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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,241
Hads: 3,729
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 266
Gots: 681 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001

3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.
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Photo of Mscarpen
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I must have poured this one too hard... but for a Belgian beer, six fingers of head isn't too much is it? Cloud blonde.

S: Daisies, Green, Chlorophyll

T: Sweet citrus and fat free caramel

M: Creamy, light mouth feel, moderate carbonation

O: Delicious! Best with salty/fatty foods like munster and whole wheat crackers.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Provided by Masterski in trade. Thanks!

I've enjoyed several of these over the past year and really enjoyed them. This is my first sitting with one for an official review. Poured into my snifter glass and this is a gorgeous beer. Bright gold with perfect clarity and lots of active carbonation. A pillowy, fluffy white head that just sticks around forever. Not much in the ay of lacing, but sporadic flecks

Aroma is fresh, sweet, and slightly spicy and bread like and wheat like.

The best part of the flavor is the depth. Honey, spices, white pepper, light fruit. Juicy fruit gum like flavors. Some nice sweetness and almost a cane sugar notion. Some real nice yeast tones. Slight banana, but not as much as others. I like just relaxing and letting this one roll over my tongue. Get some phenolic tones. Nice lingering bitterness.

Delicate, light, fresh bright mouth feel.

Wonderfully drinkable and one to savor. I love enjoying this on a sunny summer evening..

Just a great beer.

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

Poured a light gold color that was clear and resplendent. Without a try the head exploded and very slowly settled, foamy and frothy, and had a champagne amount and pace of carbonation underneath it. Good lace, too.

Nose was like wheat covered lightly by honey, and banana sprinkled with vanilla. With time the malted oats they use really came through. Could smell the alcohol at first but it was pleasant in its warmth and not too distracting. In times the scents combined to an almost light/citrus fruity presence.

Taste was soft and buttery – developed to quite a creamy type of cheese aftertaste (another product of the oats). Very smooth and balanced with a great wheat and hops taste that settled very well - all I could think was, that’s Styrian hops done right. Tasted of the white of a baguette (nice),too. But in general, this beer was propped up by a sweet backbone that was controlled and soothing.

A quiet and subtle finish built strength with time; it had moderate length and was very softly dry. Mouthfeel started with a high-carbonation tingle and rolled on to a slightly viscous water feel.

This beer feels like a nice cotton on your tongue. A little more hearty tasting than other classic Belgian tripels, due to the peculiar use of oats as well as the typical malt and hops. Hate to invoke Mr. Beer Micheal Jackson, but he called it full of “finesse and complexity” – he is dead right on. Easily a leader in its style, I gotta have another to catch it all. Have one if you pick up on subtlety and enjoy it!!

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright golden. Very clear until the yeast comes in. Yummy yeast. Nice head that dies out kind of quickly. Smell is deliciously complex. Very fruity smelling, yeast, pears, honey, melon, candy sugar, apples, bananas, clove, other spices. Glorious!!!
Taste is also pretty impressive. More fruity ala pears, melons, banana, etc....clove, coriander, candied sugar, honey, very quaint alcohol detected when I try to find it. Only 8% abv, which is low for a tripel, but very well hidden nonetheless. The low alcohol content makes this one even more drinkable than it already is due to the flavor and aroma alone. Mouthfeel is above-medium body, definitely has some body to it. Very refreshing. Finish is semi-dry. Not nearly as dry as some other tripels. This is probably my favorite of the style. Excellent representation.

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Photo of drmeto
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

-Hazy bright golden with a big foamy white head with decent head retension
-crazy carbonation visible
-Honey,Bubble gum,banana,oats,spices,slight lemon notes
-honey,banana,lemon,slightly grassy,finish bready with vanilla
high carbonation,alcohol fairly noticeable,creamy,full-bodied
Fantastic aside from the fairly noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of brushpig
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had one on tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago, served in the triple Karmeliet big tulip glass.

Great looking beer with it's pale/straw color and big white head.

Smells like sweets oats, orange spices, and light coriander.

Sweet orange spice taste, very smooth and balenced nice dry finish. This a delicious beer that will not let you down. High carbination,yet has a smooth mouth feel.

A very drinkable beer. A must try.

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Photo of Generik420
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this into a pint glass and the fun immediately began. The head is voracious and I was only able to pour about half the bottle before I need to let it rest for a bit. Huge pillowy white head on top of a slightly hazed bright straw colored beer.

The aroma coming off this one is truly incredible if you enjoy the Belgian style beers. Very sweet notes, some fruity esters and a slight hint of alchohol all perfectly blended together.

