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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,138
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 183
Gots: 312 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001)
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Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a rochefort chalice.

It pours a very bright gold that is clear with a nice white head, minimal lacing.

It smells very sweet and hoppy, notes of citrus.

The tatse is surpisingly sweet with notes of fruit and hops.

jrallen34, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic among Tripels, this will be my first time trying this beer out of the bottle. Poured rigorously, with some of the sediment added for extra flavor. Appearance was a murky orange, with not as much heading as when served on tap. Big nose of peppery alcohol, peaches, pears, bread and more fruit. Some musty medicinal flavors come through, with some hop and grain bite, still with plenty of fruit to go around. Prickly carbonation makes it rather refreshing for a beer of this weight. Drinking this one is easy. This is one of the best Tripels out there IMO...possibly my favorite example of the style. I suggest putting this up against some kind of creamy cheese. Humboldt Fog, as usual did not fail to make a lovely accompaniment. Cheers

jamie2dope, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of hardy008
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with a foamy 2 finger head with poor retention. The aroma is not very strong, smell is assorted fruit and cloves. The taste is sweet with phenols present. This beer is highly carbonated and medium bodied. A nicely drinkable beer. The flavor is better than expected given that the aroma was not very strong. The alcohol is also well hidden. I would not have guessed that the alcohol was as high as 8.4 %.

hardy008, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
2/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A- Poured from the tap into a nice tulip glass with one finger of white head, which quickly gave way to some nice lacing. The body was a hazy straw color with some visible carbonation.

S- Lots of Belgian Yeast on this nose, along with corriander, lemongrass and pale malt. There are more subtle aromas of straw and stale hops kicking-around the nose as well.

T- The first impressions of the taste are a replicate of the nose. Upon further examination, the beer appears to take on a more cracker-like flavor... but then... as the beer warms, this nasty soap-like fatty acid flavor emerges. Soon enough, I am so focused on how this tastes like hand soap, I cannot appreciate any of the other flavor attributes.

M- High carbonation is the most noteworthy component to the mouthfeel, which I generally don't mind in a highly-attenuated tripel. I would say this is a light to medium body. Nothing particularly bad here in the mouthfeel department, but nothing outstanding either...

D- I could not finish this glass, it was disgusting. This was the first time I have had the Tripel Karmeliet, and I considered it being a bad keg, but it wasn't oxidized, and didn't show typical signs of infection. All the glasses were clean, and all other beers poured from the establishment taste nice and fresh... but the SOAP flavor just made this unbearable.

I resolve that this particular batch of beer was left in the fermenter too long... and I intend to re-review at some point, given the high ratings from other BAs

jgasparine, Aug 15, 2009
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.

Buschyfor3, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very beautiful amber with a cloudy orange tinge

Smells not as strongly as I would have hoped faint hops honey and floral notes and slightly stronger malt character

Tastes of the above but the taste actually comes out and there is a quality of maple and herb tatste to it

Medium carbonation and body

HIGH DRINKABILITY

DerBayer, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of illinijer
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Jaks Tap in Chicago. Served in a distinctive Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A: Golden colored, with a thick creamy head. Lightly carbonated.

S: Smells of banana leaves and cloves. Similar smell to a traditional hefeweizen, which was unexpected.

T: Tastes almost like a wheat beer, with hints of banana. Good balance of flavors. Has a strong, but not overpowering, malt profile which shines. The alcohol is there, but not overpowering.

M: Mouthfeel was great. Decent thickness, but goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable. My only complaint is that it wasn't what I expected..if that can be a complaint. Definitely would recommend to others, especially for those looking for a summery belgian ale with some kick.

illinijer, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of meatyard
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy, amber orange with a huge, white head that leaves thick, patchy lacing. Plenty of carbonation here.
The smell is a very pleasant, fruity bubblegum plus a little spiciness.
The taste has a lot of the same qualities as the smell and is a bit spicier. Some alcohol is noticeable.
Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated (a bit too much).
Drinkability is, mostly, very good. Has a moderately high ABV yet is quite tasty and easy to drink. Two glasses should do it though.

A beer to try if you like Belgians particularly tripels.

meatyard, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Squelch
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Flawless. Champagne bubbles, crystal clear, huge head.

Smell: Complex malt aromas. No hop aroma.

Taste: Distinctive. VERY compelx esters. I taste cherries, maltiness, very sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy. Syrupy almost. Very nice

Drinkability: Awesome triple. A new staple for my collection

Squelch, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Grunewald
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a cloudy straw yellow color. A big head gathers when poured, but its not very foamy because the bubbles are huge. The head dies down very quickly as the big bubbles pop.

S - citrusy with syrup or honey and a bit of malt

T - sweet cirtrusy malt with a spice finish that ends up hopping around the tongue

M - syrupy when sipped, the carbonation hits at the back of the mouth and fizzles but stays wet. It's very nice how the drink maintains it's body when you sip instead of the carbonation flaring up right away.

