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Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

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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1,293
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3,957
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
17.92%
 
 
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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden beer with a lot of carbonation and very nice lacing. A looker if not a stunner. Beer just reeks of bread with some sharper fruity notes as well.
What a great taste and mouthfeel. Really complicated and balanced in the taste. You get fruits and bread with subtle hops undertones.
Very, very good. Really crisp and clear despite the complexity. It's not often you get a beer that has such depth but is also extremely refreshing. You can savor this beauty but you could also knock back a few in short order.
Very nice beer. Look for it.

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Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL poured into a tulip glass

This poured a golden/yellow color with about an inch of white head which dissipated quickly, but has a champagne-like bubbliness to it. Really nice looking. Aroma is typical for a tripel, belgian yeast, spices, coriander, etc. Taste is spicy up front, a bready, belgian yeast taste finish. The carbonation dances on your tongue. Very nice. Overall, this is a pretty good tripel, I'd say you can get better at The Bruery, but good, for sure. I'd probably pay the 11.99 for this again. Fuck it.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap from rattle and Hum NY . a slightly murky pale light yellow. Good carbonation but unimpressive head and lacing. Very little observable scent. creamy taste of banana, on the sweet side. Definitely the type of beer that can sneak up on you with its smoothness and high alcohol content. Very drinkable and pleasant for a high alcohol beer.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18 November 2005, Best Before Oct 06

Appearance is a little misty (poured the whole bottle in), pale golden yellow colour, white diminishing pillowy head, no lacing. Aroma of sweet spicy fruit (bananas, pears?) and belgian yeast. Flavour is refreshing, spicy, fruity and grainy with a warming finish and a bit of alcohol. Juicy on the palate. Overall rather drinkable.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can tell just from the burst of foam I had to quickly imbibe on opening that this will lean toward the grassier, saison side of Tripels. I'm not complaining.

Hugest head I've ever seen, bone white with the appearance of meringue. The beer is golden and cloudy, carbonation floating gently upward.

Smells like chamomile and lemon with a drop of honey. Underneath that is a tart/sweet apple aroma blending with yellow grapes. Very little sticks out, but it all works.

What hits you before taste on this beer is a nectar-smooth mouthfeel that almost feels like a heavy element is gas form. There is absolutely no harshness to this beer. It starts out tangy and bubbly, only to instantaneously transform its way down the palate. Truly a masterful Belgian ale, having more in common with Saison DuPont than its Tripel brethren.

What's up with this "overall" shit?

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Photo of hoppyhampy
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Pangea Cafe at just below room temp into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. I haven't had this one before and haven't been drinking Belgian ales lately but decided to treat myself. Brilliantly clear, golden yellow in color and great head formation, retention, and lacing. Bananas, orange peel, and coriander on the nose and much the same on the palate. Not really complex in these aspects. What you see (smell, taste) is what you get which isn't exactly a bad thing but I thought if there was anything lacking it was in these areas. Just medium bodied but still almost syrupy in texture. I found it to be quite drinkable for a number of reasons: relatively low carbonation, the malt is very sweet but very light, the presence of alcohol is nearly undetectable, and the finish is surprisingly clean for a relatively heavy beer.

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Photo of ryantho00
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml to snifter.

A- Has a nice deep orange hazy complexion. The cabonation is eveident from the first droplet lining the bottom of the glass. Pours to a nice 2 finger head.

S- It has a fresh fruit smell, I definatly smell some apple and citrus but it isn't overpowering like some Belgium's. Very crisp and fresh, but still very balanced.

T- This beer is amazing in my book. Immediatly as I start to drink it, I notice the carbonation like a champagne but it dies almost instantly once in my mouth. It then shifts to a very fresh and crisp taste that starts off with some citrus and friut, a little floral taste as well, then INSTANTLY dies to a nice---VERY NICE--bitterness and spice that I don't know how to describe. Maybe as I drink more beautiful beers and learn to recognize the different subtle undertones I might be able to describe them; but for now I simply cannot. My best attempt is...oatmeal/oregano/hops!!!

M- This beer starts of with cabonation but then becomes a nice full body, ending smooth.

D- I could drink this almost as a session beer it is so good. No joke. It is just fantastic, but at 8.4%...one should pace oneself if attempted!!!!

Overall----this is in my top 5 of all-time favorite beers. A must try for all beer lovers.

Cheers!

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Photo of strangemusic
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was glad to find a bottle of this at my local store, the latest in my ongoing Tripel experimentation.

The beer pours out a rich, clear and bright gold (with some cloudiness if one chooses to later empty the dregs into the glass) with approximately 1.5 finger of bubbly clean white head that settles down to a film fairly quickly. Lots of carbonation is evident in the glass. It looks really nice... not a strange orange or pale yellow, but GOLD.

The aroma is complex and rich with traditional Belgian characteristics, orange, ripe pineapple, caramelized sugars and a dominant note of "farm/horse" which actually works quite nicely. I noticed that the characteristic yeasty tang of many Tripels was not a big player!

