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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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95
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3,495 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 3,495
Reviews: 1,227
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 246
Gots: 530 | FT: 6
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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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4.23/5  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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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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.

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

Poured from a green corked and caged 750 bottle into my Unibroue tulip glass. Bottle is about 6 months old.

A: A hazy golden color with a one finger nice fluffy head. Nice glass lacing and retention.

S: Fresh fruits with clove spices and yeasty bready smells. Sweetness comes across the nose with some slight spicy floral hops.

T: Great fruit flavors with pear, apple, banana, lemon and a spicy yeasty clove flavor. The sugar sweetness comes in the middle but dies down at the end with some spicy floral hops and some alcohol poking through. Not overly sweet but sweet enough. Very enjoyable finish with some sweet and tart flavors that linger. Very nice.

M: Full, coating, sweet and spicy with some alcohol that is very welcome.

D: I was surprised at how drinkable this was. Very enjoyable.

Overall this is an excellent tripel, probably the best one I've ever had. It's not too sweet but stays within the style with sweet and tart flavors. A true classic tripel that deserves a top spot in the category. Well done, I will no doubt enjoy more!

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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!!

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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.

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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%
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.

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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