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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

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Ratings: 2703
Reviews: 1157
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website
Belgium

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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merlin48

Kentucky

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

11.2 oz bottle, served slightly chilled into my St Bernardus goblet. Pour is a clear, honey gold, with a large, rocky, white head. Thousands of tiny bubbles are in a hurry to reach the surface. Sheets of Brussels lace coat the glass, as the head recedes. Aroma is apricots and mango, some musty yeast, and a restrained spiciness of coriander and vanilla. Mouthfeel is fizzy, with a bite of alcohol. Taste is quite different from other Abbey Tripels, and that's what makes this one so interesting. Tropical fruits and bubblegum seem to prevail all the way through, but the oats and wheat add a totally new dimension to my perception of a Belgian Tripel. The yeast is bready in the taste, and the spice flavors are very subdued. The taste keeps reminding me of apricot flavored oatmeal. The alcohol is noticeable, but warming.
This is incredibly complex, and supremely enjoyable. I will definitely be getting some more bottles of this, as I fear I may have underrated it on my first sampling.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 03:21:42 | More by merlin48
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tjd25

France

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden color with a slightly creamy head that made the first sip really pleasurable. Sweet citric aromas abound. The taste was what the smell made me guess it was: very citric, lemons, oranges and a nice sweetness that took of the tart that you could expect with the citrus. I could stick to that beer for the night. I only had a bottle though…I'll get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 22:59:17 | More by tjd25
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mkobes

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable beer. Really interesting. Golden copper in color. Pours with a nice medium white head. Fruity nose. Like fresh fruit. Really good. Medium body. Great beer. This is my second time having it and it is still a great beer. I would go by it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 20:52:09 | More by mkobes
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

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

33 cL bottle best before 2/05. Pours a bronzy golden color with a big, rocky white head. Spicy, clovey aromas mixed with some peppery, honey-like smells. Quite inviting. Rather sweet initially, then shifting towards a more lemony, drier finish. I like this triple a lot; it's very complex. A touch too sweet, but awfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 16:49:12 | More by crookedhalo
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge Fluffy head with tons of aroma. There were wonderful hints of citrus and malt. The initial taste is actually kind of sour, but it gets sweeter as it goes down. There is almost a candy-like aftertaste. This is a very carbonated brew with tons of flavors rushing through. This is a wonderful Abbey tripel from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 01:31:30 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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PopeJonPaul

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally had a chance to try this brew at Anam Cara, and was extremely pleased. From what I could tell in the glow of the fireplace it had a nice golden color, and a surprisingly nice head (not too carbonated, just right.) Strong fruity flavor, easily drinkable, super smooth, peach and caramel aroma. I am partial to sweet\strong beers (Tripels and Barleywines) so if you are not you might find this beer a little too sweet, however if you are a fan of Belgian Tripels I'm certain you will enjoy this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2004 05:29:28 | More by PopeJonPaul
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halfpgl

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful brew! The beer flows into the glass leaving a wonderful head. Large bubbles create a fluffy white layer of foam. The bubbles stay with you throughout the entire beer giving the high carbonation I know and love in bottled beer from Belgium. The color is an exceptional light blonde color with outstanding clarity. The nose is fruity with spicy notes. The taste is bright and clean with a wonderful sensation of CO2 dancing on your tongue. Not a session beer due to it’s alcohol content but it’s tempting. :-)

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 23:03:18 | More by halfpgl
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Jon

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing golden-blonde hue with a frothy, eggshell white head. Quite attractive in the glass.

Nose features fruity esters redolent of green apple, ripe pear and apricot. A spicy, earthy hop character peeks out from under the massive fruit presence, as well.

Definitively fruity and sweet. Additional notes of apple, apricot and pear resonate on the palate, with seemingly coriander and peppery spices, minor hints at phenols, and an alcoholic rush on the finish. Vastly flavorful, well-rounded, though never straying too far from its intrinsic fruity sweetness.

Carbonated, but not overdone like in some other tripels. Smooth and elegant.

Easy to drink given its weight and all the flavors packed inside. A classy, classic tripel whose attention is well-deserved. Good on tap, but preferred in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2004 04:41:58 | More by Jon
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byrd

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a bubbly white head that diminishes pretty quickly to a thin lace that, in turn, lasts for quite a long time. The body is a golden amber and is almost clear with just a slight haze. Lots of carbonation is bubbling to the top. Quite a strong aroma that is slightly doughy and sweet. Some honey is noticeable on the nose as are spices – coriander, clove, and maybe nutmeg? Nice smooth sweet start with a honey sweetness that lasts throughout. Some notes of bubblegum and banana are also noticeable. A fluffy carbonation comes in mid swallow followed with noticeable spices and a slightly tart finish. Slightly warming on the swallow. Nice brew and fairly complex, yet it’s a bit on the sweet side. I’d like to try this one again, but there are other Belgians that I’ve enjoyed more that might temp me again before this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 23:27:10 | More by byrd
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminded me why I like Belgian beers so much. Had on tap at Redbones. Color was faded golden, slightly cloudy. A fluffy, creamy white head perched on tap. My notes say "aroma is full of promise." I detected some musty, but still spicey notes, with even a whiff of perfume to top things off. Medium bodied, there is an abundance of fruit, with sweetness, crisp citrus, and then a finish of dusty cinnamon. And so smooth! A very delicious brew to be savored. Highly recommended. pat

