Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
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
Ratings:
4,145
Reviews:
1,337
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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Photo of match1112
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -14.6%
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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Photo of DustinSWB
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of phishbone23
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of brians52
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kimcgolf
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of steve8robin
2.87/5  rDev -32.3%
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 fox227
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of daledeee
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of CurtisD
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacobob10
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Gringos & Mariachis in Bethesda, MD.

Served in a snifter glass. Clear and deep gold in color with a creamy white head. Fruity and spicy aroma. Smooth flavor loaded with citrus fruit and peppery spice. Some alcohol in the finish but it actually works well with the rest of the flavors. Medium bodied and beyond easy to drink.

A beer where the sum is greater than its parts. I'd been wanting to try this for a while and I was stoked to find it on-tap.

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Photo of jeffthepony
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of browniewithnuts
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Taybeh
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pig & Fiddle, into a TK chalice

A: cloudy sunshine gold, 1 finger head with lots of bubbles
S: bright and sharp citrus orange, rich coriander, wheat
T: nice layers of flavor...everything in the nose, but the grains come out a lot more, with some oats and wheat...also more spicy, with some pepper, and lemon peel
M: high carbonation, surprisingly light though not at all watery, hides alcohol very well, crisp.

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Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pungent straps of flint, orange juice, cream and steel emerge from this sweaty broth. It is a giant, molten elixir of untamed wild flavors: nettles, calves bones, sugar syrup, citrus, soft-ripened cheese...
I gave this enthusiastic 4.5+ marks at the end of a marathon tasting last week. Now that I try it again I wonder if this is a case of bottle variation (the former notes from 750ml - this time from a 12 oz.) or beer-judging fatigue. The latter always seems to favor extreme, alcoholic and sweet styles like this.

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Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Lurkerson
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lynn
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hermit990
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.86/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/11/2006 (Pint @ Ginger Man, Austin):

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow colored body, with a small head, and is diminishing. Has an aroma of orange, and some spiciness. Has an odd spice taste to it, some orange, and a fizzy mouthfeel. Kind of flat.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice golden yellow with a fluffy white head. the smell is lightly spicey with hints of fruit and a nice bready maltiness to it. the flavor follows with the light fruitiness slightly beating out the light spiciness and malty backbone. this has a nice light mouthfeel with high carbonation. overall a great tripel.

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Photo of bruachan
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big ole 750 i grabbed at acme. clearance price after they bought out the stock of hudson w&s

hazy gold appearance. well carbonated—huge white head right away. great lacing with strata

perhaps the most complex aroma i've found yet: pear, bigcinnamon, graham crackers, apple...the list goes on. pronounced hop influence from the spicy hop flavor and medium bitterness. spicy, dry-feeling from the carbonation, but it's sweet with a juicy finish

this is one of those beers i've seen time and time again on the shelf (everywhere) and never ventured to venture. but it's damn taaasty. good find. i win

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Photo of xJMFCx
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's go to Dendermonde.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: A perfect, slightly opaque golden ale with a huge head, which recedes nicely to leave patches of white lacing. Perpetual internal carbonation. Wow. If allowed to let settle and poured carefully, some small yeast particles will be visible and it will be less opaque.

Smell: The aroma is very subtle. A delicate blend of crisp apples, honey, apricot, some lightly roasted malt, and some bready notes.

Taste: First I am hit with some crisp, lightly toasted malt, which moves into a light honey taste. After half a second I sense the crisp apples I smelled before. This is slightly syrupy, which is probably the only reason I have to take off half a point. A slight alcohol presence is warming and pleasant towards the end of the sip, although not too powerful, even though it is 8.00% ABV. The hops are very understated, barely scratching the palate but trying to gently balance out the malt. The yeast adds a light biscuity flavor throughout. This yeast provides a nice third leg for this beer.

Mouthfeel: A high amount of carbonation in this ale, combined with the light apple taste make it very crisp in my mouth.

Drinkability: This tripel is crisp, light, and smooth. There is not much more you could ask for in an easy-drinking tripel.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,145 ratings.
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