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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,249
Hads: 3,763
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 273
Gots: 709 | FT: 6
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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 Shultzerdugen
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

75cl green bottle with no dates.

I've got to say I was worried when I first popped the cork. I got a whiff of skunk, and I felt a dread come over me. It passed quickly; whew!

Poured hazed dark straw/light copper, with a fastly dwindling white head.

Smell is a little subtle until the beer warms a bit. Citrus and assorted fruits. Fresh baked pastry. Bubble gum.

I fell for this beer as soon as it parted my lips. So dammed complex. Creamy and malty at the top, fruity and carbonated in the middle, spicy and herbal in the back. Wheat comes out in the finish, balanced with barley malts, a slightly chalky mouthfeel, and a lemony twist.

Talk about a surprise. So much going on with this beer. I think this one could have a shot at the tripel championship versus St. Bernardus.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a chalice. Beautiful presence; hazy golden tone with vigorous carbonation and a densely packed creamy white head that lasted throughout and deposited clumpy lace on the glass walls.
Smell: very complex; well spiced yet sporting a wheaty maltiness overlaid with the aromas of tropical fruits and lemon zest. Real peppery spice in the nose.
Taste: bit of white bread maltiness up front with a wispy yeast note. Good blend of fruity sweetness like from apple, papaya and mango to counter the bold spiciness highlighted by the flavors of lemon zest and white pepper. Good zippy hops pop in the finish with a surge of alcohol for good measure.
Feel: medium/full bodied, velvety texture.
Drinkability: damn near off the scale. This is a tripel's tripel, a masterful blending of characters that make it dangerously quaffable. One of the finest examples of the style.

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Photo of hefevice
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle in a large wine glass. My first ever Tripel, so I may come back and revisit this one. Golden yellow with a slight haze. Small white head which dimished, although the glassware was less than perfect. Fruity aroma with apple dominating, almost cider like. Flavour is sweet and fruity at first with some alcohol kicking in with the reasonably sharp carbonisation, and a slightly bitter spicy finish - all very well balanced and smooth. Long pleasant after taste. Is this a beer? Almost like a dry cider with hops added. Interesting beer, much character and well balanced.

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

330ml bottle

Pours with a hazy yellow body, some orange hues. Fluffy yellow tinted head, some yeasties floating around, great retention

Smell, powerful peppery aromas, dried fruit, bananas. Phenols and a strong whiff of alcoholic yeast

Taste, smooth and spicy, noticable alcoholic presence. Nutty, very smooth, goes down very easy

One of my favourite pale belgians. Just the right amount of alcohol, flavour and aroma

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

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a light yellow color with one finger of head. There's a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very very spicy, with lots of pepper and clove aroma. There is some orange and lemon in there as well. The taste is bubbly and spicy. More of that peppery flavor on the tongue, and a slight sweet citrus taste. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is really nice for an 8% brew. A really nice tripel.

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

750. Pours into a Duvel tulip a hazy golden color. Smell is fairly muted, with some lemon and a bit of wheat (overall, a typical tripel aroma). The taste is spicy, with a medicinal quality (although not at all bad, as the Unibroue 2004 was), and a wheaty tang. Alcohol is quite present, and the taste is rather funky. I like it. Mouthfeel is nice and full, if slightly syrupy. Despite the alcohol, the taste is very drinkable.

Overall, this is a great tripel, and at 7 bucks for this 750, it's an amazing value. Tasty, soothing, warming, refreshing: This is a perfect beer for an almost-spring night. (If I find more, I'm definitely stocking up.)

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Photo of clvand0
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for brining this one to our last tasting. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a tall head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma screams 'Belgian Tripel'. This is what a tripel is supposed to smell like. Lots of spices, some fruits, some yeasty character. The flavor was much the same. Lots of good spices, fruits, yeast. Very solid. I'd have this one again any time.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice yellow color with a finger of head nd a very active bubble. The nose was spicey and tart, with some lemony acidic qualities. Very nice. The flavor was lemony and peppery, zesty. Refreshing and well balanced. The feel was crisp, nice and bubbly, drying on the finish and moerate in body. I liked the crisp feel and drying aspect. This is one of the better beers I have had recently. Everything worked really well together. This was paired with a fresh mozzerella cheese, which worked very well with it.

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Photo of stjarnflikka
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Patricks!

Pours a nice, orange beer with a quite big amount of yeast in it. Nice big snow white head rising tall in the appropriate glassware. Some carbonation running along the sides of the glass.

Smell comes on big! Nice sweet malts, much yeast and a real flowery smell. Very sweet with some butterish traces, honey and sugar have prescence together with cloves and perhaps hay? Real nice smell anyway.

Comes on palatte quite perfect. Nice filling feel to it. Yeast and malts explode together with some sugarsweet fruits and a nice grassy tone in there. Nice alcoholic prescence and a fine carbonation makes this very good and tasty. Lots of nice fruity flavours and some likeness to wheat beers. Finishes warming, with a soothing alcoholic prescence blended with yeast, fruits and honey. Somewhat dry in the aftertaste as well.

