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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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2,995 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,995
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 164
Gots: 248 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

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Photo of Osiris9588


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this "3 Grain" beer out of a brown, 11.2oz bottle into a snifter. The color was a slighly murky, pale gold. The head was thick, lush, and creamy with amazing retention--it remained strong for nearly the duration of the bottle. After the head solidified, in was capped by a stiff merengue dome, leaving behind an incredibly sticky and fluffy lacing.

The aroma was warm, consisting of considerable citrus and spice, accompanind by sublte floral and yeast characteristics.

The flavor was bursting with citrus, clove, and a touch of cinnamon. A bread dough quality, resulting from the use of wheat and oat, also asserted itself along with cream and a candied sweetness.

The mouthfeel was great: citrus on the tongue, then a spicy middle, and a creamy and candy finish--with an elegent amount of sweetness. The overall mouth was vibrant, complex, and well-rounded.

The drinkability was through the roof. Several bottles served at 50-55 degrees F coud easily be enjoyed without strain. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 03:33:41 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of glid02


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review #500 - enjoyed on my birthday at Leon's in Atlanta courtesy of brickstoredave.

Pours a clear light gold color with a pillowy one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top of the beer, leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light fruits - bananas mostly with some pears - with a nice malt backbone and light spices.

Tastes almost exactly how it smells. Sugar-coated bananas and pear flavors kick things off, with very light spices coming and going. The ending allows the sweet fruit flavors to linger for a second before disappearing.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft but active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. The weather's beginning to warm up, and I could drink a lot of these in one sitting.

Overall this is a very refreshing trippel that gives no hint of the 8% ABV. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 17:29:35 | More by glid02
Photo of ChopperSmith


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. Pale gold color with nice creamy head that left behind nice lacing as it shrunk.

Smell - Lots of grain, a little yeast and a nice floral scent.

Taste - Great grain and hops flavors, with slight sweetness and a good yeasty finish. Very smooth and delicious.

Mouth feel - A little over-carbonated, but nothing distracting. A good smooth slippery feel on the tongue.

Drinkability - Very high drinkability, this is my favorite Belgian Tripel. Never disappointing and always delicious. No strong alcohol taste for a beer with this ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 19:29:37 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Poured a hazy yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, banana, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, dark fruit, and slight alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly excellent brew. This was my first time trying this one and I can now see why it is listed in the current Top 100 list. Had a very nicely balanced flavor and great aroma here. Not much missing at all in either aspect. Really glad this one is readily available in my area (on tap even). An absolute must try!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 12:52:11 | More by thagr81us
Photo of MShirokov


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As far as flavor characteristics go, other people have done a great job describing this beer.
Get this one in a small bottle if you can, and not the big one. There is stuff that settles to the bottom, so you want to get the full flavor from the first glass instead of waiting to get to the bottom of the big bottle.

A great beer. Yeasty but not ridiculously so, complicated flavor, smells great.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 16:31:02 | More by MShirokov
Photo of atigerlife


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle.

Very bubbly, large head sitting on top of a straw colored, hazy beer. Lots of carbonation. Very interesting looking. Not what is expected from a tripel.
Smell is sweet, honey flowers and some grain. Very complex. The taste is also very complex, with some vanilla, pepper, citrus [lemons, orange] and herbs. The beer is very smooth, creamy and crisp. No alcohol kick, which is surprising given the ABV.
Mouthfeel is good. Cleansing.
Overall, this is an amazing beer. Very complex. Not the usual tripel, but highly recommended. I will certainly be trying to get my hands on some more of this [my other bottle broke in transit...a tragedy!].

12/06 I did get my hands on another bottle [750 ml] and this was as good, if not better, than the first one. Just a great beer. Will be looking for more whenever I get the chance.

10/07 Another bottle. Still great, but for some reason it just seemed too sweet this time. Not sure if my palate has changed, the mood, food, or whatever.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 16:45:24 | More by atigerlife
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottel 33 cl
poured into my tripel karmeliet glass

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold, huge fluffy white head forms, nice lace, good retention.

Smell is sweet, grainy, some orange, spices, wheat, little yeasty.

Taste is sweet, orange and spice again, yeast, some alcohol, and a wheat dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

1 of the best tripels out there

perfect brew
Just had it on tap at The 12 th Belgian beerweekend ,
Wow , what à brew , much better thn the bottel , awesomes

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 14:34:44 | More by beerpirates
Photo of SurlyDuff


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I overpoured a bit, and to my surprise, the head stood firm, like an inch above the glass with a rocky head.

20 minutes later the head remained. Impressive.

