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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 2701
Reviews: 1157
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website
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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orfeu

New Mexico

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle, dated (best before, I presume) 12/07/07. Shimmering gold, very active carbonation, unstoppable rocky eggshell-white head. Lovely Belgian yeast esters: pear/apple wine, citrus zest -- a sweet scent not unlike that of Lemonheads candy. Biting spiciness up front, sour apples, lemon drops, coriander seeds. Huge fluffy mouthfeel. Softens greatly to a smooth, dextrinous finish. Overall, the taste is characterized by a spicy sweetness. Demure Saaz presence peeks through here and there. Yeast pour adds a slight haze and a minimal chalkiness. No alcohol taste at all, but my tongue is numb, so I know it's there. Super drinkability. An incredible tripel, and an utterly beautiful beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 04:19:21 | More by orfeu
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This corked 750ml is Best Before 08/09/07:

A: Clear golden liquid topped with a white head. Good retention, great lace.

S: Fruity esters (apple, pear, pineapple, banana), slight earthy spicyness, a little toffe & bread.

T: Light caramel/toffee, tropical fruit, honey, slight earthy spicyness. Alcohol warmth is very light; hint of acidity; just enough bitterness for balance. Very slight hint of solventy character. There's plenty of pleasant fruity esters, yet the fusil alcohol, phenol & cloves are really well-restrained (extensive cold lagering?). I think that the yeast gets a little out of control (too many by-products) with some tripels. Some might think this is boarding on a Belgian strong pale ale... but I'm loving it!

M: Moderate body is well attenuated, silky & finishes dry; fairly highly carbonated.

D: Exceptional (but it's fairly light on the alcohol for a tripel).

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 01:44:02 | More by Derek
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rudyarmand

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It is a privilege to consume this beverage. It is sold in a beautifully labelled bottle and one anticipates the pouring with lustful anticipation. Maybe some people prefer another trippel, but high marks must be given not only because it is so delicious, but because you can find it available in many places around Atlanta.

I have also enjoyed this beverage in it's magnificent custom created bulb-globe glass. Just Yummy! The Fleur-de-Lis on the glass are so great to see while you are holding it in your hand.

A real classic!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 23:56:38 | More by rudyarmand
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle, best before 15/11/09. sampled at volo on feb 21/08.

pours golden yellow with just a touch of haze, possibly from the pour. a small fluffy white head rises up, falling quick to a ring around the glass. no lace.

aroma is great. light alcohol. clove and a bit of orange peel. cracker malt. light caramel sweetness. bit of grain. green apple. bit of bread. slightly floral. no mistaking it - this is a tripel.

taste is excellent. light alcohol. big bread and cracker malts. pleasantly restrained spice - clove and orange peel again. just the right level without going overboard. a touch floral. medium-low bitterness level. nice caramel sweetness that is nowhere near cloying.

mouthfeel is great. medium-high carbonation level. medium-light body with an excellent dry finish. there's just a hint of sting from the carbonation, but not to an unpleasant level.

drinkability is excellent. perfectly balanced with almost no alcohol in the taste. perfectly restrained spice. this beer is an exemplar for the style and certainly the best tripel i've had the pleasure to try. i will definitely be seeking out more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 14:29:26 | More by grub
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellowish/orange color with a massive frothy off-white head that settles into a lacing that lingers throughout. . Aroma of crisp light fruit, earthy hops and alcohol. Slightly sweet, with a crisp golden flavor to it. Hints of apple, pear, hops and alcohol. Very tasty!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 08:16:55 | More by corby112
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sweetbrew82

California

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 13:38:53 | More by sweetbrew82
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flagmantho

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden yellow with only a touch of haze; lots of apparent effervescence and a huge white head of large bubbles. Appetizing.

Smell: light and airy but with a very delicious and sweet classic tripel aroma. A little pear, a little cherry, a little chalk; magnifique.

Taste: just spectacular. Light, sweet malt with a certain unctuousness which I just love. Flavor tracks with the aroma: pear, cherry, chalk; even a nice bitterness to round out the aroma. This is one extremely tasty tripel; definitely among my favorites.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation to create a deliciously appealing creaminess.

Drinkability: this is just one fantastic beer. Tripels are usually good at hiding their nuclear ABV and Tripel Karmeliet is no exception; throw in the amazing flavor and this is an experience I can't wait to repeat.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 05:38:21 | More by flagmantho
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dbell23

Tennessee

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date on the neck of the bottle. It's past the "best buy" date. Color is a hazy gold with very active carbonation. Nice big head with good retention and lacing. Nice looking beer.

The smell is delightful. Honey, mild spice, phenols,and yeast. Great Belgian Tripel smell.

Taste is all Tripel. Slightly crisp, fruity, phenols, slight spiciness. Maybe a little warming alcohol. Great Tripel taste. From other reviews, I see that it might be a little over the top. I guess that's the way I like my Tripels because I really like this beer. It's certainly in the ball park with la fin du monde.

