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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 2,982
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 164
Gots: 239 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of WMEugene


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark golden/amber with a good frothy head and lacing.

S - Fruits, spices, sweet notes, yeast. Very nice, traditional tripel smell.

T - Sweet and tart fruits, spices, some citrus flavors as well. Once again, very traditional example of the style.

M - Smooth, drinkable, ok carbonation levels, a bit chewy.

O - A very enjoyable and classic example of the tripel style. Would recommend if you're in the mood for a Belgian tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:29:45 | More by WMEugene
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium bodied, hazy gold color with soft orange tint and a substantial and longlasting off-white head that eventually susides leaving very nice lacing.

The aroma is subtle and complex, spicy, fruity, citrusy, wheat, yeasty and floral.

The taste is parallell with a peppery, spicy fruitiness, definite but pleasant alcohol presence, smooth, slightly buttery and very easy to drink.

Outstanding! If you have not experienced Belgian ales before, this is an excellent way to start.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 06:18:41 | More by whynot44
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold with med. White head steadily shrinking to foamy ring & wisps, no real lace.

Aroma is lots of grain, hay, hint of clove & pear, hint of bubblegum, hint of wet green leaves (hoppy) and flower (jasmine tea).

Taste is fruit, freshly baked bread, flowery leaves, light warming alcohol hint. It has gentle, subtle complexity giving good well-roundedness and depth of character but is highly drinkable and gentle. The feel is soft yet lively. Overall, this is an excellent ale combing great complexity with high drinkability and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 21:01:52 | More by Offa
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orange/yellow with a white head.

S - yeast, fruity esters, and earthiness from the hops.

T - citrus and some grass/floral/herbal notes. The finish is crisp/clean and a refreshing lemon with a slight bitterness.

M - Light body, crisp and well carbonated.

O - this is a great tripel. It is very drinkable, lightly flavored and lightly aromatic. It is really refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 23:56:16 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from the LCBO, part of the fall release. Enjoyed on a cool rainy fall day.

Poured into my Duvel chalice. Lovely light golden, nice billowing head, recedes into a thin ring. Some lacing. Decent looking tripel.

Nose is stellar: lovely fresh citrus, soft wheat malt, a bit of yeast, spices, bubblegum, herbal hops. Essentially what I think of when I think tripel.

Tastes just as nice. Good herbal/bubblegum character, nice citrus bite to mellow out the sweetness, bit of spice and yeast to the finish. Very drinkable.

Mild bodied, easy to drink, light, moderate to high carbonation.

One of the finest Belgian tripels I've come across. Hits all the right notes. Definitely will be back for more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 21:26:16 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Choice City in a large wine glass.

Pale golden straw color with good clarity.

Aroma is lemony and fresh. Really enjoyable smell

Flavor is really nice too. Great yellow cake, lemon, and mild spice. Great depth of flavor with a subtle month herbal quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall a really nice trippel. Kudos to the dude who made the recommendation.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 22:28:54 | More by GilGarp
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a dense white head. Leaves loads of lacing on the glass.

Smells of alcohol soaked fruits all spiced up. Notes of apple and pear appear with an alcohol layer and spicy clove to round out everything.

Tastes of the fruits upfront with a bready malt to back it up and the spice draped on top of it. The fruits are composed of the apple, pear, and banana. The spice offers a perfect counterpoint to the sweetness. Alcohol is present, but it does not detract in any way.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a luscious and soft amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 04:19:39 | More by ocelot2500
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color and a enormous head of fluffy large, loose bubbles that does reduce but maintain one of two fingers. Strong fruity bouquet of apples, pears, pineapple, and lemon rind with some hot alcohol esters and a little piney hops in the back. Tastes of bitter sour fruit, green apple, and pear with dry, bitter, piney hops in the back. Developing are vinous characters,lemon pith, husky pale malt and barley sweetness, and vanilla notes. High carbonation makes for a foam filling mouthfeel on top of a thin consistency. The finish start with sour fruits and quickly fades to a mellow version of the taste with an emphasis on its hop character.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 16:23:36 | More by cabsandking
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL cork & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Gentle hand. Dated 23-05-15 on the base. Had many times, never reviewed.

A: Golden, apple-juice yellow with good clarity. 3 fingers of sudsy, white head that fades quickly to a thin coat. Very light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with fruit notes featured strongly - mango, peach, pear. Light grass, straw. Light indistinct spice.

T: Yeast-fueled fruit and spice kick things off with a gradual transition to a very mild hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish with strong fruit lingering in the aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly present for 8.4% ABV. Some vanilla.