Taste was wonderful. Semi-sweet with a touch of maltiness in there. A small alchohol warmth finishes a swallow beautifully. There is a nice amount of carbonation to play across you tongue in every sip. I took my time with this beer, probably drinking the bottle over the course of 45 minutes or so and the last sip still had foam covering it up.

This is one beer I could drink a lot of and am really wishing I had more on hand. I got my bottle from BuckeyeNation, so thanks go out! Thankfully I discovered a boutique store that carries this fine beverage and it will regularly fit into the rotation.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 18 2016 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, producing two fingers of fluffy, resilient, sparkling-white head. It seeps away slowly over the next five minutes or so, coating the glass with a layer of lace as it is gradually reduced to a foamy cap and collar. I am getting an interesting blend of fruits on the nose - red apple, pear and banana, with hints of apricot and white grape. Grainy, bready malts, grassy hay and lemony citrus also come through, as well as some spicy clove and yeastiness.

This is an outstanding tripel. Bready malts, grains and sugary sweetness blend beautifully with notes of lemon zest and banana. Orchard fruits - apricot, apple and pear - are also detectable, with the profile taking a spicy turn near the finish. Notes of grassy hay, clove, pepper and lemon pith tie things up nicely, with the alcohol content being borderline noticeable. Extremely effervescent, with absurdly lively carbonation that causes the beer to froth up in the mouth, giving this tripel a very silky-smooth mouthfeel. Between the aggressive carbonation, spicy finish and touch of ethanol heat, this one seems to have an almost tongue-numbing quality to it.

Final Grade: 4.67, an unbelievable A+. Tripel Karmeliet is a fantastic example of one of my favourite Belgian beer styles, and I am glad I had the wherewithal to pick up a second bottle for cellaring purposes. This should be considered a definite must-try for fans of the style, as well as for Belgian abbey-style beer fans in general - the mouthfeel is just exquisite, and the complex flavour profile is sure to raise a few eyebrows. One of the best examples of this style that I've yet imbibed, and something that I wish I could buy year-round - the perfect beer to celebrate my 1000th tick with.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 14GK? printed on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow orange color that produced a good fluffy, yet effervescent white head. Left tons of lacing behind as it dissipated.

(S)- A fresh fruitiness of banana & lemon with a twist of clove. A wheat/biscuit-like dryness with a touch of yeast & honey. A beautiful smell for the style.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. Much more biscuit & clove spice up front, but a more delicate fruit sweetness. Nothing to complain about here; leaves a fresh taste in the mouth.

(M)- A big carbonation level that is near a sparkling level, but it fits the style well. Crisp, with a good dryness & a great fruitiness. Great balance. Smooth stuff.

(D)- A fantastic Tripel. It has everything one should expect from the style. My biggest problems with tripels have been over carbonation or being too spicy with clove or whatnot, however this one has everything in its place & is balanced wonderfully. A definitive example of the style, not to mention one of its best in my opinion.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is a closet staple for me and ive never gotten around to reviewing it.. got the beautiful logo glasses and all that, a proper sitting with a 750 and now its time to review.

deep orange and crystal clear with loads of champagne-like carbonation. head starts out uncontrollably large and airy, shuts down at a medium pace leaving some thick and crispy lacing. looks great especially in the highly-recommended logo glassware.

aroma is candied orange bready and carrying a brandy-like alcohol heat. delicious nose- nothing off or sour to be detected anywhere here. aroma is the true test of a tripel, and this one passes with honors.

starts off with a mouth full of carbonation. malts slip into the forefront with vanilla hints.. immediately overwhelmed by sweet light berries and a syrupy sweetness. mild hop bitterness and bubble activity continues through and adds some contrasting beeriness to the complexity here. easy drinking and a classic for belgian beers.

side note: in belgium, this is a very common for a micro beer, like the sierra nevada of belgium. even the stankiest bars carried it and served in proper glassware. this gave me my first exposure to this beer and the US limited availability has given me a renewed love and appreciation for it.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden colour, with an absolutely enormous white head. Frothy and billowy. Fades fairly quickly but not totally- leaves a small film of white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is full of light fruit. Peach, mango and orange are all present. Kind of floral. A bit of alcohol is noticeable. Belgian yeast is in the background.

Taste is just fantastic. The fruit is all present (peach, orange, white grape) but is accompanied by a bit of spice which I did not get from the nose. Also a very slight bitterness. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Incredibly smooth taste.

Medoum bodied, but incredibly soft and velvety in the mouth. Moderate carbonation made up of incredibly small bubbles- active but no irritation. Great.

Overall- a phenomenal beer and one of the best tripels out there.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I opened this along with a La Fin Du Monde to compare the two, and I felt the Tripel Karmeliet easily won. Four other people did the comparison with me, and the Tripel Karmeliet won 5-0.

