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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,241
Hads: 3,725
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 266
Gots: 680 | 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 smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Explosive head--with a gentle pour, the head still takes up more than half of the glass. The beer is straw gold in color and quite clear.

Large alcohol and grasslike malt aromas

The smell comes through in the flavor...very much as expected. The alcohol is very warming after the swallow. Very light hop.

Classic barley wine flavors

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Photo of BDTyre
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first true Belgian tripel. Comes off as a little bit darker than other tripels I've had, but maybe this is a trait of Belgian tripels. The colour is still very much in line with what I expect: a cloudy, unfiltered apple juice colour accompaied by a fluffy white head.

Smells good: spiciness and a bit of fruit; can't say much due to a stuffed nose. Taste is cloves, hints of citrus and spices. An undertone of alcohol. The three grains make for an interesting combination.

Very refreshing and enjoyable, but with a slight sour metallic tinge. It may have benfitted from being served a bit colder.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle at Beer Bistro in downtown Toronto.

Into a huge, solidly-built Karmeliet chalice, this beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming amount of bottle-conditioned, egregiously puffy, thinly foamy, and somewhat soapy eggshell white head, which leaves some broad melting iceberg profile lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of fruity Belgian yeast - astringent and sweet at the same time - candi sugar bolstered pale malt, sedate caramel, tropical orchard fruit, clove, coriander, and white pepper spice, straw and hay-like hop notes, and mildly edgy booze. The taste is mirror-world caramel and vanilla, both warming and low-key in their overt sugary character, more fruity yeast - dry banana and lemon, mostly - subtly edgy alcohol, lightly zingy cloves, and some put-upon breakfast cereal graininess.

The carbonation is rather high-palate frothy from the get go, but does eventually settle to a more moderate level, the body on the wan side of medium weight, generally smooth and kind of slick. It finishes reservedly, but still quite sweet, with that warm, reducing caramel essence, countered by the lingering yeast and alcohol dryness.

A pleasant enough Tripel, the high booze quotient at least tempered by the various (ok, '3') malt inputs, as well as the particularly active yeast. Decent, but exhibiting perhaps a bit too much heat to be considered all that drinkable, though it will likely steel me for the stroll back to my hotel on a so-so Toronto mid-late winter evening.

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Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite carbonated, enormous even head with tiny bubbles. Carbonation rising equally from every point of the bottom of the glass. That's unusual and tantalizing. Light, slightly dull, yellowy gold. Beautiful even head with amazing retention.

S: Very Witbier like. And a delicious witbier at that. Refreshingly light malt/yeast combo.

T: Not so witbier like. Alcohol surprisingly masked (given the ABV) and only apparent in aftertaste. Even then it's far on the pleasant side. Somewhat tart, and the aftertaste hogs most of the flavor. Daisies (some kind of sweet flower). Definitely good, but disappointing compared to it's appearance and smell. Somewhere between 3.5 and 4.

M: Strangely astringent, perhaps just extremely mildly. Foamy.

D: Good. Nice beer, just wish the flavor pulled through more.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green glass 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

Note: The cork had some gunk around it like some had seeped out from being stored on its side...

A- Golden, murky, orange. Not much head but crazy-carbonation. It was like I stuck an alka-seltzer into a glass of mountain dew.

S- Sticky sweet, orange, and other citrus.

T- Wow this is like sugar. Sweeter than you could ever imagine. No hint of alcohol. Bubbly thick start, sweet thick finish. Pretty uniform throughout. Got ever sweeter as is warmed to room temperature.

M- Sweet and thick, coating the tongue and throat.

D- One bottle was enough for one sitting. I followed it directly by a very dry stout and that threw my taste buds for a loop.

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Photo of cudmud
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours with a cloudy orange color and a ferocious, rocky head. The foam produces tons of beautiful, sticky lace. In addition, there is tons of yeast floating in this sample.

Smell: This brew has a major yeast componet in the aroma that's backed by malts. In addition to the yeast, there is a nice citrus component in this beer. The remaining elements in the odor combine to smell like fresh baked cookies.

Tatse: The taste of this beer is mainly malts and yeast giving this beer a delicious bread-like element.

Mouthfeel: Full body and creamy.

Drinkability: This is one enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was good. It poured a nice golden color with nice white head and great lacing. The aroma was of cloves and fruits. The taste was similar to the smell but with a hnt of pepper up front. Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystalline amber color, very active carbonation, with a billowy white head.

Nose is quite nice, almost herbal in character with a bit of citrus and spice taking precendence. Taste is very complex, citrus comes through, along with some real spice! Almost reminds me of spiced cider. Middle is dominated by a peppery tone that really detracted from the experience not helped at all by the prickly sensation of the carbonation. Underlying is a bit sweet, almost syrupy. This one stays on the tongue for quite a while.

