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


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RATINGS: 1377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   IBU: 22   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.. Its 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: 7-8C is recommended. In 2002 this beer won the Gold Award in the World Beer Cup, San Diego, USA in the Triple category.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derek881 (1265) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Poured from the bottle into a trappist glass. A cloudy orange-straw color with a very big, foamy white head with long retention. A rich aroma with a blend of citrus hops, other fruits, some malt, and a touch of yeast. Sweet, fruity flavor with a touch of sour and bitterness at the finish. Wet, thinner body, with a lot of carbonation and tingle, and a presence of alcohol; best to be sipped. A solid Belgian ale, but not one that stands out in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
Bottle- Deep hazy yellow topped with active bleached white froth. Nice lace. Spicy, floral nose with lots of soft fruit and bready yeasty nuances. The flavour is quite nice. Huge fruit component with lots of spices and floral edges, yeasty with sweet sugars. Bready with super sharp hop profile and freah leafy greens towards the finish. Quite assertive and full bodied. A hop forward, very full triple that I like.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phantomtwister (19) - BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2008
33 cl bottle. Very clear beer for a triple. Complex beer with a taste of banana and honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2008
From caged and corked bottle. I opened the cage and the cork went flying. Pours clear gold with a huge head of tiny bubbles. Aroma is uninspired with some malt and bread like yeast. Mouth feel is lively with lots and lots of carbonation. Flavor is better than the aroma with some nice fruit (mostly banana) and bread. A good amount of alcohol is also present. Not enough to distract, just enough to enhance what is there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2008
33cl. bottle: Lightly hazy light amber with an orange core. Nice creamy off-white head that starts out above average but dies down to a film rather quickly. Powerful aromas of bready malt and grain. Banana bread and some toasted marshmallow come just behind the malt. Definite toffee and caramel continue the sweetness while the alcohol sneaks in behind then surprises you. Flavors are quite deep and complex (especially compared against all the ho hum tripels that have flooded the market). Malt, dark brown sugar start up front and roll back on your tongue while fading through and dark, almost burnt, caramel. Further back some apple and a bit of "green" harshness that can be best described as green tree bark. Toasted marshmallow shows up in the flavor as well. Perhaps just a slight cardboard in the back but it doesnt distract you. If anything it adds a certain level of depth. There is some grilled fruits in the back, or perhaps fruit marmalade cooked in a pan. Nicely balanced tripel and the alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pumpmaster (1375) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2008
11.2 ounce bottle purchased al Case & Keg Boca Raton, FL for $4.00 Very good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 9, 2008
Hazy pale orange colour with huge white head. Clove and spicey mouthfeel which hides the alcohol. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Pours a golden yellow color with big off white head. Aromas of bananas, yeast, malt. Flavor is fruity with hints of yeast and spice. Medium body with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. This is one of my favorite tripels. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Big bottle pours hazed pale oak veneer color with a proud head that takes time to die off leaving very little lace. The aroma has strong malts, yeast, citrus/banana fruits, and floral. The flavor is fruity, yeasty, spicy, malty, kind of dry, and some faint bitterness. The palate consists of refreshing and cleansing carbonation infused in a medium bodied feel. The finish is rather quick and dry. This is one of the better Triples Ive had in some time. Post script - as usual with my ratings of Belgians, the yeast pour and temperature make things much more interesting! Oh, and I broke out some Tillamook cheddar to accompany and it works well!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2008
A beautiful dark golden colored beer, with a very large white thick foamy head. A lot of aromas, a combination of caramel, fruits, like raisins. Also light spicy. A rich taste of banana, pine, honey and malt. Its complex and balanced. A beer to enjoy on a nice summer day.

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