Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#609
Reviews:
1,345
Ratings:
4,193
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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325
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1,010
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9.4oz dark green bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a hazy golden caramel candy color with a full, if fast fading fizzy off-white head.
The smells range from horse stall to tobacco - from banana to cut oak - from apples to citrus - and oatmeal with butter to light rum.
The malt body is substantial. Banana bread and wheat bread flavors are upfront. Tastes of caramel and pears and buttered rum follow. A bit of vanilla is noticed.
A dry earthy taste emerges from a light sugary sweetness. Lime-like citrus and a bit of orange zest mingle with cloves and a hint of black pepper. A mild warming alcohol fuminess strengthens slightly as the liquid temperature rises.
This is a special beer, that when served on tap becomes even more special. A nice beer to celebrate my birthday eve!

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4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with an enormous white head. It takes a bit to get this into a standard bee glass because is big and bold. Finally it diminishes and leaves light lace from the ring. Nice nose yeast and malt. Lovely flavor that bounces the palate up and down like trampoline. Hints of honey, spicy clove accent, sweetness, some bittering elements, all set against a full body with decent feel and great crispness. Quite a brew, what?

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of AlexJ
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been waiting so long to try this beer. I bought a 4 pack about a month ago, and have been waiting for the right moment...which is now.

It pours from the 11.2 oz. bottle a perfectly clear, honey colored amber gold. A 3 finger head of large frothy bubbles volcanoes upwards, almost tumbling over the edge of my St. Bernardus goblet. The head is unfortunately short lived, and leaves a few scattered spots of lace. Medium sized bubbles continue to cascade from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is a succulant blend of honey drenched apricots, juicey mango and pinapple, yellow raisins, honeydew melon, cinnamon, and sweet yeasty spice. Really huge nose on this one, everything seems amplified.

Whoa, this is incredible! It starts with a huge mouthfull of tropical fruit flavors found in the nose. There is a definate emphasis on apricot, mango, and pinapple. It has a huge malt and candi sugar sweetness which is balanced by grassy and herbal hops and yeasty spice. Very complex and well built. The finish is a bit warming and has a fruity, almost chardonay like dryness accented by soft tones of oak and vanilla.

The mouthfeel is lush and full with a medium body. Large playful carbonation quickly settles down and allows the flavors to penetrate your tastebuds. Really a superb tripel, well worth the wait. Probably the best tripel I've had yet.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. I love painted bottles and this one had a cool label. The neck had a small paper label with a best by date of May08. It had a slightly hazy golden color with bits of yeast floating especially towards the end of the pour. The bottle gave a loud pop and the cork nearly shot out of my hands. It had a massive 4 finger whitish head that slowly, slowly settled to a constant foam with great lacing. The aroma was incredible. It was fruity with a ton of spice. It really reminded me of the better wit smells. The mouthfeel was creamy and has the perfect amount of carb (which was constantly bubbling from the bottle of the snifter). The taste was also incredible. The problem I have with most tripels is that the great flavors get overpowered by the high ABV. This one is on the lower end of the ABV range and is perfectly balanced. The spiciness just washes over your palette and has you reaching for more. Overall, an incredible beer that I can't recommend enough. I try to rarely give out all 5's but I couldn't find a single area that didn't truly deserve it. (5, RR, T, Y, HOF)

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. slender Belgian bottle with 07H1 on the back label; brewed with barley, wheat and oats. The damn bottle volcanoed on me, but I still got a decent pour. The beer is bright gold, fairly clear, with two fingers of white head that clings, but contributes little lacing. Honey, spicy yeast and a dash of pilsner malt in the nose. A little sharp on the palate, but there are notes of orange, honey, alcohol, spicy yeast and a light, but rough-edged hop flavor on top of a light, creamy, highly-carbonated body that brings some warmth on the way down. Nice and drinkable, but this tripel could be a bit smoother.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a peachy copper color with some haze to it. Head starts out really fizzy but has surprising staying power. Hustle and bustle from bubbles appearing from the bottom of the glass give the body some life.

S: Honey suckle, buck wheat, coriander, fresh yeast, apricots, green apple and Kleenex.

T: Starts off with dry honey traits at the tip of the tongue then yielding to spritzier honey notes across the sides. Some rounded yellow apple with out any sourness comes next, dried hay and simple grain flavors bringing up the tail. Some limestone-like traits add to the dryness without intensifying the hay characteristics most often found in triples and saisons. Finishes with simple vanilla and floral kicks.

M: Medium body with a good softness to it.

D: This is good because its perfectly balanced…which above and beyond it the most important aspect of a beer, IMO. Not over the top in one direction or another. Its not my favorite style so my review is probably a bit low for the caliber of the beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of puck1225
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best in the world! Had many times, and have never been disappointed. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Wonderfully fragrant, floral and fruity. The taste has many facets with lemon, apple and pear. Vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Rich and creamy head with great lacing. Bright yellow body. Love it!

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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Light golden with moderate haze; white head that dissipated quickly; some lacing.

Smell: spice, malt, just a hint of sour apple

Taste: the warming alcohol and peppery spiciness is quite pronounced; the fruit I got at first was pear -- as the bottle went on, slight banana esters.

Mouthfeel: prickly, with some slight syrup but less than expected

Overall: not overly complex; the warming alcohol and spice are what stick out; not in my top few for the style, but still very good

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a hazy dandelion yellow with a pristine white head that pours about an inch thick before settling down to a thin covering. Good retention; superb lacing.

S:
Hay, Lemon, and summer days. Towards the end it gets a bit spicier with some pepper and yeast odors.

T:
Rich, big flavor. Touches of citrus and earthy grass tones. Kind of tastes like a "unit" to me. The wheat mellows it so nice that it becomes well-balanced enough to make individual flavors less obvious. Good hoppy hook at the end pulls you out of these delusions.

M:
Good carbonation, round and the tiniest bit sticky. Nice mouth-coating flavor that lasts (got to be too much at the end of the bottle). Both lighter-tasting and heavier feeling than I expected.

O:
Good Tripel. Definitely different than other Tripels, but worth trying. It had a superb head and was good tasting to me on the whole. Towards the end it got a little too sticky for my taste (but honestly that is something I don't like about most tripels). Would drink again.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a slight orange tinge. White head is thick and creamy.

Aroma has a candied, honey sweetness. Plenty of tropical fruit, especially apricot and apple. Yeasty spices bring pepper and coriander.

Taste is similar to the nose, however the light fruit aspect stands out much more. Fruit sweetness smoothly blends into the interesting yeasty spices. Finish has a mild bitterness that lingers with the spices.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, silky and smooth.

This is a very tasty brew. Flavor is unified, offering a depth of interesting balanced flavor. The high ABV is well concealed behind the sweet fruity aspect. I will get this one again.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,193 ratings
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