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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,267
Hads: 3,838
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 282
Gots: 785 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
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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 Golden2wenty1
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the gift pack (4 small bottles and a big ol' goblet) at Riley's as a thank you to expatsteve for his clutch ticket to the Great Taste of the Midwest for my girlfriend.

Pour: caramel blonde with hazy clarity, forget fingers - a hand of snow white foam with streams of carbonation leading to fantastic retention and some spotty lacing - a real looker.

Nose: fizzy lemon-lime, grainy and toffee/caramel malts with a bit of yeasty clove in the finish.

Taste: apricot, light citrus, lemon grass booze, toasted grain/nuttiness, tart kiwi fruit on the back of the tongue, light spice and a dry alcohol finish.

Feel: light bodied with tickling carbonation and ephemeral, evaporating booze

Drinkability/Overall: Truly the gold standard of the class, this has mellowed on the shelf at Riley's for some time, and it shows in the understated, ultimately controlled complexity. Just beautiful to watch/smell/taste/feel.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this with Golden2wenty1 - thanks for throwing this one my way, along with the Karmeliet goblet.

Appearance: Nice apricot amber, with a big 1 inch head. Thick sticky lacing, low/medium viscosity. Low visibility.

Aroma: Golden raisins, Meyer lemon oil, and a little pine. Breadiness, peach, golden syrup and some spiciness as it warms.

Taste: Bread, pine, brief apricots and a touch of lemon rind. Not too sweet, with some mild sours on the back palate. Apple skins and caramel developments round out an exceptionally well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Constant light carbonation, with a great raspy dry finish built around refreshing tartness. Perfect balance of understated smoothness and an assertive finish.

Drinkability: Great. Fruity without being too sweet; tart in places without being overwhelming. Not as assertive as Westmalle, but allows for a much deeper range of developments. Perfectly balanced and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice golden color with a big white head that settled down do a mallow-like lid on my beer.

The aroma is of cider and pear and just flat out sweetness.

The flavor is very sweet with some apple notes and a lot of pear flavor. It is real sweet with some alcohol presence but not real warming. This is a pretty tasty brew.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer and I would recommend it.

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Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold, huge fluffy white head forms, nice lace, good retention. Smell is sweet, grainy, some orange, spices, wheat, little yeasty. Taste is sweet, orange and spice again, yeast, some alcohol, and a wheat dryness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. A decent tripel, but too sweet for me. I don't think it should be as high as it is, but enjoyable.

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Photo of clickpush
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 33ml bottle to tulip glass. Fills half the glass with three fingers of pillowy, long lasting, bubbly white head and half the glass is a light amber bodied beer. Some visible bubble streams.

Nose: Tons of activity going on here. Notes of lemon, ginger, cloves - smells very similar to a hefe weizen. Can pick up some black pepper hints in the yeast and some candy smells (candi malts?) characteristic of the tripel style.

Mouth: Strong carbonation upon the entrance, immediate anise flavors mixed with a sweet touch of a citric taste. The mouthfeel is stupendous, transforming from a strong bubbly entrance to a creamy finish with spicy, herbal yeast notes and a touch of alcoholic warmth. Unfortunately, the swallow is also a bit metallic and astringent, making the after taste less than desirable.

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Photo of Drew966
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a review of a 750ml corked and caged green bottle of Tripel Karmeliet. It opened with a nice pop, always a good start. It pours a light orange color with a huge white head into my Tripel Karmeliet glass (a very cool glass at that). It has a citrusy/lemon dominated aroma, with a little bit of the alcohol noticeable. The flavor is light, even delicate. No off flavors at all. Citrus is noticeable in the flavor, the hops and malt are hiding in the background. This is a magnificently well balanced beer. Nothing about the flavor hits you over the head (unlike most American big beers), but it's darn good. The alcohol is barely noticeable, other than some warming. Very drinkable, highly recommended.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I do love Belgian beers for being different from the usual "beer taste" ... however this one was (for me) slightly disappointing in taste ...

it pours nicely with a firm head, the colour looks elegant, not as muddy as most unfiltered brews ... the smell is appetizing too although not very strong ...
the taste is dominated by walnuts and sandalwood with a light almondy finish, which in itself would be great, however paired with some citric acidity which does not seem to match (at least doesn't for me) .... some might like the refreshingness, for me it lacks the sublime harmony you would find in the great trappist brews ....

