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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,241
Hads: 3,730
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 Andreji
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd held this one for a while after finding it finally in america. 75cl, corked bottle kept haunting me until i drank it. boy was i glad....

The pour was brilliant. a diffuse orange with a darker hue, sitting at the bottom some yeast debris leftovers which I love. yet, the most impressive part was the head. at first, quite seemingly average although stirs up intenseley as you finish the pour. the carbonation is so intense that it overflows the glass (served in a duvel tulip), in an irregular, rocky fashion that persists for quite a while. you can also see some bits tearing off from the bottom to mix with the beer itself. more yeast, maybe?

The smell is absolutely complex. I cannot find a proper way to determine it, at first pepper-ey and with a pungent alcohol feel. then fruitier in a very sweet and pleasant way, never undermining how spicy it is. just a bit astringent at the end but combines properly with this fresh fruit feel.

The taste is just great. this is how I like my tripels. bitter at the beginning, bringing in some fine spice feel. the it becomes dominated by a mild, stable sweetness provided by this apricot-mango taste that is hard to define but is just so sweet...! the alcohol swiftly invades the mouth to overturn this momentaneous relaxation and reenhances the connection betweenmouth and nose, ascending sharply, in a liquor sort of way. it's not hidden, it just veils the back of the mouth while the very moderate bitterness is felt across the sides of the tongue further diminishing the prevalence of sweet.

The mouthfeel is also very nice. despite the over-foaming I experienced, the carbonation within was still enough to properly balance the strongly defined flavors of the beer. the efects of the alcohol are also downed here, making this unhidden phenomenon seem just as important- and pleasant- to the beer as any other flavour therein.

I dunno if it was not having breakfast- or sleeping only 3 hrs today- that made this 75cl give me the buzz, but it's just what I needed right now....flavour included. this was a marvellous acquisition and it should soon be back on the top 50, for god's sake.

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Photo of IceAce
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First pour produces a clean golden body with two fingers of rocky foam in a Tulip. A seemingly endless supply of CO² streams from nucleation points etched into the bottom of the glass. Little lacing (consistant with style) and superb clarity (sans yeast).

Nose is sweet with ripe berries, plums, and apples.

Entry lights up the tongue with carbonation and is bright with carmelized sugar. Midtaste reflects a beautiful balance of sweet red berries, yeast, and a captivating dryness. The finish culminates with a final fresh-fruit sign-off leaving residual sweetness on the lips to be releshed post-sip following a dry yeasty fade.

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Photo of amherstdrew
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into duvel tulip glasses.
pour: uber oppressively gigantic frothy head, snow white.
nose: sharp, lemony, zesty, tints of floor wax, south american spices, burns the nostrils like cocaine.
taste: creamy caramelized onions, spicy, freeze dried asparagus and sasparilla finish.

notes & comments: drank this with smith college admissions officer, she says she will only let belgians into smith from now on. a beautiful tripel, well worth the money, and masks the ABV like no ones business.

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Photo of necoadam
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark shade of yellow with a good foamy head. Smell was very yeasty, doughy, with a few spices and an underlying of tropical fruits. Taste was quite good. Alcohol upfront, but not overwhelming, with some spicies and tropical fruit. Some spices show up in the middle. Yeast underlies all the flavors throughout, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, with a smooth, creamy texture. A good, solid tripel.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured out the Karmeliet in a nice robust oversized wineglass. and I got a big beautiful foamy head. The colour could be described as rusty-gold.
This beer has one of the nicest odours, a very light fruity smell with spices. Especially pepper and some garden spices.
A very rich carbonation. Positive aroma, again light for 8%. With spices, pepper mostly and a very soft bitter-sweet undertone. Crisp. And the refreshing aspects of a glass of fruit juice on a hot summers day.
The Karmeliet is very drinkable for a beer with a reasonable alcohol percentage. Very refreshing, but also very dangerous. This is a beer that makes you want an other one and maybe after that another one… With obvious consequences, believe me, I’m talking out of experience.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of arizcards
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Papago Brewing back in April for $5.75.

