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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

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Photo of JBogan
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold color with a huge foamy head which left a lot of lacing in my glass.

Smelled of fruits, mainly some banana and grapefruit, with a nice balance of maltiness.

Tasted more of the malts, along with a good sampling of fruits. Very clean and refreshing on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was a little flatter than I was expecting after seeing the huge head. Still it was medium bodied and not bad at all.

This was a very nice beer to sip and enjoy. I'd certainly have it again.

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Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very interesting malty, chewy belgian beer. drinkable. well rounded . has A clear golden color. a fine off white head with no lace. good carbonation. tasty beer. nice hops. good body. sweet to bittersweet finish. a suggestion of alcohol. champagny. balanced. sort of a balanced belgian if that exists

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Photo of dtivp
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger white head , very good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt, yeast and light citrus.

Taste followed the nose with a very nice yeast, sweet malt, honey and citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth with a slight crispness.

Overall a very solid triple.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - light amber color, clear, with good carbonation and about two and a half fingers of frothy cream white colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - somewhat hoppy in smell, fairly grainy. Maybe just a slight hint of a citrus smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a little more phenolic feeling and definitely more of a fruity and citrusy feeling in the taste. Very fresh feeling. Feels a little bit like a Bavarian lager. Texture is pretty smooth, but a little more on the watery side.

Overall - very good taste...not terribly interesting, but not at all boring either.

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Photo of output01x
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A slow pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that fizzes away to a crescent ring in less time than it takes to blink. The body is a bright, hazy slightly pale gold with what appears to be a never-ending army of concentration bubbles. Jumping from every available point of origin, running through every available liquid space, and violently crashing into every available portion of surface, this beer has to have some of the most energetic carbonation bubbles ever seen. These bubbles don't form jets, they form entire waves. Almost no lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.

As this beer was poured, I almost thought I smelled Trix cereal. This should be interesting... Lemon zest, grainy wheat, banana pudding, white pepper, leaves, bread crust, green apple. One could literally go on for paragraphs describing all the different aromas and notes one could interpret from the nose of this beer.

Sweet, grainy (and I mean GRAINY) malt flavors dominate the tastebuds immediately with oily citrus zest and clove flavors rushing in soon after to help balance things out. Notes of bread pudding, whole grain bread, dark wheat, and brown sugar oatmeal are all discernible while an overlying slight alcohol flavor permeates all other flavors. Upon swallowing, the malt flavors really peak but soon fall off to an overly ripe banana which slowly transforms into a Runts banana candy flavor. This sticks around almost indefinitely between sips.

Medium bodied with some very exciting carbonation, this beer's mouthfeel gives it a rather deceptive drinkability. The body really allows for full taste bud immersion into this beer while never becoming coating or sticky (which one might expect from a beer of 8.4% ABV). The carbonation is just as expected. It fizzles, and rumbles, and explodes in your mouth, trying to disturb your delicious experience. Luckily, the body is big enough to stand up to the carbonation.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 2/21/12

29/03/11 is printed on the bottle neck

Thanks to my uncle for sending this home with me after the DBT show a while back.

Moderately hazy, slightly faded gold hue. The head is massive - well over four fingers and well over the top of the glass. The head drops slowly leaving a large mound in the center and a few random leavings of lace.

The aroma is light and airy, but it maintains a full figure. Lemon and lime, tart apple, prairie grass and fresh cut hay, toasted grains galore, crackers herbal and floral notes, soft spices and an overtone of mustiness. Swirling draws forth an aroma of anise cookies. No booze.

The taste is more fleshed out than the aroma strikes me. The malts and grains have a more prominent role than do the fruity esters. Dense bread, crackers and lightly toasted grains - the three grains blend together for the most part, though the wheat perhaps takes a nip of the finish. Modest hops merge with a mild spiciness; the result being a well-fitted herbal notion that takes a backseat to the grains. Overtones of light fruits.

The feel is briefly thin before moving to a plump, malty, medium body. Carbonation is painfully high at first, but after opening up and swirling out a bit, said carbonation is reasonably matched with the heft of the beer. Grain, yeast and fruit residuals linger on the finish. Moderately dry, too.

This beer continues to bloom as time wears on and I find myself enjoying it more in tandem. Definitely worth a shot. Thanks Todd!

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Hazy Pale Golden with a 2 finger white head. Decent retention and a fair amount of lacing.

S- Sweet and Fruity. Slightly lemony with a hint of spices.

T- Very similar to the aroma. Definitely a yeasty flavour to this beer typical of Belgian brews.

