Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#643
Reviews:
1,352
Ratings:
4,218
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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Photo of Jparker37
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Best by 9-26-14

A - Straw gold with good clarity. Delicate pour results in a towering tight white head that holds on forever. Great lacing all the way down, beautiful rockiness to the head is perfect.

S - Solid husk/grainy malt quality. Small candy sugar note, faint lemon citrus quality. Powdery yeast, touch of fruitiness. Getting a hint of some kettle hops.

T - Malt lends little to the flavor but is carried rather by some candy sugar. Not a whole lot to describe. Finishes pretty dry with a little bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, semi-dry.

O - My favorite part of this beer was its smell. Had all the tenents of a good tripel. Drank smooth and never was sweet, the body was clean and drinkable. High carbonation is perfect for the style.

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Photo of Macamah
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cvengeance
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Loose-bubbled head lasts only seconds. Leaves a pure-white ring. Bubbles rise one at a time (1 bubble/second! you could use this as a timer!) Very ordinary golden color. Gets hazy on the last pour.

S- Champagne. Sweet white grape juice. Alcohol is slightly irritates the nostril. Ice cider. Steamed corn once it's warmer. More hops and yeast on last pour, not only because of sediment but maybe also because of higher temp.

T- Alcohol. Something really reminds me of a dark belgian like Chymay Grande Réserve, probably the sweet malt. An elegant and fine tasting floral hop finish. Very nice. I also get a little vanilla in the end.

M- Foams up a lot. You feel like it's going to burst out of your mouth. Dry finish.

D- A bit too sweet for me to want a second one. I would buy it again though.

I don't know much about aging but this could be good with a little less sweetness to it. (best before 10/07/11)
I would buy it again.

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Photo of scooter231
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim at my local grocery store after seeing a fellow beer advocater grab it. I thought, why not?

Pours a murky light golden color with some yeast bits floating around, and a huge, white frothy head a few inches high that slowly dies down, but still remains a good half inch thick. Looks very bubbly- it's practically screaming, drink me, drink meee.

Smells subtle and light- some hints of fruit and sweetness. Taste is complex- starts out kind of sweet, then hits a tart phase, and finishes kind of peppery and spicy- a lovely transition that happens quite quickly. Reminds me a bit of a Hennepin/La Fin du Monde hybrid that's a bit more subtle.

Mouthfeel is quite lovely- bubbly, not too watery, with no bad aftertastes, and no overpowering alcoholic feel, making it quite drinkable. Not sure I'd crave this all the time, but I can see myself picking it up every now and then. A solid beer.

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Photo of Kingfireeater
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mallthus
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

So, second Belgian of the night and I'm coming off a less than ideal interlude with Duchesse de Borgnone (sp?) so I'm eager to get back on the Belgian pony.

Well, when you're at a pub in Oklahoma City and you see a lot of a Belgian Tripel going out the door, it means something, so I order one.

Look: Beautiful as only a Belgian can be. Nice thin head and wonderful golden colour.

Smell: A little lacking in all honesty. Didn't get that much from this one.

Taste: Well, knock me down. This is one smooth brew. The high gravity gives a bit of a tingle on the tongue. Nice grapefruit notes with some oddball tobacco notes on the finish.

Bottom line: I'll drink this again.

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Photo of hdtrice
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandy14
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, poured into Tripel Karmeliet over sized tulip.

A: Very pale shade of golden, initial large head faded slightly, but the beer sat under a
layer of foam for the duration, clear and fairly lively looking.

S: Orange and yeast.

T: Layers of orange, esters, yeast and zest, no real sign of the oats listed under ingredients.

M: Light and crisp for the strength, had the smoothness the bottle
promised, not overly carbonated.

O: Less bitter than other tripels, but that could be put down to my changing palate which is growing accustomed to the style.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a goldenrod body with a finger tall white head in my wine glass. Carbonation is visible rising in the body. Smell is sweet, citric and earthy. The taste is of smooth malts, fruit, apple, wheat, citrus. Mouthfeel is medium, with good carbonation. This is a pretty good tripel, though not my absolute favorite.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Old Monk; Dallas, Tx.
Aroma: An interesting combination of sour and sweet. The sour comes through with an orange twang, which is offset by a sweet vanilla. Somewhere in the mix I got a touch of nutmeg as well.
Appearance: A cloudy pale orange color with a nice white two finger head.
Flavor: Fruit. Forced to be more specific, mainly cherry and banana tastes, but more complexity than I could wrap my tongue around.
Mouthfeel: Medium body that gave a crisp, but lasting finish.
Overall Impression: A very tasty brew. The balance is strongly to the sweet, so this is much like a candy; not to be gobbled, but slowly nibbled for maximum enjoyment.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 07EK

Poured into the huge Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades down to a think layer. Color is a pale golden yellow. Not a lot of lace left.

Aroma: Some funk to it. A lot of spices, pepper, cloves. Very appealing.

Taste: A nice big spice flavor off the top. Cloves and peppers, some lemon and fruit flavors. Well done.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and refreshing, smooth. I really like it. Light bodied but nice high carbonation makes the mouthfeel so great. I really like it.

Overall, I really like this beer. It is well down and I could easily drink more. The MF is amazing. Good drinkability as well.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notes of three grain belgian 8% ABV top fermented, bottle conditioned.

Pour is a clear straw colored, with strings of carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass. Beautiful bubbly meringue head and excellent head retention throughout the drink.

Mixed berry scents, yeast scents. Wild flowers & open aired meadow aromas. Banana bread afterscents.

