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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 dannyvee
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on tap at redbones in a small stemmed glass. nice puffy white head. aromas of earthy yeast and fruit. quite complex in the nose. taste was just as amazing- citrus, belgian malt, caramel and yeast. medium to full body. this was a wonderful find and one that i will seek out in the future.

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Photo of hyuga
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After I loosened the wire cage around the cork on this 750ml bottle of this beer it shot away with a loud "pop," the carbonation pushing out some of the beer with it. Luckily, not too much escaped. This is a beautiful beer. I wish I had the glass designed for this beer so it would be displayed as it was meant to be displayed, especially since the glass for this beer is equally beautiful. Since I don't, I picked something close enough from my collection for smelling and tasting purposes and gave it a go. A huge rocky head forms very quickly on this beer, so a gentle pour is required. Below this massive white fluffy cloud of bubbles is an orangish straw-colored brew. Big splotches of lace are left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is full of complexities, including wheaty and oatmeal characteristics, yeast spiciness, vanilla, orange frosting, and what i'd describe as a tea bag aroma with some hints of medicinal herb. Very creamy on the palate with a good amount of carbonation. Complex flavors meet every taste bud in a different way. A sweetness from the combined barley, wheat, and oats is the main characteristic of this brew. It has complexity in itself from these 3 grains used in the brewing of this elixir. Orange-like yeast spiciness compliments the sweetness perfectly along with a medicinal character and a tinge of vanilla and bubble gum. This certainly is an amazing beer. One of the best tripels I've tasted, and certainly the most unique. Very well-balanced and great in every aspect.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper color with huge long lasting white head. Great lacing and a steady stream of bubbles. Malty and sweet aroma with orange and lemon. Crisp mouthfeel from the strong carbonation. Dry finish. Very well balanced bitterness keep the sweetness in line.

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Photo of yen157
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unmanageably huge, rocky head. Golden-yellow in color with very attractive CO2 streamers decorating the interior of the glass. The nose consisted of sour-ish pear and some candy sugar. Granny smith apple start to the taste, followed by pale Belgian malt and warming alcohol peppered with, well, pepper and some phenols. Good fruitiness and cleansing carbonation. Well done. I haven’t had this one earlier because it was something that was so common that I always said “some other time”. I’m glad “some other time” rolled around.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super clear golden yellow with some steady distributed carbonation bubbles flowing within, a finger high white head of thick froth that retains for a bit, settles to a thick puffed haze on top remaining present the whole glass down, lace begins as sheets but falls apart quickly leaving webby globs.

Aroma is quite complex and very interesting with a ton of stuff going on, mainly an overall dulled orange peel zest with a sweet sour dough bread rolled into a musty/musky yeastyness that gives it a nice smokey appeal that gives it some brothyness and makes it almost seem like the fruit has rotted or something. Doesn't sound good but man its nice, notes of banana, nectarine, lime, lemon zest, pepperjack, moldy wood, wet dirt, onion, tomato, boy I could continue with all the soupy & fruity things mixing in the smell of this thing but I think I'll stop there before my nose explodes. Wow!

Surprisingly enough the taste comes across nearly the same as the smell but its not as potent and not quite as complex as what the smell hints too. There's a nice tangy sour dough bread malt sweetness to its front, oats and wheat make for some incredible sweetening and the middle is speckled with notes of different dullish citrus fruits of orange, lemon, pineapple, and lime, some slight yeasty tang and light spice of clove and meat broth makes a brief appearance as not to overwhelm that are note worthy from midway all the way to the finishing areas where it leaves more twangy sweetness and light citrus in the finish.

Feel is a solid medium body with a wierd smoothness thats hard to fathom, but reminded me of light soup. Whats with the soup aspects of this beer? Buttery-like smoothness that actually has a nice hold of carbonation that seems to fit the citrusy sweetness and the finish has a subtle complexity of things portrayed in the smell. Politely skipping across is a lime-like twinge left on the lips after each sip. One hell of an interesting Triple, this is more of what I look for from a Triple other then a mega hefe profile of clove and yeast thats been multiplied. This was very interesting and now I am left wondering if its like this all the time. Reviews of this seem to be widely diverse so I will definately get some more soon and try again to make sure this is something that continues to comes across as the same. Either way; this bottle was all Yum!!

