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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,251
Hads: 3,769
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 273
Gots: 714 | 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 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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Photo of djack8617
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quickly vanishing head that originally poured a couple fingers thick. clear pale yellow hue. spicey aroma . +++ carbonation on each sip. Very sweet across the palate fruity mostly. very carbonated feel but hides the high alcohol content well.

Very enjoyable beer

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Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into goblet. best before 18/11/16. enjoyed on may 1, 2015

a: an opaque-but-not-fully-opaque pale yellow (yeast sediment was poured in) with a few fingers of white head that disappeared as i was typing this sentence

s: i let this one warm up for about half an hour after taking it out of the fridge. really lovely nose. lots of spicy clove, lemon, and banana. good notes of peach and apricot. in general, a very fruity and inviting aroma, with little malt presence

t: the aforementioned fruits and spice in the front. not getting a lot of malt flavour. medium-minus bitterness at the end

m: probably the harshest carbonation i've ever had from a belgian ale. almost off-putting. otherwise, the beer has a good sticky-creamy feel

o: really tasty stuff, but the carbonation is too much. give it a lot of time to warm up or just don't pour the yeast in

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sitting on a few reviews I haven't posted yet, but this seems like a great way to celebrate the end of tax season (in Canada) and for my 600th review. Expectations are high for this highly acclaimed beer originally from Belgium, but purchased from the local LCBO for about $3.75 CDN. 330 ml bottle served cellar temperature into a tulip.

Appearance - A slow pour still yielded 2+ Fingers of white head that has some impressive staying power. Lots of lively carbonation in this clear, pale golden hued beer. Some sticky lacing left behind.

Smell - Nice big but smooth grain aroma, with some subtle fruit esters brought to my attanetion. Some pear and a hint of grape and apple, with a powerful Belgian yeast aroma. Some white pepper aromatics happening, since the fruity but spicy moniker fits this beer well.

Taste - Dangerously good with the Belgian yeast coming to and fro, some interplay between the pear and grape flavors and some mild heat which seems to pepper, but also mixes with the alcoholic content of this beer in an interesting medley. A little bit juicier than Westmalle's tripel but not as fruity or as robust as La Fin de Monde, Tripel Karmeliet strikes a nice balance between the two.

Mouthfeel - Explosive carbonation, although for a tripel it's not out of character. It's dry but not too dry, It's fruity without taking anything away from the Belgian yeast, in tingles and zings but not too much so.

Overall - What we have here is a near perfect tripel that combines Belgian yeastiness, a medley of grains, some fruit flavors and a spicy aspect so well, that transitions are seamless. Just a joy to drink and this has quickly moved into one of the top two positions on my tripel totempole.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale and golden with a big white head

Smells- spices (clove, cardamom, pepper) with some fruitiness (apples, mostly)

Tastes- Big spices up front that follow the nose as with the fruit.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and medium carbonaton with some boozy warmth (moreso than the ABV would suggest)

Overall- Great Tripel. Maybe the best.

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

My first time trying today. Lovely on so many levels.
BuckeyeNation described it in ways I can't, but I liked it almost as much. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.50 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that stays for a couple of minutes. Medium gold color and filtered a hazy clear

S- Goodly amount of yeast here. Bubble gum scent is nice. Excellent tripel.

T- Good balance of sweet and tart. Bubble gum flavor is back! Nice blend. Complex yet simple.

M- Dry yet creamy.

O- Very good blend. Enjoyable to the last drop. Opens up without any noticeable heat. Delicious!

Food Pairing

This nice tripel went well with...... Spicy beef noodles


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Photo of drmeto
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

-Hazy bright golden with a big foamy white head with decent head retension
-crazy carbonation visible
-Honey,Bubble gum,banana,oats,spices,slight lemon notes
-honey,banana,lemon,slightly grassy,finish bready with vanilla
high carbonation,alcohol fairly noticeable,creamy,full-bodied
Fantastic aside from the fairly noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light pale yellow, ample carbonation, coarse white head. Some specks of lace stick.

S: Coriander, a touch of wheat, bread, and lemon. Faint skunk.

T: Same spices as the nose, which soon gives way to muddled chalk and malt/husk notes. Pleasant, but kinda dirty, probably amplified by the high alcohol.

M: Light yet honestly creamy, no telling it had such a lively appearance.

O: A good experience, and probably perfect for the style, but that chalky flavor doesn't rub me the right way.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3/23/15 (Draft - Monk's Pub Chicago) - Light golden pour, nice carbonation, poured with a full a rich head. Lemon, wheat and orange among the aromas noted. Taste was light and very smooth. Lemon and somewhat sweet fruit taste prevalent. Very smooth beer, mild carbonation and a nice ABV which is noticeable upon finishing this very good offering.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Has a spicy fruity nose with light malt. It pours hazy gold with a one finger thick foam cap. The palate is big and fruity with apricot over bread finishing with a bitter accent. It is creamy with an average body and average carbonation.

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Photo of magpieken
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. 19/09/16. Straw coloured. Towering, frothy white head, good retention with some lacing. Effervescent. Aroma of yeast, cloves, lemon, wheat and perfume. Slightly medicinal. Light sweetness and similar bitterness. Light to medium bodied, effervescent and creamy. Pleasant alcohol warmth. An interesting drop in terms of aroma and taste but the mouthfeel of this one is superb and the more I drink, the more I enjoy it. 8.

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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 baconfromwalmart
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Head was made of big bubbles and stayed for a long time. Dark amber, lots of carbonation.

Smell: Very subtle and light, hints of citrus and delicate flowers.

Taste: No flavors really stood out to me. There was a mildly spicy alcohol bite, but overall it was pretty light and satisfying.

Feel: A little thick and creamy, sort of weird with so much carbonation but definitely not unpleasant.

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

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon, coriander, wheat, light pepper and banana.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, lemon, coriander, wheat, some breadiness, peppery spices, light cloves and some banana.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Quite possibly the best Tripel I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Vixie
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a huge white head. Pour carefully, lot of carbonation here. There's a lot of bubbles coming up from my Duvel glass.

Smell is strongly citrus, with hints of pepper and wheat.

Starts out with a citrus tang, mainly orange with a hint of lemon. Once the citrus hits, the grains come in, reminding me a bit of a sweet bread. It finishes with pepper and clove notes, and is a touch on the dry side.

Feel is very lively, mainly due to the carbonation. Pretty full for the style.

This is a bit sweeter than most triples I have had, but not overly so. It is very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden, and has a nice mix of flavors. Definitely a top notch example of the style, well worth trying.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pig & Fiddle, into a TK chalice

A: cloudy sunshine gold, 1 finger head with lots of bubbles
S: bright and sharp citrus orange, rich coriander, wheat
T: nice layers of flavor...everything in the nose, but the grains come out a lot more, with some oats and wheat...also more spicy, with some pepper, and lemon peel
M: high carbonation, surprisingly light though not at all watery, hides alcohol very well, crisp.

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Photo of RickyS
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Teku glass with sediment included. Appearance is a hazy light yellow with large amount of carbonation. Large head which dissipates very slowly. Smell is very nice: banana, orange peels, clove, floreal aroma and tiny amount of alcohol. Taste is very similar with dry finish. Feel a bit syrupy in the mouth with high carbonation hitting the tongue.
All in all an excellent beer. Definitely will buy it again.

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