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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2001

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Photo of Bubshab
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours pure gold, massive head that stays around, large amount of carbonation.

Smell: Sweet bread, grain, sweet stone & tropical fruits, zesty lemon, white wine, fantastic.

Taste: Just like the smell, zesty with carbonation, dry on the finish with lingering citrus notes, no booze to speak of at all. Decently full mouth-feel coming from the oats.

Overall: Stunning beer, very glad to have got my hands on one down here in oz.

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Photo of mmva321
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

It's a golden/yellow body, a little darker than the average pilsner. Lots of carbonation lead up to a frothy white head that sticks around a bit and leaves a little lacing.

Well the smell is fantastic. A creamy vanilla auroma mutes and coats some of what could be the harsher smells in this beer. There's a cacophony of fruits present including orange, grapefruit, banana and pear. Also some funk/wheat is present. Very well balanced.

The wheat and yeast shine through a little more, giving this a very earthy flavor. Still very smooth and and with very strong orange and pear flavors.

A very appropriately thin body. Impressive considering the high abv. Bubbly and light, making this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of atis
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours sparkling golden with huge white lacing with good retention, it stays in one finger thickness till the end of the glass, leaving rich patches of lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet malt, bits of fruity esters and lingering yeast.

Taste is alcoholic spiciness at first, even slight medical flavours with grainy malt in the middle, sweet and fruity finish with light citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather full with prickly carbonation all around mouth and slowly increasing warming feel.

My favourite beer. I could sip it all day long.

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Photo of TMB0424
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML, cork caged bottle.

A- Pours with a huge, thick, ghost white, creamy head. Looks delicious! Good retention, dissipates into a quarter inch layer. Good amount of carbonation. A very enticing hazy, pale golden body. Can't wait to taste.

S- Smells great, very sweet, somewhat earthy, with a slight hint of caramel. Fresh citrus is there. Very crisp! The spices are on the forefront as well, maybe even moreso than the fruits.

T- Wow. Outstanding balance between citrusy malts and hops. Apples come to mind, maybe a hint of pear. Slightly peppery finish with a perfect balance of hops. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but perfectly balanced with the fruits, and is extremely warming and welcomed.

M- Medium body, very smooth and somewhat.... syrupy? Hard to put a finger on, but very pleasing. Perfect carbonation. Kind of like a dry, fruity champagne finish.

D- Extremely drinkable, the alcohol content is well-hidden and very warming. I could definitely down a couple of these.

Definitely one of the best Tripels I've had (and beers for that matter). It is a perfect balance of sweet, citrusy malts and peppery hops. I'll definitely be picking up another bottle of this, and I'm eager to try Kwak as well. Outstanding brew.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, corked and caged.

Clear golden beauty with a foamy, rocky nice Tripel head.

Smell is spicy, with notes of hay and fresh cut grass, but not in a 60 Minute kind of grassy hops way, also with lemon, very prominent spice from the yeast, and some grainy character as well.

Taste is where this shines. Everything from the smell just brought out more. Intense lemon flavor and intense spice. Really nice bitter spine, presumably from the oats. Everything is really well balanced and just exceptional.

Mouthfeel is great, fluffy and light, but still very substantial. Very alive with nice tripel carbonation.

I could drink this as long as I could drink any tripel.

The Bosteels family scored with this one.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden in color, thick creamy head.

S - Yeasty and sweet smell. Honey, some clove

T - Sweet banana notes. Clove notes as well.

M - Full body with heavy carbonation. Easy to drink considering the abv.

O - Really really love this beer. One of my favorites for the style.

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Photo of IceAce
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First pour produces a clean golden body with two fingers of rocky foam in a Tulip. A seemingly endless supply of CO² streams from nucleation points etched into the bottom of the glass. Little lacing (consistant with style) and superb clarity (sans yeast).

Nose is sweet with ripe berries, plums, and apples.

Entry lights up the tongue with carbonation and is bright with carmelized sugar. Midtaste reflects a beautiful balance of sweet red berries, yeast, and a captivating dryness. The finish culminates with a final fresh-fruit sign-off leaving residual sweetness on the lips to be releshed post-sip following a dry yeasty fade.

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Photo of Spcoly
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass...

