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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels

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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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting triple. Sharing the 750ml bottle was perfect. The bartender poured it poorly and had 2 inches of head. After I couldn't wait any longer to try it, I took a mouthful of foam and then got to the delicious beer.
Great taste rolling around in the mouth followed by a very enjoyable finish.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear straw yellow, high carbonation, huge frothy head that doesn't want to go away.

S - Crisp and tart apple, some sweetness like a pear, with some light spice and a touch of yeast.

T - Very clean, tastes how it smells but even better. There is a bit of green apple, sweet pear, spice almost like a bit of white pepper. Ends with a touch of yeast and hint of alcohol.

M - Light body, finishes clean, the carbonation tingles and the alcohol warms.

O - What a great surprise. Doesn't have as many dimensions as many Belgian tripels but when you make something simple this good, don't mess around with a bunch of tricks. Great beer.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 330ml brown bottle with really nice cap and label. Wish there was a best-by date. Glad to have this in the smaller (non-green) bottle.

Appearance: Bright, rich golden beer with an ivory cap with pretty good retention.

Smell: Vibrant and interesting. Various light/golden fruits, perhaps a hint of cardamom, the faintest whisper of alcohol. Both estery and spicy, but spice leads the nose here. Unique.

Taste: Nice balance of fruit and spice. Cardamom and light fruits, with a medium bitterness on the back-end. Perhaps the tiniest hint of pilsner malt in the back, but this is largely about the fruity/spicy yeast flavors. Doesn't taste like 8.4%...nice, balanced, and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Not quite the rich, creamy mouthfeel I expected from both oats and wheat, but this is nice and rich nonetheless. Not over-carbonated as some are.

Overall: Very nice, unique tripel. The 750s (green bottles, ugh) go for between 11-13 around here. For that, it's not a bad deal, and provides a nice counterpoint to Chimay's version. I have yet to try the Westmalle and St. Bernardus. This is very good, balanced beer, with the yeast doing wonderful things but nto getting overly complicated or muddled. Still, for $15 a 4-pk, I don't think I can give this more than a solid B, even if it's edging higher.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a mirky golden wheat colour with a giant 4 finger foamy head and leaves a lovely lacing on top. A little swirl brings back that head if you miss it. Tiny bubbles stream upwards leaning to some big expectations for carbonation.

S: Pale sweet malts that show up as ripe apples and bananas, hints of sue cloves and a round smooth scent of vanilla.

T: Sweet pale malts with yeasty bread and hints of ripe bananas and cloves and the creaminess of vanilla.

M: Stinging little bubble on the initial sip, leave the mouth coated with a thin syrup. Lovely creaminess that hold on and evaporates in a bit of a boozy waft.

O: If you're a fan of triples you will not disappointed. Dangerously delicious and coy at hiding that 8.4%. Enjoy, at home, sitting down.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chalice. Pours hazy golden color with big white pillowy head. Sweet floral and herbal odor. Amazing aroma with vanilla, alcohol and some aroma hop. Heavy sweet taste with some bitterness. Medium body with lively carbonation and creamy silky texture. Strong and long alcoholic finish with all the aromas which appears earlier. Fantastic beer!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Blond style with relatively clear but slightly foggy countenance.

S: Sweet smelling oats, almost fruity.

T: Powerful barley taste mixed with wheat, oats are harder to detect than on the smell for some reason.

M: Amazing mouthfeel that is very pleasant to role over the tongue. A goot mix of the predominant ingredients: wheat, oat, and barley.

Overall a truly astounding beer. I have tasted a few Belgen beers before but this surmounts them all by far.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: This was a clear, shining golden color. It was served to me with a firm, long lasting white cap.

s: Warm, banana esters and hints honey, peaches, and other candy-like fruits.

t: Just a perfect tripel in my opinion. Lightly sweet honey with flowery fruit notes, sweet candi-sugar and estery bananas; all spectacular.

m: Soft and velvety.

o: An incredible beer. There was so much at work here beyond my ability to describe.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 93.3% out of 100 with 4,158 ratings
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