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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,349 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,349
Reviews: 1,202
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 205
Gots: 404 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website

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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Photo of DCon
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 330 ML 11.2 FL OZ bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $7. Poured from the scroll looking labeled bottle w/ "3 grain beer, still brewed after a 17th century recipe from the old Carmelite monastery of Dendermonde on the front & tons of history on it into into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has Best Before: D/CJ/CABD (?) on the back of the bottle. Whats it all mean Basil?

Aroma- Has a very sweet and nice malty aroma. A bit acidic and has some citrus/fruit hanging around. Not much spice or complexity like others but above average.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has great retention. Has a light orange colored body and good clarity. Leaves light sudsy lacing behind.

Flavor- Starts with a sweet and strong malty taste with a nice amount of spice and hop. Bitterness was light-medium on the scale and very different! An off centered brew, but well balanced nonetheless.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent but at the same time has the Smoothest and most enjoyable finish on a beer you can get!

Overall Impression- I am definitely going to be keeping my eyes opened for this one in stores! I was able to keep a good tab on most of the attributes but there can be MANY more with this one. If you get a chance go for it! This one is a flavorful Tripel and would suggest for anyone out there. Easy drinking too.

Photo of RDHerm
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice golden yellow with a fluffy white head. the smell is lightly spicey with hints of fruit and a nice bready maltiness to it. the flavor follows with the light fruitiness slightly beating out the light spiciness and malty backbone. this has a nice light mouthfeel with high carbonation. overall a great tripel.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of VictorZaidi
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is , when well poured of cxourse , a tough of soft fluid silk that fils your mouth, it's full flavour and frechness at the same time is the key of it's well diserved succes. Here in belgium where they have regional restrictions on the amount of cafés that can have it on draught it is a staying succes Cheers

Photo of Durb777
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of takIANbacksunday
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jamesgaither
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of axeman9182
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, one of the November offerings from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program. This one was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Tripel Karmeliet pours a pretty clear golden yellow. The clean white foam billows up to near four fingers in height, and it's quite a while before it's faded all the way back down. Everything looks great, except for the lacing (or relative lack-thereof). The nose is fruitier than I typically find in a tripel, and leans more towards pear than a menagerie of pale fruits. There's a bit of a phenolic edge to the aroma as well, with some clove and even a bit of coriander standing out in particular. The sweet-spicy balance is just a little off for me though. The malts allow some more room for granny smith apples and apricots, among others, to join the pears in the fruity open to the flavor profile. There's also a honey-like sweetness that weaves in around the fruits and manages to linger for just an extra second. As with the nose, the phenolic back end is primarily clove and coriander (though the clove is more dominant here than in the aroma), and it struggles a little bit to come through against the sweetness that came for it. Unsurprisingly I guess, given my above quarrels with the beer, I find the body to be a little bit too chewy and profound. The carbonation has a bit of pep and liveliness to it, but I imagine if it didn't have to cut through as much sweetness, it would really pop. Tripel Karmeliet is a fairly enjoyable beer, it just doesn't seem to be as well attenuated as most of the tripels I've really enjoyed.

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of philbe311
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been eager to try this one for a while...

A - An active, monstrous, audibly fizzy and airy pure white head comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... Fades fairly quickly before displaying some decent retention at one finger's worth - also turning modestly creamy at this point... The color is slightly pale golden amber... A cyclone of small bubbled uber rapid carbonation rises in the center of the glass and is surrounded by some slightly larger and more moderate paced bubbles...

S - Grainy... A subdued Belgian yeast component... Fresh cut grass... Orange zest... Some very faint lemon notes... A very subtle spiciness - white pepper sticks out the most... A very faint alcohol presence... Lots of complexity and each whiff reveals a new scent or layer of depth...

T - Golden raisins... Honey... Orange zest... Lots of grassy notes... Candied sugars... Just a pinch of white pepper... Apricots... Bananas... A very tiny bit of booziness...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... The carbonation is rather brisk and much harsher than anticipated... A touch of sleekness... A bit of stickiness... Fairly dense...

D - A very very good Tripel, but a definite notch down from top of class grouping... Lots of good things going on but a bit rough around the edges in all categories...

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of adman08
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very pale golden straw color with probably more head than I've ever seen. There's a huge amount of fluffy white foam that fades away slowly leaving a layer of foam on the surface of the beer all the way to the end.
S-Sweet aroma, slightly grainy with some butterscotch and a slight baking spice aroma with some alcohol.
T-Fairly sweet tasting. Slightly grainy with some butterscotch and spice flavors.
M-Sweet, slightly sticky. Lots of carbonation with some alcohol warmth. A very light beer.
Overall, a very tasty tripel and true to the style, light, fairly alcoholic with some spiciness and a lot of carbonation.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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