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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,241
Hads: 3,731
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 266
Gots: 681 | 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 EMV
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap in Paris, poured into an oversized tulip glass.

L: Poured a hazy deep golden color with 3 fingers of creamy white head. Generous lacing.

S: Complex, with citrus notes, pepper and spices, and some alcoholic sweetness.

T/F: Big Belgian triple taste... aggressive spices with fruitiness from the yeast. Malts and grains. . No significant hops. Zesty and carbonated.

O: A very nice Belgian triple. .. spicier than others and lots going on. Complex and delicious.

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Photo of justme
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was one fine beer. One of the best examples of this style available. The only slight distraction was the fragrance was a bit funky, but not enough to distract from the wonderful flavor

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Photo of JMUduke
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 1.5 finger head with excellent retention, lacing is beautiful, light gold in color
Smell: Fruity Pebbles
Taste: fruity and sweet, but not overbearingly, some citrus notes
Feel: light mouthfeel, alcohol isn't noticeable
Overall: one of my new favorites in the style

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Photo of Savan
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured a hazy yellow-orange, had a scent of yeast and dough slightly piney. Had to me a grapefuit and raw dough taste to it. I LOVE qauds which would be kinda the evil twin to anyone whom likes tripel and dopples I do suppose. Anywho..... Not a huge fan, but then it was not terrible

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice gold color, with near perfect head and lacing. Good body, with just the right touch of spice that is basic to the style. Really nothing to dislike about this. I'm generally not a huge tripel fan, but I found this to be delicious. Possibly the finish does not completely match mouthfeel? Possibly. But that would be my only critique.

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Photo of Greasy
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale straw color with an enormous white head.
S: Belgian yeast, some banana.
T: Some citrus notes, sweetness, very Belgian if that makes sense.
M: Very smooth, medium body. No alcohol burn except for when it nears room temp.
O: Solid tripel, not the best of the bunch, but respectable.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure I've had enough experience w/ tripels yet to really comment/review, but ignorance and prudence never went hand in hand anyway, so here we go! Pretty thing, gigantic white foam erupting from the glass -- actually had to pour in stages to get it to settle down. Ginormous nose, redolent of banana, sure, but other fruits as well, various citrus, pear, etc, along with a healthy helping of spicy yeast. Palate displays many of the same characteristics with a little honey sweetness and leaving a slight boozy tingle on the lips. Nice mouthfeel, light and airy enough to easily belie the 8% ABV. This is a really solid tripel that I don't think you'd ever be sorry to order/buy.

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Photo of breezyday
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a 750 ml ... 75 CL label bottle ... to me an American bomber, the beer poured with a nice foamy white head and recedes to a thin line of lace. The bouquet smell is slightly sweet with a fragrance of clover, orange and pear. There is a slight alcoholic sniff in the fragrance, but you sense a balance and wonder about the use of the grains (oats, barley and wheat described in the label) and desire to taste and savor what comes. The color is straw yellow with a slight murkiness. The taste is similar to Duvel, but it is lighter and slightly sweeter with less 'hoppy' bite when enjoying Duvel. After enjoying this bottle, I will have to revisit Duvel. It will be a pleasure to check the difference between the two.
Truly, an excellent Belgium Tripel and all Americans need to explore the great qualities of the Belgian and German yeasty beers.

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Photo of tlema1
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: light gold, fluffy head, lots of carbonation
S: Belgian yeast all the way
T: fantastic, fruity , slightly tart pear taste
F: slight booze
O: I love this beer, could be my favorite Tripel

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap tonight at the distributor showdown at Cask and Vine.
Dark golden color big white head. Rich bready fruity maltiness with some peppery clove phenols to balance. Nice tripel.

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Photo of aaya
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not into hoppy beers BUT this only had a very slight hop aftertaste that really faded when a few lemons were added to the mix. Of the four piece beer flight I had, this was definitely my favorite of the nite.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale golden color with a small fizzy white head and a ton of carbonation. Good retention on the bubbly head, showing no signs of retention after 2+ minutes.

Aroma leads with strong pepper and yeast, along with coriander. Some light fruitiness.

