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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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dulled golden body with a very tall, meringue-like, white head.

Smell: Lightly tangy, faintly grainy malts with a coating of ground spices and a spritz of potent spirits trailed by notes of blendered fruits and zestful herbs.

Taste: Starts sweet, quite sweet, actually, with a taste of sugary honey candies. Tangy wheatiness, then a variety of flavors cross the tongue, including: 'nanas, green apples, lemon juice, orange marmalade, chopped coriander, and a light pinch of white pepper. Restrained floral character midway. Slight, subtle bitterness. Some heat from the alcohol as you arrive at the drying, fruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation, lively and a bit fizzy at times.

Overall: A very solid, well-made representation of the tripel style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tripel Karmeliet looks magnificent in the glass. The explosive, toweringly majestic crown of richly creamy, cream colored foam sitting atop the sparkling amber liquid is a sight to behold. It's been a while since I've laid eyes on a better looking beer. Elegant, arching fingers of lace point to the glass contents as if to say 'now here's a fine looking ale'.

The nose is intensely spicy and abounds with cardamon, white pepper and clove. Drunken golden fruits (apples, pears, peaches) are present as well, but take a backseat to the spices. This is another one of those Belgian tripels, or BSPAs, or BSDAs, that has a spicy alcohol presence in the nose that is so well-integrated as to be an essential, welcome part of the whole.

Wow! Just Wow! Tripel Karmeliet may not have the no-holds-barred, hold-onto-your-hat gusto of a De Dolle Dulle Teve, but it is one amazingly delicious beer. Think of it as the Mad Bitch's more attractive, nicer sister. Sweet, tangy, bitter, fruity, spicy, warming, soothing... where do I begin?

The most impressive thing about this Brouwerij Bosteels offering is... well, two things. One is the vividness of the various flavors. I taste brandy-macerated, spice-sprinkled orchard fruits with such intensity, it's as if I'm eating them rather than drinking beer. Two is the pitch perfect melding of the various flavor notes in the mouth. While they're easily appreciated on an individual basis, I prefer to let the beer wash over my tongue and to allow the whole damn shootin' match to work its magic.

I'm looking for flaws, but I'm convinced they don't exist. Any change would be for the worse. More or less of anything would be too much or not enough with regard to the tripel perfection that sits before me... not for very much longer, I might add. The finish is an extension of what came before in terms of flavor, with the potentially drying aspect of the alcohol offset by a mellow sweetness.

The mouthfeel is easily the equal of any Belgian tripel that I've ever had. It's actually on the full side of medium, but is rendered light and silky by a perfect amount of soft carbonation. It's yet more evidence that the brewery has paid attention to every aspect of this beer and has fine-tuned it until it hums with the precision of a Swiss watch.

While my experience with Belgian tripels is still somewhat limited, I've found a 'tripel triple' that I really like: De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch), Westmalle Tripel, and now Tripel Karmeliet. Each has its charms, but at the moment, this beer is my clear favorite. From where I sit, Tripel Karmeliet is the quintessential Belgian tripel and is the unqualified best.

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

First had: on tap at the Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA

An overall great brew, with a variety of flavors that reveal themselves at just the right times.

Poured into a signature stem glass, an amber-honey color, hazy, with a huge puff of foamy white head that almost floats right out of the glass. Retains well and leaves some delicate lacing. Aroma is full of spice and perfume, with essences of fruit. Light and crisp on the tongue with a cavalcade of flavors: herbs and floral perfume give way to peach, pear, melons, orange blossom, and a touch of banana esters, with a ubiquitous peppery sensation. Tasty all over, with hints of its relatively high alcohol content. Medium-bodied, complex, full of flavor, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

believe it or not i had not had this one before this night. i decided to go out with a bang and ordered up a glass of this one to round out the night. served chilled and poured into a glass on 11/07/2010.

really not the pour i was expecting, for some reason i thought it would be much darker, but the light golden hue of it had a nice cloudiness to it that seemed to come through nicely with a bit of lacing around the sides.

aroma is light bready notes and hints of banana, cloves, pears, light tart apples and a touch of spice on the edges. clean, very clean flavor that it is very hard to find really any fault here in that. super clean with light body and a nice medium palate with hints of grain and light fruits that seem to dance all over the place. light bears and nice touches of fruit and light spice. smooth, clean finish and absent abv lead to just a great mix of flavor and drinkablility.

overall it deserved all that it deserves, really a great and light an highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy (like ginger ale) white head that reduces to thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruit (pear), Belgian yeast, banana, clove, lemon zest, and some floral notes.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer starts out with the flavors of light fruits (pear and apple), Belgian yeast with some spiciness, banana, and clove.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and pretty dry, especially in the finish.

