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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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Warm day, swimming in the pool, and scarfing down pizza....time for a beer! 750 ml bottle shared with my friend, on to the beer:

Sundrop blonde color, a little hazy, with soapy suds on top the brew. Some retention here. The aroma brings joy to the nose. There is some refreshing citrus, but that is minor compared to the fruits and peaches I get. In the mouth, it is more joy. Freshly bought, jumbo colored bubblegum is the first thing to be tastred. The bubblegum sweeteness lightens up, though still sweet. Rolled oats, spicy, oranges, cream...mmmm, good. Very good. Bubbly and thick in the mouth, but gets a whisker lighter as its consumed. Mildly boozy and warming, but the affect looses intensity.

Oh my. I've had a number of chances to try this beer, but it wasn't until a late-night run at Total Wine last night which I decided to buy it. the wait is no more, and I am gald to have sampled it, and I'm happier to report I dig it.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at the SAQ, on a recent trip home from the States. Not available in Ontario, thought I'd give it a go! Poured into a tulip, BBD of October 7, 2011.

Pours a brilliant golden yellow, with about a hand (yes, five fingers of head!) initially, settling down to a sudsy and soapy head. Chunky lace. Aroma is awesome, huge yeasty fruit esters (banana, peach, green apple?, nectarine), a bunch of spice and some alcohol clearly. Just what I want from a tripel. Taste follows the fruits found in the aroma, with a touch of Belgian candy. Spice makes itself known, but doesn't overpower. Alcohol slips in a touch at the end. Clean, smooth and medium-high carbonationl. Slick on the tongue and goes down way too easily. Impressive.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours golden with a huge white head and lots of bubbles. The aroma is a mix of Belgian wheat and fruit, very inviting. The flavor is very similar with lots of lemon and other citrus dominating. You also get the Belgian yeast and malt character you expect from a world-class tripel. The beer has a light mouthfeel and is very carbonated. Very refreshing.

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Photo of stevoj
4.91/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle not as satisfying as a tap draw, but the flavor reminds me of the sample I had in Brussels. Thick three finger head fades faster than the tap version, but the flavor is right on. Sharp biscuity snap and strong aroma from the bottle poured into tulip glass. Medium body and lingering tingling on the palate. Flavor is full and satisfying...a real experience.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber. Nice large white head that lasts a long time with nice lacing. Aroma subdued wheat. Flavor is wheat developing into sweet malt and light fruit. Sweet malt and spicy middle and finish with a touch of hops. Very well integrated. An excellent tripel and worth a revisit.

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

This one pours a nice gold in color with moderate turbidity and a one finger thin and very well carbonated head. The aromas are very yeasty and it is FULL of citrus overtones. Damn, didn't expect so much orange. It's almost like seriously faded hops. It smells great. The flavors too have a perfect amount of yeast and spice and again this very heavy on the oranges. It's an orange and coriander bomb, tangerines included. It drinks light to medium in body and is very well carbonated. Overall this is a pretty damn good tripel. Everyone knows it, tell your friends.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revist: 14 Sep 15
330ml Bottle
Best Before: 30/07/16

Been along time between!

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice slightly cloudy golden pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger creamy white head, which leaves a very very nice thick film of sticky lacing the diameter of the glass. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some nice banana/coriander, slight peppery note. The taste is freakn' awesome, malty, yeasty, fruity, nice little pepper note. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, one of the best, if not the best, tripel for me. Very nice to have it available to me.

Pours a nice clear amber/orangy color, nice carbonation, nice creamy off-white head, nice lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malts, slight hops, yeast, spices, and pears/apple, grapes. The taste is slightly tangy/malty, nice not overly spicy. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty tripel, one of the best I've had to date.

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

Had this on tap at a local bar, surprised to see it in this form actually. I've never had this in all my years drinking good beer.

Karmeliet came to me in a tulip glass with not much in terms of head. A small white cap barely covered the surface. Small streaks of lace. The liquid is light brown/bronze in color. The smell is that of a refined triple, alot of fruits and dark sugars. Candi with bubblegum as well. Sweet but not a sweet mess. The taste is of the same ilk with dark fruits guided by a backdrop of candi sweetness, residual sugars. Getting some banana plus spices as well. Hops don't even try to make a dent. The high ABV also does not come into play. The feel was great with a above medium smoothness with perfect carbonation, not rough at all, goes down with ease. I could have drank another. I will be visiting this in the future again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, incredibly well carbonated, full gold color with a frothy, rocky, light tan head. The aroma is spicy with notes of sharp ginger, vanilla, clove, tart pear, plus earthy spices like coriander and grains of paradise. The aroma is quite enticing and zippy. The taste is sweet up front and actually get a bit sweeter as the beer moves across my tongue. The high carbonation levels cause it to dance across my tongue and helps to offset the sweetness. The spicy, herbal, astringent character of this beer also helps to offset the sweetness. This beer has notes of orange peel, ginger, pepper, and a bit of cardamom and clove. This beer is quite tasty, but would be that much better if it was not quite so sweet.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


330 ml from the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda.. mine from a Kasteel tulip... listening to United DJ's Kimbal Collins mix.

