Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels
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4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
To start, right out of the bottle was a beautiful thing. Bright gold and hazy with a giant head that faded to cap of froth that lasted for the whole glass. I used a Duvel tulip glass.
The smell is like sweet candy maybe taffy.
I don't know how to describe the taste other than sweet goodness. There is a bit of an aftertaste that is not really appealing , perhaps from the alcohol content.
This feels think and silky. It goes down so easily. This could be an every day beer except for the price. It must be good to live in Belgium.
Some of these Belgian styles are becoming among my favorites.
03-14-2011 01:15:34 | More by confer
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
Poured into a Fin du Monde tulip. The beer is a glowing golden colour with lots of visible carbonation. The airy, bright-white head was short-lived, receding to a wispy ring around the glass. No lacing. Above average rating for the nice colour only.
Wheat, yeast, tons of fresh lemon, caramel sweetness, rosemary and thyme (never picked those out in a beer before), white pepper, astringency, very light traces of other spices. Gets a lot better as it warms. Pretty nice, I'd rate it 4.25 if I could.
Good thing the flavour comes through for this one. And thankfully the rosemary is noticeable...I was hoping for that. Very cool. This beer has a pretty powerful taste: quite astringent (almost acidic), lemon, wheat, bitter hops, light spices (coriander, clove, cinnamon), rosemary and thyme...though no parsley or sage (cue drums). A sugary sweetness is almost out of balance, but not quite. Quite a complex and interesting tripel, though I can't decide whether I'm into it or not. It's pretty intense. Drying finish and scarily subdued alcohol for 8.4%. I'd actually like to rate the flavour 4.25 as well, so I'm just going to up the rating a little by giving the smell 4.5, though neither are a full 4.5 to me.
Very present carbonation, moreso even than La Fin du Monde. I think the feel is too intense to pair with the intense flavour, putting this beer a little over the top intensity-wise. Smooth light-medium body. The carbonation could be toned down IMO.
I'm not too sure what I think of this beer, I feel like I'd need to revisit it a few times. My first impression is a good one, however. I'd love to come back to this one. I find the herbal quality to be super interesting, never having come across it before in a beer. Definitely not sessionable but I'm not having any trouble with this bottle. Out of Tripel Karmeliet and Duvel, I'd say it should be this one getting all the love. Much more interesting.
04-20-2010 05:55:32 | More by eat
3.93/5 rDev -8%
Gentle pour reveals a hazy 24 karat gold color with a massive head. Fantastic retention finally falls to reveal nice lacing.
Aroma is full of spicy yeast. a touch of wheat also seems to be present.
Flavor is very spicy. There are also background flavors of bubblegum and black pepper. Slight alcohol burn on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, backed by huge agressive carbonation. Drinkability is decent.
Nice tripel that is nicely balanced between sweet and spicy, and smooth and carbonated. Very nice overall.
09-15-2006 00:40:32 | More by phisig137
4.58/5 rDev +7.3%
11.2oz bottle into snifter.
A: This light golden body pours a thick, foamy two finger head, that opens up from the inside and settles into a frothy layer. The head is white and carbonation seems lively. The body is lighter in color than most of the style. The lacing that is left is sparse and thin.
S: A smooth and pleasant clove aroma that has notes of bubble gum and fruity spices. The intensity of the aroma is medium compared to the overall taste. Layered and developed, this is an aroma that seems to change and become more complex as it warms. A good note of hops, and malts combination.
T/M: As the nose suggests a gummy, fruity spice. Mellow flavors on the front, with a smooth mouthfeel that brings a spice on the finish. Clove seems to play a large role in the overall flavors, while not over powering. Tingling mouthfeel on the finish, while great lingering tastes of banana. The carbonation brings a full burst of foam throughout the mouth, but is not over done. With full bodied flavors, this beer is both flavorful and light on the palate.
D: This is a highly drinkable brew for the ABV and the style, not a strong note of booze to be found, even as the beer warms. This is an easy drinking beer, that is full bodied, with lighter notes as it goes down. The flavors have me coming back and really is a great example of the style.
09-21-2010 01:21:34 | More by GDBEERMAN
4.7/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
02-21-2005 21:45:40 | More by GreenWBush
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
A golden cloudy body with a huge head and incredible lacing. The nose has lemon, ahy, lime, and some yeast. My first taste gives me yeast,champgne, and sherry. It finishes with some strawberry and prune. The beer itself is wonderful, andh ighly drinkable, but it was far too carbonated, and I was often sloshing th beer arund in my mouth trying to get the sip to a point where I wasn't swallowing all foam. It was otherwise superb.
09-03-2006 15:58:34 | More by dherling
4.26/5 rDev -0.2%
11.2 oz single, $4.50. Poured into a tulip.
A: Quite light for the style with a meringue-like, very large, very white head. Can't ask for too much more in this dept.
S: Lightly floral. Cotton candy. Yeast. Bread. A whiff of vanilla and a touch of booze. There's a lot to be found in here.
T: Delicious and rich. A touch boozy. Pilsnerlike breadiness on the back end adds a nice rustic quality. Very little sweetness.
M: Decadently creamy. Dry. Beautifully carbonated.
O: Not as thrilling as Westmalle, but this is my #2 for the triple style. Pretty flawless and appropriate most any time.
05-08-2013 14:26:59 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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