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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,133
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 183
Gots: 308 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website

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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Photo of mverity
4/5  rDev -6.3%

mverity, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of falconxman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

falconxman, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

dwoolley1, May 20, 2014
Photo of jcalabre
3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 4 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer has a Huge frothy white head. It is Clear golden colored, like a pilsener.
Aroma: nothing jumps out at me, but then again, I don't have a great sense of smell
Flavor: It has a rich, sweet taste w/ some yeastiness.

jcalabre, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of PeteRiz
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

PeteRiz, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of sgregory
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

sgregory, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of wolf_switzer
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

wolf_switzer, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Zraly
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a warm honey color with a soft, white head. Mild lacing. Nice smell of fruit and a mild alcohol note.

Full flavored, packed with strong notes of honey, fruit and grain. Hops are subtle and complete the finish with a fresh herbal note. Alcohol is well-masked and this could be deceptive! Sweet, but not cloying. A spicy but subdued fizzy pop in the finish makes for a superb mouthfeel and finish. Very smooth and approachable. A nice example of the style without being too "run of the mill."

A strong and classy beverage that would suit well for pairing with poultry or pork dishes.

Zraly, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of Slynger
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light, bright, golden in color with a big, aggressive, fuzzy white head.

Sweetly spicy, fruity and yeasty in the nose. I don't know the spices but pineapples, peaches, and pears all appear along with zesty belgian wheat.

Wow! Loads of lush carbonation along with extra medium-full smoothness (perhaps from the addition of oats to the brew). All of the aforementioned nasal sensories carry over into a flavor that is sweetly spiced, golden wheaty, fruity, and lightly bitter.

Deelish. . . .

deceptively drinkable as well.

Slynger, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of kirkse
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kirkse, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of gshak
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

gshak, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BigCheese, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

srgj88, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Moses_Malone, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of ChadQuest
2.05/5  rDev -52%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this on tap, i actually came to this specific pub because they have this beer on tap and i live in the cornfields. I don't have it easy.
So the pour is a really clear pale golden straw color, the color is a bit lackluster though. The head is decent with average retention.
The aroma and flavors seemed muted from what i expected, there wasn't a strong yeasty character which is not surprising from the clear body, but i also got very little spices or white pepper notes that i generally look for in this style. What was there was just slight banana and clove and some wheat notes, not much else adding character to this one.
I have had triples from alot of others i liked alot more honestly.
The mouthfeel was a bit low carbed, maybe that kept the flavors from popping? I hope that was the problem, hopefully it was a bad pour or something, but i wasn't impressed.

ChadQuest, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of mdwalsh
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow pour, could easily have been confused for a BMC beer. White white head with a decent amount of carbonation. head started about one finger, now is town, which is fast. Absolutely no head retention. Also pretty hazy. I'm not impressed with how this beer looks.

S: Sweet and grainy, no hops. A little Belgian Funk, a little wheat. But it's weak, very weak. Six inches away and I can't smell anything. It really reminds me of that wet dog BMC smell, but a lot sweeter, which is what I want from a tripel. We'll see.

T: Maybe, it's sweeter and has the appropriate taste, but is it strong enough? It covers the ABV well, but still....I guess it is a nice balanced Tripel, both sweet and a little sour. I can't get behind this beer too much, but there's nothing to keep me away. I don't know, it just seems too much like a BMC...bland. But good at the same time. Scary.

M: Light, slightly over carbed in my opinion.

D: Plenty drinkable. Would be a great intro beer for BMC to imports/craft.

mdwalsh, Sep 03, 2009
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Dank26, Nov 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bmurray10, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of berley31
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a fairly large, white head. Dark yellow, hazy body with very good lacing. Very nice aroma - average yeast, with hints of various fruits (definitely some banana in there). On the palate, the body feels medium-full, with a thin-yet-slick texture and lively carbonation and a nice, even finish. Great flavor, lightly acidic and bitter, but with the fruit and yeast present as well, and a good duration after you've finished sipping it. A great tripel that will always remind me of Belgium (it was the first beer I tried there)... very glad it's available in North America.

berley31, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of confer
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To start, right out of the bottle was a beautiful thing. Bright gold and hazy with a giant head that faded to cap of froth that lasted for the whole glass. I used a Duvel tulip glass.
The smell is like sweet candy maybe taffy.
I don't know how to describe the taste other than sweet goodness. There is a bit of an aftertaste that is not really appealing , perhaps from the alcohol content.
This feels think and silky. It goes down so easily. This could be an every day beer except for the price. It must be good to live in Belgium.
Some of these Belgian styles are becoming among my favorites.

confer, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I overpoured a bit, and to my surprise, the head stood firm, like an inch above the glass with a rocky head.

20 minutes later the head remained. Impressive.

A light whitewine honey color, clear.

Aroma is very engaging, just a lot of bright and crisp spice, yeast, and hops. Refreshing, especially as it warms up.

Good carbonation, with some fruity sweetness, spice, and alcohol. I wish this one was a bit weaker in the abv, wouldve enjoyed it better. Crisp vineous and champagne like finish, dry. This was a really enjoyable and interesting beer. I'd recommend anyone try it if you see it.

SurlyDuff, Oct 25, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle code C-03-CABF 3.38 03:01 at 45 degrees into own glass
Aroma fruity, somewhat like apples or pears
Head large (6 cm), off-white, creamy with occasional large bubble, slowly diminishing
Lacing OK, basically separate clots
Body straw colored with slight yeast haze with some rising bubbles but not enough to be considered sparkling
Flavor slightly sweet, no hint of roasted malts. Well attenuated. Slightly spicey with a late slight alcohol burn.
Body light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

While not a big fan of triples, this one is pretty good. The subdued alcohol taste makes it easy to drink.

Ozzylizard, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of twelvsies
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a crystal clear golden color, initially with a big fluffy head, but it died in a few seconds. Smell is sweet, lightly grainy, with a nice grassy hop profile, much like a Belgian pale ale, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is on the sweet side as well, yeasty and grassy, but with a bit more noticable alcohol than is healthy for this style. Not particularly balanced. I really think this fits into the Belgian pale style more than the tripel. It just doesn't have that rich carmelly sweetness or mouthfeel that a top notch tripel does. Nice spicyness however, and a refreshing beer.

twelvsies, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. A great example of the style. Looks just like it should, feels just like it should, easy drinking (despite its strength). Nose is grassy and floral, with some nice lemony notes. Spicy too. Refreshing, I liked it a lot. Flavor is more standard as far as tripels go. Nice combo of malts, yeast, and spices to give an overall great beer. Very clean and well-done.

LordAdmNelson, Dec 07, 2010
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,133 ratings.