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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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2,700 Ratings
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Ratings: 2700
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.

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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tripel Karmeliet poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. A hazed yellow in appearance with a huge frothy head and some lace stickage.

Aroma of Hay, Grassy Euro Hops (slightly skunky), along with fruity esters.

Flavor follows the nose with a nice fruitiness and twang. Some clean wheat/oat flavors present that bring out a real barnyard element. Fruity flavors mimic pear/granny smith apple. Moderate hop bitterness keeps everything in check, alcohol is well hidden in the complex flavors.

A very smooth and delightfully crisp mouthfeel.

Overall a treat to embibe in. Strong and great as a night cap.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 19:43:55 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed yellow/gold beer topped by a generous, fizzy white head that keeps being replenished by ample carbonation. Great head retention once the carbonation settles and it formed dense, clumpy lace. Lemony citrus and spicy clove aromas dominate with some bready wheat. Sharp, aggressive carbonation kicks things off. Lemony bitterness throughout with gentle coriander and bread. Bitterness becomes a bit herbal at the finish and lingers. Palate drying at the finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Overall, a solid beer and one that I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 23:28:18 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

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

Review #500 - enjoyed on my birthday at Leon's in Atlanta courtesy of brickstoredave.

Pours a clear light gold color with a pillowy one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top of the beer, leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light fruits - bananas mostly with some pears - with a nice malt backbone and light spices.

Tastes almost exactly how it smells. Sugar-coated bananas and pear flavors kick things off, with very light spices coming and going. The ending allows the sweet fruit flavors to linger for a second before disappearing.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft but active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. The weather's beginning to warm up, and I could drink a lot of these in one sitting.

Overall this is a very refreshing trippel that gives no hint of the 8% ABV. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 17:29:35 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

A: The beer appears a light yellow hue, with a towering ivory head that elegantly embraces the upper half of the tulip glass, leaving a fine sheet of lacing as it recedes. The liquid is clear and effervescent, teeming with bubbles.

S: The aroma is grand, with scents of lemons, oranges, grass, alcohol, and spices. Tripel Karmeliet emits a fabulous floral aroma that adds to an already full bouquet. The beer smells very bold and enticing.

T: A fine brew and a great example of a Belgian tripel. The flavor is strong, forward, and aggressive, yet balanced by a delicate sweetness that creates a delightful juxtaposition. Citrus flavors are quite prominent, followed by spiced apples soaked in alcohol.

M: Alcohol presence is there. The feel is medium in body, with a healthy dose of zesty carbonation.

D: This is a beer to sniff, sip, and savor. One in any given session is plenty for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:40:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gusler

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a deep golden amber color, with a magisterial head, the texture creamy and the lace formed is a thick sticky sheet to smother the glass. Ripe fruit like pineapple comes to mind, malt, fresh and clean to the nose, and the start quite sweet with a medium in feel top. Vinous and astringent finish with the hops sparse, but still noticeable the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. All things considered a decent drinking beer and well worth the price of a sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 14:58:41 | More by Gusler
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this on draft at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pittsburgh. Served cool in the Karmeliet tulip.

A - A crystal clear straw w/ white cap that measures an inch and condenses to about 1/8 inch leaving little lace.

S - A honey and sweet lemony spice w/ coriander accented by a tropical fruit note and light oaky scent

M - Sweet, spiced dry w/ a creamy element and moderate carbonation w/ med to full body. An excellent representation of the style -leaves an impression and the feel still goes on after the taste

T - A green melon flavor w/ slight herbal hops in the initial flavors. The spice in the yeast and grain give this a nutty taste w/ a gentle yeasty breadiness w/ tea like refreshing qualities. The crisp herbal flavor is accent w/ nutty dry and subtle malty, grainy flavor w/ a cereal like sweetness and gentle boozy finish.
The hops add to the flavor w/ subtle spice and a sort of mown hay aspect that is very tasty w/ toasty smoothness.

D - An absolute classic yet more of a Saison w/ its spice and earthiness. A very excellent tastte and definitely must be tried on draft. I consider this a unique and fine Tripel that is very accessible and well crafted. World Class, must be experienced.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 17:31:37 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

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

Been a while since I've had a tripel.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick, foamy head into my tulip glass. Nice presentation going for it.

Aroma is full of spice and bready malt with a hint of plum. "Fruity" and very inviting.

Taste is spicy, sweet and full of wonderful, bready malt. A hint of plum is present but otherwise, this beer is tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice, plum and bready malt. Very interesting flavors that mingle well.

If you like tripels, you can't go wrong with this. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 06:14:45 | More by Brad007
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml from the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda.. mine from a Kasteel tulip... listening to United DJ's Kimbal Collins mix.

Very attractive meringue like head... lite fingers of white lace.. despite a careful pour a slight haze.. straw/gold brew.

