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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

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

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001)
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Photo of jeranbrews


4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - honey orange with paper white foamy head.

S - a bit tame. I was afraid this was going to be a generic lager and was pleasantly surprised.

T - smooth not overly sweet or bitter. Great aftertaste.

M - smooth no burn no fusil.

D - great anytime beer. Like a beer-champagne with a hint of pancake.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 00:53:15 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of damndirtyape


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a Karmeliet tulip. Best before 28 09 2014. Date stamp: 3.17 13:17

Appearance: Slightly cloudy/hazy golden yellow with a very thick (1/2") white rocky head. Persistent thick chunks and strands of lacing. Torrents of carbonation coming up through the glass when held up to the light. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Herbal, hint of cherries and grapes, some yeast with clove and banana notes. Every now and then a strong hint of noble hops with a burp.

Taste: Very smooth. Light bitterness up front, then a bready middle. Noble hops at the finish tempered with some sweetness. Some fruity esters scattered throughout with an occasional hint of cherry.

Mouthfeel: Very different mouthfeel at the beginning and end of the glass. When first poured, the carbonation is quite strong - approaching fizzy. As the carbonation dies down a bit an the beer warms up, it gets slick and chewy (coming from the oats I presume) an the carbonation becomes more airy and there is a tiny bit of stickiness.

Overall / Drinkability: I can see why this beer is ranked so high. It's very well done from start to finish. Great to look at, equally great to smell and taste. Dangerously drinkable as after finishing 1 bottle I didn't hesitate to get a 2nd. Went well with dinner (Sweet and Spicy chicken and brown rice) and the 2nd bottle was a great dessert.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:05:16 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden yellow with a huge long lasting white creamy he’d on the pour into a chalice. Aroma and Taste of Belgian yeast, bread, a nice ripe fruity bouquet, with some nice citrus mildly spicy fruity hops. A medium bodied ale, crisp with lively carbonation and sweet dry spicy hops on the palate. Finish is sweet biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, bread, citrus apple fruity notes with some flavorful spicy fruity hops bitterness for balance. Overall a excellent, flavorful and enjoyable ale. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 19:09:15 | More by Samp01
Photo of doktorhops


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet has possibly one of the coolest labels ever. It reminded me of the artwork in a Wes Anderson film - drawn carefully by a kid with an amazing amount of detail. Brewed from an original 1679 recipe with the following three grains; wheat, barley and oats. Well judging by how highly regarded this brew is those 17th century Belgian brewers were on the right track.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Cloudy golden body with a firm centimetre white head. All cloudy beers are good (this is an indisputable fact) so that's an extra point there.

S: Candied lemon, pear and honey with a hint of herbal hops faint in the background. No surprise that the main aroma is almost entirely composed of sweet characters as this is a Tripel, an 8.4% ABV Tripel to be precise.

T: As with all Tripels I let it warm to almost room temperature (which is a chilly 15 degrees celsius... chilly for Queensland at least). Some bold fruit esters upfront: pear, lemon, orange, with a big candi sugar hit throughout and a slight herbal hop bitter twang at the end. A metallic after-taste leaves a sour note for an otherwise excellent Tripel.

M: Dense bodied and creamy as a good Tripel should be.

D: World class except for that metallic note in the after-taste. There is a full on sugar hit, as is expected in Tripel, however the fruit esters make a good combination and the medicinal/herbal hops at the finish isn't as overpowering as I've noticed in other Tripels. Overall I am suitably impressed and will certainly try it again to see if the metallic is just due to a single batch being that way or if it is systemic of the brew.

Food match: Tripels are a dessert or cheese beer, take your pick.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 10:10:11 | More by doktorhops
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New York

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent bright light gold with tons of effervescence and two full fingers of pure white head. The foam takes a bit to settle,leaving a big rocky layer of bubbles all across the beer.

S: The nose is gains, spice, unripe bananas, and mild (but stinging) lemon citrus. It smells good. More like a saison than a triple.

T: It starts out dry and chalky with grains, spice, and mild bubblegum. As it moves towards the middle I get that lemon citrus bite along with clove and coriander. As it moves to the back end, I get light malt and unripe bananas. Not too much alcohol. It's just right.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's dry to start with the beer coating the palate. The flavors mingle well when the beer is there. In the finish it's sticky and cloying. The spices tend to linger long after the beer is gone.

