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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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2,699 Ratings
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Ratings: 2699
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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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving size 750 ml bottle poured into a Karmelieit glass bought at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank.

Pours a clear honey amber with a large bubbled head and several thin streams of carbonation that kept the head replenished. Some lace though not much.

Smells of faintly of sweet honey with some mild fruitiness as well.

Taste was very sweet. Very much like honey as well, some fruit, yeast and alcohol tastes as well.

light in the mouth with lots of CO2 refreshing .

This is a very drinkable 8% beer. Not the best tripple but not half bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 02:55:51 | More by Citadel82
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EPseja

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

NOTE [04-22-2005]: Review edited based on my latest tasting. Appearance from 4.0 to 5.0. Smell from 4.5 to 5.0. Taste from 4.5 to 5.0.

Additional tasting notes:

A: Large, rocky, river foamy, micro-bubble head with a bright "what's in the Pulp Fiction briefcase?" golden color. Fantastic.

S: Everything a Tripel is supposed to smell like is embodied in this beer, however no one particular scent ever dominates the others. A masterful blend.

T: I attempted to find any detriment in the taste be it departure from style, off flavors, or anything but could not. This is the perfect Tripel.
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Original 01-06-2005 review below:

Shared this Magnum bottle with two beer-tasting friends of mine, on the recommendation of Mr. Richard Tingle, the beer manager at Oak Tree Discount Wines & Spirits in South Plainfield, NJ.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, golden honey color. Tiny micro-bubbles forming a thin self-repleneshing head.

Smell: Sweet grains, mild honey, and bubble gum coupled with rosy floral notes from the hops. Clean Belgian Tripel esthers. Very appealing.

Taste: Super well rounded. Excellent balance of sweetness and bitterness. For and 8% beer, alcohol is virtually non-present in the taste, but leaves a warming feeling in the finish along with a dash of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation. Infinitesimally small bubbles that make for a creamy and velvety but crisp and clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Superb mouthfeel and wonderful taste make this one an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 19:47:49 | More by EPseja
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

--330 ml small brown bottle, freshness date stamped on back
--kind of a pale amber in color
--nice, frothy head that left very nice lacing in the glass
--a kind of sweet, floral smell from this one.

Please note: This was my first taste of this style so I have nothing to compare it to. I thought this was a good beer but am hoping that their are better out there. I will for sure give this one another try as my palate and abilities become better.
Thx

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 05:34:28 | More by canadianbarman
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge thick foamy white head with excellent retention. Aroma is quite complex with a mix between candi sugar and good old Belgian yeast. Taste is very refreshing with some spices, candi sugar (well balanced by the way), good malt and finish with the yeast. Carbonation is excellent and body is above average but still not too full. Good interpretation of the style with all the ingredient well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 19:14:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Carmelite beer from Dendermonde, using the three classic grains for a beer: wheat, barley and oats. The label suggests a cooler temperature than cellar, about 6 to 9 degrees. A brilliant, clear golden colour greets the eye served in a chaliced glass. Sparkling golden honey; lighter than I expected. The head is aspirin white, fine, extremely creamy on top and more large-bubbled and chunky on the bottom. A thing of beauty when poured properly. The lacing is thick and extremely viscous. The very first aromas I detected where wheaty, with that creamy soapy character in some witbiers. A very malty aroma, which is not surprising in a three-grain beer. Spices, cloves, lime, and lemon. Some very strong, almost astringent chemical smells, but balanced with the malt, and the fruity yeast. Definite citrus in this beer. The oats I think add the creamy vanilla notes. The wheat malt is the strongest grain aroma for me in this beer. The taste is all malt up front, and even in the middle is a strong bread/nuts flavour. I also taste salty fish. More sour citrus in the middle, with the alcohol lurking in the finish, strong, phenolic and flowery. In fact, I can taste the alcohol more than I expected. Otherwise, this is magnificently tasteful. There is some caramel in the aftertaste. A predominantly malty finish, with little dryness. Very creamy mouthfeel, turning to foam almost immediately on the tongue. This beer is, despite its myriad aromas and tastes, approachable, and very drinkable, with no overpowering aspects whatsoever. It is refreshing, like a wit, yet very full, like a tripel. This is simply an extremely complex, flavourful and easy-to-drink Belgian. The lees are green and yellow, less malty and more soapy. More spice and less malt in the taste, too. This would pair exceptionally with a hot spicy dish.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 04:11:45 | More by Cwrw
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Zorro

California

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smell is big and fruity with lots of sweetness and pineapple and plum scents and a faint hint of medicine.

