Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

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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 dmarch
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden color with a nice size head. Nice appearance. There is a lot of lambic-like aroma and a bit of sour taste as well. An interesting beer, just not what I expected out of a tripel. It leaves too much of a sour apple taste that just doesn't make me care to drink any more.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notes of three grain belgian 8% ABV top fermented, bottle conditioned.

Pour is a clear straw colored, with strings of carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass. Beautiful bubbly meringue head and excellent head retention throughout the drink.

Mixed berry scents, yeast scents. Wild flowers & open aired meadow aromas. Banana bread afterscents.

Sour sweet mixed cloves. Yeasty banana hints. Extremely clean, slightly oily finish.

Feel is a sudsy foamer with rolling bubbles on me tongue. Active yeasty 7-Up feel.

At a respectable 8% ABV, take that as as a warning. A bit complex to really be a session. This one makes me think and ponder about all the flavors and tastes. This is a drink to be appreciated, carefully.

Last swigs: Chimay like belg. Big ups to fellow BA Shapudding for this one! Schweet!!! I will seek this one again!

Beer is good. Happy belgian beering.

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

Pungent straps of flint, orange juice, cream and steel emerge from this sweaty broth. It is a giant, molten elixir of untamed wild flavors: nettles, calves bones, sugar syrup, citrus, soft-ripened cheese...
I gave this enthusiastic 4.5+ marks at the end of a marathon tasting last week. Now that I try it again I wonder if this is a case of bottle variation (the former notes from 750ml - this time from a 12 oz.) or beer-judging fatigue. The latter always seems to favor extreme, alcoholic and sweet styles like this.

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Photo of shapudding
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear and golden with tons of carbination. Nice, fluffy beaten eggwhite head. Scents of chardonnay and white grapes. The carbination bites you tongue. Vineous taste, almost champangne. Citrus and freshness. Front of the label at first makes me think, great another one in german where I can't learn anything about the beer just by looking, but like I keep telling my beerbuddy, blitheringidiot, "find the freaking website if ya need to know". There is a bit of info on the back though. Decent taste but just a bit too sweet for me to have more than one...

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

served in 750 mL green bottle with painted label.

(probably the single most beautiful bottle art i've ever seen, btw.)

this is one artistic beer!
looks very similar to champagne when poured into the glass. super bright yellow color with the finest head i've ever seen. bubbles are very reminiscent of champagne, but they retain well.
smells of flowers, slight touch of hopes and spicey coriandar. alcohol is well hidden in the nose.
taste is really delicate. no overpowering alcoholic rush at all. a nice horsebarn yeastiness is evident, hinting at lambic-like flavors. spicy and hoppy notes came around and just blew me away. not a big, over-the-top beer, but insanely complex grassy, flowery and spicy notes. the body of this one is so light and effervescent that i really think it could almost stand up to champage as an aperitif. a very poetic drink. i highly highly highly recommend the karmeliet. if you want a super complex beer, this is the one.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle looks just like the one in the picture. Label claims this is a three grain brew - wheat, oat and barley. No adjuncts listed on the Russian import label. Best before 3/25/05, I opened it on 4/24/04.

Pours a cloudy orangeish gold under a one finger white head that featured lots of big bubbles and disappeared quickly, leaving no lace. That's not at all what I look for in a Tripel. The nose is full of sweet candy sugar, with a touch of either anise or Grand Marnier Orange. The mouth is very prickly and light, like a heck of a lot of other beers. The taste features the sweet of candy and fruit liquer, with lots of sweet Belgian yeast to remind that this is a beer. The finish includes a crisp hoppy bite (OK, now I know it's beer), while the aftertaste recalls sweet fruitiness and fruity bitterness (a la cranberries). It's good, but there are many much better.

