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Tripel Karmeliet by Brouwerij Bosteels
8.40 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/24/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2010
Old Review
Got this 750 ml at Green's off Ponce in Atlanta. Unlike the photo here, mine is out a green bottle instead of the brown. Served up in a snifter. Lets do it.

A: Right off the pour you get a nice golden, honey yellow color hitting the glass. As I examine the body, getting a nice bit of haziness in here. Held to the light, this baby glows, bringing out a more bright and golden color. The pour got me a big two fingers, maybe more, of crisp white head. Head is pretty frothy and thick. Carbonation is vibrant and always feeding this head so retention is nice and long. Lace is on the glass and webbing it up. It has my attention.

S: Getting a really nice champagne, or is that a sweet white wine, type aroma coming out first. May be more like a Riesling, nice and sweet white grape aroma with some tannins coming out. There may be a touch of metallic quality coming out behind this, but its not that bad. Then come some fruitiness coming out with some green apple skin, pear and maybe a touch of peach. The finish of the nose bring some earthy hops and some nice yeast. A nice spring day kind of aroma. Very comforting.

T: The flavor is beautiful. Once again it starts with a very light flavor that resembles a sweet Reisling. Nice and sweet grape flavor that is not overpowering but soothing. The fruit flavors are right there as well with some of that slightly tart green apple, gritty pear and sweet peach. There is a spiciness here that mingles nicely. A nice clove is very well represented and mixes beautifully with a nice touch of sweet honey and a bit of sweet banana (almost a big hefe type quality). Yet again a touch of hops bitterness (oh so light) that has a nice earthiness/grassiness to it. Hay and yeast round it off.

M: Nice medium body that has a nice slickness to it. Big time and crisp carbonation keeps this beer easy drinking and refreshing. This beer is somehow rich but not overbearing to the palate. It just wets the palate and you have no dryness to worry about. ABV is just barely noticable with just a touch of warming glow created once I get to the second glass. Aftertaste is just a touch of that earth along with some of that honey sweetness.

D: You know, this beer just reminds me of summer in Europe. It just seems like something my parents and family would have drank when we had sliced meat and cheeses while socializing with friends in the gardens. It just has that bright and soothing flavor and aroma that reminds me of the beauty of Europe in the summer. Just so refreshing and comforting, like all is right in the world at this moment. I will keep a few bottles of this beer in the house for these hot summer days in Alabama now. Just beautiful.


Serving type: bottle

Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 11 17 4 8 0
11.2oz Bottle
Sam's Downers Grove

Tripel Karmeliet pours a surprisingly clear straw golden with hints of orange around the edges. Numerous big carbonation bubbles rise from every surface of the glass. 1+ finger pure white head formed on the pour and stayed right where it's at. Each sip left thick drink lines. World class looking brew.

The aroma is mouthwatering. It's light and subtle but hugely complex. Candi sugar leads the way but is eased aside by mounds of golden fruits. Pear, apple skins and golden raisins. Lightly toasted malts hide in the background along with a hint of the wheat used to brew. Spicy alcohol presence really livens things up. Wonderful aroma!

The flavor goes hand in hand with the aroma. Pears, apples, the golden raisins again, and apricot. When I smell and drink this tripel all I can think of is a basket of this freshly picked fruit gleaming in the sunlight. Funny? I know, but true. Perfect candi sugar sweetness with a subtle spicy alcohol to really open things up.

Body is on the lighter side of medium and becomes creamy and airy when it hits the tongue. Massaging carbonation.

This is a beer I could drink all day long which is something I can't say about a lot of Belgians. The glass in front of me is disappearing far to quickly.

I'm not the most expierenced with tripels but I've sampled a fair amount and so far this is the top of the line for me. World class beer that is easy to find. This will be in my fridge from now on.

Price: $3.99 Served In: Goblet

Review by tavernjef on 12/24/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 2 12 18 4 9 0
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!!

Served In: Goblet

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 2 12 20 4 10 0
750ML corked and caged.
Served chilled and poured into a Weizen glass.
Heard good things about this beer. Let's give it a whirl.

Appearance is very good. Enormous head off the initial pour that clumps together the longer it sits and forms a marshmallow-thick cap. A lot of carbonation bubbles rising to the head rapidly. Color of the beer is pale yellow.

Smell is exceptional. HUGE smell here. Sweet, nutty malts, earthy grains, Semi-sweet Belgian candy sugar, tingly spices, and unripe fruit. Amazing fragrance.

Taste is exceptional. Candy sugar up front, honeydew and wheat with an earthy oatmeal kick at the finish. Refreshing and very tasty. Quite complex for the style. Impressive.

Mouthfeel is very good. Clean on the palate. Carbonation is perfect for the style; bubbly but overly so.

Drinkability is exceptional. Can a beer be more drinkable than this? I think not. having already finished half the bottle i feel as though i could kill a keg of this wonderful elixir. 8% alc is non-existent (besides the buzz i'm already feeling).

Overall: Possibly my favorite Tripel, taking over St. Bernardus' Tripel. An absolute pleasure to put down and a new regular here at the pad. The perfect summer beer. Highly recommended.

Price: $9.00 Served In: Pint Glass

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