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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,078
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 180
Gots: 283 | 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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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.3%

This was the 'Beer of the Week' at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary, enjoyed a bottle with dinner.
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a thin white head that dissipated rather quickly. Lots of yeast character in the smell. Malt and some sweetness, also some spice aroma.
There is a strong yeast flavor that might scare some people off, but I think it adds to the complexity. Lots of flavors, spicy bite along with the malt and grain flavors. Also has a warming alcohol aftertaste that made it nice to sip on a chilly night. Lots of carbonation made it feel almost fuzzy on the tongue. Well balanced, all around a top example of a tripel.

12-31-2007 03:41:35 | More by BigBry
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3%

Pours a beautiful golden color with lots of active bubbles rising to the top, and a slightly foamy but creamy looking billowing white head. Slight chill haze at first that clears out as it warms. Head recedes slowly and leaves a perfect lace on top throughout.

Smell is immediately lemony and slightly grassy, along with some zesty spice, wheat, and a light malt sweetness.

Taste also is prominently lemony, and again has a combination of wheat and sweet malt. It's a light sweetness, not overdone. Combines nicely with the zesty spice and lemon flavors. Some alcohol in there, as well.

Mouthfeel has a crisp carbonation yet is very smooth and creamy. Solid medium body and a nice creaminess from the oats.

Really nice tripel that I would gladly have again.

12-28-2007 22:06:15 | More by number1bum
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

330 ml from the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda.. mine from a Kasteel tulip... listening to United DJ's Kimbal Collins mix.

Very attractive meringue like head... lite fingers of white lace.. despite a careful pour a slight haze.. straw/gold brew.

Aroma is Belgian pale malts and yeasty spicy white pepper and lite cloves.. tropical fruits abound...

Flavor is much more soft than the Gouden Carolus.. white peaches without the abundant sugars... Muscat grapes ... sorta perfumy but in a good way .. lite green apples.. spices come mid palate.. more pepper... Complex but in an unassuming sort of way... tastes like summer despite I am in the middle of a Boise snowstorm... only albeit slight complaint is it may be a little thick.

Tripel Karmeliet makes me rethink my cellar .... I really need to stock up on triples and other Belgians and let the RIS and BW's come as they may. I've been a fan of Belgium for years.. but actually typing this review is ponderous.

12-28-2007 09:13:55 | More by JohnGalt1
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours bright golden. Very clear until the yeast comes in. Yummy yeast. Nice head that dies out kind of quickly. Smell is deliciously complex. Very fruity smelling, yeast, pears, honey, melon, candy sugar, apples, bananas, clove, other spices. Glorious!!!
Taste is also pretty impressive. More fruity ala pears, melons, banana, etc....clove, coriander, candied sugar, honey, very quaint alcohol detected when I try to find it. Only 8% abv, which is low for a tripel, but very well hidden nonetheless. The low alcohol content makes this one even more drinkable than it already is due to the flavor and aroma alone. Mouthfeel is above-medium body, definitely has some body to it. Very refreshing. Finish is semi-dry. Not nearly as dry as some other tripels. This is probably my favorite of the style. Excellent representation.

12-26-2007 23:28:32 | More by Doomcifer
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kleffman

California

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

Could've sworn I reviewed this the last time I drank it, so it's a good thing I'm enjoying another bottle for the holidays. Poured out of a 750ml green bottle into an over sized wine glass. Shared with...myself.

A pretty clear golden light amber color with a thin white head that dissipated rather quickly. Quite carbonated, and was cork finished because of this.

A very present yeast character in the nose. Malt makes itself known, and there is some sweet honey aromas floating around, with some medicinal background notes. Herbs? There's a lot going on here.

Taste is fantastic. The yeast contributes an earthy, spicy, estery character. There is some candy sugar tastes and a warming alcohol to go along with the prickly carbonation. Nothing is overdone on this beer, and the balance is fantastic. The hops do nothing but help this out, they aren't very detectable.

One thing is for sure, I'm getting full from this beer. It's sweet, and kind of syrupy, but an incredible beer to enjoy in the evening. Probably best split between a couple people when it's this big bottle, but I have no issue draining it myself! I will buy this for as long as I'm a beer lover. Could not be improved. Excellent style example.

12-24-2007 06:38:10 | More by kleffman
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

This is one of my favorite Tripels and I'm glad to see it now being distributed regularly to my area.

Pours clear, liquid gold with a large, foamy white head. The visibly aggressive carbonation aids in excellent head retention. Fine lacings stick to the sides as I swirl my chalice.

My non-beer-drinking wife just exclaimed that she smell the yeast from where she was sitting. Again, the aggressive carbonation really brings out the greatness in the beer. Funky, sulfur, wet oak, yeast, clove, banana, apple, pear, honey, wheat, sticky malt and coriander blend together in sinfully, decadent aroma.