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

The body is clear and gold. The head is white and bountiful. It shouldn't look any different. Nor could it look any better.
Fragrant of lemon rinds, cane sugar, roses and unused urinal mints (you know, that sweetened herbal wintergreen smell).
Begins with a honeyed bread sensation. It's quickly invaded by cloves, pears, wheat, watermelon, cotton candy (the pink kind) and sugarcane. All of this is bathed in lemon. Bursts of pepper and curacao. Cracks of horsebarn yeastiness. Finishes fully floral. With lilac and rose petal notations and a delicate herbal astringency.
Soft and full in the mouth. Spritzy and cushioned. Foolishly drinkable.
World class. Aside from Allagash, I cannot think of a Tripel that compares.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this dumps out a lovely golden with a fat white head. looks great. the nose brings thoughts of lemons, oranges, vanilla, floral notes...smells like spring. in the mouth you get good carbonation teamed up with decent medium body, feels nice on the toungue. in the flavor department were talking citrus, lightly sweet malt, very small hints of spice, finishes with a def. warming alcohol bite. im not a huge fan of tripels, but this is a damn fine beer. tastey, lively in the mouth and a sight to behold, high fives to brouwerij bosteels for this one.

paid $2.99 for the small bottle

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Photo of HardTarget
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Old Monk; Dallas, Tx.
Aroma: An interesting combination of sour and sweet. The sour comes through with an orange twang, which is offset by a sweet vanilla. Somewhere in the mix I got a touch of nutmeg as well.
Appearance: A cloudy pale orange color with a nice white two finger head.
Flavor: Fruit. Forced to be more specific, mainly cherry and banana tastes, but more complexity than I could wrap my tongue around.
Mouthfeel: Medium body that gave a crisp, but lasting finish.
Overall Impression: A very tasty brew. The balance is strongly to the sweet, so this is much like a candy; not to be gobbled, but slowly nibbled for maximum enjoyment.

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Photo of abents
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle poured into a pint because I am lame and am relativly new to most belgian brews.
Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with a thick chunky white head. Carbonation runs rampant up the side of the glass. Nice lacing visible as well.

Smell: Aromas of malts and a sweet honey side to it as well. Possibly some fruity notes as well.

Taste: Wow, there is a whole lot of taste going on here. Let me attempt to explain. Fruity up front followed by very bready yeast and a great low key spiciness that adds to it's overall taste. Very good taste going on here, I am gonna need to try more of these things.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated almost too much for my liking, but as it sits it becomes more drinkable for me. Goes down pretty smooth, light/medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very carbonated and leaves me with burps, hard to take a big sip, but other than that this beer is gold. Great taste, fun to figure out what exactly it is I am tasting here. Complex as it can get and I like it.

Great beer, try again and again. If I try more belgians, maybe this will have to be updated but until then... I drink.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 750 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is golden, with a thick, foamy white head. The smell is a slight tartness. The taste is fairly flowery sweet, with a strong honeyish sweetness in the flavor and some candi sugar as well, with very little if any noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel is almost perfectly carbonated. As for drinkability, quite good and one I could definitely drink quite a few of.

Well, this beer was originally raised as a toast to my (soon-to-be) alma mater, California University of PA, and our women's basketball team winning the Div II national champion, but tonight we discovered that one of our favorite craft beer bars changed to a tacky beach theme, so we also raised it as a toast to our old place as well. A nice, flowery, sweet tripel that's definitely a new personal favorite in the style, and one I hope to see in Southwestern PA shortly.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: beautiful deep gold color, a lushous two-fingered layer of white foam, lots of rising bubbles, good head retention, flecks of lace

Aroma: dusty, cinnamony, malty, honey-like sweetness, floral hops, plummy fruitiness, perfumy (sage and roses?)

Flavor: mellow and round sweetness with a sort of musty undertone (perhaps from the oats?), a bit fruity and peppery, nice hop flavor, finishes dryish with a honey-ed aftertaste, slight acrid lingering flavor like saccharine

Mouthfeel: medium body, vigorous carbonation, soothing alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: I know this is one of the more "mainstream" beers in Belgium, but I think it's quite good despite that. Hadn't had one in a long timem, so I had kind of forgotten how good it is. The only detracting factor is that it is quite gassy (lots of burps) and the sweetness tends to stack up a bit and become almost cloying after a while.

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Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, served slightly chilled into my St Bernardus goblet. Pour is a clear, honey gold, with a large, rocky, white head. Thousands of tiny bubbles are in a hurry to reach the surface. Sheets of Brussels lace coat the glass, as the head recedes. Aroma is apricots and mango, some musty yeast, and a restrained spiciness of coriander and vanilla. Mouthfeel is fizzy, with a bite of alcohol. Taste is quite different from other Abbey Tripels, and that's what makes this one so interesting. Tropical fruits and bubblegum seem to prevail all the way through, but the oats and wheat add a totally new dimension to my perception of a Belgian Tripel. The yeast is bready in the taste, and the spice flavors are very subdued. The taste keeps reminding me of apricot flavored oatmeal. The alcohol is noticeable, but warming.
This is incredibly complex, and supremely enjoyable. I will definitely be getting some more bottles of this, as I fear I may have underrated it on my first sampling.

