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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,249
Hads: 3,763
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 272
Gots: 709 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001

3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.
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Photo of dalion037
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. I would say the style should be Flanders Red but the name might get non-sour beer lovers to give it a try. It pours golden and clear. The head is a silky white. It looks like a tripel but the taste of tart citrus is unmistakable. It is not too sour/tart but just enough to add character. This is a must find and ust drink.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

simply a wonderful beer. had on tap about a year ago and hurriedly reviewed. let's see how the bottle stands up. big 25.4 oz corked and caged silk screened greenie, looks like a champagne bottle, and a serious thanks to my dear friend Pap for the unoccasioned gift.

A- poured into a duvel tulip a clear bright golden with a nice pillowy barely off white head that seems to have a tint of yellow to it. foam gracefully settles in the form of big pockets and deposits some spotty lace from the head settling, and thick rings and chunky blobs from sips.

S- yeasty and spicy with a pale grainy sweetness. very floral as well. strong notes of vanilla and lime zest, backed up by lilies, banana, coriander, clove, honey and pound cake. some lemony and orange aromas underlie the sweetness with a touch of herbal hop. also something indefinable akin to dish soap in a good way, which may just be the combination of citrus and flowers.

T- floral, fruity, sweetly dry, with a bit of mineral taste and no apparent bitterness although some nice hop flavor is detectable. fruit flavors span the board from apple pear and white grape skin to lemon lime candy to the tropical flavors of a mango banana smoothie. vanilla and honey sweetness back the fruity flavors nicely. plenty sweet but not cloying. a bit of wheat flavor is definitely noticeable as well as a distinct grainy flavor that must be attributed to the oats. it really brings to mind popping open a can of quaker rolled oats. it's soft, fresh, earthy, and a delightful facet on this well polished gem. finishes with a lingering apple-grape-lime skin flavor.

MF- here's where our 3 grains come into play for me. body, rock solid. so lush and creamy thanks to wheat proteins and a ridiculous softness from the fats present in oats. i've had plenty a good tripel, but none with this caliber of hefty bod. this 3 grain thing may be unconventional but it sells the ticket here. outstanding. forceful, aggressive, zesty carbonation is obvious once the cork is popped. prickly and champagne-like it stings the tongue like wu-tang darts sting a nonbeliever's heart. half way through the glass the bubbles begin to subside and become much more gentle and tamed. this is neither good nor bad as it only adds another dimension to the transitioning character of this baby. powerful burps in the first half! a distinct sweetened dryness in the finish, with a powdery wheat and oat feel. for what it is, perfection.

D- drinkability on high. perhaps a little too much so. and since i hate to recork this awesome brew, i've been forced to commit to it and a solid buzz shall follow. alcohol is deceptive and only shows itself as a soft flowery pineappleish haze that gets lost in the lilies. the pleasant flavor and insane body only beckon another filled glass in celebratory fashion, for today's arrival of the lil black puppy who at the moment, lies sleeping soundly at my feet. here's to poopin outside, cheers.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled sample in a goblet from the Elysian.
The beer pours a hazy gold color with bright white, spongey or marshmallowy head.
Aroma is very floral and sweet, with green apple, cloves and some general sugary sweet scents. I also get a bit of yeasty bread on the nose.
First sip reveals a slight syrupy texture and very light almost non-existent carbonation.
Flavor is a mouthful! Mostly sweet again with apple, nutmeg some biscuity hints and a touch of clove I think. The finish reveals a white grape presence. Definately a lot going on there. Quite a tasty brew. I get a little alcohol warming on the end as well. Very nice!

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Photo of sjccmd
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich and fruity. Chamomile, flowers, orange marmalade, kumquats. I could go on. Incredibly aromatic. Really leaps from the glass. So much going on. Perfumey and floral hops, with honey and cracker malt rounding things out. Sweet smelling. Some banana and white pepper as well.

Pours a tad hazy dark gold/light orange. Big frothy head, lots of carbonation. Recedes a bit though bubbles continue to feed from the bottom. Not much lacing.

Flavor is a rush of chamomile, bubblegum, and citrus fruits. Clove and banana. Soft cracker malt with honey and some wheat character on the finish. Juicy fruit and spices. Very complex. Moderate hop bitterness, warming alcohol.

Very high carbonation allowing the flavors to really explode on the palate. Medium body. Lots of fruit upfront but finishes mostly dry.

A lot going on in this beer. So much yeast character without being cloying.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revist: 14 Sep 15
330ml Bottle
Best Before: 30/07/16

Been along time between!