Very attractive meringue like head... lite fingers of white lace.. despite a careful pour a slight haze.. straw/gold brew.

Aroma is Belgian pale malts and yeasty spicy white pepper and lite cloves.. tropical fruits abound...

Flavor is much more soft than the Gouden Carolus.. white peaches without the abundant sugars... Muscat grapes ... sorta perfumy but in a good way .. lite green apples.. spices come mid palate.. more pepper... Complex but in an unassuming sort of way... tastes like summer despite I am in the middle of a Boise snowstorm... only albeit slight complaint is it may be a little thick.

Tripel Karmeliet makes me rethink my cellar .... I really need to stock up on triples and other Belgians and let the RIS and BW's come as they may. I've been a fan of Belgium for years.. but actually typing this review is ponderous.

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

Tripel Karmeliet poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. A hazed yellow in appearance with a huge frothy head and some lace stickage.

Aroma of Hay, Grassy Euro Hops (slightly skunky), along with fruity esters.

Flavor follows the nose with a nice fruitiness and twang. Some clean wheat/oat flavors present that bring out a real barnyard element. Fruity flavors mimic pear/granny smith apple. Moderate hop bitterness keeps everything in check, alcohol is well hidden in the complex flavors.

A very smooth and delightfully crisp mouthfeel.

Overall a treat to embibe in. Strong and great as a night cap.

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Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You can always count on a Tripel to provide an abundance of rocky white head. Tripel Karmeliet delivers immediately and throws in a team of untiring acrobatic bubbles to boot. This fairly pale yet golden beer beams with brightness even despite its slight haziness. Between the sturdy crown and powerful resplendence there's few things that look more appropriate in a chalice.

The bouquet packs such a rush of bright citrus flavour you'd swear it was brewed with orange or lemon zest. Alas, such is just the wonder of Belgian yeast. Still, this aroma is good as sunlight itself and, combined with the scents of grass and feed stable grains, it practically screams of summer months in the countryside. There's a lot of tropical banana flavour in there too!

Not every producer that puts so much detail into their label art pays the same attention to the actual contents of the bottle - Tripel Karmeliet, however, absolutely does. This flavour is layered with cereal-, citrus-, and spice-driven flavours. It has a richness and elegance that can confidently be claimed among the style's best and is really rivaled only by a select few other Belgian producers (i.e., Westmalle).

Not only are there lemon drops as far as the eye can see, but orchard fruits like pear and apple also factor in by the bushel full. White pepper and lemongrass ensure a mix of both spicy and savory components, both of which work well with the dry and earthy tastes of farm-fresh hay, oats, and wholesome, bready malted barley. There's definitely no shortage of graininess!

For as long as I've been reviewing beer (over a decade now) I've always considered Karmeliet my absolute favourite Tripel. While the recipe seems to have changed a little in recent times (much lighter, more citrus-forward) it's still undoubtedly among the best regularly available tripel and probably THE one I'd point to for those aiming to learn about or emulate this great style.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA,

A: Pours a bright, pale orange colour, with a small, white head, into a Chiamy chalice.

S: Light at first, but as the beer warms up, a nice, phenolic, estery scent comes through.

T: Very complex, one of the best tasting tripels that I have ever had, lots of esters, apple and pear, with a bit of medicinal character.

M: Smooth, very smooth, phenolic, and medicinal, with a bit of alcohol character.

D: Overall, very good, a great tripel, one of the most complex beers you're going to find coming out of Belgium, a must buy.

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

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smell is big and fruity with lots of sweetness and pineapple and plum scents and a faint hint of medicine.

Taste is sweet and tart too with the expected coriander taste. Mostly the flavor of Granny Smith apples and plums comes through. The alcohol content shows itself as a nice warmth in your throat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good; this has a nice sweet sour and spice balance that goes down well.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Jan 2009, drank June 2007.

Poured into my magnificent 'Judas' glass (it's huge).

The body is an old gold colour with loads of carbonisation ripping through to replenish the large foaming head. The head began to shrink about half way though the drink, which was a shame because it looked fantastic at the start of the session.

The aroma was of yeast, sour apples and mixed spices, as the beer warmed, they intensified.

The alcohol is there foremost in the taste, but not overpowering enough to put you off, the other flavours of hops, yeast and apple-pie spices see to that.

Spices and a little citrus taste arrives in the mouthfeel, very pleasant.

Overall a very good beer, I have a soft spot for the Belgian Tripples and this is one of the best without a doubt.

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

Pours golden with a good head and decent lacing. Smell is sweet with some herbal and clove aromas. Spicy and sweet flavors up front with clove, black pepper, and coriander. Softens on the finish to a light breadiness. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but soft and sweet. Very easy drinking, and would be more so if the carbonation were a tad more restrained.

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

Dark amber color, slightly cloudy with smallish head and good lacing. Complex, spicy aromas and flavor. Muted hops and bitterness, nice malt backbone, somewhat boozy but very pleasant flavor. Yeasty and faintly citrusy. Carbonation is perfect, very nice mouthfeel. Highly drinkable despite the ABV, which may get you into a bit of trouble if you're not careful. Not the top of the heap, but close. Overall a really good tripel!

