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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,064 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,064
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 176
Gots: 279 | FT: 5
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Belgium

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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USCTrojanBrian

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland CA. Served in appropriate Karmeliet glassware. From notes.

Yellow/gold color. Light frothy head. Chardonnay aroma and taste. Fruity aroma.

Some white grape, sweet and dry. Aggressive yet balanced. Sweet malt taste, smooth.

Really wine-like. Interesting color change over time from peach to straw.

06-19-2008 23:24:21 | More by USCTrojanBrian
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MisterClean

California

2.63/5  rDev -38.4%

bottle from total wine

A - Light golden in color, bright white head, with good retention, but little legs.

S - Honey, heavy alcohol presence, peach, and overall perfumy.

T - Caramel, cream, slight alcohol, also slight acetaldehyde, and bananas

M - Alc way too high.

D - Good, but alcohol presence really needs to be removed.

Maybe a bad bottle.

06-13-2008 05:29:06 | More by MisterClean
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Got a bottle of this at my local bev mo. 750ml and green so you need to be careful to keep it out of the light when storing it.

Poured into a chimay goblet and it looks beautiful. Nice size head with a nice golden clear look to it.

Smell is the worst part of this beer but its not a bad one. Just not that great. Alot of yeast funk smell. Reminds me of homebrewing when your closet you ferment in smells funky.some fruity and caramel notes.

Taste was great. Just what I was looking for at the moment. Drank it while eating some good cheese and crackers. Tastes of slight spice, especially in the end with a light caramel and fruity flavour. Altogether light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was very carbonated but nice for the taste. Refreshing. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I could have drank the whole bottle myself but I had shared it with a roomate.

A great beer. Will be buying it in the future.

06-07-2008 16:31:24 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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AlexLMS

Portugal

4/5  rDev -6.3%

The beer poured with a clear and rich golden colour. The head was huge, white, very moussy and goes on forever leaving a nice lacing in the glass.

The nose was a mixture of spices, vanilla, cloves, yeast, a variety of grains and fruits.

The taste was very complex. The mixture of malts resulted in a very spiced beer with citrus notes, banana, vanilla, yeast, grains and sweet malts, balanced by the hop presence.

It was slightly dry with a high carbonation level and very well disguised 8% ABV volume. Medium body and crisp and long lasting finish.

Overall, Karmeliet is very special beer. Its three different malts give the beer a distinct character. The sweetness of the malts is well counter pointed by the crispness of the flavour. It is very refreshing and quite dangerous, as you almost cannot feel the high alcohol presence.

06-07-2008 13:50:51 | More by AlexLMS
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RomanW70

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours orange gold with a substantial white head. Funk dominates the aroma, but there are detectable notes of caramel and citrus. Very heavy carbonated. Delicious. Starts out with notes of sweet malts and funk, very bready tand spicy hrough the middle, with a spice finish. An excellent beer.

06-01-2008 02:21:52 | More by RomanW70
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TroyS

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

I got this beer at The Vinno Rosso in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It's a truly nice brew. By the way...the bottle is muchO' coolO' when compared with the beer that's in the pic. I'm guessing that I got a newer version and that the pic simply needs to be updated or something. Anyhow...The important part...The beer! This is a beautiful beer. It's carries a "triple" head. I mean seriously! Beautiful lacing etc. Very pretty! Very nice egg shell. BEAUTIFUL!

The flavor of this beer in quite nice too. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, but yummy. I'd say that it's quite delicious, but the appearance of this particular beer is sooo nice that it makes up for the extra carbonation and the extra alcohol punch that it carries. All in all...excelent!!!

By the way....this was a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce green bottle. Nice art on it, but seriously...as cool as it may look...who cares, right? Very good Tripel! One of these will be more than enough for you and a friend for an evening;) Cheers!

05-30-2008 02:08:20 | More by TroyS
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AylwinForbes

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

"I'm looking for Belgians." I say to Jeff at Charley's and he responds with this - his "favourite beer." Appearance can mean a lot, and this arrives in its own elaborate engraved glass like something out of a monastery. It pours quite similar to the Duvel, big dense fine head that lingers a lot. A fine, pale yellow, a hint of haze. Splendid phenolic slightly malty aroma invites you in. On the palate a complex mix of yeasty, earthy mineral components, slight caramel sweetness. Lingering finish that you remember hours later. Close to the Duvel in my book.

