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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,001
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 167
Gots: 248 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001)
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Reviews by bagpiper2005:
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle

Pour: First pour gave an effervescent, clear orange-gold color with a massive white head that retains decently. Small bubbles of lacing on the way down. Second pour was more cloudy, as I realized the yeasts were still on the bottom. Oops!

Smell: Slight deduction here for the slightly skunky aroma (due to the green bottle). Other than that, spicy and sweet with hints of vanilla and fruity esters.

Taste: Big vanilla sweetness starts things off, with an underlying hint of apple. Spicy, peppery, and slightly alcoholic middle with a hint of honey and yeast (note: the yeasty note was a little more prominent the second pour, but didn't dramatically change the flavor). Finishes clean with a slight citrus hoppy zing and more fruity notes.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with high carbonation. Very champagne-like.

Drinkability: Big flavor and alcohol, yet very refreshing. Almost too drinkable for this big of a brew - you could get in major trouble!

Final Notes: One heck of a beer, and it would be even better if they didn't package it in those damn green bottles (seriously, what's up with those?). Sweet and fruity, would be a great champagne substitute. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 04:42:46 | More by bagpiper2005
More User Reviews:
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United Kingdom (England)

3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the beers I sampled on my first trip to Belgium back in 2008 - I thought it was great then and now it's time to review!

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2014. Can't remember if I bought this in Belgium or over here. Described on the label as a 3-grain beer brewed to a 17th century recipe from the Carmelite order in Dendermonde. Contains wheat, barley and oats.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden hue with fine suspended sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of mild banana, subtle clove, white pepper, spice, grainy malt, faint biscuits, a touch of sugar and stewed hops. A whiff of warming booze in the background - very nice.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a lingering, dry finish. Notes of mild banana, clove, spice, grainy malt, sugar, subtle biscuits, faint grass/hay, a twinge of earthiness and stewed hops. An alcoholic hint lurks in the background. Well-attenuated, followed by a delicate, yeasty bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with prickly carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity esters, mild stewed leaves and subtle grain.

Very nice - a classic tripel. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour have a superbly balanced character that is dominated by Belgian yeast esters and hints of grain. The booze is nicely integrated. Good body. A tasty brew that goes down a treat - add this one to your must-try list.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 23:52:43 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Russian Federation

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-31-2014 21:00:42 | More by rostencrantz
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

07-31-2014 17:05:02 | More by atlbravsrno1
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4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. It's a fantastic beer! Slightly sweet. Super smooth. Esters align with the great balance of the beer, equal amounts of banana, spice, belgian yeast. Soft, pleasnt bitterness inviting me to sip on-it was gone before I knew it. A nice balance of citrus, light caramel, balanced out by the soft, earthy hoppy bitterness. Thinner, but rounded, silky mouthfeel/body. Alcohol is perfectly covered, seems non existent. One of my new favorites. I am looking for clone recipe to replicate.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2014 08:27:23 | More by mac31
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-31-2014 04:07:43 | More by Asrugan
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

07-29-2014 15:58:30 | More by TheSamKuehn
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-29-2014 01:25:14 | More by ruckus232
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

07-28-2014 20:03:49 | More by AlvinLin
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

07-28-2014 14:20:14 | More by AMCimpi
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Russian Federation

3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

0,33l bottle.
Pours hazy, yellow-golden beer with stiff and huge white head. Aroma is citrusy, fruity (banana), spicy (coriander, clove), yeasty, simultaneously similar to witbier, owing to wheat.
Taste is rich, at first warming and full of alcohol, lemony, zesty, semisweet. Raw grains on palate. I'm very disappointed, the beer looks like overfermented witbier, lacking tripel charming significantly.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 09:10:38 | More by Dentist666
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-26-2014 12:08:45 | More by innominat
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beauty incarnate. Light and bubbly on the tough, light and bubbly in a snifter. Smells of banana, clove, biscuit, and a pleasant time about to come. Holds a steady stream of carbonation from first pour to last sip. A sneaky little bugger, too; you'd never guess it's 9.0 abv by smell or taste.
And you can find it at Costco, too, at least in Michigan. Never would have thought, but never more appreciative.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 02:42:54 | More by Tripel_Threat

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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