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Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2001

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Photo of phisig137
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gentle pour reveals a hazy 24 karat gold color with a massive head. Fantastic retention finally falls to reveal nice lacing.

Aroma is full of spicy yeast. a touch of wheat also seems to be present.

Flavor is very spicy. There are also background flavors of bubblegum and black pepper. Slight alcohol burn on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, backed by huge agressive carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

Nice tripel that is nicely balanced between sweet and spicy, and smooth and carbonated. Very nice overall.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What better way to enjoy one of the few remaining beautiful late-summer days than to enjoy a bier or 2 out on the back deck!!
Opted for a Tripel Karm to start things off.... It was a striking, clear golden hue, with a prodigious, billowy white head. The topping takes its sweet time receding, leaving a nice trail of lace in its wake. Within the liquid is a persistent, upwardly mobile stream of bubbles. Attractive brew! The aroma wafting about suggests bready malt, yeastiness and a sharp spiciness. Karm has a medium body, and is bubbly and mildly prickly on the tongue as it travels bellywards. Flavor has a light toasty malt character, with some tropical fruit hanging about close by. This segues into a peppery, crisp dry finish. I didn't find this bier to be overly complex, though. It is tasty nonetheless, but I wouldn't beat down doors to get it.

Prosit!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of hero27
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9.4fl oz bottle.

Thin, whispy head holds for the life of the brew.. appearance is hazy gold with a fizzy head & streams of carbonation coming from the bottom of the goblet. Tons of yeast, even after a careful pour and trying to keep the sediment to a minimum. Aroma & flavor is quite complex..banana, cloves, raisins, wheat, oranges, etc, etc.. all present in the taste and taking their turns in the spotlight with every sip. Still, a bit too thick on the spices for my taste. Not offensive, just leaves it a bit unbalanced in my mind. Very smooth for a complex, 8% alcohol offering. I finished off the bottle and wanted more. A well-crafted Belgian brew.

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Photo of ADR
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was monstrously charged, a full 12 oz volume of foam during a careful pour. Hazy yellow, yeasty, fruity aroma. Chunky. Lemony citric notes stand out over the oats and barley also used. Flavor profile is upfront with a consistent fade. If you pour to the back of the mouth, its seems estery and fuller. Too astringent, overcarbonated, and champagne-like for me, it crosses that "Belgian Tripel" line that my tastes buds don't want to. Could be higher alcohol refresher for some. Respectably brewed.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer is a fairly deep orange with hints of peach coloring. The head is white, frothy, and very generous.

Smell – Very suitable for a Tripel. Some yeast, high amounts of citrus, and some pepper. It’s a fruitier smelling Tripel than I’m used to and it’s nice.

Taste – Up front I get a bit of alcohol and some pepper. It is a followed by a toned down citrus taste and then the beer finishes with yeast flavors. It’s nice.

Mouthfeel – A little tingly on the tongue but the body suits the style nicely.

Drinkability – Quite good. This one is very smooth. I finished quickly.

This is a good Tripel. Nothing outstanding about it but still very solid.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on may 28, 2009.

A: Pours as a very clear yellow color. Head is nicely formed with big bubbles.

S: Average intensity smell of fruits. Some spiciness.

T: Intense taste of banana bread. Nice taste. Very balanced and rich taste.

M: Rich in the mouth. I would guess this is a medium bodied beer.

D: Easy to drink. Could get more than one in a session.

A nice tripel. Great beer and glad I have access on a regular basis to it.

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Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a snifter
Best if before date of 1/8/08, so I was a little late. But I found this beer buried in the corner of a liquor
store, and I have been trying to get a hold of it for quite a while so I figured I’d try to anyways.

A: Pours a hazy light caramel color with a massive 4 fingers width of white head that rises well above the top of the glass but doesn’t spill over. Takes a couple minutes for the head to dissipate down to a drinkable level, leaving a thick film throughout the drink and a moderate amount lacing.

S: Sweetness all over the nose, with lots of banana. A pretty heavy bready-yeast aroma, with clove and a peppery spice.

T: An interesting mix of sweet and sour. Lots of banana flavor, particularly in the after taste. Strong apple flavors as well, along with some pear, and a peppery spice . Complex with lots of good flavors on the profile, but unfortunately they are somewhat masked by the strange sourness that is present throughout the drink. This may be due to the fact that this isn’t exactly the freshest bottle (see above), but I’m not really sure. It doesn’t necessarily ruin the beer, but it does take away from a lot of the subtleties that I think otherwise would have been better enjoyed.

