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.

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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 The_Kriek_Freak
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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Photo of MUTINY
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw/orange with significant, fluffy white head that recedes extremely slowly. Lacing is so-so, retention is out-of-this-world.

S: Sweetness that recalls both honey & fructose. Malty bread dough. Slightly herbaceous.

T: A true extension of the nose. A tad spicy, with maybe a touch of clove as well.

M: Dense but delicate. This particular bottle seems over-carbed.

O: Sublime.

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

Appearance: Pours pure gold, massive head that stays around, large amount of carbonation.

Smell: Sweet bread, grain, sweet stone & tropical fruits, zesty lemon, white wine, fantastic.

Taste: Just like the smell, zesty with carbonation, dry on the finish with lingering citrus notes, no booze to speak of at all. Decently full mouth-feel coming from the oats.

Overall: Stunning beer, very glad to have got my hands on one down here in oz.

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

A: slight haze; pale gold in color; 2 finger rocky white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: clove is predominant with citrus and banana behind it; a hint of spiciness;

T: citrusy up front with clove and banana added in at the middle; clove and banana are dominant on the finish with clove staying into the aftertaste; a little spice throughout; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated; very dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: really tasty:

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Photo of allswells
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite tripel that I've tried so far. AMAZING, frothy and perfect head with exceptional lacing afterwards.

Look: Gorgeous, full, with a beautiful golden coloring. Pours like a blonde ale. Beautiful head, very full look.
Smell: Very sweet, notes of yeast with a ton of citrus.
Taste: Also great, notes of yeast and a ton of banana. Really creamy, with a sweet, slightly honey taste that lingers.
Feel: Because of the full head, it's incredibly heavy and really filling because of how carbonated it is. That being said, the feel is great; full body.

All around fantastic beer, really like this one and a stand-out among tripels.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first time (as a young man) I had this at Belgo in Camden, I remember thinking that this was the best beer ever. And then in subsequent years, I went off it.

Now I am critically reviewing it, for the first time, after many more years of tasty beverage consumption.

Firstly, I love the bottle. Great design, colours, and they even write an English translation..! How thoughtful of them.

Proper head. Duvel like.

A whirlpool has formed, wow, amazing. It has to get 4.75 for look. I am drinking in a Chimay glass, I am not sure if there is a whirlpool in an official Karmeliet one.

Aroma, amazing. Beautiful mandarins and apricots, possibly the best aroma ever from a beer before.

Taste is smooth, probably from the wheat. And the oats. Very bubbly, creamy. So bubbly that the feel is bubbleyed to an overt extent.

It's missing the flavor of competitors, such as Duvel. This has a balanced taste, though simply not as much flavor as Duvel/Chouffe/Tremens/Chimay Blanc.

Needs more fruitiness or bitterness, and less bubbyleyedness

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

L: light gold with a little foam head.
S: Smells malty with a little soar, citrus.
T: Sweet, saturated, banana.
F: Long-lasting aftertaste.
O: Very good example of tripple.

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Photo of dd43
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amazing tripel here. Massive doses of banana, baking spices, and Belgian candied sugar. The aroma on this beer persists even after the glass is emptied due to the well developed lacing. Yeast breadiness in the mid palate, somewhat like an egg white glazed challah. The head on this golden ale was huge and rocky, with even a careful pour yielding a mountain of tightly packed foam. The mouthfeel is spot on for a tripel. Sweetness balanced with crispy and abundant carbonation. There is a slight tackiness on the lips but for this style of beer I felt it was appropriate. Booze notes are present in the nose. Again, I felt commensurate with the style. Just an amazing drinking experience; anyone who wants a well balanced tripel should seek this out.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Probably the most beautiful Belgian Tripel out there. The beautiful color and smell, a massive white head and subtle, complex and balanced flavors... honey and vanilla that you will probably recognize. The champagne of Tripel ! A must have.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blonde pour, white head of foam with larger bubbles. Carbonation present. Smell was faint, sweet, floral. taste was...I don't want to say "light" because that has the wrong connotations. It was clean, crisp... others have identified citrus notes, and Mentioned saisons...I get a little of that. Nothing over the top, no strong tastes, but very nice.

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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 edward_boumil
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright golden yellow, really shines in the light. Slightly hazy. Poured a massive whispey/bubbly head which settles down. Tons of carbonation apparent.
S: Smells great. First off very fruity, typical of wheat containing beers. Also a really strong grain smell which I'm quite fond of. HInts of some kind of spice.
T: Very grainy and sweet. Drinks not all that different from a wheat beer or saison, but with a somewhat subdued phenol/ester character. That is not to say its not present or preceivable, however. Quite delicious.
F: Smooth, rich, yet never heavy feeling. Carbonation is quite high, lending a crisp quality to the beer as well.
O: HIghly enjoyed this beer. Drinking it you would never imagine it was over 8% ABV, as it drinks so light. Quite frankly I'm beating myself up over having not tried this one earlier.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,087 ratings.
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