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Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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4.28/5
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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:
#603
Reviews:
1,343
Ratings:
4,172
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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Photo of hermit990
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Photo of jkball01
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is a closet staple for me and ive never gotten around to reviewing it.. got the beautiful logo glasses and all that, a proper sitting with a 750 and now its time to review.

deep orange and crystal clear with loads of champagne-like carbonation. head starts out uncontrollably large and airy, shuts down at a medium pace leaving some thick and crispy lacing. looks great especially in the highly-recommended logo glassware.

aroma is candied orange bready and carrying a brandy-like alcohol heat. delicious nose- nothing off or sour to be detected anywhere here. aroma is the true test of a tripel, and this one passes with honors.

starts off with a mouth full of carbonation. malts slip into the forefront with vanilla hints.. immediately overwhelmed by sweet light berries and a syrupy sweetness. mild hop bitterness and bubble activity continues through and adds some contrasting beeriness to the complexity here. easy drinking and a classic for belgian beers.

side note: in belgium, this is a very common for a micro beer, like the sierra nevada of belgium. even the stankiest bars carried it and served in proper glassware. this gave me my first exposure to this beer and the US limited availability has given me a renewed love and appreciation for it.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Foxman
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy golden yello, mucho carbonated. Three fingers of sculpted bright white head sink away so very slowly. Traditional Belgian lacing frosts the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a tangy wheat tartness along with sour apples. A mild general spiciness works along a background of bready yeast.

Upon sipping, there's a fairly sweet trio of sassy wheat, berry barley malt, and dusky oats. Fruity green apple slides in, rounding out the middle along with a mellow clove spice note. A softly doughy yeast presence slithers along to the close before the finish dries crisply, leaving a short mild bitterness. It's a stylistically basic but special presentation.

Medium bodied, it's lively on the palate, laying mostly sweetly before glowing to a lighter bitter end.

This goes to show you that mainstream can be delicious in its own right. There's no stepping way out or taking chances here, but there's plenty of classic tradition delivered with fundamental good taste. While the alcohol is very well disguised, the ABV still comes through as a smooth, credible warmth. When it's time to get back to the basics, this is a fine one to turn to.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with a few fingers of white foam on top. Head formation is huge, even with a moderate pour. Good head retention with a few large patches of lacing left behind. Aroma is pale, biscuit, and bread malts with clove, citrus, pear, and grape notes. Lots going on in this dry aroma. Flavor profile is pear, citrus, and white grapes right out front. Biscuit, pale, and bread malts form a supportive, semi-earthy base for the fruits to shine. Mouth feel is slightly effervescent, with a medium thickness. Overall, a very pleasing triple that offers some different notes in both the aroma and flavor profile. It has a bit of a dry taste, but is wonderfully executed and tasty.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
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 anon
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance in near perfection - head billows to 3 finger width and has fantastic retention. Pale golden hue, hazy and bubbly.

Big wheat and grain aromas, I feel like I'm walking through a field of it. Bananas, clove, bubblegum and lemons. Fruity and herbal. Very nice. Taste is sweet and yeasty up front; banana, clove, lemon candy, peaches, nectarine, honey. Oats and barley give an earthy touch. Lightly funky and spicy. Light to medium body and the ABV is right on point, hidden well by the array of flavours going on. Very clean finish. Easy drinking.

All the aspects of a great Belgian brew. Will have again.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of match1112
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a massive three figer head with the consistency of dish soap bubbles sits atop a crystal clear golden straw colored body. even though the head eventually dies down, you can still see hundreds of bubbles rise to the top to hold the foam cap together. my nose is greeted with hints of spicy yeast, banannas, wheat and oats to produce a wonderful bread aroma. i can taste a definate wheat bread body with a mellow bananna flavor and a spicy dry finish. mouthfeel is light and airy at first thanks to the nice balance of carbonation. then it becomes heavier as the grains and yeast form a bready body and finishes with a long dry spice finish.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

direct from distributor in beijing (vandergeeten)

330ml brown bottle. no importer's label, but brewer's label has "best by" date of june 24, 2010. poured into tulip.

clear, golden straw color. decent head, but soon fades to wisps and ring. no lacing.

fruity esters with pear, white grape and peach, plus very faint hint of tropical, between banana and canned pineapple juice. some biscuity malt underneath and a trace of hop herbal/hay notes. licorice and spice notes are faint and mix with the phenols at the end.

flavors are fruit again (more grape and pear), but slightly watered down. some bready and yeasty notes as foundation. but from the middle onwards, the grassy hop bitterness crescendos with somewhat annoying phenols, and into finish, with just traces of the previous fruitiness.

not too thin, but hints of being watery. carbonation is lively but doesn't compensate entirely.

not horrible, but maybe it's just me. i've realized over the past half year or so that i just don't like all the medicinal phenols in many of the classic belgian tripels and blondes. not all of them, of course, since for example achel blond and st. bernadus tripel are amongst my favorite tripels. anyway, i kind of regret getting a whole case of these here in beijing, when i could have gotten something else (like more achel!)

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of phishbone23
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of steve8robin
2.87/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have not found a brew that I have enjoyed in this style as of yet. I was recommended by a beer store employee that if I don't like this particular tripel, then maybe I just don't like the style. So I bought it to give tripels another try. 11.2oz bottle...

A: Super carbonated bubbles forcing their way to the surface consistently. Veyr light golden color with a thick 2 inch white head that doesn't fades very quickly at all. Holds steady for a while. Very good.

S: Has kind of a bud light scent blended with some strong wheat and oat scents. Ok.

T: I think here's the problem with this style for me. This style's flavor tastes, to me, like a higher end bud light. It has some of the same flavors that a Bud light does. This follows that for me. It has some nice tartness, wheat, and oat that shine through which separate it from msomething like a Bud, but the Bud characteristics are still in it. Guess it's just the style I do not like.

M: Very light. Does not leave many flavors on the palate. Ok.

D: Goes down super easy despite the higher ABV. Very good!

All in all, I figure I just do not like the style. Everything I have tried for Tripels has disappointed me. I hated La Fin Du Monde which so many people love and has a high rating on BA. I have not found any Tripel that I actually enjoyed. So, this just not be my style. If you do not like Tripels than avoid. Otherwise, give this brew a chance for you.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a hazy golden-orange, with lots of carbonation that almost poured over the top of the glass. Snow-white head was thick and pillowy, and lingered through the entire drink, and reduced to excellent lacing up and down the glass. Aroma was a very pleasant blend of floral hops and spices, mostly clove and corriander. Taste was more of the same spices and floral hops, reminded me a lot of Duvel at this stage. Very long smooth finish topped this beer off. The only thing I noticed was that the alcohol became a little to evident at late glass, and I would recommend not letting the beer warm all the way. But a most delicious beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of daledeee
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours out with more bubbles than I have ever seen. The head is fabulous. Nice clear bright gold and oh so many bubbles.

The nose is grain and fruit

Taste is really pleasant. Fruits and hops. Apples and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is not overly bubbly even though this stuff bubbles forever. Very true to what I call a triple. Clean and refreshing. This is one of the best. Very drinkable. A fine beer.

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