A light whitewine honey color, clear.

Aroma is very engaging, just a lot of bright and crisp spice, yeast, and hops. Refreshing, especially as it warms up.

Good carbonation, with some fruity sweetness, spice, and alcohol. I wish this one was a bit weaker in the abv, wouldve enjoyed it better. Crisp vineous and champagne like finish, dry. This was a really enjoyable and interesting beer. I'd recommend anyone try it if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 01:59:47 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of mpm180


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into a chalice.

Golden appearance with one finger foamy head. Nice retention.

Smells of sweet belgian yeast with lots of banana and pears.

Semi sweet taste of banana and spices. Have to say the spice was a pleasant surprise. The flavor comes alive as it warms.

Medium body. Looks more carbonated that it feels in the mouth.

Outstanding. Beware the 8.4% because this is highly drinkable. As good of a tripel as I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:26:05 | More by mpm180
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn has it been tough to find this beer; it’s been in only one store I’ve checked out so far. So thank you Payless Liquors in northern Indianapolis for stocking this brew and giving me my first long-awaited taste. Cheers!

A: Incredibly foamy – I’ve only filled my Duvel tulip halfway before the rest of the glass is full of bright white suds. Body is a pale straw gold, with slight haze and just a bit of shine. A minute or two passes and the head falls to just half an inch of dense cream; light, oily lacing. Standard Belgian look, but with a ton of head.

S: Powerfully malty aromas: superb lemon, fresh-baked bread, hefe-wheat, and a medley of tropical fruit. It’s gorgeous, especially when accompanied by the herbal hints of ginger, coriander, cinnamon-sugar, flowery hops, and orange zest. Rich, deep, complex. And the yeasts are some of the strongest and satisfying I’ve had in a while – funk, tartness, banana, pear, and estery earthiness. Inviting, sweet, and loveable.

T: Bready and smooth; perfectly drinkable from start to finish. The palate starts with sweet breads, like a vanilla creampuff, then moves toward just sweet – pear, blueberry, and cream (fruit yogurt-esque). I can’t get over how these flavors just roll over the tongue. Like any good Belgian, the yeast is palpable, this time with estery grass, creamy vanilla, and funky white wine dryness. Bread and butter, a bit of light booze, vinous fruit, and some floweriness (almost like a mouthful of lavender) make up the aftertaste.

M: A little bubbly, but mostly as creamy as the flavor profile. Its prickliness is a little much, though the drinkability is so great that it’s hardly affected.

O: And here’s the reason a trip to Belgium is on my bucket list: besides pairing this with some local European cuisine, I’d love to have another bottle or two of this (maybe even fresher). Complex and satisfying beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 19:24:16 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 75cl corker with my brother in law. Some serious head, took about a gazillion years to get it under control. A little more yellow in color than I expected in a tripel. Nice smell, a little fruity to my olfactory bulbs. Great tasting, hides the EtOH dangerously well, could see this one sneaking up on you. The real cool part about it is somebody gave it to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 21:41:03 | More by gloriousglo2
Photo of Buschyfor3


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pint night special at Flanagan's Ale House in Louisville, KY. Even got to keep the authentic tulip glass... sweet.

A: Crisp golden colored body nestled beneath a rocky, off-white head about 1.5 fingers thick off the tap - big bubbles in this head. Some lacing rings cling to the walls of the tulip as this beer quickly disappears. Head retention is decent and is easily maintaned as a layer of foam 1-2cm in depth with a simple swirl of the glass. Looks killer when served in it's authentic "1679" tulip.

S: Pretty sweet on the nose: pears, apples, even some tropical fruitiness (pineapple) and honey. Also picking up the cloves and some other spices - maybe cinnamon or some pepper.

T: Probably one of the sweeter tripels I have ever tried. Juicy fruits up front that hold on long through each sip - apple, pear and pineapple come to mind as the most prominent flavors. Then there is a touch of zest from the cloves that balances well against the fruit flavors and the subtle grain flavors. Finish is predominantly a yeasty, fresh baked bread flavor with some fruit esters popping through.

M: Pretty crisp carbonation lends itself to a fluffy, powdery mouthfeel.

D: Listed at 8.4% ABV but the alcohol is expertly masked. I can see how some people would consider Tripel Karmeliet a session beer even though it is well above the 5% ABV threshold - its just too damn easy to drink and it disappears from the tulip in a blink.

Another sublime Tripel, right up there with St. Bernardus Tripel and La Fin du Monde in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2009 02:16:37 | More by Buschyfor3
Photo of ColoradoBobs


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, a gift from my daughter.

