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Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
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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 Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with a few fingers of white foam on top. Head formation is huge, even with a moderate pour. Good head retention with a few large patches of lacing left behind. Aroma is pale, biscuit, and bread malts with clove, citrus, pear, and grape notes. Lots going on in this dry aroma. Flavor profile is pear, citrus, and white grapes right out front. Biscuit, pale, and bread malts form a supportive, semi-earthy base for the fruits to shine. Mouth feel is slightly effervescent, with a medium thickness. Overall, a very pleasing triple that offers some different notes in both the aroma and flavor profile. It has a bit of a dry taste, but is wonderfully executed and tasty.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of _nickg_
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bat6
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a big Duvel glass

L: produces about 3" of beer and 3" of soapy uneven head. not "rocky", but not level. Carbonation geysers from the bottom of this more-amber-than-pale tripel. Head reduces to 1" after 2 minutes, light lace trails down the glass for 20+ minutes. This beer looks fabulous

S: light-but-complex. white grape, dry pear, vanilla, definite banana-yeast w/ a distinct hint of rising cookie dough. clove

T: vanilla, white grape, sweet apple, sweet pear, the finish on this is magnificent. It trails gently off the palate. no "off" flavors, not even hints, tastes fantastic

F: foamy, chewy-but-light on the palate. This has the slightest waxy/slick character that leaves a faint coating on the palate and makes the great flavors linger. Not cloying

O: Well this is a masterpiece, I can't even mince any points. It's one thing to identify whether a beer is doing what it's supposed to do according to style, and it's another thing entirely to simply enjoy the beer. Tripel Karmaliet hits all the right points and I love drinking it

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

Photo of Nace4
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zombiefeynman
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houborg1
3.27/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mit09
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SSGCujo
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sean82
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely love this strong Belgian Trippel. Fell in love with when I first tried it in Bruges/Brugge
Whilst quite strong, it is such an easy drinking, and smooth beer. Absolutely amazing.

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Photo of StormAles
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pmcclure
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I personally enjoyed this beer more than Delirium Tremens and will certainly be looking for it again. Very classic beer with a perfect balance between the sweet malty notes and the booziness of a classic Abbey Tripel. Such an enjoyable beer to sip slowly out of a tulip.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tyjohnson55
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgrunin
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidR_9
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dkouwe
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BluesBreaker_89
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured steadily into a Rochefort chalice. One finger pristine white head. Hazy light golden yellow colour. Great looking beer.

Fantastic on the nose; light and floral with banana, cloves, pepper and fresh baked bread crust.

I get flavours of banana with honey and sugar, followed up with fresh hay, bread and spiciness; cloves, and black pepper mainly. As with the smell, there are some floral notes there, too. Smooth with very little bitterness and no alcohol to speak of. Peppery aftertaste. This is a complex tripel, and is certainly the best I've had. The flavours couldn't be better balanced. Truly fantastic!

The feel of this beer is truly excellent. Perfect carbonation levels in my opinion, which really helps the flavours develop on the palette. The carbonation, however, doesn't subtract from the smooth, creamy texture and feel of the beer.

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Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Best by 8/25/18, had 2/17/17.

Pours a clear, bright, pale yellow with a two inch foamy head- with great retention, and lots of foamy lacing. Very active carbonation. Smells of Belgian yeast, light banana, cloves, black pepper, bread, light malt, other spices- maybe coriander. A little funky and straw- like. The taste also leads with the Belgian yeast, then cloves, a little more malt than the nose, spices, some pears and apples. Still a little bready, a bit of lemon. Smooth, dry, creamy, a solid medium body, the carbonation is on the high side.

A classic Tripel that's well executed. I appreciate this more, each time I have it. One of the best for the style, make sure to give it a try.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy golden yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing arranging itself nicely around the glass. The smell had a nice blend of sweet iced apple with a light citrus bitterness and then a light clove to even things out a bit. The taste was mainly sweet but carried a nice crisp spice to it through the clove. There’s a slight sticky sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but not overbearing. I say this was good. Overall, I say that this was a pretty good tripel that I would have again.

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Photo of Roguer
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A medium-strength pour produces a solid, 1-1/2 finger white head with really excellent retention; halfway through the glass, there's still about a 1/8 finger remaining. Body is golden and hazy, showing plenty of action.

Aroma is classic Tripel: clove, banana, spice, lemon, and honey. Flavor follows, with a sweet, malty, thick body, spiced with clove, banana, light sweet citrus, and honey. Full bodied, exactly as you'd expect for the style.

This is a really fantastic, classic Tripel. It checks all the right boxes and hits all the right notes. Truly sublime.

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Photo of mamaraza
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,166 ratings
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