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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,458 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,458
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 231
Gots: 500 | FT: 5
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Belgium

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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of vancurly
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale amber/honey. White, tightish head
S: Honeycomb/vanilla, malt milkshake. Subtle yeast extract/vegemite note.
F: Strong malt complexity, seedy spice. Cloying flavour. Hops are restrained. Light/mild bitterness.
M: Medium to full body, long
O: Very malty, milkshaky... for the sweet-tooth

Photo of Robyn
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of fdig23
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-yellow in color with a thick white head. The aroma is herbal and medicinal, fruity with lemony-citrus aromas. It has the fresh hay smell like some lambics. The flavor has a fruity sweetness with the lemon flavors, I also get the medicinal, fresh flavors. It is a medium-full bodied beer, but smooth and easy drinking, with a slight dry bitter finish.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle into a snifter

A: a lovely hazy golden with a fantastic 3 finger head that sticks around for quite a while. When it does break down there is a small pinky finger layer of foam left behind.

S: Sweet fruits and Belgian yeast. Banana.

T: fruity, bananas again, the yeast profile is there, and the cloves.

M: Medium carbonation, leaning toward a full fantastic body.

O: a fantastic tripel. Karmeleit meets all the criteria for a fantastic beer. Perhaps it is one of the best tripels I have had, and it is a great way to celebrate life, which is why I am drinking it today. To me there is nothing better than that full Belgian yeast profile...it screams happiness, and this beer brings it.

Photo of Beeradelphia
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Twal
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of RobinLee
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bsm80x
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of nomad
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a light gold color that was clear and resplendent. Without a try the head exploded and very slowly settled, foamy and frothy, and had a champagne amount and pace of carbonation underneath it. Good lace, too.

Nose was like wheat covered lightly by honey, and banana sprinkled with vanilla. With time the malted oats they use really came through. Could smell the alcohol at first but it was pleasant in its warmth and not too distracting. In times the scents combined to an almost light/citrus fruity presence.

Taste was soft and buttery – developed to quite a creamy type of cheese aftertaste (another product of the oats). Very smooth and balanced with a great wheat and hops taste that settled very well - all I could think was, that’s Styrian hops done right. Tasted of the white of a baguette (nice),too. But in general, this beer was propped up by a sweet backbone that was controlled and soothing.

A quiet and subtle finish built strength with time; it had moderate length and was very softly dry. Mouthfeel started with a high-carbonation tingle and rolled on to a slightly viscous water feel.

This beer feels like a nice cotton on your tongue. A little more hearty tasting than other classic Belgian tripels, due to the peculiar use of oats as well as the typical malt and hops. Hate to invoke Mr. Beer Micheal Jackson, but he called it full of “finesse and complexity” – he is dead right on. Easily a leader in its style, I gotta have another to catch it all. Have one if you pick up on subtlety and enjoy it!!

Photo of whynot44
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium bodied, hazy gold color with soft orange tint and a substantial and longlasting off-white head that eventually susides leaving very nice lacing.

The aroma is subtle and complex, spicy, fruity, citrusy, wheat, yeasty and floral.

The taste is parallell with a peppery, spicy fruitiness, definite but pleasant alcohol presence, smooth, slightly buttery and very easy to drink.

Outstanding! If you have not experienced Belgian ales before, this is an excellent way to start.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. Has a 4.79 sticker on top, but forgot where I got it.

Appearance: A perfectly clear golden color with an obscene amount of carbonation. It is poured into a clean (beer clean, really) tulip, and it continuously bubbles up from the bottom, more than champagne. Two fingers of head made of the tiny bubbles. It looks nice, but is so bubbly that its strange, and I'm worried about what it will feel like.

Smell: More muted than I expected. Spicy with sweet fruit. Yeasty and and slightly bready. Solid, but not overwhelming.

Taste: Like you would expect there's light sweet fruit and lots (lots) of spicy yeast flavor. This thing explodes in your mouth with layers and layers. Finishes sweet and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: So, forty five minutes after pouring this thing, it continues to bubble excessively, but at no point has it felt overly sharp or tingly because of it. It is one of the softest feeling tripels I've ever had. Sometimes a tripel will become sticky, but this just feels silky-- maybe its the oats and wheat.

Drinkability: Well, I really love this beer. I'm not blown away by the nose, but the flavor and mouthfeel of it is near perfection. Hell of a beer.