M- Medium but rich body. Moderate Carbonation. The bottle I bought was a bit of a gusher (likely due to it being bottle fermented).

O- An excellent Belgian Tripel that offers everything a Tripel should. Extremely easy drinking, even at an ABV over 8%.

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Photo of Clockwork420
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass.

A - Slightly hazy murky. Pale blondish gold. Carbonated pretty good.

S - Smelled like a Lager sort of to me. I didnt like the smell that much but smells are decieving.

T - Wow. Its complex to me. I cant get around the whole things. Its sweet and amazing. Im not worthy of this.

M - Smooth and sweet. Easily slides down. Slight alcohol tinge at the end when its getting warmer.

D - Pretty easy. But its 8%, good stuff.


Its pretty amazing. Deserves every bit of this rating.

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Photo of impending
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap into a Karmeliet glass at Taps in Petaluma, CA. Golden orange hazy straw color with a strong 3 finger white head, vigorous carbonation. Classic belgian scent of sweets, malt, yeast and spice but vanilla is obvious as well - the vanilla makes this extra special !

Taste follows the nose but adds in alcohol - in a positive way. Strong floral note. The aftertaste is very pleasant and encourages sipping.


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Photo of yesyouam
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet is a slightly hazy and very sparkling pale yellow ale with a thick, fluffy head that has great retention and lacing. It has a doughy and fruity aroma with notes of banana, pear, apple, peach, cherry, nutmeg and clove. It's light bodied and very lively. It foams on the tongue. The finish is crisp and clean. It's perhaps a touch sweet with a barely detectable bitterness. It tastes very fruity-- almost cider-like. All of the fruit present in the aroma is in the flavor. There is perhaps some bret at the finish. This comes off as pretty light fare, but it's pretty complex. It's very refreshing. (I was shocked when I read the ABV later!)

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Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a flute. There is a spot for an expiration date on the back label, but nothing is printed there.

Appearance: Big bubbley head supported by great carbonation. The body of the beer is a clear pale orange.

Smell: Very complex aroma, unlike any other tripel that I've had. The smell actually reminds me alot of Rochefort 8. Raw bread dough, and funky overripe fruit.

Taste: Yeasty, like many tripels. Very fruity, as well.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tripel Karmeliet.

A = Poured a pale straw colour with a thick foam head that lingered for ages.

S = The smell of candy sugars and alcohol flowed through the air permeating your senses. Very Nice.

T = Taste is of a sweet candy begining that becomes a slightly prickly alcohol middle and warm finish.

M = Low carbonation for easy drinking.

D = The alcohol taste in this brew makes it hard for me to drink more than one per session. But definitely one I will drink again.

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Photo of phisig137
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What better way to enjoy one of the few remaining beautiful late-summer days than to enjoy a bier or 2 out on the back deck!!
Opted for a Tripel Karm to start things off.... It was a striking, clear golden hue, with a prodigious, billowy white head. The topping takes its sweet time receding, leaving a nice trail of lace in its wake. Within the liquid is a persistent, upwardly mobile stream of bubbles. Attractive brew! The aroma wafting about suggests bready malt, yeastiness and a sharp spiciness. Karm has a medium body, and is bubbly and mildly prickly on the tongue as it travels bellywards. Flavor has a light toasty malt character, with some tropical fruit hanging about close by. This segues into a peppery, crisp dry finish. I didn't find this bier to be overly complex, though. It is tasty nonetheless, but I wouldn't beat down doors to get it.


overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of hero27
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9.4fl oz bottle.

Thin, whispy head holds for the life of the brew.. appearance is hazy gold with a fizzy head & streams of carbonation coming from the bottom of the goblet. Tons of yeast, even after a careful pour and trying to keep the sediment to a minimum. Aroma & flavor is quite complex..banana, cloves, raisins, wheat, oranges, etc, etc.. all present in the taste and taking their turns in the spotlight with every sip. Still, a bit too thick on the spices for my taste. Not offensive, just leaves it a bit unbalanced in my mind. Very smooth for a complex, 8% alcohol offering. I finished off the bottle and wanted more. A well-crafted Belgian brew.

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Photo of ADR
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was monstrously charged, a full 12 oz volume of foam during a careful pour. Hazy yellow, yeasty, fruity aroma. Chunky. Lemony citric notes stand out over the oats and barley also used. Flavor profile is upfront with a consistent fade. If you pour to the back of the mouth, its seems estery and fuller. Too astringent, overcarbonated, and champagne-like for me, it crosses that "Belgian Tripel" line that my tastes buds don't want to. Could be higher alcohol refresher for some. Respectably brewed.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer is a fairly deep orange with hints of peach coloring. The head is white, frothy, and very generous.