D - very enjoyable. The taste and mouthfeel are great.

Grunewald, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of TheBierBand
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened the the caged and corked green bottle (1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz.) and poured into a chalice. Fizzy stuff... it produced a 2" head of snow white loose foam. The head disappeared to a thick cap for the duration of the quaff. The beer is a cloudy pale yellow.

Nose: Good smells of spice, a touch of citrus fruit and lightly toasted malt.

Taste: Rather rich. A bit of orange citrus flavor. Some spiciness. Big malt backbone. A bit of alcohol bite.

MF: Typical belgian with a lot of carbonation. On the heavy side. Actually a bit creamy... surprise.

Drinkability: Well, I made it through the whole 25.4 oz bottle.... that's all I would ever want. Typical for a big beer like this.... at 8.4% abv.

TheBierBand, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Warm day, swimming in the pool, and scarfing down pizza....time for a beer! 750 ml bottle shared with my friend, on to the beer:

Sundrop blonde color, a little hazy, with soapy suds on top the brew. Some retention here. The aroma brings joy to the nose. There is some refreshing citrus, but that is minor compared to the fruits and peaches I get. In the mouth, it is more joy. Freshly bought, jumbo colored bubblegum is the first thing to be tastred. The bubblegum sweeteness lightens up, though still sweet. Rolled oats, spicy, oranges, cream...mmmm, good. Very good. Bubbly and thick in the mouth, but gets a whisker lighter as its consumed. Mildly boozy and warming, but the affect looses intensity.

Oh my. I've had a number of chances to try this beer, but it wasn't until a late-night run at Total Wine last night which I decided to buy it. the wait is no more, and I am gald to have sampled it, and I'm happier to report I dig it.

DoubleJ, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

Into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small and very thin white head that quickly fizzes away and vanishes almost totally. Colour is an amber or tangerine yellow. No carbonation evident and no lacing left down the glass at all.

SMELL: Caramelized and toasted malt. Quite fruity, apples, pears, peaches and perhaps some mango as well, which is quite unique. A touch of Belgian yeast and spices, bit not as pronounced as others in the style. A touch of wheat malt in there as well. Decent strength, and quite enticing to be sure.

TASTE: Toasted malt and some sweet caramel malt again. A dose of sweet fruity esters, apples and mangos mostly, with a good burst of spicy yeast and alcohol at the end. Hints of wheat in the background. Spicy alcoholic aftertaste is decently strong and long lasting. Pretty complex and nice.

PALATE: Very light thin body and overly airy going down. This one is hard to drink it's so bubbly and airy, reminding me of champagne. Very high levels of carbonation, goes down super airy and definitely give you the burps. No bite and finishes slightly mouth coating at the finish. Not really a fan of this type of mouth-feel. This was a detractor for me, and hurt its drinkability.

OVERALL: Great nose and taste, but the mouth-feel was very difficult for me. If you like thin airy beer, such as Duvel, the you'll love this triple. A couple years may have helped the taste mature, but didn't help the look or mellow out the carbonation. A tasty treat, but not one I'd want to re-visit any time soon. On the other hand, if I can find a fresh bottle sometime in the future, I'll definitely give 'er another go.

Jeffo, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of strangemusic
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was glad to find a bottle of this at my local store, the latest in my ongoing Tripel experimentation.

The beer pours out a rich, clear and bright gold (with some cloudiness if one chooses to later empty the dregs into the glass) with approximately 1.5 finger of bubbly clean white head that settles down to a film fairly quickly. Lots of carbonation is evident in the glass. It looks really nice... not a strange orange or pale yellow, but GOLD.

The aroma is complex and rich with traditional Belgian characteristics, orange, ripe pineapple, caramelized sugars and a dominant note of "farm/horse" which actually works quite nicely. I noticed that the characteristic yeasty tang of many Tripels was not a big player!

The taste is also long on complexity and is even nicer than the aroma. Floral, honey, old orange peel, banana and a lingering gingery taste are evident. It's not as "bright" or citrusy as some other Tripels that I've tried. Just a tiny bit of spiciness. As in the aroma, yeasty flavours are subdued. Really, really nice.

Mouthfeel is velvety-soft, as it should be, enhanced by the refreshingly high amount of carbonation. Not as soft or minerally as Westmalle. This beer is also nicely drinkable, but it really sneaks up on you later. It's almost too easy to go through a bottle...

I really enjoyed this beer, and it offers just about everything I want in a Tripel, feeling like a middle ground between the zing/yeastiness/citrus of La Fin Du Monde and the softness/floral complexity of Westmalle.

strangemusic, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of randawakes
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Sacks restaurant in Anchorage, AK with a nice rack of lamb and other side plates (by the way, best food in Alaska to date that I have tried). $7.50 a bottle, a bit higher than those below who had the opportunity to try this wonder. At this price, and in its little 330 ml bottle, I have to admit I was intrigued.

