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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

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Reviews: 1,251
Hads: 3,770
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 273
Gots: 714 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001

3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.
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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light pale yellow, ample carbonation, coarse white head. Some specks of lace stick.

S: Coriander, a touch of wheat, bread, and lemon. Faint skunk.

T: Same spices as the nose, which soon gives way to muddled chalk and malt/husk notes. Pleasant, but kinda dirty, probably amplified by the high alcohol.

M: Light yet honestly creamy, no telling it had such a lively appearance.

O: A good experience, and probably perfect for the style, but that chalky flavor doesn't rub me the right way.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 33cl bottle into a snifter

Light gold in color with a massive head.

It has a slightly sour aroma (good sour). I dont detect much else there, but a nice aroma nonetheless.

Has a pleasant taste. Starts sour once again, then finishes malty and sweet.

The beer feltsomewhat light and very bubbly/carbonated.

The alcohol was well hidden in this brew, however I doubt I could drink several of these.

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Photo of brdc
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one, poured from a small, capped bottle, is a nice-looking light golden beer, with a luxurious white, foamy head that lasts for, it seems, decades.
It has a very sweet smell, mostly of bananas and cloves, but also hints of plain sugar, cinnamon, yeasts and alcohol.
Medium-bodied, the taste is a pleasant, sweetish banana, with superimposed cloves, yeasts, some alcohol and a somewhat dry finish.
Interesting brew, but perhaps a bit too sweet o drink more than one.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 green bottle best before 13/01/11 poured into a Chimay that produces a hazy golden body with a beautiful sudsy white head. This thing exudes effervescence.

A slight sweet character overlays the citrus, mango and musty/earthiness going on.

A little bit of citrus but mostly fills the mouth with a yeasty/bready character.

Crisp and refreshing with lots of carbonation.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle
I tried this beer on September 14, 2007 at 'The Beer Bistro' in Toronto. The beer poured a hazy gold colour with a large fluffy white head that lingered throughout. A high amount of effervescent could be seen. The aroma was surprisingly hoppy and perfumey and had floral tones. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with high carbonation. The flavour was malty with some citrus hints.

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Photo of SpruceFish
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank out of a 750ml bottle

A- very clear i like my tripels to be more cloudy

S- cloves, coriander, booze, maybe some citrus

T- similar to smell cloves, coriander, spices and booze

M- medium body light carbonation

D- ok booze takes away form the drinkability

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Photo of rarbring
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pale straw colored beer, a white big head that leaves lacing.

Sour notes but also stable, earth, nettles and spices.

Some honey sweetness, fruits and some alcohol (a sherry character).

High carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.

Sweet, but not overly, good balance.

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Photo of Vixie
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a huge white head. Pour carefully, lot of carbonation here. There's a lot of bubbles coming up from my Duvel glass.

Smell is strongly citrus, with hints of pepper and wheat.

Starts out with a citrus tang, mainly orange with a hint of lemon. Once the citrus hits, the grains come in, reminding me a bit of a sweet bread. It finishes with pepper and clove notes, and is a touch on the dry side.

Feel is very lively, mainly due to the carbonation. Pretty full for the style.

This is a bit sweeter than most triples I have had, but not overly so. It is very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden, and has a nice mix of flavors. Definitely a top notch example of the style, well worth trying.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Explosive head--with a gentle pour, the head still takes up more than half of the glass. The beer is straw gold in color and quite clear.

Large alcohol and grasslike malt aromas

The smell comes through in the flavor...very much as expected. The alcohol is very warming after the swallow. Very light hop.

Classic barley wine flavors

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Photo of BDTyre
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first true Belgian tripel. Comes off as a little bit darker than other tripels I've had, but maybe this is a trait of Belgian tripels. The colour is still very much in line with what I expect: a cloudy, unfiltered apple juice colour accompaied by a fluffy white head.

Smells good: spiciness and a bit of fruit; can't say much due to a stuffed nose. Taste is cloves, hints of citrus and spices. An undertone of alcohol. The three grains make for an interesting combination.

Very refreshing and enjoyable, but with a slight sour metallic tinge. It may have benfitted from being served a bit colder.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle at Beer Bistro in downtown Toronto.