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Photo of tjd25
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden color with a slightly creamy head that made the first sip really pleasurable. Sweet citric aromas abound. The taste was what the smell made me guess it was: very citric, lemons, oranges and a nice sweetness that took of the tart that you could expect with the citrus. I could stick to that beer for the night. I only had a bottle though…I'll get this one again.

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

Very enjoyable beer. Really interesting. Golden copper in color. Pours with a nice medium white head. Fruity nose. Like fresh fruit. Really good. Medium body. Great beer. This is my second time having it and it is still a great beer. I would go by it again.

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

33 cL bottle best before 2/05. Pours a bronzy golden color with a big, rocky white head. Spicy, clovey aromas mixed with some peppery, honey-like smells. Quite inviting. Rather sweet initially, then shifting towards a more lemony, drier finish. I like this triple a lot; it's very complex. A touch too sweet, but awfully drinkable.

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

Huge Fluffy head with tons of aroma. There were wonderful hints of citrus and malt. The initial taste is actually kind of sour, but it gets sweeter as it goes down. There is almost a candy-like aftertaste. This is a very carbonated brew with tons of flavors rushing through. This is a wonderful Abbey tripel from Belgium.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally had a chance to try this brew at Anam Cara, and was extremely pleased. From what I could tell in the glow of the fireplace it had a nice golden color, and a surprisingly nice head (not too carbonated, just right.) Strong fruity flavor, easily drinkable, super smooth, peach and caramel aroma. I am partial to sweet\strong beers (Tripels and Barleywines) so if you are not you might find this beer a little too sweet, however if you are a fan of Belgian Tripels I'm certain you will enjoy this beer.

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

A wonderful brew! The beer flows into the glass leaving a wonderful head. Large bubbles create a fluffy white layer of foam. The bubbles stay with you throughout the entire beer giving the high carbonation I know and love in bottled beer from Belgium. The color is an exceptional light blonde color with outstanding clarity. The nose is fruity with spicy notes. The taste is bright and clean with a wonderful sensation of CO2 dancing on your tongue. Not a session beer due to it’s alcohol content but it’s tempting. :-)

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Photo of Jon
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing golden-blonde hue with a frothy, eggshell white head. Quite attractive in the glass.

Nose features fruity esters redolent of green apple, ripe pear and apricot. A spicy, earthy hop character peeks out from under the massive fruit presence, as well.

Definitively fruity and sweet. Additional notes of apple, apricot and pear resonate on the palate, with seemingly coriander and peppery spices, minor hints at phenols, and an alcoholic rush on the finish. Vastly flavorful, well-rounded, though never straying too far from its intrinsic fruity sweetness.

Carbonated, but not overdone like in some other tripels. Smooth and elegant.

Easy to drink given its weight and all the flavors packed inside. A classy, classic tripel whose attention is well-deserved. Good on tap, but preferred in the bottle.

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Photo of byrd
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a bubbly white head that diminishes pretty quickly to a thin lace that, in turn, lasts for quite a long time. The body is a golden amber and is almost clear with just a slight haze. Lots of carbonation is bubbling to the top. Quite a strong aroma that is slightly doughy and sweet. Some honey is noticeable on the nose as are spices – coriander, clove, and maybe nutmeg? Nice smooth sweet start with a honey sweetness that lasts throughout. Some notes of bubblegum and banana are also noticeable. A fluffy carbonation comes in mid swallow followed with noticeable spices and a slightly tart finish. Slightly warming on the swallow. Nice brew and fairly complex, yet it’s a bit on the sweet side. I’d like to try this one again, but there are other Belgians that I’ve enjoyed more that might temp me again before this one.

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

This beer reminded me why I like Belgian beers so much. Had on tap at Redbones. Color was faded golden, slightly cloudy. A fluffy, creamy white head perched on tap. My notes say "aroma is full of promise." I detected some musty, but still spicey notes, with even a whiff of perfume to top things off. Medium bodied, there is an abundance of fruit, with sweetness, crisp citrus, and then a finish of dusty cinnamon. And so smooth! A very delicious brew to be savored. Highly recommended. pat

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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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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,219 ratings