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with tons of head. Carbonation is evident

S: Citrus hops with a floral tint....orange peel

T: Starts out sweet and finishes a bit tart from the malts. Still very pleasant. Good after taste.

M: Holy Carbonation...! This beer is taotally alive and kicking all the way down...

O: One of my favorite tripels. I actaully get a craving for this specific brew at least once a month...

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Photo of SebD
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon, coriander, wheat, light pepper and banana.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, lemon, coriander, wheat, some breadiness, peppery spices, light cloves and some banana.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Quite possibly the best Tripel I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of champ103
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly clear golden/orange color. At first a large two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: The nose is awesome. Passion fruits strong and up front. Distinct pineapple, melon, and pear. A light soapy aroma, but that does not detract at all for me. Some yeast and sweet malt linger. Exceptionally balanced and nuanced.
T: The flavor does not disappoint. A huge passion fruit flavor that follows the nose. Pineapple and cantaloupe that make the mouth water. Spicy and peppery yeast with a dry touch. Finishes sweet for a good balance.
M/D: A light to medium body with perfect carbonation. Incredibly crisp and dry. So easy to drink. More than a sipper, and all day with this one.

Hands down the best Tripel I have had. Just a wonderful beer, and maybe the best example of the style. This is a must try.

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Photo of JMUduke
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 1.5 finger head with excellent retention, lacing is beautiful, light gold in color
Smell: Fruity Pebbles
Taste: fruity and sweet, but not overbearingly, some citrus notes
Feel: light mouthfeel, alcohol isn't noticeable
Overall: one of my new favorites in the style

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle into snifter.
A: This light golden body pours a thick, foamy two finger head, that opens up from the inside and settles into a frothy layer. The head is white and carbonation seems lively. The body is lighter in color than most of the style. The lacing that is left is sparse and thin.

S: A smooth and pleasant clove aroma that has notes of bubble gum and fruity spices. The intensity of the aroma is medium compared to the overall taste. Layered and developed, this is an aroma that seems to change and become more complex as it warms. A good note of hops, and malts combination.

T/M: As the nose suggests a gummy, fruity spice. Mellow flavors on the front, with a smooth mouthfeel that brings a spice on the finish. Clove seems to play a large role in the overall flavors, while not over powering. Tingling mouthfeel on the finish, while great lingering tastes of banana. The carbonation brings a full burst of foam throughout the mouth, but is not over done. With full bodied flavors, this beer is both flavorful and light on the palate.

D: This is a highly drinkable brew for the ABV and the style, not a strong note of booze to be found, even as the beer warms. This is an easy drinking beer, that is full bodied, with lighter notes as it goes down. The flavors have me coming back and really is a great example of the style.

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Photo of Luk13
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one many times. Clear yellow pour with a nice lasting head. Awesome nose, the belgian yeast profile is amazing. Alsomainly banana but a strong underscent of citrus specifically lemon both of which you find in the taste with an all-so pleasant alcohol sweetness and yeasty flavors. The kind of beer you don't want to share. The best tripel out there.

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Photo of Gavage
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a large Tripel Karmeliet glass that had nice etchings and the logo. It was a beautiful gold color with a thick white head. The aroma was phenominal - floral, malt, spice, and yeast. I found myself just enjoying the aroma several times during the drink since it was so enticing.

The taste was slighlty sweet, spicy and bitter. Well balanced. Slightly dry on the tongue and during the aftertaste. The bitterness also rode the tongue for a bit. The alcohol level was not very noticeable making this an extremely drinkable belgian tripel. I was so pleased I had another...

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Photo of clvand0
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for brining this one to our last tasting. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a tall head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma screams 'Belgian Tripel'. This is what a tripel is supposed to smell like. Lots of spices, some fruits, some yeasty character. The flavor was much the same. Lots of good spices, fruits, yeast. Very solid. I'd have this one again any time.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So now, this week, a new Belgian has arrived in my glass. Tripel Karlmeliet a very old and very well liked Belgian Tripel. Its reputation precedes it. I am very excited to finally try it. I must say, as the anchor on Anchor's Old Foghorn won my Rhode Island heart before I cracked the bottle, the fleur-de-lis on this bottle won my New Orleans soul. Here are my thoughts:

Pours a pale golden color with numerous streams of bubbles rising to the foam. The head itself is stark white with fine to medium size bubbles. Pours a very nice head, which keeps its retention. This is a very inviting beer to any thirsty onlooker. Its enticingly light appearance and effervescence must be hypnotizing to any parched bystander

It has a very sweet floral aroma a bit of green apple, honeysuckle comes to mind. A nice sweet light malt lingers in the nose, with some yeast undertone.