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice slightly cloudy golden pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger creamy white head, which leaves a very very nice thick film of sticky lacing the diameter of the glass. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some nice banana/coriander, slight peppery note. The taste is freakn' awesome, malty, yeasty, fruity, nice little pepper note. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, one of the best, if not the best, tripel for me. Very nice to have it available to me.

Pours a nice clear amber/orangy color, nice carbonation, nice creamy off-white head, nice lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malts, slight hops, yeast, spices, and pears/apple, grapes. The taste is slightly tangy/malty, nice not overly spicy. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty tripel, one of the best I've had to date.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm usually more partial to the "Dubbel" style Belgium offerings but this one is quite satisfying and smooth. Just enjoyed a couple of bottles over the holidays and found it very drinkable.

Apperance: Golden straw color, slightly hazy, and when pouring the big creamy head builds quickly. A frothy wonder indeed!
Smell: Very nice, light, apples and clove that tickle your nose. A full bodied aroma.
Taste: Excellent! Smooth, crisp and tangy. Starts sweet, but has a nice finish, almost dry. Very unusual and enjoyable for a "tripel". Alcohol though present on the palate doesn't overwhelm the experience.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky. Welldone.
Drinkability: Very, very good! Some Belgium brews find me doing one and done. I had 3 of these beauties in one sitting on Christmas Eve and all I could say is "It's a Wonderful Life"! !

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally had a chance to try this brew at Anam Cara, and was extremely pleased. From what I could tell in the glow of the fireplace it had a nice golden color, and a surprisingly nice head (not too carbonated, just right.) Strong fruity flavor, easily drinkable, super smooth, peach and caramel aroma. I am partial to sweet\strong beers (Tripels and Barleywines) so if you are not you might find this beer a little too sweet, however if you are a fan of Belgian Tripels I'm certain you will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The body is clear and gold. The head is white and bountiful. It shouldn't look any different. Nor could it look any better.
Fragrant of lemon rinds, cane sugar, roses and unused urinal mints (you know, that sweetened herbal wintergreen smell).
Begins with a honeyed bread sensation. It's quickly invaded by cloves, pears, wheat, watermelon, cotton candy (the pink kind) and sugarcane. All of this is bathed in lemon. Bursts of pepper and curacao. Cracks of horsebarn yeastiness. Finishes fully floral. With lilac and rose petal notations and a delicate herbal astringency.
Soft and full in the mouth. Spritzy and cushioned. Foolishly drinkable.
World class. Aside from Allagash, I cannot think of a Tripel that compares.

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Photo of sawbones420
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After lamenting, to my beer guy, the fact that my favorite Tripel, Westmalle, was rarely in stock, he recommend I try out Karmeliet, as he believed it to be an exceptional iteration of the classic Belgian style. I took the 750ml bottle home and shoved it in the back of my fridge, forgetting about it for close to a month.

Pulled it out tonight, popped the cork, and poured it into my favorite Brooklyn Brewery snifter. A light-colored, not-exceptionally hazy apricot liquid pours out, amassing a decent size head that quickly and audibly dissipates to a low level, fading entirely soon after. Seems rather carbonated for the style (or is my glass oily? it looked sparkly clean...)

Smell seems reminiscent of a hearty Czech Pilsener, although it's still very evident this is a fruity Tripel. I'm wondering if Saaz hops were used in this brew... later on as it warms, I smell more Tripel and less Pils

My initial suspicions about carbonation prove to be true, as the mouthfeel is lively, yet still has that sharpish throat bite due to the 8% ABV. This beer really dances on the back of your tongue. I'm not sure how, but it somehow manages to be both light and bold in the same sip. Complex. Beautiful!

Flavors are slightly fruity with what I consider a PERFECT hop balance. It has a spicy flavorful finish that combines well with that warm alcoholic mouthfeel. My throat is left all warm, wanting another sip.

A VERY easy-to-drink beer, indeed, which might be dangerous with its high(er) alcohol content and price tag. While I'm not sure this dethrones Westmalle as my favorite Tripel, I certainly can't think of a better runner-up. I will be aging a couple bottles of this to see how things mellow over time.

A definite recommendation to lovers of the style, and of beer in general

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured in a goblet style beer glass, this beer is mostly blonde with hints of orange. It is very deep colored... thick for such a light color beer.

