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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,004 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,004
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 167
Gots: 249 | 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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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet has possibly one of the coolest labels ever. It reminded me of the artwork in a Wes Anderson film - drawn carefully by a kid with an amazing amount of detail. Brewed from an original 1679 recipe with the following three grains; wheat, barley and oats. Well judging by how highly regarded this brew is those 17th century Belgian brewers were on the right track.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Cloudy golden body with a firm centimetre white head. All cloudy beers are good (this is an indisputable fact) so that's an extra point there.

S: Candied lemon, pear and honey with a hint of herbal hops faint in the background. No surprise that the main aroma is almost entirely composed of sweet characters as this is a Tripel, an 8.4% ABV Tripel to be precise.

T: As with all Tripels I let it warm to almost room temperature (which is a chilly 15 degrees celsius... chilly for Queensland at least). Some bold fruit esters upfront: pear, lemon, orange, with a big candi sugar hit throughout and a slight herbal hop bitter twang at the end. A metallic after-taste leaves a sour note for an otherwise excellent Tripel.

M: Dense bodied and creamy as a good Tripel should be.

D: World class except for that metallic note in the after-taste. There is a full on sugar hit, as is expected in Tripel, however the fruit esters make a good combination and the medicinal/herbal hops at the finish isn't as overpowering as I've noticed in other Tripels. Overall I am suitably impressed and will certainly try it again to see if the metallic is just due to a single batch being that way or if it is systemic of the brew.

Food match: Tripels are a dessert or cheese beer, take your pick.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 10:10:11 | More by doktorhops
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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.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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