O: This is a solid brew. It doesn't strike me as a super traditional triple, as the flavors remind me more of a saison, but this is a delicious treat on a hot summer day. I like it. I'd drink this again if I was in the mood for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 20:13:16 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian brew is a very gassy and very smooth drink with a hint of fruit. Tasty brew to say the least! Light blonde appearance with a fluffy head, could sip, gulp, or chug this one! There is essentially no bite and leaves you wanting another. This beer is a definite must!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 11:54:07 | More by GuicYHops
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: gorgeous golden color purging a perfect white and frothy head about 3 fingers deep.
Smell: nice and pleasant sweet and banana with some yeast. Not as hugely bright as other triples I have had.
T: classic tripel with a range of flavors coming in waves. Bitter ...sweet...banana...yeast. Not as overpowering as other triples I have had.
Mouthfeel: bubbly and light. Very pleasant
Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Had never heard reviews or tasted before. I was really surprised by how much I liked drinking it all the way to the end. For me, normally a tripel is a bit of a challenge as it overpowers me by the end of the beer. This one tasted great all the way through. Would buy again and recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 16:21:52 | More by Dcunicelli
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Quebec (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dandelion yellow with a pristine white head that pours about an inch thick before settling down to a thin covering. Good retention; superb lacing.

Hay, Lemon, and summer days. Towards the end it gets a bit spicier with some pepper and yeast odors.

Rich, big flavor. Touches of citrus and earthy grass tones. Kind of tastes like a "unit" to me. The wheat mellows it so nice that it becomes well-balanced enough to make individual flavors less obvious. Good hoppy hook at the end pulls you out of these delusions.

Good carbonation, round and the tiniest bit sticky. Nice mouth-coating flavor that lasts (got to be too much at the end of the bottle). Both lighter-tasting and heavier feeling than I expected.

Good Tripel. Definitely different than other Tripels, but worth trying. It had a superb head and was good tasting to me on the whole. Towards the end it got a little too sticky for my taste (but honestly that is something I don't like about most tripels). Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 22:48:29 | More by TheDoctor
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3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy; peach colored; small head that dissipates quickly with no lacing

Aroma: Sour; citrus notes; peppery; bananas; vanilla

Taste: Creamy; tart; peppery; very good

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:03:35 | More by IchLiebeBier
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow with fizzy white head, slightly hazy

Aroma: banana and clove, floral and spicy hops, soft pale male aroma

Taste: malt heaviness with palate coating flavor, banana and clove yeast flavors on finish, slight spicy hop bitterness of finish as well, non-detectable high alcoholic flavor

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, leaves mouth tingling after gulp, full body, soft malt character with heavy malt mouthfeel

Overall impression: A good example of a finely crafted Belgian Tripel, exhibiting notes of clove and banana with soft pale malt character and heavy malt mouthfeel. Crisp, cleansing carbonation revives palate for next gulp.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 21:49:57 | More by dwren89
Photo of RaphaelSC


4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow, with a great white head and good retention.

S:A mild fruity and honey sweet smell.

T: Fruity and alcoholic taste, not too bitterness, but a little spicy because the alcohol, i felty some wheat too.

M: Refreshing and spicy because its high carbonation with a warmth end because the alcohol.

O: A great beer, but cannot stand when compared with trappists Tripel, its medium body and fruity flavor resemble the trappists, but it lacks its cousins bitterness and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:58:40 | More by RaphaelSC
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a nice sweet and beautifully flowing triple.

Presentation: 75 cl green corked and caged bottle. Retro font framing the illustration of a grain harvest. Back narrative offers a small description, awards and history. Shows 8.4% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy gold pour, towering frothy head, good retention, rich surface memory with rich lacing. Atta looker...

S - Sweet and lightly spicy nose… honey, citrus and pepper…

T - Rich fruity sense, citric, lightly tropical… sugar and spice… peppery really and softly woven in a nice way with the hops and a faint herbal touch.

M - Medium body, high prickly carbonation, nice punctuation of the spices with a soft alcoholic touch and a nice lingering sense.

O - Tremendous flow… And if one is into it, it sure is quite remarkable. Deceptively drinkable.

Notes: Why did it take me so long to try this brew? Recommended over and over again. Being typically not too keen on a good part of triples I overlooked it until now. Well, glad to fix that mistake. Fruity and dry, this flows great and is a nice crowd pleaser. I'm sure revisiting and sharing...

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 18:47:33 | More by Daniellobo
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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: tangerines and herbs: the green kind

Taste: a champagne-like body with herbs, sweet citrus (probably tangerines), limes, hops, honey notes, and hints of malt

This was the first REAL beer I've ever had, so I may be slightly sentimental over the whole thing. With that being said, this beer is fantastic! What I love most about it is how different the flavors are from each bottle; age indeed does make this beer universally great, however.

