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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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2,924 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,924
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 162
Gots: 223 | FT: 4
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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srrn

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ok I uncorked the caged bottle and the cork exploded champagne style and I had a bit of a mess on my hand. The ale smelled wonderful, a bit of spice and Belgian yeast. A conservative pour yielded lots of fluffy foam and an amber fairly clear brew. I found this to be a very clean, spicey, slight banana taste brew with a bit of citrus in the aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable. I prefer the funkier St Bernardus Triple but this will be purchased again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 02:35:21 | More by srrn
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TStandley13

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served chilled n a tulip glass straight from the bottle.

Immediate smells released -
fruity
flowery
gingery

Poured a cloudy light color, highly carbonated.

Lacked head retention and lacing - might have been served at the incorrect temperature.

Taste was excellent. Highly drinkable.

Moutfeel was ok. A little on the carbonated side.

Overall an excellent beer. Will certainly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 20:51:01 | More by TStandley13
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ohitsbrad

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18 November 2005, Best Before Oct 06

Appearance is a little misty (poured the whole bottle in), pale golden yellow colour, white diminishing pillowy head, no lacing. Aroma of sweet spicy fruit (bananas, pears?) and belgian yeast. Flavour is refreshing, spicy, fruity and grainy with a warming finish and a bit of alcohol. Juicy on the palate. Overall rather drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 18:05:50 | More by ohitsbrad
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Jerico

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a hay-colored beer that pours with a thick bushy head. Not much lacing. Unlike many from its style, this ones is only minimally cloudy.

S - doughy and citrusy with a slight hint of farmhouse-style funk.

T/M/D - slightly carbonated, full and chewy with a sweet, sugary finish. Many beers of the style are reminiscent of the taste of Karmeliet, but this remains one of my favorites (especially since it isn't too hard to find). Delicious and well worth a try if you've never enjoyed one!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 01:24:11 | More by Jerico
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superspak

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best by 3/29/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts the entire glass. Decent lacing on the glass; with extremely ample carbonation streaming up and keeping a dense head going. Aromas of big pepper, clove, lemon zest, grass, coriander, biscuit, orange peel, herbs, and yeast spices. Fantastic and well balanced aromas. Taste of big pepper, herbal, lemon zest, clove, biscuit, coriander, orange peel, grass, and yeast spices. Fairly dry finish; but some lingering notes of herbal, citrus peel, biscuit, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Medium high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Fair amount of prickly carbonation initially that dies down in the glass. Very smooth and drinkable for 8.4%; with only a slight alcohol warming on the finish. Overall this is an incredible Tripel, as I was expecting it to be. Fantastic and unique flavors; with great balance, complexity, and smoothness. It has taken me far too long to finally try this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 06:02:02 | More by superspak
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: gold hazy color with great head retention and lace, as well as attractive carbonation
s: smell of honey
t: just the right amount of sweet, fruity taste in this trippel, bit of honey with an excellent alcohol kick that's more felt than tasted
m: very smooth, with moderat to full body and great carbonation
d: this is my standard for trippels with an excellent balance across the board. any time i venture off to try a new trippel & get disappointed i can return to this old reliable

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 10:38:15 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rich Golden Color

Smell: Coriander, Spice, Honey, Almond

Taste: Nutty Malt, Almond flavor, Creamy finish. Not acidic. Slight bitterness but pleasant with the creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied.

Drinkability: The carbonation factor in this one makes it a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 19:21:31 | More by LauraAlberts
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beerking1

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, golden ale with a big, long lasting head. Aromas of fruit, candy sugar and malt, with some mustiness. Comes across spicy and highly carbonated, but with a strong fruity-sweet backbone. Finishes hoppy and sweet. Carbonation slightly strong, but mouthfeel is well attenuated as one would expect from a Belgian brewer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 02:47:23 | More by beerking1
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CRooney5787

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer, when served proper. ( and transported proper) always better out of the bottle.