Mouthfeel is great. Starts out crisp with a smooth finish. Perfect.

Overall a great beer. The fact that it is out of date seems to not be an issue. I will definitely be drinking this one again. If you like Tripels this a must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 21:34:59 | More by dbell23
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Greywulfken

New York

4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: hazy gold with a fat cap of lacey foam - it's one of those beers that foam up and overflow if you don't measure your pour

S: light fruits and soft floral notes

T: clean malt grains give it a strong simple elegrance; nearby: graceful pale fruits and banana gracefully interwoven with honey and floral/herbal accents

M: clean, fresh, soft, creamy, fuzzy

O: wonderful pay-off on an impulse buy - one of the best tasting and feeling tripels - right up there with Westmalle's tripel as two of the finest tripels in the world - I'm going to say that the Karmeliet has a more champagne-like character - perhaps the use of three grains (oat, wheat, and barley) creates the difference.

This one's been revisited a few times since my initial review, and always tastes top-tier.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 20:52:39 | More by Greywulfken
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sharp golden orange with strong effervescence and a beautiful fluffy white head. The lace is fine, smooth, yet sticks to the glass. The aroma is fruity, of bubble gum, hints of spices, fresh and full. The taste is smooth and sweet with a well-balanced dry finish. The MF is smooth and soft with a wonderful transition from sweet to dry.
IMHO: A well balanced triple with no big surprises, and is subtly complex. Karmeliet has a great combination of flavors and smooth transitions.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 14:36:42 | More by SeanChouffe
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 11.2 oz. bottle dated 20/1/07, into a brand new Triple Karmeliet glass (beautiful glass!). Body was a semi-opaque golden yellow with two fingers of head. The etching at the bottom of the glass was an engine for carbonation. A creamy island of foam chugged away for awhile, eventually leaving only a ring.

Smell was yeast, citrus, and grain. Alcohol was present but never overpowering.

Taste was sweet. Mild alcohol, but not distracting. Crisply refreshing aspects (from the wheat?). Very slight hop presence followed the initial sweetness. Belgian yeast complexity filled out the flavors. Faint sweet aftertaste. Rich malts held back the hops. This beer stars three malts, the hops are supporting actors.

Mouthfeel was zesty with a smooth finish (oats?). Medium/full body.

Very drinkable despite the 8% ABV. The alcohol refrained from ever overpowering the aroma or flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 00:58:33 | More by Cresant
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SwiftyMcBeer

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden beer with a lot of carbonation and very nice lacing. A looker if not a stunner. Beer just reeks of bread with some sharper fruity notes as well.
What a great taste and mouthfeel. Really complicated and balanced in the taste. You get fruits and bread with subtle hops undertones.
Very, very good. Really crisp and clear despite the complexity. It's not often you get a beer that has such depth but is also extremely refreshing. You can savor this beauty but you could also knock back a few in short order.
Very nice beer. Look for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 13:31:23 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
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zooalbert

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What can I say? These beer is one of those rare ones that I can genuinely say that it is one of the best I've ever had. As someone prone to darker beers, I found this one to be surprisingly good. The appearance wasn't the common straight piss yellow color, but rather a cloudy, bright yellow. The taste wasn't bitter at all, and I found it quite friendly but different. I would strongly recommend this beer to anyone, and I look forward to the opportunity to try this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 04:37:09 | More by zooalbert
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Element1290

Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this from the local Yankee Spirits in South Attleboro. Went home and opened it immediately. The first experience that I had with it was when I popped the cork off of the bottle, and it exploded down the hall from the kitchen. I figured at that point that it was going to be pretty well carbonated.

I poured this masterpiece into a Chimay chalice. The beer poured a bright, golden hue and brought with it a 3 finger, foamy, white, decadent head.

As the head settled down, I stuck my nose deep into the glass and inhaled deeply. The beer smelled malty and of grain. Also were hints of citrus and fruitiness. It had my mouth watering.

At the first sip, I fell in love. I wanted to marry this beer and have it last forever. It was amazing, like the freshest loaf of bread from the oven. Then as the taste shifted, it moved towards a sweeter taste.

The mouthfeel was amazing. It almost numbed me around my gums and tongue, probably from the carbonation. The mouthfeel was probably my favorite part of the beer.

Overall, an amazing beer. I have no doubts that this should be in the Holy Trinity of Tripels. Must try this if you haven't!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 05:08:27 | More by Element1290
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tripel Karmeliet... I chose to drink out of a snifter at cellar temperature. I like the sort of medieval, rustic-looking label. Heh.

The three-finger head on this beauty doesn't last particularly long, but at first when I was pouring, let me tell you, it was an unstoppable fizzy force. Color-wise, the head is pure white and the beer is a vibrant liquid gold.

