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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,251
Hads: 3,766
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 273
Gots: 712 | 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 BeerFMAndy
3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz tap pour into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip at The Highland House. $6.50

A - Hazy golden yellow with a low white head despite the tall tap pour to the center of the tulip. Not as effervescent as the bottle version. No lace, pour retention.

S - Cold aroma with a big banana ester, Belgian aroma, crystal malts and notes of earth, clay, and white pepper. The overall aroma is pretty low. Hints of butter suggest the tap lines might need some cleaning.

T - Sweet pale malts and candi sugar with banana notes. Interesting. No where near as good as the bottled version. Sweet and lacking the great nuances the bottle has.

M - Smooth and soft with a light finish and a touch of alcohol.

D - Decent drinakbility but either it's a way old keg, the tap lines need some cleaning, or it's just not the same as the bottle. Possible pour sanitation in the line I feel, but my friend likes it more than the bottle and stands by his pour. Hmm.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

Into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small and very thin white head that quickly fizzes away and vanishes almost totally. Colour is an amber or tangerine yellow. No carbonation evident and no lacing left down the glass at all.

SMELL: Caramelized and toasted malt. Quite fruity, apples, pears, peaches and perhaps some mango as well, which is quite unique. A touch of Belgian yeast and spices, bit not as pronounced as others in the style. A touch of wheat malt in there as well. Decent strength, and quite enticing to be sure.

TASTE: Toasted malt and some sweet caramel malt again. A dose of sweet fruity esters, apples and mangos mostly, with a good burst of spicy yeast and alcohol at the end. Hints of wheat in the background. Spicy alcoholic aftertaste is decently strong and long lasting. Pretty complex and nice.

PALATE: Very light thin body and overly airy going down. This one is hard to drink it's so bubbly and airy, reminding me of champagne. Very high levels of carbonation, goes down super airy and definitely give you the burps. No bite and finishes slightly mouth coating at the finish. Not really a fan of this type of mouth-feel. This was a detractor for me, and hurt its drinkability.

OVERALL: Great nose and taste, but the mouth-feel was very difficult for me. If you like thin airy beer, such as Duvel, the you'll love this triple. A couple years may have helped the taste mature, but didn't help the look or mellow out the carbonation. A tasty treat, but not one I'd want to re-visit any time soon. On the other hand, if I can find a fresh bottle sometime in the future, I'll definitely give 'er another go.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An excellent example of a Tripel. This beer poured a nice golden haze, with a thick 2" head. The smell was very fresh and light, a slight amount of hops, and lots of summer fruit.. peaches, plums, apples, and pears. The mouthfeel was good.. small bubbles, just right. I was surprised on the whole.. I expected it to be a lot heaveier than it was, but it was really great.

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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 Auracom
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easter new brew at Francesca's Fiore in Forest Park. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint on April 8th, 2012. It sounded familiar so I thought "what the hell."

A - Pilsner-like golden color, quite clear, tons of carbonation coming up from the bottom, very soapy three finger head.

S - Vibrant Belgian yeast, baked bread, and light sweet fruits. Definite big spice element, pepper, touch of honey graham cracker.

T - Big time citrus blend of lemons, pears, and golden apples. Mid palate switches over to malt grains and finishes with a bready note.

M - Enormous carbonation, light body, mildly dry finish with a short spice and malt aftertaste.

D - I really enjoyed the malt bill of this one, but it's almost a tad too sweet and needs more depth in the finish. Would revisit on-tap.

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Photo of LiveWire_13
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer overachieves, but it's not great either. The pale straw color and cloyingly sweet cheap beer smell didn't have my mouth watering, but the taste has some complex fruit flavors and it's got a little thickness. Good, but not great; buy it on the cheap.

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Photo of scottum
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duvel Cafe in Stockholm.
Served amber with a huge head!! Spicey withh some alcohol notes. There are thin malts with a crisp bite for balance. A very well crafted beer, but not a beer for me if other tripels are around. Or good beers of other styles for that matter.

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Photo of Lewarcher1949
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: very light. Lots of head. Looks like a Hefeweizen.

Smell: Fruity. Deceptively light.

Taste: Malty. Somewhat sweet. Not apparent that it's 8.4 percent alcohol.

Feel: Again deceptively heavy. Very satisfying finish.

Overall. Very good example of the style. Kinda pricey, but worth it.

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Photo of Vancer
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #1400, right time for a better brew. Poured this Champaign beer into the Corsendonk tulip slowly - the big SMOOK upon opening let me know that this one is packing firm carbonation.

