Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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4,105 Ratings
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:
4,105
Reviews:
1,324
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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314
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947
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: pours a very very pale and light hay color that is just slightly hazy with a small amount of carbonation bubbles and a three finger head that is pure white, very light and fluffy and lingers very nicely, leaves a decent amount of lacing
S: very night slight peppery notes and a gentle lemon peel scent, a nice grainy note like honey nut cheerios
T: really nice taste, reminds me kind of like a really faint apple juice, slight spice and clove notes, finishes with a bit of a bitter note, there is a slight bubble gum note in the front of the sip as well
M: gentle carbonation tingle but definitely fizzy, smooth and airy across the palate, leaves the mouth feeling slightly dry
O: given its overall rating, i had expected more complexity, i do suppose that this is a spot on representation of the style, it hits right as it should, drinks nicely enough and the alcohol is not perceivable

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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/24/12

Appearance: Pale golden yellow, hazy, with a giant, bright white head - chunks of fluffy lacing stick to the glass

Smell: Belgian yeast and sweet malts, quite clearly a Belgian Tripel - bananas, clove, some bubblegum - some spices - sweet, pale malts, and some sweet grains - plenty of candi sugar - some hay, some light fruits

Taste: Sweet malts, candi sugar, and yeast - pale malts and some light grains, with a touch of hay - Belgian yeast, with banana candy, sugary bubblegum, and some clove - slightly spicy, with some light fruits - tasty, but too sweet - increasingly phenolic as it warms up

Mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation, smooth and grainy, medium body

Overall: A very good example of the style, but not epic

This is a solid tripel. It's pretty balanced, and it's distinctly Belgian. It's a little sweeter than I like a tripel, but it's good. Worth a try.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed gold/dark straw. Head is fluffy and bright-white. Crazy retention. Drops to a fluffy cap that sticks around. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Ripe banana and bubblegum. Yeast is spicy and throws some clove with a big pepper component. Lemon, hay, and grass. Some sweetness. Pale malts and bready yeast. Yeast is aggressive. Apples and some pears. Very fruity with a pronounced floral edge.

Taste: Banana with a floral wrapper. Heavy yeast. Clove and bubblegum are dealt with a heavy hand. Pepper and apple sweetness. Sweetness is intense. Some pale bready malts. Floral honey. Grass and a mild earthy funk. Super Belgian and yeasty. Lemon flesh without the tart edge.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. High carbonation dries everything out. Clean finish with some lingering spice.

Overall: Unrelenting and unapologetically Belgian. You want to taste Belgian yeast, drink this. Too aggressive in the long run.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy, milky gold. Slightly hazy. The head is huge and shows off the carbonation, but even without the head, the liquid is full of bubbles that never really stop. Head is huge and white, with all sized bubbles. Major sticky lacing.

Smells like a fruit farm. Lots of different kinds of fruits too...green apple, pear, grape, faint notes of citrus. Belgian yeast. Pepper and other spices.

I can taste why it's won awards. Fruit forward. Belgian yeast and Belgian sugars. Fruit cake. Spices and a touch of hops in the finish.

Complexity. Sweet mixed with tart mixed with spice. Plenty of cleansing carbonation. Acidic, but not overly so. Medium bodied. Just a note of bitterness in the finish. Slightest bit of heat in the swallow.

A tremendous beer all around. No weak spots. Easy to drink, smooth, alcohol is present, but plays nicely. Would love to have a few more of these.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,105 ratings.
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