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice presentation with a big glass with lily flowers drawn on. Hazy olden color with a pretty fine white head, rather large, but it doesnt stay up its throne long. Superb aroma of flowers and fruits. I'm really tempted. Very complex flavor developments in mouth. I can't count all those fruits: orange, banana, apples, lemon. Was that butter? Spicy, yeasty. Refreshing tartness spreading out, more hops than most triples. Comfortable medium mouthfeel that bites the tongue a bit when too fresh, it's so easy to drink it's not even funny. Pleasant aftertaste. Almost ridiculously complex. The perfect type of beer I wish to have more once I'm done with the first bottle. Delicious, the best tripel I've had up to now. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of Gavage
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a large Tripel Karmeliet glass that had nice etchings and the logo. It was a beautiful gold color with a thick white head. The aroma was phenominal - floral, malt, spice, and yeast. I found myself just enjoying the aroma several times during the drink since it was so enticing.

The taste was slighlty sweet, spicy and bitter. Well balanced. Slightly dry on the tongue and during the aftertaste. The bitterness also rode the tongue for a bit. The alcohol level was not very noticeable making this an extremely drinkable belgian tripel. I was so pleased I had another...

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a wonderful fluffy white chiffon like head.
Seemed as if whipped to a light dense sculptured form that hovered over the beer’s surface.
By the time I held my glass on high to gaze at the wondrous libation, that foamy fluffy froth active in the glass clung with a certain tenacity gracing the walls with a web, of lace and bubbles ..

The room light reflected with rays of clear golden yellow-straw color, all the while bubbles materialized and darted to the surface with abandon.

I was greeted by a yeasty, sweet nose- undertones of lemon and assorted hints of sweet natural fruity citrus tunneled through the head all the while spreading notes of malted grains. A background of alcohol kept the doors of beer perception cleansed....

The flavor begins with a slightly sweet manner. After making it’s debut and receding into a bitter hint of a melodious compound of hops and malt-- I can’t taste the oats, or the wheat or the barley, but their combination builds a wonderful flavor like a suspense novel that prods the reader to turning the pages.-In this case the beer’s flavor prods me to taking sip after sip after...

The finish lingers with a boisterous note of citrus once again- the flavor and character of the beer stayed put upon my palate

When enjoying Karmeliet Tripel, I keep trying to draw the last molecules of this beer from my empty laced glass.


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Photo of Popsinc
3.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: First of all, one of my favorite glasses around. Just an over-sized glass with great markings. Excellent to look at. A clear golden pour with a very generous head.

Smell: Hints of caramel and summery fruits...apricot etc but nothing overpowering or really in your face.

Taste: The taste is light and malty with a semi sweet fruitiness. Some hints of caramel, wheat and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: A little bit too smooth and dull. Lack of a lively body.

Drinkability: the beer itself is decent....alittle better than average maybe. But it is the glass that makes me want to try another.

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Photo of saltydog
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on draft at Cafe Botteltje in Ostend. Appearance: Big, creamy head, orange color, crystal clear. Aroma; Hops, malty, very clean. Flavor: Malt dominates; does not taste as hoppy or as dry as the bottled version. Finish: Clean and very crisp. Again, not as dry as bottles.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The warmer this beer became, the better it tasted in my opinion. It poured a large sized white frothy, creamy head that contained fine sized bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body was cloudy with lively carbonation and a golden hue. The nose was fruity, spicy, coriander and some clove. The flavor was fruity, sweet, some spiceness and smooth. The mouthfeel was a little tingly, smooth and bubbly with a thin texture. It was light bodied with good lacing.

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Photo of euskera
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ML Green bottle...

Typical triple appearance, slightly opaque and a golden color with a nice fluffy head. Lots of citrus and yeast overtones, cloves and spices intermingling quite nicely. A very drinkable concoction that will not disappoint in the least. Highly recommended..

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Photo of JISurfer
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No thanks for this one. I thought this one was waaay to sweet. It had the similar elements of most Belgians, but much more sweeter. I also noticed the ever present element of skunk, which was present in the taste, as well as the smell. I was not happy with this one and just consider this one a mark in the "L" column.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sharp golden orange with strong effervescence and a beautiful fluffy white head. The lace is fine, smooth, yet sticks to the glass. The aroma is fruity, of bubble gum, hints of spices, fresh and full. The taste is smooth and sweet with a well-balanced dry finish. The MF is smooth and soft with a wonderful transition from sweet to dry.
IMHO: A well balanced triple with no big surprises, and is subtly complex. Karmeliet has a great combination of flavors and smooth transitions.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blonde/orange color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, floral and fruity (peaches and bananas). Medium bodied tripel. Malty, yeasty and bright. Herbal hoppiness. Touch of barnyard. Touch of dryness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Nice beer.