The taste is also long on complexity and is even nicer than the aroma. Floral, honey, old orange peel, banana and a lingering gingery taste are evident. It's not as "bright" or citrusy as some other Tripels that I've tried. Just a tiny bit of spiciness. As in the aroma, yeasty flavours are subdued. Really, really nice.

Mouthfeel is velvety-soft, as it should be, enhanced by the refreshingly high amount of carbonation. Not as soft or minerally as Westmalle. This beer is also nicely drinkable, but it really sneaks up on you later. It's almost too easy to go through a bottle...

I really enjoyed this beer, and it offers just about everything I want in a Tripel, feeling like a middle ground between the zing/yeastiness/citrus of La Fin Du Monde and the softness/floral complexity of Westmalle.

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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 MexicanSkittel
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second go at this beer, and still just as tasty as the first run...The only difference is the size of the bottle. First crack was a 16oz. bottle This run is a 1pt. 9.4 oz. Still same characteristics, just more to enjoy.

Visually this beer pours a smooth bright golden, with a hint of white clouds painted though the sky. Delicate bubbles rise from the base of the glass in a steady uniformed trail. A smooth white head just shy of an inch thick.

Smells range from lemon twist, sweet hay, honey, maybe even a little cream.

You'll find the same notes on the pallet as you do in the nose, with a little hint of baking spices, and even a little fresh ginger spicing things up.

The finish is gentle but lingers for a fair amount of time, mainly consisting of the grain, and citrus notes.

All in all a very tasty treat, easy to drink, or sip. I'll have another please.

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Photo of BeerLover729
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This golden liquid poured into a deep wine glass foamed a frothy two finger head.

S: When just below room temperature: strong phenolic characte4 with grapey fruity note.

T: Sweet phenolic tripel. Complex yeast flavor: spicyness, phenols, fusel alcohols with notable Brettanomyces presence as well. Citrus fruitiness, with light dark fruit, date fig, character.

M: Syrupy medium bodied brew with vigorous carbonation but moderate residual sweetness pervades.

D: Lovely tripel, but warming alcohol can get to be too much. A little sweet but still a great drink.

Note: Yummy tripel.

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Photo of Soozy
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, well carbonated, and with a solid head that diminished.

Smell is light. Some honey, a little bit of pepper, some slight orange peel but not too much going on.

The taste of this beer is something. Initially there's honey with a hint of vanilla. Then there's a medium spice of pepper. There's no noticeable hop flavoring that I can pick up on. You can definitely tell that it's made with wheat, it makes it pretty smooth. The malts mixed with the yeast really shine in the taste. The alcohol warms up nicely, a pretty bold beer.

This is a good beer. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to find it, but it's solid. If you come across it, give it a try.

After reviewing, I read the other reviews and think that the beer might vary mildly batch to batch, maybe it's the yeast. It doesn't seem like it's hit or miss...but hit or pretty good. If that makes sense.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a tulip at Holstein's in the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Pours a still, hazy, pale orange, almost peachy. Not much in the way of head or lacing, just some white bubbles on the edge of the glass.

Aroma is primarily fruity.

Taste is primarily of exotic fruits, malty sweetness, some bitterness in the aftertaste. A touch of spice.

Soft and medium-bodied. Carbonation is there, but not significant.

Tasty and drinkable brew. I think this particular bar may have an old tap as I remember this being more carbonated back at Wurstkuche in LA. The lower carbonation did not seem to detract much from a solid brew.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orange/yellow with a white head.

S - yeast, fruity esters, and earthiness from the hops.

T - citrus and some grass/floral/herbal notes. The finish is crisp/clean and a refreshing lemon with a slight bitterness.

M - Light body, crisp and well carbonated.

O - this is a great tripel. It is very drinkable, lightly flavored and lightly aromatic. It is really refreshing.

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Photo of Alexrdvz
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a perfect example of a beautifully crafted Belgium beer. It has a remarkable taste and aftertaste, but surprisingly the bouquet is not quite there. It drinks easily, but do not get this light colored beer confused with a lager or your regular summery wheat beer... This is loaded and you will be reminded of this after a couple glasses.
Enjoy!

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Photo of TPSReports
2.36/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I pickeup up four of these 11.2oz bottles on my last trip to West Palm Beach. Fortunately, I've given away two to ddarden and only have one the remains. Maybe it will improve with age.

Everything is great with this beer for a while: the bottle looks nice. I like the label. It pours and looks like a tripel. That is where the fun ends.

The aroma is difficult to place, and not the pleasing -- very sugary.

The best way to describe the taste is candy corn soaked in alcohol. Not good, IMHO.

This is my least favority tripel to date. I would MUCH prefer an ice cold Miller High Life.

Bummer.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Murky amber color, like apple juice. Thick 1 inch head that disappears quickly. Tiny bubbles.

S - Citrus, sourness, malt, and apples.

T - Wheat, citrus, with a sweet finish. Not really bitter.

M - Very thick, not much burn.

O - Citrusy sweet without the bitterness or burn. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of kleffman
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Could've sworn I reviewed this the last time I drank it, so it's a good thing I'm enjoying another bottle for the holidays. Poured out of a 750ml green bottle into an over sized wine glass. Shared with...myself.