The aroma is like a fragrant perfume. It's floral - like, actually VERY similar to flowers, and has a delightful mix of fruity scents interwoven throughout the bouquet (wow, sounding snobbish, here). I definitely get some citrus, but also probably green apples, mango, and maybe even pineapple! And of course, this being a Belgian beer, their is also a bready note underneath everything. An amazing aroma.

Oh my. I wasn't quite prepared for such a flavor. I mean... WOWSA. Tart (but not too tart) apple and citrus fruitiness balanced with an abundance of profoundly sweet (but not too sweet), malty breadiness. It's got a satisfying, lingering finish with the bready taste, accompanied by slightly bitter hoppiness as the fruitiness sort of dries up. Sensational.

The feel is perfection. This is an effervescent ale, but when it hits my tongue and I'm prepared for the bite of high carbonation, it instead just kind of melts in my mouth. Yup. It's not just food that can do that. This tripel does it too. How can a liquid "melt?" I don't know.

A marvelous beer, brewed with authentic, traditional Belgian style. That's what this is.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 05:34:45 | More by Kuaff
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Goalcam

California

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far one of the best beers that is mass produced. I have found variance though from small bottles vs. big bottles, particularly when drinking it in the EU. The fresher it is the more spice and flavor it has. This is a very refined beer. It goes down smooth with no weird tastes. You can never go wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:02:04 | More by Goalcam
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml (1 Pt 9.4 fl.oz) green flask like Belgium bottle with a dimpled base. It has a rustic scene painted in pastel yellow, white and brown, on the obverse with a descriptive screen printed text on the reverse. Dark green colored wire cage & cap do their job well, for once twisted; the thumbed cork removed itself with the cage!! Listed as 8.0% ABV on the reverse.

Appearance: Fantasmically gorgeous Tripel presentation that could be a definitive datum for the style. Completely lucid, with only streamers punctuating the sheer silky golden body that hangs underneath a humungous sized white head when slowly poured. Immense over-the-top carbonation but somehow it has excellent conditioning. The sheer size of the head is immense, and explains the impressive size of the Tripel Karmeliet glass, which I would so dearly love to have tonight to contain this effervescent brew and its goliath kopf. Fantastic sheets of creamy sticky lacing adhere to the inside of my Goblet whilst the head remains a smooth creamy covering that lasts for eternity. Simply no argument here, this is a “Perfect-5” Hands Down.

Nose: Tripel-tastic aromas punctuate the nasal passageways. Lots of farmyard wheat rolling around in a very fruity nose that has a fleshy contribution from orange colored fruits; like peaches, apricots and Satsuma’s, whilst it retains a sharpness that comes from a freshly squeezed lemon juice & recently peeled lemon zest. All this is punctuated with spicy hops and a vivacious Schweppes bitter lemon soda.

Taste: As impressive as the nose is, the tastes are even better. A high speed chase through the qualities of the aromas results in a profile that is simple yet incredibly complex. Spicy hops and a lemon-bitter finish really add quality to this one. Very easy to appreciate yet incredibly difficult to dissect and understand. This is by far way in excess of the sum of its components. Astringent ending.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, yet with a revitalizing punctuating vitality from the oats, smooth but rough. Fine carbonation mixes with the oats and yeast to present a very impressive mouthfeel indeed that always remains talcum soft. How do they do that??

Drinkability: Holy Shite!! This is most certainly a Session Tripel, but at 8.00% you better have a place to stay for the night. A powerful, yet easily imbibed, monster. Bloody drinkable.

Overall: Wow, I cannot believe that I passed this one over in the beer store for the last few times I have seen it because I wanted something “new” instead. My Bad!

Awesome Appearance…
Narcotic Nose…
Tantalizing Tastes…
Moreish Mouthfeel…
Deceptively Drinkability…

**Highly Recommended**

By far one of the best Belgium Tripels that I have had to date, I’m so pissed that I do not have the proper Glass for this one, I will surely go to Hell. At $7.99 for 750ml, this is a true Bargain, all the above and you get to keep the cool bottle!

Absolutely Superb, a definitive Belgium Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 05:13:13 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Cfahooligan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is now my favorite beer. It's so light and refreshing yet strong enough to kick your butt. I like to drink a bit colder at first because I like to watch this beer bloom in my hands. It's nice colder and then as it warms up it brings out gorgeous flavours. It becomes so brilliant after warming up with a full bouquet of spices. Though not overly spiced. Just a fantastic beer. I describe this like I describe fine chocolate, there is some that you give to your friends and there is some you give to the ones you really love. This is a beer to be had with someone worthy!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 15:24:19 | More by Cfahooligan
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Andreji

Colombia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd held this one for a while after finding it finally in america. 75cl, corked bottle kept haunting me until i drank it. boy was i glad....

