice/ anise is very prominent. Lots of orange peel coming through as well. Vanilla and heavy floral notes are also noticeable. A subtle use of coriander perhaps. A hint of toffee (especially after it warms). Quite a sweet beer, but overall very balanced. The pale malts and hops really play their part in distracting the tongue from how sugary this Tripel is. Very impressive. Again, LOVE the use of anise.

Mouthfeel - This is interesting. It seems to really sit on the tongue more than most places. Directly on the surface and around the sides. A relatively smooth and syrupy beer. Not a ton of 'feel' per se, but very silky nonetheless.

Overall - Het Anker outdoes themselves. This is an excellent Tripel. The combination of pale malts, sugars and Belgian hops really leaves the enthusiast wanting more. It's no wonder this traditional beer is still one of the oldest standing recipes from Mechelen (brewed since 1941 for the Knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece, according to their official website). A true *classic*. Wait. Speaking of which...

Maybe another outstanding (sibling) beer is in need of review...?

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Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is my first Tripel (apparently Gulden Draak isn't a true Tripel). Overall it's really good, but I'm going give it a 4 until I have more of the style.

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Photo of dren
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber orange with small bubbles and a huge thick head. Left some lacing as it slowly faded.

Smells of sweet malts, citrus notes, some tangy floral scents and a little spice. Smells good to me. You can tell the alcohol content is high but it blends well.

Tastes of sweet bread, malts, citrus, a little spice, hops, and I caught a hint of green beans. Some earthy flavors, not as candy like as some of the other tripels I have had. The flavors blend well. As the beer warmed it mellowed out. A slightly dry finish with a flavor coating in the mouth. The alcohol isn't quite hidden, it's present, but it blends well with the flavors.

A medium to full bodied beer. I wanted to drink this a lot quicker than I did because it went down so easily. You could get bent on this brew quick. Recommended.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours ultra pale gold with a just off white head. Carbonation is ultra high vigorous bubbles stream consistently from the bottom of the glass. The beer is just a touch cloudy. The head appears to be the center of attention here. Rocketing from the glass on a gentle pour it quickly rose to the rim of the snifter only to retreat about 3 minutes later. The head looks more like it was chiseled from stone as opposed to created by mear bubbles and some protein. Micro dotted solid sheets of lace coat the entire class. A truly amazing looking beer. Only knock would be its slight haze but I believe its an acceptable amount.

Aroma: Fruity esters of all sorts jump out of the glass, hints of green apple, blueberry, peach mixed with cake batter or sweet bread. Also lemon lime citrus and some herbal (cilantro?) character that give it a bit of spice and complexity. Some banana comes through later and a little bit of cut grass. Hard to nail down this beer begs to be smelled and the aroma is constantly evolving as it warms. Excellent.

Taste: Slight citrus character like lemongrass, strong musty notes like damp cellar. Smooth and crisp slight graininess and very dry. Tastes only slightly sweet at pallet entry and that is washed away by the mild citrus notes and dry cracker maltiness. Slightly warming as its swallowed. Small amount of banana on the finnish and exhale. Crisp clean to the point with no fuss or distractions.

Feel: Full, crisp , never ending waves of carbonation that enhance every detail of flavor. Viscosity is flawless.

Overall: An excellent beer. No flaws and nothing to argue about and for $9.75 for a 750ml its one of the best priced belgians you can get for the dollar. Stop hunting whales and just drink good beer.

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Photo of philipt
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a slight hint of orange to calm things down a bit. Creates a large, pillowy white head when poured. This tripel has remarkable clarity. The aroma is dominated by a tart and citric smell, followed by a hint of pepper. The tripel is initially quite sweet, slightly cidery. Floral and fruit esters can be found throughout this beer. Underneath the dominant flavors is a distinct yeastiness. The beer leaves a rather peppery alcohol taste towards the back of the mouth and down the throat. The beer seems to sweeten and mellow slightly as it warms Very carbonated and lively mouthfeel that finishes quite dry.

