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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,065
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 177
Gots: 279 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-16-2014 13:41:15 | More by berkshire413
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-22-2014 18:03:31 | More by Mild_Bill
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-16-2013 22:57:47 | More by Goobastic
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New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-14-2014 13:26:32 | More by kingjohnh
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-24-2013 21:58:34 | More by brheuer
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-28-2012 13:43:37 | More by iskeptici
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-23-2013 07:11:51 | More by SGToliver
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-27-2012 14:39:51 | More by dalecooper
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-04-2012 20:31:44 | More by jimmypowder
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-28-2014 20:44:17 | More by Dannymaccs
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-25-2011 00:22:30 | More by zerolux
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a creamy, milky gold. Slightly hazy. The head is huge and shows off the carbonation, but even without the head, the liquid is full of bubbles that never really stop. Head is huge and white, with all sized bubbles. Major sticky lacing.

Smells like a fruit farm. Lots of different kinds of fruits too...green apple, pear, grape, faint notes of citrus. Belgian yeast. Pepper and other spices.

I can taste why it's won awards. Fruit forward. Belgian yeast and Belgian sugars. Fruit cake. Spices and a touch of hops in the finish.

Complexity. Sweet mixed with tart mixed with spice. Plenty of cleansing carbonation. Acidic, but not overly so. Medium bodied. Just a note of bitterness in the finish. Slightest bit of heat in the swallow.

A tremendous beer all around. No weak spots. Easy to drink, smooth, alcohol is present, but plays nicely. Would love to have a few more of these.

06-23-2012 03:09:27 | More by RickS95
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

Old, faded straw color. Enormous fluffy head. Fairly translucent.

Big aroma of fruit and yeast. Bananas and hay. Huge scents.

It all comes together in the taste. Very full flavor and well balanced. Fruit, flowers, yeast, with a slight kick.

Very creamy and smooth but doesn't drink heavy at all.

Refreshing and fulfilling.

03-25-2012 03:08:31 | More by birderbeerer
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

10oz tap pour into a Duvel Tulpip at Hawthorne's Cafe in Philadelphia.

A: Burnt amber with a white, sudsy head with layers of carbonation.

S: Heavy sweetness. Has that sexy rankness of most true, dark fruited trips. Heavy cherry cordial scents.

T: Cherry Cordial and white, Turkish Figs. Beautiful sweetness with a subtle malt that balances nicely with the thin backbone.

M: Thin and smooth.

OVERALL: A very drinkable trip with only a slight maltiness that adds definition and depth to this perfect, all day ale.

05-05-2013 20:38:57 | More by RobertColianni
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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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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Another beer I had been looking to try for quite a while.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a massive 2-3 finger white head with decent retention. Not much lacing though.

S: The aroma consists of some Belgian yeast, light fruits - mostly banana and some lemon, a little bit of bubble gum, and faint floral hops.

T: Lightly spiced with some cloves, nice combination of fruit with banana, apple, and a hint of lemon. The Belgian yeast shows itself yet again along with some light hops.

M: Medium bodied, but seems a bit heavy for a tripel, but I like it. Sometimes I think that tripels are bit a too light. Nice carbonation with a nice overall crispness.

O: Very tasty with a great mouthfeel, extremely easy drinking and overall a very nice example of style.

06-16-2011 01:06:51 | More by mdaschaf
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a transparent light gold with lots of carbonation and a medium-sized frothy white head and lace. Smells invitingly of sharp grains and spices with a healthy dash of herbal fruitiness. Flavors are dominated by very crisp and clean grainy malts, which ride a wave of carbonation and develop floral and spicy tones along with fruit notes and relatively-tame alcohol at the finish. Quite light in the mouth. Complex, tasty and very, very drinkable.

01-15-2005 04:23:30 | More by dgallina
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Karmeliet looked very enticing in the glass. Bubbles shot twords the top of the glass in a sappy amber colored liquid with glimmers of yellow. A thick white head stuck around for a while, then rapidly faded.

The aroma of fruit and earthy, grassy smells were strong at first, then fade with hints of oak.

This is a very complex beer. There are many flavours hiding in it, that come forward and quickly fade to another. At first it is sweet honey, then a glimpse of pepper, then summer grass, then quickly hops, with a kind of salty finish. I think I will finish the bottle before I can desribe them all.

