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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3375) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before 28.08.09, savoured on June 7 2007; eye: golden, lightly hazy, voluminous white head that falls but remains throughout the tasting, good lacing, slight effervescence; nose: apple, yeast, fruity, banana, alcohol, lime; mouth: in that order, quite carbonated, creamy, lightly fruity, pepper from the alcohol, light vanilla, hops, malt, long finale where the pepper of the alcohol becomes quite present, a bit dry, mildly sweet, lightly bitter, medium body, a bit thin, creamy and alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant 28.08.09, savourée le 7 juin 2007; œil : dorée, légèrement voilée, mousse blanche abondante qui tombe mais demeure, bonne dentelle, très légère effervescence; nez : pomme, levure, fruitée, banane, alcool, lime; bouche : dans cet ordre, pas mal carbonatée, crémeuse, léger fruité, poivre de l’alcool, légère vanille, houblon, malt, longue finale où le poivre de l’alcool devient très présent, un peu sèche, moyennement sucrée, légèrement amère, corps moyen, un peu mince, texture crémeuse et alcoolique; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 3, 2007
Hazy straw colour with white head. Apricot, peach nose with some hints of yeast. Fruity flavour, with belgian yeast. Some hints of vanilla. Slight spicy finish with a dry note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (983) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 3, 2007
On tap at the Yardhouse in San Diego. Nice deep golden appearance with a light vanilla head on it. Very fruity aroma, thick with Belgian yeast and lots of banana, pear and strong alcohol in the aroma. Flavor reminds me somewhat of Gulden Draak, although lighter and fluffier. Sweet malty flavor with peppery spice and a good hops finish. Palate is quite carbonated, yet smoothed by the dry alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 75cl bottle. Freebie at Hotel Carolus, My favourite brewery does not disappoint! Loads of vanilla, coriander, grains and orange in aroma and taste. It’s full of flavour, but quite subtle. Lacking the harshness of other tripels. The best I’ve had to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2007
Dark golden body, somewhat hazy, with a very persistent dense head and good lacing. Bready, floral and sweet aroma with vanilla, honey, coriander, white pepper, some alcohol and a strong grainyness. Good malt-profile in the taste, quite heavy on the sweetness, with some light spicy (Saaz) hoppiness to balance it out. Pleasant tartness from the yeast. Long, bready finish. Quite lively on the palate, but not overly so. A very solid tripel.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (3351) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8794) - 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.

   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.

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