Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,358
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 205
Gots: 415 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very light amber color, but not pale. It has a sunlight yellow appearance with a magnificently foamy white head, which could easily be mistaken for soap bubbles. It would be impossible to ascertain the amount of lacing, because it seems to merge seamlessly with the head. There's lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: It has a very spicy, floral, and citrus-like smell to it. It is Belgian at its very essence. Breathing in is overwhelming with scent. I get some banana, mellow flowers like daisies, there is a pear-like smell to it, and it smells very light like orange and apple blossoms.

T: It has a wonderful taste to it. I get a flavor profile that is very similar to the way it smells. I pick up flavors of banana, vanilla, and a light spice with hints of ginger. It's wonderful. I can't label it as perfect, but it is so close! There are hints of the earthy hops, but they stand in the background a bit. I bet if I drank this IN Belgium, it would be a 100% 5.0 across the board.

M: The mouthfeel is great. It is so smooth and delicious. There is a wonderful zest of carbonation...I am so surprised at how wonderful this beer is.

O: This beer is near perfect. It could easily be all 5.0 all around. It is wonderful and delicious...I would recommend this to anyone, regardless of what their beer preference is.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 green bottle best before 13/01/11 poured into a Chimay that produces a hazy golden body with a beautiful sudsy white head. This thing exudes effervescence.

A slight sweet character overlays the citrus, mango and musty/earthiness going on.

A little bit of citrus but mostly fills the mouth with a yeasty/bready character.

Crisp and refreshing with lots of carbonation.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet: I am not one to by $20 four packs of beer. But after a year of exploring beer on Beer Advocate, I was puzzled by how these expensive Belgian beers could have thousands of reviews and sky high ratings. Are they better that a New Belgium Triple? What is the fuss? So I sprung for a four pack of Tripel Karmeliet, which was the only A rated Tripel I could locate at my favorite beverage store. You have probably tried this brew, so you know the body is cloudy and golden in hue. The head is thick and billowy, laces well and forms wonderful patterns as you make your way to the last sip. The aroma is bountiful with amazing complexity. Which brings me to the flavor, or should I say experience. Waves of ever-changing notes wash over the palate. All of those adjectives you read in beer reviews, well, you can actually taste in this brew: tree ripe apricot, light dust of fresh ground cinnamon spice, warm homemade bread dough, lick of a cement trowel. In the Tripel Karmeliet these adjectives really do apply. Now I get it. But is it beer? After trying many brews, this Tripel blows you away with the complexity of flavors, and leaves you in wonderment of how did they do that? How can you brew beer with those notes? But really, the Karmeliet does not taste like beer, does it? I would not serve one to a beer lover who does not have a minimum of Belgian experience or he/she will think I just added fruit juices to an now ruined Budweiser.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Date on bottle neck is 03/05/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white head that quickly fades into a few thin patches. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: A very sweet and fruity aroma. Belgian yeast with some wheat and clove spices. Big presence of citrus orange and lemon with a hint of coriander spice. Also some hints of pear, pineapple, banana, and sweet pale malts.

Taste: Like the nose leads, a fruity and spicy taste. Belgian yeast with some wheat. Big taste of citrus oranges, lemon, pear, banana, and pineapple with a good spicy kick from cloves and coriander. Also some hints of caramel malts towards the finish. Tastes very fruit forward but not overbearing with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation on the higher side. Crisp and prickly. Starts sweet and finishes dry. No alcohol heat felt.

Overall: A very good take on a Tripel. Nice use of fruit flavors and spices that complement each other well.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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