05-28-2008 02:46:29 | More by AylwinForbes
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours apple juice golden yellow with contrasting white head.

Nose is complex with fruits such as peach, apricot, and apple.

On the palate the malt comes through with ample sweetness, with this ale having a rather candy like flavor. White licorice, cardamon, faint cinnamon, and light pepper are here as well.

Finishes lengthy and candy sweet, and all too easy to drink.

05-27-2008 03:04:03 | More by yemenmocha
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3%

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A - I really like the bottle. It's simple but inspiring. The beer has a light golden color with great clarity and a big white head.

S - Candy sugar and spicy notes.

T - Mild sweetness and a lingering bitterness. Very clean and crisp.

M - Good consistency and feel.

D - This has become a favorite of mine. I really like the simplicity of it. It's very easy to drink.

05-25-2008 22:01:59 | More by GJ40
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Tripel Karmeliet has a cloudy golden body with a huge, fluffy white head. The retention is great, and there is a little bit of nice lacing.

Smells very yeasty, with various light fruits and a touch of spice. Candied sugar and bready malts round out the aroma.

Tripel Karmeliet is a complex yet delicate beer. It manages to have a lot going on without being extremely powerful, and it is a very enjoyable beer. The star is the yeast, that adds a lot of fruit notes and hints of pepper or coriander. The fruit is light a sweet, apricots with hints of white grapes and apple. Candied sugar comes next, with bready malts rounding out the beer.

Mouthfeel is great. It is smooth and creamy with prickly carbonation.

Tripel Karmeliet is one of my favorite tripels. It is one of the few beers that I keep coming back to. It is light and refreshing, and has a complex profile that comes together very nicely.

05-21-2008 23:55:31 | More by Hojaminbag
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animal69

Louisiana

4.93/5  rDev +15.5%

a very young sample, BOD 11/07, pours an almost clear golden color w/ 1" of pillowy white foam that never really settles all the way down leaving an almost unbroken lacing in my snifter ; a strong smell, loads of bready pils malts, and a mostly floral hop aroma blended w/ fruits and some hot alcohol make for a sweet "beer perfume" ; a crisp, faintly tart flavor made up of a huge malt front, cereal grain with a hint of nuts(?), greener fruits and a bit of grassy hop bite, some caramel and hints of raison midway, finishes smooth, dry and alcoholic, incredible overall flavor ; extremely dry, actually quite light bodied and ever effervescing, excellent mouthfeel ; not only drinkable, but addictive, i can't say enough, this stuff ROCKS !!!...

05-19-2008 22:22:01 | More by animal69
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a golden yellow, with a massive white head. Smells of grain and alcohol. Taste is quite dry, light in body, but a nice spicy character. The hops balance out the beer with a medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, though carbonation levels are slightly high. This is a good beer, though I personally would only want to have one at a time, its drinkability isn't as high as other Tripels I have had.

05-19-2008 19:49:28 | More by tronester
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sml505

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

On tap at Cheeky Monk (Denver).

A - Golden amber with a huge, two-three finger head.

S - Complex nose. Lemon, coriander, yeast, spice (pepper/ coriander). I could smell this for hours!

T - Sweet malts/ grains. Floral, malty with light hops. Yeast dryness in finish.

O - Fantastic beer. Very complex nose and flavors with light finish

05-19-2008 05:56:24 | More by sml505
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

What a difference a serving type makes! Had this one out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle.

The first time I tried this beer, it was on tap. I gave it lower scores because the carbonation was lacking for a Tripel and took away from the overall mouthfeel and flavor. This was not the case out of the bottle.

Poured into a snifter, a lovely golden yellow with a huge rocky head that left mass amount of lacing down the glass.

Smell was sweet, and spicy with a hint of alcohol in the back of the nose.

Taste is out of this world! Sweet, bready malts, nice hop character, spiciness, and slight alcohol warming on the finish.

The high carbonation of bottle fermentation made this one zing and really brought out the flavors. Good mouthfeel, delicate, but became slightly syrupy and overly sweet towards the end as it warmed to room temperature.