Clear golden brew, and of course, white head everywhere. Just a bit of Brussels lace. Aroma is a surprising musty funk of fruit and pilsner lager (grainy malt). Quaff is that dry Champaign of sweet fruits with a under hint of rich malts. Crisp and dry finish. Not a bad brew, but certainly not an "A" frosty either (IMO).

Glad to have finally tried it, rather go local (Schlafly) with my next tripel.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Jan 2009, drank June 2007.

Poured into my magnificent 'Judas' glass (it's huge).

The body is an old gold colour with loads of carbonisation ripping through to replenish the large foaming head. The head began to shrink about half way though the drink, which was a shame because it looked fantastic at the start of the session.

The aroma was of yeast, sour apples and mixed spices, as the beer warmed, they intensified.

The alcohol is there foremost in the taste, but not overpowering enough to put you off, the other flavours of hops, yeast and apple-pie spices see to that.

Spices and a little citrus taste arrives in the mouthfeel, very pleasant.

Overall a very good beer, I have a soft spot for the Belgian Tripples and this is one of the best without a doubt.

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Photo of KlausKinski
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Massive head, golden appearance.
Yeasty smell.
Sweetish start, it develops fruit Aromas in the middle and brings through a little bitterness which is also dominant in the aftertaste.
At all a good, natural beer: Interesting, complex , but also quite drinkable.

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Photo of Pero1974
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was a bit disappointed. This is supposed to be one of the best tripels in the world, but I've had many beers that were much better. It is a good, decent beer, but not outstanding. I miss some spices in the aroma, the flavor is good, full but a bit flat. By no means a bad beer, but I just expected so much more of it.

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Photo of moshiric
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- clear blonde with a large but relatively thin head. Not much lacing.

S- very floral and purfumey. Maybe overly so.

T- purfumey notes are very prominent and are the most dominant flavor.

M- more crisp than than expected. NIce that its aftertaste isn't as purfumey.

O- the ourfuminess is what makes this beer a little much on the palate. If it was turned down a few notches, the beer would be a lot more drinkable.

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Photo of RobeyStreet
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty good. It reminded me very much of Leffe Blonde. It had a pretty good head and was light gold in color. It was a bit honey-sweet with hints of citrus at times. I would definitely try this again. I didn't drink it with food, so I'm curious to see how it would pair with a meal. Although something tells me it makes a better after-meal drink.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a crystal clear golden color, initially with a big fluffy head, but it died in a few seconds. Smell is sweet, lightly grainy, with a nice grassy hop profile, much like a Belgian pale ale, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is on the sweet side as well, yeasty and grassy, but with a bit more noticable alcohol than is healthy for this style. Not particularly balanced. I really think this fits into the Belgian pale style more than the tripel. It just doesn't have that rich carmelly sweetness or mouthfeel that a top notch tripel does. Nice spicyness however, and a refreshing beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown bottle. Poured into a tulip it formed a fizzy white head that leaves sticky lacing. Golden body with some yeast swirling about. Medium sized carbonation.

Quite floral and somewhat perfume like in the nose. Wow first pull had a sort of pop rock type mouthfeel. A better analogy may be like mentos mixed with soda, an explosion so to speak. Once the mouthfeel settles down the beer becomes rich and complex. Malts are not overly sweet like some i've had (mainly American versions) this has a nice spiced backside. A bit vinous in the aftertaste as a slight winey grape presence emerges. As this warmed a bit it became more fruity, bananna's melding with a slightly toasted malt.

Notes: Overall I'd say this was above average. A good take on the style. Mouthfeel issues while trivial in most beers stood out like a sore thumb in this. What saved this beer and makes it a must try is it's best feature is the taste!!!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy golden yellow with decent carbonation and a white crown of longlasting head.

beneath the fruity overtones, i detect the slight spiciness of a clove.

the spiciness translates to the tast, but its hard to places, cloves seem close, but hard to tell for sure.

its a bit dry, but the tartness makes up for it. its quality.

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Photo of Itoclown
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Drank from a 330 ml bottle.