Taste follows the nose very strongly. Pepper and coriander, with a splash of lemon. Bubblegum and banana follow up. Strong grainy and bready malts that lend a very unique, more dense character, which contrasts the typically light flavors paired with the aforementioned flavors. Fairly sweet on the finish, with a brief moment of tart bitterness, with the tart lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for what you would expect based on the color and flavors. A bit sticky going down. High carbonation. Definitely more of a sipper.

A fantastic, unique Tripel that is an absolutely must-try.

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Photo of BTodd
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tiny bubbles, lively, crystal clear pale yellow in color. Head sticks around for a bit.

Smell is fruity with a little peppery spice and definite light struck/stanky quality to it (green bottle). Cracker as well.

More fruit than the nose would suggest which makes it almost sweet despite the bubbles. Some of the other characteristics give way to the fruit here.

Love the feel. Coats a touch without being too thick/syrupy. Perfect weight combined with the carbonation which is pretty high.

Overall, I've had this one a few times and truthfully don't drink a lot of Tripels. I very much enjoy this but probably lack the vocabulary to accurately describe it. Would, and will occasionally, buy again.

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Photo of Alexrdvz
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a perfect example of a beautifully crafted Belgium beer. It has a remarkable taste and aftertaste, but surprisingly the bouquet is not quite there. It drinks easily, but do not get this light colored beer confused with a lager or your regular summery wheat beer... This is loaded and you will be reminded of this after a couple glasses.

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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 Uglylilpup
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites--strong and refreshing at the same time. Lots going on--sweet, sour, sparkle. A bit of a knee-wobbler when you get up from the table--have plenty of Belgian frites and mayo with it!

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge white head. Straw coloured body.
S: Coriander and loads of yeasty peppiness.
T: Quite a lot of coriander and banana with some nice dusty earthiness. Nice and snappy. There's some peach, or that herbal flavour you get from Edelweiss.
O: For a coriander tasting Belgian Tripel I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 18 2016 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, producing two fingers of fluffy, resilient, sparkling-white head. It seeps away slowly over the next five minutes or so, coating the glass with a layer of lace as it is gradually reduced to a foamy cap and collar. I am getting an interesting blend of fruits on the nose - red apple, pear and banana, with hints of apricot and white grape. Grainy, bready malts, grassy hay and lemony citrus also come through, as well as some spicy clove and yeastiness.

This is an outstanding tripel. Bready malts, grains and sugary sweetness blend beautifully with notes of lemon zest and banana. Orchard fruits - apricot, apple and pear - are also detectable, with the profile taking a spicy turn near the finish. Notes of grassy hay, clove, pepper and lemon pith tie things up nicely, with the alcohol content being borderline noticeable. Extremely effervescent, with absurdly lively carbonation that causes the beer to froth up in the mouth, giving this tripel a very silky-smooth mouthfeel. Between the aggressive carbonation, spicy finish and touch of ethanol heat, this one seems to have an almost tongue-numbing quality to it.

Final Grade: 4.67, an unbelievable A+. Tripel Karmeliet is a fantastic example of one of my favourite Belgian beer styles, and I am glad I had the wherewithal to pick up a second bottle for cellaring purposes. This should be considered a definite must-try for fans of the style, as well as for Belgian abbey-style beer fans in general - the mouthfeel is just exquisite, and the complex flavour profile is sure to raise a few eyebrows. One of the best examples of this style that I've yet imbibed, and something that I wish I could buy year-round - the perfect beer to celebrate my 1000th tick with.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Gringos & Mariachis in Bethesda, MD.

Served in a snifter glass. Clear and deep gold in color with a creamy white head. Fruity and spicy aroma. Smooth flavor loaded with citrus fruit and peppery spice. Some alcohol in the finish but it actually works well with the rest of the flavors. Medium bodied and beyond easy to drink.

A beer where the sum is greater than its parts. I'd been wanting to try this for a while and I was stoked to find it on-tap.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle brought from coolwines, I get bubble gum clove banana this is great if you can get this its a must try. The alcohol is well hidden lucky I only have the 1.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Murky amber color, like apple juice. Thick 1 inch head that disappears quickly. Tiny bubbles.