Wheat, candied sugar, dates, banana, clove, coriander, banana, apple, subtle hints of caramel and vanilla, funky yeast, fresh sour dough bread, honey, a suggestion of hops...my God this beer has depth! Each sip is a delightful new experience. The alcohol is perceivable only in a slight warming as this nectar traverses the palate. This is Belgian beer at its finest and all wrapped in a relatively low ABV package.

The body is a hair thin for a tripel but not objectionable. The carbonation is also very noticeable in the mouthfeel. This beer is highly drinkable at 8% ABV...but this beer is far too special to be a session brew.

I first enjoyed this brew in Belgium and was delighted to find it available in the States...this will be a staple beer in my cellar for years to come.

12-24-2007 04:17:18 | More by Estarrio
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LittleCreature

Australia

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Review from mobile phone tasting notes. Very vague, will add more details upon re-tasting.

Apperance - 4.0

Smell - 4.0

Taste - 4.5

Mouthfeel - 4.0

Drinkability - 4.0

OVERALL - 4.2
A very good beer, but falls short of Westmalle Tripel due to greater alcohol presence (despite having a lower ABV) and slightly less complex smell and taste.

12-22-2007 04:15:12 | More by LittleCreature
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drperm

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

A fantastic example of the Tripel style. I’m intrigued by the 17th-century recipe making use of oats, barley and wheat. It pours a beautiful golden color that’s fun to look at, and is *quite* bubbly besides. The nose is incredibly rich: apricot, wheat, snow peas, coriander, Chinese 5-spice powder, and a wee bit of banana. The taste brings on a touch of toasted sesame, and the spicy bubbliness keeps on coming. Not an every-day beer, definitely a special-occasion, rich, rich beer. Thick, even. It would go well with Vietnamese cuisine (think light, but spicy, noodle-bowls with peanut sauce), but it loves it some balsamic peaches, and also is very happy with romano, ricotta, and a good whitefish like skate. I think this has become my favorite Tripel. An amazing beer.

12-17-2007 16:54:37 | More by drperm
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baggio

Sweden

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

2005 vintage.

A: Copper/Orange with a nice and generous head.

S: Exotic fruit, Banana Marshmallow, yeast.

T:Citric notes, spices (pepper?), vanilla, honey.

M: Medium carbonation. Refreshing feeling.

This still is one of my all-time favourite tripels. 2 years in my pantry has made it a little smoother around the edges. A beer that i usually recommend to people that want to try a belgian-beer. Recommended!

12-15-2007 19:40:24 | More by baggio
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%

I find this beer to be a bit overrated but i can see it getting better with a year of cellaring ( maybe ). It pours clear and yellow with a moderate head that dissappears quickly. lacks the creaminess of a classic belgian trippel. races down the throat in a soupy way, seems undercarbonated. slight piney sweetness to it, and a hoppy finish but not bitter. Interesting, but if you are looking for a classic belgian trippel go elsewhere. Bosteels least desirable brew. But good nonetheless.

12-15-2007 03:30:33 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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beerking1

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Crystal clear, golden ale with a big, long lasting head. Aromas of fruit, candy sugar and malt, with some mustiness. Comes across spicy and highly carbonated, but with a strong fruity-sweet backbone. Finishes hoppy and sweet. Carbonation slightly strong, but mouthfeel is well attenuated as one would expect from a Belgian brewer.

12-06-2007 02:47:23 | More by beerking1
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DavidEddie

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4%

11.2 oz bottle.
Appearance is a yellow straw color with a huge fluffy white head. Smell is of clove, banana, white grapes, yeast, and sweet malt. Tastes as it smells with some lemon and apple mixed in there. Flavors are on the lighter side. Mouth feel is creamy, smooth, and light. Highly carbonated. Drinkability is fantastic. Flavors and aromas work well with each other. 8% ABV was barely noticeable. Recommended!

11-22-2007 03:27:39 | More by DavidEddie
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from an 11.2 oz that was shared with a buddy. On the brighter golden side with a 3 inch head that took a while to come done. Plenty of lacing-looks delicious! Smell of phenols-cloves and banana but not like a hefe-more subdued. Taste was top notch. The "3 grains" produce a very smooth beer. Alot of tripels are too sweet and have too stong an alcohol flavor for me. This hides the alcohol so well that I would never have guessed it was 8% and although it tasted sweet-the wheat character was evident which helped balance. Hops are low but present and feels very smooth in the mouth. Give this one a shot.

11-18-2007 07:22:37 | More by hopsleeroy
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largadeer

California

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance: A bright golden-colored ale with a slight haze. It pours with a thick, cloudy white head that eventually dissipates into a thin but persistent layer of foam.