Moderate pour into a tulip yields a huge white rocky head over a clear golden body. Head last well. Lots and lots of lacing.

Smell is much like my beloved Vitus, but with a funk note. Mmmmm. Nice and bready with lots of yeast. Wheaten cracker malt. Complex and lovely.

Taste is much like the smell: I repeat, it's much like a funky edition of Vitus. Very bready. A bit sweet, but there's a funky dry finish. Almost a 5.0, but not quite.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with punchy bright carbonation.

Drinkability is great: very easy-going for a 8.4% beer. Only draw-back is the cost.

Overall, if you love Vitus, you'll love this: a bit stronger, a bit funkier, but very wheaty and bready. Mmmm. I want some more!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 04:54:51 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of harrymel


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before: not on bottle neck as label advises.

A: pours hazy golden with three fingers of persistent white foam. This slowly, okay, not much, falls at all. Pretty much maintains 1-2 fingers foam throughout the life. Beautiful.
S: Initially I get plenty of floral notes followed up by some nice sweet grains and yeast characters. I think this smells really, really nice for a tripel.
T: Subtly sweet with floral notes and again very tasteful yeast and coriander characteristics. Really a top notch beer.
M: Medium bodied with appropriately hi carbonation. Mouth-watering finish.
O: I think this might be the best Tripel I've had. Really a great beer. Now if only they would switch to dark glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:51:24 | More by harrymel
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle best before 2/05. Pours a bronzy golden color with a big, rocky white head. Spicy, clovey aromas mixed with some peppery, honey-like smells. Quite inviting. Rather sweet initially, then shifting towards a more lemony, drier finish. I like this triple a lot; it's very complex. A touch too sweet, but awfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 16:49:12 | More by crookedhalo
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

picked up some belgian bottles from WF Bowery beer room for a blind tasting during the card-pack playoff game.

A- Pours a clear bright golden yellow with a HUGE snow white pure foam thick head which slowly recedes with minor lacing. couple of lazy bubbling streamers.

S- Sweet bubble gummy aroma, candied sugar, little bit of etoh. Smells rich and delicious, but kind of one note.

T- Creamy, buttery, light butterscotch, light vanilla, white pepper,some subtle spiciness.

M- Moderate body feel with plenty of fine, champagne like carbonation with a mild cloying feel, which is OK with me.

D- This style is not always up my alley, but this is a great representation of this style. Easy to drink and delicious. If you like belgians or trippels...most likely you have had this already...if not it is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 23:07:31 | More by m1ked
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnished saffron colour with dense, generous white head, slowly sinking but at least 3 fingers left after a minute or so. Aided by a prolific but steadily paced carbonation, visible through a thin bodily haze. Lace is a bit thin, but otherwise a perfect look.

Smell is quite lovely. Huge herbal aroma with lots of coriander, some peppery spice and a fair tart aroma with hints of granny smith apples. Underlying it is a beautiful sweet, liqueury aroma, putting one in mind of apricot jam, brandy and sherry. Beautifully balanced aroma, just lovely.

Taste is very sweet, pleasant, much spice on it. Begins quite caramelly with fruity notes, pear and peaches mostly, then mid-palate has a beautifully rich gingerbread flavour, spice alongside that great golden syrup notes. Finish comes through with real Belgian phenolics, some coriander seed flavour and some cherry/medicinal notes as well. Wonderfully smooth alcohol warmth seeps through the back, just gives you a nice hit of booze.

A lot of spicy piquancy on the feel, never gets too harsh though, but somehow I feel there's not a lot of body. It matches the flavour but I could deal with it being thicker.

Great flavours on that; warming and sweet and quintessentially Belgian. Just delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 03:48:57 | More by laituegonflable
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet: I am not one to by $20 four packs of beer. But after a year of exploring beer on Beer Advocate, I was puzzled by how these expensive Belgian beers could have thousands of reviews and sky high ratings. Are they better that a New Belgium Triple? What is the fuss? So I sprung for a four pack of Tripel Karmeliet, which was the only A rated Tripel I could locate at my favorite beverage store. You have probably tried this brew, so you know the body is cloudy and golden in hue. The head is thick and billowy, laces well and forms wonderful patterns as you make your way to the last sip. The aroma is bountiful with amazing complexity. Which brings me to the flavor, or should I say experience. Waves of ever-changing notes wash over the palate. All of those adjectives you read in beer reviews, well, you can actually taste in this brew: tree ripe apricot, light dust of fresh ground cinnamon spice, warm homemade bread dough, lick of a cement trowel. In the Tripel Karmeliet these adjectives really do apply. Now I get it. But is it beer? After trying many brews, this Tripel blows you away with the complexity of flavors, and leaves you in wonderment of how did they do that? How can you brew beer with those notes? But really, the Karmeliet does not taste like beer, does it? I would not serve one to a beer lover who does not have a minimum of Belgian experience or he/she will think I just added fruit juices to an now ruined Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 16:22:32 | More by iSip
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another highpoint of the weekend's beers. Pours a hazy attractive gold with a huge frothy white head. Slight winey notes of Auslese on the nose. As I let the head die and continue to breath this in, the fruits become more promineant, mostly fresh crisp pear.

