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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,489
Reviews: 1,227
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 242
Gots: 524 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on may 28, 2009.

A: Pours as a very clear yellow color. Head is nicely formed with big bubbles.

S: Average intensity smell of fruits. Some spiciness.

T: Intense taste of banana bread. Nice taste. Very balanced and rich taste.

M: Rich in the mouth. I would guess this is a medium bodied beer.

D: Easy to drink. Could get more than one in a session.

A nice tripel. Great beer and glad I have access on a regular basis to it.

Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Brushkanna
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of bsm80x
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of atis
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours sparkling golden with huge white lacing with good retention, it stays in one finger thickness till the end of the glass, leaving rich patches of lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet malt, bits of fruity esters and lingering yeast.

Taste is alcoholic spiciness at first, even slight medical flavours with grainy malt in the middle, sweet and fruity finish with light citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather full with prickly carbonation all around mouth and slowly increasing warming feel.

My favourite beer. I could sip it all day long.

Photo of oelergud
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear golden body with a copperish, good carbonation and a somewhat creamy, airy head, slightly yellow tint. Decent retention and very little lace.
Sweet strong caramel and spice. Grain, earth and warm hay.
Deliciously sweet caramel and strong spice. Vanilla and abit of nut.
An aftertaste of strong spice and mild hops.
Medium and some coating, slightly dry finish.
Highly drinkable and so tasty, not too high in abv but not quite a session beer.


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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminded me why I like Belgian beers so much. Had on tap at Redbones. Color was faded golden, slightly cloudy. A fluffy, creamy white head perched on tap. My notes say "aroma is full of promise." I detected some musty, but still spicey notes, with even a whiff of perfume to top things off. Medium bodied, there is an abundance of fruit, with sweetness, crisp citrus, and then a finish of dusty cinnamon. And so smooth! A very delicious brew to be savored. Highly recommended. pat

Photo of DbbC
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of harsley
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of jettjon
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this 750ml caged-cork bottle hidden in the back of a freezer at my usual retailer. There were two bottles, both with large, clumpy yeast deposits. I’ve run into this before and decided that since my odds of getting my hands on this beer again were slim, I’d better take the risk.

The bottle decants with an explosive bang, sending the cage and cork flying across the room. Decant safely, people! Bottle dated “Best before 1/1/2008” but even after carefully storing upright for several days, there’s still a ton of clumpy residue in the bottle. Since this is probably atypical, I won’t fault the beer in this review. From other reviews, this does not appear to be the norm.

Even a careful pour ends up with some small “chunks” getting into the cervoise, but as with past experience, they are unnoticeable until further into the bottle. For now, it’s sitting in the glass a beautiful, hazy golden color with absurd amounts of carbonation keeping aforementioned chunks bouncing around like ping-pong balls in a dryer. Awe-inspiring two-finger head of tight, fine bubbles. Bands of scattered lace are left behind as the cap slowly retreats. One finger cap never wavers, all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is one damn fine looking beer. Nose of sweet malt, sweeter than I expected in fact. Bubble gum and fruity notes. Hints of alcohol along with a bit of banana and faint citrus. Taste of sweet malt and subtle peppery spice. Low hops presence, but good spicy-sweet balance leaning toward the sweet side. Mouth is slick, wet, and smooth. Great delicate carbonation caresses the palate and accentuates the delicate spicy-sweet flavor. Refreshing. Drinkability is excellent, a great balance of subtle spiced flavor and full, refreshing mouth. 8% ABV should be noted as it’s well masked.

Overall: An outstanding tripel, subtle and refreshing. Highly recommended. I picked mine for about $9, which makes this an affordable luxury.

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of vcoggins
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of MiScusi
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a corked 750ml bottle, poured a straw gold with pretty good clarity. The head was nice fluffy white with pretty good retention. Taste was of yeast, some soft hops, and fruit... very fruity and sweet. Mouthfeel was highly carbonated. Drinkability was good as the alcohol was masked very well.

Photo of srgj88
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mwilbur
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 75 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a light golden color with loads of carbonation that produces a thick light white head.
S: Nice combo of malt, spice, fruit, and bready yeast.
T: Fruit comes through first...was expecting heavier and darker based on smell, but taste comes through lighter...melon, starfruit. As it warms, this turns into mango and peach. Just a hint of malt and spice in the taste. Good, but I wish this had a little more to it.
M: Light and effervescent...created by the high carbonation. Nice fizz effect...champagne-like.
D: The ABV is hidden extraordinarily well in the nice example of a tripel. The defintion of drinkability. Overall a very light and simple beer that would best be paired with a stronger food.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of vancurly
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale amber/honey. White, tightish head
S: Honeycomb/vanilla, malt milkshake. Subtle yeast extract/vegemite note.
F: Strong malt complexity, seedy spice. Cloying flavour. Hops are restrained. Light/mild bitterness.
M: Medium to full body, long
O: Very malty, milkshaky... for the sweet-tooth

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of fdig23
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-yellow in color with a thick white head. The aroma is herbal and medicinal, fruity with lemony-citrus aromas. It has the fresh hay smell like some lambics. The flavor has a fruity sweetness with the lemon flavors, I also get the medicinal, fresh flavors. It is a medium-full bodied beer, but smooth and easy drinking, with a slight dry bitter finish.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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