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd have to pretend that I was from Missouri and say "show me" if anyone said they had a beer that held its head longer than this Tripel Karmeliet. Okay, that was a cheesy intro, but the fact remains that this beer has one tenacious head. So much so that I got tired of waiting for it to settle and just dove in. It's not one of those Overly Carbonated, Big Bubbled heads, either. It's one of those thick, malty sticky heads. Nice. This wonderful head sits upon a body of a hazy straw-like colour. If The body was more appetizing looking, the appearance would be a 5. But regardless, a 4.5 is pretty darn impressive.
Smell is Banana, sweet, clove or corriander, and clean and appetizing. 4.0
Well it's really good. But really, really sweet. This would be a fantastic dessert beer. But as far as a drinking beer, it's awful lop-sided in the sweetness rather than letting the hops balance out the brew. 4.0
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. A bit overly carbonated maybe. Okay, perhaps too much carbonation. But they're little bubbles and not those big champagne-like bubbles. You knwo what I mean? 4.0
Drinkability, given all my praise, is a 4. I couldn't puch it any higher. The taste is too sweet, but I guess that sweetness comes from the wheat which helps this fantastic head.

try it.

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Photo of JohnY
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great belgian blonde. Poured into a large wine glass. Formed a nice white head that went straight to the top of the glass. Champagne like in mouth feel. Coriander and spice on the nose, great yeasty smell as well. Pale yellow in color. Well balanced with a slightly spicy kick. Not overly alcoholic tasting for it's high abv. Another great Belgian beer.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a yellow straw with with a giant white foamy head. And like other Belgiums, this has a ton of carbonation. The smell is full of candy sugar,coriander, and bakers yeast. The taste is very sweet with candy sugar along with lemon zest, and some honey. The beer is so sweet that the sugar overpowers almost all the other flavors. The m/f is light and almost champagne like. The flavors mix well making this a very drinkable beer. For a high alcohol beer,this is very mellow and easy to drink. Another excellant Belgian.

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Photo of ccrida
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in the official, over-sized Karmeliet snifter, which is incidentally my favorite beer glass of all-time, Belgian or otherwise. Pours a beautiful golden straw color, with moderate haze and an unusually large, milky head, for which the snifter was artfully designed, making for a stunning presentation. The head is very slow to subside, leaving behind a thick, luscious lace. Candi-sugar really dominates flavor the flavor of this one, in both aroma and taste, with some citrus and sour apple esters. There are no noticeable hops, although the Wheat and Oats on the grain bill are clearly evident in the body. Personally, I'd have preferred more grain over the candi-sugar, which I feel makes the Karmeliet a bit too sweet on the finish. Still, the body is typically digestible for a strong Belgian, making for a smooth, easy-drinking, and deceptively dangerous beer. Overall, the Karmeliet is a great beer that is very enjoyable, so long as you don't overdo it!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This slightly hazy straw colored beer forms a very white frothy head on top when poured into the glass. The foam slowly dissolves back to the beer leaving behind some clumps of lace on the side of the glass. A mildly fruity aroma with notes of apples, grapes and hints of bubble gum, yeast and toasted malt hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with just a mild fizz on the tongue. The flavor is well balanced with light flavors of white wine, bubble gum and toasted malt. It begins with a mild apple flavor. Bubble gum and yeast move in towards the middle and it finishes slightly sour. There's a nice light toasted malt flavor in the background holding it all together.

I thought this beer was well balanced and very refreshing. It reminded me of a white wine, however I found the carbonation fizz to be a bit overdone for this beer.

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Photo of BillyB
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried two different bottles from two different stores. The first one was flat. Not a bit of life or carbonation. Some nice faint aromas and a slight complex taste but just flat. Old or bad bottle I guess.