A pretty clear golden light amber color with a thin white head that dissipated rather quickly. Quite carbonated, and was cork finished because of this.

A very present yeast character in the nose. Malt makes itself known, and there is some sweet honey aromas floating around, with some medicinal background notes. Herbs? There's a lot going on here.

Taste is fantastic. The yeast contributes an earthy, spicy, estery character. There is some candy sugar tastes and a warming alcohol to go along with the prickly carbonation. Nothing is overdone on this beer, and the balance is fantastic. The hops do nothing but help this out, they aren't very detectable.

One thing is for sure, I'm getting full from this beer. It's sweet, and kind of syrupy, but an incredible beer to enjoy in the evening. Probably best split between a couple people when it's this big bottle, but I have no issue draining it myself! I will buy this for as long as I'm a beer lover. Could not be improved. Excellent style example.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first had this in a restaurant , but only after a bottle of Chimay blue and a rich meal. To set the record straight
I had to grab another bottle and see if it could live up to the memory.

From the bottle to a glass-

Look: Pours golden orange, slightly cloudy, tall bubbly pale head that quickly dissipates

Smell: Sweet, citrus fruits

Taste: Sweet, heavy orange and wheat flavors, finishes with an alcoholic bite. Hops are barely noticeable in the aftertaste.

Feel: Very bubbly, full but crisp

Drink: Good for sipping, in so many words. This is a very enjoyable, flavorful brew. As with other tripels, it is a bit sneaky
when it comes to the alcohol. Nice with a meal or as a treat alone.

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Photo of jnezda
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer from bottle into a chilled pint glass, poor presentation from a fine Steak house, but I did mention this to the bar maid who offered to correct it. Smell was not much to consider but there was a swirling of other smells in the restaurant, what I could make out of the smells were full of nice mellow fruits, apricots raisins. Color was dark golden with a wheat cloudiness to it that was inviting. Full fine head that was a slight eggshell off white but it faded right away and the lacing was ruined by the chilled glass. Beer was very drinkable with good carbonation and sweetness on the front of the tongue that was very pleasing. Beer was representative of the style and full of flavor.

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Photo of KingG
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ML corked and caged.
Served chilled and poured into a Weizen glass.
Heard good things about this beer. Let's give it a whirl.

Appearance is very good. Enormous head off the initial pour that clumps together the longer it sits and forms a marshmallow-thick cap. A lot of carbonation bubbles rising to the head rapidly. Color of the beer is pale yellow.

Smell is exceptional. HUGE smell here. Sweet, nutty malts, earthy grains, Semi-sweet Belgian candy sugar, tingly spices, and unripe fruit. Amazing fragrance.

Taste is exceptional. Candy sugar up front, honeydew and wheat with an earthy oatmeal kick at the finish. Refreshing and very tasty. Quite complex for the style. Impressive.

Mouthfeel is very good. Clean on the palate. Carbonation is perfect for the style; bubbly but overly so.

Drinkability is exceptional. Can a beer be more drinkable than this? I think not. having already finished half the bottle i feel as though i could kill a keg of this wonderful elixir. 8% alc is non-existent (besides the buzz i'm already feeling).

Overall: Possibly my favorite Tripel, taking over St. Bernardus' Tripel. An absolute pleasure to put down and a new regular here at the pad. The perfect summer beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sonata2008
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Served in a 10 oz. Karmeliet glass. Poured a blonde color, cloudy, with a thin white head.
S: Yeast aroma, with banana notes, and a hint of apricot. Slight bit of hops.
T: Malted wheat, very light hop spiciness, with a caramel apple finish. YES! A great taste!
M: Medium carbonation. Almost syrupy mouth feel. The alcohol is not very noticeable.
D: An excellent sipping beer with a lovely combination of tastes.

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Photo of Serge
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a huge creamy/crispy slight off-white head. Aroma is orange peel, yeasty and some malt, the combination simply screams out what a true belgian tripel is. Flavour follows the aroma tightly, orange, spice and clear malty flavoured in a mellow malty sweetness. Finish is vaguely bitter but more malty and spiced. Very well balanced and still light. Uncomplicated (but not simple) and well crafted balance between the spices, malt and the yeast notes.

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

Very clear straw golden color with lots of carbonation. Dense frothy head on top with great Belgian lacing. Beautiful.

Crisp bready malt aroma layered with subtle citrus (lemon zest?). A little skunky aroma, but not in a bad way.

Smooth warm caramel flavor, sweet bread, vanilla finishes crisp and dries out. Very complex, with tropical fruits (pineapple?), earthy spicy hops, and bready yeast all playing subtly in harmony. Dangerously drinkable for 8.4%. I could drink this alll day.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber colour with a large, foamy, but quickly dissapating head.

Smells and tastes quite hoppy, as a good tripel should. Has a bit of a floral bouquet to it, and a slight citrus taste.

Overall, a very nice tripel. One I'd have again. Which is good, since I bought a metric buttload of 'em.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,293 ratings.
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