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:
4,138
Reviews:
1,334
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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319
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965
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Photo of jackrodgers77
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of SGToliver
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of majorbase2
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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 BoitSansSoif
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a mostly clear yellow gold w/rich frothy white head, decent retention, some lacing, and visible carbonation beads rising throughout.

S-Coriander and herbs, light orange and apricot, spice, sweet fresh pale malt, yeast and traces of gunpowder-like sulfur.

T-Spice and herbs ride the pale malt, and possibly a bit of wheat, and there is a nice light fruit presence featuring mandarin orange along w/a complex array of subtle phenols. The hops emerge nicely in the finish and leave a clean palate w/remnants of sulfur and apricot.

M-Light-to-medium bodied w/good carbonation, excellent balance, and a crisp firm mouthfeel.

D-Very enjoyable, would buy this again.This is a complex tripel with a lot going on that I would very much like to re-evaluate in the future.

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Photo of jdkitchi
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Andonato
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Danimal25
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of MNMike
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It has a nice cloudy white look. Very sour smell to it, the taste isn't as sour as the smell but still super sour. It tastes like a sweet and sour hefeweizen.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green glass 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

Note: The cork had some gunk around it like some had seeped out from being stored on its side...

A- Golden, murky, orange. Not much head but crazy-carbonation. It was like I stuck an alka-seltzer into a glass of mountain dew.

S- Sticky sweet, orange, and other citrus.

T- Wow this is like sugar. Sweeter than you could ever imagine. No hint of alcohol. Bubbly thick start, sweet thick finish. Pretty uniform throughout. Got ever sweeter as is warmed to room temperature.

M- Sweet and thick, coating the tongue and throat.

D- One bottle was enough for one sitting. I followed it directly by a very dry stout and that threw my taste buds for a loop.

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Photo of Douberd
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, at home. Poured into a tulip glass. ABV 8,4%.

Clear golden yellow colour with a huge froathy head, good retention.. No activity in the glass and light lacing left behind.
Some aroma of citrus fruits, some banana too.
Taste is quite sweet and malty at first, the alcohol very well hidden, no obvious at all on the taste.
Full body with quite a carbonation.
A very nice beer.

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Photo of mpyle
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - Golden color, good clarity. Pours a large white head, quite moussy and long lasting. Leaves behind lace on glass.

Soft fruity esters, possibly orange. Quite clean, no alcohol. Very gentle spicy yeast aroma

Taste - A gentle fruity sweetness up front, quite smooth. Transitions to some alcohol flavors midmouth, with some very restrained phenolic spice character. Finishes slightly dry, and quite clean.

MF - medium body and high carbonation. Some alcohol warming, but constrained. On a resampling the high carbonation makes a huge difference in drying out the beer. If it were flat I think it would be quite sweet.

Overall - in the style as a strong effervescent ale with restrained alcohol and flavor. Very nicely made.

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

A: A pale orangeish color (apricot comes to mind...) with a relatively small amount of white head, which is fed by a seemingly endless stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S: Caramel malts, a hefty, hefty hit of lemon and coriander and a slight earthy yeastiness, as well as some peppery notes. A good smelling beer.

T: Light malts, a caramel/toffee sweetness. Coriander, lemon, tropical fruits and earthy yeast again in the middle, and the peppery alcohol on the finish. A nice kiss of herbal hops that really blends with the middle flavor. A well balanced and easy drinking beer.

M: Moderate, sticky body is lifted up by lots of carbonation. Too much carbonation, in my opinion, because it gets in the way of tasting the beer.

O: Worth checking out for sure, a solid beer. It hides the alcohol well, without being too obvious about it.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Aromas of banana, mild citrus, mild bready malts, and a touch of alcohol. The flavors begin somewhat malty and sweet, but quickly evolve into a pleasing melange of spices and fruit. The finish is rather clean, making it very easy to drink. Very drinkable stuff and extremely well made.

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Photo of tenacioustomato
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of craftbrew502
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of George2744
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Krakpoff
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of opwog
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Franch
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Guden
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aquatonex
2.53/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Based on the other reviews, maybe I had a bad batch of this...

Pours straw yellow with a thick foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly. Well carbonated. Nose is quite strong, lots of alcohols and sweetness going on. Taste is pretty funky, like a mix of whiskey and beer. Minimal body but alcohols dominate with a sickly sweetness. Not anywhere near my favorite Tripel, but I'd try it again elsewhere to confirm.

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Photo of bshiban
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ElJosharino
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,138 ratings.
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