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Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
bestbelgianspecialbeers.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2001

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1,306
Ratings:
4,014
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold color, slightly cloudy. Foam white, fine-grained, high and stable, leaves a lot of decorations. Fruity aroma, with a hint of banana and rural accents. Taste: like aroma, marked fruitiness with hints of banana, vanilla and rural accents. Alcohol perfectly hidden. Saturation high, fits here.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a calm-looking hazy color with a modest sized head.

Smells of cloves, bananas, slight citric sourness, and a bundle of spicy fruits.

I feel like a lot of the tripels I've had have emphasized the sweetness more than this, and yet this is quite good. There is plenty of wheat, various spices, and a little bit of Belgian yeast present in the flavor. Yet, I can't shake the feeling that this could used a little bit more balance as the taste feels quite aggressive for the style.

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Photo of Buck89
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. A moderately hazy golden yellow color. The head was a bright white rocky cap that slowly settled. Aromas of straw, hay, banana, cherry, and wheat. I tasted the wheat first, followed with a medley of floral phenolics, banana, pepper, and hay. A touch of citrus. High carbonation and a medium-bodied feel. Slightly hot on the finish. Enjoyable, but not my favorite tripel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is one of those off kilter sized bottles. Mixture of light orange and gold in this one. 1/2" off white head. Wow, the aroma was weird, banana yeast phenols. Oh I get it. This isn't a triple ipa, this is a tripel, like a belgian tripel. Wow, liquor store might wanna rethink their promo for this one.

Residual caramel sweetness, excessive carbonation. Not enough hops, but then again, its a tripel. Not a belgian triple ipa. Bitter still. Kinda hot alcohol.

Wow this is rated really high and I don't know why. Lots of citrus at least. But too much sweetness. I liked it more than your average tripel, but not because of any tripel tendencies within the beer. Would not bang again.

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Photo of Magnetofunk
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 33cl bottle bought in Utrecht.
Poured in a bolleke, hazy and gold with with a very homogeneous head.
Sour citric smell, reminds of orange peel.
Wheat, fruity, orange and mango, very Belgian after taste.
Nice dense body as well as crisp, very good carbonation.
I liked it much more than expected, what a beuty

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Photo of HipCzech
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33 cl bottle (stamped "28/04/18") poured into a plastic cup. Very clear, pale golden yellow. Lush, frothy white head with a thick collar of lace. Rich aroma of mixed grains (barley, wheat, oats), spicy Belgian yeast and medicinal phenols. Taste follows aroma, but even fuller. Some honey sweetness, citrus and tropical fruit, spice and pepper. Alcoholic tingle emerges with warmth. Medium body with prickly carbonation. A big, boozy and robust brew.

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Photo of brewerang
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection in a glass. The appearance is a beautiful, light golden color with a massive, fluffy head and champagne-like bubbles everywhere. Spicy, lemony aroma with classic, funky flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast. Super high carbonation, per the style, and an incredibly crisp, dry finish. If I had to pick one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frank at Turbante, Coimbra,

A: Poured to a Duvel glass, the body presented itself as yellow crystalline with some visible carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. The head is white and was 2 finger thick.
A: The aroma is composed of citric tones, tangerine and lots of ginger. It's very floral as the ginger is really proeminent here.
T: Coming from the aroma, the taste is rather too strong because at every sip, the ginger is too harsh on the mouth and nose. It's like the taste is primarily good but unbalanced in structure.
M: The mouthfeel is medium density with some nice carbonation. Nothing worth nothing.
O: This was, I guess, the third time I had this beer but the first in a couple years. My first thought of this beer was very good as it was one of the first craft beers I've had but now it seems not very balanced, needing more work to maintain the ginger profile less proeminent.

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Photo of rand
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle to glass chalice

Bellwether example of the style, the Tripel Karmaliet has a light, yellow-orange color, while a gentle pour renders a huge fluffy head that quickly recedes. Sweetbread malts and Belgian yeasts anchor the nose, with notes of banana-cherry esters, lemon zest, oak.

Malt-forward on the palate, as sweet, bready aspects showcase yeasty esters. Distinct bananas. Notes of white pepper and cherry phenols add depth, along with a touch of citrus zest. Tones of oak and bittering hops dry the sip toward the close, with a touch of booze adding warmth (although as with any good Tripel, alcohol is masked for the ABV). Medium-light body with a oily-slick complexion, the beer finishes short with little lingering residuals.