Photo of mwilbur
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 75 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a light golden color with loads of carbonation that produces a thick light white head.
S: Nice combo of malt, spice, fruit, and bready yeast.
T: Fruit comes through first...was expecting heavier and darker based on smell, but taste comes through lighter...melon, starfruit. As it warms, this turns into mango and peach. Just a hint of malt and spice in the taste. Good, but I wish this had a little more to it.
M: Light and effervescent...created by the high carbonation. Nice fizz effect...champagne-like.
D: The ABV is hidden extraordinarily well in the nice example of a tripel. The defintion of drinkability. Overall a very light and simple beer that would best be paired with a stronger food.

Photo of Radome
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Beer is a medium straw color and just slightly cloudy. The head is mad of medium sized off-white bubbles and quickly fades to a ring around the glass. It could pass in appearance for an American Wheat just as easily as a Tripel.

S - The aroma is a fresh-smelling mix of lemon zest and floral hops. The malt doesn't really make its presence known in the aroma, but the oats and wheat are there in the background. The final note is an herbal, spicy one.

T - The taste is initially herbal and lemony. In the mid-palate I get some malt, wheat and oats, along with floral hops. The aftertaste is dry but includes earthy herbs I can't identify. Everything is clean and fresh tasting.

M - The body is moderate. There is a bit of carbonic bite from the carbonation. The hop bitterness is moderate, but higher than typical for a tripel. The alcohol is not apparent.

D - The overall experience is bright, fresh and clean. This is an older bottle and I have had even more tasty, presumably fresher, examples in Belgium. One of my favorite beers because of its swirling, complex flavors that still maintain balance, brightness and drinkability.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Slightly hazy light orange color. Billowing white head. The aroma is a little fruity, with lemon and mango. Peppery spiciness. Sweet, malty vanilla flavor. Fruit and spices. There is a doughy characteristic to the flavor. The finish is hoppy. Some of the flavors in this remind me of a wheat beer. The high alcohol level is well concealed, but this is still clearly a big beer. This is one of my favorite Belgian Tripels.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a huge 3 finger white head that takes forever to die down enough to drink. Smells of excellent Belgian yeast, toffee and light fruits - very nice!

Taste is a perfect balance of light fruits, toffee, Belgian candi sugar. Nice and complex with other complex flavors I can't quite pinpoint.

Mouthfeel is just right - nicely carbonated to give it just the right lightness.

Drinkability is amazing. Way too easy!

Highly recommended.

Photo of cbnz
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mythaeus
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ypsifly
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged green 750 that is silk screened, but not dated. Served in a tulip.

The cork let loose with a loud pop and hit the ceiling as quick as the cage was loosened, however, this was not a gusher.

Clear polished brass with good carbonation that supports a tall white head. The head is so strong that it pushes over the rim and continues rising over an inch yet it doesn't spill down the side of the glass. Istead it creates something that resembles Devil's Tower. What's really F'd up is that Close Encounters of the Third Kind is on the TV in front of me. Is this beer trying to tell me something?

Right after pouring, the room takes on the aromas of skunked pilsener hops. That fades away after a minute. The beer smells a little sweet with belgian yeast that is a bit chalky, wheat, citrus, sugars, and spices.

The taste is a nice balance of sweets and citrus. The malted wheat comes through briefly and is followed by the lemony citrus and spice/herbal flavors. Nice chalky to almost bready yeast flavors. The tartness from the lemon stays in focus and is joined by european hops for a mostly dry finish that still has elements of spice and fresh apple juice. Nicely done.

I like what the carbonation does for the mouthfeel: keeps it lively and fresh. Drinkability....hell yes. The abv is well hidden and the best part...the taste is complex and wonderful.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into snifter.

A: Very carbonated with a pure white rocky head. The beer itself is a nice amber gold with little pockets of carbonation bubbling up from all sides. Minimal lacing made me a bit disapointed.

S: Sweet fruits and grass but sort of really smells like a macro in places, but the fruits dominate

T/MF: Apricots and various other tart fruits with a decent yeasty funk to it with hints of lemon. Very bubbly all over the tongue but still somehow nice and creamy. This is quite a refreshing beer and hides its alcohol content quite well as there is no heat in the finish.

D: No alcohol heat but damn it can take you by supprise, very refreshing for a tripel but not quite what I was expecting, this one tastes a bit more like a belgian strong pale ale.

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,458 ratings.