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Photo of BierReise
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My rating is for a 75cl corked green bottle. This one opened like champagne and poured just the same with a high carbonation and a champagne like head. The head settles down to a creamy dense froth and rests there the duration. Lacing is subtle and scattered inside the glass in various places. Tiny streams of bubbles rise gallantly from the bottom of the glass throughout the session. Aroma is fruity and spicy with a subtle earthiness to it. The mouthfeel is like a comfortable pillow, smooth and delicate with a warming finish. Flavor is as complex as any good Tripel I've had and the use of three grains enhances the complexity even more. Fruity, earthy sweet and a full complex malt flavor. This bottle was good to the very last drop and I enjoyed it completely. Thanks JohnnyDuvel :)

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice-looking right from the bottle, with a hazy orange/peach color and a medium-thin white head. Good lace. Aroma is largely tropical fruit with a hint of yeast. The flavor is quite full, with a big, well-rounded fruit flavor, and just a hint of vanilla and banana in the end. A very nice tripel, which stood up to the pizza I ate it with and would do quite nicely on its own.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown glass bottle. Sampled at Rosemary's at the Rio in Las Vegas.

This tripel poured a clear, golden color with towering white foam that was long lasting and clung to the glass. The smell was fruity (orange) with notes of candy sugar and malt, and was very pleasant to sniff. The taste was mildly sweet and fruity with a bit of candy sugar and some alcohol detected. The mouthfeel was smooth and light on the tongue and was a bit warming. The body was medium with low carbonation feel. A very nice and enjoyable tripel.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Yellow color with a quick head that builds fast but easily dissipates.

Smell – Yeasty aroma with a hint of fruit and citrus mixed with some light spices.

Taste – The spiciness really comes through in the taste, but this is no lightweight. The yeast comes up quickly, and it’s a unique flavor that’s sprinkled with more spice and a soft, fluffy feel. Venom’s, “powdered sugar and soft coriander,” analogy fits well here.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is right on. The smoothness is amazing.

Drinkability – This is a well put together brew, but it’s not your average Abbey Trippel. This has more fruity spices than normal so might disappoint the non-adventurous drinker.

Update – This was one of the first reviews that I posted on the site back in August of 2003. Now that it’s been a little over two years I thought I give this a go again.

First off, the head was much better and showed good retention. After tasting and reviewing a boatload of Tripels (OK, 42 to date) I really appreciated the rank odor and sharp flavors of this Bosteel offering. I jacked nearly all of the scores up my 0.5 point and hogged the entire champagne bottle to myself.

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Photo of granger10
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa, this is a nice beer, if it is indeed a beer. Tastes a lot like champagne, but most Tripels do. Lots of complexity and strong alcohol taste but not overpowering by any means. Ripe fruits come and go. Other malts are there with some non-bitter hops. Slightly spicy and refreshing finish. This would be great for celebrating something with or sharing with a girl. Well, not as good as a flavored lambic, but close.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Quite cloudy medium golden color; exhibits a large and lingering snow-white head and excellent, glass-coating lace. The carbonation is profuse and champagne-like.

Aroma: Strong, seductive aroma of cloves, vanilla, and yeast, with some spicy alcohol for good measure, truly an olfactory feast.

Taste: Begins with an incredibly spicy, slightly sweet melange of flavors: spicy alcohol, sweet fruits, and honey. Grassy notes appear in the middle of the taste. Sweet, spicy, and quite warming alcohol flavors become more pronounced as the taste progresses and utterly dominate near the finish. Hidden beneath the alcohol notes is a hint of restrained hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Incredibly smooth, full, and creamy mouth feel, simply excellent.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderful beer, perhaps best suited for dessert, its strong, spicy character might prove daunting if consumed as a session beer.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 4 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer has a Huge frothy white head. It is Clear golden colored, like a pilsener.
Aroma: nothing jumps out at me, but then again, I don't have a great sense of smell
Flavor: It has a rich, sweet taste w/ some yeastiness.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow, it looks a bit like a US lager with a fat, foamy white head. A strong citrus, somewhere between lemon and orange, is most immediately noticeable in the smell. The taste is strongly citric and a bit astringent. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The taste is nice but many tripels surpass it.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-yellow in color with a thick white head. The aroma is herbal and medicinal, fruity with lemony-citrus aromas. It has the fresh hay smell like some lambics. The flavor has a fruity sweetness with the lemon flavors, I also get the medicinal, fresh flavors. It is a medium-full bodied beer, but smooth and easy drinking, with a slight dry bitter finish.

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Photo of stcules
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong golden colour, with oranged reflexes, a lot of creamy and white foam. The smell is very fresh, herbaceous and floreal (roses?), with cream, cereals (oats). Fizzy (maybe a little too much), with a round taste, but "simple", without the complexity of the smell. Maybe lightly tannic-wood. The body is medium and round, with a good hop. We found a clear difference between two glasses, one with the bottom (yeast) of the bottle, and the other without it. In the first it was noticeable even some solvent...

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,172 ratings
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