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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,241
Hads: 3,726
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 266
Gots: 681 | 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 djack8617
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quickly vanishing head that originally poured a couple fingers thick. clear pale yellow hue. spicey aroma . +++ carbonation on each sip. Very sweet across the palate fruity mostly. very carbonated feel but hides the high alcohol content well.

Very enjoyable beer

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Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into goblet. best before 18/11/16. enjoyed on may 1, 2015

a: an opaque-but-not-fully-opaque pale yellow (yeast sediment was poured in) with a few fingers of white head that disappeared as i was typing this sentence

s: i let this one warm up for about half an hour after taking it out of the fridge. really lovely nose. lots of spicy clove, lemon, and banana. good notes of peach and apricot. in general, a very fruity and inviting aroma, with little malt presence

t: the aforementioned fruits and spice in the front. not getting a lot of malt flavour. medium-minus bitterness at the end

m: probably the harshest carbonation i've ever had from a belgian ale. almost off-putting. otherwise, the beer has a good sticky-creamy feel

o: really tasty stuff, but the carbonation is too much. give it a lot of time to warm up or just don't pour the yeast in

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sitting on a few reviews I haven't posted yet, but this seems like a great way to celebrate the end of tax season (in Canada) and for my 600th review. Expectations are high for this highly acclaimed beer originally from Belgium, but purchased from the local LCBO for about $3.75 CDN. 330 ml bottle served cellar temperature into a tulip.

Appearance - A slow pour still yielded 2+ Fingers of white head that has some impressive staying power. Lots of lively carbonation in this clear, pale golden hued beer. Some sticky lacing left behind.

Smell - Nice big but smooth grain aroma, with some subtle fruit esters brought to my attanetion. Some pear and a hint of grape and apple, with a powerful Belgian yeast aroma. Some white pepper aromatics happening, since the fruity but spicy moniker fits this beer well.

Taste - Dangerously good with the Belgian yeast coming to and fro, some interplay between the pear and grape flavors and some mild heat which seems to pepper, but also mixes with the alcoholic content of this beer in an interesting medley. A little bit juicier than Westmalle's tripel but not as fruity or as robust as La Fin de Monde, Tripel Karmeliet strikes a nice balance between the two.

Mouthfeel - Explosive carbonation, although for a tripel it's not out of character. It's dry but not too dry, It's fruity without taking anything away from the Belgian yeast, in tingles and zings but not too much so.

Overall - What we have here is a near perfect tripel that combines Belgian yeastiness, a medley of grains, some fruit flavors and a spicy aspect so well, that transitions are seamless. Just a joy to drink and this has quickly moved into one of the top two positions on my tripel totempole.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale and golden with a big white head

Smells- spices (clove, cardamom, pepper) with some fruitiness (apples, mostly)

Tastes- Big spices up front that follow the nose as with the fruit.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and medium carbonaton with some boozy warmth (moreso than the ABV would suggest)

Overall- Great Tripel. Maybe the best.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time trying today. Lovely on so many levels.
BuckeyeNation described it in ways I can't, but I liked it almost as much. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.50 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that stays for a couple of minutes. Medium gold color and filtered a hazy clear

S- Goodly amount of yeast here. Bubble gum scent is nice. Excellent tripel.

T- Good balance of sweet and tart. Bubble gum flavor is back! Nice blend. Complex yet simple.

M- Dry yet creamy.

O- Very good blend. Enjoyable to the last drop. Opens up without any noticeable heat. Delicious!

Food Pairing

This nice tripel went well with...... Spicy beef noodles


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Photo of drmeto
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

-Hazy bright golden with a big foamy white head with decent head retension
-crazy carbonation visible
-Honey,Bubble gum,banana,oats,spices,slight lemon notes
-honey,banana,lemon,slightly grassy,finish bready with vanilla
high carbonation,alcohol fairly noticeable,creamy,full-bodied
Fantastic aside from the fairly noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light pale yellow, ample carbonation, coarse white head. Some specks of lace stick.

S: Coriander, a touch of wheat, bread, and lemon. Faint skunk.