Smell: A very clean, fresh smell that has subtle hints of grapes, pears and spices. As the beer warmed up to room temperature, some of the alcohol scent hits you. Still, subdued for a 8% ABV beer.

Taste: This is a very pleasant taste...reminds me a lot of the ABT 12 trappist ale. The flavor is very well rounded, starting with an almost apricot sweet/sourness that blends into a malty alcohol flavor that really warms the mouth and back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: The body is just heavy enough to keep the flavor on the tongue for a solid taste. It is still light enough that it flows down very easily and begs for the next sip. Excellent balance!

Drinkablility: Highly drinkable - both as a special treat with a meal, a night cap with a book, or a crazy drunken feast of Dionysus sesh.

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Photo of Zraly
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a warm honey color with a soft, white head. Mild lacing. Nice smell of fruit and a mild alcohol note.

Full flavored, packed with strong notes of honey, fruit and grain. Hops are subtle and complete the finish with a fresh herbal note. Alcohol is well-masked and this could be deceptive! Sweet, but not cloying. A spicy but subdued fizzy pop in the finish makes for a superb mouthfeel and finish. Very smooth and approachable. A nice example of the style without being too "run of the mill."

A strong and classy beverage that would suit well for pairing with poultry or pork dishes.

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Photo of Maloney1011
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: cloudy, light orange/dark yellow, well retained white head.

Aroma: fresh cirtus orange and light coriander with slight banana. Wheat base aroma.

Flavor: citrus/coriander and banana jump out first. Wheat follows through with a nice finish. Very clean and balanced, in no way artificial. Little alcohol noticed for a tripel.

Feel: very carbonated, oats give it a thicker body, but not heavy.

Overall: very pleasant beer, well balanced, great gateway Belgium beer for folks looking to explore.

Side note: Poured from bottle at McNellie's Oklahoma City, Ok. I have bought before, am buying now, and will buy again! My wife says the perfect combination of alcohol and flavor on a tripel...

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Photo of becktone
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes 12-17-08

Done back to back with St. Feuillien Triple

Eye: Amazing, simply amazing. This one looks like liquid gold in a glass. One of the best brews I've poured in a while. It sure looks better than the St. Feuillien Triple in the same Duvel tulip. Color is crystal clear golden coin yellow. The head is more white than the walls in this room and has a rocky texture. Not as large a head as the Feuillien, but it has better staying power and is more appropriately sized. Sure, its always great to have a nice big head, but there can be too big. Feuillien poured at first as a ton of foam that simmered down to a very large head and some beer over a minute or two, this one is just right. Perfect. Don't think that it could get any better.

Nose: Very potent aroma, the glass is about two-three feet away from my nose right now and I can still smell this beer, can't pick out its nuances, but I can smell it and tell that it smells good. Strong spicy aroma, reminds me alot of a wit in that way, I get some orange character in here. Big fruit tones, again I can't stress how much this one smells like a wit, its got alot of similarities. Alcohol is present in the aroma, though not as much as the Feuillien. Alcohol in here is also much more refined and delicate, more a part of the beer rather than an ingredient which is a product of yeast that makes the beer. It just blends better. Now, this is the first time I've ever used this term, this one smells horsey. Not in a bad way, but there is something about it that just makes me want to say it is horsey. I like it, its a real unique delicate aroma.

Tongue: The biggest difference between the two beers, and the most important I feel is the fact that this one is crisp whilst Feuillien is not. It really makes a big differnce in the perception of flavor and the overall experience of the beer. Very fruity taste that finishes with a nice spicy character coming in somewhere between dry and, well.... "wet" I guess. Sweet malt flavor comes into play as well. Its there behind the orangeish fruity flavor, it supports it and adds depth to the beer. Whatever kind of sugar was used in this to give it strength is adding alot of nice flavor too. Real nice beer, get out there and try it.

Feel and Drinkability: I can't see how this could possibly get any better in the mouth. Its crisp with carbonation that really does the job for this one, at first it seems to scrub the palate, then it fades to a delicate feel and then is gone altogether leaving the palate with a long lasting aftertaste. I can't get over the similarities between this and a wit....Body is medium-light on the palate and is much more delicate than the Feuillien. For a beer that brags about being for connissours and gourmet taste the Feuillien sure lets down. This is a beer that I'll be drinking again and soon. If you've not tried it definitely give it a go. This is a great tripel that impresses. Now I've got some good beer to drink.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750mL bottle into a goblet; no freshness date to be found.
Strikes me as more of a saison, or maybe a strong pale ale than a tripel, as it distinctly reminds me of both Hennepin and La Fin Du Monde.
Pours a gorgeous hazy golden yellow with a huge head. The huge-ity of the head doesn't stick around but there remains a layer (perhaps half a centimeter) of foam throughout. Lots of sticky lace to be found on my glass.
Smells of citrus and spices, tastes even more so. A pleasant, rich yeast flavor lives in here but it's light enough to make this way drinkable. It's hard not to guzzle. The 8% alcohol is well balanced in this. You can taste that this is alcoholic but here you can feel and taste that there is more to the job of the alcohol than just to get you hammered.
One classy bitch of a beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-cloudy yellow with a good thick white head