Ceratinly a nice brew, good belgian (as usual). Nice complex flavours in there but still nice and light.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystalline amber color, very active carbonation, with a billowy white head.

Nose is quite nice, almost herbal in character with a bit of citrus and spice taking precendence. Taste is very complex, citrus comes through, along with some real spice! Almost reminds me of spiced cider. Middle is dominated by a peppery tone that really detracted from the experience not helped at all by the prickly sensation of the carbonation. Underlying is a bit sweet, almost syrupy. This one stays on the tongue for quite a while.

When this brew first touched my lips I was initially very impressed with this brew, right up until the middle of that first sip when the pepper and spice really kicked in. I must be particularly sensitive to those sort of notes because they always seem more pronounced to me than what others around me seem to experience. Overall still a tasty beverage and without that peppery notes I think I'd like this one a great deal more.

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Photo of trancefishy
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork action. served at 54.3 degrees F.

wow. huge ass head. it could be represented very well using a topographic map. lots of mountains and valley. underneath, lots of geologic activity (baby bubbles surging to the surface). nice straw colour. mmm. makes lots of sizzling noises.

aroma is mellow, not giving away much. a little orange, little vanilla, some yeastiness. very balanced and doesn't smell generically belgian, a bit more well rounded.

taste is wondeful. sweet clover honey and lemon like citrus. very sweet and smooth. if you have ever had chamomile tea, with honey, this is exactly that, except turned into beer. lots of floral stuff going on. tastes like a beautful summer day. a nice treat for the middle of february in marquette, mi.

good beer. oh yes, very good.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark to medium gold color, with a huge head on the pour with excellent retention. This is going to take a while. (My girlfriend says it is the color of the amber that they extract the dinosaur DNA from in Jurassic Park). The smell is very piney, not in a hoppy way, but somewhat juniper berries. Taste is very sweet, probably overly. Very tart, and somewhat one dimensional. Complexity and shifting flavors are really missing from this beer. Too metallic, and the sweetness is still getting to me. Mouthfeel is fine, but this is somewhat of a dissapointment.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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

Tripel Karmeliet
750 ml green colored bottle with a caged cork
Bottle conditioned

I served this beer in a St Feuillien wide mouthed chalice. Pours an attractive mustard yellow color with a nice white head on top. The head has great sustain and leaves sticky lacings all over the glass.

Strong aroma of fruits, spices, Belgian yeast and oats. Prominent floral whiffs as well.

What a delicious Tripel....flavors of honey sweetness, spicy cloves, black pepper, and citrus fruit (oranges) take over the palate. The mouthfeel is creamy and syrupy with a grain, oat and wheat presence. I love complex this beer is. There is alot going on.

This is an awesome beer, no question about it. I was lucky enough to have this on tap at Anam Cara (Brookline, MA) a few months ago and it blew me away. If you enjoy Tripels, this is strongly recommended.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, poured into a wide-mouthed chalice glass (a chimay glass)

Appearance: Gold color, slightly hazy. Big white head of foam, slow to settle.

Aroma: Highly floral and fruity aroma, suggestive of grapefruit, honey, and persimmon.

Flavor: Malt for the most part disappears under a huge ester bouquet, all the notes present in the aroma and more: peaches, ripe apples, plums, and more. Peppery alcohol, lightly spicy clove, and a floral hop flavor add to the complexity. Sweetness sneaks up a bit at the end, but the finish is mostly dry.

Mouthfeel: Deceptively light body for the strength, common for triples, with a creamy mouthfeel.

One of the tastiest, yummiest abbey beers around.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.04/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - 750 ml green bottle. Pours a clear golden color, with a white head. Highly carbonated.

Smell - The aroma is almost honey-sweet. No hop nose on this beer. Something about the aroma reminds me of cheap American lagers. This is not a good thing. There is also a slightly skunky aroma - blame that on the green bottle.

Taste - I appear to have gotten an old bottle. The taste is more or less true tripel - sort of a light, caramely sweet taste, but it is not fresh. Alcohol flavor creeps in as the beer warms. I also detect a grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thick, yet smooth. Appropriate for the style.

Drinkability - Due to the flawed aroma and flavor, this beer is not as drinkable as I would have liked.

Comments - For $7 a bottle, I wish that the brewers would have had the sense to put this beer in a brown bottle. The label says that it wona Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup. I'm guessing that if you can get this fresh, it could be much better.

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Photo of dgallina
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent light gold with lots of carbonation and a medium-sized frothy white head and lace. Smells invitingly of sharp grains and spices with a healthy dash of herbal fruitiness. Flavors are dominated by very crisp and clean grainy malts, which ride a wave of carbonation and develop floral and spicy tones along with fruit notes and relatively-tame alcohol at the finish. Quite light in the mouth. Complex, tasty and very, very drinkable.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving size 750 ml bottle poured into a Karmelieit glass bought at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank.