Aroma is Belgian pale malts and yeasty spicy white pepper and lite cloves.. tropical fruits abound...

Flavor is much more soft than the Gouden Carolus.. white peaches without the abundant sugars... Muscat grapes ... sorta perfumy but in a good way .. lite green apples.. spices come mid palate.. more pepper... Complex but in an unassuming sort of way... tastes like summer despite I am in the middle of a Boise snowstorm... only albeit slight complaint is it may be a little thick.

Tripel Karmeliet makes me rethink my cellar .... I really need to stock up on triples and other Belgians and let the RIS and BW's come as they may. I've been a fan of Belgium for years.. but actually typing this review is ponderous.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 09:13:55 | More by JohnGalt1
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a good head and decent lacing. Smell is sweet with some herbal and clove aromas. Spicy and sweet flavors up front with clove, black pepper, and coriander. Softens on the finish to a light breadiness. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but soft and sweet. Very easy drinking, and would be more so if the carbonation were a tad more restrained.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 03:59:05 | More by Georgiabeer
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at Pizza Pardiso Dupont DC.

Gorgeous white rock head off the pour, and giant clumps of retention and white foam. Gorgeous orb of lemon shine body, slightly cloudy with rising carbs. This beer just glows it looks amazing.

Bouquet is a sense of crisp gas and muted lemon with a hint of some sort of grain husk coming off. Refreshing and solid.

Taste is some sort of grain and yeast at first but so nicely balanced and refreshing. I hate to keep repeating that word "refreshing" but that's all I keep thinking about when I drink this. Fantastic white soda bread feel on finish, hints of sweetness and honey blossom.

Overall it's just another satisfying tripel to be had.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 00:38:04 | More by smakawhat
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 07EK

Poured into the huge Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades down to a think layer. Color is a pale golden yellow. Not a lot of lace left.

Aroma: Some funk to it. A lot of spices, pepper, cloves. Very appealing.

Taste: A nice big spice flavor off the top. Cloves and peppers, some lemon and fruit flavors. Well done.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and refreshing, smooth. I really like it. Light bodied but nice high carbonation makes the mouthfeel so great. I really like it.

Overall, I really like this beer. It is well down and I could easily drink more. The MF is amazing. Good drinkability as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 18:48:05 | More by mothman
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superspak

Michigan

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy (like ginger ale) white head that reduces to thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruit (pear), Belgian yeast, banana, clove, lemon zest, and some floral notes.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer starts out with the flavors of light fruits (pear and apple), Belgian yeast with some spiciness, banana, and clove.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and pretty dry, especially in the finish.

O: This beer is enjoyable and relatively refreshing even though there is a fairly high ABV in which the alcohol is detectable. This is much more of a sipping beer but is very good. Very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 23:31:21 | More by dbrauneis
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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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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip jan28 2011

A bright golden color with some sediment being moved around by a decent amount of bubbles that produce a large 3 finger bone white foam that falls to a thick film that hangs around for a while, only points lost would be for zero lace

S pear and pineapple with some hops and yeast

T not far from the smell but a little fainter and with a hint of booze

M plenty of bubbles and flavors linger for a while, fairly light but I'm loving it

D for a beer this strong its pretty easy to drink, my glass was empty pretty quick

a solid triple that I wish I could afford, a hard sell a 20$ a four pack when LFDM 6 for a 750ml. still even at the price its a must try

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 17:42:32 | More by wordemupg
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ccrida

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in the official, over-sized Karmeliet snifter, which is incidentally my favorite beer glass of all-time, Belgian or otherwise. Pours a beautiful golden straw color, with moderate haze and an unusually large, milky head, for which the snifter was artfully designed, making for a stunning presentation. The head is very slow to subside, leaving behind a thick, luscious lace. Candi-sugar really dominates flavor the flavor of this one, in both aroma and taste, with some citrus and sour apple esters. There are no noticeable hops, although the Wheat and Oats on the grain bill are clearly evident in the body. Personally, I'd have preferred more grain over the candi-sugar, which I feel makes the Karmeliet a bit too sweet on the finish. Still, the body is typically digestible for a strong Belgian, making for a smooth, easy-drinking, and deceptively dangerous beer. Overall, the Karmeliet is a great beer that is very enjoyable, so long as you don't overdo it!

