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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,233 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,233
Reviews: 1,192
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 195
Gots: 351 | 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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Photo of gr0g
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straw-colored and slightly hazy, the pour into a chalice ends with an epic, fluffy head that lasts for ages. Sticky foam results in nice lacing. Crisp, fruity aroma has more yeast character at first, but this fades as it warms. Green apple and pear notes emerge at the forefront, backed by a floral hop presence. I would rate the aroma higher, but it just doesn't have enough oomph behind it.

Flavor is nicely balanced with a touch of sweetness upfront. Hints of Belgian candi sugar are detectable. At first this tasted more like a saison, but I had served it while too cold. Becomes more impressive as it comes up to temperature. Ripe apple and pear qualities. The fine bubbles are soft for a vigorously carbonated, bottle-conditioned ale. Excellent balance with just a touch of bitterness toward the finish. Almost no alcohol presence at all.

Tripel Karmeliet is definitely worthy of its high stature. Despite weighing in at "only" 8.4% ABV, it has enough character to stand with the top examples of the style.

gr0g, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of dknight75
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

dknight75, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jeiiVP, Sep 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ronin926, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jeffkissel, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

anticipation23, Sep 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

AaronOp, Sep 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

heytomcat, Sep 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

kirkse, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BB 12/06/2014

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw-gold with a massive, 4+ fingers if thick cream coloured head - excessively good retention (as in hurry the hell up, I want to drink you!!).

Smell. Sweet and fruity belgian yeast, apples and pear, a little banana and sweet spice.

Taste. Sweet and fruity belgian yeast again, sweet light malts, sweet and peppery spices, a bit of green apple and bananna. Not as sweet overall as I'm making it out to be, just sweet flavours if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff, a fine tripel.

Rutager, Sep 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

videofrog, Sep 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

monorailred, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

CDubbs75, Sep 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Qbdoo, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Glibber, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz Bottle
Sam's Downers Grove

Tripel Karmeliet pours a surprisingly clear straw golden with hints of orange around the edges. Numerous big carbonation bubbles rise from every surface of the glass. 1+ finger pure white head formed on the pour and stayed right where it's at. Each sip left thick drink lines. World class looking brew.

The aroma is mouthwatering. It's light and subtle but hugely complex. Candi sugar leads the way but is eased aside by mounds of golden fruits. Pear, apple skins and golden raisins. Lightly toasted malts hide in the background along with a hint of the wheat used to brew. Spicy alcohol presence really livens things up. Wonderful aroma!

The flavor goes hand in hand with the aroma. Pears, apples, the golden raisins again, and apricot. When I smell and drink this tripel all I can think of is a basket of this freshly picked fruit gleaming in the sunlight. Funny? I know, but true. Perfect candi sugar sweetness with a subtle spicy alcohol to really open things up.

Body is on the lighter side of medium and becomes creamy and airy when it hits the tongue. Massaging carbonation.

This is a beer I could drink all day long which is something I can't say about a lot of Belgians. The glass in front of me is disappearing far to quickly.

I'm not the most experienced with tripels but I've sampled a fair amount and so far this is the top of the line for me. World class beer that is easy to find. This will be in my fridge from now on.

Reviewed: 8/26/07

joe1510, Aug 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Khutso, Aug 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

rao2100, Aug 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

VeganUndead, Aug 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

sappypine, Aug 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

John_P_Shannon, Aug 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

soonerchamps, Aug 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

simoen, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out extremely bubbling and huge. A third of the way into the bottle, the whole glass was taken up by head. Then after a bit of settling I poured the rest in. There’s a huge fluffy white head composed of tight bubbles. The beer is this gorgeous gold with some orange, slight haziness. There’s tons of champagne carbonation just flying up the glass.

The aroma is wonderful. Tons of orange, spice, banana, peach, lemon and lime peel. There’s tons of fruit, but also there’s that Belgian yeast breadiness that lingers, but the beer is still so fruity and light smelling.

Flavor follows with that sweet juicy orange, then some banana, then the clove and spice hits a bit. The breadiness and biscuity malt follows along with a gorgeous mouthfeel. The end has this drying note that invites you in for more.

This really has that wondeful combination of a bit of fruitness of La Fin du Monde, but also that really strong dry finish with the classic Belgian tripels. It’s a light refreshing beer and bounces around the palate. My favorite non barrel aged tripel.

dar482, Aug 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

SoPeL, Aug 26, 2013
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
96 out of 100 based on 3,233 ratings.