Pours a clear honey amber with a large bubbled head and several thin streams of carbonation that kept the head replenished. Some lace though not much.

Smells of faintly of sweet honey with some mild fruitiness as well.

Taste was very sweet. Very much like honey as well, some fruit, yeast and alcohol tastes as well.

light in the mouth with lots of CO2 refreshing .

This is a very drinkable 8% beer. Not the best tripple but not half bad.

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Photo of EPseja
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

NOTE [04-22-2005]: Review edited based on my latest tasting. Appearance from 4.0 to 5.0. Smell from 4.5 to 5.0. Taste from 4.5 to 5.0.

Additional tasting notes:

A: Large, rocky, river foamy, micro-bubble head with a bright "what's in the Pulp Fiction briefcase?" golden color. Fantastic.

S: Everything a Tripel is supposed to smell like is embodied in this beer, however no one particular scent ever dominates the others. A masterful blend.

T: I attempted to find any detriment in the taste be it departure from style, off flavors, or anything but could not. This is the perfect Tripel.
Original 01-06-2005 review below:

Shared this Magnum bottle with two beer-tasting friends of mine, on the recommendation of Mr. Richard Tingle, the beer manager at Oak Tree Discount Wines & Spirits in South Plainfield, NJ.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, golden honey color. Tiny micro-bubbles forming a thin self-repleneshing head.

Smell: Sweet grains, mild honey, and bubble gum coupled with rosy floral notes from the hops. Clean Belgian Tripel esthers. Very appealing.

Taste: Super well rounded. Excellent balance of sweetness and bitterness. For and 8% beer, alcohol is virtually non-present in the taste, but leaves a warming feeling in the finish along with a dash of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation. Infinitesimally small bubbles that make for a creamy and velvety but crisp and clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Superb mouthfeel and wonderful taste make this one an easy drinker.

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Photo of canadianbarman
2.85/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

--330 ml small brown bottle, freshness date stamped on back
--kind of a pale amber in color
--nice, frothy head that left very nice lacing in the glass
--a kind of sweet, floral smell from this one.

Please note: This was my first taste of this style so I have nothing to compare it to. I thought this was a good beer but am hoping that their are better out there. I will for sure give this one another try as my palate and abilities become better.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge thick foamy white head with excellent retention. Aroma is quite complex with a mix between candi sugar and good old Belgian yeast. Taste is very refreshing with some spices, candi sugar (well balanced by the way), good malt and finish with the yeast. Carbonation is excellent and body is above average but still not too full. Good interpretation of the style with all the ingredient well balanced.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Carmelite beer from Dendermonde, using the three classic grains for a beer: wheat, barley and oats. The label suggests a cooler temperature than cellar, about 6 to 9 degrees. A brilliant, clear golden colour greets the eye served in a chaliced glass. Sparkling golden honey; lighter than I expected. The head is aspirin white, fine, extremely creamy on top and more large-bubbled and chunky on the bottom. A thing of beauty when poured properly. The lacing is thick and extremely viscous. The very first aromas I detected where wheaty, with that creamy soapy character in some witbiers. A very malty aroma, which is not surprising in a three-grain beer. Spices, cloves, lime, and lemon. Some very strong, almost astringent chemical smells, but balanced with the malt, and the fruity yeast. Definite citrus in this beer. The oats I think add the creamy vanilla notes. The wheat malt is the strongest grain aroma for me in this beer. The taste is all malt up front, and even in the middle is a strong bread/nuts flavour. I also taste salty fish. More sour citrus in the middle, with the alcohol lurking in the finish, strong, phenolic and flowery. In fact, I can taste the alcohol more than I expected. Otherwise, this is magnificently tasteful. There is some caramel in the aftertaste. A predominantly malty finish, with little dryness. Very creamy mouthfeel, turning to foam almost immediately on the tongue. This beer is, despite its myriad aromas and tastes, approachable, and very drinkable, with no overpowering aspects whatsoever. It is refreshing, like a wit, yet very full, like a tripel. This is simply an extremely complex, flavourful and easy-to-drink Belgian. The lees are green and yellow, less malty and more soapy. More spice and less malt in the taste, too. This would pair exceptionally with a hot spicy dish.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smell is big and fruity with lots of sweetness and pineapple and plum scents and a faint hint of medicine.

Taste is sweet and tart too with the expected coriander taste. Mostly the flavor of Granny Smith apples and plums comes through. The alcohol content shows itself as a nice warmth in your throat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good; this has a nice sweet sour and spice balance that goes down well.

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Photo of Paddez
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of me personal favourites

Pours a golden brew with a big attractive head that stays put for some time and later changes into a foamy layer. Nice retention. Beautiful.
The aroma is is filled with spices, floral notes and citrus fruits.
The taste is delicious. Spicy, complex with coriander, lots of fruits and some notes of alcohol. Delicious!
Mouthfeel is once again excellent. The beer is well carbonated and goes down very smoothly.

Very refreshing, but with a kick. I've had this one several times and it managed to amaze me time after time. A most excellent beer.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,249 ratings.