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


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RATINGS: 1341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
Pale golden, lightly hazy with a very thick creamy/fluffy white head. Truly beautiful-looking beer. Aroma is quite fresh, light malt, crisp bright spiciness. Light clove, apricot and lovely yeasty spiciness. A bit of mint and soft yeastiness. The flavour is just so well-balanced. A light wheaty/bready malt base, but it is still deliciously dry. Flavour is spicy and lightly fruity. Very delicate with a lingering mint/herb hoppiness on the back. Finishes very crisp and dry. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Bottle at some Beer Hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Hazy lively golden pour with a huge & frothy white head. Nicely aromatic with Belgian yeast esters. Some herbal notes, mild bubblegum (without being sweet), honey, dates and very subtle lemon peel. Nice aroma. The body has a dense and creamy carbonation, that’s actually a bit too lively at first, then it settles down nicely. The flavor has a solid Belgian malt base, making it a bit honeyish overall, along with mild lemon peel, smooth peppery alcohol and an herbal Belgian hop bitter finish. Not the most complex, but definitely solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2008
100th rating! [Bottle] Poured hazy gold with a large whiteish head. Aroma is spicy and sweet, with lots of bready yeast. Flavor is very nice. Typical belgian yeastiness. Perfect amount of spices and carbonation. Very light mouthfeel, and pretty much no alcohol detected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4917) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 330 ml. Cloudy, orange-amber with a large meringue head that leaves sheets of lacing. Aroma is rich fruitcake (with icing). Flavor is similar: dense brandy-rum cake with raisins, lemon, apples, and dates. Nice balance from subtle earthy notes of sourish leather and woody herbs. Well-blended balance of big flavors; the richness pitted against the dryness of the yeast, hops, and alcohol. Medium body is mostly smooth and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sthlm (1283) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2008
[Bottle] Pours dark golden with a big white head. Aroma is really lemony with a hint of banana. Taste is yeasty, with a good deal of malt, and a bit of coriander. Medium-thick mouthfeel with a long finish that is slightly dry. The dominance of the lemon in the aroma didn’t really work for me, otherwise a fairly good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Hazy, dirty blonde. Herbal, dry floral aroma. Lively, meadow spices of coriander and green pepper, with zesty citrus flashes of lemon and orange. Banana eases it back a little with some conventional sweetness. Flavor is a slightly sterile warmth at first of honey and fruit liqueur, wholly bland and very dry. Peppery alcohol and overripe fruits with a type of stale citrus vodka intimiation that suggests the brittleness and obesity of age. Very weighty palate; mostly absent carbonation in this bittersweet syrup. Smacks of cotton candy and unsweetened vanilla coffee syrup. Chases hot. A slow gathering of dust on this probably once lovely triple, even in a short amount of time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Corked bottle. Foggy, light golden pour with a thick bubbly head. Slightly spicy aroma, with hints of coriander and yeast. Flavor is malty and yeasty with notes of coriander and citrus. Medium body with plenty o’ carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Clear golden pour with a huge, bubbly champagne-like white head. Sweet, fruity, yeasty aroma. Flavor is much the same with a big alcohol presence. Spicy and good. A nice triple.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2008
330ml bottle
9.0% ABV
I tried this beer on April 25, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe’s" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a solid orangy-gold colour with a very thin white head. The aroma was that of sweet malt and some yeast. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, and highly carbonated. The flavour was candied malt, some hoppy grapefruity hints, and a little more yeast. A very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 Pours hazy golden orange with sediment floaters. Huge, fluffy off white head. Nose and flavor is sweet and spicy, as is the flavor, with citrus and fruit sweetness. Very lively on the palate, and a finish that is smooth, and somehow just dissappears.

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