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2004 01:03:51 | More by PatandDavid
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dannyvee

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on tap at redbones in a small stemmed glass. nice puffy white head. aromas of earthy yeast and fruit. quite complex in the nose. taste was just as amazing- citrus, belgian malt, caramel and yeast. medium to full body. this was a wonderful find and one that i will seek out in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2004 00:21:52 | More by dannyvee
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After I loosened the wire cage around the cork on this 750ml bottle of this beer it shot away with a loud "pop," the carbonation pushing out some of the beer with it. Luckily, not too much escaped. This is a beautiful beer. I wish I had the glass designed for this beer so it would be displayed as it was meant to be displayed, especially since the glass for this beer is equally beautiful. Since I don't, I picked something close enough from my collection for smelling and tasting purposes and gave it a go. A huge rocky head forms very quickly on this beer, so a gentle pour is required. Below this massive white fluffy cloud of bubbles is an orangish straw-colored brew. Big splotches of lace are left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is full of complexities, including wheaty and oatmeal characteristics, yeast spiciness, vanilla, orange frosting, and what i'd describe as a tea bag aroma with some hints of medicinal herb. Very creamy on the palate with a good amount of carbonation. Complex flavors meet every taste bud in a different way. A sweetness from the combined barley, wheat, and oats is the main characteristic of this brew. It has complexity in itself from these 3 grains used in the brewing of this elixir. Orange-like yeast spiciness compliments the sweetness perfectly along with a medicinal character and a tinge of vanilla and bubble gum. This certainly is an amazing beer. One of the best tripels I've tasted, and certainly the most unique. Very well-balanced and great in every aspect.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 09:58:28 | More by hyuga
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Sixpack595

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper color with huge long lasting white head. Great lacing and a steady stream of bubbles. Malty and sweet aroma with orange and lemon. Crisp mouthfeel from the strong carbonation. Dry finish. Very well balanced bitterness keep the sweetness in line.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 07:17:49 | More by Sixpack595
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yen157

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unmanageably huge, rocky head. Golden-yellow in color with very attractive CO2 streamers decorating the interior of the glass. The nose consisted of sour-ish pear and some candy sugar. Granny smith apple start to the taste, followed by pale Belgian malt and warming alcohol peppered with, well, pepper and some phenols. Good fruitiness and cleansing carbonation. Well done. I haven’t had this one earlier because it was something that was so common that I always said “some other time”. I’m glad “some other time” rolled around.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 00:53:44 | More by yen157
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super clear golden yellow with some steady distributed carbonation bubbles flowing within, a finger high white head of thick froth that retains for a bit, settles to a thick puffed haze on top remaining present the whole glass down, lace begins as sheets but falls apart quickly leaving webby globs.

Aroma is quite complex and very interesting with a ton of stuff going on, mainly an overall dulled orange peel zest with a sweet sour dough bread rolled into a musty/musky yeastyness that gives it a nice smokey appeal that gives it some brothyness and makes it almost seem like the fruit has rotted or something. Doesn't sound good but man its nice, notes of banana, nectarine, lime, lemon zest, pepperjack, moldy wood, wet dirt, onion, tomato, boy I could continue with all the soupy & fruity things mixing in the smell of this thing but I think I'll stop there before my nose explodes. Wow!

Surprisingly enough the taste comes across nearly the same as the smell but its not as potent and not quite as complex as what the smell hints too. There's a nice tangy sour dough bread malt sweetness to its front, oats and wheat make for some incredible sweetening and the middle is speckled with notes of different dullish citrus fruits of orange, lemon, pineapple, and lime, some slight yeasty tang and light spice of clove and meat broth makes a brief appearance as not to overwhelm that are note worthy from midway all the way to the finishing areas where it leaves more twangy sweetness and light citrus in the finish.