Appearance is very nice, a golden yellow hue with a nice long sustaining bubbly head with a lot of carbonation. Nose is light with fruity tones to it. Taste is a wonderful medley of Belgian yeast, pepper, and a lemony/fruity/grassy finish. The complexity is very interesting! Mouthfeel is very full and very lively with all the carbonation. The 8.0 abv is well masked which with all the other great qualities makes this an extremely drinkable brew!

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, please beermail me and provide constructive critisism.

Poured into a tulip glass, the initial pour gives a very high, thick foamy head. The initial head falls after several minutes leaving its fingerprint on the glass, and a nice covering of ivory foam that maintains itself throughout the session. Delightful appearance.
Deep yellow, hazy, dirty-straw color. Active carbonation. Seems appropriate for the style, based on my limited experience.
Nice malty aroma, with some citrus fruit and slight ester character.

The taste provides an initial spiciness that rises then subsides, leading into a sweet fruit-and-malt pleasantness that finishes with a hint of bitterness, and alcohol flavor to let you know it's there. Upon further quaffs, the flavor mellows into a highly drinkable brew. Smooth mouthfeel, with the active carbonation providing stimulation to the palate, particularly to the back of the tongue.

This is a beer that I've had a few times, working up the courage to post my first review. Certainly that should indicate that it's a pleasant, highly drinkable brew, one that I would not only recommend but that I will return to when I'm looking for a reliably good beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap 4/23/05 at Lunar Brewing during the BA Gathering. Poured into an awesome large Tripel Karmeliet glass...a bright golden color with a huge three finger creamy white head that is in for the long haul. Awesome! Aromas are grand with a lovely spiciness with cloves and coriander. A myriad of fruit tones waft up into my nose...tropical and sweet. Great to just sit and smell.

First sip is a rush of sweet light malty goodness. There's a divine balance between the sweet fruity flavors (tropical fruits, bananas, citrus) and the spiciness that has some coriander, clove and cracked black pepper to it. A nice hint of Belgian yeastiness on the way down brings it all together nicely. Sublime stuff.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and rather light on the palate. A refreshing, satisfying brew. I could easily drink loads of this if given the chance...especially off tap in the proper glassware. A treat of a tripel and highly recommended.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Winking Lizard. Pours clear golden with a thin off-white head. The snifter in which it was served offered little lacing. Sweet fruit and clove aroma. Medium-bodied and bubbly with flavors of yeast, spices and peaches. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden. The finish is dry and lightly spiced and hoppy. An enjoyable Belgian through and through.

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

I have been waiting so long to try this beer. I bought a 4 pack about a month ago, and have been waiting for the right moment...which is now.

It pours from the 11.2 oz. bottle a perfectly clear, honey colored amber gold. A 3 finger head of large frothy bubbles volcanoes upwards, almost tumbling over the edge of my St. Bernardus goblet. The head is unfortunately short lived, and leaves a few scattered spots of lace. Medium sized bubbles continue to cascade from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is a succulant blend of honey drenched apricots, juicey mango and pinapple, yellow raisins, honeydew melon, cinnamon, and sweet yeasty spice. Really huge nose on this one, everything seems amplified.

Whoa, this is incredible! It starts with a huge mouthfull of tropical fruit flavors found in the nose. There is a definate emphasis on apricot, mango, and pinapple. It has a huge malt and candi sugar sweetness which is balanced by grassy and herbal hops and yeasty spice. Very complex and well built. The finish is a bit warming and has a fruity, almost chardonay like dryness accented by soft tones of oak and vanilla.

The mouthfeel is lush and full with a medium body. Large playful carbonation quickly settles down and allows the flavors to penetrate your tastebuds. Really a superb tripel, well worth the wait. Probably the best tripel I've had yet.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the privelege of splitting this one with fellow BA brethern cmaruschak and mmmmbeeer last night...

Apperance: Crystal clear light orange with an incredibly sudsy white head. Constant carbonation through the body of this beer which is quite mesmerizing. The head retention on this bad boy is crazy and a thing to be marveled.

Smell: orange, citrus notes, coriander, and a yeasty funk fill the nose.

Taste: Yeast and coriander first, orange throughout the middle, and a wheat bread finish. There is a mild alcohol finish that coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium, slightly slick, and slightly prickly due to the carbonation. A very complex, full flavor.

