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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,241
Hads: 3,731
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 266
Gots: 681 | 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 bennetj17
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Piraat snifter, this one looks to have massive carbonation. It has a slightly hazy yellow/gold color, with a decent thick head on top. Fine lacing. Smell is complex and perfumy with notes of citrus fruits, cloves, and other spice. The taste hits you quickly along with a burst of carbonation. Sour fruit at first and fairly phenolic toward the finish. Bitterness is fairly low, or at least not very noticible with that medicinal flavor in the mix. Very crisp, smooth feel, and again, very bubbly, which I like for a lighter beer. I think the strong malt flavors hide the 8% alcohol well. Highly drinkable brew...

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Photo of stouty1
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For someone just trying out the Belgiums, this one hit me kinda strong at first. I was really impressed with the pour. Carmel in color but the head was perfect and never went away. A full 3/4 to 1 inch thick!!!

I could smell the fruitiness of apples, I think? But, I must have tried too hard to pull some smell out as I had a hard time getting anything after the initial sniff. The taste hit me hard in the beginning with the taste of alcohol, but I was acclamated after a few sips, and it became rather enjoyable. Lifting it to my mouth (repeatably) I start to inhale and smell the fruit and spice.

Drinking it from a 750mL bottle and poured into my favorite snifter, I will enjoy this for the remainder of the Rose Bowl game.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this out as part of the best flight of beers I've ever experienced at the Flying Saucer in Addison, Texas. This is one where you know you're drinking a high gravity beer but the alcohol is not apparent or cause for hestinancy. A great Belgium beer that I would drink all evening. Nice light color and carbonation. Quite impressive.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a pour golden with a pillowy white head.
the smell of sweet corriander is up front with spiciness, florial and slight alcohol.
the flavor is spicy with a creamy maltiness, carmelized malt explodes on your tongue, lingering spicyness drops poff with some mineriality and finishes with a light after flavor.
the mouthfeel is key here the beer coats your mouth with flavor

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm usually more partial to the "Dubbel" style Belgium offerings but this one is quite satisfying and smooth. Just enjoyed a couple of bottles over the holidays and found it very drinkable.

Apperance: Golden straw color, slightly hazy, and when pouring the big creamy head builds quickly. A frothy wonder indeed!
Smell: Very nice, light, apples and clove that tickle your nose. A full bodied aroma.
Taste: Excellent! Smooth, crisp and tangy. Starts sweet, but has a nice finish, almost dry. Very unusual and enjoyable for a "tripel". Alcohol though present on the palate doesn't overwhelm the experience.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky. Welldone.
Drinkability: Very, very good! Some Belgium brews find me doing one and done. I had 3 of these beauties in one sitting on Christmas Eve and all I could say is "It's a Wonderful Life"! !

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours with an enormous head that never stops growing, and particles continually float around the whole body. The smell is very sweet, much like the candied malts you would expect in a tripel like this. The taste is almost perfect after you let it mellow... There is a slight hint of alcohol which is not hidden and a lack of a substantial body like other Belgians. Overall what a great tripel should be, highly recommended.

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Photo of numenor1
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this a few times, finally reviewing it. Pours a hazy straw color with a nice fluffy head that laces well. Smells grainy, of apples and faint lemon. Starts off with a stab of sweetness then slowly dries out through the palate. Slight apples, apricot, a little yeasty funk--some earthiness as well. The mouthfeel is beautiful. When allowed to hit room temperature, or close to it, it is so light and fluffy, almost weightless. Softly effervescent and terrific. As drinkable as any tripel i suppose...

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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 ohitsbrad
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18 November 2005, Best Before Oct 06

Appearance is a little misty (poured the whole bottle in), pale golden yellow colour, white diminishing pillowy head, no lacing. Aroma of sweet spicy fruit (bananas, pears?) and belgian yeast. Flavour is refreshing, spicy, fruity and grainy with a warming finish and a bit of alcohol. Juicy on the palate. Overall rather drinkable.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tripel Karmeliet.