Feel is a solid medium body with a wierd smoothness thats hard to fathom, but reminded me of light soup. Whats with the soup aspects of this beer? Buttery-like smoothness that actually has a nice hold of carbonation that seems to fit the citrusy sweetness and the finish has a subtle complexity of things portrayed in the smell. Politely skipping across is a lime-like twinge left on the lips after each sip. One hell of an interesting Triple, this is more of what I look for from a Triple other then a mega hefe profile of clove and yeast thats been multiplied. This was very interesting and now I am left wondering if its like this all the time. Reviews of this seem to be widely diverse so I will definately get some more soon and try again to make sure this is something that continues to comes across as the same. Either way; this bottle was all Yum!!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 04:21:40 | More by tavernjef
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice presentation with a big glass with lily flowers drawn on. Hazy olden color with a pretty fine white head, rather large, but it doesnt stay up its throne long. Superb aroma of flowers and fruits. I'm really tempted. Very complex flavor developments in mouth. I can't count all those fruits: orange, banana, apples, lemon. Was that butter? Spicy, yeasty. Refreshing tartness spreading out, more hops than most triples. Comfortable medium mouthfeel that bites the tongue a bit when too fresh, it's so easy to drink it's not even funny. Pleasant aftertaste. Almost ridiculously complex. The perfect type of beer I wish to have more once I'm done with the first bottle. Delicious, the best tripel I've had up to now. Two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 18:50:15 | More by Rastacouere
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a large Tripel Karmeliet glass that had nice etchings and the logo. It was a beautiful gold color with a thick white head. The aroma was phenominal - floral, malt, spice, and yeast. I found myself just enjoying the aroma several times during the drink since it was so enticing.

The taste was slighlty sweet, spicy and bitter. Well balanced. Slightly dry on the tongue and during the aftertaste. The bitterness also rode the tongue for a bit. The alcohol level was not very noticeable making this an extremely drinkable belgian tripel. I was so pleased I had another...

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 13:06:15 | More by Gavage
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a wonderful fluffy white chiffon like head.
Seemed as if whipped to a light dense sculptured form that hovered over the beer’s surface.
By the time I held my glass on high to gaze at the wondrous libation, that foamy fluffy froth active in the glass clung with a certain tenacity gracing the walls with a web, of lace and bubbles ..

The room light reflected with rays of clear golden yellow-straw color, all the while bubbles materialized and darted to the surface with abandon.

I was greeted by a yeasty, sweet nose- undertones of lemon and assorted hints of sweet natural fruity citrus tunneled through the head all the while spreading notes of malted grains. A background of alcohol kept the doors of beer perception cleansed....

The flavor begins with a slightly sweet manner. After making it’s debut and receding into a bitter hint of a melodious compound of hops and malt-- I can’t taste the oats, or the wheat or the barley, but their combination builds a wonderful flavor like a suspense novel that prods the reader to turning the pages.-In this case the beer’s flavor prods me to taking sip after sip after...

The finish lingers with a boisterous note of citrus once again- the flavor and character of the beer stayed put upon my palate

When enjoying Karmeliet Tripel, I keep trying to draw the last molecules of this beer from my empty laced glass.

YUMMY!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 06:11:34 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: First of all, one of my favorite glasses around. Just an over-sized glass with great markings. Excellent to look at. A clear golden pour with a very generous head.

Smell: Hints of caramel and summery fruits...apricot etc but nothing overpowering or really in your face.

Taste: The taste is light and malty with a semi sweet fruitiness. Some hints of caramel, wheat and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: A little bit too smooth and dull. Lack of a lively body.

Drinkability: the beer itself is decent....alittle better than average maybe. But it is the glass that makes me want to try another.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 05:48:55 | More by Popsinc
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saltydog

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on draft at Cafe Botteltje in Ostend. Appearance: Big, creamy head, orange color, crystal clear. Aroma; Hops, malty, very clean. Flavor: Malt dominates; does not taste as hoppy or as dry as the bottled version. Finish: Clean and very crisp. Again, not as dry as bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 21:48:24 | More by saltydog
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hotstuff

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The warmer this beer became, the better it tasted in my opinion. It poured a large sized white frothy, creamy head that contained fine sized bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body was cloudy with lively carbonation and a golden hue. The nose was fruity, spicy, coriander and some clove. The flavor was fruity, sweet, some spiceness and smooth. The mouthfeel was a little tingly, smooth and bubbly with a thin texture. It was light bodied with good lacing.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 07:21:43 | More by hotstuff
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euskera

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ML Green bottle...

Typical triple appearance, slightly opaque and a golden color with a nice fluffy head. Lots of citrus and yeast overtones, cloves and spices intermingling quite nicely. A very drinkable concoction that will not disappoint in the least. Highly recommended..

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 02:28:17 | More by euskera
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No thanks for this one. I thought this one was waaay to sweet. It had the similar elements of most Belgians, but much more sweeter. I also noticed the ever present element of skunk, which was present in the taste, as well as the smell. I was not happy with this one and just consider this one a mark in the "L" column.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 02:33:18 | More by JISurfer
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sharp golden orange with strong effervescence and a beautiful fluffy white head. The lace is fine, smooth, yet sticks to the glass. The aroma is fruity, of bubble gum, hints of spices, fresh and full. The taste is smooth and sweet with a well-balanced dry finish. The MF is smooth and soft with a wonderful transition from sweet to dry.
IMHO: A well balanced triple with no big surprises, and is subtly complex. Karmeliet has a great combination of flavors and smooth transitions.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 14:36:42 | More by SeanChouffe
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beerguy101

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blonde/orange color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, floral and fruity (peaches and bananas). Medium bodied tripel. Malty, yeasty and bright. Herbal hoppiness. Touch of barnyard. Touch of dryness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 01:54:15 | More by beerguy101
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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