When this brew first touched my lips I was initially very impressed with this brew, right up until the middle of that first sip when the pepper and spice really kicked in. I must be particularly sensitive to those sort of notes because they always seem more pronounced to me than what others around me seem to experience. Overall still a tasty beverage and without that peppery notes I think I'd like this one a great deal more.

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Photo of bark
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is shady orange-gold-beige. The compact firm white foam is almost four fingers thick!

A sour wheat beer and lactose flavour dominates the smell. There are some notes of corn and bitter almonds.

The carbonation is powerful with small bubbles that develop into foam in the mouth.

The taste is quite alcoholic, but there are also are notes of apricot, liquorice, vanilla, diacetyl and lots of sourish flavours and lactose. The aftertaste is almost as complicated with a finishing touch of sour citric fruits.

Those Belgians might be totally nuts, but when it comes to strong brews that resembles of nothing else, look no further!

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Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clearish wheat, stark white head, leaves eventually to ring.

S - Wheaty, funk, sweet, spicy.

T - Taste close to smell, a little more bitter than thought at end.

M - Maybe too over carbonated for me. Hard to discern mouthfeel as such.

D - A nice try. Like it!

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with an orange hue. Thin white head that fades gradually, becoming patchy. Decent lacing.
Smell is slightly toasted malts with some notes of toffee and caramel. Hints of raisin and fig. Malts become bready towards the end. Lots of alcohol.
Taste is spicey malts with a slight burnt character. Cinnamon, caramel and sugar come in as well. Raisin and fig. Finish is slightly malty.
Mouthfeel is smooth, yet with a crisp and slightly sticky finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is good. While the alcohol has a slight burn on the nose, it's well-hidden in the taste.

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Photo of grayburn
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She pours a nice clear orange color, a bit dark for the style. There is minimal hazing and the head retention sucks. However, the lacing is decent.

The smell is a bit smokey, there are other characteristics hiding behind it, but they are harder to find. There is some dried fruit going one as well. The alcohol is only slightly present.

The taste follows suit only improves upon the smell. There is some heavy smoke, which fades quickly into clove and then there is the typical fruitiness, a bit of apricot.

The mouthfeel is good, high carbonation and a medium to light body.

I could drink this all night long, this beer is really much more than the scores do it justice. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of hardy008
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with a foamy 2 finger head with poor retention. The aroma is not very strong, smell is assorted fruit and cloves. The taste is sweet with phenols present. This beer is highly carbonated and medium bodied. A nicely drinkable beer. The flavor is better than expected given that the aroma was not very strong. The alcohol is also well hidden. I would not have guessed that the alcohol was as high as 8.4 %.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stella Artois globe at The Office in St. Charles.

It's VDubb's rehearsal dinner, and this beer stood out for me on the menu. It's been too long since my last Karmeliet. This stuff pours a mostly clear gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, light black pepper, clove, restrained citrus (I imagine a small, literally-fruity straightjacket), and Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, with the yeast and its spices dancing their way into my heart (or, at least more directly, my stomach). The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, as solid a tripel as I remember, this one tends toward the drier, more saison-like end of the spectrum than the sweeter end. It's good times regardless.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very beautiful amber with a cloudy orange tinge

Smells not as strongly as I would have hoped faint hops honey and floral notes and slightly stronger malt character

Tastes of the above but the taste actually comes out and there is a quality of maple and herb tatste to it

Medium carbonation and body


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Photo of jamie2dope
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic among Tripels, this will be my first time trying this beer out of the bottle. Poured rigorously, with some of the sediment added for extra flavor. Appearance was a murky orange, with not as much heading as when served on tap. Big nose of peppery alcohol, peaches, pears, bread and more fruit. Some musty medicinal flavors come through, with some hop and grain bite, still with plenty of fruit to go around. Prickly carbonation makes it rather refreshing for a beer of this weight. Drinking this one is easy. This is one of the best Tripels out there IMO...possibly my favorite example of the style. I suggest putting this up against some kind of creamy cheese. Humboldt Fog, as usual did not fail to make a lovely accompaniment. Cheers

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Photo of julian
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade from zaf88 (thanks for this one!) and poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: beautiful cloudy orange color with a small off white head that quickly dissipates. visible and high carbonation. no lacing.

S: up front citrus smell of zesty orange peel, followed by a mild peppery spicing and sweet malting. somewhat bready. no real alcoholic aroma.

T&M: slightly alcoholic bite at first. very fizzy taste of citrus with a somewhat sour lemony wheat taste. malt sweetness subdued by a complimentary bitterness of peppery, clove like spicing.

