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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 geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rather thick and dark for a tripel, kind of like a dark apple juice, with a good-sized head that diminishes to lacing after a bit. This beer smells of pear and yeast, but the overall impression I get is of a doughy smell. I don't find this aroma to be really complex (which puts me in a minority, I guess). The taste is also doughy, with pears and green spices. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with spiky carbonation and a creaminess in the malt. Although this beer hides its alcohol pretty well, it's still very much a sipping beer. A good tripel, but there are much, much better ones out there.

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Photo of guitarninja
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance = this beer poured beautifully into its traditional snifter glass (which by the way is also quite attractive) with a thick fluffy head. The beer itself is a golden brown, a little lighter colored than other tripels.

smell = the nose has a strong touch of citrus and maybe a hint of vanilla. Nothing was overpowering and the alchohol is well masked. I could smell this beer all day.

taste = the smell reflects the taste in this case, nice touches of citrus balanced off with wheat - but more complex than a "wheat beer." Again, the alcohol is hidden nicely.

mouthfeel, drinkability = the "tripel" character comes out here, as the beer is extremely smooth and thick for a brew that smells and tastes a little like wheat, citrus, and vanilla. Because the beer was smooth on the mouth and rather light for a tripel, I could have at least one more of these!

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Photo of DrJay
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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

big ole 750 i grabbed at acme. clearance price after they bought out the stock of hudson w&s

hazy gold appearance. well carbonated—huge white head right away. great lacing with strata

perhaps the most complex aroma i've found yet: pear, bigcinnamon, graham crackers, apple...the list goes on. pronounced hop influence from the spicy hop flavor and medium bitterness. spicy, dry-feeling from the carbonation, but it's sweet with a juicy finish

this is one of those beers i've seen time and time again on the shelf (everywhere) and never ventured to venture. but it's damn taaasty. good find. i win

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite tripel to be sure.

Appearance: Wonderfully clear straw gold with rising streamers of effervescent carbonation. Huge white dollup of whip cream on top. Retention is perfect. Lacing is gorgeous. Carbonation is champagne like.

Nose is complicated with farmyard grains, lemons, poppy seeds, cardamom, peach syrup, apricots, canned mandarin oranges, vanilla, medicinal alcohols, etc…

Tastes takes all the qualities of the nose, adds mango, soda, more spices, pepper, and a mild astringent finale. All are perfectly balanced with one another.

Mouthfeel is smooth yet lively and very full.

Drinkability is out of this world. 8%...no way.

I love it, love it, love it.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review tasting on March 25th 06. Bottle best by Jul 06. I thought I had reviewed this before as this is a favourite beer of mine.

Pours a lovely light amber body with a very generous "Duvel-style" white fizzy head (Used a Duvel glass for the review).
Smells of wheat, hops and some spice (?).
Tastes complex and refreshing all at once. There is a nice "edge" to the taste, not sure what it is. Very nice to swirl around the palate. A delicious brew.

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Photo of Crosling
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light orange in color with a head bubbly in texture, gigantic in size, and sticky in its falling. Very funky nose with bright fruit aromas, whiffs of alcohol, along with a hints of yeast and pepper. A Tripel just loaded with flavors. Very complex, funky, farmy, yeasty flavors loaded with fruit flavors. A sensational beer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy golden yellow with decent carbonation and a white crown of longlasting head.

beneath the fruity overtones, i detect the slight spiciness of a clove.

the spiciness translates to the tast, but its hard to places, cloves seem close, but hard to tell for sure.

its a bit dry, but the tartness makes up for it. its quality.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beneath the medium head of this hazy yellow beer there's some suspended particulate hanging out. On the nose I find the pleasant aroma of Fruit Loops. That's right, the dryish, cereal-meets-light fruit smell of Fruit Loops. The palate offers the appropriate fruit dose along with a solid if modest maltiness. (And yes it kind of tastes like Fruit Loops too!) The aftertaste is sweetly fruity, leaving behind a mild tartness. This pleasant, welcoming trippel drinks soft and easy-- quite easy, in fact, given the ABV. Yes sir, she's a fine brew.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a carry out single from the Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia. Label displays "Best before end: 10/3/07".

Poured into a snifter this beer produced quite a nice head. Body was a golden honey color and slightly cloudy. Lace was present, though nothing spectacular.

Fruity aroma of predominantly apricot. Smooth and sweet grains round out the nose, with some edges of alcohol. Toward the end of the glass the scent turned to a very strong alcohol dominated aroma, almost to the point of rubbing alcohol.

The flavor seemed a little harsh. Fruits seemed to attack the mouth. I know that is an odd why to describe it, but I expected a smooth flavor with some sweet and tart fruits, but what I got was a harsh fruit and alcohol flavor. By no means a bad flavor, I guess I just expected more.

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Photo of kaimcm
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into branded and outrageous Karmeliet goblet.