Poured smoothly into a tulip glass, medium-heavy head, which gentled out after a few long minutes. Goldenly color, no visible sediment.

Smelled of light citrusy fruit - I first marked as an apricot-mango mixture.

Taste - the best aspect of this beer, purely exceptional with vanilla notes hidden in the mainly creamy flavor. I'd like to say there are also very very slight hints of caramel, but mainly this triple tasted of apricot and mango fruits. This triple is unlike other belgians I have had in that it truly hides the strong 8.4%, I could not taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - mild mild carbonation that lets you know it's still a beer, this baby smoothes your buds.

Drink - absolutely perfect, would enjoy this all night if possible.

randawakes, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with terrific clarity and a white head that dissipates to a skim. No lacing, but a bunch of bubbles throughout the pint.

Scent is a bunch of tropical fruit, yeasty bread, and some light leafiness. Extremely surprising and inviting.

Pow -- where to start. big mouthful of tropical fruit -- star fruit, with the light sweetness, and light bitter edge is the best description available. Yeast and light breadiness, a bunch of medicinal herbiness due to the alcohol coming forward, and some very light bitterness. The most kick ass part about this beer is the finish -- a lingering monster. Take a sip and just work your tongue around your mouth for the next few minutes. Just these same, strong flavors continuing on and on. Frigging fantastic.

Some decent body and pretty decent carbonation. Just right for this beer.

Overall, this is very easy to drink. A knockout, and a huge surprise for those who expect a chestnut brown dark fruit bomb from their Belgian tripels. A great surprise and a terrific find for me -- so glad I grabbed a bottle. At $5.80 per, not exactly a 6 pack I'd seek, but this will be a regular treat for me. Drink this now.

OtherShoe2, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Kraken
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 6/18/09

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversized wine goblet. Moderate pour evokes a very Belgian like head. Three fingers of pure rocky white head that diminishes in size fairly quickly but manages to hang around for the duration. Fair amount of lace. Color is a perfect straw with no sediment.

Nose- Light grassy quality to it. Some faint finishing hops provide a astringent quality, faint spice notes.

Palate- Robust, peppery spice. Spice is enhanced by the extremely active carbonation. Creamy with a light notes of caramel, which I might add is surprising given the light color. Slightly sweet. Very nice soft touch of finishing hops. Mild lemon citrus in the finish. No hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Active & lively.

Drinkability- Great could drink this all night or until I fell over.

Kraken, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML into a tulip

P: Brilliant light gold with a healthy white head that is tall, pillowy, and truly majestic-looking as it perches atop the brew. What a thing of beauty! Shows good retention as a thick column of lively carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass to reinforce the crown on top of the Karmeliet's head. Absolutely gorgeous!

A: One whiff of this concoction and I knew that I was in for a real treat! The malt smells like toasted barley husk and sweet oats, while the spices come bursting out of the glass and seem to singe my nose hairs with their sheer power! White pepper and clove are definitely in the house, and they ain't here to play! From the smell of things, they're here to kick ass and take names. Not to be outdone, there is a fruity presence here that should be shown some respect as well. I smell bananas, apples, and peaches...and damn do they smell great! I think the De Dolle Teve packs more sheer strength, but this one is more refined and precise.

T: The only thing better than the smell...the taste! Sweet malts seem to massage the tongue and hypnotize the palate with their smooth, inviting, and downright delicious flavors of toasted barley and oats. It's not quite as explosively fruity as other tripels that I've had, but each flavor expresses itself so clearly to the palate that it's like they're talking to you. Apples, pears, bananas, and peaches seem to be conversating with the pleasure receptors in the brain, each one making its case as to why they should be your favorite. Wrapping all of this up into a beautiful little package are the spices. White pepper and clove strike with a vengeance and do quite the number on the tongue. They dance on your palate like a bunch of crackling pop rocks, sending my tongue into pleasure overload! And of course, a tripel would not be a tripel without the alcohol. It's noticeable, but remains very soft and lends itself to the flavor profile instead of interfering with it. Perfection!

M: Tripel Karmeliet is medium-full with a smooth, clean, crisp feel to it. The gently carbonation softens the blow of what, otherwise, would be too thick of a brew. Once again, it's perfectly done!

Notes: The bottle says that this is a "true 3 grain beer", and I believe it. The sweet, malty deliciousness sets the perfect backdrop for the precise bursts of flavorful fruit, and the explosive nature of the spices. Every sip leaves an aftertaste that makes me lust for another. I'm not sure how this could possible be any better! I've had some really great tripels, but this is an easy call...Tripel Karmeliet is my favorite one of all. As a matter of fact, this is one of my favorite beers, period!

sweetbrew82, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of montecristo2
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green bottle into a chalice.

