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


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RATINGS: 1067   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.

mathieuc's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (982) - Québec, Quebec, - NOV 19, 2012
Golden brew topped by a nice and dense white head. Quite good looking. Aromas of coton candy, tea and some alcohol... not much of the characteristic tripel aromas. Flavor is some spice with a nice malt sweetness. Alcohol shows up once more in a warming way but it is never too much/annoying. Good brew. P.S. I picked up some heavy black licorice after writing down this rating. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (899) - SWEDEN - APR 13, 2014
Bottle at Pressklubben. Pours light hazy golden with a huge white head. Sweet malty aroma with bubblegum, almonds, spices, yeast, hay and light citrus. Taste is sweet smooth with spices, light bitter finish with some cloves. Medium bodied with an oily texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nathanvc (8) - - APR 12, 2014 does not count
Aroma starts with quite a sour smell. Combination of malt, citrus and wheat. Appears golden and clear. Tastes lightly sweet and lightly sour in the finish to me. It’s more refreshing than the alcohol percentage suggests. Palate could have been better: a bit too fizzy. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Virvo (2) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014 does not count
Others have reviewed the taste better, and I don’t particularly get that much out of it because of the alcohol masking the taste a lot. This is one of those beers I would love to love more. Without wanting to diss it, it sometimes feels like this beer is appreciated for the fact that it has momentum instead of having momentum because it’s so good. There’s just no getting around Gouden Carolus the last 2 years or so. The tripel seems to get very alcohol’y and agressive after a while, that feeling where you get slightly annoyed and confused after the first few sips have settled. It’s still a solid beer, but living in Belgium that means it ranks with a lot of other good strong blondes, so it misses punch. That does mean it’s pretty balanced though, instead of being another one of those modern beers with momentum gained by the original or hoppy flavors. Just to be clear, the brown one is a whole different story and one of the best beers out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nils7 (8) - NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2014 does not count
Pours a nice yellow haze with a lot of foam. Feels fresh on the first taste but afterwards turns a bit sour/bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Aleszar (18) - - MAR 30, 2014
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1333) - FINLAND - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle. Hazy golden color with a thick foamy white head. Aroma of citrus and wheat. Balanced sour, bitter and sweet taste. Lemony finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJoer (561) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2014
Medium white head, clear golden colour, sweet sourish citron co2 smell, sweet caramel medium to high carbonation citron soft sour, medium bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JefVerstraete (925) - BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2014
Golden colour, white foam. A lot of carbonation, destroys much of the taste. Very spicy aroma with a lot of anise. Medium body. Light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
g_georgiou (142) - CYPRUS - MAR 27, 2014
Hazy orange yellow body with a foamy white head with good retention. Fruity spicy aroma. Banana stands out to me. Light sweetness with medium bitterness. Strong alcohol taste too. Good fruity aftertaste. Nice tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VincentKabel (106) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2014
White beer color with a firm, lasting, bright white head. High carbonation. Yeast, citrus and coriander in the aroma, same in the taste with a warming aftertaste due to the alcohol percentage. Reminds me a lot of the Hoegaarden grand Cru. Nice refreshing beer, but a bit treacherous due to the high alcohol in comparison with its very accesible taste (white beer style). Very good and fairly surprising compared to the taste of the classic Gouden Carolus.

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