This thing packs a punch with it's 8% ABV, but wow, what a flavor! I could sip on this all night long. Fantastic brew and everything that a good Belgian should be.

A+ indeed.

05-18-2008 17:48:17 | More by KeefD
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%

I enjoyed this on draft at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pittsburgh. Served cool in the Karmeliet tulip.

A - A crystal clear straw w/ white cap that measures an inch and condenses to about 1/8 inch leaving little lace.

S - A honey and sweet lemony spice w/ coriander accented by a tropical fruit note and light oaky scent

M - Sweet, spiced dry w/ a creamy element and moderate carbonation w/ med to full body. An excellent representation of the style -leaves an impression and the feel still goes on after the taste

T - A green melon flavor w/ slight herbal hops in the initial flavors. The spice in the yeast and grain give this a nutty taste w/ a gentle yeasty breadiness w/ tea like refreshing qualities. The crisp herbal flavor is accent w/ nutty dry and subtle malty, grainy flavor w/ a cereal like sweetness and gentle boozy finish.
The hops add to the flavor w/ subtle spice and a sort of mown hay aspect that is very tasty w/ toasty smoothness.

D - An absolute classic yet more of a Saison w/ its spice and earthiness. A very excellent tastte and definitely must be tried on draft. I consider this a unique and fine Tripel that is very accessible and well crafted. World Class, must be experienced.

05-12-2008 17:31:37 | More by Slatetank
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

750mL bottle with nice silk screened art. Poured into a tasting-glass.

Beautiful beer; golden color topped with a huge fluffy white head.

Pear, apple skin, clove, flowers, soft aromas in the nose. Some hop spice in there as well. Aroma is highly appetizing.

Starts sweet with some light caramel flavors that immediately move into fruity apple and pear flavors. The spicier flavors are prominent in the finish. Black pepper and clove come to mind. The finish is very dry and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and plenty of carbonation. Highly drinkable beer and ABV is hardly noticeable. I really enjoyed this tripel and would recommended on its aroma alone.

05-12-2008 01:32:16 | More by bosco7
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rye726

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

Alas, after a short stint of reviewing some of the worst beers possible, I am restoring my faith in brewing with a bottle of Karmeliet.

It pours a rich golden color with a foamy off white head. Not quite the silky top I look for in a Belgian Tripel. Not much lacing either.

The nose is quite complex and will take some warming to be appreciated. Right now, I find spicy Belgian yeasts and peppery alcohol over a bed of ripe tropical and citrus fruits. Some honey grians and candy malts as well.

I was a bit reluctant to drop $5 on a beer I could get for a Euro at a grocery store in Belgium, but this was well worth it. A complex flavor profile that should be enjoyed between cellar and room temperature. As a rainbow of flavors hits my palate, I try to comprehend what I am tasting. I detect a base of bready malts with a salad of buttery sweet yet tart and tangy fruits. Spicy Belgian yeasts and hops blend together perfectly with peppery alcohols.

The velvety mouthfeel compliments the beer perfectly. It has a full body that passes over the tounge like silk. Fine carbonation is present, but does not get in the way.

This well balanced ale presents so much yet lets nothing stand out. I need to find out how to get a keg of this stuff. Delicious.

05-06-2008 23:01:09 | More by rye726
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jenitivecase

Kansas

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance: Pours clear with an enormous head which dissipates quickly but yields some nice lacing. Color is pale-orangeish, almost an apricot color.

Smell: Fruity, with overtones of apricot and some citrus notes. Alcohol smell is definitely present, but not overbearing. Yeast scents are also present.

Taste: I can tell this is 8% alcohol. The fruity tones in the smell are also present in the taste; lots of apricot, with some apple and even a hint of grapefruit. However, many more spices are present in the taste, and the character of the grains and malt is coming through strong, as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet bubbly. Despite the discernable alcohol content, this beer manages to have a creamy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Although the alcohol content is far from overwhelming, it is more present here than in some other tripels I have had. This beer is fun to sip and enjoy, but I'm not overly depressed I don't have a second one on hand.