A: Deep honey color with a light wash of reddish orange. Huge snow white head that looks exactly like meringue. Outstanding. Glass has a germination point in the center of the bowl that produces a constant and beautiful stream of rushing bubbles to the surface. In this Karmeliet glass this beer looks perfect.

S: yeast, clove, grains of paradise-plywood type aromas, sublte pear and more evident apple

T/M: Very effervescent, champagne like carbonation. Lively, prickly in the mouth. Smooth and sweet malt up front followed closely by some alcohol and yeast spice thats refreshing. Body is well balanced but not overly full. Green apples, some green grape vinous qualities as well. Finish just keeps on drying and evolving, so much so that its a little odd for the style. I would expect a little more sugar at the end, this is almost remiscent of a Strong Pale. Plenty of yeast spice though, very well done for the style. Clove from the nose, a little pepper, more dry wood notes. Overall a little dry for a triple but extremely well done. Delicate and complex.

D: The abbey styles are all meant to be digestive and highly drinkable and this one is spot on. An excellent beer that I am thoroughly enjoying and will make a point of revisiting.

I love glassware of all kinds and have tons, but I have never had a beer in its respective glass look better and be better presented than this. Funny thing is that the glass alone is almost silly looking.

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Photo of custardcb
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this 750ml up at a specialty shop in Melbourne, FL hiding by itself behind a few others. Pours a large foamy head that leaves traces down the glass has it dissipates. Very pale gold color that is quiet clear. The nose has a little spice to it with a faint sour dough aroma. The taste is quiet smooth with mild fruit tones. There is a nice medium finish that gives a nice mouthful.

While not the best triple I've had it was a great find. It is very drinkable and when friends of mine that arent really into beer tried this they thought it was rather nice and where pleasantly surprised to found out that real beer was this good.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this tripel looks familiar, belgian golden with a slight haze, active carbonation and a dense white head. appearance is generic, nothing special, but it looks pretty damn good to me. smells like fruit salad. pears, apricots, grapes maybe even some ripe berries. a little spicy, just a dash, and a hint of hops and bread. mostly fruit.

oh my god this is outstanding! a nice full balanced taste, complex enough to be interesting but simple enough to easily enjoy. alright that doesn't make a lot of sense, but what i'm trying to say is - this is an easy 5. creamy smooth, delicious, the alcohol is nowhere to be seen or tasted. buttery mouthfeel, highly drinkable.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McGraff's Pub in Harrisburg, Pa. Served as a hazy medium amber colored beverage with moderate white head. Smell is a tantalizing mixture of citrus (lemon) scents combined with bananas and yeast. Taste is extraordinary, being a bit sweeter than other beers of this style, but very pleasant. Good combination of bananas, spices, and other fruits. Nice pleasant finish, with the extra sweetness leaving a nice taste. Very easy to drink and extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of Foxman
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy golden yello, mucho carbonated. Three fingers of sculpted bright white head sink away so very slowly. Traditional Belgian lacing frosts the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a tangy wheat tartness along with sour apples. A mild general spiciness works along a background of bready yeast.

Upon sipping, there's a fairly sweet trio of sassy wheat, berry barley malt, and dusky oats. Fruity green apple slides in, rounding out the middle along with a mellow clove spice note. A softly doughy yeast presence slithers along to the close before the finish dries crisply, leaving a short mild bitterness. It's a stylistically basic but special presentation.

Medium bodied, it's lively on the palate, laying mostly sweetly before glowing to a lighter bitter end.

This goes to show you that mainstream can be delicious in its own right. There's no stepping way out or taking chances here, but there's plenty of classic tradition delivered with fundamental good taste. While the alcohol is very well disguised, the ABV still comes through as a smooth, credible warmth. When it's time to get back to the basics, this is a fine one to turn to.

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Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket during its sale on Belgian bottled beers~~ BB 10/1/08, served lightly chilled in a tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: nice orangey-golden colour, coming with a medium-thick white frothy beer head with very good retention; the carbonation condition is just about right for a Belgian bottle-conditioned beer: gentle and constant, never overly fizzy.
S: harmoniously perfumy and fruity... the tropical fruit estery note comes colourful but light-bodied, on top of a constant stream of juicy (cake-ish) malts and grains with but a touch of candy-sugar; lots of fruit elements to discern (for fun): pineapple, green apple peel, banana, apricot, ripe fig, orange/tangerine peel, lemon blossom, Chinese green bean paste...all mixed together, while the lightly spicy yeastiness follows at each step, but plays the second fiddle to the main fruity theme. Everything is so softly threaded together by the perfumy string--just brilliant!!!!
T: creamy maltiness backed by smoothly fruity yeasty backbone lubricates the tip of the tongue, gradually more tartly-sweet fruity elements (mainly lemon-cake, pineapple and sugar-cane juice) expand on the palate, and bringing on board an exotic, Chinese green-bean paste like yeasty+malty+fruit-estery flavour which doesn't go large but lingers quietly and subtly at the back end of the tongue. A slightly herbal-sweet (slightly licorice?) but also dryish aftertaste of hops(?) and yeasts round off the palate in the very finish.
M&D: given the ideal condition of carbonation, the beer's creamy and soft texture is one of the most enjoyable for this style... The medium body and complex flavour against an almost non-existent alcoholic backbone makes this beer utterly easy to drink... If given a richer flavour profile this just might be an all-time winner, IMO!

