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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,241
Hads: 3,730
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001

3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.
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Photo of zooalbert
4.75/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of hyuga
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After I loosened the wire cage around the cork on this 750ml bottle of this beer it shot away with a loud "pop," the carbonation pushing out some of the beer with it. Luckily, not too much escaped. This is a beautiful beer. I wish I had the glass designed for this beer so it would be displayed as it was meant to be displayed, especially since the glass for this beer is equally beautiful. Since I don't, I picked something close enough from my collection for smelling and tasting purposes and gave it a go. A huge rocky head forms very quickly on this beer, so a gentle pour is required. Below this massive white fluffy cloud of bubbles is an orangish straw-colored brew. Big splotches of lace are left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is full of complexities, including wheaty and oatmeal characteristics, yeast spiciness, vanilla, orange frosting, and what i'd describe as a tea bag aroma with some hints of medicinal herb. Very creamy on the palate with a good amount of carbonation. Complex flavors meet every taste bud in a different way. A sweetness from the combined barley, wheat, and oats is the main characteristic of this brew. It has complexity in itself from these 3 grains used in the brewing of this elixir. Orange-like yeast spiciness compliments the sweetness perfectly along with a medicinal character and a tinge of vanilla and bubble gum. This certainly is an amazing beer. One of the best tripels I've tasted, and certainly the most unique. Very well-balanced and great in every aspect.

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Photo of Cresant
4.75/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.75/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.75/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Element1290
4.75/5  rDev +12%
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!

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Photo of Hunter
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before date on bottle 13/07/06.

Beer pours a golden hazy yellow with a vigorous head of soft white foam as thick as whipped cream. Typically long-lasting like so many tripels. This is my favorite style of beer so my lips are smacking already. Substantial carbonation, beautiful lacing effects.

Aromas of candi sugar, light malt and complex spiced citrus in the nose. Some hint of the alcohol but subtle. Lemongrass, hay, and sweet banana esters round out the aroma. Very fresh, very nice.

Scouring effects immediately on the tongue upon tasting. Strong notes of alcohol follow. After allowing the beer to warm a bit, the alcohol heat sadly becomes more prominent, detracting from the score a bit. Aftertastes of lemon and a lovely warming effect down to one's toes. Mouthfeel is light and bracing.

This one's a keeper, and Belgium has once again secured a top spot on my list. Seek it out, this is good stuff.

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Photo of chickenm
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Clear copper color with a huge long-lasting white head. Sweet aroma of yeast and fruits. Complex malt flavors with more yeast, citrus, and spices. Sweeter than most tripels, but not too sweet. Alchohol isn't noticible at all. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Well balanced and very drinkable, this is one of my all-time favorites!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-hazy gold color with a large white head that did not go away and left a large lace
S-spicy pepper, wheat and some lemon
T-Banana with spice and a hint of pepper and lemon, that goes to a spicy lemon aftertaste with a warming as the glass warmed
M- creamy and high carbonation that seems to be light body but once the creamyness goes down maybe medium body
O-Very complex with lots going on at the same time. Everytime I took a sip I had to add a note.

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Photo of stumac
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Cfahooligan
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of Bugsey
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully drinkable tripel, without being too cloying or syrupy.

Tastes of spicy, peppery fruit (pear or apple) with cloves and herbs.

Wonderful mouth feel. Very refeshing and clean. Carbonation is well balanced (not too heavy like Duvel).

Smooth, mellow, very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of beachian
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12/26/2008 @ The Bier Garden

Absolutely awesome. I had this as a recommendation from a friend who described it as an "easy" Belgian. Saw it was on draught at dinner last night so I ordered it. It was served in a snifter and had a beautiful golden appearance. There was a generous amount of lacing on this one that slowly subsided. The smell was a great balance of fruits and sweetness. Upon drinking, mouthfeel was lots of carbonation but went down smooth. Despite the 8% alcohol content, I noticed no taste of alcohol but started to feel it rather quickly. Great beer!

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Photo of seabass87
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 FL OZ bottle into oversized tulip glass.

A- Light gold colored with a hazy unfiltered cloudiness. The body reminds of a witbier, but the fast carbonation reminds me of a pale. Yields an initially massive 2-3 fizzy white head that dies very fast, leaving little behind.

S- Classic tripel scent... The dominant notes are wheat... bright fruit esters in the form of pears, apples, white grapes... Lemon rind... A healthy earthy spice in the form of white pepper, clove, coriander... Borderline floral. A mild malt sweetness lingers in the background, as well as slight medicinal phenols and a well disguised alcohol. Very nice.

T- Sweet pears followed quickly by earthy spices, which give us a pleasant bite. Transition is exceptionally smooth and brings out the slightly bitter aspects of the fruits involved... White grape and lemon peel... Then we are given another nice kick that brings the spices back to the foreground, and a swirling effect of the fruit flavors... Heavenly aftertaste that brings all of the above mentioned together with a slight metallic twang and indiscreet alcohol warmth... Incredibly impressive how this beer transitions and finishes.

M- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation... This is perfect for this beer and really helps emphasize the flavors. This is the perfect body for the style.