M/D: Lively carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling pretty dry. Heavier body than I expected from the style, but does do a good job of hiding the ABV as the alcohol is barely noticeable.

O: Decent, but not my favorite Tripel by any means. I will continue to keep my eyes open for this beer though, and will hopefully grab a fresher one for comparison if I come across it.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720ml poured into a Stone Tulip.

Appearance: golden yellow with thick, foamy white head and frothy lacing.

Aroma: apples, citrus, honey, and spices.

Flavor: clean, floral, citrus and faint bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: light body with high, bubbly carbonation.

Overall impression: champagne-like but surprisingly bland for the aroma and appearance.

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Photo of weazal
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Bright, full aroma. Predominantly light, earthy hay with mild raw honey sweetness. Noticeable lemon almost overrides the hay as it sits. There's some crisp pear and similar experience as an outdoor orchard.

T: A really easy, tasty flavor. Not over the top, but still a fulfilling experience. Comes in strong up front with spicy, earthy grain and hay. A slight peppery undertone carries through until it finishes a bit sweeter with a touch of caramel in the back of the palate.

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Photo of J30wang
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank it from the bottle so unsure of the appearance, but a slightly sour, hefeweizen smell wafts from the lips of the brown bottle. My first sip was misted by a heavy foam head--I imagine this one pours a thicker head. A sour, Belgian variety but finishes very sweet and intensely floral scent swooshes out the nostrils as you exhale post-swig. This is a beer that takes awhile for you to get used to, but highly enjoyable after you come around the slight pâté flavor in the beginning. If this one was a wine, it's enjoyment would he equivalent to the french burgundy variety.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a rochefort chalice.

It pours a very bright gold that is clear with a nice white head, minimal lacing.

It smells very sweet and hoppy, notes of citrus.

The tatse is surpisingly sweet with notes of fruit and hops.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with a nice size head, no lacing. Nice carbonation with little bubbles on top

Smelled grainy, citrusy, a little musky, some orange peels, and tartness.

Taste was citrusy, light in the begining, then taste malty in the middle, like wheaty and biscuity. Finished off just like other tripels, except kinda smoother.

Mouthfeel was medium in carbonation, could feel it tickle your tounge, full body beer, but abv isn't so noticable to me.

I would say this is a drinkable beer and could have a couple of these, but I would rather prefer other tripels.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle (love the art work on it) opens with a thunderous pop. Pours deep golden/ bronze, effervescent with 4 fingers+ white meringe (sp?) head. Started getting floaties towards the bottom of the bottle. Good lacing & head retention

S: Big lemony hops & straw perfume

T: Honey malt, citric hops (grapefruit & lemon) & a peppery yeast bite up front. Fruttyness follows (appleskins& apricots). Breadyness & jam flavors follow. Finishses fruitty, with lemony & juicy& peppery flavors

MF: Slick (maybe this what the oats bring to the party?) with low carbonation

This was just so-so in drinkability, trippels aren't my favorite style & this one was just l little to ponderous for my tastes. Tripel fans will like this a lot more than I did

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Photo of Backer2004
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this out as part of the best flight of beers I've ever experienced at the Flying Saucer in Addison, Texas. This is one where you know you're drinking a high gravity beer but the alcohol is not apparent or cause for hestinancy. A great Belgium beer that I would drink all evening. Nice light color and carbonation. Quite impressive.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3/23/15 (Draft - Monk's Pub Chicago) - Light golden pour, nice carbonation, poured with a full a rich head. Lemon, wheat and orange among the aromas noted. Taste was light and very smooth. Lemon and somewhat sweet fruit taste prevalent. Very smooth beer, mild carbonation and a nice ABV which is noticeable upon finishing this very good offering.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first had this in a restaurant , but only after a bottle of Chimay blue and a rich meal. To set the record straight
I had to grab another bottle and see if it could live up to the memory.

From the bottle to a glass-

Look: Pours golden orange, slightly cloudy, tall bubbly pale head that quickly dissipates

Smell: Sweet, citrus fruits

Taste: Sweet, heavy orange and wheat flavors, finishes with an alcoholic bite. Hops are barely noticeable in the aftertaste.

Feel: Very bubbly, full but crisp

Drink: Good for sipping, in so many words. This is a very enjoyable, flavorful brew. As with other tripels, it is a bit sneaky
when it comes to the alcohol. Nice with a meal or as a treat alone.