Smell – Very suitable for a Tripel. Some yeast, high amounts of citrus, and some pepper. It’s a fruitier smelling Tripel than I’m used to and it’s nice.

Taste – Up front I get a bit of alcohol and some pepper. It is a followed by a toned down citrus taste and then the beer finishes with yeast flavors. It’s nice.

Mouthfeel – A little tingly on the tongue but the body suits the style nicely.

Drinkability – Quite good. This one is very smooth. I finished quickly.

This is a good Tripel. Nothing outstanding about it but still very solid.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a snifter
Best if before date of 1/8/08, so I was a little late. But I found this beer buried in the corner of a liquor
store, and I have been trying to get a hold of it for quite a while so I figured I’d try to anyways.

A: Pours a hazy light caramel color with a massive 4 fingers width of white head that rises well above the top of the glass but doesn’t spill over. Takes a couple minutes for the head to dissipate down to a drinkable level, leaving a thick film throughout the drink and a moderate amount lacing.

S: Sweetness all over the nose, with lots of banana. A pretty heavy bready-yeast aroma, with clove and a peppery spice.

T: An interesting mix of sweet and sour. Lots of banana flavor, particularly in the after taste. Strong apple flavors as well, along with some pear, and a peppery spice . Complex with lots of good flavors on the profile, but unfortunately they are somewhat masked by the strange sourness that is present throughout the drink. This may be due to the fact that this isn’t exactly the freshest bottle (see above), but I’m not really sure. It doesn’t necessarily ruin the beer, but it does take away from a lot of the subtleties that I think otherwise would have been better enjoyed.

M/D: Lively carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling pretty dry. Heavier body than I expected from the style, but does do a good job of hiding the ABV as the alcohol is barely noticeable.

O: Decent, but not my favorite Tripel by any means. I will continue to keep my eyes open for this beer though, and will hopefully grab a fresher one for comparison if I come across it.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720ml poured into a Stone Tulip.

Appearance: golden yellow with thick, foamy white head and frothy lacing.

Aroma: apples, citrus, honey, and spices.

Flavor: clean, floral, citrus and faint bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: light body with high, bubbly carbonation.

Overall impression: champagne-like but surprisingly bland for the aroma and appearance.

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Photo of weazal
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Bright, full aroma. Predominantly light, earthy hay with mild raw honey sweetness. Noticeable lemon almost overrides the hay as it sits. There's some crisp pear and similar experience as an outdoor orchard.

T: A really easy, tasty flavor. Not over the top, but still a fulfilling experience. Comes in strong up front with spicy, earthy grain and hay. A slight peppery undertone carries through until it finishes a bit sweeter with a touch of caramel in the back of the palate.

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Photo of J30wang
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank it from the bottle so unsure of the appearance, but a slightly sour, hefeweizen smell wafts from the lips of the brown bottle. My first sip was misted by a heavy foam head--I imagine this one pours a thicker head. A sour, Belgian variety but finishes very sweet and intensely floral scent swooshes out the nostrils as you exhale post-swig. This is a beer that takes awhile for you to get used to, but highly enjoyable after you come around the slight pâté flavor in the beginning. If this one was a wine, it's enjoyment would he equivalent to the french burgundy variety.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

0,33l bottle.
Pours hazy, yellow-golden beer with stiff and huge white head. Aroma is citrusy, fruity (banana), spicy (coriander, clove), yeasty, simultaneously similar to witbier, owing to wheat.
Taste is rich, at first warming and full of alcohol, lemony, zesty, semisweet. Raw grains on palate. I'm very disappointed, the beer looks like overfermented witbier, lacking tripel charming significantly.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a rochefort chalice.

It pours a very bright gold that is clear with a nice white head, minimal lacing.

It smells very sweet and hoppy, notes of citrus.

The tatse is surpisingly sweet with notes of fruit and hops.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with a nice size head, no lacing. Nice carbonation with little bubbles on top

Smelled grainy, citrusy, a little musky, some orange peels, and tartness.

Taste was citrusy, light in the begining, then taste malty in the middle, like wheaty and biscuity. Finished off just like other tripels, except kinda smoother.

Mouthfeel was medium in carbonation, could feel it tickle your tounge, full body beer, but abv isn't so noticable to me.

I would say this is a drinkable beer and could have a couple of these, but I would rather prefer other tripels.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,003 ratings.
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