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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,500 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,500
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 248
Gots: 534 | 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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4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bit of a gusher but I got almost all of into my Duvel tulip. Looks gorgeous, though a little hazy. Liquid gold with a foamy white head that dissipates to fine lacing.

The aroma is superb. Fruity, malty and very, very yeasty. The flavor is great as well, a little citrusy, just a touch sweet, a little spicy and again lots of yeasty goodness. The finish is a bit short, however.

It's more viscous than I expected but it works wonderfully with the slightly prickly carbonation to provide a smooth creamy experience. Probably my favorite tripel at the moment which is saying quite a lot as it's one of my favorite styles.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I opened this along with a La Fin Du Monde to compare the two, and I felt the Tripel Karmeliet easily won. Four other people did the comparison with me, and the Tripel Karmeliet won 5-0.

Appearance – A dark golden color. A good thick head that sticks around with good lacing. Champaign style bubbles.

Smell – Smell is truly amazing. I can’t place the spice, but it’s a wonderful scent. Sweet, florally, spicy, with honey.

Taste – A nice sweetness and incredible complexity that makes this one of the best tripels I’ve had.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with good carbonation. The 8.4% alcohol is very well hidden.

Drinkability – This goes down soooo well. One of the best tripels out there.

Photo of vincicle
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Cheeky Monk in Denver on tap in the appropriate and striking chalice emblazoned with Fleur-de-lis. I have to say, that drinking this beer, under the shade of an umbrella on a beautiful and sunny summer day with a pile of Moules Frites a la Provence is a truly excellent recent memory. In my opinion, this isn't your average Tripel, with a sweet carmel taste with a hint of banana and lemon esters. It is a beer that gives the impression of being sweet without any real sweetness. Perfectly balanced and belying its Alcohol content, this is a beer that will make even novice beer drinkers see the light and appreciate craftsmanship.
The appearance is a light yellowy golden color with a slight cloudiness (the glass was srosted glass obscuring the view also) and the head was a balanced yet expertly laced making for a very asthetic experience.
The feel of this beer embodies "sauve" making for a super pleasant mouthfeel.
excellent overall and I can't recommend it enough.

Photo of Kbogac
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 750. Straw yellow color with a good inch of white foam. Smell is wheat with a little lemon, not overwhelming. Taste is very smooth and balanced. Nothing really jumps out at me. A little citrus maybe. No alcohol taste which is pretty outstanding for a 8.5 ABV. Nice carbonation. Great medium mouthfeel. Overall this is a great, easy drinking beer.

Photo of mindlucent2007
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fluffy and sturdy gold with a pure white one-inch head that stuck around for longer than most. It never completely dissipates so there is a constant quarter-inch of creaminess. Medium amount of lacing. It has a very interesting look because of the lasting head and retention. Aroma is crisp wheat and banana, even a bit grassy. I catch a scent similar to noble hops as well. A great tasting brew that is crisp and wheaty. Banana, citrusy, and buttery flavors dominate. A very creamy feel with moderate carbonation and not a heavy brew at all for 8.4% abv. Tripel Karmeliet is just downright quality and a mastered blend of grains that gives you one of the best Tripels on Earth.

Photo of jsprain1
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale hazy golden with a thick foamy white head. Just a wee bit of lacing.
S- InitiallyI was getting some banana aromas but the more I smell it the more I'm getting lemon and apricot. A bit spicy but lightly sweet. Just a touch of tartness on the nose.
T- A flash of fruityness up front. A somewhat sweet lemon character. There is a touch of clove and a faint black pepper flavor before a lightly tart finish.
M- Full bodied for style. Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Alcohol is just slightly noticable.
O- A fairly solid tripel. Pretty good flavors, albeit a bit less spicy than I like from the style. Even so, it's worth a try.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from BOBPINCH666 & emdawg. Thanks Spike & Emily!

750ml bottle served in a chalice.

L - hazed golden yellow color with a big white head that took a while to thin out leaving tiny spots of lacing behind.

S - tart lemon zest and yeasty spiced aroma.

T - starts out a bit tart with a lemon kick but then it gets somewhat of a spiced hoppy taste going on before becoming sweet and finally finishing off dry and tart, nice ride!

F - medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O - very good example of the style.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I served this in a goblet. It was like crystal clear liquid gold with a beautiful white frothy head. The nose offered apples, champagne, fresh bread, and lemon.

There's a lot going on here flavor-wise. Initially, it tastes like a wheat beer - crisp and dry. Then the flavors develop and it becomes sweet and creamy with a nice tart, fruityness underneath. Starting about mid-palate, a faint champagne-like dryness starts to impede and carries you to the finish. This is a really good beer, but the sweetness would make it difficult for me to drink more than one.

Photo of harrymel
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before: not on bottle neck as label advises.

A: pours hazy golden with three fingers of persistent white foam. This slowly, okay, not much, falls at all. Pretty much maintains 1-2 fingers foam throughout the life. Beautiful.
S: Initially I get plenty of floral notes followed up by some nice sweet grains and yeast characters. I think this smells really, really nice for a tripel.
T: Subtly sweet with floral notes and again very tasteful yeast and coriander characteristics. Really a top notch beer.
M: Medium bodied with appropriately hi carbonation. Mouth-watering finish.
O: I think this might be the best Tripel I've had. Really a great beer. Now if only they would switch to dark glass.

Photo of Mscarpen
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I must have poured this one too hard... but for a Belgian beer, six fingers of head isn't too much is it? Cloud blonde.

S: Daisies, Green, Chlorophyll

T: Sweet citrus and fat free caramel

M: Creamy, light mouth feel, moderate carbonation

O: Delicious! Best with salty/fatty foods like munster and whole wheat crackers.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a nice fluffy white head.

S: The smell is nice and spicy with a slight malt breadiness and some earthy and spicy hops.

T: This is a really great tripel. Lots of grassy hop flavor and earthy malts backed up by some subtle spiciness. One of the better tripels I've had.

Photo of Kshock
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright golden yellow color with good retention. Solid white head and lacing decorate the glass. Looks fanatastic.

S- Malt sweetness, mild spices, and slight fruit esters from the yeast.

T- Fruity, dry and sweet on the back end. Very balanced flavors, nothing takes over the palate. Great dry finish too.

M- Really light and fluffy on the palate; has a nice bubbly tickle too.

O- Great belgian, very true to the style.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Massive 5 finger, white thick foam head. pure golden and slightly hazy.

S: spicey and lemony with a musty yeast aroma. floral notes.

T: somewhat zesty with lemon spice notes. Orange peel in the finish and less yeast flavor.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. The finish is semi dry.

D: Just the right amount of sweetness with a pleasant medley of flavors which transition well.

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