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2006 16:11:19 | More by ccrida
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dirtylou

Washington

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

1/2 price taps at brasserie V on inauguration night

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a massive beautiful karmeliet tulip, big golden straw-apricot body, huge fluffy white cap and gorgeous retention

smell: soapy and floral, tropical fruits, sweet and syrupy, white pepper, clove and other belgian spice

taste: paired with a duck confit and goat cheese entree - this made a very nice pairing...huge tropical fruits, lemon zest and sharp yeast, sweet andy syrupy apricot and other citrus...tons of spice - corriander, white pepper, clove...tropical hops, lovely

mouthfeel: sharp and alive

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 23:40:16 | More by dirtylou
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Tone

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark maize color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, hops, spice, yeast sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, yeast, slight spice, slight hops, some sweet malt, alcohol, and slight pale malt. Overall, well blended, there's a good body, and nice aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 05:12:48 | More by Tone
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Winking Lizard. Pours clear golden with a thin off-white head. The snifter in which it was served offered little lacing. Sweet fruit and clove aroma. Medium-bodied and bubbly with flavors of yeast, spices and peaches. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden. The finish is dry and lightly spiced and hoppy. An enjoyable Belgian through and through.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2005 03:11:28 | More by Dogbrick
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Served from bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Poured a hazy yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, banana, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, dark fruit, and slight alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly excellent brew. This was my first time trying this one and I can now see why it is listed in the current Top 100 list. Had a very nicely balanced flavor and great aroma here. Not much missing at all in either aspect. Really glad this one is readily available in my area (on tap even). An absolute must try!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 12:52:11 | More by thagr81us
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Massive 5 finger, white thick foam head. pure golden and slightly hazy.

S: spicey and lemony with a musty yeast aroma. floral notes.

T: somewhat zesty with lemon spice notes. Orange peel in the finish and less yeast flavor.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. The finish is semi dry.

D: Just the right amount of sweetness with a pleasant medley of flavors which transition well.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:59:56 | More by kylehay2004
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with a white head. Aromas of a dry, Belgian candy sugar, and yeast. In the taste, a dry sweet malt and a hint of fruitiness. A smooth malty mouthfeell and a dry yeasty, and small sourness aftertaste. Very easy to drink, nice yeasty presence, a great triple.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 17:38:23 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super clear golden yellow with some steady distributed carbonation bubbles flowing within, a finger high white head of thick froth that retains for a bit, settles to a thick puffed haze on top remaining present the whole glass down, lace begins as sheets but falls apart quickly leaving webby globs.

Aroma is quite complex and very interesting with a ton of stuff going on, mainly an overall dulled orange peel zest with a sweet sour dough bread rolled into a musty/musky yeastyness that gives it a nice smokey appeal that gives it some brothyness and makes it almost seem like the fruit has rotted or something. Doesn't sound good but man its nice, notes of banana, nectarine, lime, lemon zest, pepperjack, moldy wood, wet dirt, onion, tomato, boy I could continue with all the soupy & fruity things mixing in the smell of this thing but I think I'll stop there before my nose explodes. Wow!

Surprisingly enough the taste comes across nearly the same as the smell but its not as potent and not quite as complex as what the smell hints too. There's a nice tangy sour dough bread malt sweetness to its front, oats and wheat make for some incredible sweetening and the middle is speckled with notes of different dullish citrus fruits of orange, lemon, pineapple, and lime, some slight yeasty tang and light spice of clove and meat broth makes a brief appearance as not to overwhelm that are note worthy from midway all the way to the finishing areas where it leaves more twangy sweetness and light citrus in the finish.

Feel is a solid medium body with a wierd smoothness thats hard to fathom, but reminded me of light soup. Whats with the soup aspects of this beer? Buttery-like smoothness that actually has a nice hold of carbonation that seems to fit the citrusy sweetness and the finish has a subtle complexity of things portrayed in the smell. Politely skipping across is a lime-like twinge left on the lips after each sip. One hell of an interesting Triple, this is more of what I look for from a Triple other then a mega hefe profile of clove and yeast thats been multiplied. This was very interesting and now I am left wondering if its like this all the time. Reviews of this seem to be widely diverse so I will definately get some more soon and try again to make sure this is something that continues to comes across as the same. Either way; this bottle was all Yum!!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 04:21:40 | More by tavernjef
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Karmeliet has a cloudy golden appearance, pouring very little head. The smell is fairly strong and sweet. One gets the impression of fruit and spices, mainly pepper and coriander in this one's strong taste. It has a nicely carbonated mouthfeel, though not as powerful as other tripels. This is definitely a drinkable beer. I might actually seek this one out again if it's possible.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 14:30:30 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle(s) courtesy of match1112. Thanks, Matt!

Pulled straight from the fridge, it pours a hazy straw yellow with a huge head of foam that seems to never want to quit growing.

What an aroma! Yeasty, spicy(pepper and clove), fruity, lemony hoppy. I'm spending a lot of time just taking in the smells.

The taste is soo complex. Peppery with a nice dose of clove, lemon and banana, yeasty, and a nice bitterness throughout. It finishes on the very dry side and pulls me in for more sips. I'm a prisoner to this marvelous brew!

Medium bodied with a rather high level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is very good and drinkability is outstanding. Yeah, that's my bottom line for Tripel Karmeliet, outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 14:47:29 | More by Bitterbill
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