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

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and plenty of stickly lacing. On the nose I get an attractive, uncomplicated aroma of honey and underlying spice. Nothing mindblowing here, but it does smell pretty good. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there is also a hint of underlying citrus that is attractive. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and drinkability is pretty good.

This is a very nice, uncomplicated, easy to appreciate Belgian tripel. The relatively low alcohol makes it all the more drinkable and enjoyable. Not bad at all...

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Photo of flagmantho
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden yellow with only a touch of haze; lots of apparent effervescence and a huge white head of large bubbles. Appetizing.

Smell: light and airy but with a very delicious and sweet classic tripel aroma. A little pear, a little cherry, a little chalk; magnifique.

Taste: just spectacular. Light, sweet malt with a certain unctuousness which I just love. Flavor tracks with the aroma: pear, cherry, chalk; even a nice bitterness to round out the aroma. This is one extremely tasty tripel; definitely among my favorites.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation to create a deliciously appealing creaminess.

Drinkability: this is just one fantastic beer. Tripels are usually good at hiding their nuclear ABV and Tripel Karmeliet is no exception; throw in the amazing flavor and this is an experience I can't wait to repeat.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy yellow into a snifter. 3 inch head, significant visible carbonation, decent lacing.

Smells like candi sugar, Belgian yeast and floral aromas.

Lots of tastes going on here. Belgian sweetness, floral tastes, spicy pepper, rose petals, bubblegum, alcohol.

Medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated. Alcohol is present making it a bit harder to drink. Must sip.

One of the better tripels on the market but not the best.

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

A: Pours is pale golden, slightly hazy. A large creamy off-white head sinks after a while into fantastic lacings.

S: Obvious wheat; ripe bananas. Sweetness to the malt and loads of yeast and spices. Citric.

T: Sweet, but also dry malt. Loads of ripe bananas and oranges. Yeasty and spicy. Some honey lingering in the back.

M: Dry and semi-bitter aftertaste. Medium carbonation as well as body.

O: Complex and lovely. Well crafted.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml dark green bottle. Sampled on June 20, 2014.

Green. Uh oh.

It looks like a nice cloudy, unfiltered pale yellow pour building up a fozmy white head that sticks around for some time but slowly fades.

The aroma is pure Belgian and no green skunkiness. Thankfully. So I get toasted biscuit malts, Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, some pear, and light spice. Inviting.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy but leaning toward the heavy side.

The taste has a nice toasted biscuit character and Belgian sweetness to boast about. Some vague spice and pear play up the rear. Little to no hop character. Very enjoyable all told.

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Photo of Derek
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This corked 750ml is Best Before 08/09/07:

A: Clear golden liquid topped with a white head. Good retention, great lace.

S: Fruity esters (apple, pear, pineapple, banana), slight earthy spicyness, a little toffe & bread.

T: Light caramel/toffee, tropical fruit, honey, slight earthy spicyness. Alcohol warmth is very light; hint of acidity; just enough bitterness for balance. Very slight hint of solventy character. There's plenty of pleasant fruity esters, yet the fusil alcohol, phenol & cloves are really well-restrained (extensive cold lagering?). I think that the yeast gets a little out of control (too many by-products) with some tripels. Some might think this is boarding on a Belgian strong pale ale... but I'm loving it!

M: Moderate body is well attenuated, silky & finishes dry; fairly highly carbonated.

D: Exceptional (but it's fairly light on the alcohol for a tripel).

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
I've reviewed this in the bottle already but I don't think that I've had a bottle yet that does the beer justice.
Appears a transparent, light gold with a medium sized white cap that slowly fades out. Scattered chunks of lacing are left around the glass. Noticable amounts of CO2 streams rise to the top.
Smell is of honey, tropical fruit, vanilla, peach, and candi-sugar...it definitely lacks the grassy, husky, light struck aromas that I always seem to get in the the bottles.
Taste is nice. Tropical with papaya, mango, peach, mild banana, and sugary cream. Niiiice. High Five! -ala Borat.
Mouthfeel is nicely done with smoothness, excellent carbonation, and full bodied.

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Photo of dar482
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out extremely bubbling and huge. A third of the way into the bottle, the whole glass was taken up by head. Then after a bit of settling I poured the rest in. There’s a huge fluffy white head composed of tight bubbles. The beer is this gorgeous gold with some orange, slight haziness. There’s tons of champagne carbonation just flying up the glass.

The aroma is wonderful. Tons of orange, spice, banana, peach, lemon and lime peel. There’s tons of fruit, but also there’s that Belgian yeast breadiness that lingers, but the beer is still so fruity and light smelling.

Flavor follows with that sweet juicy orange, then some banana, then the clove and spice hits a bit. The breadiness and biscuity malt follows along with a gorgeous mouthfeel. The end has this drying note that invites you in for more.

This really has that wondeful combination of a bit of fruitness of La Fin du Monde, but also that really strong dry finish with the classic Belgian tripels. It’s a light refreshing beer and bounces around the palate. My favorite non barrel aged tripel.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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