Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,241
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Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 266
Gots: 682 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001

3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.
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Photo of RedHaze
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a pale straw color with a towering four finger head, even with a very gentle pour. I'm not sure the head is ever going to fade away. The lacing that is left behind is thick and chunky.

Smell; very floral with lots of tropical fruits. Some gentle spices come out, along with a bit of citrus and earthy yeastiness.

Taste; this is a very sweet and fruity tripel, with oranges, peaches, apricots and many others that I can't place. The yeasts add a bit of chalkiness, and the spices are a touch peppery, with almost no alcohol noticeable in the profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is very good, but with the sweetness and abundance of fruit flavors I would not be able to drink more than one of these.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.
A: Light orange color, 1.5 finger frothy head, lots of carbonation.
S: Aromas of chamomile, llemon and flowers. Quite aromatic.
T: I'm not picking up what everyone else is raving about... this is quite light with a bit of chamomile, honey and spice- certainly tasty, there's just not much going on and it's not very bold.
M: Light, crisp, and carbonated. Pleasant.
O: Overall this is a good beer, and one I would be interested in trying again. I'm just not picking up the same intensity/complexity on the palate others have described.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.

A: Poured into a snifter. The color is a murky pale copper / orange / gold color. Has some nice carbonation up the glass, and it's already gone to work in generating a half-inch of head and nice lacing down the glass.

S: Light fruits: orange, lemon, pear, green apple. I detected honey and pilsner malt too.

T: Sweet fruity backbone, dominated by orange and pear flavors. Has a light lemon character with some sour apple flavor in the mid-taste. It progresses into honey and pilsner malt flavors toward the end, but the finish surprisingly remains champagne-dry.

M: Thin-to-medium body with a slightly grainy texture to it. Has high carbonation that suits the style very well, gives it a nearly crisp feel at times.

D: It's a pretty good tripel, but none of the flavors blew me away or made it stand out.

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Photo of AlienOddity
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Uncorked this one and had to run for the sink! Nothing in the aoroma made me think it was spoiled so here goes...

A- Golden/amber with coarse granular head which disappeared quickly leaving very little residue.

S- Sweet, bready malt with raisins and overripe fruit.

T- Again the bready grains come in and are backed up by sweet, ripe fruit. Alcohol makes an apperance near the end.

M- Warm, full mouth feel with carbonation bite. Warming alcohol sensation as it goes down.

D- Had no trouble finishing the bottle- would go nicely with some earthy cheese or perhaps beef.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"The second best tripel after Westy" according the beer czar tender at my local good beer bar.

Poured into an authentic yet oversized Karmeliet tulip glass. A bit too much for me. Save the dramatic glass, I can't say appearance was anything to comment on. I prefer my Belgian's with some cloudiness. It had a bit of haziness, nothing remarkable.

Very easy drinking for such a strong beer. Nothing about the flavor or aroma profile jumps out at me. Some complexity would be nice.

Towards the end, drinkability diminished to the point I left the last ounce or two for my fallen beer nerds.

I like the fact that this is brewed by female "monks."

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Photo of frankiepop
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really liked this beer. The beer is an attractive golden beer that made a good head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Sweet malty yeasty smell.

Taste: Mild tripel that sweet, yeasty and malty taste. Light fruits and spice. I found the entire the very good and mild. Complex? yes. Tasty? yes. Highly recommended. could be your favorite.

Notes: Pairs well with Greg Brown folk music.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange/amber pour with good clarity. Half-inch persistent head.
A lot of wheat on the aroma, as well a perfumy orange blossom, soft alcohol, some spicy and floral hops and a bit of lemon.
Flavour is quite similar, but with the expected doughy belgian yeast coming through.
Highly effervescent, very prickly. Some alcohol warming on the palate.
The wheat put a spin on things, but otherwise this is just a typical belgian tripel, albeit quite a tasty one....

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Burnt golden color with a beautiful, solid, serious, bulbous head. The aroma is yeasty, and peppery with a backdrop of alcohol. It al blends together in a nice little package…together with a little sugar and fruit smells. The taste has a notable candy flavor, with a graininess and maltiness. Slight bitterness in the end, but framed with pepper and spice. The mouthfeel is a little light, given the nice flavors. I expected something more mouthfilling and creamy. Instead, it’s kind of thin. Still, this is a tasty, enjoyable, very flavorful Belgian.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale orange-gold color. A tad bit of carbonation is visible. Nice white head starts off at about a fingers-width, but quickly turns to a mottled film.

Smell: Nice aroma of light fruity flavors: some citrus present, but not too heavy. Mostly pear, orange, and apple. Some sweeter elements too, maybe caramel.

