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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 2712
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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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

10-13-2008 16:40:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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beachian

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 00:38:46 | More by beachian
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WoogityBoogity

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 04:08:45 | More by WoogityBoogity
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 22:10:19 | More by chickenm
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Bugsey

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 15:22:21 | More by Bugsey
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HopBacchus

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 19:20:04 | More by HopBacchus
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seabass87

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 05:08:30 | More by seabass87
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

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

Bit of a gusher but I got almost all of into my Duvel tulip. Looks gorgeous, though a little hazy. Liquid gold with a foamy white head that dissipates to fine lacing.

The aroma is superb. Fruity, malty and very, very yeasty. The flavor is great as well, a little citrusy, just a touch sweet, a little spicy and again lots of yeasty goodness. The finish is a bit short, however.

It's more viscous than I expected but it works wonderfully with the slightly prickly carbonation to provide a smooth creamy experience. Probably my favorite tripel at the moment which is saying quite a lot as it's one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:44:34 | More by mariposafan
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Alodge

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 00:02:25 | More by Alodge
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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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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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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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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
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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