Sour sweet mixed cloves. Yeasty banana hints. Extremely clean, slightly oily finish.

Feel is a sudsy foamer with rolling bubbles on me tongue. Active yeasty 7-Up feel.

At a respectable 8% ABV, take that as as a warning. A bit complex to really be a session. This one makes me think and ponder about all the flavors and tastes. This is a drink to be appreciated, carefully.

Last swigs: Chimay like belg. Big ups to fellow BA Shapudding for this one! Schweet!!! I will seek this one again!

Beer is good. Happy belgian beering.

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Photo of olivierirj
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HippieDave56
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nerdboy19
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjtiernan
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet at cellar temperature. No bottle dating info found.

A: It’s a gusher! Couldn’t stop it after waiting for a minute so just decided to pour it in. Very slow pour rendered a white one finger head with very tight bubbles. Body is golden colored with only a slight haze. Lots of bubble activity floating to the top.

S: Banana, coriander, clove and pepper. There’s an amount of caramel sweetness that exceeds what I’m used to in a tripel. It’s very inviting. Can’t wait to sip.

T: Very nice. The banana, coriander, clove and pepper are all there and some pleasant light fruits are added...pear and maybe apricot? A healthy dose of grain. The caramel flavor is definitely there in transition, but it isn’t as sweet as the nose hinted. Finish is crisp and features fusel alcohol.

M: Starts and ends pretty dry with a biting and warm finish. Body is medium to high and carb is very high. Astringency and alcohol bite hurt drinkability a bit.

O: A really solid tripel but nothing really jumped out at me to make me love it.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this dumps out a lovely golden with a fat white head. looks great. the nose brings thoughts of lemons, oranges, vanilla, floral notes...smells like spring. in the mouth you get good carbonation teamed up with decent medium body, feels nice on the toungue. in the flavor department were talking citrus, lightly sweet malt, very small hints of spice, finishes with a def. warming alcohol bite. im not a huge fan of tripels, but this is a damn fine beer. tastey, lively in the mouth and a sight to behold, high fives to brouwerij bosteels for this one.

paid $2.99 for the small bottle

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bright golden-colored ale with a slight haze. It pours with a thick, cloudy white head that eventually dissipates into a thin but persistent layer of foam.

Smell: Banana, pear and spice - it almost reminds me of a hefe weizen, but with tart, dry undertones reminiscent of a tripel.

Taste/texture: Opens with a pronounced banana flavor, slowly becoming more dry and spiced as it sits on the tongue. A slight warming alcohol presence is felt, but it's not a detraction. A bit syrupy on the palate, making it more of a sipping beer than a session beer. Overall a great tripel.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/24/12

Appearance: Pale golden yellow, hazy, with a giant, bright white head - chunks of fluffy lacing stick to the glass

Smell: Belgian yeast and sweet malts, quite clearly a Belgian Tripel - bananas, clove, some bubblegum - some spices - sweet, pale malts, and some sweet grains - plenty of candi sugar - some hay, some light fruits

Taste: Sweet malts, candi sugar, and yeast - pale malts and some light grains, with a touch of hay - Belgian yeast, with banana candy, sugary bubblegum, and some clove - slightly spicy, with some light fruits - tasty, but too sweet - increasingly phenolic as it warms up

Mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation, smooth and grainy, medium body

Overall: A very good example of the style, but not epic

This is a solid tripel. It's pretty balanced, and it's distinctly Belgian. It's a little sweeter than I like a tripel, but it's good. Worth a try.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 750 mL bottle into a chalice.

A: pours gold with an orange hue, clear, one finger head that dissipates but good lacing.

S: Caramel malt with a coriander spice and a slight amount of fruit in the aroma.

T: big sweet flavor in the beginning, with an orange flavor very evident. moves into an effervescent finish with a lingering mix of sweetness and spiciness in the aftertaste, some coriander and clove flavor present. The beginning also has a mix of caramel, sweet malt flavor, definitely a tripel more on the sweet side. Not as dry as typical tripel and only enough hop flavor/bitterness to balance the sweetness although the fruity, malty flavors win out in the end.

M: vs other tripels, slightly more syrupy and sticky in the beginning although the carbonation takes over and scrubs it all away for the next sip.

D: this was a very enjoyable tripel for me. Definitely can feel the impact as I make my way through the bottle.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd have to pretend that I was from Missouri and say "show me" if anyone said they had a beer that held its head longer than this Tripel Karmeliet. Okay, that was a cheesy intro, but the fact remains that this beer has one tenacious head. So much so that I got tired of waiting for it to settle and just dove in. It's not one of those Overly Carbonated, Big Bubbled heads, either. It's one of those thick, malty sticky heads. Nice. This wonderful head sits upon a body of a hazy straw-like colour. If The body was more appetizing looking, the appearance would be a 5. But regardless, a 4.5 is pretty darn impressive.
Smell is Banana, sweet, clove or corriander, and clean and appetizing. 4.0
Well it's really good. But really, really sweet. This would be a fantastic dessert beer. But as far as a drinking beer, it's awful lop-sided in the sweetness rather than letting the hops balance out the brew. 4.0
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. A bit overly carbonated maybe. Okay, perhaps too much carbonation. But they're little bubbles and not those big champagne-like bubbles. You knwo what I mean? 4.0
Drinkability, given all my praise, is a 4. I couldn't puch it any higher. The taste is too sweet, but I guess that sweetness comes from the wheat which helps this fantastic head.

try it.

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Photo of noz03
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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