Luckily I tried it again from another store. Whew! Huge white head with a bright golden appearance.

Yeasty, honey, spicey, citrusy aromas.

Sweet taste with a subtle hop bitterness. Mainly fruity, biscuity flavors.

Light crisp, bubbly mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. The moral to the story; Always give something (or someone)a second chance.

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Photo of KlausKinski
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Massive head, golden appearance.
Yeasty smell.
Sweetish start, it develops fruit Aromas in the middle and brings through a little bitterness which is also dominant in the aftertaste.
At all a good, natural beer: Interesting, complex , but also quite drinkable.

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Photo of haz77
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a tulip a clear orangey-straw colour with a massive meringue-like head, which seems to take forever to fall, probably due in part to the large amount of carbonation. Clumps of lacing are left everywhere and retention is excellent. Looks about as perfect as is possible.

S - Cloves, light/tropical fruits, phenols, bready yeast, honey. Superb.

T - There's a lot going on. Honey upfront, then the fruits begin to dominate. Spicy alcohol marks the back, but the ABV is well masked. Slightly dry finish and aftertaste.

M - Exceptionally smooth and effervescent. Medium to full body which is offset brilliantly by the foil of high tingling carbonation. Well balanced.

D - Highly drinkable for a beer of this strength. A favourite tripel and easily one of my favourite beers.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, corked and caged.

Clear golden beauty with a foamy, rocky nice Tripel head.

Smell is spicy, with notes of hay and fresh cut grass, but not in a 60 Minute kind of grassy hops way, also with lemon, very prominent spice from the yeast, and some grainy character as well.

Taste is where this shines. Everything from the smell just brought out more. Intense lemon flavor and intense spice. Really nice bitter spine, presumably from the oats. Everything is really well balanced and just exceptional.

Mouthfeel is great, fluffy and light, but still very substantial. Very alive with nice tripel carbonation.

I could drink this as long as I could drink any tripel.

The Bosteels family scored with this one.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a thin white head that dissapates quickly. The aroma is bright and intense with notes of lemon, hay, candy sugar, herbal hops, corriander, anise, bread dough and alcohol. The flavor starts out with an intense lemon tartness, followed by candy sugar, herbal hops, yeast, spices and some alcohol. This beer reminds me of Westmalle tripel with it's intense lemon flavor. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation; drinkability is good. A very good tripel, solid in all aspects.

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Photo of dfried
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a coppery/amber appearance with a great head with a lot of larger bubbles and lacing. Very good overall appearance. the smell was a syrupy, about what you would expect from a tripel. I really liked the taste, it was sweeter than most triples almost like a white wheaty ale, with hints of citrus. Definitely a bit heavy which usually brings the drinkablility down a bit.

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Photo of supercolter
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok for appearance- beautiful dark golden... yum, pours with a great deal of head that lowers slowly, leaving the oily spiderwebs on the side of my chalice. Very impressed.
Smell was good as well, pretty complex... alot of oat and grain, a hint of citrus and alcohol
Taste was above average, but I expected to taste more of the complexity I smelt
Mouthfeel was good felt very smooth on the tounge.
Drinkability, not the most drinkable, but again tripels are probably the toughest to rate in this category...

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Photo of HaVoKnYnJ
3.04/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK, I can only assume this big green bottle of golden goodness (seriously, aren't green bottles taboo in beer circles?) was mishandled, as there was a TON of crap floating around in this beer. However, I poured as carefully as possible, and ran the last 2-3 inches of the bottle (not the final cm or 2) through a coffee filter, for the final pour.

This was a bottle I got for Christmas 05, and has been stored in a cool dark place since then. I split the bottle with my brother, a budding beer snob. A quick whif of the bottle after removing the cork smelled like skunked heineken. Fighting my urge to pour the bottle into the sink, i poured a little bit into a chalice-y type glass (no glass 'flute' to hold...more of a red wine kind of thing), which produced a thick white head. A sip revealed the beer was still good, just a bit off in odor.