The pear rules in the sweet taste of this most exceptional Tripel as well. Mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation, a must to keep something this sweet from becoming too cloying. Wonderful stuff that is a real sipper thanks to the sweetness. Had this with some Bar-B-Que chicken and lightly sauteed vegetables and it was spot on. Looking forward to my next bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 15:53:21 | More by Onibubba
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Alberta (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a huge creamy/crispy slight off-white head. Aroma is orange peel, yeasty and some malt, the combination simply screams out what a true belgian tripel is. Flavour follows the aroma tightly, orange, spice and clear malty flavoured in a mellow malty sweetness. Finish is vaguely bitter but more malty and spiced. Very well balanced and still light. Uncomplicated (but not simple) and well crafted balance between the spices, malt and the yeast notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 07:50:57 | More by Serge
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After my coleaugue kept pushing me to try this beer I finally gave in when he pushed the bottle in my hand. I'm not fond of tripels at all but I gave it a fair chance.

A: Drak yellow color with a great foamy thick white head that laste almost throughout the drink.

S: Malts, grains, peach/apricot, citrus and some floral hops.

T: Again that peach, caramel sweetness, citrus, apple/pear, cinnamon and a hint of hops.

M: Medium carbonation with a very smooth dry finish.

D: Well, to be honest, I never expected that I would like a tripel this much and I'm even more surprised by my own rating. Should maybe expand my tripel tasting.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 20:36:04 | More by PapaEugene
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New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up @ star liquor in Durango,Co. upon the reccomendation of Oliver, their beer geek. This is really the 2nd time I have had this, however had taken a hiatus (sp?) in doing reviews.
Poured from a 750 ml into a extra large wine goblet. a-Straw yellow w large white 3 fingers of head. The head drops to 1/8th inch and never truly goes away.It does not lace at all.
s- pure belguim spicy, yeasty, fruity aromatic.
m- highly carbonated this is really the champagne of beers.
t- superior belguim...come on you know what i mean.
d-yes this is a great belguim.
I would buy this again in a heartbeat. I would love to have this on tap.
Peace out....

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:23:29 | More by chileman13
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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer appears a light yellow hue, with a towering ivory head that elegantly embraces the upper half of the tulip glass, leaving a fine sheet of lacing as it recedes. The liquid is clear and effervescent, teeming with bubbles.

S: The aroma is grand, with scents of lemons, oranges, grass, alcohol, and spices. Tripel Karmeliet emits a fabulous floral aroma that adds to an already full bouquet. The beer smells very bold and enticing.

T: A fine brew and a great example of a Belgian tripel. The flavor is strong, forward, and aggressive, yet balanced by a delicate sweetness that creates a delightful juxtaposition. Citrus flavors are quite prominent, followed by spiced apples soaked in alcohol.

M: Alcohol presence is there. The feel is medium in body, with a healthy dose of zesty carbonation.

D: This is a beer to sniff, sip, and savor. One in any given session is plenty for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:40:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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United Kingdom (England)

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful sticky fluffy white head leaving great lacing and not going anywhere. The aroma coming off the head is great as well. The smell alone just lifts you up off your feet, peaches banana, clove, citrus zest, fresh baked bread, belgian yeast, springtime, flowers, the best smelling woman you ever laid your nose on. Tastes similar but different. Honey sweetness, granny smith apple, bread still there, floural still there, some clove I think and that woman, even though she smacked you upside the head for smelling her, is still there as well. Effervescent MF and light on the tongue. A beautiful beer that is right up there with the best of the style. One day I would like to have it side by side with La fin du Munde adn Wstmalle.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 15:10:05 | More by thepeter
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet a hazy, golden straw color with a huge, thick head. The smell was of citrus and a hint of spice (nutmeg?). This is one of the best, if not THE best tripel I've tasted; sweet without being overwhelming, with just a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is incredible; the carbonation is dense and rich, which allows the flavor to linger on the tongue. This is a terrific tripel, and a great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 14:58:48 | More by RustythePelican
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 2,995 ratings.