T: Same spices as the nose, which soon gives way to muddled chalk and malt/husk notes. Pleasant, but kinda dirty, probably amplified by the high alcohol.

M: Light yet honestly creamy, no telling it had such a lively appearance.

O: A good experience, and probably perfect for the style, but that chalky flavor doesn't rub me the right way.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3/23/15 (Draft - Monk's Pub Chicago) - Light golden pour, nice carbonation, poured with a full a rich head. Lemon, wheat and orange among the aromas noted. Taste was light and very smooth. Lemon and somewhat sweet fruit taste prevalent. Very smooth beer, mild carbonation and a nice ABV which is noticeable upon finishing this very good offering.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Has a spicy fruity nose with light malt. It pours hazy gold with a one finger thick foam cap. The palate is big and fruity with apricot over bread finishing with a bitter accent. It is creamy with an average body and average carbonation.

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Photo of magpieken
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. 19/09/16. Straw coloured. Towering, frothy white head, good retention with some lacing. Effervescent. Aroma of yeast, cloves, lemon, wheat and perfume. Slightly medicinal. Light sweetness and similar bitterness. Light to medium bodied, effervescent and creamy. Pleasant alcohol warmth. An interesting drop in terms of aroma and taste but the mouthfeel of this one is superb and the more I drink, the more I enjoy it. 8.

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Photo of LordofthePings
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from 750ml bottle into orval goblet. Golden and clear, peppery smell. Taste is spicey and mild to moderate esters. Moderate carbonation, feel is smooth and easily drinkable.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Head was made of big bubbles and stayed for a long time. Dark amber, lots of carbonation.

Smell: Very subtle and light, hints of citrus and delicate flowers.

Taste: No flavors really stood out to me. There was a mildly spicy alcohol bite, but overall it was pretty light and satisfying.

Feel: A little thick and creamy, sort of weird with so much carbonation but definitely not unpleasant.

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Photo of SebD
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon, coriander, wheat, light pepper and banana.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, lemon, coriander, wheat, some breadiness, peppery spices, light cloves and some banana.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Quite possibly the best Tripel I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Vixie
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a huge white head. Pour carefully, lot of carbonation here. There's a lot of bubbles coming up from my Duvel glass.

Smell is strongly citrus, with hints of pepper and wheat.

Starts out with a citrus tang, mainly orange with a hint of lemon. Once the citrus hits, the grains come in, reminding me a bit of a sweet bread. It finishes with pepper and clove notes, and is a touch on the dry side.

Feel is very lively, mainly due to the carbonation. Pretty full for the style.

This is a bit sweeter than most triples I have had, but not overly so. It is very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden, and has a nice mix of flavors. Definitely a top notch example of the style, well worth trying.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pig & Fiddle, into a TK chalice

A: cloudy sunshine gold, 1 finger head with lots of bubbles
S: bright and sharp citrus orange, rich coriander, wheat
T: nice layers of flavor...everything in the nose, but the grains come out a lot more, with some oats and wheat...also more spicy, with some pepper, and lemon peel
M: high carbonation, surprisingly light though not at all watery, hides alcohol very well, crisp.

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Photo of RickyS
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Teku glass with sediment included. Appearance is a hazy light yellow with large amount of carbonation. Large head which dissipates very slowly. Smell is very nice: banana, orange peels, clove, floreal aroma and tiny amount of alcohol. Taste is very similar with dry finish. Feel a bit syrupy in the mouth with high carbonation hitting the tongue.
All in all an excellent beer. Definitely will buy it again.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold with an impressively huge billowing white head that recedes but remains as a half inch cap. Carbonation very apparent. Aroma of lemons and coriander. Prickly and spicy mouth which is suprisingly light. Peppery taste with a fruity (apple, pear, banana) middle. Much lighter in body than expected for 8.4% ABV. Could session a few of these but not sure what the result would be. Was quite good with a dinner of knockwurst, cabbage, onions, apples, red pepper over Bavarian spaetzle.

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Photo of interzen
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Slightly cloudy amber yellow with a fairly 'open' off-white head with good retention and some lacing.