This beer has an incredible harmony of tastes. It wanders around your palate with tastes of sweet honey, fruity, floral and a nice buttery toast quality to it. The wheat is evident but mainly in the finish, with a hint of herbs. A little oaky and vinous. Not sure I notice the citrus others have picked up on. Very crisp and delightful.

This beer has a very nice light body.

A great year rounder, although definitely ideal for outdoor or light summertime meals. It is a very great beer and it won't be hard to reach for the second...or third.



This beer was great! The more styles I drink, the more beers I find that make me wonder how I ever lived without them. I will categorize this beer under "Special Session." It is definitely a sessionable beer (be easy though, it's 8.4ABV), but I think I'll save it up for those nice summer lobster dinners. This has the great taste and character of a wheat beer as it leaves the palate but it is not as heavy on the palate or too much of a bully in the taste department. I could really drink this year round because of it's subtle but fantastic taste. It has a very short, light and crisp finish, which I think, can allow it to be paired pretty well with light summer meals, as it is a very refreshing beer. This is white wines summer replacement!

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Photo of Maudite
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer. First time out of a bottle, but just as good as on tap.

A- A beautiful caramel gold. Poured into my oversized Karmeliet tulip with a nice, big, sudsy and powerful head. Very big, spacious bubbles. The head was very aggressive at take off, big, about 3/4 of the pour was head, even when done with care, but quickly waned, almost disappearing completely. Altogether it was a beautiful beer in its own glass, a sparkling cider/apple juice with a big foamy head, or a cream soda. Very Belgian.

S- A definite estery Belgian yeast aroma...the most obvious smells were apple, pear, peach, caramel. The warmer it got the more it smelled like a vanilla malt. Nice, light hop aroma, a trace buried low, slight citrus/fruity. Very floral.

T- God. It tastes like God. Reminded me alot of a carnival carmel apple at its warmest, but upon initial pour it was much like its aroma, apple, pear, peach, yeasty, akin to a riesling, but malty. This beer is awesome.

M- This lass is a bit lighter in the mouth and throat than I appreciate. Just as the head declared, there was little carbonation, no acidity at all, no hop bite... This is one reason it reminded me of a riesling... perhaps I got a flat bottle. The tastes and scents were all there, but the mouthfeel was lacking.

D- I know some of you frown on beer/wine comparisons, but I only do it so you can get your wine drinking friends to try better beer, and convert them! A good gateway for white wine folk, the riesling, pinot grigio, sweeter chardonnay drinkers. I really enjoyed this with some spiced pork chops, in place of apple sauce.

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My buddy has an empty bottle of this in his room, salvaged from a semester in Europe. Recognized the label in the fridge at Bauer's on Newbury and had to snag it on the way home from Work.

Nice golden clarity and lively carbonation racing to the top of my glass. A massive pearly white head forms and stays there. Aromas like sweet but crisp tart fruits – sliced green apples – hit me first but there’s definitely a spicy, peppery element there too. More fruity depth in the taste: juicy fruit gum (I think sweet lemon, papaya, dried mango, all that). There’s a light crackery grain, and, rolling down my lip, a verdant hop bitterness.

Mouth: one of my favorite things about this beer. I like the lively, prickly carbonation from the little bubbles. 8%? No way.

Overall: 5/5: it’s that good. I’m no tripel fiend but this one is amazing. Something like this really gets me amped up about beer.

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Photo of wschumac
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at 50 deg in a Pilsner Glass (only one available)

A - Carbonation bubbles throughout with 2 finger white head that didn't last too long. Excellent soft amber color.

S - Fruity smell excellent aromas flowing from the glass.

T- Not too overpowering taste, fruity and a little malty

M- Smooth as silk. No hint of the carbonation. Very easy to drink.

D - I am ready for another.