The pour was brilliant. a diffuse orange with a darker hue, sitting at the bottom some yeast debris leftovers which I love. yet, the most impressive part was the head. at first, quite seemingly average although stirs up intenseley as you finish the pour. the carbonation is so intense that it overflows the glass (served in a duvel tulip), in an irregular, rocky fashion that persists for quite a while. you can also see some bits tearing off from the bottom to mix with the beer itself. more yeast, maybe?

The smell is absolutely complex. I cannot find a proper way to determine it, at first pepper-ey and with a pungent alcohol feel. then fruitier in a very sweet and pleasant way, never undermining how spicy it is. just a bit astringent at the end but combines properly with this fresh fruit feel.

The taste is just great. this is how I like my tripels. bitter at the beginning, bringing in some fine spice feel. the it becomes dominated by a mild, stable sweetness provided by this apricot-mango taste that is hard to define but is just so sweet...! the alcohol swiftly invades the mouth to overturn this momentaneous relaxation and reenhances the connection betweenmouth and nose, ascending sharply, in a liquor sort of way. it's not hidden, it just veils the back of the mouth while the very moderate bitterness is felt across the sides of the tongue further diminishing the prevalence of sweet.

The mouthfeel is also very nice. despite the over-foaming I experienced, the carbonation within was still enough to properly balance the strongly defined flavors of the beer. the efects of the alcohol are also downed here, making this unhidden phenomenon seem just as important- and pleasant- to the beer as any other flavour therein.

I dunno if it was not having breakfast- or sleeping only 3 hrs today- that made this 75cl give me the buzz, but it's just what I needed right now....flavour included. this was a marvellous acquisition and it should soon be back on the top 50, for god's sake.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 18:31:12 | More by Andreji
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer at Tria in Philadelphia.

Beautiful gold color. Reminds me of honey. Aroma is intense and nice. Hard to describe.

Taste reminds me of honey. Again, like a mead. Like the sweetness was fermented out. Brett mixed in. The two components mesh incredibly well.

Food note: I had some Humboldt Fog cheese with honey with this beer. Quite good together. The honey tastes hook into each other, but the sweetness in the honey provides a contrast in those two "honey" tastes as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 23:54:09 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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roblowther

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml corked and caged into a duvel glass. Beautiful golden color with a creamy head. The smell is pure sex. Peaches, apricots, floral hops, the taste doesn't disappoint. All the fruit. It gives way to a malt finish that gives it a nice finishing kick. The hops aren't there. Simple but divine. The mothfeel is a great balance of tingly carbonation and silk. The drinkability is fantastic. The alcohol is no more than a warm finish and the end of the bottle is coming way too soon. Mmmm...

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 23:39:56 | More by roblowther
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I knew this was going to be a special quaf when I saw my first glass poured into a frothy amber color with a big head that you have to resign yourself to make a mustache unless you want to wait. The smell of, toffee and light fruits are immediately apparent and for a hot August day, it was the perfect matech.

Taste- deceptively sweet. Higher alcohol content on the 2nd wave of taste.

Mouthfeel-smooth as melted caramel

Drinkability-Unless you knew you were drinking, difficult to tell as it slides down the throat.

I hope it's served more often.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2007 17:30:11 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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stumac

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I stole this beer from you mother.

A - bright, vibrant, golden color. sexy, white half-inch head with hot ass lace sticking to my glass.

S - light citrus, very apparent bananas. long, hard bananas. spices, coriander.

T - same as the smell and oh so damn tastey.

M - smooth as hot butter. medium bodied, mild carbonation

D - this is very easy drinkin. drink it on a train in the rain, on a boat with a goat. yes stu i am, i love this green egg and ham.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 03:20:31 | More by stumac
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sccala

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served out of a brown glass bottle with a lable showing both the English, and Flemish description on it. Poured into a wide mouthed tulip glass.

A- cloudy, golden straw color. 3-4 finger head. Head is nice and fluffy like a cloud. Usually a head like this will deliver good retention and good lacing, but the retention was "ok" and the lacing was minimal...minor details for such a superior beer though.

S- Fruity, definitely strong spicy aromas...cloves being the most easily recognizable. Also some anise and other spices in there.

T- Cloves! Smooth going down.

M- Fills your mouth with an array of earthy flavors...from anise, to cloves, oats, hops. It has good texture. If you close your teeth with the beer in your mouth, you can almost "bite" the beer.

D- This as of yet (September 17, 2008) is the best beer I have ever drank. If you like tripels, and you like belgian ales, you will find it unbeatable.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 02:37:54 | More by sccala
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/9/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a large tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spice, light malts, Belgian yeast, fruit, bubble gum and a little hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of spices, banana, apples and Belgian yeast up front. There's a mild but complimentary hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down real easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent higher-gravity and flavorful Belgian to drink for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

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