Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels

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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Photo of chanokokoro
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet long stemmed tulip

Pours deep golden with a bright white sea foam-like two finger head, thin lacing as the head recedes. Clove, earthy yeast, grassy and herbal notes, and medicinal phenols on the nose. Fairly spicy and peppery, significant fruit notes perhaps a bit of papaya and mango. Heavy alcohol warmth that becomes more and more evident as the brew warms and is consumed. Fairly high, fizzy carbonation, on heavier side of medium bodied with a touch of syrup. Very complex with a very strong alcohol presence, but one of the better tripels I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of Allegue04
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of adkieffer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jesus808
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jcugafsu
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Dcunicelli
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: gorgeous golden color purging a perfect white and frothy head about 3 fingers deep.
Smell: nice and pleasant sweet and banana with some yeast. Not as hugely bright as other triples I have had.
T: classic tripel with a range of flavors coming in waves. Bitter ...sweet...banana...yeast. Not as overpowering as other triples I have had.
Mouthfeel: bubbly and light. Very pleasant
Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Had never heard reviews or tasted before. I was really surprised by how much I liked drinking it all the way to the end. For me, normally a tripel is a bit of a challenge as it overpowers me by the end of the beer. This one tasted great all the way through. Would buy again and recommend.

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Photo of nortmand
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly less than clear, golden orange, with a nice fluffy, white head.
Smells bready, doughy and very spicy. Pepper, cloves.
Taste is stupendous. Fairly sweet, with a nice, uplifting peppery clove. Ends with a tinge of bitterness and the most remotely faint skunk. Nice, mellow alcohol burn.
Very fizzy, almost soda like mouthfeel. Not really soft enough.
Very drinkable, despite the impressive strength of flavor and alcohol.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of kingslotty
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BradleyR
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A light straw color with a good white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Malty sweetness, Belgian yeast

Taste: Fruity, peppery, yeasty, malty... this tastes like a highly complex version of what I expect from a tripel. You would never know it is high in alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, high carbonation, very smooth and refreshing

Overall: A great example of the Belgian Tripel style. It is awesome, I highly recommend it, especially if you like the style.

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Photo of bmoney
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nkeckhar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

This review is for the 330ml capped bottle.

Clear golden honey color with a bright white head.

Smells like sparkling grape juice or maybe some apple cider notes.

Fairly light body and taste is of crisp apples with slight yeast breadiness (not enough for me to describe it as an apple pie taste). Reminds me of a fuller bodies Ephemere with less of the artificial apple-like perfuminess.

Nice acidity and bitterness that slices right through the sugar. One of my favorite Tripels, stands out from the (rather large and mediocre) crowd these days.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Loose-bubbled head lasts only seconds. Leaves a pure-white ring. Bubbles rise one at a time (1 bubble/second! you could use this as a timer!) Very ordinary golden color. Gets hazy on the last pour.

S- Champagne. Sweet white grape juice. Alcohol is slightly irritates the nostril. Ice cider. Steamed corn once it's warmer. More hops and yeast on last pour, not only because of sediment but maybe also because of higher temp.

T- Alcohol. Something really reminds me of a dark belgian like Chymay Grande Réserve, probably the sweet malt. An elegant and fine tasting floral hop finish. Very nice. I also get a little vanilla in the end.

M- Foams up a lot. You feel like it's going to burst out of your mouth. Dry finish.

D- A bit too sweet for me to want a second one. I would buy it again though.

I don't know much about aging but this could be good with a little less sweetness to it. (best before 10/07/11)
I would buy it again.

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Photo of Jcarter1221
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of emeyer
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of poppyjohn
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Kips
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of majorbase2
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale golden color with a small fizzy white head and a ton of carbonation. Good retention on the bubbly head, showing no signs of retention after 2+ minutes.

Aroma leads with strong pepper and yeast, along with coriander. Some light fruitiness.

Taste follows the nose very strongly. Pepper and coriander, with a splash of lemon. Bubblegum and banana follow up. Strong grainy and bready malts that lend a very unique, more dense character, which contrasts the typically light flavors paired with the aforementioned flavors. Fairly sweet on the finish, with a brief moment of tart bitterness, with the tart lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for what you would expect based on the color and flavors. A bit sticky going down. High carbonation. Definitely more of a sipper.

A fantastic, unique Tripel that is an absolutely must-try.

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Photo of orfeu
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle, dated (best before, I presume) 12/07/07. Shimmering gold, very active carbonation, unstoppable rocky eggshell-white head. Lovely Belgian yeast esters: pear/apple wine, citrus zest -- a sweet scent not unlike that of Lemonheads candy. Biting spiciness up front, sour apples, lemon drops, coriander seeds. Huge fluffy mouthfeel. Softens greatly to a smooth, dextrinous finish. Overall, the taste is characterized by a spicy sweetness. Demure Saaz presence peeks through here and there. Yeast pour adds a slight haze and a minimal chalkiness. No alcohol taste at all, but my tongue is numb, so I know it's there. Super drinkability. An incredible tripel, and an utterly beautiful beer all around.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head is big and white and fluffy, the color is golden and clear. The lacing isn't so sticky. The head is still very dense and has good retention. There's some copper in there too. The smell is wheaty, malty, and fruity. The fruit is sweet apple. The taste is good. The taste of the head is where the copper come from. I first noticed the copper when I opened it but thought it had gone away. Taste also has sweet green apple and a little clove. The mouthfeel is smooth and inviting. Overall I like it except for a few different things. I will have another one in a while.

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Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,192 ratings
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