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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,251
Hads: 3,769
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 273
Gots: 714 | 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 mac31
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. It's a fantastic beer! Slightly sweet. Super smooth. Esters align with the great balance of the beer, equal amounts of banana, spice, belgian yeast. Soft, pleasnt bitterness inviting me to sip on-it was gone before I knew it. A nice balance of citrus, light caramel, balanced out by the soft, earthy hoppy bitterness. Thinner, but rounded, silky mouthfeel/body. Alcohol is perfectly covered, seems non existent. One of my new favorites. I am looking for clone recipe to replicate.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

0,33l bottle.
Pours hazy, yellow-golden beer with stiff and huge white head. Aroma is citrusy, fruity (banana), spicy (coriander, clove), yeasty, simultaneously similar to witbier, owing to wheat.
Taste is rich, at first warming and full of alcohol, lemony, zesty, semisweet. Raw grains on palate. I'm very disappointed, the beer looks like overfermented witbier, lacking tripel charming significantly.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beauty incarnate. Light and bubbly on the tongue, light and bubbly in a snifter. Smells of banana, clove, biscuit, and a pleasant time about to come. Holds a steady stream of carbonation from first pour to last sip. A sneaky little bugger, too; you'd never guess it's 9.0 abv by smell or taste.
And you can find it at Costco, too, at least in Michigan. Never would have thought, but never more appreciative.

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Photo of MECove
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells like flowers! Not a thick or syrupy texture. "3 grain beer still brewed after a 17th (1679) century recipe from the old Carmelite monastery of Dendermonde. Blond, robust, smooth and fruity 3 grain ale, with final fermentation in the bottle. Brewed with pride and patience after carmelite tradition with wheat, oats, and barley."

100% natural.

Transports me to medieval celebrations with spiritual foundations.

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Photo of KingHoppy
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Belgian beers of the over 1000 varieties brewed in Belgium. The complexity, carbonation, and overall feel of this beer is truly remarkable. Very few (if any) beers brewed anywhere in the world compare to Tripel Karmeliet. Any beer aficionado must try Tripel Karmeliet at least once in their life to expand the limits of their "beer horizons". This is the Standard for all other Belgian-type ales to strive towards. High alcohol content makes this a beer to savor - not suitable for pounding down on a hot summer day - drink a Tripel Karmeliet slowly and believe your taste buds when they tell you this is as close to a religious experience as any beer has ever come.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a seriously sculpted Belgian "tripel" ale, the idealistic blend of floral aroma, citrusy taste and winy backdrop gives this ale a harmonious taste from sip 'til finish.

Tripel Karmeliet opens with a rich golden and semi-bright color that's similar of honey. And that same aura transpires on the nose and early palate as the ale blooms with honeysuckle perfume, citrusy coriander, an overall flowery sense and a confectioner's type of sweetness.

As the middle opens up, the beer simply hits its stride- developing a lemon and apple flavor that's much more of chardonnay, dry cider and mead once the honeyed sweetness seeps in. Its acidic brightness lifts the thin powdered sugar and charming cookie dough yeastiness, and then invites the herbal "tea" hop essence that ensues.

Even in finish, its lovely bouquet holds confidently even as the ale's quickly drying, sweet straw bitterness and vinous acidity dries the beer with ease. There's still a candied and perfumy nature to the beer that doesn't overstep its boundaries. Though semi-dry in taste, the ale is effortless on the mouth and stomach; making it a fool-proof choice for any drinking occasion.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Aromas of banana, pear, cloves, and yeasty esters.

T - Taste is fruity with a combination of green apple, banana, & pear. The fruitiness is balanced out mid palate with sweet malts, Belgian yeast and spices (corriander and white pepper).

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Sticky and dry finish.

O - This is an awesome Tripel. Well worth the price. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml dark green bottle. Sampled on June 20, 2014.

Green. Uh oh.

It looks like a nice cloudy, unfiltered pale yellow pour building up a fozmy white head that sticks around for some time but slowly fades.

The aroma is pure Belgian and no green skunkiness. Thankfully. So I get toasted biscuit malts, Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, some pear, and light spice. Inviting.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy but leaning toward the heavy side.

The taste has a nice toasted biscuit character and Belgian sweetness to boast about. Some vague spice and pear play up the rear. Little to no hop character. Very enjoyable all told.

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Photo of tomordonez
3.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into a transparent light gold color with a nice head. Smells like a Hoegaarden. Orange peel, coriander, some lemon, some vanilla. High carbonation, light body. It tastes like an improved version of Hoegaarden with a fancier flavor. As it gets warmer it tastes more like a hard liquor. Similar to the Kwak. Half way, at room temperature you forget you are drinking a beer and you wonder if you are having a peach liquor.

