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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,296
Reviews: 1,197
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 200
Gots: 380 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Glibber, Sep 01, 2013
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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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sappypine, Aug 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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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
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

MaevaS, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

roodie, Aug 26, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stella Artois globe at The Office in St. Charles.

It's VDubb's rehearsal dinner, and this beer stood out for me on the menu. It's been too long since my last Karmeliet. This stuff pours a mostly clear gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, light black pepper, clove, restrained citrus (I imagine a small, literally-fruity straightjacket), and Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, with the yeast and its spices dancing their way into my heart (or, at least more directly, my stomach). The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, as solid a tripel as I remember, this one tends toward the drier, more saison-like end of the spectrum than the sweeter end. It's good times regardless.

TMoney2591, Aug 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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beerhast, Aug 22, 2013
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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