A = Poured a pale straw colour with a thick foam head that lingered for ages.

S = The smell of candy sugars and alcohol flowed through the air permeating your senses. Very Nice.

T = Taste is of a sweet candy begining that becomes a slightly prickly alcohol middle and warm finish.

M = Low carbonation for easy drinking.

D = The alcohol taste in this brew makes it hard for me to drink more than one per session. But definitely one I will drink again.

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

Served in a snifter/chalice type glass at Lunar Brewpub in Villa Park.

Appearance- Beautiful two finger head. A slightly dark, hints of cloudiness, golden ray of tripel sunshine.

Smell- Candy sugar, with an earthy fruit bouqet better defining the sweetness of the smell. With hops leveling things off before they get out of hand.

Taste- Malty, sugary start with a slight hoppy middle. Aftertaste is a great mix of light bodied fruits and hops. With a slight alcohol aftertaste that warms the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied palate.

Drinkability- Could have a couple pints over spread out over the course of teh evening. But not a session before.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle.

Very bubbly, large head sitting on top of a straw colored, hazy beer. Lots of carbonation. Very interesting looking. Not what is expected from a tripel.
Smell is sweet, honey flowers and some grain. Very complex. The taste is also very complex, with some vanilla, pepper, citrus [lemons, orange] and herbs. The beer is very smooth, creamy and crisp. No alcohol kick, which is surprising given the ABV.
Mouthfeel is good. Cleansing.
Overall, this is an amazing beer. Very complex. Not the usual tripel, but highly recommended. I will certainly be trying to get my hands on some more of this [my other bottle broke in transit...a tragedy!].

12/06 I did get my hands on another bottle [750 ml] and this was as good, if not better, than the first one. Just a great beer. Will be looking for more whenever I get the chance.

10/07 Another bottle. Still great, but for some reason it just seemed too sweet this time. Not sure if my palate has changed, the mood, food, or whatever.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Served up in official glassware at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse, has a golden slightly orange hazed hue with a frothy egg shell white colored head measures four fingers deep this in the very artistic tulip shaped glass, forms fine intricate Belgian style lacing as it dwindles slowly. Aroma: Spicy black pepper note teamed with a slightly grassy hop character matched with tropical fruit notes of melon and fresh pineapple, what a nice blend of everything some mild acohol is present but very nice. Taste: Somewhat bitter for a Belgian Triple the bitey hop profile pairs nicely with the mango and melon honey tinged malt tones with a slightly alcoholic edge some funky yeast notes finishes dry excellent triple. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied effervescent carbonation slightly syrupy in nature but glides across the palate very silky. Drinkability is amazingly effortless this is one of the greats from Belgium, solid complex layered flavors blend so nicely this brew comes together.

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

Poured this slowly and my glass was half head in no time. There’s a torrent of champagne bubbles roaring up from the bottom now sustaining the foam rubber textured egg shell white head that leaves a thick wall of foam on the side of my glass too thick to be called lacing. Perhaps matting? The color is golden straw. Heavy spicy yeast in the nose with some wheat, some sourness, and a touch of alcohol. There’s also a slight bit of banana and bubble gum. The flavor is very dynamic. Starts out a bland wheat flavor, but an explosion of the carbonation releases the yeasty spices and the latent sweetness. The mouth feel is slightly thick and is about as carbonated as a beer can get with out being annoying. It leaves the palate numb and tingling, awaiting the next sip. This is a very nice beer and an absolute pleasure to sip.

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Photo of tekk9
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Karmeliet looked very enticing in the glass. Bubbles shot twords the top of the glass in a sappy amber colored liquid with glimmers of yellow. A thick white head stuck around for a while, then rapidly faded.

The aroma of fruit and earthy, grassy smells were strong at first, then fade with hints of oak.

This is a very complex beer. There are many flavours hiding in it, that come forward and quickly fade to another. At first it is sweet honey, then a glimpse of pepper, then summer grass, then quickly hops, with a kind of salty finish. I think I will finish the bottle before I can desribe them all.