O: This beer is enjoyable and relatively refreshing even though there is a fairly high ABV in which the alcohol is detectable. This is much more of a sipping beer but is very good. Very good example of the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this on draft at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pittsburgh. Served cool in the Karmeliet tulip.

A - A crystal clear straw w/ white cap that measures an inch and condenses to about 1/8 inch leaving little lace.

S - A honey and sweet lemony spice w/ coriander accented by a tropical fruit note and light oaky scent

M - Sweet, spiced dry w/ a creamy element and moderate carbonation w/ med to full body. An excellent representation of the style -leaves an impression and the feel still goes on after the taste

T - A green melon flavor w/ slight herbal hops in the initial flavors. The spice in the yeast and grain give this a nutty taste w/ a gentle yeasty breadiness w/ tea like refreshing qualities. The crisp herbal flavor is accent w/ nutty dry and subtle malty, grainy flavor w/ a cereal like sweetness and gentle boozy finish.
The hops add to the flavor w/ subtle spice and a sort of mown hay aspect that is very tasty w/ toasty smoothness.

D - An absolute classic yet more of a Saison w/ its spice and earthiness. A very excellent tastte and definitely must be tried on draft. I consider this a unique and fine Tripel that is very accessible and well crafted. World Class, must be experienced.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle (love the art work on it) opens with a thunderous pop. Pours deep golden/ bronze, effervescent with 4 fingers+ white meringe (sp?) head. Started getting floaties towards the bottom of the bottle. Good lacing & head retention

S: Big lemony hops & straw perfume

T: Honey malt, citric hops (grapefruit & lemon) & a peppery yeast bite up front. Fruttyness follows (appleskins& apricots). Breadyness & jam flavors follow. Finishses fruitty, with lemony & juicy& peppery flavors

MF: Slick (maybe this what the oats bring to the party?) with low carbonation

This was just so-so in drinkability, trippels aren't my favorite style & this one was just l little to ponderous for my tastes. Tripel fans will like this a lot more than I did

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Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown slender bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Slightly hazed pale amber with a thinnish white lace.

Smell: Touch of honey like sweetness, soft vanilla and medicinal phenols that are a little herbal. Malt is evident and yeast gives an earthy character to the aroma.

Taste: Prickly carbonation with a warming and spicy alcohol wakes the palate up, medium to full in body donning a syrupy sweet mouth feel. Estery and fruity of mangos and star fruit, mild peppery taste in the middle. Hops are insignificant and are only in play to balance this big brew. Phenols are present and do leave a medicinal herbal flavour but not overdone at all. Some husk from the drying grain is in the finish and the warmth of the alcohol get more and more towards the bottom of the glass.

Notes: Quite the alcoholic brew, big boisterous and complex. Perhaps over the top but still a brew to reckon with. A good cheese pairing would be with a nice creamy Danish Blue and some rye crackers.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stella Artois globe at The Office in St. Charles.

It's VDubb's rehearsal dinner, and this beer stood out for me on the menu. It's been too long since my last Karmeliet. This stuff pours a mostly clear gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, light black pepper, clove, restrained citrus (I imagine a small, literally-fruity straightjacket), and Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, with the yeast and its spices dancing their way into my heart (or, at least more directly, my stomach). The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, as solid a tripel as I remember, this one tends toward the drier, more saison-like end of the spectrum than the sweeter end. It's good times regardless.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I had been looking to try for quite a while.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a massive 2-3 finger white head with decent retention. Not much lacing though.

S: The aroma consists of some Belgian yeast, light fruits - mostly banana and some lemon, a little bit of bubble gum, and faint floral hops.