Poured into a Karmeliet glass, out of a 33cl bottle.

Great head retention, with a more airy, the creamy foam.

Smells extremely floral, I guess it's the perfect balance of the three grains, and a little bit more sugar then most triples. Slightly sweeter.

Taste- I absolutely love this beer, it has a floral, round, and slightly sweet taste. You really need to be in the mood to get tips before you star one of these beers. (there is never just one) at 8.4% they sneak up on you. Basically the same strength as Duvel, but much easier to drink.

Leaves a nice, floral, yet refreshing taste on your palate. Perfect if you're "drinking desert".

Pours a nice golden hue, with constant carbonation.

This is one of my all time favorite beers to get all over Belgium. I don't always visit "craft" beer places while I'm here, my wife and I regularly go out with friends, and. Always stoked to see either westmalle triple, or Karmeliet triple on the menu.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 22:14:56 | More by CRooney5787
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allengarvin

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, poured into a wide-mouthed chalice glass (a chimay glass)

Appearance: Gold color, slightly hazy. Big white head of foam, slow to settle.

Aroma: Highly floral and fruity aroma, suggestive of grapefruit, honey, and persimmon.

Flavor: Malt for the most part disappears under a huge ester bouquet, all the notes present in the aroma and more: peaches, ripe apples, plums, and more. Peppery alcohol, lightly spicy clove, and a floral hop flavor add to the complexity. Sweetness sneaks up a bit at the end, but the finish is mostly dry.

Mouthfeel: Deceptively light body for the strength, common for triples, with a creamy mouthfeel.

One of the tastiest, yummiest abbey beers around.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 16:34:13 | More by allengarvin
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trbergman

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in the proper glass at the Map Room; I think it was a 9oz pour.

A - Golden amber with a finger of bone white head that leaves sticky lace all the way down.

S - Bread, wheat, some pepper, other herbal/spice aromas I can't put my finger on.

T - Light, bready, with a kiss of honey and some white pepper spiciness. A nice wheat-derived twang. Earthy hop flavor, with moderate hop bitterness. Long, balanced finish.

M - Medium body, velvety.

D - A solid tripel, good benchmark for the style and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2009 00:24:28 | More by trbergman
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Bonhoeffer

Alabama

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer. In many ways, it's your typical Belgian Tripel. Yet it seems to be a little more. A little sweeter. A little more interesting. The finish is cleaner and the aftertaste is pleasant. I know "Karmeliet" refers to a Karmelite monastic order or some such, but interesting that i do detect a hint of caramel in there. Or is that pyschosomatic?

I could drink a bunch of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 14:06:26 | More by Bonhoeffer
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminded me why I like Belgian beers so much. Had on tap at Redbones. Color was faded golden, slightly cloudy. A fluffy, creamy white head perched on tap. My notes say "aroma is full of promise." I detected some musty, but still spicey notes, with even a whiff of perfume to top things off. Medium bodied, there is an abundance of fruit, with sweetness, crisp citrus, and then a finish of dusty cinnamon. And so smooth! A very delicious brew to be savored. Highly recommended. pat

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2004 01:03:51 | More by PatandDavid
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corey0212

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a semi-hazed golden color, with an epic soapy/foamy white head, threatens to spill over the top of the glass, fades into a 1/4" layer of foam on the beer, some sticky lacing in the glass, and a constant flurry of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Some apple on the nose, pear, maybe a faint vanilla aroma, and yeast. Explosively fruity flavors, pineapple, some banana, vanilla bean....this is just a beautiful beer. Very active carbonation = very refreshing = big-time drinkability. Where has this beer been hiding my whole life?

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 02:04:00 | More by corey0212
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dizknee24

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork and Cage!

A transparent bubbly highly carbonated beer. 3 finger head though most likely not able to land a quarter on this one.