Taste is sweet and tart too with the expected coriander taste. Mostly the flavor of Granny Smith apples and plums comes through. The alcohol content shows itself as a nice warmth in your throat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good; this has a nice sweet sour and spice balance that goes down well.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 02:57:50 | More by Zorro
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Paddez

Belgium

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of me personal favourites

Pours a golden brew with a big attractive head that stays put for some time and later changes into a foamy layer. Nice retention. Beautiful.
The aroma is is filled with spices, floral notes and citrus fruits.
The taste is delicious. Spicy, complex with coriander, lots of fruits and some notes of alcohol. Delicious!
Mouthfeel is once again excellent. The beer is well carbonated and goes down very smoothly.

Very refreshing, but with a kick. I've had this one several times and it managed to amaze me time after time. A most excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 16:15:11 | More by Paddez
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Cfahooligan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is now my favorite beer. It's so light and refreshing yet strong enough to kick your butt. I like to drink a bit colder at first because I like to watch this beer bloom in my hands. It's nice colder and then as it warms up it brings out gorgeous flavours. It becomes so brilliant after warming up with a full bouquet of spices. Though not overly spiced. Just a fantastic beer. I describe this like I describe fine chocolate, there is some that you give to your friends and there is some you give to the ones you really love. This is a beer to be had with someone worthy!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 15:24:19 | More by Cfahooligan
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BrewMaster

California

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a large bottle, I think it was 750 ml. Pours a clear and shiny golden orange color with a white head that lasts through the whole glass. Very good head retention. The aroma is spicy and fruity, sweet malty scent and apple peel. The flavor is crisp with a sweet malt flavor as the base. Flavors of apple and wild berries comes through as well. Very gentle on the palate with no flavors being too bold or overpowering. Very enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 20:35:28 | More by BrewMaster
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dull golden colour with big bubbly white head, that dissipated but didn't go away. The beer is hazy from the yeast that was poured in from the bottom of the bottle, and tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen throughout.

Smell is quite nice, spicy pepper smell, a bit of citrus and something sweet that I can't place(looking at other reviews made me realize it was apricot).

First couple of sips led me to believe I had this beer a little too cold. Not a lot of flavour up front, though it has a very dry, spicy finish, and a bit of an alcohol kick at the end.

As the beer is warming, the taste is beginning to sweeten a bit. The mouthfeel isn't bad, carbonation is a little on the high side.

The carbonation and the alcohol finish keep this beer from breaking into my favorites, but it is a nice beer with some nice flavour to it. I'm glad I have a second bottle to sample later.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 05:50:29 | More by elricorico
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GClarkage

California

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11/05/04- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Appearance- Pours into a tulip glass with a huge white frothy head. Leaves magnificent lacing all over the sides of the glass. Pours a yellowish/amber hued color.

Smell- Doesn't have a lot of smell. A bit of sweetness, maybe lemon. Maybe some spicyness.

Taste- Mmmmm, sweet and fruity. Some nice sweet malty characteristics. Definite fruit tastes. Maybe canned fruit tastes as it is sweet. Lemons, apricots?

Mouthfeel- Nice feel as it slides down your throat. Near perfect carbonation. Very subtle brew.

Drinkability- Can't tell it's got an 8% abv. Hasn't hit me yet and I had two of them. Very tasty and possibly even better in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2004 22:51:02 | More by GClarkage
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bark

Sweden

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2004 21:46:46 | More by bark
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a huge blooming head that leaves big globs of lace down the glass,big spicey aroma peppery and yeasty a touch of smoke and orange.Yeasty up front on the palate with a spritzey lemon note with the spiciness more subdued compared to the aroma,pretty refreshing for a beer with such a high alcohol content.A well made Tripel worthy of high marks.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 00:32:35 | More by oberon
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swamiswamu

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Remarkably smooth and drinkable for a tripel. My girlfriend remarked it instantly reminded her of a riesling and I agreed. I didn't find it very textured or layered, but it some respects that was refreshing. Simply put it is a very enjoyable slightly sweet straight forward tripel.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 19:17:23 | More by swamiswamu
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Truh

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chanted some carillons with this one on 10/2/2004. ?-oz, pour at ACPH in an absolutely kick-ass Tripel Karmeliet glass with inlaid fresco and all.

Huge froth of initial inch plus head that subsided to a tremulous coagulant of quarter inch mass. Light gold coloring but hue is deceptive due to the bulbous round globe of glass that surrounds the liquid goodness. Home brew-like quality of wilted, wet malt to nose. Initial core of rounded malt heat dissipates with an almost chalky residue that coats the throat with a somewhat tannin flush as well.

Beautiful offering that settles and filibusters its way through the synapses.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2004 22:28:04 | More by Truh
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filabrazilia

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. The lace clings to the glass nicely.

A slightly spicy and fruity aroma greets the nose with a splash of olfactory delight.

This is a very sweet beer. The grains match the sweetness to create a wonderful balance in the mouth. There is a pronounced tart finish that leaves you wanting more.

The hops are evident in the feel--they grab the back of the tongue and counter the very sweet notes superbly. The carbonation delivers the texture of the beer in a rich liquid package.

