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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 2712
Reviews: 1157
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website
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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Telix

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes. Had this on draft at Birreria Paradiso in DC a few months back.

A: A clear yellow brew with a nice thick head, that quickly dissipated.

S: Sweetness, lightness, goodness - with no bitterness.

T: Initially effervescent with light citrus, some sweet malt on the tongue, fairly dry and not too complex.

M: Thick, creamy, bubbly on the tongue, dry.

D: I don't know about this one... it's certainly a nice tripel, but it's not very complex or dynamic - you drink it, flavor hits the tongue, and it's gone - nothing really gives it much to get you interested in drinking a lot more.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 17:18:14 | More by Telix
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takeabrewski

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a fluted Tripel Karmeleit 8 oz. glass.

A: Gold, clear, with fine carbonation and a soft frothy head.

S: Banana, clove, slight malt aroma.

T: More banana and clove, with some biscuit and candi sugar. Hops are hidden or absent.

M: Very nice fine carbonation that is soft on the tongue.

D: I could drink maybe 1 or 2 of these.

A bit banal compared to other Belgian tripels I have had, but still worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 21:20:12 | More by takeabrewski
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aerozeppl

New York

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear vibrant golden color. Poured with a quarter finger of white head. Some sticky lacing. Exactly what you want in a tripel.

S: Beautiful and vibrant mix of esters and clean grain. Little bit of sweetness. Zero alcohol presence. I usually get and like apple in a tripel but I did not get any. I really could not pick out any particular fruits but the nose was enjoyable.

T: Again tons of esters up front.The grain comes across nice and clean. It has everything you want in the style. It just tastes a little bit hollow. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Medium body with a little bit of thickness. The sharp carbonation faded quickly in my tulip.

D: I liked this beer I just think there are better examples out there by far. This is also a super expensive beer which also means it is not something I would grab normally.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 00:19:20 | More by aerozeppl
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Neecee513

New York

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into tulip glass.

A: Gold, slight haze, minimal lacing.

S: Citrus with hints of spice.

T: Tastes like it smells, orange coriander spice.

M: Low carbonation, medium body, creamy.

D: Light beverage that goes down easily due to creamy body and refreshing smell and taste, the high ABV could get one in trouble with how fast this beer may be consumed!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 19:38:41 | More by Neecee513
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tripel Karmeliet comes in a really nice bottle. It has a pale orange colour and a big head that lasts. The smell is mostly Belgian yeast with a hint of cloves. The taste is all yeast up front into a real kick of alcohol and cloves. This beer has a very intense taste, but I don't really like it. The combination of cloves and alcohol is overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 04:01:09 | More by vandemonian
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle looks just like the one in the picture. Label claims this is a three grain brew - wheat, oat and barley. No adjuncts listed on the Russian import label. Best before 3/25/05, I opened it on 4/24/04.

Pours a cloudy orangeish gold under a one finger white head that featured lots of big bubbles and disappeared quickly, leaving no lace. That's not at all what I look for in a Tripel. The nose is full of sweet candy sugar, with a touch of either anise or Grand Marnier Orange. The mouth is very prickly and light, like a heck of a lot of other beers. The taste features the sweet of candy and fruit liquer, with lots of sweet Belgian yeast to remind that this is a beer. The finish includes a crisp hoppy bite (OK, now I know it's beer), while the aftertaste recalls sweet fruitiness and fruity bitterness (a la cranberries). It's good, but there are many much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 19:08:26 | More by Globetrotter
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an extremely foamy white head settling over very, very light golden/yellow liquid. The nose is gentle malt and fruit. Flavors of soft maltiness with a depth of sweetness and little in the way of hoppiness. Finishes quickly without much fanfare...lighter in body and more restrained in flavor than most other Tripels I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 23:58:59 | More by beerluvr
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sadly I lack the proper glassware for this beer. Nonetheless, in a pint glass head was abundent and hung around with some fairly large bubbles. Color was dark amber with some cloudiness. Odor was fruity and slightly earthy with a certain effervescence.

First sip revealed a sweet malty taste with very little hop taste. The beer had what I wrote was a "mature" alcohol taste...a sweet, pleasant slightly burning sensation, like a bourbon.

After some recent bad experiences with what must have been very old imported beer, I have to say this brought me back into the fold. 8% alcohol probably helps this beer stand up over time...and a 98% rating likely means that it moves off the shelf in a reasonable amount of time.

11.2 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 02:17:31 | More by BeerBelcher
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vancurly

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale amber/honey. White, tightish head
S: Honeycomb/vanilla, malt milkshake. Subtle yeast extract/vegemite note.
F: Strong malt complexity, seedy spice. Cloying flavour. Hops are restrained. Light/mild bitterness.
M: Medium to full body, long
O: Very malty, milkshaky... for the sweet-tooth

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 21:46:00 | More by vancurly
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DogFood11

California

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown bottle. Poured into a tulip it formed a fizzy white head that leaves sticky lacing. Golden body with some yeast swirling about. Medium sized carbonation.