Into a huge, solidly-built Karmeliet chalice, this beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming amount of bottle-conditioned, egregiously puffy, thinly foamy, and somewhat soapy eggshell white head, which leaves some broad melting iceberg profile lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of fruity Belgian yeast - astringent and sweet at the same time - candi sugar bolstered pale malt, sedate caramel, tropical orchard fruit, clove, coriander, and white pepper spice, straw and hay-like hop notes, and mildly edgy booze. The taste is mirror-world caramel and vanilla, both warming and low-key in their overt sugary character, more fruity yeast - dry banana and lemon, mostly - subtly edgy alcohol, lightly zingy cloves, and some put-upon breakfast cereal graininess.

The carbonation is rather high-palate frothy from the get go, but does eventually settle to a more moderate level, the body on the wan side of medium weight, generally smooth and kind of slick. It finishes reservedly, but still quite sweet, with that warm, reducing caramel essence, countered by the lingering yeast and alcohol dryness.

A pleasant enough Tripel, the high booze quotient at least tempered by the various (ok, '3') malt inputs, as well as the particularly active yeast. Decent, but exhibiting perhaps a bit too much heat to be considered all that drinkable, though it will likely steel me for the stroll back to my hotel on a so-so Toronto mid-late winter evening.

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Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite carbonated, enormous even head with tiny bubbles. Carbonation rising equally from every point of the bottom of the glass. That's unusual and tantalizing. Light, slightly dull, yellowy gold. Beautiful even head with amazing retention.

S: Very Witbier like. And a delicious witbier at that. Refreshingly light malt/yeast combo.

T: Not so witbier like. Alcohol surprisingly masked (given the ABV) and only apparent in aftertaste. Even then it's far on the pleasant side. Somewhat tart, and the aftertaste hogs most of the flavor. Daisies (some kind of sweet flower). Definitely good, but disappointing compared to it's appearance and smell. Somewhere between 3.5 and 4.

M: Strangely astringent, perhaps just extremely mildly. Foamy.

D: Good. Nice beer, just wish the flavor pulled through more.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green glass 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

Note: The cork had some gunk around it like some had seeped out from being stored on its side...

A- Golden, murky, orange. Not much head but crazy-carbonation. It was like I stuck an alka-seltzer into a glass of mountain dew.

S- Sticky sweet, orange, and other citrus.

T- Wow this is like sugar. Sweeter than you could ever imagine. No hint of alcohol. Bubbly thick start, sweet thick finish. Pretty uniform throughout. Got ever sweeter as is warmed to room temperature.

M- Sweet and thick, coating the tongue and throat.

D- One bottle was enough for one sitting. I followed it directly by a very dry stout and that threw my taste buds for a loop.

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Photo of cudmud
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours with a cloudy orange color and a ferocious, rocky head. The foam produces tons of beautiful, sticky lace. In addition, there is tons of yeast floating in this sample.

Smell: This brew has a major yeast componet in the aroma that's backed by malts. In addition to the yeast, there is a nice citrus component in this beer. The remaining elements in the odor combine to smell like fresh baked cookies.

Tatse: The taste of this beer is mainly malts and yeast giving this beer a delicious bread-like element.

Mouthfeel: Full body and creamy.

Drinkability: This is one enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was good. It poured a nice golden color with nice white head and great lacing. The aroma was of cloves and fruits. The taste was similar to the smell but with a hnt of pepper up front. Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystalline amber color, very active carbonation, with a billowy white head.

Nose is quite nice, almost herbal in character with a bit of citrus and spice taking precendence. Taste is very complex, citrus comes through, along with some real spice! Almost reminds me of spiced cider. Middle is dominated by a peppery tone that really detracted from the experience not helped at all by the prickly sensation of the carbonation. Underlying is a bit sweet, almost syrupy. This one stays on the tongue for quite a while.

When this brew first touched my lips I was initially very impressed with this brew, right up until the middle of that first sip when the pepper and spice really kicked in. I must be particularly sensitive to those sort of notes because they always seem more pronounced to me than what others around me seem to experience. Overall still a tasty beverage and without that peppery notes I think I'd like this one a great deal more.

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Photo of bark
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is shady orange-gold-beige. The compact firm white foam is almost four fingers thick!

A sour wheat beer and lactose flavour dominates the smell. There are some notes of corn and bitter almonds.