S strong smell. grainy and small hops. fruitty

T i always taste a sausage sort of taste ( not a bad thing) thats just the way all tripels taste on my palat. I think that taste is like a spicy fruity taste.

M a thin and highly highly carbonated champagne style beer.

O amazing a great tripel. yes there is better but they are few and far between. I am seriously considering serving this for the toast at my wedding in lieu of the fiancee's OK.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 20:44:45 | More by dizknee24
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bohemiandonut

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can tell just from the burst of foam I had to quickly imbibe on opening that this will lean toward the grassier, saison side of Tripels. I'm not complaining.

Hugest head I've ever seen, bone white with the appearance of meringue. The beer is golden and cloudy, carbonation floating gently upward.

Smells like chamomile and lemon with a drop of honey. Underneath that is a tart/sweet apple aroma blending with yellow grapes. Very little sticks out, but it all works.

What hits you before taste on this beer is a nectar-smooth mouthfeel that almost feels like a heavy element is gas form. There is absolutely no harshness to this beer. It starts out tangy and bubbly, only to instantaneously transform its way down the palate. Truly a masterful Belgian ale, having more in common with Saison DuPont than its Tripel brethren.

What's up with this "overall" shit?

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 06:12:32 | More by bohemiandonut
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magictacosinus

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Freshness date is listed as 21/09/13.

Is this a Duvel? It definitely retained the same golden yellow color, excessive carbonation and slight alcohol leggings all around upon an initial pour. And I mean "initial pour," because this thing has so much carbonation that I had to wait a few minutes for the beautifully creamy head to settle down so I could pour most of the remaining liquid in. As expected, it changed into a cloudier beer and looked more like the tripels I know and love.

The smell is utterly amazing! There are wonderful fruity aromas of passion fruit, bananas, kiwi, pears, and other tropical varieties. I seriously haven't seen a scent on a beer this tropical and sweetened, and surely the yeast plays a big part in it. And, hopefully I'm right when I write that there was definitely candy sugar added to this thing. There's also dry hops all around the front, salted caramel. Gets a little too alcoholic when it warms up, which is why there's no perfect 5 here. But, the smell is definitely the highlight of the beer.

Tropical sweetened flavors immediately fly out and grab your tongue in a ridiculous way. The sweetness serves the esters in this case, which is fine by me. The alcohol is more noticeable than in other tripels I've had, which instead warms, rather than burns, the throat. The flavors really are balanced in this beer, but it is definitely an assault rather than a smoothened, well-rounded experience. Feels pretty amazing, though. Smooth, creamy yet with a dry bittered finish, this beer offers everything that I like about drinking beer. The excessive carbonation MAKES this beer what it is, in my view. Its thickness and spiciness reminds me of a liquid form of jalapeño bread. However, I can see how this would be intimidating to some.

Literally a dinner rolled up in a beer. The only tripel I've had that's more ridiculous and fascinating than this is Unibroue's La Fin du Monde. One of the big ones responsible into getting me into more diverse beers. Despite inconsistencies in the recipe, it's still a beer I could order all night without getting tired of it and eventually collapsing on the floor in a drunken euphoria.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 22:19:17 | More by magictacosinus
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/25/2011

A: almost a wheat/saison like scent to this one, yeasty, hint of cloves

Ap: golden-yellow, 1 finger head full of very small bubbles, nice lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, very smooth, refreshing

Af: yeasty, sweet, doesn't linger, slight spice hint

O: quite delicious, definitely not what I expected from this style

Cheers!
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:46:58 | More by THECPJ
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meeekyh

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 75 cl green bottle into a Fin Du Monde glass.

Upon un-caging the cork, while I was trying to dislodge the cage from the cork because it was embedded therein, the cork popped out on its own whereupon beer flowed forth much like champagne. A waste of beer to be sure.

Very heady beer. The color is a nice deep golden-orange and slightly hazy. The head a nice bone. The lacing is fluffy and quite pronounced.