T: Lightly spiced with some cloves, nice combination of fruit with banana, apple, and a hint of lemon. The Belgian yeast shows itself yet again along with some light hops.

M: Medium bodied, but seems a bit heavy for a tripel, but I like it. Sometimes I think that tripels are bit a too light. Nice carbonation with a nice overall crispness.

O: Very tasty with a great mouthfeel, extremely easy drinking and overall a very nice example of style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Explosive head--with a gentle pour, the head still takes up more than half of the glass. The beer is straw gold in color and quite clear.

Large alcohol and grasslike malt aromas

The smell comes through in the flavor...very much as expected. The alcohol is very warming after the swallow. Very light hop.

Classic barley wine flavors

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Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a slightly hazy, very pale golden yellow color. It also poured with a huge white foam filling 3/4 of the glass and almost spilling over. It took a good ten minutes of pouring and waiting before I could get a full glass. Once the head settled it did leave some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice mix of lemony citrus and a peppery, earthy, Belgian yeast spice. Some clove flavor comes through along with a fruity, apple and pear like quality as well. Very flavorful and complex aroma and also very good for the style.

The taste shows more of the slightly tart apple, pear, fruitiness. A zesty lemon citrus is present in it as well. The Belgian yeast adds some spices to it with clove being one of the ones I can pick out. Nicely balanced and complex flavors overall

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with carbonation being high. Drinkability is good, it has some great flavors and was complex and balanced. A very good version of the style and a very good beer overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of fluffy white head that has great retention and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, yeast, bananas, cloves, lemons, citrus, and floral notes. Smells great. I saw in someones review that they described it as having a gin and tonic smell and I can definitely catch some of that every now and then.

t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast, bready malts, spices, lemon, citrus, sweet fruit, and floral hops. Again, very nice. The taste is a lot sweeter than the nose and what I was expecting.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. A bit creamy, very nice mouthfeel.

d - A very nice Belgian tripel. I thought this one smelled great and was very drinkable. Would love to have again sometime.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Served up in official glassware at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse, has a golden slightly orange hazed hue with a frothy egg shell white colored head measures four fingers deep this in the very artistic tulip shaped glass, forms fine intricate Belgian style lacing as it dwindles slowly. Aroma: Spicy black pepper note teamed with a slightly grassy hop character matched with tropical fruit notes of melon and fresh pineapple, what a nice blend of everything some mild acohol is present but very nice. Taste: Somewhat bitter for a Belgian Triple the bitey hop profile pairs nicely with the mango and melon honey tinged malt tones with a slightly alcoholic edge some funky yeast notes finishes dry excellent triple. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied effervescent carbonation slightly syrupy in nature but glides across the palate very silky. Drinkability is amazingly effortless this is one of the greats from Belgium, solid complex layered flavors blend so nicely this brew comes together.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer appears a light yellow hue, with a towering ivory head that elegantly embraces the upper half of the tulip glass, leaving a fine sheet of lacing as it recedes. The liquid is clear and effervescent, teeming with bubbles.

S: The aroma is grand, with scents of lemons, oranges, grass, alcohol, and spices. Tripel Karmeliet emits a fabulous floral aroma that adds to an already full bouquet. The beer smells very bold and enticing.

T: A fine brew and a great example of a Belgian tripel. The flavor is strong, forward, and aggressive, yet balanced by a delicate sweetness that creates a delightful juxtaposition. Citrus flavors are quite prominent, followed by spiced apples soaked in alcohol.

M: Alcohol presence is there. The feel is medium in body, with a healthy dose of zesty carbonation.

D: This is a beer to sniff, sip, and savor. One in any given session is plenty for me.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow gold with a thick white white head. (A little too clear and yellow IMO.) Nose is a lot of grains with a defined sweet tone. Flavor brings the sweet as well in a consistent and smooth delivery. Spices are in there as well as a minor amount of dough. Feel has a pretty vibrant carbonation. Liquid is smooth. A new classic and a must try. Could also be a good gateway beer for those about to dip their toe into the Belgians.

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

On tap tonight at the distributor showdown at Cask and Vine.
Dark golden color big white head. Rich bready fruity maltiness with some peppery clove phenols to balance. Nice tripel.