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Photo of klikger
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half of a 750ml served in a Duvel tulip. Thanks, madtowncraftfan!

A - Light amber-pale, massive head, good lacing

S - Malty caramel and a touch of hops

T - Smooth vanilla, grains --> caramel and honey with robust malts --> earthy hops and some cinnamon spiciness. Tasty stuff - though the sweetness gets to be a tad much after awhile.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation

D - Not bad for being sweet.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the Atlantic City Brewfest not too long ago. Poured a golden-yellow hue, with a finger of bright white, good retention, and great lacing. Smelled of lemon, orange, sugar, coriander, clove, oak, banana, and peel. The taste was very balanced between all of the above flavors, with a surprisingly malty backbone midpalate, and a spicy dry citrus finish. Very carbonated, and a little on the thin side. No hint of the alcohol content makes this a dangerously drinkable triple.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decided to buy a four pack with the fancy Karmeliet glass included. It seemed like a good idea at the time as it's a big glass and why not.
Well chilled bottle from the fridge had some nice fog roll out when I popped the lid off.

It had huge foam when I poured it & became concerned it would go over the top. Just made it. Clearly the glass ware works well, not at all too much to hold. Came down nicely to a little lace. FYI the tip of the fleur de leys is 330 ml.

Smelled tropical. Overripe mango, bread, some fresh floral pepper. Nice honey color.

Still too cold, but I'll cup it and sip. Intense.
Malty yeast, warming. Some orange oil residue numbing my tongue. Fresh baked bread. Warming.

Meaty.

Difficult to say it's drinkable. This thing has flavor.
Good Stuff.

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Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow, with a massive white head. Smells of grain and alcohol. Taste is quite dry, light in body, but a nice spicy character. The hops balance out the beer with a medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, though carbonation levels are slightly high. This is a good beer, though I personally would only want to have one at a time, its drinkability isn't as high as other Tripels I have had.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Golden orange color, thin white head and good carbonation. Slight sediment also detected.

S - Malty with hints of ripe fruit, citrus and a good helping of spices.

T - Malty and slightly fruity up front. Finishes off with a slightly bitter soapy flavor.

MF&D - Good example of this style, but due to the spicy flavor and high ABV, I doubt I would session this one.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 330ml brown bottle with really nice cap and label. Wish there was a best-by date. Glad to have this in the smaller (non-green) bottle.

Appearance: Bright, rich golden beer with an ivory cap with pretty good retention.

Smell: Vibrant and interesting. Various light/golden fruits, perhaps a hint of cardamom, the faintest whisper of alcohol. Both estery and spicy, but spice leads the nose here. Unique.

Taste: Nice balance of fruit and spice. Cardamom and light fruits, with a medium bitterness on the back-end. Perhaps the tiniest hint of pilsner malt in the back, but this is largely about the fruity/spicy yeast flavors. Doesn't taste like 8.4%...nice, balanced, and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Not quite the rich, creamy mouthfeel I expected from both oats and wheat, but this is nice and rich nonetheless. Not over-carbonated as some are.

Overall: Very nice, unique tripel. The 750s (green bottles, ugh) go for between 11-13 around here. For that, it's not a bad deal, and provides a nice counterpoint to Chimay's version. I have yet to try the Westmalle and St. Bernardus. This is very good, balanced beer, with the yeast doing wonderful things but nto getting overly complicated or muddled. Still, for $15 a 4-pk, I don't think I can give this more than a solid B, even if it's edging higher.

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Photo of pershan
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a very clear, straw-yellow with a thin, white, creamy head into a chalice. The smell was of bubble gum, banana, cloves, with a slight floral undertone. The taste was the previously mentioned unmistakable Belgian yeast profile, with a slightly harsh hop bite at the finish. A very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with perfect carbonation and lacing down the glass. A very nice tripel, with the high ABV nicely masked - reminds me quite a bit of Brewer's Art Ozzy.

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Photo of Zaplt
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear gold with a huge beautiful thick white head with nice lacing.

mmm aroma of belgian yeast, floral tones, citrus, fruits -

tastes of citrus, floral, fruits, chalky character that fellow taster pointed out, very tart and sweet but the spiciness that others have been perceiving seemed to be lacking in this one.

I need to buy another one and review it - interrupted by family a bit and this beer was a little past the best by date.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.