Drinkability: Goes down easy as there are no off or over the top flavors.

I appreciate the primer on some good Belgians. They definitely aren't my favorite but a finely crafted beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice slightly hazy pale golden and it had a white fizzy head that fell back almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass.

The aroma was light caramel with a light phenolic spiciness. Some slight farmhouse brett character was present along with a citrusy fruitiness of oranges.

The flavor was very citrusy with orange fruit flavors and lime most notable. The maltiness was accentuated with a caramel flavor. The beer was light and crisp on the palate. The bittering was enough to keep the malt in check, and the spice flavors were subtle and melded. No alcohol flavors were present.

The finish was just dry with lasting citrus and slight flavors of clove and cinnamon spice. The body was medium and well done, but the carbonation was off just a bit and the head retention was none.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. $5.99 at The Caboose in Ashland, VA. Unsure how long I may have had this bottle, but the flavors are well done and it does not appear that age may have affected anything. The carbonation is there, just not very high and the head was nonexistent.

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Photo of whynot44
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium bodied, hazy gold color with soft orange tint and a substantial and longlasting off-white head that eventually susides leaving very nice lacing.

The aroma is subtle and complex, spicy, fruity, citrusy, wheat, yeasty and floral.

The taste is parallell with a peppery, spicy fruitiness, definite but pleasant alcohol presence, smooth, slightly buttery and very easy to drink.

Outstanding! If you have not experienced Belgian ales before, this is an excellent way to start.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow pine pour. Exploding yellowed-lace froth goes up and comes down almost in one motion. Holds at a finger of meringue then slowly melts to a lasting lace. Citrusy, grain straw aroma; like a basket of wheat grass gently pinched, and holding some halved lemons.
Oh my, wastes no time in asserting it's sweetness. It's almost mead-like. The mixed grain portfolio sweet talks with a husky voice. There's a pleasant sourness, floral, spritzy, grassy finish. Spicy aftertaste: Ceylon cinnamon, cardamom, coriander. Give me a couple of pitchers please.

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

Came in a 33cl bottle with best before date of 10/06/2006
Pours an attractive light coppery yellow color with a nice light white head.
Strong aroma of fruits, spices, yeasts and light earthy tones. There is alot going on with this beer quite complex like most Belgian tripels.
The alcohol content is very well masked which makes this beer very drinkable so know your limit because it could catch up to you if your not careful. Overall quite satisfying and ranked right up there as one of the great tripels that I would recommend to all!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. bottle was carefully decanted into a tulip without yeast, revealing a beer with a golden yellow body with an enormous head fed by highly active carbonation. The nose was fruity with notes of sour apple, pear, and peach. There were also some earthy yeast tones that didn’t quite rise to the level of barnyard funk.

The taste was dry and sour with some bitterness lingering in the back. I could detect tart flavors like granny smith apples, apricots, and pomegranates. The dryness was slightly woody and herbal in nature. There were also some saffron spicy notes here.

The aftertaste was grassy and light with slowly fading spices. Alcohol was well hidden and did not play much of a role in here.

The beer felt light and airy on the palette and went down quite easily. Wouldn’t mind picking up another one when I am in the mood.

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Photo of Hunter
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before date on bottle 13/07/06.

Beer pours a golden hazy yellow with a vigorous head of soft white foam as thick as whipped cream. Typically long-lasting like so many tripels. This is my favorite style of beer so my lips are smacking already. Substantial carbonation, beautiful lacing effects.

Aromas of candi sugar, light malt and complex spiced citrus in the nose. Some hint of the alcohol but subtle. Lemongrass, hay, and sweet banana esters round out the aroma. Very fresh, very nice.

Scouring effects immediately on the tongue upon tasting. Strong notes of alcohol follow. After allowing the beer to warm a bit, the alcohol heat sadly becomes more prominent, detracting from the score a bit. Aftertastes of lemon and a lovely warming effect down to one's toes. Mouthfeel is light and bracing.

This one's a keeper, and Belgium has once again secured a top spot on my list. Seek it out, this is good stuff.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

75cl green bottle with no dates.

