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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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2,992 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,992
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 165
Gots: 246 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gentle pour reveals a hazy 24 karat gold color with a massive head. Fantastic retention finally falls to reveal nice lacing.

Aroma is full of spicy yeast. a touch of wheat also seems to be present.

Flavor is very spicy. There are also background flavors of bubblegum and black pepper. Slight alcohol burn on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, backed by huge agressive carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

Nice tripel that is nicely balanced between sweet and spicy, and smooth and carbonated. Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 00:40:32 | More by phisig137


4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle into snifter.
A: This light golden body pours a thick, foamy two finger head, that opens up from the inside and settles into a frothy layer. The head is white and carbonation seems lively. The body is lighter in color than most of the style. The lacing that is left is sparse and thin.

S: A smooth and pleasant clove aroma that has notes of bubble gum and fruity spices. The intensity of the aroma is medium compared to the overall taste. Layered and developed, this is an aroma that seems to change and become more complex as it warms. A good note of hops, and malts combination.

T/M: As the nose suggests a gummy, fruity spice. Mellow flavors on the front, with a smooth mouthfeel that brings a spice on the finish. Clove seems to play a large role in the overall flavors, while not over powering. Tingling mouthfeel on the finish, while great lingering tastes of banana. The carbonation brings a full burst of foam throughout the mouth, but is not over done. With full bodied flavors, this beer is both flavorful and light on the palate.

D: This is a highly drinkable brew for the ABV and the style, not a strong note of booze to be found, even as the beer warms. This is an easy drinking beer, that is full bodied, with lighter notes as it goes down. The flavors have me coming back and really is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:21:34 | More by GDBEERMAN
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-11-2014 22:58:11 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the same time as a Kwak, which is apparently from the same brewer...after drinking that I was very skeptical about this one, but this is one hell of a beer.

Exhumed from the bottle, this baby pours out a much lighter hue than i'd expected, almost more canary yellow than gold. No visible floaters anywhere, even to the end of the bottle. This has to be bottle conditioned, right?

In my wife's wine glass and my chalice foam is everywhere! This is one heady beer...literally a pillow stack of 3-4" for a considerable amount of time, and Brussel's ghosts floating around the glass.

The nose is relatively uninviting - a light whiff of skunk that subsides and a sweet, expected sugar profile. Clove and grassy hops prick my sensory excitement. An almost Duvelian aroma that is somewhere between spice and cutting citrus.

The taste of this baby is absolutely heavenly. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with those resounding hop tongue prickles. Its like drinking a pillow in heaven - just gets better and smoother the further down the bottle drains. Strangely delicious burps.

Wow, this one is hellacious. Just wish I could get it around here more often.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 21:45:40 | More by GreenWBush
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-20-2012 14:04:50 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-28-2013 05:06:29 | More by KimenTshom
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-29-2013 02:10:16 | More by target88
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-08-2014 00:37:18 | More by Wolberjs
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-17-2013 16:25:30 | More by bmmortale
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden cloudy body with a huge head and incredible lacing. The nose has lemon, ahy, lime, and some yeast. My first taste gives me yeast,champgne, and sherry. It finishes with some strawberry and prune. The beer itself is wonderful, andh ighly drinkable, but it was far too carbonated, and I was often sloshing th beer arund in my mouth trying to get the sip to a point where I wasn't swallowing all foam. It was otherwise superb.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 15:58:34 | More by dherling
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-22-2013 03:21:35 | More by Pens1967
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold with a fantastic head. Slightly cloudy, actually a little less cloudy than I would have thought. Very bubbly.

Smells yeasty and fruity. There is also a bit of buttery/caramel aroma; a little bit of alcohol in the nose.

The taste is a little fruity and surprisingly light for th style. It's very pleasant, though.

Very slick mouthfeel. You can't feel the alcohol at all. A little thin but very drinkable because of the lighter body.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 04:43:48 | More by bboven
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-20-2012 02:26:48 | More by falconxman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-16-2011 04:31:51 | More by fizzyted
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

12-01-2013 01:25:36 | More by steamboatbrewer
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3 grains beer, stated on the bottle.

A: Golden ale, very nice head, 2 fingers. it's massive on the bubbles (allthough a sample months later disappoints in this area), especially after pouring a few pieces of the bottled yeast in.

S: The first thing i notice is grains and pepper, maybe also nutmeg. Next to the malt, both white bread and oats are very present, completed by scent of flowers, hops and pine, and a lot of fruit like grapefruits.

T: It's rather sweet, malty, nice hops. Mostly it's very peppery/spicy, slight hints of fruits. The yeast has a slight funny taste.
It gives the beer a good balance.

This beer surprised me positively. It's quite different from other belgian tripels I've had so far, but very high class.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 17:02:11 | More by RuudJH
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3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a gold/slightly amber color w/ 3 inches of head with lots of sustanance and very spongy but while dissipating finally, not much cling on the glass; nice cascading as well. Aromas are pretty grainy, reminding me of oatmeal with some citrus aromas and possibly some cherries and spice- very complex...tough to determine exactly, but great aroma! Taking a sip, i notice some spicy nutmeg and cherries that jump out w/ some citrus tones (limes) and lots of sugar; very complex as well. Feel is pretty carbonated that stings your tongue a little too muchl; some nice alcohol burn on the finish, but light bodied and warming! Decent brew, but not my favorite belgian ever.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 02:05:10 | More by Fish113d
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle I bought this beer in was a green 1 pint 9 ounce bottle. It poured a light golden hazy color with an enormous head building. The head dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.
The smell was not strong and announced fruits, sweet malt and grain.
Now tasting the beer there was certainly a big quality improvement. Up front there is certainly a mixture of grains at work, yet no bitterness. The presence of plenty of fruit flavors makes this a interesting harmony. Wheat ,barley and oats combined with peach apple and a little banana in the middle. To finish it up there is a very balancing hop.
The beer leaves the mouth almost tingling.
A great medium to light beer with a lot of carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable. Great job!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:17:36 | More by Hopfenpeter
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-19-2013 02:47:45 | More by wolf_switzer
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-05-2014 23:26:12 | More by IanSpindler
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-24-2012 23:02:43 | More by Peyton5410
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-20-2013 16:35:41 | More by alex_hart
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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tripel karmeliet was amazing. Once poured into the glass from the bottle, the color was a great golden yellow with a nice short lasting head to it. The aroma was definitely fruity but not overwhelming. The taste was fantastic. Light and slightly fruity. Very smooth beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 17:16:25 | More by mikefuski17
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bosteels Brouwerij--Karmeliet Tripel--1999 11.2 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Big head. Light pellicle. Clear golden color. Belgian yeast ester front is restrained and tasty. Clean smooth malt body mellows yeast somewhat. Finishes lightly sweet with minimal hops. Sampled 12/20/1999.

Bosteels Family Brouwerij, Buggenhout, Belgium--Tripel Karmeliet--2008 Corked Green 25.4 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. 10 IBU's? (4.75 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Blonde. Foamy white mild lace head. Fizzy clear bright thin peach gold color. Delicate wildflower mild fruit ester front. Fizzy creamy mildly tangy complex Barley Oat Wheat Bottle Conditioned mild sweet fruit spice rich body. Cloying mild clove refreshing end. No Belgian Yeast Ester. Sampled 8/23/2008. 1 @ $11.99.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 03:37:15 | More by philbertk
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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
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
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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