Taste: Very much the same as the aroma. An amalgam of fruits, plus a bit of caramel. I'm missing the yeasts: there's a bit (especially in the lingering aftertaste), I think, but barely.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied with mild carbonation and pretty smooth. Goes down nice. Maybe a tad light for a Tripel.

Drinkability: Rather easy-to-drink tripel: low-ish alcohol and little yeast funky-ness.

This is an enjoyable beer: definitely a Belgian, but missing those yeasts that make a Tripel a Tripel. Nevertheless, I think it is still worth giving a shot for those who enjoy Belgian ales, or those who maybe find more typical Tripels a bit difficult.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Karmeliet tulip glass.

A - A very pretty beer. Pours up a medium frothy head with little lacing. A gorgeous honey gold color. It literally looks like honey through the glass.

S - Slight wheat and oats. Hops make a very subtle presence. Not a potent odor, but quite pleasant.

T - Interesting. A slight honey taste with a malty finish. A bit of flowery character. A mild bitter aftertaste. It is good, not great though. Alcohol is detectable, but not powerful.

M - At first I thought it was too highly carbonated and frothed up in my mouth intensely, acting astringently on my tongue. But after a few minutes, it died down a lot and revealed a smooth thin drink that is very refreshing. Still a bit frothy though.

D - I can't put my finger on it. There is something amazing about this beer. I keep wanting it. Looking at what I said, I agree with all with all of it, and it seems complete. Yet somehow there is something left out. This beer is excellent, and the rating doesn't do it justice. I know this beer it good, but it is also not the best I've had, yet I have a feeling that in the future, I would choose it over many beers I've rated higher.

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Photo of dfried
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a coppery/amber appearance with a great head with a lot of larger bubbles and lacing. Very good overall appearance. the smell was a syrupy, about what you would expect from a tripel. I really liked the taste, it was sweeter than most triples almost like a white wheaty ale, with hints of citrus. Definitely a bit heavy which usually brings the drinkablility down a bit.

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Photo of beerthirtysa
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice light gold. Not too many bubbles. Not too much protein, as the head doesn't have a "cap" to it. But a white, creamy head.

S: Lovely perfume-like odor. Some coriander, yeast, grassy notes, some citrus and sweet malt notes. Very nice aroma.

T: Taste is surprisingly even front to back. Sweet, perfumy taste as well, some malty notes, alcohol is noticeable. Hops are noticeable throughout.

M: Surprisingly effervescent on the tongue. Sort of foams in the mouth.

O: Overall the smell can't overcome the shortcomings in the taste and mouthfeel. Certainly drinkable, but there are other triples I would try beforehand.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, unbelievably gorgeous bottle. Depiction of farmers working in a field, of what I believe would be some ingredient in the beer. Make me wonder if the Carmelite Brothers from my childhood are involved in this.

Maybe I am a little turned off on Tripels, but this one did not impress too much. A basic looking head and body, slightly wispy on top, but very "macro" in color.

Taste: a bit odd, fruity, sweet ending on a sour note. Very alcoholic mouthfeel. Would make a wonderful summer beer. Very drinkable at 8%.

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Photo of MacTeo
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Nice light yellowish color; looks refreshing

S-Very Fruity (Lemon, apple, orange hints)

T-Bubbly; some pine notes, and candie-ish to my taste

M-A bit too much on the carbonation...almost thought I was drinking shandy

O-its decent, I'll drink this beer again but not seek it too often.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Fathead's tonight.

A-slightly hazed golden straw color with a tight creamy white head.

S-the nose is nicely balanced, notes of toasted bread with an underlying caramel malt. Hints of yeast, lemon, and a nice golden peach in the back.

T-the taste is very sweet and not as balanced as the nose. light caramel malts and a touch of breadiness up front but faint. this is overtaken by sugar and golden fruits. pear, peach, lemon with a touch of grassy hops in the back and a hint of bitterness.

M-smooth and creamy medium body with a great carbonation giving it a good balance on the feel with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

D-this is so sweet, it is tasty but just too sweet. the nose had a good balance that was missed on the taste. too much sugar; but hid the 8.4 alcohol.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: pours a very very pale and light hay color that is just slightly hazy with a small amount of carbonation bubbles and a three finger head that is pure white, very light and fluffy and lingers very nicely, leaves a decent amount of lacing
S: very night slight peppery notes and a gentle lemon peel scent, a nice grainy note like honey nut cheerios
T: really nice taste, reminds me kind of like a really faint apple juice, slight spice and clove notes, finishes with a bit of a bitter note, there is a slight bubble gum note in the front of the sip as well
M: gentle carbonation tingle but definitely fizzy, smooth and airy across the palate, leaves the mouth feeling slightly dry
O: given its overall rating, i had expected more complexity, i do suppose that this is a spot on representation of the style, it hits right as it should, drinks nicely enough and the alcohol is not perceivable

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice

It pours a hazy golden yellow with a puffy white head that stays for a long time then recedes to film.