Pair this beer honey smoked salmon over a rice pilaf, or get a smoked spicy sausage with sauerkraut, caramelized onions, and smoked peppers for some contrast

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 09:35:28 | More by Blindpigbiz
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: This beet poured a huge puffy white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with some haziness, but plenty of tiny little bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, apples, pears, a little booze, Belgian candy, bready malts. Smells good.

Taste: apples, pears, vanilla, mild hop bitterness, bready malts, Belgian candy

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to high carbonation, highs little dry, medium carbonation, and a nice sipper.

Overall: A standard tripel that everybody should enjoy at one point in a person's life. Enjoyed in the past and will be enjoying more in the future too.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 00:58:35 | More by Flounder57
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – Upon pouring, the brew was a golden yellow color with a one finger pure white head and lots of carbonation seen streaming through the brew. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was of a grainy and lightly biscuit nature with some hints of yeast and orange peel. There are aromas of some candied sugar as well a little bit of spice and an herbal/haylike smell mixed within.

Taste- The taste begins with a nice Belgian malt flavor and flavors of biscuit. Even though it is moderately dry upfront there are some hints of some orange sweetness with other sweeter candied sugar tastes. The orange dwindles more toward the middle as a lemon citrus taste takes it place. Yeast flavors come to the tongue at this time and bring with them some floral hop as well as some spice of clove and coriander. These flavors take the taste to its end, where the candied sugar then largely leaves the taste, with a bit of a herbal taste taking its place, to leave a clean and crisp malty and dry fruit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is high with tons of tiny champagne like bubbles. The thinner body and higher carbonation are fantastic for the drier and fruity flavors of the brew and make for a truly fanatic feel and great drinkability.

Overall – Quite easy drinking and enjoyable. This is a very nice triple and renowned for a good reason.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 00:48:34 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth


4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz single, $4.50. Poured into a tulip.

A: Quite light for the style with a meringue-like, very large, very white head. Can't ask for too much more in this dept.

S: Lightly floral. Cotton candy. Yeast. Bread. A whiff of vanilla and a touch of booze. There's a lot to be found in here.

T: Delicious and rich. A touch boozy. Pilsnerlike breadiness on the back end adds a nice rustic quality. Very little sweetness.

M: Decadently creamy. Dry. Beautifully carbonated.

O: Not as thrilling as Westmalle, but this is my #2 for the triple style. Pretty flawless and appropriate most any time.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 14:26:59 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Top Hops recently, having never had this beer before or knowing nothing about it. I had no idea that this was a Tripel until I signed on here, because of how light the hue was and how much this reminded me of a Belgian Wit, even if it was stronger than what I was used to. This beer was amazing on so many levels and a pleasure to drink, even with the alcohol being quite high.

I can't say that I've ever seen anything with a pour quite like this, as the head filled up 2/3 of my pint glass long before I emptied all of the contents of the bottle out. The beer itself was a nice golden straw with lots of swirls in it and the head almost seemed like a solid, it lasted so long! Once it settled, a good amount of what was left remained on the sides of the glass as soapy lacing. The aroma could have been a bit stronger but that was the only drawback to this. Lots of grass, straw, wheat, grass, and dark fruit beautifully combined in the taste, with none of them dominating too heavily over any of the other notes. The carbonation was quite high, which was a plus since it scrubbed the drier flavors away and left just the plum and fig to linger a bit with some sourness that softly grew sip by sip.

Yes, this was strong but it never felt it. While I couldn't get down this quickly, I never wanted to because I never had anything quite like this before. The way this beer faded from a Wit to a Tripel during each sip was a wonder to behold as the candy sugar quietly made its presence felt. It's not often that a beer this bold sneaks up on you but this one fit the bill and for any Belgian beer lover, this is certainly a must-try. It's a shame I can't find this in a larger size!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 09:00:22 | More by JerzDevl2000
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Bosteels - Tripel Karmeliet - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

First off, holy carbonation! My buddy was unscrewing the cork holder and as soon as he had it unscrewed the cork blasted off, hit the ceiling, then bounced and hit the window. Thought that was funny and wanted to share, be careful lol!

Look - Pours like a a fizzy golden champagne with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing, definite heavy carbonation. Tripel/Saison-style in the carbonation.