Appearance – A dark golden color. A good thick head that sticks around with good lacing. Champaign style bubbles.

Smell – Smell is truly amazing. I can’t place the spice, but it’s a wonderful scent. Sweet, florally, spicy, with honey.

Taste – A nice sweetness and incredible complexity that makes this one of the best tripels I’ve had.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with good carbonation. The 8.4% alcohol is very well hidden.

Drinkability – This goes down soooo well. One of the best tripels out there.

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Photo of TehAnkh
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just took my expectations, crumpled them up and threw them in the trash.
When I first took this bottle from the refrigerator case at my local wine and spirits shop, I was expecting something a lot lighter, a lot more mild.

The second I popped the cork I was hit with that incredible aroma which I am lacking the proper beer-education to describe.
I can only describe it as spicy, musky, hoppy and oh so delicious.

It poured a cloudy golden honey, with a huge, fluffy, creamy head that looked like it was better suited as a whipped topping.

The aroma from the bottle was not misleading in any way, the second it hit my tongue I knew that the flavor matched the aroma exactly and did nothing to surprise me, but nothing to disappoint either.
Crisp, light but a little heady, and a hint of alcohol that you can only detect if you make an effort to find it.
The drinkability is unmatched by any beer in this category that I have had previously... I think I'm in love.

This is now a favorite, and despite the steep price tag, I have a feeling my local liquor shop will be ordering extra cases just for me.

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Photo of brureview
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Julian's restaurant in Providence.

What a great beer! Light golden color with less than a finger head.

Great aroma- strong cloves.

Mouth feel- very smooth, complementing the style.

Taste- strong cloves, with warming-apricot-cloves.

This was my first time tasting this tripel, and it is perfect for a summer day. Very distinctive. A world class tripel.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle drank from my duvel tulip. if i like this one well enough im going to run out and buy the gift set with the proper glass.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a hazy and bright golden colored body with a large bright white head on top. the head lasts for a really long time, and leaves behind large spots of lacing. pretty nice way to start off.

S- after taking a big whiff of this, the first thing i think is how fruity this smells. lots of orange/tangerine, peach, lemon, and maybe a little bit of apricot. after that i get lots of belgian yeast and malted wheat with a little bit of bread. finally i think how spicy this one seems. lots of coriander, clove, and a little bit of pepper.

T- the taste starts off with sweet malted wheat and candi sugar and a little bit of bread. after that i get a blast of spices such as clove, coriander, and black pepper. this is also one of the fruitiest tripels i have ever encountered. lots of orange/tangerine, lemon, miscellaneous citrus, and peach. maybe some apricot as well. the alcohol is completely hidden.

M- light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. the alcohol is pretty well hidden in this one.

D- man, i looked down after a few minutes and my beer was over half gone. this one basically drinks itself. im definitely picking up the gift set with the glass. check this one out. this is a seriously under appreciated beer that can stand up against any other beer of the style.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice yellow color with a finger of head nd a very active bubble. The nose was spicey and tart, with some lemony acidic qualities. Very nice. The flavor was lemony and peppery, zesty. Refreshing and well balanced. The feel was crisp, nice and bubbly, drying on the finish and moerate in body. I liked the crisp feel and drying aspect. This is one of the better beers I have had recently. Everything worked really well together. This was paired with a fresh mozzerella cheese, which worked very well with it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle(s) courtesy of match1112. Thanks, Matt!

Pulled straight from the fridge, it pours a hazy straw yellow with a huge head of foam that seems to never want to quit growing.

What an aroma! Yeasty, spicy(pepper and clove), fruity, lemony hoppy. I'm spending a lot of time just taking in the smells.

The taste is soo complex. Peppery with a nice dose of clove, lemon and banana, yeasty, and a nice bitterness throughout. It finishes on the very dry side and pulls me in for more sips. I'm a prisoner to this marvelous brew!

Medium bodied with a rather high level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is very good and drinkability is outstanding. Yeah, that's my bottom line for Tripel Karmeliet, outstanding.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this tripel looks familiar, belgian golden with a slight haze, active carbonation and a dense white head. appearance is generic, nothing special, but it looks pretty damn good to me. smells like fruit salad. pears, apricots, grapes maybe even some ripe berries. a little spicy, just a dash, and a hint of hops and bread. mostly fruit.

oh my god this is outstanding! a nice full balanced taste, complex enough to be interesting but simple enough to easily enjoy. alright that doesn't make a lot of sense, but what i'm trying to say is - this is an easy 5. creamy smooth, delicious, the alcohol is nowhere to be seen or tasted. buttery mouthfeel, highly drinkable.

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Photo of sml505
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Cheeky Monk (Denver).