Look: Poured with almost no bubbles and didn't have problems with too much foam as others have said. It looks like hazy apple juice.
Smell: Very fruity with some Belgian yeast smell.
Taste: Quite wheaty and light on the tongue. The carbonation leaves your tongue quickly and you're left with the taste of peaches, oranges and bananas.
Mouthfeel: Smooth...
Overall: I've been looking forward to this particular beer for a long time and I must say I'm a little let down. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I will buy another bottle sometime... Maybe I'll think differently next time.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold with an impressively huge billowing white head that recedes but remains as a half inch cap. Carbonation very apparent. Aroma of lemons and coriander. Prickly and spicy mouth which is suprisingly light. Peppery taste with a fruity (apple, pear, banana) middle. Much lighter in body than expected for 8.4% ABV. Could session a few of these but not sure what the result would be. Was quite good with a dinner of knockwurst, cabbage, onions, apples, red pepper over Bavarian spaetzle.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

direct from distributor in beijing (vandergeeten)

330ml brown bottle. no importer's label, but brewer's label has "best by" date of june 24, 2010. poured into tulip.

clear, golden straw color. decent head, but soon fades to wisps and ring. no lacing.

fruity esters with pear, white grape and peach, plus very faint hint of tropical, between banana and canned pineapple juice. some biscuity malt underneath and a trace of hop herbal/hay notes. licorice and spice notes are faint and mix with the phenols at the end.

flavors are fruit again (more grape and pear), but slightly watered down. some bready and yeasty notes as foundation. but from the middle onwards, the grassy hop bitterness crescendos with somewhat annoying phenols, and into finish, with just traces of the previous fruitiness.

not too thin, but hints of being watery. carbonation is lively but doesn't compensate entirely.

not horrible, but maybe it's just me. i've realized over the past half year or so that i just don't like all the medicinal phenols in many of the classic belgian tripels and blondes. not all of them, of course, since for example achel blond and st. bernadus tripel are amongst my favorite tripels. anyway, i kind of regret getting a whole case of these here in beijing, when i could have gotten something else (like more achel!)

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Photo of dmbfrat420beers
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow-orange color with big frothy white head and lots of carbonation effervescing off the bottom. Light and cirtusy, yeasty. Notes of lime and, dare I say, something like pink bubblegum? Mostly I mean that it smells somewhat sweet. Tastes like what I imagine a heavy hefe-weizen would taste like. Wheaty, sweet, lime and kiwi, with a subdued bitterness that permeates throughout. Pleasant and complex if a bit sweet for my tastes. Full bodied but with lots of crisp carbonation; a little of the alcohol can be felt deep in the chest. Not too strong for drinkability, but I find beer as sweet at this to wear on me a bit. Quite tasty and not what I was expecting from a Tripel.

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Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold, huge fluffy white head forms, nice lace, good retention. Smell is sweet, grainy, some orange, spices, wheat, little yeasty. Taste is sweet, orange and spice again, yeast, some alcohol, and a wheat dryness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. A decent tripel, but too sweet for me. I don't think it should be as high as it is, but enjoyable.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, a serving of it poured into a St. Bernardus chalic

Smell: Smell is something very unique, all I can smell is fruits, Mango, Grapefruit, Cantelope. All of these are strange for a Tripel, but lets go on....

Taste: Follows the smell, Fruit, all of which are listed above, I taste no alcohol, and no balancing to the fruit. There is some sour flavors, but they are very faint. If I didn't know I was drinking a Tripel, I would swear this was a lambic, or some other fruit beer.

Overall: I actually enjoyed this brew, if only because it hides it's 8% alcohol well. This was quite tasty, and I'm not one to enjoy fruit beers, so this one had just the right proportion to not turn me off.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a carry out single from the Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia. Label displays "Best before end: 10/3/07".

Poured into a snifter this beer produced quite a nice head. Body was a golden honey color and slightly cloudy. Lace was present, though nothing spectacular.

Fruity aroma of predominantly apricot. Smooth and sweet grains round out the nose, with some edges of alcohol. Toward the end of the glass the scent turned to a very strong alcohol dominated aroma, almost to the point of rubbing alcohol.

The flavor seemed a little harsh. Fruits seemed to attack the mouth. I know that is an odd why to describe it, but I expected a smooth flavor with some sweet and tart fruits, but what I got was a harsh fruit and alcohol flavor. By no means a bad flavor, I guess I just expected more.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet

Appearance: gold in color, clear, 1/2 inch head

Smell: lemon, wheat, orange

Taste: orange, lemon, coriander, malt, touches of hay and alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn and bitter backbone, light body with medium carbonation

Drinkability: I find this to be an above average tripel, but there are several others I prefer in the style. I would not turn this down, but also would probably not get this again.

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