This is a great beer that was a treat to consume. I have been drinking so many German style beers lately that I almost forgot how satisfying a good Tripel can be.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 02:26:27 | More by filabrazilia
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small Belgian style bottle, classy looking label. A best before date was on the label, but it was too faded/washed away to decipher. Poured into a super nice looking tripel Karmeliet glass, very clear and golden, luxorious and stately looking. White head, nicely developed lacing. Nutty nose, very fruity, lemony,yeasty and spicy stuff. Snappy dry finish, intense flavors, simply lovely stuff. Seek and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 02:03:54 | More by Billolick
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paterlodie

Belgium

2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasting this beer blind in a tripeltasting I was more ore the less disappointed of it. A smell that is only koreander and paradijszaad, and it was tasting like a (cheap) parfum. Hardly any bitterness and nothing that a lover of belgium ( trappist) tripels( like me) would try again... strangely enough this beer came out second in the tasting so there must be a lot of people that like it.... but not me!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 11:36:49 | More by paterlodie
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dansteino

Louisiana

4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I fell in love with this beer the first time that I tasted it.

Pours a great glass with a wonderful head.

The citrus element on the nose and in the taste provides a perfect complement to this sweet brew.

Extraordinarily tasty and complex at the same time.

For $6.99 a bottle -- what a bargain!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 08:32:27 | More by dansteino
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle. Has a champagne like pop of the cork.Pours a clear blond hue with a huge fizzy head. Reeks of sweet , freshly cut alderwood mixed with spices. Nice medium body with a lively, tickley tongue feel. Taste is a fairly sweet, spicey, earthy wood flavor. A very mild hop bitterness to finish.

A nicely crafted tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 17:22:50 | More by beerceller99
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What better way to enjoy one of the few remaining beautiful late-summer days than to enjoy a bier or 2 out on the back deck!!
Opted for a Tripel Karm to start things off.... It was a striking, clear golden hue, with a prodigious, billowy white head. The topping takes its sweet time receding, leaving a nice trail of lace in its wake. Within the liquid is a persistent, upwardly mobile stream of bubbles. Attractive brew! The aroma wafting about suggests bready malt, yeastiness and a sharp spiciness. Karm has a medium body, and is bubbly and mildly prickly on the tongue as it travels bellywards. Flavor has a light toasty malt character, with some tropical fruit hanging about close by. This segues into a peppery, crisp dry finish. I didn't find this bier to be overly complex, though. It is tasty nonetheless, but I wouldn't beat down doors to get it.

Prosit!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

749

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 16:47:04 | More by Bierman9
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Doppel07

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear golden body with abundant carbonation and a monstrous foamy white Belgian-style head. Orange citrus and spice plus some esters, but not too dominating. Some bubble gum comes through more in the flavor than aroma. Honey is a dominating element in the flavor. More sweetness than I’ve recognized in other Tripels. Very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 03:31:07 | More by Doppel07
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9.4oz dark green bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a hazy golden caramel candy color with a full, if fast fading fizzy off-white head.
The smells range from horse stall to tobacco - from banana to cut oak - from apples to citrus - and oatmeal with butter to light rum.
The malt body is substantial. Banana bread and wheat bread flavors are upfront. Tastes of caramel and pears and buttered rum follow. A bit of vanilla is noticed.
A dry earthy taste emerges from a light sugary sweetness. Lime-like citrus and a bit of orange zest mingle with cloves and a hint of black pepper. A mild warming alcohol fuminess strengthens slightly as the liquid temperature rises.
This is a special beer, that when served on tap becomes even more special. A nice beer to celebrate my birthday eve!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 03:14:51 | More by BeerResearcher
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured in a goblet style beer glass, this beer is mostly blonde with hints of orange. It is very deep colored... thick for such a light color beer.

Smell: A very clean, fresh smell that has subtle hints of grapes, pears and spices. As the beer warmed up to room temperature, some of the alcohol scent hits you. Still, subdued for a 8% ABV beer.

Taste: This is a very pleasant taste...reminds me a lot of the ABT 12 trappist ale. The flavor is very well rounded, starting with an almost apricot sweet/sourness that blends into a malty alcohol flavor that really warms the mouth and back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: The body is just heavy enough to keep the flavor on the tongue for a solid taste. It is still light enough that it flows down very easily and begs for the next sip. Excellent balance!

Drinkablility: Highly drinkable - both as a special treat with a meal, a night cap with a book, or a crazy drunken feast of Dionysus sesh.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 04:08:05 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 mL bottle, marked "Best before 16/07/05." Purchased at the World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Hazy, golden in color with no head but a ring of bubbles around the periphery and firm carbonation, the Tripel K has a yeasty, round aroma with just the slightest twinge of alcohol.

The taste is very smooth, light and airy in the mouth but deep in character. Dangerously drinkable and well-rounded, this is easily the best tripel I've had in recent memory, and quite possibly ever. Simply excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 01:09:07 | More by RockyTopHeel
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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