Smell: Banana, pear and spice - it almost reminds me of a hefe weizen, but with tart, dry undertones reminiscent of a tripel.

Taste/texture: Opens with a pronounced banana flavor, slowly becoming more dry and spiced as it sits on the tongue. A slight warming alcohol presence is felt, but it's not a detraction. A bit syrupy on the palate, making it more of a sipping beer than a session beer. Overall a great tripel.

11-14-2007 03:27:39 | More by largadeer
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nickynick

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

This beer was pour with a beautiful white head, and copper and orange color. Smell was sweet and yeasty. The taste of this beer was great, sweet honeyed at the start, followed by a blast of citrus. A hint of spice in the end. Mouthfeel was good. Good carbonation. Drinkability is wonderful. It goes down very well.

Overall this was a wonderful beer. A great true Belgium tripel. A new favorite for me, and I will try to always have some on hand.

11-12-2007 13:55:14 | More by nickynick
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thierrynantes

France

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Mousse moyenne sur robe or-cuivrée opalescente.
Smell : Nez d'alcool qui s'evapore à la faveur de l'épanouissement d'un riche bouquet de coriandre et de levure enrobé d'orange douce.
Taste and mouthfeel : Très douce en bouche, elle déroule délicatement son voile d'orange qui s'epanouit au fil des gorgées
Drinkability : une bière gourmande

11-10-2007 13:39:49 | More by thierrynantes
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Westsidethreat

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Pours a peachy copper color with some haze to it. Head starts out really fizzy but has surprising staying power. Hustle and bustle from bubbles appearing from the bottom of the glass give the body some life.

S: Honey suckle, buck wheat, coriander, fresh yeast, apricots, green apple and Kleenex.

T: Starts off with dry honey traits at the tip of the tongue then yielding to spritzier honey notes across the sides. Some rounded yellow apple with out any sourness comes next, dried hay and simple grain flavors bringing up the tail. Some limestone-like traits add to the dryness without intensifying the hay characteristics most often found in triples and saisons. Finishes with simple vanilla and floral kicks.

M: Medium body with a good softness to it.

D: This is good because its perfectly balanced…which above and beyond it the most important aspect of a beer, IMO. Not over the top in one direction or another. Its not my favorite style so my review is probably a bit low for the caliber of the beer.

11-04-2007 00:03:27 | More by Westsidethreat
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terrapinchris

California

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

Just drank this last night in celebration of my new job, and I decided to take some notes.

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Much more pale than I was expecting, the color was a cloudy blonde, with yeast particles still settling from the bottle conditioning. The three-finger head quickly settled to a clingy lace.

The smell of this beer is reason enough to drink it. A rush of fruits, including apricot, lemon, and what almost seemed like strawberry, are most prominent. A buttery scent accompanies it, the product of whatever yeast is being used in this bottle. All the adjectives in the world won't do any justice to the aromas of this brew, so I'll stop trying and get on to the taste.

Like the nose, the taste is first rate, a rarity in that it is both complex and satisfying. There was very little carbonation in my bottle, which left plenty of room for the flavors to breathe. The alcohol is hidden beneath a buttery oakiness that is most reminiscent of a chardonnay. The bottle says that oats were used in the brewing, and they help to keep the honey-like sweetness just subdued enough to not be cloying. The beer finishes with a gentle wash of lemon-pepper and spiciness. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes somewhat more present, but not distractingly so.

The buttery notes from the nose and flavor also lend themselves to the texture of this beer, smoothing out any edges. It's very full, without being too syrupy or heavy, which would ruin a beer of this style.

Simply put, I spent about two hours on my one bottle, not because it was difficult to drink, but to savor it. Again, this is one of the beautifully balanced beers I've tasted. It's rich and complex, and had there been more, I'm not sure I could have prevented myself from drinking it.

10-31-2007 17:06:58 | More by terrapinchris
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Overlord

California

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a murky golden color. Strong floral aroma with peaches?, apples?, and pears? Smells pretty good.

Taste's pretty good, but doesn't really live up to the smell. Very complex malt/yeast background, with strong pear and apple flavoring ... but it gets to be a bit much on the sweet side. Lots of earthy spices. Nice level of carbonation, as the big white head slowly dissipated.

I'd drink again, but not in the same sitting. Half a bottle was just about right.

10-22-2007 20:51:28 | More by Overlord
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sleazo

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Got this on the advice of a fellow patron at New Beer Distributors.

A-Pours a cloudy golden hue with a nice fluffy snow like white head. A nice steady stream of bubbles keeps the head afloat in my tulip. The lacing and retention could be better but maybe i am just getting picky.

S- The aroma is of zesty yeasty bread with some black pepper notes.