D: very fizzy so will fill (bloat) you quickly. good to above average taste for a tripel. exemplary of the style. would definitely drink again, and could maybe drink several in a sitting.

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Photo of supercolter
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok for appearance- beautiful dark golden... yum, pours with a great deal of head that lowers slowly, leaving the oily spiderwebs on the side of my chalice. Very impressed.
Smell was good as well, pretty complex... alot of oat and grain, a hint of citrus and alcohol
Taste was above average, but I expected to taste more of the complexity I smelt
Mouthfeel was good felt very smooth on the tounge.
Drinkability, not the most drinkable, but again tripels are probably the toughest to rate in this category...

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Photo of BeerLover729
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mherring
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a corked bottle of this from one of the local beer stores. Getting ready for a homebrewing attempt at this style and wanted some inspiration. Poured into a tulip glass that my roommate had. Conveniently enough, his glass was stamped with the logo for this exact beer!

A - Very cloudy, dark orange/pale brown. Got a lot of head off a slow pour. Only poured about half the 25 oz. bottle into the glass, and the tulip was filled about the brim. About as appetizing a beer as I've ever poured.

S - Smelled pretty fruity to me. Fruity and sweet. Not picking up a lot of hops. Maybe a little bit too sweet?

T - Tasted very sweet, much like the smell. Got some malts in there as well, along with some fruity flavors. Probably matched the smell and taste as well as any beer I've ever tried. As it sat out longer and got a little bit warmer, I started to pick up some faint alcohol flavors. Kind of liked that better to mix up the sweetness.

M - Really active carbonation, but still a pretty smooth drinking beer. Pretty true to the style.

D - Great drinkability if it wasn't so high up in ABV. Then again, for a tripel, this really shouldn't be surprising. Not that that's a bad thing.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a pale straw color with a towering four finger head, even with a very gentle pour. I'm not sure the head is ever going to fade away. The lacing that is left behind is thick and chunky.

Smell; very floral with lots of tropical fruits. Some gentle spices come out, along with a bit of citrus and earthy yeastiness.

Taste; this is a very sweet and fruity tripel, with oranges, peaches, apricots and many others that I can't place. The yeasts add a bit of chalkiness, and the spices are a touch peppery, with almost no alcohol noticeable in the profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is very good, but with the sweetness and abundance of fruit flavors I would not be able to drink more than one of these.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.
A: Light orange color, 1.5 finger frothy head, lots of carbonation.
S: Aromas of chamomile, llemon and flowers. Quite aromatic.
T: I'm not picking up what everyone else is raving about... this is quite light with a bit of chamomile, honey and spice- certainly tasty, there's just not much going on and it's not very bold.
M: Light, crisp, and carbonated. Pleasant.
O: Overall this is a good beer, and one I would be interested in trying again. I'm just not picking up the same intensity/complexity on the palate others have described.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.

A: Poured into a snifter. The color is a murky pale copper / orange / gold color. Has some nice carbonation up the glass, and it's already gone to work in generating a half-inch of head and nice lacing down the glass.

S: Light fruits: orange, lemon, pear, green apple. I detected honey and pilsner malt too.

T: Sweet fruity backbone, dominated by orange and pear flavors. Has a light lemon character with some sour apple flavor in the mid-taste. It progresses into honey and pilsner malt flavors toward the end, but the finish surprisingly remains champagne-dry.

M: Thin-to-medium body with a slightly grainy texture to it. Has high carbonation that suits the style very well, gives it a nearly crisp feel at times.

D: It's a pretty good tripel, but none of the flavors blew me away or made it stand out.

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Photo of AlienOddity
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Uncorked this one and had to run for the sink! Nothing in the aoroma made me think it was spoiled so here goes...

A- Golden/amber with coarse granular head which disappeared quickly leaving very little residue.

S- Sweet, bready malt with raisins and overripe fruit.

T- Again the bready grains come in and are backed up by sweet, ripe fruit. Alcohol makes an apperance near the end.

M- Warm, full mouth feel with carbonation bite. Warming alcohol sensation as it goes down.

D- Had no trouble finishing the bottle- would go nicely with some earthy cheese or perhaps beef.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"The second best tripel after Westy" according the beer czar tender at my local good beer bar.

Poured into an authentic yet oversized Karmeliet tulip glass. A bit too much for me. Save the dramatic glass, I can't say appearance was anything to comment on. I prefer my Belgian's with some cloudiness. It had a bit of haziness, nothing remarkable.

Very easy drinking for such a strong beer. Nothing about the flavor or aroma profile jumps out at me. Some complexity would be nice.

Towards the end, drinkability diminished to the point I left the last ounce or two for my fallen beer nerds.

I like the fact that this is brewed by female "monks."

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.