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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,207 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,207
Reviews: 1,192
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 192
Gots: 345 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website

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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden yellow with a huge long lasting white creamy he’d on the pour into a chalice. Aroma and Taste of Belgian yeast, bread, a nice ripe fruity bouquet, with some nice citrus mildly spicy fruity hops. A medium bodied ale, crisp with lively carbonation and sweet dry spicy hops on the palate. Finish is sweet biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, bread, citrus apple fruity notes with some flavorful spicy fruity hops bitterness for balance. Overall a excellent, flavorful and enjoyable ale. Very nice indeed.

Samp01, Jul 10, 2013
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JammyV, Jul 10, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet has possibly one of the coolest labels ever. It reminded me of the artwork in a Wes Anderson film - drawn carefully by a kid with an amazing amount of detail. Brewed from an original 1679 recipe with the following three grains; wheat, barley and oats. Well judging by how highly regarded this brew is those 17th century Belgian brewers were on the right track.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Cloudy golden body with a firm centimetre white head. All cloudy beers are good (this is an indisputable fact) so that's an extra point there.

S: Candied lemon, pear and honey with a hint of herbal hops faint in the background. No surprise that the main aroma is almost entirely composed of sweet characters as this is a Tripel, an 8.4% ABV Tripel to be precise.

T: As with all Tripels I let it warm to almost room temperature (which is a chilly 15 degrees celsius... chilly for Queensland at least). Some bold fruit esters upfront: pear, lemon, orange, with a big candi sugar hit throughout and a slight herbal hop bitter twang at the end. A metallic after-taste leaves a sour note for an otherwise excellent Tripel.

M: Dense bodied and creamy as a good Tripel should be.

D: World class except for that metallic note in the after-taste. There is a full on sugar hit, as is expected in Tripel, however the fruit esters make a good combination and the medicinal/herbal hops at the finish isn't as overpowering as I've noticed in other Tripels. Overall I am suitably impressed and will certainly try it again to see if the metallic is just due to a single batch being that way or if it is systemic of the brew.

Food match: Tripels are a dessert or cheese beer, take your pick.

doktorhops, Jul 10, 2013
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Elgin Public House. Poured into branded Tripel Karmeliet tulip glassware with a massive head and bright golden hue. This was my first tripel style beer. Smells of honey, orange, spicy, fruity mango deliciousness. Sweet taste and the balance of the beer makes this a very sneaky 8.4% ABV. Clean and smooth mouthfeel but I might be biased as I don't like a lot of carbonation in my beers. Finishes dry and amplified alcohol taste towards the bottom. Overall I loved it and can't wait to try more tripel style ales - have my eye on the Allagash Curieux next.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,207 ratings.