Taste was thick, with lots of citrus and yeasty tones. I wouldn't say I could taste more of one citrus over any other, though there were no sharp tastes (a la grapefruit in an ipa), but they were well balanced by the yeasty flavors, as well.

Basically, I want to try this beer again, as I think it was pretty good. Especially with the suspicion that the bottle may have been around too long, or mishandled at some point, I think it says a lot that it was still a solid experience.

(edit: I just saw the picture...my bottle looked NOTHING like that...green glass with graphics applied directly on a translucent label.... did I have a really OLD bottle, or did I have a NEWly redesigned bottle? Anyone know?)

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Photo of Hautacam
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Burp Castle, NYC. Served in a Karmeliet chalice. Looks great....clear dark gold.... huge white head that coats the chalice and slowly lowers to a film.
Smell is honey-malt and alcohol. Faint fruit.
Taste was not as complex as other's reviews state....not sure why..??
But, mostly, it's sweet malt and alcohol right up front...that may not sound too good, but there is some pear and banana in the background...and for whatever reason, this brew was awesome !! It didn't gain any new flavor in warming....but tasted better. Can't explain, but so what....this is goood stuff. I love tripels, and the more complex the better....but this one was so simply appealing, I had to have two....even though there were other really interesting beers that I haven't tried yet on tap.
The mouthfeel was heavy, syrupy...medium carbonation.
I will definitely try a bottle...and look forward to finding it on tap again. Highly recommended...IMHO.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly golden amber, with a huge head of craggy white foam. Good clarity.

Smell: Husky grain. Earthy, with peppery spice and the vaguely medicinal presence of alcohol. Maybe a little cinnamon in the nose, with the soft bready scent of oatmeal in the background.

Taste: Interestingly complex malt profile. Full and chewy up front, with a soft doughiness. It gradually gets drier, tasting more like toasted barley. Lightly spicy, with flavors that bring to mind everything from cinnamon to black pepper. The finish includes some light mustiness from the yeast and a smooth touch of medicinal alcohol. The drinkability is incredible for a beer with 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full in body. Creamy consistency with sharp prickles of carbonation.

Verdict: This one feels much lighter than it actually is. Be careful, though. It catches up to you pretty quickly. A deceitful treat, for sure.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sadly I lack the proper glassware for this beer. Nonetheless, in a pint glass head was abundent and hung around with some fairly large bubbles. Color was dark amber with some cloudiness. Odor was fruity and slightly earthy with a certain effervescence.

First sip revealed a sweet malty taste with very little hop taste. The beer had what I wrote was a "mature" alcohol taste...a sweet, pleasant slightly burning sensation, like a bourbon.

After some recent bad experiences with what must have been very old imported beer, I have to say this brought me back into the fold. 8% alcohol probably helps this beer stand up over time...and a 98% rating likely means that it moves off the shelf in a reasonable amount of time.

11.2 oz bottle.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rather thick and dark for a tripel, kind of like a dark apple juice, with a good-sized head that diminishes to lacing after a bit. This beer smells of pear and yeast, but the overall impression I get is of a doughy smell. I don't find this aroma to be really complex (which puts me in a minority, I guess). The taste is also doughy, with pears and green spices. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with spiky carbonation and a creaminess in the malt. Although this beer hides its alcohol pretty well, it's still very much a sipping beer. A good tripel, but there are much, much better ones out there.

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Photo of guitarninja
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance = this beer poured beautifully into its traditional snifter glass (which by the way is also quite attractive) with a thick fluffy head. The beer itself is a golden brown, a little lighter colored than other tripels.

smell = the nose has a strong touch of citrus and maybe a hint of vanilla. Nothing was overpowering and the alchohol is well masked. I could smell this beer all day.

taste = the smell reflects the taste in this case, nice touches of citrus balanced off with wheat - but more complex than a "wheat beer." Again, the alcohol is hidden nicely.

mouthfeel, drinkability = the "tripel" character comes out here, as the beer is extremely smooth and thick for a brew that smells and tastes a little like wheat, citrus, and vanilla. Because the beer was smooth on the mouth and rather light for a tripel, I could have at least one more of these!

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,267 ratings.