The carbonation is powerful with small bubbles that develop into foam in the mouth.

The taste is quite alcoholic, but there are also are notes of apricot, liquorice, vanilla, diacetyl and lots of sourish flavours and lactose. The aftertaste is almost as complicated with a finishing touch of sour citric fruits.

Those Belgians might be totally nuts, but when it comes to strong brews that resembles of nothing else, look no further!

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Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clearish wheat, stark white head, leaves eventually to ring.

S - Wheaty, funk, sweet, spicy.

T - Taste close to smell, a little more bitter than thought at end.

M - Maybe too over carbonated for me. Hard to discern mouthfeel as such.

D - A nice try. Like it!

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with an orange hue. Thin white head that fades gradually, becoming patchy. Decent lacing.
Smell is slightly toasted malts with some notes of toffee and caramel. Hints of raisin and fig. Malts become bready towards the end. Lots of alcohol.
Taste is spicey malts with a slight burnt character. Cinnamon, caramel and sugar come in as well. Raisin and fig. Finish is slightly malty.
Mouthfeel is smooth, yet with a crisp and slightly sticky finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is good. While the alcohol has a slight burn on the nose, it's well-hidden in the taste.

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Photo of grayburn
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She pours a nice clear orange color, a bit dark for the style. There is minimal hazing and the head retention sucks. However, the lacing is decent.

The smell is a bit smokey, there are other characteristics hiding behind it, but they are harder to find. There is some dried fruit going one as well. The alcohol is only slightly present.

The taste follows suit only improves upon the smell. There is some heavy smoke, which fades quickly into clove and then there is the typical fruitiness, a bit of apricot.

The mouthfeel is good, high carbonation and a medium to light body.

I could drink this all night long, this beer is really much more than the scores do it justice. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of hardy008
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with a foamy 2 finger head with poor retention. The aroma is not very strong, smell is assorted fruit and cloves. The taste is sweet with phenols present. This beer is highly carbonated and medium bodied. A nicely drinkable beer. The flavor is better than expected given that the aroma was not very strong. The alcohol is also well hidden. I would not have guessed that the alcohol was as high as 8.4 %.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stella Artois globe at The Office in St. Charles.

It's VDubb's rehearsal dinner, and this beer stood out for me on the menu. It's been too long since my last Karmeliet. This stuff pours a mostly clear gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, light black pepper, clove, restrained citrus (I imagine a small, literally-fruity straightjacket), and Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, with the yeast and its spices dancing their way into my heart (or, at least more directly, my stomach). The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, as solid a tripel as I remember, this one tends toward the drier, more saison-like end of the spectrum than the sweeter end. It's good times regardless.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very beautiful amber with a cloudy orange tinge

Smells not as strongly as I would have hoped faint hops honey and floral notes and slightly stronger malt character

Tastes of the above but the taste actually comes out and there is a quality of maple and herb tatste to it

Medium carbonation and body


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Photo of jamie2dope
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic among Tripels, this will be my first time trying this beer out of the bottle. Poured rigorously, with some of the sediment added for extra flavor. Appearance was a murky orange, with not as much heading as when served on tap. Big nose of peppery alcohol, peaches, pears, bread and more fruit. Some musty medicinal flavors come through, with some hop and grain bite, still with plenty of fruit to go around. Prickly carbonation makes it rather refreshing for a beer of this weight. Drinking this one is easy. This is one of the best Tripels out there IMO...possibly my favorite example of the style. I suggest putting this up against some kind of creamy cheese. Humboldt Fog, as usual did not fail to make a lovely accompaniment. Cheers

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Photo of julian
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade from zaf88 (thanks for this one!) and poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: beautiful cloudy orange color with a small off white head that quickly dissipates. visible and high carbonation. no lacing.

S: up front citrus smell of zesty orange peel, followed by a mild peppery spicing and sweet malting. somewhat bready. no real alcoholic aroma.

T&M: slightly alcoholic bite at first. very fizzy taste of citrus with a somewhat sour lemony wheat taste. malt sweetness subdued by a complimentary bitterness of peppery, clove like spicing.

D: very fizzy so will fill (bloat) you quickly. good to above average taste for a tripel. exemplary of the style. would definitely drink again, and could maybe drink several in a sitting.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.