beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2006ebone1988 (1857) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Pours cloudy, straw yellow with a large, frothy head. Very earthy, woody nose. Spritzy on the tongue, with a generous bite of hops. Aftertaste is dry with just a hint of the alcohol, and lingering esters. Different, but good.
Bottle from Merchants. Aroma is fruity, floral, potpourri, sweet, spice, very nice. Appearance is darker golden, fluffy off white head, hazy. Taste is excellent. Fruity, floral, spices, dry, dusty, barnyard, woody, everything a good Tripel should be. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, floral dry and slight boozy aftertaste. Overall, this ranks right up there with Tripel Karmeliet. Excellent. 8 4 8 4 16
Update: over halfway through the beer, and this beer still has head retention. Very impressive stuff here. djriggio (1) - - JUN 17, 2017 does not count
Pours a hazy, muddled golden-peach colour, initially generating nearly two fingers of soapy, bright white foam at the surface. It steadily dissipates over the course of the next five minutes or so, leaving a creamy-looking collar and thin cap behind in its wake. A quick swirl manages to give the head new life, but only briefly; this is also the only way I seem to be able to get much in the way of lace. It might not win a tripel beauty contest, but the aroma is absolutely to die for. I'm getting a wallop of stone fruit on the nose, especially apricots and juicy peach, with distinct notes of lemon peel, orange zest and white grape. Subtle banana esters, clove phenols and candi sugar sweetness, with grassy hay and some spiciness.
I love the taste of most tripels, and this one is not an exception to the rule. Grainy malts, candi sugar sweetness and banana are apparent right off the starting gun, though the stone fruit and citrus elements noted in the aroma are somewhat subdued here. Hints of apricot, apple skin, white grape and orange peel surface briefly, only to be overcome on the back end by this beer's assertive yeasty qualities - plus a little help from some grassy, spicy hops. Finishes spicy, with suggestions of clove, white pepper, and a light, bready malt sweetness. Not particularly dry, though the aftertaste does have an astringent tendency. Medium in body, with fiercely potent carbonation that prickles the surface of the palate and foams up in the mouth. I like a good, crisp bite from my tripels, but this bottle goes a little overboard. No biggie; it happens sometimes with these bottle-conditioned Belgians - it's still an exquisitely well-crafted beer that completely masks its strong alcohol content.
Final Grade: 4.38, a brown-nosing A grade. I'm far from impartial when it comes to tripels - particularly when it comes to the ones which have been imported directly from Belgium. So it really shouldn't be surprising when I state that I highly recommend Gouden Carolus Tripel, or that I find it to be one of the finest examples of the style that I've had in recent memory. It's certainly not flawless - with the unnecessarily foamy mouthfeel being my main point of contention - but the fact remains that I'm still really enjoying my glass.
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En botella. La espuma ha durado un buen rato, dejando una fina capa. De color ambar poco transparente y con sabor especiado, sin quedar apagado por los grados de alcohol. AleRider78 (1046) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2017
Pours minimal head that quickly goes away and just leaves a very thin coating. Has a slightly cloudy golden appearance. Aromas are pretty yeasty, breads, citrus hops and light roasted malts. Flavours are strong citrus hops, yeast, raisins, lemon and orange peel. A little bit of spices too. Has a yeasty tingling mouthfeel. A slight warming sensation. Full bodied. Really smooth and goes down pretty easy for a 9%abv beer. carlom (48) - ITALY - MAY 8, 2017
Colore giallo opalescente, schiuma corposa e persistente, sentori di malto e frutta, al palato agrumi e accenni di spezie, leggermente secca con finale astringente, alcol ben mascherato. Una facile bevuta per una triple ben fatta.
moldovan9807 (182) - Oradea, ROMANIA - APR 21, 2017
Pours golden with big dense head. Aroma of malt,pineapple, some spices, ginger, yeast, light sweetness. Taste of fruits, some cinnamon, light yeast, pineapple, some caramel, herbs, nutmeg, cream. Decent tripel,but overcarbonatated. alrick (149) - FRANCE - APR 20, 2017
De très belles notes gourmandes pour cette triple avec une fraîcheur et légèreté malgré tout ! Très bonne ! phfyysik (1253) - Tartu, ESTONIA - APR 18, 2017
Pours golden with big dense head. Aroma is fresh fruits, citrus, pineapple, some spices, ginger, yeast, light sweetness. Taste is fresh, fruits, some cinnamon, light yeast, pineapple, some caramel, herbs, nutmeg, cream. Very nice beer! Sircatis (284) - FRANCE - APR 15, 2017
Bue au Berthom à Strasbourg. Très bonne bière belge. Très typée belge. Un délice. Salmaneser (160) - BELGIUM - APR 13, 2017
33 cl bottle @ home. Hazy, deep golden colour with an orange shine. Nice white, foamy head. Sweet fruity aroma, bananas, peach, honey. Ditto taste, perfumed, with a dry hoppy, bitter finish. Creamy body. Good tripel.