Quite floral and somewhat perfume like in the nose. Wow first pull had a sort of pop rock type mouthfeel. A better analogy may be like mentos mixed with soda, an explosion so to speak. Once the mouthfeel settles down the beer becomes rich and complex. Malts are not overly sweet like some i've had (mainly American versions) this has a nice spiced backside. A bit vinous in the aftertaste as a slight winey grape presence emerges. As this warmed a bit it became more fruity, bananna's melding with a slightly toasted malt.

Notes: Overall I'd say this was above average. A good take on the style. Mouthfeel issues while trivial in most beers stood out like a sore thumb in this. What saved this beer and makes it a must try is it's best feature is the taste!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 04:27:01 | More by DogFood11
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bskrtz

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rockbottom Brewery featured this beer. Unfortunately they served it in a tall pilsner flute.

A) Thick, golden, clear with active white 1 inch head

S) Has a floral, musty scent but sweet too and consistent with Belgian triples.

T) Honey & pear with clove, sweet caramel and
mild hops

M) Ample carbonation, smooth but alcohol is abundant. Smooth & strong beer

D) Very good. Careful, strong stuff...

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 02:02:15 | More by bskrtz
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HopheadEd

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with an enormous head, so big I had to let it settle a little while. The head lasts through the glass, and ample lacing as well. First aroma caught me by surprise, fruit, but not sweet. Grapefruit and sour aromas. The taste was acidic, with alcohol up front and a slight dried fruit mouthfeel. Clean dry finish though, with hints of spices coming out. Didn't see this one coming, a fine ale, I just wasn't crazy about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 07:25:56 | More by HopheadEd
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a carry out single from the Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia. Label displays "Best before end: 10/3/07".

Poured into a snifter this beer produced quite a nice head. Body was a golden honey color and slightly cloudy. Lace was present, though nothing spectacular.

Fruity aroma of predominantly apricot. Smooth and sweet grains round out the nose, with some edges of alcohol. Toward the end of the glass the scent turned to a very strong alcohol dominated aroma, almost to the point of rubbing alcohol.

The flavor seemed a little harsh. Fruits seemed to attack the mouth. I know that is an odd why to describe it, but I expected a smooth flavor with some sweet and tart fruits, but what I got was a harsh fruit and alcohol flavor. By no means a bad flavor, I guess I just expected more.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 17:14:51 | More by HugoGrim
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy golden yellow with decent carbonation and a white crown of longlasting head.

beneath the fruity overtones, i detect the slight spiciness of a clove.

the spiciness translates to the tast, but its hard to places, cloves seem close, but hard to tell for sure.

its a bit dry, but the tartness makes up for it. its quality.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 03:55:54 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold, huge fluffy white head forms, nice lace, good retention. Smell is sweet, grainy, some orange, spices, wheat, little yeasty. Taste is sweet, orange and spice again, yeast, some alcohol, and a wheat dryness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. A decent tripel, but too sweet for me. I don't think it should be as high as it is, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 04:37:06 | More by Viggo
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, a serving of it poured into a St. Bernardus chalic

Smell: Smell is something very unique, all I can smell is fruits, Mango, Grapefruit, Cantelope. All of these are strange for a Tripel, but lets go on....

Taste: Follows the smell, Fruit, all of which are listed above, I taste no alcohol, and no balancing to the fruit. There is some sour flavors, but they are very faint. If I didn't know I was drinking a Tripel, I would swear this was a lambic, or some other fruit beer.

Overall: I actually enjoyed this brew, if only because it hides it's 8% alcohol well. This was quite tasty, and I'm not one to enjoy fruit beers, so this one had just the right proportion to not turn me off.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 01:56:28 | More by leftmindedrighty
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Jan 2009, drank June 2007.

Poured into my magnificent 'Judas' glass (it's huge).

The body is an old gold colour with loads of carbonisation ripping through to replenish the large foaming head. The head began to shrink about half way though the drink, which was a shame because it looked fantastic at the start of the session.

The aroma was of yeast, sour apples and mixed spices, as the beer warmed, they intensified.

The alcohol is there foremost in the taste, but not overpowering enough to put you off, the other flavours of hops, yeast and apple-pie spices see to that.

Spices and a little citrus taste arrives in the mouthfeel, very pleasant.

Overall a very good beer, I have a soft spot for the Belgian Tripples and this is one of the best without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 19:40:04 | More by BlackHaddock
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - orange-gold, slight haze, pillowy white head, eventually recedes, leaves a bit of lace clinging to the glass.

S - soft fresh scent, lemons, flowers, herbs, underpinning of cotton-candy sweetness, really nice zing at the end of peppery spice

T - a little sweeter than I was expecting from the aroma, peppery finish brings an exciting end to things.

M - very snappy in the mouth, stinging, spicy finish combines with alcohol for quite a burn down the throat. Carbonation does give it a nice body, but overall the mouthfeel smacks you around a bit.

D - The pepper and alcohol are holding it back, although it does add to the excitement.