Appears a glowing golden yellow, almost like Mountain Dew! Great head- a thick pillow at least three fingers thick of big bubbles.

Smell is Belgian farmhouse funk- hay and some sweet fruit- apples or pears maybe?

Tastes great- lots of yeasty character, sweet fruits like juicy apples.

Could definately drink more than one glass of this, and I did!

montecristo2, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of everetends
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 750 ml at Green's off Ponce in Atlanta. Unlike the photo here, mine is out a green bottle instead of the brown. Served up in a snifter. Lets do it.

A: Right off the pour you get a nice golden, honey yellow color hitting the glass. As I examine the body, getting a nice bit of haziness in here. Held to the light, this baby glows, bringing out a more bright and golden color. The pour got me a big two fingers, maybe more, of crisp white head. Head is pretty frothy and thick. Carbonation is vibrant and always feeding this head so retention is nice and long. Lace is on the glass and webbing it up. It has my attention.

S: Getting a really nice champagne, or is that a sweet white wine, type aroma coming out first. May be more like a Riesling, nice and sweet white grape aroma with some tannins coming out. There may be a touch of metallic quality coming out behind this, but its not that bad. Then come some fruitiness coming out with some green apple skin, pear and maybe a touch of peach. The finish of the nose bring some earthy hops and some nice yeast. A nice spring day kind of aroma. Very comforting.

T: The flavor is beautiful. Once again it starts with a very light flavor that resembles a sweet Reisling. Nice and sweet grape flavor that is not overpowering but soothing. The fruit flavors are right there as well with some of that slightly tart green apple, gritty pear and sweet peach. There is a spiciness here that mingles nicely. A nice clove is very well represented and mixes beautifully with a nice touch of sweet honey and a bit of sweet banana (almost a big hefe type quality). Yet again a touch of hops bitterness (oh so light) that has a nice earthiness/grassiness to it. Hay and yeast round it off.

M: Nice medium body that has a nice slickness to it. Big time and crisp carbonation keeps this beer easy drinking and refreshing. This beer is somehow rich but not overbearing to the palate. It just wets the palate and you have no dryness to worry about. ABV is just barely noticable with just a touch of warming glow created once I get to the second glass. Aftertaste is just a touch of that earth along with some of that honey sweetness.

D: You know, this beer just reminds me of summer in Europe. It just seems like something my parents and family would have drank when we had sliced meat and cheeses while socializing with friends in the gardens. It just has that bright and soothing flavor and aroma that reminds me of the beauty of Europe in the summer at dusk. Just so refreshing and comforting, like all is right in the world at this moment. I will keep a few bottles of this beer in the house for these hot summer days in Alabama now. Just beautiful.

M:

everetends, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of berley31
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a fairly large, white head. Dark yellow, hazy body with very good lacing. Very nice aroma - average yeast, with hints of various fruits (definitely some banana in there). On the palate, the body feels medium-full, with a thin-yet-slick texture and lively carbonation and a nice, even finish. Great flavor, lightly acidic and bitter, but with the fruit and yeast present as well, and a good duration after you've finished sipping it. A great tripel that will always remind me of Belgium (it was the first beer I tried there)... very glad it's available in North America.

berley31, Jun 18, 2009
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!

ColoradoBobs, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow gold with a thick white white head. (A little too clear and yellow IMO.) Nose is a lot of grains with a defined sweet tone. Flavor brings the sweet as well in a consistent and smooth delivery. Spices are in there as well as a minor amount of dough. Feel has a pretty vibrant carbonation. Liquid is smooth. A new classic and a must try. Could also be a good gateway beer for those about to dip their toe into the Belgians.

RblWthACoz, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Appearance: Mostly clear yellow-gold with thin head and slight lacing.

Smell: Sugar, vanilla, citrus, Belgian yeast and spice.

Taste: Pretty sweet with lemon, vanilla, orange and slight spice. An overall wheatiness becomes apparent at the end through the aftertaste. Bitterness is very low, and I would have preferred a little more.

Feel: Creamy full body with relatively low carbonation. Not as effervescent as other Tripels I have had, but good nonetheless.

Drinkability: Nice sipper, and the alcohol is not very apparent. While this was very nice, I personally prefer a Tripel with a little more hop bite.

bsp77, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on may 28, 2009.

A: Pours as a very clear yellow color. Head is nicely formed with big bubbles.

S: Average intensity smell of fruits. Some spiciness.

T: Intense taste of banana bread. Nice taste. Very balanced and rich taste.

M: Rich in the mouth. I would guess this is a medium bodied beer.

D: Easy to drink. Could get more than one in a session.

A nice tripel. Great beer and glad I have access on a regular basis to it.

ZorPrime, Jun 08, 2009
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,138 ratings.