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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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95
world-class

3,132 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,132
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 181
Gots: 307 | FT: 5
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

StoicBeast, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

theminutemen, Mar 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

TimMack, Mar 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

SFC21, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

SURFBUGG, Mar 01, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

output01x, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Tumble, Feb 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

ChanceK, Feb 28, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

crnipeter, Feb 27, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

abrand, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Brewdog1287, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dalecooper, Feb 27, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%

Bought this from the local Yankee Spirits in South Attleboro. Went home and opened it immediately. The first experience that I had with it was when I popped the cork off of the bottle, and it exploded down the hall from the kitchen. I figured at that point that it was going to be pretty well carbonated.

I poured this masterpiece into a Chimay chalice. The beer poured a bright, golden hue and brought with it a 3 finger, foamy, white, decadent head.

As the head settled down, I stuck my nose deep into the glass and inhaled deeply. The beer smelled malty and of grain. Also were hints of citrus and fruitiness. It had my mouth watering.

At the first sip, I fell in love. I wanted to marry this beer and have it last forever. It was amazing, like the freshest loaf of bread from the oven. Then as the taste shifted, it moved towards a sweeter taste.

The mouthfeel was amazing. It almost numbed me around my gums and tongue, probably from the carbonation. The mouthfeel was probably my favorite part of the beer.

Overall, an amazing beer. I have no doubts that this should be in the Holy Trinity of Tripels. Must try this if you haven't!

Element1290, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

rudy0908, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Peyton5410, Feb 24, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Damn has it been tough to find this beer; it’s been in only one store I’ve checked out so far. So thank you Payless Liquors in northern Indianapolis for stocking this brew and giving me my first long-awaited taste. Cheers!

A: Incredibly foamy – I’ve only filled my Duvel tulip halfway before the rest of the glass is full of bright white suds. Body is a pale straw gold, with slight haze and just a bit of shine. A minute or two passes and the head falls to just half an inch of dense cream; light, oily lacing. Standard Belgian look, but with a ton of head.

S: Powerfully malty aromas: superb lemon, fresh-baked bread, hefe-wheat, and a medley of tropical fruit. It’s gorgeous, especially when accompanied by the herbal hints of ginger, coriander, cinnamon-sugar, flowery hops, and orange zest. Rich, deep, complex. And the yeasts are some of the strongest and satisfying I’ve had in a while – funk, tartness, banana, pear, and estery earthiness. Inviting, sweet, and loveable.

T: Bready and smooth; perfectly drinkable from start to finish. The palate starts with sweet breads, like a vanilla creampuff, then moves toward just sweet – pear, blueberry, and cream (fruit yogurt-esque). I can’t get over how these flavors just roll over the tongue. Like any good Belgian, the yeast is palpable, this time with estery grass, creamy vanilla, and funky white wine dryness. Bread and butter, a bit of light booze, vinous fruit, and some floweriness (almost like a mouthful of lavender) make up the aftertaste.

M: A little bubbly, but mostly as creamy as the flavor profile. Its prickliness is a little much, though the drinkability is so great that it’s hardly affected.

O: And here’s the reason a trip to Belgium is on my bucket list: besides pairing this with some local European cuisine, I’d love to have another bottle or two of this (maybe even fresher). Complex and satisfying beer.

BarryMFBurton, Feb 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

chel29, Feb 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 21, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: poured into my Cantillon tulip which I think resembles the style and body of the intended glassware. Big frothy creamy head. Clear and light golden.
Smell: "bright" (subjective).
Taste: smooth (from oats?), lemons, bright with small bubbles leaving me thirsty for the next sip.
smooth and balanced and becomes sweeter as it warms.
Mouthfeel: smooth and dry, becomes a bit wetter as it warms up. Highly quaffable.
Overall: Very good. I think this beer tends to be sweeter on draft, but seems more balanced out of the bottle.

slammgrass, Feb 20, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

Another very nice Belgium ... I'm quickly getting spoiled as I try to sample the various beers in Belgium and northern France.

Appearance (4.5). This beer has a hazy golden blond pour which explodes into the glass, leaving a great thick head of white foam.

Smell (4.0). A green apple (sweet but sour) and slightly spicy smell.

Taste (4.0). Somewhat hoppy but creamy taste, to the bitter side, that finishes very light.

Mouthfeel (4.5). I always struggle with the first sip of a Belgium beer, and start to enjoy it around the third sip. This beer is no exception.

Overall (4.25). Yet another amazing example of Belgium's finest.

sbrotschul, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Campodog, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

cornucopia, Feb 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

GennyCreamAle, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2012
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,132 ratings.