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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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world-class

2,929 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,929
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 162
Gots: 227 | FT: 4
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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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not entirely sure if this 300 year old recipe is a play on words or if it is, in actuality, a true Belgian Tripel...or is it a fermented Belgian ale that uses three separate grains? It's somewhat cryptic -- let's find out!

Appearance - A small to medium amount of bright, white head, yet consistent. Great retention. Light carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of my official glass. A strong golden/ blonde beer with a slight tint of amber.

Smell - Quite a floral aroma. Typical of many Belgian Tripels, I'm smelling lots of orange peel/ citrus, yeast, mild 'bread' notes and candy sugar. A hint of caramel is noticeable, but not much. A bit of wheat here, too...which is interesting, given the recipe.

Taste - This is where this specific Triple stands out. With the combination of three different grains, you can see how it moulds and shapes this beer in complexity. Unlike most beers, Tripel Karmeliet uses oats. It's hard to notice at first, but the characteristics are certainly there (to be fair, I also grew up eating raw oats and oatmeal). Lots of wheat, and of course, barley. Very balanced. Perhaps a little on the sweet side, this beer boasts of Belgian candy sugar, orange peel, a pinch of bread, light toffee and a little bit of raisin. But most of all -- aside from the sugars -- it is the oat, barley and wheat I'm tasting.

Mouthfeel - Nice, crisp carbonation. For the most part, I find this beer's "mouthfeel" somewhere between light and medium heavy. Its sticky sugary characteristic almost gives the impression of it being a little heavier than it actually is. Very nice mouthfeel all around. You can feel this almost everywhere on your palate.

Overall - According to the Bosteels' website, "the name Tripel Karmeliet thus refers both to its origin and its in-bottle fermentation." I find that confusing. Are they saying that it *actually* has been fermenting twice and then the third time being the bottle?? I dunno. But regardless, this is a quality beer and one to be enjoyed on almost any occasion. I love the complexity and sweeter elements to help distract from the bitter, dryer flavors induced by the grains. Again, arguably a little too sweet in my opinion, but an excellent Tripel nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 06:21:43 | More by Agent1
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Tamarack22

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-14-2011 05:57:39 | More by Tamarack22
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Asgeirr

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-13-2011 22:38:06 | More by Asgeirr
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-13-2011 19:47:11 | More by DeutschesBier
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longbongsilver

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was recommended when I first came to this site, and I finally found it. Let's see if it was worth the wait:

Mug filled with a highly translucent canary yellow with lots of carbonation. Kinda looks like I poured white wine actually. HUGE white, very hollow head resembling biscuit dough sticks around quite awhile. Smells like pineapple and pear (seriously, that's what it reminds me of) along with semi-sweet pastry, like would be used for a pie crust. Dryness comes in as well, though more subtle than I expected. Alcohol smell: none.

Taste follows the nose, plus a peppery bit in the back and more of the wheat. The dry character is dialed in to where it's clear but crisp, not overdone at all. Alcohol taste: none.

Goes down thicker than it looks, almost oily. Fizz dwindles to a tickle.

Is it a contradiction for something to be really subtle yet complex at the same time? Because that's what I'd say about this. Character without missing refreshment at all...I wish I could get this on-tap locally.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 05:52:54 | More by longbongsilver
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mkderusha

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-12-2011 22:49:20 | More by mkderusha
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benjbrunner

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-11-2011 22:05:01 | More by benjbrunner
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bezakjon

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-11-2011 16:51:28 | More by bezakjon
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admiral64

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-10-2011 20:18:34 | More by admiral64
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-10-2011 19:03:15 | More by kayrex
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Hatshep18

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-10-2011 18:14:34 | More by Hatshep18
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Squidly

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-10-2011 04:03:26 | More by Squidly
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Paincane

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden colored when poured into snifter glass producing a three finger pillowy head that has excellent retention and leaves moderate lacing.
S: Citrus, banana, clove, sweet malt, bread, spices all contribute to the aroma parade.
T: Citrusy, malty sweetness, spicy and bready flavors combine in a wonderful combination. Slight boozy warming on back end.
M: Medium bodied with active carbonation.
O: Wonderfully well-balanced and delicious beer. I am so glad I found a four-pack and have another three to enjoy and savor. Highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:11:47 | More by Paincane
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shoop12

Georgia

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-09-2011 02:08:27 | More by shoop12
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quine

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-08-2011 21:08:03 | More by quine
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stevoj

Germany

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-08-2011 20:45:30 | More by stevoj
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RollTide05

Florida

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-08-2011 17:01:48 | More by RollTide05
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JustABeerGuy

Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-08-2011 15:45:20 | More by JustABeerGuy
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rwathree

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip:

A: pours a bright golden color, clear and clean - a lot like a pilsner - with a substantial pillow of head that lasts a while before settling.

S: I find this to be citrus-forward and not as heavy on banana as other tripels, which is a plus for me. There are also a lot of spicy/herbal notes that I catch on the tail end, but nothing stands out.

T: dry, herbal, refreshing. The banana and citrus are subdued, and clove comes a little more forward. Not a lot of alcohol burn in the taste, but it did make its way into my sinuses. (I know that's not exactly a "taste" issue, but...)

M: this is pretty active, heavily-conditioned stuff. The effervescence is nice, and the body is just right.

O: I like my tripels on the drier, spicier side, and this fits the bill. Very drinkable, too, much more so than most of this style and potency. This would make a great holiday dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:35:14 | More by rwathree
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-08-2011 02:38:34 | More by tbeq00
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spacemanvt

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-07-2011 19:33:04 | More by spacemanvt
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-06-2011 17:44:09 | More by schopenhauerale
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thisismyname

British Columbia (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somehow this made its way into a liquor store in downtown Vancouver, and the medieval label with Dutch script caught my eye.

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with tons of frothy white head. Head leaves little lacing but sticks around forever.

Has a very light smell; mostly of malted wheat and bananas.

Tastes very unique; there is a strong citrusy (grapefruit?) presence, almost like a mixture of oranges and lemons. The oats are rather noticeable and makes the beer's taste very different in a good way. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Cloves are present in the background.

Goes down crisp and clean, almost like a normal lager. Very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 02:06:43 | More by thisismyname
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Corkpuller

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-05-2011 23:05:55 | More by Corkpuller
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benbou17

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-05-2011 03:38:30 | More by benbou17
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