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Photo of halo3one
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap

A - thick, cloudy, golden

S - malty, floral, fruity

T - malty, caramel, dried/candied fruit

M - thick, grainy, heavy on the palate

O - a very good tripel, easy to drink any time of the year. Definitely recommended and it's relatively easy to find.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a chalice with no yeast present. Stamped enjoy before 5-21-15 on the back.

A- pours a beautiful golden color, about an 8 on the SRM scale. Lots of white frothy head and a lot of carbonation from the bottle fermentation. Minimal head retention as well as minimal lacing present.

S- smells of wheat, sweet esters, barley, and a bit of grain. Some acetaldehyde present, but it pairs well with the esters.

T- tastes of banana, a hint of ripe green apples, and almost has a waxy flavor on the front end. Barley, wheat, and oats are present on the palate.

M- very prickly on the tongue from the high level of carbonation. Leaves a sweetness on the tongue after swallowing and settling in your stomach. Very gassy if you swish around in your mouth.

O- a solid representation of this particular style. While it isn't Trappist, it's definitely obvious that care was taken when creating this brew. I would recommend this for the beer novice who is trying different styles and is not familiar with Belgian beer, as this brew strongly represents the Abbey Tripel well, but without too much overwhelming flavor that it will turn a novice away.


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Photo of arthurspoor
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I first tried this beer a few years ago, when I was still living in Holland at a Belgium beer cafe. I instantly fell in love with it.

Pour this carefully, because it has an enthousiatic way of foaming. When you pour it in correctly, you will get a nice fluffy layer of foam, which will stay on for a good amount of time. The color is a bit hazy, but still very bright yellow. There is a lot o yeast at the bottom,so if you don't want that, be carefull.

It smells like pineapple, pear, banana and apple. you get a good idea of the spices. a bit of bublegum also.

The taste is very fruity (pear, banana, pineapple), but at the same time very spicy, with peper on front. The carbonation level is just right and it creates a nice balance. The taste of alcohol is prominent, but I don't mind.

Although the taste is very distinct, it is still a complex beer with a different sensation with each gulp.

This is a great beer for the summer, but one you will love, or hate.

Overall a very nice tripel with a strong, almost tropical identity!

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Photo of snu164
2.05/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle.

A. Nice golden clear pour. Perfect carbonation.

S. Grains of paradise. Nothing other than grains of paradise. The scent is so strong, I question whether the other reviewers actually smelled or drank this beer. It only smells like grains of paradise. Heavily so.

T. Black pepper. That is all I can taste. Black pepper.

M. Medium? Hard to tell with the overwhelming flavor of black pepper.

I hope I got a bad bottle. This is one of the worst Belgian Beers I have tasted. As a brewer, the obvious flaw is too much grains of paradise. Way too much black pepper.

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Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, poured into Tripel Karmeliet over sized tulip.

A: Very pale shade of golden, initial large head faded slightly, but the beer sat under a
layer of foam for the duration, clear and fairly lively looking.

S: Orange and yeast.

T: Layers of orange, esters, yeast and zest, no real sign of the oats listed under ingredients.

M: Light and crisp for the strength, had the smoothness the bottle
promised, not overly carbonated.

O: Less bitter than other tripels, but that could be put down to my changing palate which is growing accustomed to the style.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 poured to tulip

Appearance is pale gold, hazy. Well over 2 fingers of pure white head which is fairly persistant... amazing head retention for a fairly high abv light body beer.

Aroma is breezy fresh and light: bready wheat, sugar cookie, lemon

Flavor has amazing spice notes... aggressive when cold: basil, cinnamon, coriander, allspice, pepper. Mellows as it warms and the carbonation slackens, rounds out with honey, sugar cookie sweetness and hint of orange.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, a wonderful lash of C02 masks some big abv

Overall, it is hard to imagine a better Tripel, surprisingly decent value stacked up to some closer to home Tripel's. Some beers chase after style definitions, the rare ones define a style. This would be a case of the latter.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a person who is obsess with IPA's-DIPA-American Pale Ale's. But if I had to choose another style beer it would be the Tripel. And the Tripel Karmeliet set the bar for this style. This beer should be rated higher. Perfect Tripel Belgian Style with a wheat taste. You gotta love this beer.

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

A: straw color, with a fine foam floating on top. some haze.
S: hint of banana and cloves, grapes
T: fruity, that reminds me of unripened strawberry, some banana/cloves, some malty mouthful sweetness, some silky sweetness from wheat(?) and some residual sweetness from alcohol.
M: very smooth and silky/soft texture on tongue. dry finish.
O: good drink.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful creamy head and mouth. Just the right amount of spiciness and bitterness. Peppery and bready. Good carbonation. Beautiful hazy straw color with rich puffy white head. Not to sweet but not plain or bland either. Just the right balance of flavors. One of the best in its category. Superb.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster. Outstanding beer and one of the best, if not the best triples I have had. Shockingly tasty that I almost gulped down despite my desire to see if it would change as it warmed, maybe next time. I would love to find a bottle to see if it was as good. They have 100 drafts but go with this one. Wow

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Photo of zeledonia
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Trying this for the first time. Tasted 9 April 2014.