S - Citrus, sourness, malt, and apples.

T - Wheat, citrus, with a sweet finish. Not really bitter.

M - Very thick, not much burn.

O - Citrusy sweet without the bitterness or burn. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of RossiDaMan
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was recommended to my by another BA and I happened to find it in a 750ml at Costco. This was my 2nd tripel and I now see the similarities in style with La Fin du Monde. I enjoyed the light yet crisp taste that closed with subtle sweetness of spice. Highly carbonated and a big billowy head that smelled yeasty and bright. A refreshing warm weather beer that packed a nice 8.4 ABV punch.

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Photo of mick303
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, produced a huge head of foam, showing really good retention. Clear light golden colour with a lot of visible carbonation.

S - yeast notes predominate with some sweet sugary notes, lemon balm, sourdough, pears, with some allspice, very interesting and dynamic nose, yeasty with a bit of spice.

T - firm start with barley malt and assertive yeastiness, florals, sweet candied notes, creamy, with oaty notes, pears, slightly smoky, with lactic yeast notes, lemony but not as much as the nose, this has a wonderful character, bright with citrus and florals and sweet caramel, but also a heavier yeasty body that compliments the creamy grainy mouthfeel.

M - delightful, a bit sweet but it is creamy and full and rich, carbonation is on the high side which is good. It is a big beer and that helps hide the strength, giving it a good drinkability.

Highly impressive tripel, flavours keep evolving and developing, this one certainly is very interesting. I find a bit too much of the sweetness shows initially but as the other flavours develop this becomes muted. Firm rich yeasty profile and a very nice balance of the chosen malts to give this a slightly chewy satisfying feel and flavour. Well done.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich and fruity. Chamomile, flowers, orange marmalade, kumquats. I could go on. Incredibly aromatic. Really leaps from the glass. So much going on. Perfumey and floral hops, with honey and cracker malt rounding things out. Sweet smelling. Some banana and white pepper as well.

Pours a tad hazy dark gold/light orange. Big frothy head, lots of carbonation. Recedes a bit though bubbles continue to feed from the bottom. Not much lacing.

Flavor is a rush of chamomile, bubblegum, and citrus fruits. Clove and banana. Soft cracker malt with honey and some wheat character on the finish. Juicy fruit and spices. Very complex. Moderate hop bitterness, warming alcohol.

Very high carbonation allowing the flavors to really explode on the palate. Medium body. Lots of fruit upfront but finishes mostly dry.

A lot going on in this beer. So much yeast character without being cloying.

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Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You can always count on a Tripel to provide an abundance of rocky white head. Tripel Karmeliet delivers immediately and throws in a team of untiring acrobatic bubbles to boot. This fairly pale yet golden beer beams with brightness even despite its slight haziness. Between the sturdy crown and powerful resplendence there's few things that look more appropriate in a chalice.

The bouquet packs such a rush of bright citrus flavour you'd swear it was brewed with orange or lemon zest. Alas, such is just the wonder of Belgian yeast. Still, this aroma is good as sunlight itself and, combined with the scents of grass and feed stable grains, it practically screams of summer months in the countryside. There's a lot of tropical banana flavour in there too!

Not every producer that puts so much detail into their label art pays the same attention to the actual contents of the bottle - Tripel Karmeliet, however, absolutely does. This flavour is layered with cereal-, citrus-, and spice-driven flavours. It has a richness and elegance that can confidently be claimed among the style's best and is really rivaled only by a select few other Belgian producers (i.e., Westmalle).

Not only are there lemon drops as far as the eye can see, but orchard fruits like pear and apple also factor in by the bushel full. White pepper and lemongrass ensure a mix of both spicy and savory components, both of which work well with the dry and earthy tastes of farm-fresh hay, oats, and wholesome, bready malted barley. There's definitely no shortage of graininess!

For as long as I've been reviewing beer (over a decade now) I've always considered Karmeliet my absolute favourite Tripel. While the recipe seems to have changed a little in recent times (much lighter, more citrus-forward) it's still undoubtedly among the best regularly available tripel and probably THE one I'd point to for those aiming to learn about or emulate this great style.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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