O- Quite possibly my favorite tripel. It hints at elements of some other Belgian styles I enjoy: it has the softness and understated sweetness I usually attribute to a witbier, as well as the good bitter aspects I except from a quality strong pale... Amazing all around, I am coming back to this in the immediate future.

Note: For some reason, I'm finding the large bottles to have a more effervescent body and lighter taste profile. Unsure of what might be causing this difference.

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Photo of Uglylilpup
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites--strong and refreshing at the same time. Lots going on--sweet, sour, sparkle. A bit of a knee-wobbler when you get up from the table--have plenty of Belgian frites and mayo with it!

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Photo of Alodge
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Blond style with relatively clear but slightly foggy countenance.

S: Sweet smelling oats, almost fruity.

T: Powerful barley taste mixed with wheat, oats are harder to detect than on the smell for some reason.

M: Amazing mouthfeel that is very pleasant to role over the tongue. A goot mix of the predominant ingredients: wheat, oat, and barley.

Overall a truly astounding beer. I have tasted a few Belgen beers before but this surmounts them all by far.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Light yellow body with slight haze. Thick white head of foam with lots of carbonation.

S - Very complex spicy phenols. Moderate fruity esters including banana, clove, and lemon. Light malt character. No hop presence detected.

T - Spicy, fruity characters at first. Low to moderate phenols, definitely peppery. Some lemon citrus esters present. Ending bitterness is mild, with welcomed presence of yeasty grain character.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel. High levels of co2 create welcomed bubbles across your tongue. Very light warming from ABV, but almost unnoticable.

D - Very smooth, refreshing Tripel. Complex palate of esters will keep interest levels.


Wow! I was not expecting this beer to be this exceptional. I'll definitely be back for more.

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Photo of Beerstorian
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Crisp nose with caramel, cloves, and floral notes

Appearance: Golden color, full creamy head.

Taste: Light, clove-y, floral, esters. Slightly fruity

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, champagne-like carbonation. Sharp finish.

Overall, an excellent beer. One of my favorites.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Light hazy golden yellow body that pours with a 3 finger creamy white head. Head slowly fades to 1/2 finger. Decent head retention. In the end a thick collar is all that remains of the beautiful head. Plenty of lacing left behind in the glass. Body is translucent with a nice haziness all around and tiny bubbles constantly rising to the top.

S- Sweet, Spicy, and Bready. Lots of spicy yeast with a dry, fruity balance of pears, apples, and citrus.

T- Citrus, pears, and apples upfront with a bready/spicy yeast background. A slight sweetness emerges with the initial taste. The finish adds a touch of hop flavor to compliment the dry fruitiness. What lingers is a big spicy and sweet bready yeast taste along with a hint of alcohol bitterness.

M- Light carbonation and light body. Very smooth and creamy from the yeast.

D- This is a wonderful Tripel. At 8% ABV it has a slightly lower alcohol content then most. ABV is also very well hidden here which makes it all the more drinkable. Aside from that this brew is light, crisp, complex, and very tasty. Something that I will definitely pick up again

I used this beer as the toasting champagne at my wedding!

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Murky amber color, like apple juice. Thick 1 inch head that disappears quickly. Tiny bubbles.

S - Citrus, sourness, malt, and apples.

T - Wheat, citrus, with a sweet finish. Not really bitter.

M - Very thick, not much burn.

O - Citrusy sweet without the bitterness or burn. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My goodness what a brew

Pours a murky orange gold with a giant fluffy white head, leaves impressive lacing, the head begins to settle, when it reaches about 1cm it stays there for the duration

Fresh malts up front with honey, cloves, cardimon, cardimon, pear and orange peel

The taste follows the nose with a faint spirity taste and some belgian pepper there is also almost a buttery flavor aswell, fantastic

Crisp and surprisingly creamy for the style

This is an absolutely exceptional beer, the best tripel I have ever had bar none

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Photo of terrapinchris
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just drank this last night in celebration of my new job, and I decided to take some notes.

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Much more pale than I was expecting, the color was a cloudy blonde, with yeast particles still settling from the bottle conditioning. The three-finger head quickly settled to a clingy lace.

The smell of this beer is reason enough to drink it. A rush of fruits, including apricot, lemon, and what almost seemed like strawberry, are most prominent. A buttery scent accompanies it, the product of whatever yeast is being used in this bottle. All the adjectives in the world won't do any justice to the aromas of this brew, so I'll stop trying and get on to the taste.

Like the nose, the taste is first rate, a rarity in that it is both complex and satisfying. There was very little carbonation in my bottle, which left plenty of room for the flavors to breathe. The alcohol is hidden beneath a buttery oakiness that is most reminiscent of a chardonnay. The bottle says that oats were used in the brewing, and they help to keep the honey-like sweetness just subdued enough to not be cloying. The beer finishes with a gentle wash of lemon-pepper and spiciness. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes somewhat more present, but not distractingly so.

The buttery notes from the nose and flavor also lend themselves to the texture of this beer, smoothing out any edges. It's very full, without being too syrupy or heavy, which would ruin a beer of this style.

Simply put, I spent about two hours on my one bottle, not because it was difficult to drink, but to savor it. Again, this is one of the beautifully balanced beers I've tasted. It's rich and complex, and had there been more, I'm not sure I could have prevented myself from drinking it.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.