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

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RATINGS: 1164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2006
Draught at Belgobaren Sthlm. Clear, deep golden. Small head. Aroma is estery to the point of being harsh and "solventy". Taste is a bit thin and I think this beer really suffers from not being bottle conditioned.. going to try and find a bottle instead.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Hazy dull yellow with white head. Pleasant sweet and tart, musty aroma with hard candy, yeast, banana, some spiciness. Sharp in flavor with a balancing alcohol note. Very interesting flavors. Slightly floral, a bit earthy, somewhat herbal, with citrus highlights. Spritzy mouthfeel. Fast, spicy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Pours with a clear, rich, concentrated gold color and is topped by an easily three-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite herbal; perhaps a mix of fermentation character, hops and even a touch of grassy malt. Notes of vanilla peak through a base of dry weeds (which give this some sharp biting notes), . There is a nice aromatic note of both sweet and toasty malt here that has vague nuances of butterscotch, a just lightly malty caramel note, some dry soda cracker notes, and the aforementioned grassy grain character. There is a touch of higher alcohols in the nose, which only seem to accentuate that sharp, sort of weed-like herbal note that seems to be the most dominant note.

Sharp up front with a herbal astringent note, but the beer immediately softens up a bit with a sweet malt character. Notes of honey are certainly in evidence and mix quite well with the herbal notes; the combination makes me think of some sort of greenish wild flower nectar. This beer has a way of lightly sticking to the palate, letting one no that this is not a beer to take lightly, though it certainly drinks a bit lighter than its alcohol content might suggest. Back to that sharpness, it seems to be a combination of higher alcohols and some phenolic notes, neither of which are out of control and in fact add a touch of balance to the sweetness that might otherwise be dominating. Speaking of phenolics there is a definite note of clove here, which tends to accentuate the sweet malt. There are also some noticeable fruit notes here, predominantly pear, green apple, and tart plum.

This is an interesting beer; sweet yet astringently dry at times; palate sticking, yet light enough to be quaffable. There is definitely enough sharp rough edges here to balance the sweet malt and fruit notes. At times this beer is incredibly enjoyable, but at other times there is something (that I can’t quite put my finger on) that seems a bit off kilter. It is not enough to negate my enjoyments, but it certainly makes me ponder, and perhaps that is a good thing anyway. In the end not being able to fully grasp this beer makes it that much more intriguing.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Caged and corked 750 pours a solid golden yellow and stands in the glass with a mightly glow like that of lava. Huge dense cap of firm white foam floats ever so loftily to the height of about two inches with ease. Keeps about a half inch of it always sitting. Mega impressive. Light streams are noticeable along the glass edge within the golden glow of color. Lacing is delicately patched in moderate splotches. A looker of an ale. Aroma is medium or so in tone with a grassy edged citrus of tangerine, pineapple, and dullish lemon. Little perks of peppery spice and bubble gum esters makes for some fun notings on the nose as it warms. Caramel becomes a bit more evident as well. Taste is firm and solid with a wonderfully thick caramel loaded malt thats completely laced with all sorts of fun citrusy spices and yeast play. Mild, dullish flavors that last and last are what makes this quite spectacular. The caramel totally backs up this floral spiced citrus thats super dulled with a slimming after thickness in a plummy orange marmalade and lemon/pineapple jam. Sugary and darkly sweet and totally yummy. Nice little mixing yeasty spice and grab with a complexing feel and thick play and the palate. So, along with that, this has the perfect body and feel for a Triple. At least the way I favor them. Thick, smooth, and fairly beefy with malt. Great lasting flavors and finish with a slender side to its spice and citrus thats quite sugary thick and playful just like the candy it simulates. The caramel is divine in this stuff. Lovely. Warm. Tasty and lengthy. The 9% is barely evident as it warms gradually throughout each sip adding to its sippable, yummifingly yummyness. Drinkable to the point of easy going sipping with an intriguing pull for more after each one of those sips. A Solid F*ckin’ Tripel ! Side note: Served at 50 degrees F. and only got better as it warmed, around 56 - 58. Perfect.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (3820) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2006
Bottle at home. Yellow with a large white head, fine lacings. Aroma heavy malty (fruity, citrus notes). Flavor heavy sweet. Full body, strong in alcohol.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 **UPDATE: 10-13-06: ADD a few crystals of clear Belgian Candi sugar to the glass- the result is a very sweet treat!** Iv’e been a devotee of this Triple for several years now, and it never disappoints! Good marshmallow, butterscotch (not diacettyl!) bouquet, excellent head retention, (Brussels lace). Take special care to serve this between 50 - 60 degrees F. Serve in a Trappist goblet. I am one of those weirdos that would pair this with almost any food. Now- to tap into my "mixologist" side- to create a "Kicked Up" Triple, pour a 11.2 Fl Oz. bottle into a trappist goblet, and then.... add a 1/2 shot of Yukon Jack Canadian Liquor. The high alcohol does NOT dissipate the head of the beer and adds to the sweetness (and strength!) It compliments the taste wonderfully! Dont go overboard with the Yukon Jack- use it in the following proprotions: for every 11.2 Oz., use a half a shot of Yukon Jack. Now you do the math to set the proportions for the amount of this Triple you are drinking. It’s great warming drink for the Winter that is soon approaching.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2006 Poured from the bottle to a cloudy, dark orange color with thick, highly carbonated, off-white head and good lacing. Initial aroma was slightly sour fruit. As beer warmed, the scent of the 9% alcohol became more noticeable, but at no time overpowering. Likewise, the alcohol crept in nicely in the taste to help accent the fruit and hint of spices. Finish was smooth and long. I really enjoyed this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2006
One of those top-notch tripels. Aroma reminiscient of Karmeleit. Very stingy flavor, also much like the Kameleit. If Tripels are your thing, you would be proud to come back to this again and again. And again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3830) - - SEP 16, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 cloudy honey colored under a medium sized fizzy white head. aroma of vanilla, marshmallow, tropical fruit, alcohol. flavor is spicy and fruity with notes of apples, huge bubblegum notes with pineapple, and marshmallow. some alcohol shows up.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2006
Bottle at Paters’ Vaetje, Antwerpen. Orangey golden, hazy with an eggwhite-like head. Toffee aroma as well as some grassy hoppiness, even ryebread nose. Toffee and ryebread flavours and a good balancing bitterness. Good carbonation, dry mouthfeel, full-bodied. Not as clean as a traditional tripel, but a great beer nevertheless.


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