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Photo of anon
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance in near perfection - head billows to 3 finger width and has fantastic retention. Pale golden hue, hazy and bubbly.

Big wheat and grain aromas, I feel like I'm walking through a field of it. Bananas, clove, bubblegum and lemons. Fruity and herbal. Very nice. Taste is sweet and yeasty up front; banana, clove, lemon candy, peaches, nectarine, honey. Oats and barley give an earthy touch. Lightly funky and spicy. Light to medium body and the ABV is right on point, hidden well by the array of flavours going on. Very clean finish. Easy drinking.

All the aspects of a great Belgian brew. Will have again.

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Photo of Brant
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale but bright, translucent yellow, almost like lemoncello. I poured it way too hard and ended up with like 4 fingers of head. It had a pleasant flowery and fruity smell. Taste similar with a bit of wheatiness to it. Flavor was well rounded with no bitter/sour aftertaste. It seemed a little fizzy to me.

Overall this is a nice tripel, though nothing really stood out about it for me (except for the look, which really was quite amazing). I would drink it again, but I don't think I'll seek it out deliberately.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.19/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I couldn't find anything special in drinking this beer, just a bitter taste with a lot of carbonation, then a sweet aftertaste and the alcohol presence.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightful hazy gold liquid. As Belgian Tripel's go, this is in the top of the category. My local specialty grocer pronounced this as his "favorite beer in the world." High praise indeed and worthy of those type of accolades. I will seek out and enjoy again "fo sho."

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful bouquet of golden fruit, guided along by oats, wheat and barley malt. It is very much its own beer, tasting as much like a tripel as it does a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a tap into a tulip glass at Fire Works Pizza in Arlington, VA, its color is deep gold with an off white one finger head. Aromas are complex of banana, clove and lemon. Flavors banana, lemony malt, and yeast with a lasting full finish with a bit of pepper bite. Interesting beverage, but at $13 for a tulip, I'm done.

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Photo of TH28
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Cafe Benelux, Milwaukee. Appearance: slightly hazy deep golden, with a thick frothy white head that lingers with brilliant lacing.
Aroma: A fruity burst of pear and banana, with some sweet lemony/ orange rind and apple.
Taste: Strong, sweet wheaty maltiness, with strong Belgian yeast esters of clove, pear, and light banana. A touch of light pepper shows up on the backside, followed by a light bitterness just enough to prevent the beer from being cloyingly sweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light creaminess and moderately high carbonation. A touch of alcohol warmth.
Finish: Lingering spicy clove, per, and banana esters.
Overall: A truly world class beer, with a brilliant showcase of fruity Belgian yeast esters. Complex apple, pear, banana, and clove aroma and flavors throughout, all while hiding the true strength of the beer. Also, can't underestimate the beautiful, long lasting head that displays wonderful lacing.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4/30...served on an Orval glass. Copper light with active bubbles and white foam. Smooth clean creamy nose. Clean smooth taste. Light Belgian flavor. Yeasty flavor with a pepper bite. Natural grains. Came highly recommended at the Belgian bar in Philly and didn't disappoint.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick cloudy golden color with dense storming activity. Extra foamy beige 2-3 finger head in a goblet, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with thick legs. Flavors of sweet grains, fresh lemon, apples, pears, floral spices. Bready sweetness with sharp citrus. Slick and smooth full body with almost champagne like carbonation. Strong finish, a little dry and vinous belgian yeast, with lingering coriander, clove, sweet fruits, wheaty malts, and peppercorn. Good freshness, but a little metallic, still providing lots of satisfaction and quite filling. Very flavorful with some nice intensity and balance. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of Ri0
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured 750ml very gently into a teku. Golden clear with a brilliant white 2 finger head. Thick cap and nice lacing on my glass. A fruity aroma of pear flesh, apricots, hints of lemon zest and yeast. There is a spiciness of pepper and some clove. Flavor of sweet pear, apple, even white grape. The Belgian yeast, clove, and pepper round it off and make it a full flavored Triple. The feel is creamy and smooth, with a nice dry finish. Overall, this is a very characterful ,spicy Belgian Tripel that stands out because it is well made.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into 350ml beer glass.