A lovely light carbonation, with a bit of thickness, can be sensed on the tongue.

Although the alcohol is a little prominent, I think this beer is very drinkable. Infact I wish I had another.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a half inch head at first pour that disappeared in less than a minute to be a small ring maintained by a whole bunch of bubbles rising. It could definitely use some more head retention. There is a continual stream of bubbles the entire time I drank this beer, and eventually the beer clarified to be mostly clear.

Aroma: Lots of citrus fruit in the nose at first. Some floral notes from hops are pretty noticeable with this beer. As the beer warms, the aroma s taking a bit of a cherry note. There are also some peaches in the background. This beer really gains character as it warms!

Taste: The flavor is much more delicate than I expected from the nose. It has a soft malt that is a big player in the entire flavor. There is a bit of hops noticeable just at the beginning, but this fades quickly to let the malt chime in. Near the finish you can pick out a pretty obvious addition of candy sugar that leaves the finish pretty dry with an evident alcoholic burn. This makes the body appear light rather than the carbonation that you would normally get in a Tripel. As the beer warms, there is a much more noticeable malty presence, and surprisingly the floral notes fade.

Opinion: This is a really nice beer, but I don’t know where I would classify it. I wouldn’t call it a Tripel per say, nor would I say that it is a Saison. It doesn’t need a slot on the BJCP guidelines to taste good. It is a very clean and well brewed Belgian ale…what else can I say? Try it for yourself.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Aromas of banana, mild citrus, mild bready malts, and a touch of alcohol. The flavors begin somewhat malty and sweet, but quickly evolve into a pleasing melange of spices and fruit. The finish is rather clean, making it very easy to drink. Very drinkable stuff and extremely well made.

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks magnificent! A pillow of white foam caps a cloudy golden beer. A plume of bubbles streams from the bottom of my tulip. The smell is of sweet honey and to a lesser degree, various citrus fruits. Grassy wheat fields as well. And alcohol.

This is the most over the top tripel I've had to date. Sweet and alcoholic up front. Lemon- lime orangy tangerines too. The sweet honey attempts to balance this, to no avail. Grassy hops play a small role. The mouthfeel is not as carbonated as I'd like in a tripel, despite the foam. I wouldn't want more than one of these in a night, unusual for me with tripels. I might like this with a little more age on it.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged green 750 that is silk screened, but not dated. Served in a tulip.

The cork let loose with a loud pop and hit the ceiling as quick as the cage was loosened, however, this was not a gusher.

Clear polished brass with good carbonation that supports a tall white head. The head is so strong that it pushes over the rim and continues rising over an inch yet it doesn't spill down the side of the glass. Istead it creates something that resembles Devil's Tower. What's really F'd up is that Close Encounters of the Third Kind is on the TV in front of me. Is this beer trying to tell me something?

Right after pouring, the room takes on the aromas of skunked pilsener hops. That fades away after a minute. The beer smells a little sweet with belgian yeast that is a bit chalky, wheat, citrus, sugars, and spices.

The taste is a nice balance of sweets and citrus. The malted wheat comes through briefly and is followed by the lemony citrus and spice/herbal flavors. Nice chalky to almost bready yeast flavors. The tartness from the lemon stays in focus and is joined by european hops for a mostly dry finish that still has elements of spice and fresh apple juice. Nicely done.

I like what the carbonation does for the mouthfeel: keeps it lively and fresh. Drinkability....hell yes. The abv is well hidden and the best part...the taste is complex and wonderful.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tripel Karmeliet looks magnificent in the glass. The explosive, toweringly majestic crown of richly creamy, cream colored foam sitting atop the sparkling amber liquid is a sight to behold. It's been a while since I've laid eyes on a better looking beer. Elegant, arching fingers of lace point to the glass contents as if to say 'now here's a fine looking ale'.

The nose is intensely spicy and abounds with cardamon, white pepper and clove. Drunken golden fruits (apples, pears, peaches) are present as well, but take a backseat to the spices. This is another one of those Belgian tripels, or BSPAs, or BSDAs, that has a spicy alcohol presence in the nose that is so well-integrated as to be an essential, welcome part of the whole.

