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Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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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.

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2001

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

a: the beer pours a beautiful murky lemonade/blond/gold/ with two fingers of fluffy white head with very good retention;

s: sweet candy flavors are the most present in my nose followed by strong fruity overtones - pears, apples, bananas; hints of alcohol

t: there is a dryness that would not be expected from the scent; raw wheat and rock candy with very fruity flavors and some spicey alcoholic warmth

m: very smooth and quite creamy while still having a lighter mouthfeel; the beer has light carbonation

d: overall a very quality tripel that has unique flavors to distinguish it from the pack

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Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Light orange with a huge cloud of white head. Many carbonation bubbles work hard to keep it alive. Eventually turns to a swirly cap but leaves nice lacing everywhere.

Smell is Belgian tripel excellence, light fruits, spice, yeast, and band-aids.

I get big wheat and vanilla vibes up-front which seems unusual for the style. The spice and fruit seem to take a backseat and aren't as strong as I'd like them to be. The fruit flavors almost feel like mango, orange and tropical candy. Feels very boozy at times too, also unusual for the style, most (all) tripels I've had hide it very well. Nice aftertaste.

Not your run-of-the-mill tripel, I like the different fruit tastes, it's complex and changing the whole time. The booze taste could be toned down but wasn't a major deterrent.

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Photo of Jho3325
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Golden straw in color with a huge pure white foam cap, that retains well.

Smell is warm and peppery, Belgian yeasts, and a hint of fruity pear.

Tastes of grains, some peppery warmth, a nice yeasty tang and a quite strange, yet good bitter aftertaste.

Feels a bit bubbly, with a sting, but this lessens as it goes down. A light to medium body, and pretty drinkable.

I liked the beer, but I liked other Tripels much better.


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

A: Poured a clear golden color in my chalice. A nice 1 inch head that settled down to lacing that lasted throught the beer.

S: I really wish I could pin down what spice it is that I smell, but its strong and smells good. I like it.

T: Sweet, same spice thats in the smell, nice slight bitter finish. Really great triple. Alcohol in there comes through a bit in the end.

M: Thick, viscous, sweet. Everything I could want for a Tripel.

D: I doubt I would toss too many of these back in a night, but its a good beer and I would recommend it to anyone.

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

A- When I popped the cap had a bit of a over flow. Pours with a huge white head on a cloudy golden body.
S- Kind of a skunk aroma in there so not sure how fresh or well kept this was. Best by date is in 2009 though. I have had it in Brussels and don't remember the skunk aroma, but to be fair I did have a few beers before it. Big yeast and wheat aroma. Grass in there too with a sweet malt body. Some bananas and light spice in there too. Just a hint of alcohol.
T- Sweet caramel body with some syrup like bananas with cloves sprinkled on top. Some grass hops in there that leaves a light bitterness. The yeast comes through and gives a big bread flavor to it.
M- Full body with high carbonation.
D- It is a tasty brew. It is a solid offering from Bosteels. I have had better tripels but it is a good one.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a La Fin Du Monde glass.

A: Pours a orangish copped color. Very active carbonation contributes to a huge thick white head. It recedes slowly leaving behind a 1/4" thick layer throughout.

S: A bit of malt sweetness, some spices along with some yeast.

T: Quite a bit of sweetness up front in the form of apricots. Mild pepper and other spices are on the palate as well. It's well rounded yet complex. A solid tripel.

M: A syrupy sweet texture with extremely active carbonation.

D: Good on the drinkability scale although it is quite alcoholic. A very good tripel but I've liked several of the other tripels that I have tried more than this one. Certainly worth trying though.

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

Had this on tap at Burp Castle in New York City. I actually hadn't heard of this beer before, but I figure they have a good beer list there and I like tripels, so I'll just go for it. Pours a cloudy orange colour with tight, thin white head. Lacing around some of the glass. Smells of saison almost, with the Belgian yeast and some spices. Very dry flavour, not as sweet as many tripels. High carbonation level. Very enjoyable beer, I'd be glad to have this again.

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

Wow a gentle pour of this beer produces a healthy rising two finger head which is a pale see thru tawny yellow colour with really beautiful carbonation with the head slowly slumping to a big ball of froth in the middle with heaps of lacing,the aromas are really pleasant notes of bananna,yeasty bread,white grapes and some peaches soaked in alcohol,it has a nice weighty mouthfeel with a nice taste of apples first then some yeasty malt notes which finishes with a subtle stonefruity finish and only a touch of alcohol is present on first taste but after that not really noticeable at all quite an easy drinking Tripel that could drink abit of.

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

Bottle: a light brown 330mL brown bottle with a very busy yet stylish old-school Belgian label depicting the wheat fields.

Appearance: pours a honey amber colour with fine carbonation. A big white head bursts up and settles to a creamy white finger, leaving thick lacing as it dropped. Looks awesome!