M: High carbonation with a moderate body. No prickliness. A surge of effervescence fills the mouth with flavor. Really superb feel.

O: Excellent, if not a bit boozy, tripel. Great fruit notes and superb mouthfeel. This is one I keep coming back to.


Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 03:25:46 | More by fourstringer
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a blond color that is slightly hazy with big head. Smells like sweet grass, medicinal, faint sourness to smell, white sugar, spice. Tastes of wheat, straw, grassy, sweet oat cereal, honey, malt aftertaste, lemon. This was a great beer. I’ll have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 17:54:58 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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United Kingdom (England)

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Flawless. Champagne bubbles, crystal clear, huge head.

Smell: Complex malt aromas. No hop aroma.

Taste: Distinctive. VERY compelx esters. I taste cherries, maltiness, very sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy. Syrupy almost. Very nice

Drinkability: Awesome triple. A new staple for my collection

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 01:58:57 | More by Squelch
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is , when well poured of cxourse , a tough of soft fluid silk that fils your mouth, it's full flavour and frechness at the same time is the key of it's well diserved succes. Here in belgium where they have regional restrictions on the amount of cafés that can have it on draught it is a staying succes Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 02:13:12 | More by VictorZaidi
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is a pretty diverse one....there's sweet fruit, peppery spices, some Belgian yeast and a tart citrus twinge. Quite complex.

Pours blonde in the glass with a fair size head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Carbonation is very high in this beer. Taste is interesting for a tripel, it actually takes some tastes from a wit. The primary taste on the body of the beer is an orange character with some peppery spices mixed in. Yeastiness is present as well, coming through near the finish. A light smattering of hops on the finish is there as well. Very dry finish as well...almost nothing lingering except a little orange. Alcohol is hidden very well.

It's a bit of a different take on a tripel as far as the flavors are concerned. I'm a fan of it though. They work very well, and this was incredibly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:14:01 | More by NODAK
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a cloudy straw yellow color. A big head gathers when poured, but its not very foamy because the bubbles are huge. The head dies down very quickly as the big bubbles pop.

S - citrusy with syrup or honey and a bit of malt

T - sweet cirtrusy malt with a spice finish that ends up hopping around the tongue

M - syrupy when sipped, the carbonation hits at the back of the mouth and fizzles but stays wet. It's very nice how the drink maintains it's body when you sip instead of the carbonation flaring up right away.

D - very enjoyable. The taste and mouthfeel are great.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 07:25:02 | More by Grunewald
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a nice fluffy white head.

S: The smell is nice and spicy with a slight malt breadiness and some earthy and spicy hops.

T: This is a really great tripel. Lots of grassy hop flavor and earthy malts backed up by some subtle spiciness. One of the better tripels I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 12:14:21 | More by notchucknorris
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, high carbonated, orange hue. It had a very fizzy, white, foamy, three-finger head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled very fruity!! It really smelled of cherry and apples. Also, some phenolic aromas.

T - It tasted of yeast, clove and grains. The alcohol taste was also present. It had a nice spicy kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice tripel. I had been looking for it and finally found one. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:50:56 | More by zeff80
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured slowly into a goblet and still produced a huge head. Plenty of active carbonation keeps the head going for a very long time. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a hazy, straw color.

S - Not quite as potent as I expected, but all the characteristic tripel scents are here. Light clove, banana, and a bit of lemon grass.

T - Whereas I like the smell of my beer to be a bit overstated, I am beginning to like the flavors to be understated, and this beer nails it. It follows the nose, and all the flavors are subtle, but clearly defined. All of them work quite well together.

M - Oh this is about as close to perfect as you can get. Not fizzy, but the beer really expands to fill your mouth with a soft, velvety presence. It's pillowy. Love it.

O - Great beer! Wish I had the whole one to myself, but unfortunately I specifically bought this one for my wife. I'll grab another for myself some day for sure, and I recommend that you do the same.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 11:01:59 | More by Andrew041180
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bosteels Brouwerij--Karmeliet Tripel--1999 11.2 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Big head. Light pellicle. Clear golden color. Belgian yeast ester front is restrained and tasty. Clean smooth malt body mellows yeast somewhat. Finishes lightly sweet with minimal hops. Sampled 12/20/1999.

Bosteels Family Brouwerij, Buggenhout, Belgium--Tripel Karmeliet--2008 Corked Green 25.4 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. 10 IBU's? (4.75 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Blonde. Foamy white mild lace head. Fizzy clear bright thin peach gold color. Delicate wildflower mild fruit ester front. Fizzy creamy mildly tangy complex Barley Oat Wheat Bottle Conditioned mild sweet fruit spice rich body. Cloying mild clove refreshing end. No Belgian Yeast Ester. Sampled 8/23/2008. 1 @ $11.99.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 03:37:15 | More by philbertk
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank a few of these during a game of Colonists of Catan. Poured in a duvel glass the head is very bubbly and nice white. The beer is nice yellow coloured. After a very short while the head is gone.