Slight hints of pineapple, anise and butterscotch in the nose along with piny and estery notes cut through the candy sugar.

Taste is heavenly. Grain and hops meld with the sugar and create this wonderful balance. Sweet, tangy, a bit piney and citrus all come through.

The mouth-feel is also great. Mid-full body and high carbonation with a slight dryness and a lingering finish make me want more.

Great drinkability especially for a beer over 8%. Almost as quaffable as a saison and more complex. Awesome beer and one of my new favorites (I have many).

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 04:28:27 | More by meeekyh
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GoNowhere

Arkansas

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a great year round drinker and currently my favorite example of the style.

A: A nice dirty blonde with a big booming head that gives way to intricate lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Interesting mix of banana and citrus from the wheat and a robust musky, sweet malt aroma from the barley and oats.

T: Bubblegum. Citrus. Banana. Bread. Refreshing and filling at the same time. Extraordinarily balanced.

M: Clean and booming with carbonation. It comes on light then settles to a malty, foggy feel.

D: Awesome. A true three row experience. Wheat=Refreshing. Barley=Sweetness. Oats=Sustenance. An easy drinker in any climate, but at 8.5% it can crush you on a whim. Alcohol is very well disguised.

I recommend this over some other better known Belgium Trips... I won't mention any names.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 05:20:03 | More by GoNowhere
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ficknish

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale straw color. Medium haze. Big active bubbles.

S - Bananas. Cloves. Straw sweetness. Spicy hops.

T - Slightly tangy. Bananas. Apples. Lemon/orange. Spicy/floral bitterness. Earthy straw sweetness. Bubble gum.

M - Great bubblyness. Slight tang/tartness. Earthy bitter tongue. Alcohol sits perfectly behind flavors.

O - Such a great tripel. So well balanced. Sweet straw body and fruit flavors balance with the tart and spicy bitterness. Alcohol is present, but sits so well behind the flavors. Bubbly clean finish. Will definitely be drinking again, but I'm going for the 750ml next time.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 00:19:22 | More by ficknish
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured *carefully* into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Hazy, coppery, melted butter color. Four fingers of head. Most ridiculous head retention I've seen in a long time. Puffy clings of lacing. Looks fluffy and very inviting.

I smell banana, coriander, fresh bread, must, and some citric flavors (lemony/orange). A little nutty from the suspended yeast. Mild spiciness, very mellow fruit essences.

Up front spicy bite yields to a fruity soft banana. Very doughy malt with a prick of aged hops. Complexities offered in the forms of clove, bitter walnut, and orange rind. A nice dry finish, punched with an alcoholic bite. Not too strong, sweet, or spicy like many other tripels.

Great drinkability. Higher carbonation doesn't subtract from a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Pretty much semi-dry (slight stickiness on the lips). Incredible construction. A must have.

My favorite tripel. A beer I will always remember, seek out, and turn to.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:54:19 | More by thecheapies
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merlin48

Kentucky

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

11.2 oz bottle, served slightly chilled into my St Bernardus goblet. Pour is a clear, honey gold, with a large, rocky, white head. Thousands of tiny bubbles are in a hurry to reach the surface. Sheets of Brussels lace coat the glass, as the head recedes. Aroma is apricots and mango, some musty yeast, and a restrained spiciness of coriander and vanilla. Mouthfeel is fizzy, with a bite of alcohol. Taste is quite different from other Abbey Tripels, and that's what makes this one so interesting. Tropical fruits and bubblegum seem to prevail all the way through, but the oats and wheat add a totally new dimension to my perception of a Belgian Tripel. The yeast is bready in the taste, and the spice flavors are very subdued. The taste keeps reminding me of apricot flavored oatmeal. The alcohol is noticeable, but warming.
This is incredibly complex, and supremely enjoyable. I will definitely be getting some more bottles of this, as I fear I may have underrated it on my first sampling.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 03:21:42 | More by merlin48
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Osiris9588

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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
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glid02

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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