S-white wheats and a good citrus scent. some tang in there. medium strength

T-comes in with a great taste of subtle pale belgian malts, wheats, citrus, and a good taste of caramel. its a good and light tasting flavor, yet robust at the same time. its subtle and clean. has a good flavor of banana and ends with a matching after-taste.

M-very heavy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-generally for me, this style gets pretty harsh and unenjoyable. i've had many bad examples of tripels. this beer just redefines what i think of them. it is so great and complex, with such a smooth taste with that typical explosive belgian mouthfeel. i could always have this.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From big corked bottle dated 21/03/12. Poured in a medium Duvel glass.
Big pop of cork and slight gush.
Pours a gold yellow with big active head.
Aroma of candy sugar, malts, citrus spritz.
Moderate carbonation and modest mouthfeel.
Flavors of malts, grassy hops, lemon & lime, candy sugar, fresh bread, light spice. Overall one of my favorite Belgian brews...refreshing, full body with nice malt sweetness, some complexity but very drinkable.

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Photo of sewald
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An awesome tripel. Got it from a local market and also drink it regularly at a local pub.

This beer is really complex. It portraits a somehow light body, however it feels very tasty and robust. It has fruity aromas of peach and sweet smells of caramel. Although it has a strong smell of alcohol, it doesn't feel like that when drinking (though it has 8% ABV).

Beautiful creamy head. Not as thick and majestic as a Duvel, but it's there. Fills the mouth with some yeast and malt (wheat) taste. Really a great beer, it has so many attributes that it's hard for me to describe them all here... Hmm I guess I have to go there and have another one in order to take some more notes. :-)

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Photo of goodbeerallday
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: appearance is a golden sunflower yellow with a pure white two finger head which reside very quickly. A consistant haze throughout as well.

S: huge banana and some slight vanilla. Peppery spice developed. Cannot wait to try!

T: holy karmeliet! No where near as much banana in the taste as on the nose but definately present. Near no bitterness but a spiciness that surrounds the mouth. Fairly dry and a lingering grassy note on the back pallet. At 8.4 abv this beer hides it extremely well. A wonderful 3 grain ale. well balanced with a comfortable drinking ability.

M: a tiny numbing feeling when drinking this around majority of mouth but extremely smooth and a soothing back note.

O: an amazing beer! Something that could have more than one and something worth recommending to all! This beer is extremely approachable and had me wanting more.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured out the Karmeliet in a nice robust oversized wineglass. and I got a big beautiful foamy head. The colour could be described as rusty-gold.
This beer has one of the nicest odours, a very light fruity smell with spices. Especially pepper and some garden spices.
A very rich carbonation. Positive aroma, again light for 8%. With spices, pepper mostly and a very soft bitter-sweet undertone. Crisp. And the refreshing aspects of a glass of fruit juice on a hot summers day.
The Karmeliet is very drinkable for a beer with a reasonable alcohol percentage. Very refreshing, but also very dangerous. This is a beer that makes you want an other one and maybe after that another one… With obvious consequences, believe me, I’m talking out of experience.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of djack8617
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quickly vanishing head that originally poured a couple fingers thick. clear pale yellow hue. spicey aroma . +++ carbonation on each sip. Very sweet across the palate fruity mostly. very carbonated feel but hides the high alcohol content well.

Very enjoyable beer

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Photo of JWearda
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served: poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - a light honey, cloudy coloring. The head was a solid one, just shy of two fingers of creamy, thick foam that lasted quite a while.

S - Sweet yeasty notes that you would expect, hints of spice (coriander or clove?) Also a little lemon... But very subtle.

T - Soooo very smooth going in, flavors of mild banana and yeast with a touch of hops. A joy to have on the tongue!

M - Full bodied with subtle carbonation. Smooth, without a lingering finish but slightly sweet.

O - This beer was a treat. So smooth, easy on the palate, left me wanting more!