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Photo of Prufrock
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

pure gold with a touch of haze and rising bubbles. i got about two inches of beer and four of foamy, lumpy white head that takes forever to fall and leaves a nice web of lace. three pours and i finally got it all in the glass.

lemons, belgian yeast, and a ton of peppery cloves in the aroma. touch of tart apples.

flavor is tart and barny with lemons, yeast and band-aids. prickly and spicy. alcohol well-hidden among the strong, but balanced flavors. doesn't jump out at me as a world-beater but i can't find anything to complain about. nicely made beer.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium fluffy pure white head, gobs of proteins floating in a golden body. Lots of lacing coating the glass. Clearly active carbonation.
S - Lovely fruity hop aroma, with bready malt.
T - Medium maltyness which is not too sweet, but fruity, like star fruit. Pleasant belgian yeast notes. corriander and pepper.
M - Stunned to find such mild carbonation. It appeared there would be more from looking at it. Nice medium body.
D - This is a great little beer. I would if having that much floating protein affected the flavor at all.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at my favorite watering hole. It pours a slightly murky gold-orange color into the Triple Karmeliet glass with plenty of head 3” and lacing that lasted all the way down. I love the design of the glass and bought my girlfriend a couple a few months back. The nose is floral and caramel with just a hint of malt. The taste is like honey and caramel and has a quick warming effect. It just a little too sweet for me, otherwise it’s great. It’s very drinkable which would be quickly intoxicating at 8%.

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Photo of jda007
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is golden with a slight orange tint. It is best served in the official tulip glass. The head is creamy and thick, rising from the top of the fleur de lis all the way to the brim of the glass.

It has a very complex scent with a slight citrus aroma. The taste is perfect: very clean and crisp with a fruity aroma that rolls around the tongue. If you are a fan of Belgian Tripels, this is one that shouldn't be missed!

It is a costly beer when compared to most, but the quality is worth it!

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, unbelievably gorgeous bottle. Depiction of farmers working in a field, of what I believe would be some ingredient in the beer. Make me wonder if the Carmelite Brothers from my childhood are involved in this.

Maybe I am a little turned off on Tripels, but this one did not impress too much. A basic looking head and body, slightly wispy on top, but very "macro" in color.

Taste: a bit odd, fruity, sweet ending on a sour note. Very alcoholic mouthfeel. Would make a wonderful summer beer. Very drinkable at 8%.

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Photo of orfeu
4.78/5  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.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HUGE fluffy rocky bleach white head. Lacing in large chunks down the glass. Pale golden color with tiny bubbles rising constantly and tiny specks of yeast floating around in the liquid.

Big alcohol smell riding "shotgun" with sweet esters (I'm not sure what) and yeast sitting in the backseat.

Alcohol taste and definitely a heating sensation on the way down. Slight fruitiness that is overpowered by the alcohol with a yeasty taste rounding it out. Great feeling beer that tingles all it touches. Smooth and very well carbonated. This is an enjoyable beer that I found at a great price. Pick one of these up if you can.

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Photo of Shaw
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a lovely copper color from my 750 mL bottle with lots and lots of bubbles, forming a large head that reduces to a nice thickness in my glass.

It smells of biscuits and lightly of spices.

The taste is great. It's sweet with the perfect balance of bitter. The biscuit aromas carry over to the taste. In short, it's perfectly Belgian. The above-average alcohol content is masked very well. The taste finishes with spiciness that lingers in my mouth.

The body is light and effervescent, thanks to the high carbonation. There's a bit of slickness too.

This is a great triple. Its spice flavors aren't as big as others, and that probably makes it even more drinkable.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Continuing on my Belgian beer kick, tonight I purchased a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet at Downtown Wine & Spirits. It comes in a 11.2 oz. brown bottle, which says "'3 grain' beer, still brewed after a 17th century recipe from the old Carmelite monastery of Dendermonde". I chilled this while I ate dinner, and then let it warm to approximately 50°F. I didn't have my normal glassware. I served this in a rather odd, conical, glass from The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Appearance: This beer looks like a standard Tripel. It pours a hazy golden, that appears almost orange at times. The beer is topped by a mountain of white head that recedes, but still leaves a layer at the surface an eighth to a quarter inch thick, with nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are spicy, almost peppery notes here, along with fruity aromas.

Taste: Up front spicy peppery notes are prominent. Sweet fruity flavors emerge in the center, along with a bready yeasty falvor, but the spiciness remains. This beer finishes sweet with an alcoholic warmth. The presence of hops here is subtle.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. The carbonation here is prickly, but not overdone.

Drinkability: This is a delicious beer. I could have a few of these.

Overall: This is a really nice example of the style. The flavors are complex, but well-balanced.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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