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Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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1,288 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
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3,944
Avg:
4.24
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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2001

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Reviews: 1,288 | Ratings: 3,944
Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plenty of carbonation bubbles, but no discernible head. The color is gold and brilliantly clear. Aroma of light grain, sweet oats, and sweet light Belgian candy sugar are present. I taste sweet light Belgian candy sugar, light grains, sweet oats, and just a hint of slightly fruity Belgian triple yeast. It is a very clean tasting beer that is highly carbonated, dry, and crisp.

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Photo of beermakesmedrunk
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L:Cloudy straw colour, white head.

S:mild sweet lemony smell with a hint of cloves

T:light citrus, with honey and oats

F:smooth and refreshing

O: very smooth beer with really nice flavour, you will not notice its 8.4%

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

L- Lovely bright colored lemony yellow/orange, slightly cloudy. Beautiful white 1.5 finger lingering head

S- Orange peel and coriander

T- Wheaty, citrus and coriander flavor, with a bit of spice in the background

F- Smooth with a good amount of carbonation

O- Wonderful Tripel. I come back to this one often

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Photo of laketang
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into duvel tulip, color of lemon pie filling with super large head from a conservative pour

swcents of lemongrass and banana bread.

I get clove(just right amount) tangy pineapple,banana sweetness.drinking at 55 deg's

not much alcohol presentfruity aftertaste that lingers.

I really liked this beer and will go for more.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy straw color with large amount of white fluffy head, mild pour. The initial flavors were very pleasant: banana, honey, fruity. The flavor was quickly masked by excessive body/mouthfeel. The beer seemed to expand in my mouth with foam, nearly blocking the flavors. I let the beer sit for a little bit and found it to be much more pleasant.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw gold with billowing head and lots of lacing. Nose is estery, but also somewhat phenolic and medicinal. Flavor is malty with candied fruits, and also sweet and sour sauce. Mouthfeel is crisp.
Honestly, this has been better on other occasions...but you can only rate what you are drinking. Maybe we'll relook this one in the future. A bit disappointing.

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Photo of OlaB
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L:pours a beautifull golden color,cloudy, lots of foam in the top of the glas
S:Vanila,yeast .banana,citrus,honey
T:spices,vanilla,yeast,citrus, corriander
F: smooth, medium bodied ,creamy, warming feel of the high alcohol content
O: A very good beerstyle, delicious , a top belgian beer, Very enjoyable.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Cloudy blonde, honey

S: Lemony, piney, tart, sour, funky, yeasty, hay, grass, hints of banana/bubblegum

T: Bubblegum, wet grass, lemon rind, wild yeast

F: Soft, chalky, starts off crisp with a bite of carbonation but ends smooth and fresh

O: Solid, funky, and awesome

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Photo of LiveWire_13
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer overachieves, but it's not great either. The pale straw color and cloyingly sweet cheap beer smell didn't have my mouth watering, but the taste has some complex fruit flavors and it's got a little thickness. Good, but not great; buy it on the cheap.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This beer pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a huge white foamy head reminiscent of duvel. The carbonation seems lively as even after the head fades your lrft staying at 3mm if foamy lace over the top of this Gorgeous looking beer.

Aroma - The smell is fairly complex here, As I took a deeper smell the first thing that came to my nose was honey and vanilla, followed by corriander light pepper, earthyness and fresh cut white bread.

Taste -The spice from the pepper is definitely at the forfront of this brew, followed by some vanilla corriander, light fruits like apple and pear, and a medicinal quality. The back end has an alcohol bitterness, all of this comes together very nicely.

Feel - This is a medium bodied brew with prickly carbonation on the tongue, as it goes down your throat you get a slight alcohol warming feeling,

Overall - While this beer is unlike other tripels I have tried, It definitely embodies enough of the style for you to know right away this is a tripel, Usually I judge these types of beers on how well they hide the alcohol they contain and you can definitely taste it in this but it warms you. It feels good and the flavors mesh so well I dont see the need to. If you see this one pick it up, you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of Lewarcher1949
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: very light. Lots of head. Looks like a Hefeweizen.

Smell: Fruity. Deceptively light.

Taste: Malty. Somewhat sweet. Not apparent that it's 8.4 percent alcohol.

Feel: Again deceptively heavy. Very satisfying finish.

Overall. Very good example of the style. Kinda pricey, but worth it.

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Photo of glass_house
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful bright, hazy straw gold with three fingers of dense, fluffy white head. One of the better looking pours in recent memory. Smell is a pleasant blend of mild funky grass, light citrus, honey, and coriander.

Taste is sweet ripe banana, pear, faint citrus, white pepper and spicy yeast esters. Body is somewhat light and the carbonation high, yet it is able to mainatain a slightly sticky quality that coats the palate well. Overall pretty smooth, but there is a detectable alcohol heat in the finish. Only a very subtle bitterness is present.

One of the better tripels I've had. A bit more bold in the flavor profile than some, but very well done.

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Photo of Spike
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, hazy, straw colour. Three finger white, foamy head that recedes quickly leaving mounds of suds. Carbonation evident.

Yeasty aroma. Lemon zest, banana.