Very tasty this beer. You can smell the yeast and the fruit they have used.

One of the better triples.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 15:02:16 | More by Brabander
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into Karmeliet Tripel glass

A - copper-gold with two fingers fine-beaded, meringue-like, off-white head; nice lacing all the way down the glass

S - spicy and lightly floral on top of yeasty goodness; bread-y and cereal grain malt notes; lemon peel; layers of cardamom, coriander, etc.; interesting note of raw, room-temperature pork belly

T - simply delicious; layers of flavor echoing the nose - light malt swathed in yeast; a little hot in the middle; dries up a bit towards the back end where it gains in tartness as well

M - med-light body; goodly CO2; firm, lightly dry

O - excellently delicious

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 20:12:55 | More by nezelrac
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 12/13/09. On tap at Monk's Cafe.

A- poured golden honey with a well formed 1'' white head. Touches of lace here and there. 4.0

Sm- pale malt sweetness, honey, and hint of orange peel. Mild hoppiness and a touch of bitterness. 4.5

T- pronounced honey flavor with an excellent balance in citrus and a hint of hops. 4.5

M- medium bodied and smooth, well carbonated. 4.0

D- excellent. So good. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 13:33:13 | More by DmanGTR
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Honestly, I have tried to find fault in the appearance and I can't. For those of you who have tried this beer and poured it into its glass, you know what I am talking about. The glass is beautiful. The laser etching on the bottom center keeps a perfect stream of bubbles ascending rapidly to the top, maintaining at least some head after the initial pour's head has subsided. The beer is a majestic golden liquid which rests beneath its pure-white, frothy crown. The beer has left really nice lace as well-perfect, for its style.

If there were such a thing as citrus grass, that is what would dominate the nose. In the back there is fruit, pear and apple, some wheat and grain is detectable as well.

In the taste its character shifts around some. Up front is a nice bouquet of light colored, assorted fruits. The wheat is barely noticeable and the citrus grass, earthy aroma is noticeable lastly in the finish. I love that this Belgian is not dominated by malt. Many Tripels and Quads have been too malty for me. This one is nicely balanced, but lacks in complexity. If this brew was more complex, it would have obtained the perfect score from me in taste as well.

The mouthfeel is carbonated and luxurious. Very light leaving me wanting another drink. This beer goes down well. This experience would have been close to flawless if only I was enjoying this beer over a leg of lamb meal with roasted potatoes.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 00:18:14 | More by JosephLondon
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by date on back label. 4-pack purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $16.49.

A: Pale yellow with nice white-1 finger head with a few streamers of lace.

S: Floral, spiced, and fruity tripel with apple, pear, and peach aromas meeting coriander and pepper with a subtle berry alcohol note.

T: The flavor bursts with juicy, floral apple and peach, pepper in the middle, highly spiced brandy-like alcohol that dries. There is more than a little husky malt throughout. A masterful, complex flavor profile that does not disappoint.

M: Very highly carbonated with medium body and floral, spiced, fruity aftertaste.

D: One of the best tripels I have had. The alcohol is strong but still plays nice and enhances the lush, fruity flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 01:39:30 | More by argock
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9.4oz dark green bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a hazy golden caramel candy color with a full, if fast fading fizzy off-white head.
The smells range from horse stall to tobacco - from banana to cut oak - from apples to citrus - and oatmeal with butter to light rum.
The malt body is substantial. Banana bread and wheat bread flavors are upfront. Tastes of caramel and pears and buttered rum follow. A bit of vanilla is noticed.
A dry earthy taste emerges from a light sugary sweetness. Lime-like citrus and a bit of orange zest mingle with cloves and a hint of black pepper. A mild warming alcohol fuminess strengthens slightly as the liquid temperature rises.
This is a special beer, that when served on tap becomes even more special. A nice beer to celebrate my birthday eve!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 03:14:51 | More by BeerResearcher
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper color. Big and bubbly white head that has good retention. Appearance indicates a high level of carbonation. Really nice doughy, yeasty aroma. And smoke. I get a definitive smoke aroma which surprises me a little bit. Some banana like esters make their presence known right off the bat. A little bubblegum as well. A very light phenolic presence. Finishes on the sweet side. Medium bodied. Enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2002 19:22:18 | More by Bighuge
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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