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:
#643
Reviews:
1,356
Ratings:
4,226
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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328
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1,032
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Photo of meatyard
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy, amber orange with a huge, white head that leaves thick, patchy lacing. Plenty of carbonation here.
The smell is a very pleasant, fruity bubblegum plus a little spiciness.
The taste has a lot of the same qualities as the smell and is a bit spicier. Some alcohol is noticeable.
Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated (a bit too much).
Drinkability is, mostly, very good. Has a moderately high ABV yet is quite tasty and easy to drink. Two glasses should do it though.

A beer to try if you like Belgians particularly tripels.

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Photo of hermit990
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of goochpunch
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little bottle with a best by date of 11/8/07

Pours out like a lighter hazy honey with tons of carbonation in the body and a thick, fluffy, dimpled head that leaves ample lacing. Smells of wheat malt, grains, and lots of tropical fruits attributed to the yeast. I get some sweet apple juice in the nose as well as a faint hint of alcohol, but it is very well-hidden overall. Tons of malt in the flavor with bread, honey, fuji apple, nuts, passion fruit, mango, and peaches all inter-mingling. Yeast isn't off-the-wall spicy, but lends a good kick to all this. Mouthfeel is rather light on the tongue but has some body to it thanks to the (I'd imagine) oats. The carbonation starts off prickly, then subsides to a smoothness that works just as well as the stronger bubbles. An excellent tripel, but the slight sweetness could wear on me.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this slowly and my glass was half head in no time. There’s a torrent of champagne bubbles roaring up from the bottom now sustaining the foam rubber textured egg shell white head that leaves a thick wall of foam on the side of my glass too thick to be called lacing. Perhaps matting? The color is golden straw. Heavy spicy yeast in the nose with some wheat, some sourness, and a touch of alcohol. There’s also a slight bit of banana and bubble gum. The flavor is very dynamic. Starts out a bland wheat flavor, but an explosion of the carbonation releases the yeasty spices and the latent sweetness. The mouth feel is slightly thick and is about as carbonated as a beer can get with out being annoying. It leaves the palate numb and tingling, awaiting the next sip. This is a very nice beer and an absolute pleasure to sip.

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Photo of allenson21
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of EdFed
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AmitC
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jwps214
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

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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Photo of n2pux
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Photo of HollyHops
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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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thoglund
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 janubio
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. green corked bottle. Served in a chalice glass. Golden colour with a bit of haziness and quite a good head, that leaves a crown and lace. Malty aroma of fruits, honey, some spice, vanilla, orange peel. Sweet silky and liquor like flavour. Taste of honey, oranges, banana, maybe apricot, coriander... Both smell and taste have everything so subtle and integrated that is hard to tell exactly what anything is, and that can be good and bad at the same time. Great, really great stuff. Sweet!

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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 Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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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Photo of artoolemomo
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of HRamz3
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,226 ratings