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Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Abbey Tripel
Mechelen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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In spite of modern brewing technology, this beer is brewed according to ancient traditions. It unites, now as in the past, the best products of our soil: rich barley and fine hops.. It's refined character, with a pure and rich taste, will captivate you. It is matured at length in cellar and bottle, and is guaranteed to be brewed only from pale malts. It is traditionally top-fermented and is 100% pure. The Gouden Carolus Triple has a unique colour and a full flavour due to its well-balanced hopping. To properly savour the Golden Carolus “Triple”, pour slowly in one movement leaving the yeast deposit in the bottle. This beer may be served cool but not chilled: 7-8°C is recommended. In 2002 this beer won the Gold Award in the World Beer Cup, San Diego, USA in the “Triple” category.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2007
Part of a bottle. Golden. A bit fruity and bitter. The version on tap is better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (3245) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
750 mL bottle via Lubiere, served cool in a tulip glass. MA19/07

App.: Cloudy deep golden, fair off-white head, generous lacing. Aroma: Very sweet, candi sugar, some dried fruits, peaches and apricots, some molasses and brown sugar; a little honey and alcohol. Yummy. Palate: Syrupy, medium bodied, mildly effervescent carbonation. Flav.: Salty-sweet, honey, floral, peaches and other fruits; more brown sugar and candied fruits, some yeastiness; restrained bitterness, a little warming alcohol, definitely mouth-coating. I get some cardboard too…can it be?? And brown (oxidized) apples.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2007
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 Another winner from this brewery, albeit one that’s not quite at the level of the Grand Cru (or possibly even of the underrated Ambrio). It’s got all the qualities I look for in a tripel - rich flavor of sweet malt and tart fruit, slight heat - but is simply a bit too thin on the mouthfeel. That aside, it’s more than solid and I’ll return to it again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
Bottle. Hazy golden body with a big billowy white head. Sweet boozy aroma is yeasty with light sweet lemon notes that are intriguing. Ephemeral notes of banana. Flavour of sweet pale malt, dry alcohol, fruity esters and light sweet lemon. (7+) Average to medium palate. Interesting but it is not my favourite triple ever.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2007
750 from Town and Country Liquors. The first aroma is spicy cinnamon, pepper alcohol and fruit. The strong alcohol flavor comes out as it warms. The finish is sweet and citrusy. I’ve only had 2 from this brewery... they have both been great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Spice: anise, black pepper, citrus peel, and... curry? Alcohol rounds off the beer, ending with a let off in the flavor the department, but works well with the dominate spicy tastes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle: Big yeasty aroma wiht moderate banana, apple, spice, pepper, and a hint of alcohol. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a big creamy white head with great retention and a thick coating of lacing. The flavor starts with mdoerate apple, bubblegum, and light banana. The finish has very light flowery bitterness, light orange peel, and a hint of pepper. There is a very mild tartness in the background.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2007
Golden, hazy with an incredibly nice and lasting head. The aroma is sweetish with notes of fruit and malt. The flavour is sweet with notes of candy sugar, fruit - especially lime. The alcohol is a bit too dominating, but it’s a really nice trippel.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScoWRee (397) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Pours golden with a thin white bubblie head. Aroma is fruity, malty and honey.Taste is crrip, sweet. buuteerscotch. Nicly carbinated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2007 Almost clear blonde body topped by a long-lasting medium white head. Thick body with lots of crisp malts. Alcohol is apparent. Main flavours are cereals, honey and alcohol with a touch of caramel and some aromatic grassy and floral hops with no bitterness at all. Sweetness level is average. Enjoyable well put together beer with a nice mouthfeel. Despite all its qualities I found it rather simple although the aromatic floral hops kept me entertained. The foundation of a great triple is there and it could acheive that status if given a little more complexity (spicy twist, fruity notes, something...). Still this was very good, basic, reliable and effective, this beer is to tripels what steak & fries is to fine cuisine.


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