Excellent all-round tripel.

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Photo of Beeryce
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken while tasting this fine Tripel at Belgian Beer Café. Served via tap into a 250ml Gouden Carolus Tripel chalice that almost overflowed with the huge thick frothy white head composed of very minute bubbles. The head was very stable persisting almost until finished, but only produced decent lacing. The beer itself was a lightly carbonated slightly turbid golden orange hue that was very appealing to me.

The nose was somewhat pronounced with mainly floral characteristics but a minty fresh cut clover smell became evident as time passed and the beer warmed slightly. The taste started out a crisp and with a biting alcoholic warming sensation that faded to a balanced yet still alcoholic bitterness. The finish was the highlight with the minty hay/clover tastes that were detectable in the nose coming through wonderfully, coating the palate and lingering for quite some time.

The mouthfeel was very nice, slightly viscous and coating but not overly so as to hinder the drinkability. Overall the drinkability was great despite the alcoholic tastes which are hid relatively well when you consider that the actual % of alcohol present is 9%. With that said as much as I would like to drink this beer it is a sipper to be tasted and enjoyed slowly.

An excellent beer overall and style wise which I consider a must try.

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Photo of BCMan
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a very active pour that produced a big, frothy head that slowly crackled down leaving a nice lace on the walls of the glass. Has a nice caramel color that is a bit cloudy. The aroma is very subtle. The head doeas not retreat all the way but instead blankets the beer that lies beneath it. The first sip seemed a bit weak but it might have been becaus it was overly cooled. It doesn't really have that Belgian Triple punch that I look for.The mouthfeel is a bit creamy & smooth. The taste is a bit sweet and grows less sweet as it warms. The aftertaste builds as it warms as well. This beer is a good long evening beer because at 9% you defineltly shouldn't be opporating any large equipment. Overall...a nice beer. Not the best triple I've had but then again, a triple is like sex. When it's good it's good and when it's not good, it's still pretty good. Cheers!

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Photo of mexikrainian
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Koningshoeven chalice.

Appearance: gold, translucent with heavy white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: honey, sweet spices, apple and vanilla.

Taste: crisp, syrupy honey flavor with dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with medium carbonation

Overall impression: amazing tripel! smooth, refined and tasty. stock up if you can.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay Goblet.

A- Mildly sudsy head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy golden with a touch of brown.

S- Sweet Belgian candi sugar with some biscuit and moderate yeast presence.

T- Interesting openness to this beer. The malt character is light and is accentuated by some piney hops and a hint of sour and yeast.

M- Moderate body.

D- Pretty decent, not my favorite tripel by far and not my favorite Gouden Carolus offering. A good beer to experience and definitely worth drinking; however this is a last call tripel in my book.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this a bit cold (45 deg) so the aroma was fairly subdued. Faint esters, some citrus. The appearance is a bit mucky, not what I would expect from a tripel. The flavor has a tang, with some alcohol and spice. Balance is toward malt, but hops add a pleasant counterpoint. Mouthfeel is smooth with a bit too much of an alchol bite for my taste at this ABV. Excellent, smooth drinkability. This would rate higher for me if the flavor had more depth.

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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 JAA
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a Duvel Goblet/snifter today. So i decided to grab a couple Belgians, but they didn't appreciate me touching them.
I came home with some beer instead.

This here "tripel" poured out of it's black and gold bottle, hazy and yeast particle laden. A HUGE head filled up half the glass. The not-so-dense head dissipated rather quickly.

Smells like sour apples and golden raisons. Apple juice, also. Just sweet fruits, not much hoppyness. A quite pungent odor, though.

Taste of floral hops and lavender tea. Fresh oranges. Really not what i expected from a tripel. A light and floral like version of a tripel, very refreshing.

Easy to drink, refreshing, and worth the money. Very good beer.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
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