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Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 6/18/09

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversized wine goblet. Moderate pour evokes a very Belgian like head. Three fingers of pure rocky white head that diminishes in size fairly quickly but manages to hang around for the duration. Fair amount of lace. Color is a perfect straw with no sediment.

Nose- Light grassy quality to it. Some faint finishing hops provide a astringent quality, faint spice notes.

Palate- Robust, peppery spice. Spice is enhanced by the extremely active carbonation. Creamy with a light notes of caramel, which I might add is surprising given the light color. Slightly sweet. Very nice soft touch of finishing hops. Mild lemon citrus in the finish. No hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Active & lively.

Drinkability- Great could drink this all night or until I fell over.

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip:

A: pours a bright golden color, clear and clean - a lot like a pilsner - with a substantial pillow of head that lasts a while before settling.

S: I find this to be citrus-forward and not as heavy on banana as other tripels, which is a plus for me. There are also a lot of spicy/herbal notes that I catch on the tail end, but nothing stands out.

T: dry, herbal, refreshing. The banana and citrus are subdued, and clove comes a little more forward. Not a lot of alcohol burn in the taste, but it did make its way into my sinuses. (I know that's not exactly a "taste" issue, but...)

M: this is pretty active, heavily-conditioned stuff. The effervescence is nice, and the body is just right.

O: I like my tripels on the drier, spicier side, and this fits the bill. Very drinkable, too, much more so than most of this style and potency. This would make a great holiday dinner beer.

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

Had A range of experience by letting it warm aggressive mouthfeel.Beautiful lacing and honey pale gold. Particular spice including pepper, cariander wasn't for me but ameloriated by various strong spicey food. Tip off cap to Malto. Had a bottle another 2 years later and hit the spot again. Had a bottle 7.5 years later and lots of candi and fruit, this one aged for 5 years.

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

Attractive beer once poured. Beautiful head that settled and laced very well. Great hints of pepper and citrus that contrast nicely. I wish it was slightly less carbonated. I felt lik it thinned out the beer and lessened my enjoyment of it. I would have preferred a more robust mouthfeel. Other than that, truly enjoyed it. Yummy.

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

Had this on tap at Jaks Tap in Chicago. Served in a distinctive Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A: Golden colored, with a thick creamy head. Lightly carbonated.

S: Smells of banana leaves and cloves. Similar smell to a traditional hefeweizen, which was unexpected.

T: Tastes almost like a wheat beer, with hints of banana. Good balance of flavors. Has a strong, but not overpowering, malt profile which shines. The alcohol is there, but not overpowering.

M: Mouthfeel was great. Decent thickness, but goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable. My only complaint is that it wasn't what I expected..if that can be a complaint. Definitely would recommend to others, especially for those looking for a summery belgian ale with some kick.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: straw color, with a fine foam floating on top. some haze.
S: hint of banana and cloves, grapes
T: fruity, that reminds me of unripened strawberry, some banana/cloves, some malty mouthful sweetness, some silky sweetness from wheat(?) and some residual sweetness from alcohol.
M: very smooth and silky/soft texture on tongue. dry finish.
O: good drink.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head is big and white and fluffy, the color is golden and clear. The lacing isn't so sticky. The head is still very dense and has good retention. There's some copper in there too. The smell is wheaty, malty, and fruity. The fruit is sweet apple. The taste is good. The taste of the head is where the copper come from. I first noticed the copper when I opened it but thought it had gone away. Taste also has sweet green apple and a little clove. The mouthfeel is smooth and inviting. Overall I like it except for a few different things. I will have another one in a while.

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

Pours rather thick and dark for a tripel, kind of like a dark apple juice, with a good-sized head that diminishes to lacing after a bit. This beer smells of pear and yeast, but the overall impression I get is of a doughy smell. I don't find this aroma to be really complex (which puts me in a minority, I guess). The taste is also doughy, with pears and green spices. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with spiky carbonation and a creaminess in the malt. Although this beer hides its alcohol pretty well, it's still very much a sipping beer. A good tripel, but there are much, much better ones out there.

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

This is based from notes from an on-tap tasting at a local pub. I had it again on bottle a few days later and didn't notice much difference

A- Golden to orange colour, a bit brighter than other tripels. A medium and very fine head stands for some sips and then recedes leaving a decent lacing

S- A really sweet aroma. Yeast is perceptible, but the aroma is dominated by lemon with some spicy (or maybe alcoholic) hints. A bit too sweet, and hence not enough full, in my opinion

T- The beer is dominated by fruity notes with a nice spicy alcohol feel to back them up. A pepper like flavour shows up at times. The end also presents some herbal tones. There's definitely some kind of a soft feel from the wheat malt.

M- Medium body, maybe a bit on the lighter side for a tripel, nicely carbonated. Overall, the beer is very smooth, alcohol is noticeable and brings a warming feel, but it's never overpowering

D- This is plain good stuff. Decent complexity in a pleasant, warming, but still easy drink. Overall, a very good beer and a fine example of the style, but not a standout beer as some say

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with about 1 finger of white fluffy head.

The scent is of earthy hops, notes of vanilla, light alcohol.

The taste was of sweet fruit, light herbal hop presence, some honey, grains and yeast.

Full body, crisp and refreshing, high carbonation.

This was a pretty good beer, nice flavor and very easy to drink.

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

From my notes 6/1/2007 On-tap at Brasserie Chagall in Brugge, Belgium, 330ml tulip glass for €4.10 ($5.62). poured with a one-finger white head that fades to a slim head leaving a trace of lace. Clear amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Balanced nose. Flavor is sweet to balanced. Slight bitter finish. Imported bottle is better.

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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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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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