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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,098 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,098
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 180
Gots: 293 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website
Belgium

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 peensteen:
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Pale blonde colour, a little over one finger of white head, good retention with some good lacing as well. Smell is a mix of yeast and spice, quite grassy, fruity as well, lots of citrus, lemon, pear, honey, banana and bits of bubble gum as well. Taste follows the nose with yeast and fruit, citrus, vibrant grassy/herbal/floral notes, mild bitter hop, honey candy sweetness, pear, apple, quite the complex drink with a ton of new flavours popping up with each sip. Fairly high active carbonation fitting for the style, medium-full body. Really great stuff here, among the best in the style, super complex and very delicious as well.

10-23-2012 13:57:10 | More by peensteen
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a light golden with a huge blooming head that leaves big globs of lace down the glass,big spicey aroma peppery and yeasty a touch of smoke and orange.Yeasty up front on the palate with a spritzey lemon note with the spiciness more subdued compared to the aroma,pretty refreshing for a beer with such a high alcohol content.A well made Tripel worthy of high marks.

10-26-2004 00:32:35 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -19.7%

Appearance: First of all, one of my favorite glasses around. Just an over-sized glass with great markings. Excellent to look at. A clear golden pour with a very generous head.

Smell: Hints of caramel and summery fruits...apricot etc but nothing overpowering or really in your face.

Taste: The taste is light and malty with a semi sweet fruitiness. Some hints of caramel, wheat and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: A little bit too smooth and dull. Lack of a lively body.

Drinkability: the beer itself is decent....alittle better than average maybe. But it is the glass that makes me want to try another.

11-06-2003 05:48:55 | More by Popsinc
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davemarc87

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

03-17-2014 19:49:31 | More by davemarc87
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance – Yellow color with a quick head that builds fast but easily dissipates.

Smell – Yeasty aroma with a hint of fruit and citrus mixed with some light spices.

Taste – The spiciness really comes through in the taste, but this is no lightweight. The yeast comes up quickly, and it’s a unique flavor that’s sprinkled with more spice and a soft, fluffy feel. Venom’s, “powdered sugar and soft coriander,” analogy fits well here.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is right on. The smoothness is amazing.

Drinkability – This is a well put together brew, but it’s not your average Abbey Trippel. This has more fruity spices than normal so might disappoint the non-adventurous drinker.

Update – This was one of the first reviews that I posted on the site back in August of 2003. Now that it’s been a little over two years I thought I give this a go again.

First off, the head was much better and showed good retention. After tasting and reviewing a boatload of Tripels (OK, 42 to date) I really appreciated the rank odor and sharp flavors of this Bosteel offering. I jacked nearly all of the scores up my 0.5 point and hogged the entire champagne bottle to myself.

08-08-2003 02:06:33 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

03-27-2006 21:09:49 | More by DaPeculierDane
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-01-2012 10:45:50 | More by beerhunter13
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jono0101

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-14-2014 17:35:15 | More by jono0101
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MaxT

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-28-2013 04:18:27 | More by MaxT
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-14-2014 01:56:05 | More by brownbeer
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Mac19872

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-17-2011 02:25:43 | More by Mac19872
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kaimcm

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

03-11-2006 03:32:18 | More by kaimcm
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mveatch

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

02-20-2013 01:08:09 | More by mveatch
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Tiernan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-21-2013 02:32:18 | More by Tiernan
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from an 11.2 oz that was shared with a buddy. On the brighter golden side with a 3 inch head that took a while to come done. Plenty of lacing-looks delicious! Smell of phenols-cloves and banana but not like a hefe-more subdued. Taste was top notch. The "3 grains" produce a very smooth beer. Alot of tripels are too sweet and have too stong an alcohol flavor for me. This hides the alcohol so well that I would never have guessed it was 8% and although it tasted sweet-the wheat character was evident which helped balance. Hops are low but present and feels very smooth in the mouth. Give this one a shot.