Very light, slightly cloudy yellow. Big fluffy head which hung around. Some lacing.

Nose is typically Belgian yeast-forward. Spicy with asome banana a little honey and some toffee. Nice.

Palate is nice. Spicy and some fruit coming though as it warms.

Medium body with a good mouthfeel.

Lovely beer. Good for the style and good overall.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau. No bottling code that I can find (admittedly, I didn't spend much time looking). Poured at about 50 degrees into a goblet.

L: Pours a bright honey wheat, quite cloudy, with a good four fingers of billowy eggshell head that sticks around for a good long while and leaves considerable lacing on the glass. Profuse, lively visible carbonation present.

S: Bright fruit notes are foremost in the bouquet--lemon and orange are there, as well as tropical and stone fruit notes. Clove is quite prominent, as are banana and honey. There's a touch of spiciness there, as well. Very nice nose.

T: Sweetbread malts at the front--quite sweet, with a real sense of honey. Following on their heels is somewhat subdued tropical and stone fruit notes--pineapple and peach seem the most assertive. With this fruit are the characteristic Belgian banana and clove notes, which are restrained enough to allow the other hop notes to shine. The middle has a bit of building astringency, with lemon becoming more prominent a flavor. There's wheat and honey in the middle, as well. The close continues the tropical and citrus fruit flavor, with more of that honey sweetness and a touch of butter. Some grassy hop notes linger into the aftertaste.

F: Lighter-bodied and quite creamy, thanks to a good deal of carbonation. This one never feels too thin. Just a touch astringent but not bitter in the least. Quite clean-finishing.

O: I'm not a connoisseur of tripels, by any means. But I do know that this is a very tasty beer: there are flavors here that--as opposed to a big hop bomb--actually take time to develop and evolve on the palate. Wonderful fruit notes, with a malt profile that keeps pace all the way. For those a little averse to the Belgian banana bread thing, this one doesn't beat you over the head with it. The clove, banana, citrus, and tropical fruit all work together extremely well. This is one to seek out.

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Photo of FBarber
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy almost opaque golden orange hue. Thick thick frothy head (bottle gushed a bit on opening so I ended up with a huge head). Head dissipates over time leaving sticky lacing and a thin white head on the top of the beer.

Aromas of honey, sweet bread, grain, and belgian yeast with a distinct funk to it. Some undertones of citrus, citrus zest, and alcohol come through as well.

Taste follows the nose with a bouquet of honey and grains hitting your taste buds providing a sweet bread like flavor. There was a distinct spice in the taste that cam through and lingered on the finish. Undertones of alcohol, citrus zest and an almost medicinal flavor occasionally comes through - probably phenols.

Medium carbonation is very noticeable initially. You really get the oats in the feel as they provide this smooth creamy character to the beer.

Overall a very nice Tripel - really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

ABV: 8.4% Best before August 3 - 2018.

Beautiful, tasty looking beer! Hazy, yellow with tiny bubbles racing to the top. Huge, four finger high, white, creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, belgian yeast, citrus, wheat, banana and vanilla.
Taste: Oh! So smooth! Bread, yeast, banana, caramel, citrus, spices and clove.
Mouth: As I said; smooth! Soft and creamy. High and smooth carbonation, almost creamy feeling! Dry ending. Very well hidden ABV!

This is an amazing beer!

And of course Brouwerij Bosteels should know what they are doing... The brewery was founded in 1791 and is still owned and operated by the same family, now its seventh generation!

This is what I call craftbeer! :)

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Photo of RABouffard
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in the bottle in front of the Eiffel tower. Nice banana wheat taste in the back with a typical tripel hop charecter. Simple but incredibly good. Perfect bottle conditioned creamy carbonation with a dry fruity alcohol taste.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I got the chance to try my first Tripel Karmeliet a few hours ago and I was completely blown away. Huge head (in typical Belgian fashion) with insanely long retention. Golden color and considerable carbonation (at least visually because you don't feel it when you drink the beer). The aroma is bubble-gummy and vanilla-ish. Flavor is similar and it intensifies as the liquid warms up. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, and borders the kind of sensation that you get from nitro-treated brews. An amazing beer.

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