05-04-2008 21:29:08 | More by jenitivecase
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Moxley

New York

3.43/5  rDev -19.7%

A - A lot foam came up as soon as it was opened. Weird. Maybe someone dropped it and didn't tell us...anyway, once settled, it was a hazy butterscotch color with a 1 ½ inch head that eventually settled to nothing. Looked a lot like sparkling apple cider.

S - Apricot and fruity with a strong alcohol smell.

T - Extremely sweet and highly carbonated. Lots of fruit up front - apple and raison nuances.

M&D - You could feel the heat from the ABV in your throat after a couple sips. Left a sweet and sticky coating in your mouth with an almost dry finish.

Too sweet for my liking but good to try. Good replacement for those who don't like wine. High ABV (8.0) so I wouldn't consider this a session beer.

05-03-2008 01:55:22 | More by Moxley
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JBogan

Nevada

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured a nice gold color with a huge foamy head which left a lot of lacing in my glass.

Smelled of fruits, mainly some banana and grapefruit, with a nice balance of maltiness.

Tasted more of the malts, along with a good sampling of fruits. Very clean and refreshing on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was a little flatter than I was expecting after seeing the huge head. Still it was medium bodied and not bad at all.

This was a very nice beer to sip and enjoy. I'd certainly have it again.

04-25-2008 02:49:25 | More by JBogan
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

The beer pours out very carbonated and has a large head; however, the large head dissipates to a ring fairly quickly. The beer is a golden colour that is quite murky looking.

The nose on the beer is yeasty with a hint of sweet fruits which probably come from the wheat. This beer is complex with the three different types of grains in it. The first taste has a bunch of spices, while the middle if quite fruity, then eventually has a smooth finish to it. The beer is quite tasty had has a creamy mouthfeel.

The beer is drinkable, but like most Triples I just want one of each kind.

04-21-2008 15:36:46 | More by swizzlenuts
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joeskirkie

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

A 750 mL screen printed bottle poured slowly into a goblet yields a clear light orange body with a lively white head that dissipated quickly but left a lingering lace.

I mostly detect the spicy yeast aroma from it. Also orange rind and some citrus.

Taste starts off with a light spicy citrus then goes sweet with some honey notes and wraps up in a smooth finish.

On the tongue its bubbly but not too bubbly, so it's pretty relaxing.

I have no real complaints here. A good textbook Tripel. I could go with this one for a few more rounds.

04-20-2008 21:08:02 | More by joeskirkie
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hyland24

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

This beer was poured from a bottle into a goblet.

A- Cloudy gold with a one and a half inch white foam head. Left a thick white foam sheet that covered the sides of the goblet.

S- Fruit smells with hints of citrus, apple and banana with a strong alcohol finish.

T- Sweet fruit flavors with raisin, hops and a slight alcohol warmth though not a strong as the smell would lead you to believe. Finishes slightly bitter but clean.

MF&D- Very high carbonation but suits this beer well. light bodied but leaves behind a sweet sticky coating in the mouth. Very good beer but not quite worth the $15.99 price tag on the 4-pack.

04-20-2008 13:32:04 | More by hyland24
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BeerLover729

New York

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%

A: This golden liquid poured into a deep wine glass foamed a frothy two finger head.

S: When just below room temperature: strong phenolic characte4 with grapey fruity note.

T: Sweet phenolic tripel. Complex yeast flavor: spicyness, phenols, fusel alcohols with notable Brettanomyces presence as well. Citrus fruitiness, with light dark fruit, date fig, character.

M: Syrupy medium bodied brew with vigorous carbonation but moderate residual sweetness pervades.

D: Lovely tripel, but warming alcohol can get to be too much. A little sweet but still a great drink.

Note: Yummy tripel.

04-16-2008 01:47:01 | More by BeerLover729
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

A: Thick 2.5" white head pours a light fizzy golden color.

S: Citrus hops blend with the light malts and spices with a smooth fruity aftertaste to finish it off. I wish I could pick up on the types of fruits but they alluded me.

T: Faintly sour citrus spices with an alcoholic taste and crisp clean malts.

M/D: Bubbly, light and very bitter for the style, a slight touch of sweetness and some sourness. A very complex feel in the mouth which makes it a little tougher to drink but still is good.

04-13-2008 23:31:13 | More by Kemmerlin
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,064 ratings.