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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,137 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,137
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 183
Gots: 312 | FT: 5
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  rDev -6.3%

gmendez1122, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Auraan, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

alex_hart, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours golden-orange with some sediment traces and a finger of egg shell-colored head that holds perfectly for a long time.

S: Citrus, honeysuckle, light hoppiness, candi sugar, and pleasant yeastiness.

T: Strong lemon, banana, and yeastiness with some perfume-like floral notes late.

M: It has medium body thickness and is quite creamy in the finish.

O: This is terrific; it is beautiful and is more dynamic than most tripels.

bucklemyshoe, May 23, 2011
Photo of waltonc
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beautifully presented beer at the Trappist. They seem to have the correct brewer's glass for every single beer. The Karmeliet glass is one of the better ones I've seen, and the beer looked great in it. Bright, hazy, golden color with thick white head that took a while to settle down. One of the best beer presentations I've ever seen. Smells and tastes sweet, spicy, citrusy, and refreshing. I could have drank this all day, but there were too many other good things to try out at the Trappist.

waltonc, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. Cloudy golden color with a small head... creamy foam on the surface of the beer.

A good bit of fruit on the aroma... pretty sweet but definitely the spices you expect from a Belgian ale are there. Inviting.

Very carbonated on first taste, with a beautiful blend of flavors. The herbal fragrances come out even more on the palate, and there is a touch of honey. I like it a lot.

I don't think this is my new favorite Tripel, but it's very good.

theboozecruise, Sep 18, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

IanSpindler, Apr 06, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one is a hazy golden with about a fingers worth of frothy head on top.

Aroma: A little bit of banana. Alcohol notes with a citrusy touch to them. Bready notes with a slight dryness in the nose.

Taste: Some phenols in the front. In the middle is alot bready malt sweetness. A fairly dry and sticky mouthfeel. Notes of floral hop and yeasty grain towards the end.

Notes: It's quite the sweet beer a solid malty backbone start to finish very tasty. Cheers.

horshack7, Jan 15, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok for appearance- beautiful dark golden... yum, pours with a great deal of head that lowers slowly, leaving the oily spiderwebs on the side of my chalice. Very impressed.
Smell was good as well, pretty complex... alot of oat and grain, a hint of citrus and alcohol
Taste was above average, but I expected to taste more of the complexity I smelt
Mouthfeel was good felt very smooth on the tounge.
Drinkability, not the most drinkable, but again tripels are probably the toughest to rate in this category...

supercolter, Apr 24, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Joecaddie, Jan 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

cowboy83, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Stoutfan23DJ, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

capuchinpilates, Jun 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

mrcraft, Jun 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Elfastball7, Nov 14, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fin du Monde tulip. The beer is a glowing golden colour with lots of visible carbonation. The airy, bright-white head was short-lived, receding to a wispy ring around the glass. No lacing. Above average rating for the nice colour only.

Wheat, yeast, tons of fresh lemon, caramel sweetness, rosemary and thyme (never picked those out in a beer before), white pepper, astringency, very light traces of other spices. Gets a lot better as it warms. Pretty nice, I'd rate it 4.25 if I could.

Good thing the flavour comes through for this one. And thankfully the rosemary is noticeable...I was hoping for that. Very cool. This beer has a pretty powerful taste: quite astringent (almost acidic), lemon, wheat, bitter hops, light spices (coriander, clove, cinnamon), rosemary and thyme...though no parsley or sage (cue drums). A sugary sweetness is almost out of balance, but not quite. Quite a complex and interesting tripel, though I can't decide whether I'm into it or not. It's pretty intense. Drying finish and scarily subdued alcohol for 8.4%. I'd actually like to rate the flavour 4.25 as well, so I'm just going to up the rating a little by giving the smell 4.5, though neither are a full 4.5 to me.

Very present carbonation, moreso even than La Fin du Monde. I think the feel is too intense to pair with the intense flavour, putting this beer a little over the top intensity-wise. Smooth light-medium body. The carbonation could be toned down IMO.

I'm not too sure what I think of this beer, I feel like I'd need to revisit it a few times. My first impression is a good one, however. I'd love to come back to this one. I find the herbal quality to be super interesting, never having come across it before in a beer. Definitely not sessionable but I'm not having any trouble with this bottle. Out of Tripel Karmeliet and Duvel, I'd say it should be this one getting all the love. Much more interesting.

eat, Apr 20, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

steamboatbrewer, Dec 01, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottel 33 cl
poured into my tripel karmeliet glass

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold, huge fluffy white head forms, nice lace, good retention.

Smell is sweet, grainy, some orange, spices, wheat, little yeasty.

Taste is sweet, orange and spice again, yeast, some alcohol, and a wheat dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

1 of the best tripels out there

perfect brew
Just had it on tap at The 12 th Belgian beerweekend ,
Wow , what à brew , much better thn the bottel , awesomes

beerpirates, Jul 21, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Roze, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

DRTBrewster, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

bmmortale, Aug 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

AMCimpi, Jul 28, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gentle pour reveals a hazy 24 karat gold color with a massive head. Fantastic retention finally falls to reveal nice lacing.

Aroma is full of spicy yeast. a touch of wheat also seems to be present.

Flavor is very spicy. There are also background flavors of bubblegum and black pepper. Slight alcohol burn on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, backed by huge agressive carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

Nice tripel that is nicely balanced between sweet and spicy, and smooth and carbonated. Very nice overall.

phisig137, Sep 15, 2006
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle into snifter.
A: This light golden body pours a thick, foamy two finger head, that opens up from the inside and settles into a frothy layer. The head is white and carbonation seems lively. The body is lighter in color than most of the style. The lacing that is left is sparse and thin.

S: A smooth and pleasant clove aroma that has notes of bubble gum and fruity spices. The intensity of the aroma is medium compared to the overall taste. Layered and developed, this is an aroma that seems to change and become more complex as it warms. A good note of hops, and malts combination.

T/M: As the nose suggests a gummy, fruity spice. Mellow flavors on the front, with a smooth mouthfeel that brings a spice on the finish. Clove seems to play a large role in the overall flavors, while not over powering. Tingling mouthfeel on the finish, while great lingering tastes of banana. The carbonation brings a full burst of foam throughout the mouth, but is not over done. With full bodied flavors, this beer is both flavorful and light on the palate.

D: This is a highly drinkable brew for the ABV and the style, not a strong note of booze to be found, even as the beer warms. This is an easy drinking beer, that is full bodied, with lighter notes as it goes down. The flavors have me coming back and really is a great example of the style.

GDBEERMAN, Sep 21, 2010
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,137 ratings.