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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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world-class

2,971 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,971
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 163
Gots: 237 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website
Belgium

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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BierAdvoNikk

Virginia

3/5  rDev -29.7%

03-10-2012 16:08:58 | More by BierAdvoNikk
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lordjeff78

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

03-10-2012 15:16:57 | More by lordjeff78
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BWarrington

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-09-2012 22:49:53 | More by BWarrington
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-09-2012 17:39:12 | More by laymansbeerfan
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light yellow with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very fruity with some spice and very floral aromas. Taste is of grain, spice, yeast, and floral flavors. There is an almost medicinal bitterness on the palate that sticks around after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good tripel but it's much different from what I was expecting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 06:31:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mre0683

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-07-2012 04:46:15 | More by mre0683
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-07-2012 04:11:05 | More by SocalKicks
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mjtiernan

New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet at cellar temperature. No bottle dating info found.

A: It’s a gusher! Couldn’t stop it after waiting for a minute so just decided to pour it in. Very slow pour rendered a white one finger head with very tight bubbles. Body is golden colored with only a slight haze. Lots of bubble activity floating to the top.

S: Banana, coriander, clove and pepper. There’s an amount of caramel sweetness that exceeds what I’m used to in a tripel. It’s very inviting. Can’t wait to sip.

T: Very nice. The banana, coriander, clove and pepper are all there and some pleasant light fruits are added...pear and maybe apricot? A healthy dose of grain. The caramel flavor is definitely there in transition, but it isn’t as sweet as the nose hinted. Finish is crisp and features fusel alcohol.

M: Starts and ends pretty dry with a biting and warm finish. Body is medium to high and carb is very high. Astringency and alcohol bite hurt drinkability a bit.

O: A really solid tripel but nothing really jumped out at me to make me love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 02:08:05 | More by mjtiernan
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-05-2012 18:12:44 | More by brez8791
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Extremely effervescent turbid straw color with hints of gold, fluffy white head, no lacing really.

S: Clove, spices, banana, Belgian yeast, light pear and apple notes, light phenols, hint of grape bubble gum.

T: Very bready, pale malt, good spice character, clove, moderate fruitiness, with a clean finish.

MF: Light to medium mouthfeel, pretty wet and refreshing. Good carbonation.

O: Real nice Tripel, to my preferences its better than the St. Bernardus as well as the Westmalle. Refreshing, clean, drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 15:54:18 | More by Scotchboy
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jpcool9

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-05-2012 01:36:27 | More by jpcool9
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harrisjohnson

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-04-2012 15:45:59 | More by harrisjohnson
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MtnDewd

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

03-04-2012 01:00:51 | More by MtnDewd
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Hanzo

Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-03-2012 21:54:45 | More by Hanzo
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StoicBeast

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-03-2012 05:04:41 | More by StoicBeast
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-02-2012 21:38:12 | More by theminutemen
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TimMack

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-02-2012 05:44:30 | More by TimMack
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SFC21

Florida

5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-02-2012 01:20:30 | More by SFC21
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SURFBUGG

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-01-2012 21:34:17 | More by SURFBUGG
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output01x

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A slow pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that fizzes away to a crescent ring in less time than it takes to blink. The body is a bright, hazy slightly pale gold with what appears to be a never-ending army of concentration bubbles. Jumping from every available point of origin, running through every available liquid space, and violently crashing into every available portion of surface, this beer has to have some of the most energetic carbonation bubbles ever seen. These bubbles don't form jets, they form entire waves. Almost no lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.

As this beer was poured, I almost thought I smelled Trix cereal. This should be interesting... Lemon zest, grainy wheat, banana pudding, white pepper, leaves, bread crust, green apple. One could literally go on for paragraphs describing all the different aromas and notes one could interpret from the nose of this beer.

Sweet, grainy (and I mean GRAINY) malt flavors dominate the tastebuds immediately with oily citrus zest and clove flavors rushing in soon after to help balance things out. Notes of bread pudding, whole grain bread, dark wheat, and brown sugar oatmeal are all discernible while an overlying slight alcohol flavor permeates all other flavors. Upon swallowing, the malt flavors really peak but soon fall off to an overly ripe banana which slowly transforms into a Runts banana candy flavor. This sticks around almost indefinitely between sips.

Medium bodied with some very exciting carbonation, this beer's mouthfeel gives it a rather deceptive drinkability. The body really allows for full taste bud immersion into this beer while never becoming coating or sticky (which one might expect from a beer of 8.4% ABV). The carbonation is just as expected. It fizzles, and rumbles, and explodes in your mouth, trying to disturb your delicious experience. Luckily, the body is big enough to stand up to the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 07:38:56 | More by output01x
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Tumble

Florida

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-28-2012 20:07:01 | More by Tumble
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ChanceK

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18%

02-28-2012 02:08:49 | More by ChanceK
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crnipeter

Slovenia

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Advertised as being brewed with wheat, oat and barley. Pours huge creamy white head that persists atop of pale golden body with slight haze to it and little visible effervescence.
Sweet malty nose exhibits mild spiciness with a touch of coriander, evident esters of citrus, apple and banana - the later being no surprise knowing that the grain-bill contains wheat - and a whiff of alcohol.
Flavor is sweet (malted wheat) and fruity with an interplay of citrusy esters and spiciness that gets more prominent towards the medium finish. Any bitterness from either hops or phenols is understated and barely noticeable.
Body is medium while oat adds creamy sensation to the fluffy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 21:04:28 | More by crnipeter
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abrand

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage poured into wine glass

This pours a golden orange color with a nice foamy pure white head and still great carbonation. Some haze from sediment. Smells of fruit, malts, and some sweetness. Not overpowering but inviting smell. Taste is full of fruit and honey up front with a nice malted bitter finish. Still some alcohol on the palate as well. Really good tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall I thought this would be slightly pass prime but it is still drinking really well. Very good belgium tripel.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 20:23:08 | More by abrand
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Brewdog1287

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-27-2012 16:42:08 | More by Brewdog1287
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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