Wow! Just Wow! Tripel Karmeliet may not have the no-holds-barred, hold-onto-your-hat gusto of a De Dolle Dulle Teve, but it is one amazingly delicious beer. Think of it as the Mad Bitch's more attractive, nicer sister. Sweet, tangy, bitter, fruity, spicy, warming, soothing... where do I begin?

The most impressive thing about this Brouwerij Bosteels offering is... well, two things. One is the vividness of the various flavors. I taste brandy-macerated, spice-sprinkled orchard fruits with such intensity, it's as if I'm eating them rather than drinking beer. Two is the pitch perfect melding of the various flavor notes in the mouth. While they're easily appreciated on an individual basis, I prefer to let the beer wash over my tongue and to allow the whole damn shootin' match to work its magic.

I'm looking for flaws, but I'm convinced they don't exist. Any change would be for the worse. More or less of anything would be too much or not enough with regard to the tripel perfection that sits before me... not for very much longer, I might add. The finish is an extension of what came before in terms of flavor, with the potentially drying aspect of the alcohol offset by a mellow sweetness.

The mouthfeel is easily the equal of any Belgian tripel that I've ever had. It's actually on the full side of medium, but is rendered light and silky by a perfect amount of soft carbonation. It's yet more evidence that the brewery has paid attention to every aspect of this beer and has fine-tuned it until it hums with the precision of a Swiss watch.

While my experience with Belgian tripels is still somewhat limited, I've found a 'tripel triple' that I really like: De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch), Westmalle Tripel, and now Tripel Karmeliet. Each has its charms, but at the moment, this beer is my clear favorite. From where I sit, Tripel Karmeliet is the quintessential Belgian tripel and is the unqualified best.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer at Tria in Philadelphia.

Beautiful gold color. Reminds me of honey. Aroma is intense and nice. Hard to describe.

Taste reminds me of honey. Again, like a mead. Like the sweetness was fermented out. Brett mixed in. The two components mesh incredibly well.

Food note: I had some Humboldt Fog cheese with honey with this beer. Quite good together. The honey tastes hook into each other, but the sweetness in the honey provides a contrast in those two "honey" tastes as well.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle corked and caged. Pours out a clear golden orange body with a tall off white foamy head. Good amount of lacing clings to the glass as it is consumed. Aroma is pretty big with a bunch of things going on. Lots of spice and fruity sweet notes seem to dominate. Some toasty malts in there as well. Sweet fruit flavors of pears, apples and other fruits lead off the flavor. Various spices are present as is a bit of a yeasty note. Finishes spicy sweet with a bit of a lingering spiciness. Lively with carbonation and very smooth going down. Ample body. Very drinkable and complex stuff from a style that usually doesn’t impress me.

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Photo of hero27
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9.4fl oz bottle.

Thin, whispy head holds for the life of the brew.. appearance is hazy gold with a fizzy head & streams of carbonation coming from the bottom of the goblet. Tons of yeast, even after a careful pour and trying to keep the sediment to a minimum. Aroma & flavor is quite complex..banana, cloves, raisins, wheat, oranges, etc, etc.. all present in the taste and taking their turns in the spotlight with every sip. Still, a bit too thick on the spices for my taste. Not offensive, just leaves it a bit unbalanced in my mind. Very smooth for a complex, 8% alcohol offering. I finished off the bottle and wanted more. A well-crafted Belgian brew.

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Burnt golden color with a beautiful, solid, serious, bulbous head. The aroma is yeasty, and peppery with a backdrop of alcohol. It al blends together in a nice little package…together with a little sugar and fruit smells. The taste has a notable candy flavor, with a graininess and maltiness. Slight bitterness in the end, but framed with pepper and spice. The mouthfeel is a little light, given the nice flavors. I expected something more mouthfilling and creamy. Instead, it’s kind of thin. Still, this is a tasty, enjoyable, very flavorful Belgian.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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