T-You get a big yeasty hit upon first sip, followed up with some honey like sweetness. Undelying it all is a vague sourness from the wheat. There is a good musty taste to the yeast character which is pleasant. As the beer warms notes of lemon zest, black pepper and floral hops creep through.

M-Light on the body with an agressive tongue stinging carbonation.

D-This is an excellent Tripel. It does not hit one over the head with any of its' characteristics but is a good well made beer with plenty of complexity. The alcohol is well hidden

10-21-2007 02:16:14 | More by sleazo
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rkowalick

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Served from a handsome .33 cL bottle with a parchment colored label displaying nuns harvesting grain into an oversized snifter. The yeast seemed very willing to get in my glass, so I cut the pour short to leave almost an inch in the bottle.

The beer pours darker than most tripels. It is a brilliant light amber that is perfectly transparent. The head is white and fluffy. The smell is of the standard tripel fare: plenty of yeast esters including apricots and crisp green apples. There is also a slight hint of alcohol in the nose as well. The taste delivers quite nicely. The apricots and apples join together into a strong dryness. The dryness continues until a slight spiciness and mild alcoholic burn dominate. The mouthfeel is what really sold me on this beer. It is very multi-faceted--dare I say complex? This beer seems to have the unique quality of being refreshing yet substantial at the same time. The loads of fine, light carbonation scrub and refresh the tongue, while near the finish, the beer appears to demonstrate more body than one would initially believe. After swallowing, the light carbonation continues to dance around the tongue. Drinikibility is very high for a high alcohol brew. Its lightness allows one to take plenty of sips, while its mild heavyness seems to keep ones sense of touch interested.

A first class tripel. Excellent beer that I could recommend to anyone.

10-20-2007 18:19:36 | More by rkowalick
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with a white head. Aromas of a dry, Belgian candy sugar, and yeast. In the taste, a dry sweet malt and a hint of fruitiness. A smooth malty mouthfeell and a dry yeasty, and small sourness aftertaste. Very easy to drink, nice yeasty presence, a great triple.

10-15-2007 17:38:23 | More by OWSLEY069
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sawbones420

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

After lamenting, to my beer guy, the fact that my favorite Tripel, Westmalle, was rarely in stock, he recommend I try out Karmeliet, as he believed it to be an exceptional iteration of the classic Belgian style. I took the 750ml bottle home and shoved it in the back of my fridge, forgetting about it for close to a month.

Pulled it out tonight, popped the cork, and poured it into my favorite Brooklyn Brewery snifter. A light-colored, not-exceptionally hazy apricot liquid pours out, amassing a decent size head that quickly and audibly dissipates to a low level, fading entirely soon after. Seems rather carbonated for the style (or is my glass oily? it looked sparkly clean...)

Smell seems reminiscent of a hearty Czech Pilsener, although it's still very evident this is a fruity Tripel. I'm wondering if Saaz hops were used in this brew... later on as it warms, I smell more Tripel and less Pils

My initial suspicions about carbonation prove to be true, as the mouthfeel is lively, yet still has that sharpish throat bite due to the 8% ABV. This beer really dances on the back of your tongue. I'm not sure how, but it somehow manages to be both light and bold in the same sip. Complex. Beautiful!

Flavors are slightly fruity with what I consider a PERFECT hop balance. It has a spicy flavorful finish that combines well with that warm alcoholic mouthfeel. My throat is left all warm, wanting another sip.

A VERY easy-to-drink beer, indeed, which might be dangerous with its high(er) alcohol content and price tag. While I'm not sure this dethrones Westmalle as my favorite Tripel, I certainly can't think of a better runner-up. I will be aging a couple bottles of this to see how things mellow over time.

A definite recommendation to lovers of the style, and of beer in general

10-12-2007 02:31:53 | More by sawbones420
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wesleyhighley

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Should I have to introduce a white wine/champagne drinker to beer this might well be the beer of choice for me. This reminds me of Delirium Tremens, but with a hint of hefeweizen. Very effervescent and mildly hoppy, I could barely taste the 8% alcohol. This was a wonderful beer to follow something heavy - a good change of pace from the Ommegang that preceded it.

I approve and will likely purchase again.

10-09-2007 04:29:02 | More by wesleyhighley
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brendan13

Australia

4.1/5  rDev -4%

A - A slightly hazy deep golden colour poured into a snifter with a couple of inches of fluffy white head that slowly falls away.
S - A fairly strong spicy aroma hits first followed by some peach/pear fruity notes. A bit of sweet, honey like maltiness.
T - Like the smell but with the sweetness being a bit more dominant. A nice, complex beer with the alcohol becoming a bit more obvious as it warms but not overpowering.
M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy finish.
D - A great tripel that is well worth having on hand for drinking every now and then.

10-08-2007 10:48:41 | More by brendan13
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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