This beer has won a few awards over the years for the best Tripel in the world (2002, 2010, 2012). I didn’t find this out until I was pouring it, but was quite excited by this as Tripels are one of my favorite styles.
The Gouden Carolus Tripel has one of the most consistent flavors throughout the beer I have ever encountered. The nose is very subtly fruity but predominately Belgian wheats, and this continues to represent the taste and finish as well. The only exception would be that the finish is slightly sweet, but only slightly and that may just be me. With that in mind the finish is also exceptionally neutral, neither bitter nor sweet.
As far as tripels go, this is a dictionary definition. Easy drinking with the distinctive flavor of a tripel, rich in Belgian wheats that give the distinctive flavor to any Belgian beer. The subtle notes of fruit on the nose and in the taste are also there. However, there isn’t much else to this beer, no surprise flavors or anything unusual, which isn’t a negative thing. I can see why this beer has done so well as I can’t find a fault with it. There has to be a measure by which variations on the style can be measured, and this is a good standard to go by. If anyone has yet to try a Beglain Tripel, this is a great starting point.
Who: Het Anker Brewery, Belgium
Nose: Fruits, Belgian wheat
Look: Cloudy gold
Taste: Fruits, Belgian wheat
Finish: Neutral, Belgian wheat
Form Tried: 330ml bottle