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Photo of ski271
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Medium-light, cloudy, amber-gold with a small, white, creamy, slowly diminishing head.
S: Huge spicy and fruity nose. Nice and yeasty.
T: More of the same wonderfulness. Clove, cilantro, berry and juicy orange.
M: Medium body, juicy and smooth texture, soft carbonation.
D: Wow. This was a real treat. I had it several times while it was on tap at Zeno’s in State College. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours apple juice golden yellow with contrasting white head.

Nose is complex with fruits such as peach, apricot, and apple.

On the palate the malt comes through with ample sweetness, with this ale having a rather candy like flavor. White licorice, cardamon, faint cinnamon, and light pepper are here as well.

Finishes lengthy and candy sweet, and all too easy to drink.

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Photo of marc77
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The tremendous, forceful pop upon releasing the cork starts off another Belgian Tripel experience. After a gentle pour, a dense, very thick, soft peak beaten egg white head sits atop a clear golden hued brew, if decanted off the sediment. Beautiful heterogenous melange of sheets of bubbles interconnected by lace down the glass. Tart citrus fruitiness comprised of lemon and unripe orange hit the nose at first, then are ensued by rounder and sweeter tropical notes akin to ripe pineapple. When combined with the sweet fruit notes, the mild green apple acetaldehyde and alcohol take on a ripe jackfruit like character. Subdued clove adds an herbal accompanient to the overall fruity aroma. Honey like sweetness hits the palate initially, then is ensued by a light wheat tartness and soft white bread graininess. Sweetness then mirrors the aroma mid palate, and becomes fruity and kiwi like in nature. Persistent, mellow clove maintains an herbal undertone to this brew. Hop bitterness is indirectly perceived by its well calculated contrast to malt sweetness. Moderately bodied and fairly well attenuated, but with a full dextrinous mouthfeel derived from the oats in the grist. Finishes dry, with trace phenol and residual sweetness briefly lingering. Karmeliet is an assertively fruity tripel and is certainly unique and absolutely delicious. Robust, yet refined and soft on the palate... drink up!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is yet another of the new releases at Dirty John's. This is by far my favorite of the new belgians. It definitely lived up to all the hype my Chicago friends gave it.

The beer pours to a clear and light color with a huge fluffy head. The carbonation of this brew is truly something to behold. It looks like a champagne. I would like to pour it into a flute glass to check it out, but it looks great in a tulip as well.

The smell is a bit sweet from candi sugar as well as a bit bready and clove-ish from the yeast and malt. An extremely mild spicy hop lingers in the back.

The taste is a bit grainy and yeasty, but definitely sweet. There is also a mild banana ester along with an unexpected grapefruit flavor. A mild hop bite shows up in the finish to complement the alcohol burn. Has a bit of coriander in the early finish as well. Quite a tasty blend.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin-bodied, but it seems to be done perfect. I love this tripel more than any other tripel I've tried. Swirling around the mouth reveals a plethora of pleasant flavors as the carbonation does its work on the tastebuds. This is a very dangerously drinkable tripel at 8%, but just as quaffable as a 4% brew.

My friends and I loved this brew so much that we ordered some Tripel K tulips online. This beer has turned over a new leaf in Beer Advocacy for me, as heretoforth I had only gotten my friends to drink hefes and dunkels with the occasional bock.

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Photo of WeimtimeBier
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Inch thick pillow white head. Nice and dense. Deep yellow gold body, slightly cloudy with the yeast.

S- Classic belgain aroma. Very sweet smell hinting at some strong fruity ester character. Straw sweet malt. Some spicy noble hop which is very withdrawn.

T- Sweet straw that branches off to an amazing fruit. I get some apple and pear. Maybe some light banana. All this being accompanied by a spicy hop finish and yeasty belgain breadiness.

M- Prickly spicy mouthfeel from the carbonation. Medium body.

D- Very drinkable in my opinion. Balanced and very tasty.

This is my favorites of the belgain tripels I have tasted. Sweet and very balanced.

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Photo of graywalker
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has the finest, creamiest head I have ever seen. Coats the glass with lacing as you swirl it around. Smell is yeast, bread, golden raisins, grass, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Taste is a little peppery, with a little citrus, and a sweet finish. You really don't taste the alcohol, which is dangerous. This went down way too easy, then snuck up on me.

My second favorite tripel, St. Bernardus being the first. I must get more of this. A terrific beer.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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