A lovely light carbonation, with a bit of thickness, can be sensed on the tongue.

Although the alcohol is a little prominent, I think this beer is very drinkable. Infact I wish I had another.

11-15-2005 04:29:05 | More by tekk9
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

believe it or not i had not had this one before this night. i decided to go out with a bang and ordered up a glass of this one to round out the night. served chilled and poured into a glass on 11/07/2010.

really not the pour i was expecting, for some reason i thought it would be much darker, but the light golden hue of it had a nice cloudiness to it that seemed to come through nicely with a bit of lacing around the sides.

aroma is light bready notes and hints of banana, cloves, pears, light tart apples and a touch of spice on the edges. clean, very clean flavor that it is very hard to find really any fault here in that. super clean with light body and a nice medium palate with hints of grain and light fruits that seem to dance all over the place. light bears and nice touches of fruit and light spice. smooth, clean finish and absent abv lead to just a great mix of flavor and drinkablility.

overall it deserved all that it deserves, really a great and light an highly drinkable beer.

11-09-2010 02:21:11 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Ok I uncorked the caged bottle and the cork exploded champagne style and I had a bit of a mess on my hand. The ale smelled wonderful, a bit of spice and Belgian yeast. A conservative pour yielded lots of fluffy foam and an amber fairly clear brew. I found this to be a very clean, spicey, slight banana taste brew with a bit of citrus in the aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable. I prefer the funkier St Bernardus Triple but this will be purchased again.

03-21-2007 02:35:21 | More by srrn
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Served chilled n a tulip glass straight from the bottle.

Immediate smells released -

Poured a cloudy light color, highly carbonated.

Lacked head retention and lacing - might have been served at the incorrect temperature.

Taste was excellent. Highly drinkable.

Moutfeel was ok. A little on the carbonated side.

Overall an excellent beer. Will certainly drink again.

03-17-2008 20:51:01 | More by TStandley13
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

18 November 2005, Best Before Oct 06

Appearance is a little misty (poured the whole bottle in), pale golden yellow colour, white diminishing pillowy head, no lacing. Aroma of sweet spicy fruit (bananas, pears?) and belgian yeast. Flavour is refreshing, spicy, fruity and grainy with a warming finish and a bit of alcohol. Juicy on the palate. Overall rather drinkable.

12-18-2005 18:05:50 | More by ohitsbrad
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

A - a hay-colored beer that pours with a thick bushy head. Not much lacing. Unlike many from its style, this ones is only minimally cloudy.

S - doughy and citrusy with a slight hint of farmhouse-style funk.

T/M/D - slightly carbonated, full and chewy with a sweet, sugary finish. Many beers of the style are reminiscent of the taste of Karmeliet, but this remains one of my favorites (especially since it isn't too hard to find). Delicious and well worth a try if you've never enjoyed one!

08-01-2008 01:24:11 | More by Jerico
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

750 ml bottle into chalice, best by 3/29/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts the entire glass. Decent lacing on the glass; with extremely ample carbonation streaming up and keeping a dense head going. Aromas of big pepper, clove, lemon zest, grass, coriander, biscuit, orange peel, herbs, and yeast spices. Fantastic and well balanced aromas. Taste of big pepper, herbal, lemon zest, clove, biscuit, coriander, orange peel, grass, and yeast spices. Fairly dry finish; but some lingering notes of herbal, citrus peel, biscuit, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Medium high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Fair amount of prickly carbonation initially that dies down in the glass. Very smooth and drinkable for 8.4%; with only a slight alcohol warming on the finish. Overall this is an incredible Tripel, as I was expecting it to be. Fantastic and unique flavors; with great balance, complexity, and smoothness. It has taken me far too long to finally try this one.

02-04-2012 06:02:02 | More by superspak
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

a: gold hazy color with great head retention and lace, as well as attractive carbonation
s: smell of honey
t: just the right amount of sweet, fruity taste in this trippel, bit of honey with an excellent alcohol kick that's more felt than tasted
m: very smooth, with moderat to full body and great carbonation
d: this is my standard for trippels with an excellent balance across the board. any time i venture off to try a new trippel & get disappointed i can return to this old reliable

01-29-2007 10:38:15 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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