Aroma: smells of spice, pepper, wheat and orchard fruits. Quite complex and refreshing.

Taste: again the complexity of flavours come through nicely with some heavier brandy and heavy fruits.

Aftertaste: flows through to the finish, lingering for a time. Pretty easy drinking yet nice as a slow sipper.

Mouth feel: a moderate- to- fuller body, with the sharp carbonation avoiding it being too syrupy.

Overall: a good quality Belgian Tripel - nice complexity of wheat, Belgian yeasts, orchard fruits, spice and some heavier ABV notes. Well worth the price.

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

A: 1" white head that left some nice lacing over straw coloured liquid with above average clarity.

S: Yeast, floral hops, with a hint of malt.

T: Yeast, malt, lemon. With a bit of heat from the alcohol at the end.

M: High level of medium carbonation.

O: Nice appearance to this good tasting tripel. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Bf_89
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpaethJam
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

I had the privelege of splitting this one with fellow BA brethern cmaruschak and mmmmbeeer last night...

Apperance: Crystal clear light orange with an incredibly sudsy white head. Constant carbonation through the body of this beer which is quite mesmerizing. The head retention on this bad boy is crazy and a thing to be marveled.

Smell: orange, citrus notes, coriander, and a yeasty funk fill the nose.

Taste: Yeast and coriander first, orange throughout the middle, and a wheat bread finish. There is a mild alcohol finish that coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium, slightly slick, and slightly prickly due to the carbonation. A very complex, full flavor.

Drinkability: Goes down easy as there are no off or over the top flavors.

I appreciate the primer on some good Belgians. They definitely aren't my favorite but a finely crafted beer.

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

11oz. bottle, Netherlands.

Pours an impressively clear, deep gold hue with a nice pillowy and creamy head. A one-finger layer sticks around and laces very well.

The aroma is strongly of spice and somewhat of fruit, mainly melon and apple. There's got to be some coriander in this beer.

The flavor is fruity and richly bready, with a hugely carbonated mouthfeel that gets quite fluffy in the mouth, almost out of hand at first. Pretty clean for the style, with straightforward, bright fruity flavors combined with yeast, and, you guessed it, coriander and brewing spices. A tad sweet, but I like it.

The alcohol is noticeable through a warming effect, and somewhat in flavor, but this Tripel drinks quite nicely.

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Photo of S_McAteer_95
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Johnct
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crosbyms
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a oversized wine glass. Batch number 05 K K.

A: Very large head, pure white and frothy, good retention, which is constantly aided by the extremely active streamers that never quite let the head fall too short. The body is a hazy yet radiant and rich straw yellow color. Spotty lace.

S: The aroma from my bottle is intensely phenolic with peppery, slightly plasticky and/or rubbery aromas dominating all else. There is a definite yeasty contribution with mildly grassy and herbal hops. Pilsner malts? I get spicy and fruity esters on the nose, but this is not the showcased aroma.

T: Following the nose, except now the fruity notes are thankfully much more present. I would love to increase the rating here, but the truth is, I've had much better tasting Tripels over the years.

M: The mouthfeel is through the roof of your mouth, feel me? Super lively and active carbonation, prickling every tastebud on the tongue. I love this intense stimulation, but some may prefer to give their glass a few heavy swirls. Medium body.

D: Drinkability is good but not so good that it inspired any sort of creativity in my description here. Solid brew.

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Photo of Antilochus
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lipton Iced Tea tulip at Quinn's Pub in Camden Town. Out of their Belgian fridge.

Amberish body under a 1cm fine white head. Very effervescent. Head goes to cloud and collar after a few minutes.

Nose is very fresh. Honey, belgian yeast, light grain notes. Of course very alcoholic. Berries, brown sugar.

Palate is boozy with high carbonation. Sweet with yeasty/leesy bitterness. Finishes on generous sweetness (honey) and crackery malt. Very spritzy, aggressive feel. Alcohol is slightly masked. Unibroue-style yeastiness on this one, reminds me of Fin du Monde. Spices. Mouthfeel improves over time - gets rather rich and creamy. Almost astringent in the finish.

A good tripel here.

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Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMKaylor
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of LivingTheDream84
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of brotherloco
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of custardcb
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this 750ml up at a specialty shop in Melbourne, FL hiding by itself behind a few others. Pours a large foamy head that leaves traces down the glass has it dissipates. Very pale gold color that is quiet clear. The nose has a little spice to it with a faint sour dough aroma. The taste is quiet smooth with mild fruit tones. There is a nice medium finish that gives a nice mouthful.

While not the best triple I've had it was a great find. It is very drinkable and when friends of mine that arent really into beer tried this they thought it was rather nice and where pleasantly surprised to found out that real beer was this good.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,172 ratings
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