Smell: Smells a bit like your typical witbier, that is to say citrus (mainly orange in this case, some lemony hints), coriander and bit of wheatiness. The grainy smells are fairly well in the background, however.

Flavour: Again, mainly citrus and coriander with the grains playing a supporting role. Definite honey flavours too, which I didn't notice in the smell. Superbly balanced between the fruit and grain flavours.

Feel: Quite a lot of carbonation but otherwise very smooth indeed. Has a bit of a stout like feel (the effect of the oats, perhaps?) without being excessively heavy.

Overall: As tripels go, this one is pretty damned good - manages to pack in 'typical' Belgian witbier flavours (orange peel, coriander etc.) with a good alcohol kick without tasting at all boozy. If you're curious with regard to tripel beers, this is an excellent starting point as well as an excellent beer all round. Heartily recommended.

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Photo of Maloney1011
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: cloudy, light orange/dark yellow, well retained white head.

Aroma: fresh cirtus orange and light coriander with slight banana. Wheat base aroma.

Flavor: citrus/coriander and banana jump out first. Wheat follows through with a nice finish. Very clean and balanced, in no way artificial. Little alcohol noticed for a tripel.

Feel: very carbonated, oats give it a thicker body, but not heavy.

Overall: very pleasant beer, well balanced, great gateway Belgium beer for folks looking to explore.

Side note: Poured from bottle at McNellie's Oklahoma City, Ok. I have bought before, am buying now, and will buy again! My wife says the perfect combination of alcohol and flavor on a tripel...

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Photo of rangerred
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet out of a green 750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy two finger white head. Excellent head retention as is appropriate for the style with some decent lacing.

Very spicy aroma with lemon peel, coriander, and bread. Some honey and orange also sneaking in. Very nice.

The flavor is loaded with orange and lemon peel along with more coriander. A very nice bready malt backbone and absolutely perfect for the style. Fluffy mouthfeel thanks to the abundant carbonation and a little sticky on the finish.

Overall, an excellent Triple that hits every mark for the style. This is up there with the best as I can't really find any flaws here.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle in Blackfriars, Glasgow (£4.95):
This one was a really nice Belgian ale from the start, much as I've come to expect from beers hailing from the country. Tripel Karmeliet was quite a spicy offering with a very lively and well-carbonated feel to it that proved highly enjoyable and every drinkable. Whilst I wouldn't rank it as one of my favourites in the style it was definitely one worth trying and proved to be a fairly good example of the style.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light general and pear like color. Nice head dissipates and leaves a steady lace.
Big fruity aroma. Sugary and alcoholic. Reminds me of fruit soaking in alcohol like a sangria.
Big complex flavor. Lots of fruit, yeast, herbal, wheat and alcohol as the drink warms. The fruit reminds me of apples and pears in both taste and aroma. Dry finish with spicy and bitter hops in the aftertaste. Great tingly carbonation. Full mouthfeel, medium bodied overall, very filling. A great beer!

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I see that a lot of people really like this brew. I really wanted to like it. I... wanted to, but alas... I guess I just don't care much for tripels. The color was very nice, golden sunlight with a beautiful creamy head. As William Shatner would say, I can definitely get behind that. But then I smelled and tasted it. It's that damned aftershave meets mouthwash taste I can't stand. So I might be a bit harsh here. I do like Belgians. A lot. But just not tripels. However, as my ratings suggest, I tried really hard not to let my distaste for the style affect my overall judgment of the beer. Others may love it. I just don't.

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Photo of titvs
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 08:58. AROMA: complex aroma with notes of orange and coriander, mixed with spices and a sweet background. very faint hop notes. APPEARANCE: gold color and hazy. large white head with below average retention. poor lacing. TASTE: mix of flavours of spice, oranges and coriander. low bitterness leading into a sweet finish. low alcohol presence. PALATE: medium body with a slight creaminess from alcohol with no obvious warming sensation. high carbonation. OVERALL: a very interesting 8and delicious) variation of a belgian tripel.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.