11-18-2007 07:22:37 | More by hopsleeroy
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Spaten454

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-14-2014 16:43:13 | More by Spaten454
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-22-2013 16:21:20 | More by tbryan5
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-15-2013 20:08:47 | More by SkiBum22
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from a 750 ml into a chalice style glass.

A: A careful pour produced a crystal clear honey colored brew with a bit of an orange hue. Fantastic frothy white foam head at least a 1/2" thick that reduces to a tight lumpy foam that hangs in there for the whole glass. I can't imagine a more picture perfect look for a triple!

S: Pungent citrus & spice smells are foremost, with a light maltiness that lies in subtlety just beneath.

T: Nice complexity of fruit, herbs & spices, malts, and something like brown sugar taste - without the sticky sweetness. The fruits were sort of a citrus-meets-fig flavor that melds fantastically well with light caramel toasted malts and some very pleasant spices. Coriander seemed likely but not alone as there are indications of other flavors as well.

M&D: Despite the complexity, the overall flavor profile is relatively light to medium in body. The carbonation is rather lively, albeit in streams of fine bubbles, and adds to the levity of the mouthfeel. Everything comes together wonderfully to produce a highly drinkable and very enjoyable brew. One of the best triples I've had.

04-02-2008 01:30:31 | More by SIRIUS2
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

02-10-2014 04:03:50 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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steelerguy

New York

4.4/5  rDev +3%

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.

06-01-2012 00:41:04 | More by steelerguy
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blackearth

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Purchased a 750 ml bottle at Flannery's II in Oconomowoc, WI. Poured into my new Tripel Karmeliet goblet, this beer shows a golden straw body with an enormous, puffy white head. Aroma is of yeasty lemon peel and sparkling wine. Mouthfeel is effervescent and very carbonated. Spicy yeast esters are the initial flavors. Even with all the bubbles, the wheat and oats give it a smooth finish with a bit of alcohol warmth. This is good out of the bottle, but I think it's better on tap.

12-03-2009 02:51:04 | More by blackearth
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newk340

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

A: a semi-translucent pour with a thin white cloudy head that leaves spotty lacing.

S: very faint hints of yeast, wheat, and malts. nothing overpowering.

T: some initial smoothness of a fruit medley that digresses to a sweet belgian finish, a tapestry of wheats and grains.

MF/D: smooth throughout, a sessionable tripel, pleasing from the initial taste to the exhale.

09-15-2010 00:39:56 | More by newk340
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skybluewater

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +3%

750. Pours into a Duvel tulip a hazy golden color. Smell is fairly muted, with some lemon and a bit of wheat (overall, a typical tripel aroma). The taste is spicy, with a medicinal quality (although not at all bad, as the Unibroue 2004 was), and a wheaty tang. Alcohol is quite present, and the taste is rather funky. I like it. Mouthfeel is nice and full, if slightly syrupy. Despite the alcohol, the taste is very drinkable.

Overall, this is a great tripel, and at 7 bucks for this 750, it's an amazing value. Tasty, soothing, warming, refreshing: This is a perfect beer for an almost-spring night. (If I find more, I'm definitely stocking up.)

03-13-2005 04:40:18 | More by skybluewater
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

On tap 4/23/05 at Lunar Brewing during the BA Gathering. Poured into an awesome large Tripel Karmeliet glass...a bright golden color with a huge three finger creamy white head that is in for the long haul. Awesome! Aromas are grand with a lovely spiciness with cloves and coriander. A myriad of fruit tones waft up into my nose...tropical and sweet. Great to just sit and smell.

First sip is a rush of sweet light malty goodness. There's a divine balance between the sweet fruity flavors (tropical fruits, bananas, citrus) and the spiciness that has some coriander, clove and cracked black pepper to it. A nice hint of Belgian yeastiness on the way down brings it all together nicely. Sublime stuff.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and rather light on the palate. A refreshing, satisfying brew. I could easily drink loads of this if given the chance...especially off tap in the proper glassware. A treat of a tripel and highly recommended.

05-08-2005 03:33:13 | More by orbitalr0x
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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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