Kept hearing about Karmeliet being so different. I finally give it a whirl, and it is certainly distinct... I hope you like pepper in your tripel. This is a good beer, and I'm certainly not put off by it's agressiveness, but I'm having a hard time deciding if it is something I really like or not.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 23:19:49 | More by markaberrant
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theopholis

California

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a very clear, bright light straw color with a thick, foamy head. Very little head retention, no lacing. Continually effervesces for quite some time.

Aroma- Fairly sour, lotsl of spice and bready malt. A little coriander, and an interesting woodiness.

Taste- is spicy, with an interesting malt sweetness. Lotsl of , bready malt. Very hot!! Quite citrusy and a hint of coriander while it is cold. Gets very peppery as it warms.

Mouthfeel-Light body. Over carbonated. Gives a real burn on the tounge. Makes it kind of interesting tho.

Drinkability- I like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 06:37:03 | More by theopholis
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet

Appearance: gold in color, clear, 1/2 inch head

Smell: lemon, wheat, orange

Taste: orange, lemon, coriander, malt, touches of hay and alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn and bitter backbone, light body with medium carbonation

Drinkability: I find this to be an above average tripel, but there are several others I prefer in the style. I would not turn this down, but also would probably not get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 13:38:18 | More by tigg924
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: beautiful deep gold color, a lushous two-fingered layer of white foam, lots of rising bubbles, good head retention, flecks of lace

Aroma: dusty, cinnamony, malty, honey-like sweetness, floral hops, plummy fruitiness, perfumy (sage and roses?)

Flavor: mellow and round sweetness with a sort of musty undertone (perhaps from the oats?), a bit fruity and peppery, nice hop flavor, finishes dryish with a honey-ed aftertaste, slight acrid lingering flavor like saccharine

Mouthfeel: medium body, vigorous carbonation, soothing alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: I know this is one of the more "mainstream" beers in Belgium, but I think it's quite good despite that. Hadn't had one in a long timem, so I had kind of forgotten how good it is. The only detracting factor is that it is quite gassy (lots of burps) and the sweetness tends to stack up a bit and become almost cloying after a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 17:21:22 | More by GreenCard
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twelvsies

Maine

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a crystal clear golden color, initially with a big fluffy head, but it died in a few seconds. Smell is sweet, lightly grainy, with a nice grassy hop profile, much like a Belgian pale ale, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is on the sweet side as well, yeasty and grassy, but with a bit more noticable alcohol than is healthy for this style. Not particularly balanced. I really think this fits into the Belgian pale style more than the tripel. It just doesn't have that rich carmelly sweetness or mouthfeel that a top notch tripel does. Nice spicyness however, and a refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 02:40:47 | More by twelvsies
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dmbfrat420beers

Germany

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow-orange color with big frothy white head and lots of carbonation effervescing off the bottom. Light and cirtusy, yeasty. Notes of lime and, dare I say, something like pink bubblegum? Mostly I mean that it smells somewhat sweet. Tastes like what I imagine a heavy hefe-weizen would taste like. Wheaty, sweet, lime and kiwi, with a subdued bitterness that permeates throughout. Pleasant and complex if a bit sweet for my tastes. Full bodied but with lots of crisp carbonation; a little of the alcohol can be felt deep in the chest. Not too strong for drinkability, but I find beer as sweet at this to wear on me a bit. Quite tasty and not what I was expecting from a Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 16:27:55 | More by dmbfrat420beers
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

direct from distributor in beijing (vandergeeten)

330ml brown bottle. no importer's label, but brewer's label has "best by" date of june 24, 2010. poured into tulip.

clear, golden straw color. decent head, but soon fades to wisps and ring. no lacing.

fruity esters with pear, white grape and peach, plus very faint hint of tropical, between banana and canned pineapple juice. some biscuity malt underneath and a trace of hop herbal/hay notes. licorice and spice notes are faint and mix with the phenols at the end.

flavors are fruit again (more grape and pear), but slightly watered down. some bready and yeasty notes as foundation. but from the middle onwards, the grassy hop bitterness crescendos with somewhat annoying phenols, and into finish, with just traces of the previous fruitiness.

not too thin, but hints of being watery. carbonation is lively but doesn't compensate entirely.

not horrible, but maybe it's just me. i've realized over the past half year or so that i just don't like all the medicinal phenols in many of the classic belgian tripels and blondes. not all of them, of course, since for example achel blond and st. bernadus tripel are amongst my favorite tripels. anyway, i kind of regret getting a whole case of these here in beijing, when i could have gotten something else (like more achel!)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 18:52:56 | More by tai4ji2x
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Itoclown

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Drank from a 330 ml bottle.

Look: Poured with almost no bubbles and didn't have problems with too much foam as others have said. It looks like hazy apple juice.
Smell: Very fruity with some Belgian yeast smell.
Taste: Quite wheaty and light on the tongue. The carbonation leaves your tongue quickly and you're left with the taste of peaches, oranges and bananas.
Mouthfeel: Smooth...
Overall: I've been looking forward to this particular beer for a long time and I must say I'm a little let down. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I will buy another bottle sometime... Maybe I'll think differently next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 01:22:49 | More by Itoclown
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 2,712 ratings.