I've got to say I was worried when I first popped the cork. I got a whiff of skunk, and I felt a dread come over me. It passed quickly; whew!

Poured hazed dark straw/light copper, with a fastly dwindling white head.

Smell is a little subtle until the beer warms a bit. Citrus and assorted fruits. Fresh baked pastry. Bubble gum.

I fell for this beer as soon as it parted my lips. So dammed complex. Creamy and malty at the top, fruity and carbonated in the middle, spicy and herbal in the back. Wheat comes out in the finish, balanced with barley malts, a slightly chalky mouthfeel, and a lemony twist.

Talk about a surprise. So much going on with this beer. I think this one could have a shot at the tripel championship versus St. Bernardus.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a chalice. Beautiful presence; hazy golden tone with vigorous carbonation and a densely packed creamy white head that lasted throughout and deposited clumpy lace on the glass walls.
Smell: very complex; well spiced yet sporting a wheaty maltiness overlaid with the aromas of tropical fruits and lemon zest. Real peppery spice in the nose.
Taste: bit of white bread maltiness up front with a wispy yeast note. Good blend of fruity sweetness like from apple, papaya and mango to counter the bold spiciness highlighted by the flavors of lemon zest and white pepper. Good zippy hops pop in the finish with a surge of alcohol for good measure.
Feel: medium/full bodied, velvety texture.
Drinkability: damn near off the scale. This is a tripel's tripel, a masterful blending of characters that make it dangerously quaffable. One of the finest examples of the style.

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Photo of hefevice
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle in a large wine glass. My first ever Tripel, so I may come back and revisit this one. Golden yellow with a slight haze. Small white head which dimished, although the glassware was less than perfect. Fruity aroma with apple dominating, almost cider like. Flavour is sweet and fruity at first with some alcohol kicking in with the reasonably sharp carbonisation, and a slightly bitter spicy finish - all very well balanced and smooth. Long pleasant after taste. Is this a beer? Almost like a dry cider with hops added. Interesting beer, much character and well balanced.

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

330ml bottle

Pours with a hazy yellow body, some orange hues. Fluffy yellow tinted head, some yeasties floating around, great retention

Smell, powerful peppery aromas, dried fruit, bananas. Phenols and a strong whiff of alcoholic yeast

Taste, smooth and spicy, noticable alcoholic presence. Nutty, very smooth, goes down very easy

One of my favourite pale belgians. Just the right amount of alcohol, flavour and aroma

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

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a light yellow color with one finger of head. There's a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very very spicy, with lots of pepper and clove aroma. There is some orange and lemon in there as well. The taste is bubbly and spicy. More of that peppery flavor on the tongue, and a slight sweet citrus taste. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is really nice for an 8% brew. A really nice tripel.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750. Pours into a Duvel tulip a hazy golden color. Smell is fairly muted, with some lemon and a bit of wheat (overall, a typical tripel aroma). The taste is spicy, with a medicinal quality (although not at all bad, as the Unibroue 2004 was), and a wheaty tang. Alcohol is quite present, and the taste is rather funky. I like it. Mouthfeel is nice and full, if slightly syrupy. Despite the alcohol, the taste is very drinkable.

Overall, this is a great tripel, and at 7 bucks for this 750, it's an amazing value. Tasty, soothing, warming, refreshing: This is a perfect beer for an almost-spring night. (If I find more, I'm definitely stocking up.)

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Photo of clvand0
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for brining this one to our last tasting. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a tall head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma screams 'Belgian Tripel'. This is what a tripel is supposed to smell like. Lots of spices, some fruits, some yeasty character. The flavor was much the same. Lots of good spices, fruits, yeast. Very solid. I'd have this one again any time.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice yellow color with a finger of head nd a very active bubble. The nose was spicey and tart, with some lemony acidic qualities. Very nice. The flavor was lemony and peppery, zesty. Refreshing and well balanced. The feel was crisp, nice and bubbly, drying on the finish and moerate in body. I liked the crisp feel and drying aspect. This is one of the better beers I have had recently. Everything worked really well together. This was paired with a fresh mozzerella cheese, which worked very well with it.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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