A - Golden amber with a huge, two-three finger head.

S - Complex nose. Lemon, coriander, yeast, spice (pepper/ coriander). I could smell this for hours!

T - Sweet malts/ grains. Floral, malty with light hops. Yeast dryness in finish.

O - Fantastic beer. Very complex nose and flavors with light finish

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Photo of itcomesnpints
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous gold tint, with a feisty white head that seemed to last. An enticing spicy fragrance augmented by distinct pear and clove. The flavor told a delicious story, beginning with a quick bite of spice, followed by a smooth fruity plateau, and ending with a soothingly warm finish. Significant carbonation, medium-bodied, perfect balance. As far as tripels go, this is my current favorite, and I will drink it every chance I get. I compared it to the Allagash and found Karmeliet to be superior in its complexity, taste and character.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite tripel to be sure.

Appearance: Wonderfully clear straw gold with rising streamers of effervescent carbonation. Huge white dollup of whip cream on top. Retention is perfect. Lacing is gorgeous. Carbonation is champagne like.

Nose is complicated with farmyard grains, lemons, poppy seeds, cardamom, peach syrup, apricots, canned mandarin oranges, vanilla, medicinal alcohols, etc…

Tastes takes all the qualities of the nose, adds mango, soda, more spices, pepper, and a mild astringent finale. All are perfectly balanced with one another.

Mouthfeel is smooth yet lively and very full.

Drinkability is out of this world. 8%...no way.

I love it, love it, love it.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy gold with a huge rocky bright white head. Looks outstanding.
S: all kinds of fruit, mainly pears and apples. A nice candy smell with some slight astringentcy. Balanced and perfect.
T: follows nosr perfectly. Slight pepper flavor with some acidity. Nice sweet fruit flavor which blends seemlessly with nice biscuity notes. Loving this.
M: medium to high carbonation but a slight body. Finishes so nicely. Great aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.
O: go buy it. Extremely quaffable and leaves you wanting more. Enjoy it any time of year.

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Photo of scottoale
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came in a 750ml. green bottle with a silk-screened main label, front/rear and a foil/paper neck label with a Best before date of: 16/03/08.

In taking the cage off the cork...Pa-thunk...the cork shot into my hand instantly! Be careful with this one...tons of carbonation. It poured into my 0.4L New Belgium (Rastal crystal) goblet a bright cloudy gold like honey, with a huge white fluffy, ultra tight and thick head. The head grows and turns rocky...the carbonation keeps the head alive and well through-out the entire tasting of this brew. The lacing is also rather thick, the champagne-like bubbles just keep on rising till the end.

The initial smell is sweet and spicy with stone-fruit flavors coming through strong. Some banana, green apple, yeast, candi-sugar and alcohol ever present in this pleasant aroma. Light, grassy hops bring up the tail end of the nose here.

The flavor...Wow...the flavor! Tasty triple if there ever was one. Lots of sweet and fruity complex flavors through-out the entire 750ml. bottle of excellence. This is truly one of the best tasting triple's I've ever had...nicely done.

Very well balanced big body brew with great flavor and the alcohol skillfully hidden...I highly recommend this brew as a great example of this style, and a very tasty one at that!

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the same time as a Kwak, which is apparently from the same brewer...after drinking that I was very skeptical about this one, but this is one hell of a beer.

Exhumed from the bottle, this baby pours out a much lighter hue than i'd expected, almost more canary yellow than gold. No visible floaters anywhere, even to the end of the bottle. This has to be bottle conditioned, right?

In my wife's wine glass and my chalice foam is everywhere! This is one heady beer...literally a pillow stack of 3-4" for a considerable amount of time, and Brussel's ghosts floating around the glass.

The nose is relatively uninviting - a light whiff of skunk that subsides and a sweet, expected sugar profile. Clove and grassy hops prick my sensory excitement. An almost Duvelian aroma that is somewhere between spice and cutting citrus.

The taste of this baby is absolutely heavenly. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with those resounding hop tongue prickles. Its like drinking a pillow in heaven - just gets better and smoother the further down the bottle drains. Strangely delicious burps.

Wow, this one is hellacious. Just wish I could get it around here more often.

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Photo of thisismyname
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somehow this made its way into a liquor store in downtown Vancouver, and the medieval label with Dutch script caught my eye.

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with tons of frothy white head. Head leaves little lacing but sticks around forever.

Has a very light smell; mostly of malted wheat and bananas.

Tastes very unique; there is a strong citrusy (grapefruit?) presence, almost like a mixture of oranges and lemons. The oats are rather noticeable and makes the beer's taste very different in a good way. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Cloves are present in the background.

Goes down crisp and clean, almost like a normal lager. Very easy drinking.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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