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Photo of bronzeside
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a slender 330 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Nice 2 finger head that slowly reduces to an even 1/16 cover. Bubbles cling nicely to sides of the glass when sipped, and then slowly slide down without rings.

Color: light golden honey, very light haze

Smell: I picked up just the slightest hint of...smoke, perhaps from a distant campfire, there but faint.


Smooth very light citrus, with a hint of sweetness in the middle. This evenly transitions back to a light citrus finish.

A very easy drinking tripel. If you are looking for a brew with dynamic flavor notes, this is not really the one. But if you want something just plain smooth, balanced and basically really really good, it is a great choice.

I felt the alcohol before I tasted it. As with many Belgians, respect is the word. Sip or stumble.

I really like this one. Costs a bit, but want to keep a few around (if I can keep from drinking them) to introduce friends to the easier side of the wonderful world of Belgian Beer.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite Tripels and I'm glad to see it now being distributed regularly to my area.

Pours clear, liquid gold with a large, foamy white head. The visibly aggressive carbonation aids in excellent head retention. Fine lacings stick to the sides as I swirl my chalice.

My non-beer-drinking wife just exclaimed that she smell the yeast from where she was sitting. Again, the aggressive carbonation really brings out the greatness in the beer. Funky, sulfur, wet oak, yeast, clove, banana, apple, pear, honey, wheat, sticky malt and coriander blend together in sinfully, decadent aroma.

Wheat, candied sugar, dates, banana, clove, coriander, banana, apple, subtle hints of caramel and vanilla, funky yeast, fresh sour dough bread, honey, a suggestion of hops...my God this beer has depth! Each sip is a delightful new experience. The alcohol is perceivable only in a slight warming as this nectar traverses the palate. This is Belgian beer at its finest and all wrapped in a relatively low ABV package.

The body is a hair thin for a tripel but not objectionable. The carbonation is also very noticeable in the mouthfeel. This beer is highly drinkable at 8% ABV...but this beer is far too special to be a session brew.

I first enjoyed this brew in Belgium and was delighted to find it available in the States...this will be a staple beer in my cellar for years to come.

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Photo of Romulus141
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been on a Belgian Tripel binge lately, and I decided to continue it by buying this brew. I bought the large single bottle.

Poured into a deep, wide wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy, golden color. I am immediately impressed by the incredibly strong head this beer has after a gentle pour. Literally, it takes up half of the wine glass. Accordingly, the lacing on the edges is very strong. The amount of carbonation in this brew is also fascinating, and is probably responsible for the huge head. The bubbles are just racing to the top of the glass. Overall, this beer has made a strong first impression on me.

Smell: What's strange is that when I first uncorked the bottle, the brew had a skunky smell to it. However, after pouring and letting the beer settle, the characteristic altered dramatically. The beer has a fruity smell, consisting primarily of pears and citrus. There is also the typical all-spice smell that I have come to expect from Belgian Tripels. Overall, this is a very pleasant, floral smell that I quite enjoy.

Taste: The flavor is intense, complex, and nuanced. We begin with a blast of fruit flavor involving something between a pear and a kiwi, which quickly recedes from my pallet. It is followed by a malty character which transitions from the intense sweetness into a subtle taste intermixed with spices. It finishes with a crisp, grain taste that leaves little to no aftertaste. This complexity intrigues me, as this Belgian fades away quickly, unlike others which grab your tongue and hold on tight.

Mouthfeel: Light, slick, and full of carbonation. However, the carbonation balances the profile of this brew, and certainly aids in the crisp, refreshing finish. A winning combination.

Drinkability: These are smooth and creamy, and they go down quickly. This, combined with the 8% ABV makes for a dangerous combination.

The Belgian style continues to impress me. This brew is highly recommended.

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Photo of bump8628
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy gold with a finger of white head the fizzles to a wisp.

Big spiciness throughout with a heavy dose of coriander and some clove and pepper in the background. The blend of 3 different malts creates a rustic backdrop for the yeast. Warming alcohol definitely becomes apparent as it warms.

Not the best tasting of this beer I've had. It was served about ten degrees too cold so some of the complexity never really came out.

Another bottle on 2/27/2012 yielded much better results. Beautiful look, pristine gold with a thick ring of pure white that sticks in sheets. Rose water, spring grass, apricot, and a light overtone of banana and bubblegum. Great dryness finishes it off perfectly

My second favorite Tripel after La Fin du Monde.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,249 ratings.