Pours a gorgeous hazy golden yellow. One finger of dense creamy white head, looking more like milk than foam. Great retention, awesome lacing, and a dense column of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is bright and alive. Lovely yeasty esters with fruit (banana) and gentle spice, plus some residual sweetness in the back. Yum.

Taste has both the sweet, flavorful side and the clean, crisp side. Outstanding. Warm and fruity, a bit of sugar, a faint hint of spice, and only the tiniest touch of bitterness. Balanced, varied, and delicious. Not even a sniff of alcohol.

Feel is fabulous as well. Smooth and fairly light, with a fuzzy carbonation that spreads throughout. Keeps the flavors buzzing around.

One of the best tripels I've had, for sure. Excellent across the board. Great depth, varied flavors, and a delicate balance. Wow.

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Photo of Premo88
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

25.9 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(13-06-15 printed on bottom; June 13, 2015 expiration date)

L: now THAT's a head! this thing was foaming up almost through the top of the bottle as soon as I opened it ... massive head, almost the entire glass, white foam that's thick and sticky; brew is bright yellow-orange, maybe a pale gold ... a bit hazy, not 100% clear, but it's mostly clear. no red in it at all.

S: sour grapes, some banana, a little sweetness ... white wine

T: loads of sweetness, fruity like a dubbel, but there's an immediate difference: HOPS! not a ton or any kind of crazy hop-bite, but there is clearly a grassy/citrusy note that must be hops ... surely that isn't all yeast. holy crap is this good -- it's like a lemony dubbel; the fruit here is a mix of pear, apple, strawberries -- very sweet and light; candy orange with a lemon twist

F: if this isn't perfect, there's no such thing ... totally Belgian with a full-on blast of carbonation

O: better than I imagined, and I imagined it would be good ... a fantastic mix of sweet and tart notes with nothing overcoming anything else ... there's citrus notes, there's sweet fruit, there's even that pinch of grassiness -- more the flavor of hops than bitterness. a fantastic brew, so good I plan on revisiting this one often this summer (it seems perfect for hotter weather)

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

33cl bottle poured into a goblet.

Golden straw color with a big white head that eventually settled down to a thin spotty layer. Beautiful looking lively carbonation.

Smell of orange, lemon, grass and some yeast with vanilla.

At first a mildly sweet peppery taste that is followed by a slightly bitter and dry lemony aftertaste with some apple and vanilla. The alcohol gives some warmth but doesn't taste through.

Pretty high carbonation and a medium light body. Really enjoyable beer. Would be excellent on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Goalcam
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far one of the best beers that is mass produced. I have found variance though from small bottles vs. big bottles, particularly when drinking it in the EU. The fresher it is the more spice and flavor it has. This is a very refined beer. It goes down smooth with no weird tastes. You can never go wrong with this one.

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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Tripel Karmeliet large Tulip glass. Bright gold color & clear appearance. White foam, very close & lasting crown. Belgian yeast, sugar, intense herbal, pale cereal, subtle phenolic & cane sugar aromas as well as citric, vanilla & estery hints. Sweet malty & sparkling upfront rounded by spicy touch & gentle fruity bitterness. Medium to full body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Velvet palate, voluptuous & dense with spiced notes. ABV is felt as a kind & sugary heat. Crisp herbal & bready freshness in the middle. Long sweet finish lingers in a fruity aftertaste – peach & apricot- with vanilla touches. Refreshing & delightful!!

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Review #300! I figured this was a worthy beer for the occasion.
Poured from a bottle into a mini-snifter and a flute glass.

A - Extremely appealing light yellow-green hue with a ton of carbonation. Head retention is poor, but that doesn't take away from how awesome this beer looks!

S - lemon zest, pepper, orange, peach, banana and bread notes. Very complex and quite inviting.

T - Better than the aroma, but stays quite true to how the smell is. Lemon zest, pepper, peaches, orange peel and biscuit qualities are all coming through to me. WHERE IS THE ALCOHOL?! Because I don't get a hint of it whatsoever. Very refreshing and drinkable.

M - Very light feel for me. Extremely carbonated, works for the style most certainly.

O - This is one of the best tripels I've tried, and I'd easily put it on par with La Fin Du Monde. As for which one of these is superior, I don't know of I could give you an answer. A bit steep at $14 per 750ml or $6 per 12oz bottle, but I feel like this was worth the money. With La Fin being so much cheaper, I don't know if I'll try this again any time soon, but it's definitely at the top of its game for the style.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.