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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear gold with a big, white head that has great retention

S - lemongrass, faint spice

T - banana, cream, faint spices, lemon

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This was a great Tripel. It was complex and refreshing. The abv was well hidden. This was dangerously easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a thick white foamy head that descends to a covering. Some lacing is left.

It has a perfumy aroma. Sugar-coated fruits stand out.

The taste is of soft, sweet fruits - slices of apple, banana and orange peel. Some alcohol notes are evident and stick around without much interference. Bready yeast is easily detectable. Some perfumy spices are in the mix. It's sweet, but not cloying. Just enough subtle hops put the breaks on the sweetness so that it does not become overwhelming.

It's creamy and very smooth. The flavors hang on, along with an alcohol bite.

A nice sipping brew. A delicate, floral fruitiness is the main characteristic. On the sweet side, even for style, but not cloying. A nice "ocassional" treat.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at Pizza Pardiso Dupont DC.

Gorgeous white rock head off the pour, and giant clumps of retention and white foam. Gorgeous orb of lemon shine body, slightly cloudy with rising carbs. This beer just glows it looks amazing.

Bouquet is a sense of crisp gas and muted lemon with a hint of some sort of grain husk coming off. Refreshing and solid.

Taste is some sort of grain and yeast at first but so nicely balanced and refreshing. I hate to keep repeating that word "refreshing" but that's all I keep thinking about when I drink this. Fantastic white soda bread feel on finish, hints of sweetness and honey blossom.

Overall it's just another satisfying tripel to be had.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color, fine white head, and fortunately poured into it's own particularly shaped glass.

Aroma is uplifting, arousing, sensual, jumping with fruitiness, peaches, tangerines, apricots, citrus, lemon, alive with bright, sunny flavors, and a joyful honey/candy sweetness.

Absolute happiness results from a mere sip of this glorious brew, growing with each new drip down the lips!
Yeast, also, does some work towards delivering the drinker to Beer Nirvana, creating a warm, bready feeling. Body is somewhat light and buoyant, palate is delicate and delicious. Soft, sweet malt, long and lingering, rewarding finish, always accompanied by a tidy, tasteful dance of hops upon the tongue. Ahhh!

Unfortunately, this happy ride was all-too brief, for the otherwise unredoubtable pub poured a meager 8 ounces. Geez, guys, I'd pay an extra $.50 for another 2 ounces, and willingly, too!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a chance to try the Karmeliet Tripel at "The Bank" in Wheaton, IL. The beer pours a hazy yeast filled pale yellow or straw color, very large foamy white head which left a very spotty lace due to the fruity precence. The smell is sweet yeast esters, some banana, some pepper, honey, very good. Feel is light lots of tingling carbonation. Taste is good, there is a nice dry finish, I get sweet honey, malts, a little hop bite, some peppery aftertaste along with the dryness. Overall a good triple.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, the beer has an orange-gold color, with a slim, white head that quickly fades to a sparse film. Lots of carbonation bubbles throughout the beer, lingering well into the drinking phase. The beer has aromas of butter, coriander, and citrus. The taste is largely riding on a sweet foundation, again with buttery notes, and some toffee, with the spices (coriander and nutmeg) balancing out, and allowing the slightest hint of lemon to fade in and out. The beer is creamy and light in mouth, and fades to a semisweet and smooth finish. There is a bit of a sweetness to the aftertaste, with none of the spice. Very pleasant and easy to drink, and the ABV doesn't impede or encroach on any of the flavors. Well balanced.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small Belgian style bottle, classy looking label. A best before date was on the label, but it was too faded/washed away to decipher. Poured into a super nice looking tripel Karmeliet glass, very clear and golden, luxorious and stately looking. White head, nicely developed lacing. Nutty nose, very fruity, lemony,yeasty and spicy stuff. Snappy dry finish, intense flavors, simply lovely stuff. Seek and enjoy.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Beer is dark yellow and hazy. Forms a big white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Beer is heavily carbonated.

Aroma is strong and sweet with minimal spice and some breadiness from the yeast.

Beer is medium body with some forward and midpalate sweetness. Very nice overall. Finishes a little dry but not bad. Some sweet malt in the midpalate with some fruit esters. A very nice beer overall. A good tripel and I've had it a lot.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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