The smell is fruity and flowery with hints cloves. Very inviting.

The taste is similar to the smell with hints of spices and fruits especially grapes. A faint aftertaste of cloves is very present and also smoky.

Like stated by other reviewers it is a little bit over carbonated in my book. It has a champagne feel to it.

Overall good tasting beer but mouth feel could improve refreshing and light.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving size 750 ml bottle poured into a Karmelieit glass bought at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank.

Pours a clear honey amber with a large bubbled head and several thin streams of carbonation that kept the head replenished. Some lace though not much.

Smells of faintly of sweet honey with some mild fruitiness as well.

Taste was very sweet. Very much like honey as well, some fruit, yeast and alcohol tastes as well.

light in the mouth with lots of CO2 refreshing .

This is a very drinkable 8% beer. Not the best tripple but not half bad.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= pours a nice deep yellow color... not quite a fizzy yellow but a little more amber in it. Huge amounts of bubbles in this one; I poured it into a regular glass and it looks like I have a nucleation site in it. The head is nice and thick. A good 3 finger size on the head and its color is a beautiful white. Little lacing however which is somewhat sad.
S= typical tripel fruityness. Sort of green apples and pears in it with a nice yeast spicyness. Reminds me of every other tripel I've had only it's a little more potent.
T= Fruityer than more tripels I've had. Really great pear taste to it. Nice spicyness to it. I can taste a little bit of the green apple in it. Really you get a good amount of bisquity malt as well. The slightest hop is present but you really have to hunt for it.
M= Really really high carbonation. Almost too light. Sooo bubbly.
D= Pretty good. I think the large amount of bubbles in it kill it a bit so I had to let it sit out for quite a while.

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Photo of BelgianTripple
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy this beer very much.

I get notes of citrus and spice when I drink this beer in both flavor and smell. It is a highly carbonated beer that I find to be refreshing. This is a beer that can easily be enjoyed quickly or sipped over the course of half an hour.

I actually use a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass which make it easy to drink and to enjoy the aroma. If you get a chance I would highly suggest it.

At home, I tend to drink this beer slightly colder than cellar temperature, but when I have it in a pub at cellar temperature I find the flavor of this beer stands up very well. There is a sweet spot between too cold and too warm that I've come to recognize and that it usually when I decide to finish the beer.

The only negative comment I might make involves that carbonation I mentioned earlier. This is a beer that can make you full. But at 8.4% that isn't really a bad thing.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized, fizzy white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Sweet fruity aroma with citrus fruits, and some pepper as well. Similar taste, sweet, citrus, more Belgian spices and an alcohol burn on the way down.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber colour with a large, foamy, but quickly dissapating head.

Smells and tastes quite hoppy, as a good tripel should. Has a bit of a floral bouquet to it, and a slight citrus taste.

Overall, a very nice tripel. One I'd have again. Which is good, since I bought a metric buttload of 'em.

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Photo of decimator
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 8.4%.

A - Poured a hazy gold with a 1cm head. Head was quickly gone and no lacing.

S - Sweet bread, fruity with bananas & lemons, herbal notes.

T - Sweet malts, some bananas, citrus, hint of spice, hint of booze.

M - Medium-heavy body, average carbonation, some tang, sticky sweet finish.

O - Decent beer but it wasn't a stand out for me.

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Photo of LordofthePings
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from 750ml bottle into orval goblet. Golden and clear, peppery smell. Taste is spicey and mild to moderate esters. Moderate carbonation, feel is smooth and easily drinkable.

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Photo of kpantz
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: Not my favorite Tripel, but still a fantastic version. Every hallmark of the style is present here. A standard for sure.

750 ml bottle - best before 02/02/08.

Appearance: Deep golden, slightly hazy pour with a fervent fluffy white head that hangs tough and laces nicely.

Smell: Coriander, Clove, as well as some mild alcohol in the nose. Mild hop aroma as well.

Taste: Sweet to start with a fruitiness. The spiciness present in the nose is here as well, adding a bit of heat that blends the carbonation nicely with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The amount of spiciness actually makes it challenging to determine the carbonation level, but the overall effect is nice - not too much action, but enough to let you know it means business. Fairly thin and not too sticky.

Drinkability: I don't think I'd be able to down more than one of these. The ABV isn't that high, but the "bite" in this one makes my mouth long for something a bit smoother.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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