Lemon, spice, wheat.

Rich, spicy mouthfeel. Perfect level of carbonation. Crisp and dry. Alcohol is noticeable. Exceptionally drinkable beer for 8.4% ABV.

I love this beer! Outstanding Belgian Tripel. Has many characteristics of a wheat beer but the lemon is intense and the spice is absolutely perfect. Sharper than a wheat beer, crisp, just as refreshing. Perfect in summer or winter. Readily available in Waitrose, so is a staple on the shopping list.

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Bier Market Montreal.

A hazed white amber with a thin white lace and persistent head.

S: Honey like sweetness, soft vanilla and medicinal that evolves into organic herbal. Malt is backdrop to yeasty mid range.

T: Prickly carbonation with warming, spicy alcohol. Ample peppery taste with a medicinal herbal flavor.

Needs cheese

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Photo of Quonmisc
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with a light foamy head. Scent of mild hops and light alcohol. The color is golden, slightly clouded, almost like apple juice in appearance but with carbonation. The feel is smooth and lightly effervescent. The taste is similar to a Belgian pale ale, but it is slightly sweeter with less hoppiness. At over 8%, the alcohol is evident but not overpowering. It sneaks up on you. A decent tripel, at least one of my favorites in this style.

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Photo of BurningTreeMufen
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden, amber with a one finger egg white head. Heavy stream of bubbles from the center of the glass.
Smell - Funk.
Taste - Sweeter than a lot of other tripels I've had but it's balanced by a nice bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel - Nice and full but slightly over carbonated.
Overall - A complex but drinkable tripel. A good introduction to funky flavors.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my oversized Duvel tulip glass.
A - Pours a golden straw color with 2 fingers of foamy white head.
S - Aroma is just a little funky and not very strong.
T - Ahh. Sweet with a little banana and pepper.
M - I let mine warm up, and the mouth feel was soft, almost creamy.
O - Love this beer, so delicious. Certainly a top shelf Belgian,

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

Had on-tap in Paris, poured into an oversized tulip glass.

L: Poured a hazy deep golden color with 3 fingers of creamy white head. Generous lacing.

S: Complex, with citrus notes, pepper and spices, and some alcoholic sweetness.

T/F: Big Belgian triple taste... aggressive spices with fruitiness from the yeast. Malts and grains. . No significant hops. Zesty and carbonated.

O: A very nice Belgian triple. .. spicier than others and lots going on. Complex and delicious.

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Photo of justme
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was one fine beer. One of the best examples of this style available. The only slight distraction was the fragrance was a bit funky, but not enough to distract from the wonderful flavor

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

Look: 1.5 finger head with excellent retention, lacing is beautiful, light gold in color
Smell: Fruity Pebbles
Taste: fruity and sweet, but not overbearingly, some citrus notes
Feel: light mouthfeel, alcohol isn't noticeable
Overall: one of my new favorites in the style

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Photo of Savan
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured a hazy yellow-orange, had a scent of yeast and dough slightly piney. Had to me a grapefuit and raw dough taste to it. I LOVE qauds which would be kinda the evil twin to anyone whom likes tripel and dopples I do suppose. Anywho..... Not a huge fan, but then it was not terrible

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice gold color, with near perfect head and lacing. Good body, with just the right touch of spice that is basic to the style. Really nothing to dislike about this. I'm generally not a huge tripel fan, but I found this to be delicious. Possibly the finish does not completely match mouthfeel? Possibly. But that would be my only critique.

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Photo of Greasy
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale straw color with an enormous white head.
S: Belgian yeast, some banana.
T: Some citrus notes, sweetness, very Belgian if that makes sense.
M: Very smooth, medium body. No alcohol burn except for when it nears room temp.
O: Solid tripel, not the best of the bunch, but respectable.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure I've had enough experience w/ tripels yet to really comment/review, but ignorance and prudence never went hand in hand anyway, so here we go! Pretty thing, gigantic white foam erupting from the glass -- actually had to pour in stages to get it to settle down. Ginormous nose, redolent of banana, sure, but other fruits as well, various citrus, pear, etc, along with a healthy helping of spicy yeast. Palate displays many of the same characteristics with a little honey sweetness and leaving a slight boozy tingle on the lips. Nice mouthfeel, light and airy enough to easily belie the 8% ABV. This is a really solid tripel that I don't think you'd ever be sorry to order/buy.

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Photo of breezyday
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a 750 ml ... 75 CL label bottle ... to me an American bomber, the beer poured with a nice foamy white head and recedes to a thin line of lace. The bouquet smell is slightly sweet with a fragrance of clover, orange and pear. There is a slight alcoholic sniff in the fragrance, but you sense a balance and wonder about the use of the grains (oats, barley and wheat described in the label) and desire to taste and savor what comes. The color is straw yellow with a slight murkiness. The taste is similar to Duvel, but it is lighter and slightly sweeter with less 'hoppy' bite when enjoying Duvel. After enjoying this bottle, I will have to revisit Duvel. It will be a pleasure to check the difference between the two.
Truly, an excellent Belgium Tripel and all Americans need to explore the great qualities of the Belgian and German yeasty beers.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.