Smell - Aroma is deep yeasty bready sour belgian-style. Simple in style but complex in general. Spices and mouth-watering profile.

Taste - Tons of fruits. Bananas and green grapes in the first sip. Sweet but smooth. Second sip yields tinny sour fruit notes, but still sweet, thinking pears. Light floral hops throughout.

Mouthfeel - Rests quite sweet pears, sour is hidden a bit. Spices give mild lip burn as you drink this. Gets deeper flavors as it warms. Slightly boozy but non-determinate, does not dominate.

Overall - A little light and lacking sour, more towards sweet but a solid brew nonetheless. Good tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 13:50:48 | More by JMScowcroft
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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields a slightly hazy light golden color with a 3 inch ivory head that billows over the top of the glass like a snowcap. The head lingers indefinitely, while endless bubbles rise from the bottom of the tulip.

Grain, belgian yeast, lemon, pear, and confectioners sugar form the initial aroma. Musty, earthy notes emerge, along with floral hop character.

There's a bit of graininess in the flavor, as well. Lemon, pear, clove, and cardamom underlie lightly bready malt and wheat, becoming slightly peppery at the finish. Floral underpinnings add depth and complexity. That subtle character is the saving grace for this beer. Honeysuckle and tones reminiscent of hibiscus are a welcome addition.

Body us a touch watery, with fairly high carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Malt character is slightly lacking, and the dominant flavors are somewhat banal, but when the floral notes surface, this beer shines. A little on the hot side.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:11:19 | More by barczar
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4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From big corked bottle dated 21/03/12. Poured in a medium Duvel glass.
Big pop of cork and slight gush.
Pours a gold yellow with big active head.
Aroma of candy sugar, malts, citrus spritz.
Moderate carbonation and modest mouthfeel.
Flavors of malts, grassy hops, lemon & lime, candy sugar, fresh bread, light spice. Overall one of my favorite Belgian brews...refreshing, full body with nice malt sweetness, some complexity but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 04:12:40 | More by DenverLogan
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4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a straw body with a lively head that fades to a persistent fizz. Lacing is short-lived but vibrant.
Wonderful aromas of yeast and a surprising amount of spice. Gets fruitier as it warms.
Carbonation starts high for my taste but gets lower and very smooth given time.
Tripel isn't a style I'm generally fond of, but I'll be getting some more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 23:33:07 | More by RichardMNixon
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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- My goodness this was great to watch. A head like no other formed with very tight retention and by it being bottle conditioned, just kept forming and holding. Never witnessed a head form that perfectly into place. It was almost champagne like' knew from just looking it was going to be very dry. Straw like color

S- Nice... Like sticking your head inside a grain bin. Wheat, oats, barley... like a fresh bale of hay in the summer afternoon. Lemon and then a little clove show itself late in the game. Bit this had a great nose. A lot nicer than other tripels I've had.

T- Belgium grain right on top of freshly squeezed citrus fruit. The high carbonation is such a treat. Kinda has the reminiscent of an ancient ale...

M- Very dry. Normally dry is not something I want, Even absinthe being my first and foremost love... Its dryness is the worst part. But this beer would not be as good if it lost that characteristic.

O- I'm not a big fan of any triplets... yet! But this is definitely a must try for anyone. Then again this is how IPAs started out for me, I hated them and then found myself craving some of them.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 03:40:59 | More by 3sheets2thewind
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As far as flavor characteristics go, other people have done a great job describing this beer.
Get this one in a small bottle if you can, and not the big one. There is stuff that settles to the bottom, so you want to get the full flavor from the first glass instead of waiting to get to the bottom of the big bottle.

A great beer. Yeasty but not ridiculously so, complicated flavor, smells great.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 16:31:02 | More by MShirokov
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District of Columbia

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 13:00:48 | More by Beerstorian
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Best by 9-26-14

A - Straw gold with good clarity. Delicate pour results in a towering tight white head that holds on forever. Great lacing all the way down, beautiful rockiness to the head is perfect.

S - Solid husk/grainy malt quality. Small candy sugar note, faint lemon citrus quality. Powdery yeast, touch of fruitiness. Getting a hint of some kettle hops.

T - Malt lends little to the flavor but is carried rather by some candy sugar. Not a whole lot to describe. Finishes pretty dry with a little bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, semi-dry.

O - My favorite part of this beer was its smell. Had all the tenents of a good tripel. Drank smooth and never was sweet, the body was clean and drinkable. High carbonation is perfect for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 00:23:41 | More by Jparker37
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 2,701 ratings.