Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

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Reviews: 1,379 | Ratings: 4,319
Photo of MoohMooh
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear (that is, before you pour the yeast residue), straw yellow. Looks a bit like apple juice, but yellower. Head is absolutely huge and stays for a while as a pretty solid ring of foam. Almost no lacing.

Smells of vanilla, caramel, coriander, bread; you can definitely smell the oats, but I'm not sure I would have identified it without reading the label. Alcohol coming on kinda strong.

Taste is very sweet and fruity, mainly apple and caramel. Grapes/raisin/dried plum as well. Pretty clear taste of alcohol. Some herbal hops. Honey? Some banana.

Pretty lively carbonation (a given, seeing how thick the head is) and medium body.

The alcohol is not very well hidden; too bad, because apart from that, it really smells and tastes fantastic, but I feel the alcohol presence would quickly become annoying after more than one bottle/pint.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It has a nice cloudy white look. Very sour smell to it, the taste isn't as sour as the smell but still super sour. It tastes like a sweet and sour hefeweizen.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I have tried to like this style of beer and it just doesn't work for me. From what I read if you like this style it's really good so I am not going to call it bad by any means. I just don't. Like it. Poured a nice color with a nice head. Had a nice smell though.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 33cl bottle into Westvleteren chalice.

L - Pale straw gold pour, thin foamy head.

S - Sweet pineapple, honeysuckle, sharp brett.

T - Honey, brett, grain, coriander spice.

F - Fine carbonation, dry finish.

Best balanced tripel, all the grains shine through. The spice notes help you move from one grain flavor to the next. The yeast and honey-like sweetness also make a mark. A quintessential tripel.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The look of this beer is it's only chink. Very gassy like a European premium pils, with a pleasing huge foamy head. Just can't escape all those bubbles unfortunately!!
Putting the appearance to one side, the beer scores very highly for me.
A super inviting aroma, light and fruity with an almost fresh apple scent.
Taste is excellent, exactly what I expect from a tripel, slightly sour, but tasting all those grains, with a hit of alcohol on the tongue that lingers.

The feel is no way as gassy as it looks thankfully, and actually goes down very smoothly.

It has to be one of the best tripels in my opinion. Trying this one is a must.

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

Bottle poured into glass

Hazy Straw , two finger silky white foam cap

Aroma of fruit, apple, pear

Taste of fruit and yeast

Smooth, creamy , delicious

Good beer

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Photo of puck1225
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best in the world! Had many times, and have never been disappointed. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Wonderfully fragrant, floral and fruity. The taste has many facets with lemon, apple and pear. Vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Rich and creamy head with great lacing. Bright yellow body. Love it!

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Photo of Tomesco
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Standard tripel: a rich gold color and cloudy. Lots of head.

Smell - Not very fragrant, even at cellar temp.

Taste - A bit more spice than an average tripel, with not much fruitiness,

Mouthfeel - Coats the mouth and bubbly.

Overall - An uninspiring tripel.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Light gold and cloudy. Huge frothy, white foam with an excellent lacing. Plenty of fruits in aroma upfront. Mostly citrus, but also some bananas. Bit of grainy notes, some hops floral hops. Medium high bitterness perfectly balanced by a bit of malty honey-sweetness. Medium body, oily and creamy, spicy, high carbonation, little bit of warm alcohol, long pleasant dry finish...

This one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle marked best by 6/13/18. Pours a cloudy golden color with two fingers of white head. Bright floral aroma. Light feel. Floral, wheat, spice, and bread flavors. A great tripel.

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Photo of drtth
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Using a gentle pour, the beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed golden yellow with a 2" dense, fluffy white head that begins to slowly recede, leaving behind large legs and arches of lacing. The beer shows lots of active, finely bubbled carbonation and the head eventually becomes a layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Sipping leaves scattered small patches of lacing after cleaning the side of the glass.

The aromas include some bready malt, some citrus and some light traces of green orchard fruit (pears and/or green apples).

The flavors are floral and lightly spicy with some clove and some pepper mingled in with green orchard fruit. There's both some floral sweetness and some light but noticeable bitterness in the background.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and almost creamy smooth with the very light, persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the floral, the spice and the fruit begin to fade, to followed by the sweetness which is replaced by some light bitterness. At the end, as the bitterness fades away, the very faint green orchard fruits and a touch of pepper re-emerge to slowly disappear yet again.

Definitely a drinkable Tripel with lots of interesting complexity in both the flavors and how they change over time. Next time I see this one I'll probably buy a few more to have on hand for when the mood strikes. I'd also like to try both this and my current favorite Tripel, the Westmalle, side-by-side to see which I wind up liking better.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of these to try. Got it good and cold, and tried it straight from the bottle. Smell was wonderful to me, oats and barley-- very easy to enjoy. Taste was not dissapointing at all, in fact, I'd consider it the best tasting Belgian Tripel I have ever tried. Very balanced taste, smooth, and no alcohol taste. Feel is a little sticky but not very heavy, with moderate carbonation.

I am pleased with this beer-- just a well put together beer IMO. I will make sure I get more of these in the future.

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Photo of ajm5108
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic tripel style, banana & clove with some alcohol phenol underneath thanks to the traditional Belgian yeast. Good mouthfeel and carbonation on the tongue

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Photo of DBosco
3.39/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 mL corked bottle, date on bottom says 5/4/2018. Hazy golden with swirling columns of carbonation in a Chimay goblet, long lasting fine creamy foam head. Smells of banana, alcohol, and a little sour straw. Tastes of banana and alcohol with some other spice flavors that just don't seem quite right. An unusual brew which tastes more like an odd mix of chemicals than the usual belgian characteristics. Mouthfeel is watery with some sting from carbonation and alcohol, but a little creamy. Overall, I was disappointed in this beer, partly because of the expectations raised by the high ratings others have given it. But really, I have had a good number of other tripels and this may be my least liked one - just something unnatural and unappealing "chemical" in its taste. What went wrong with this batch/bottle, or is it just some variation in individual preference - but my other reviews of tripels have been more in line with general consensus.

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Photo of kitch
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 12th March 2017. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: A wonderful clear golden colour with a two finger foamy white head that had pretty good retention, nice curtain lacing that eventually settles to a thin foamy cap.

Aroma: Wheaty, banana, clove and peach with light citrus and vanilla.

Taste: Zesty lemon sweetness, sour peach gummy candy, yeast, lightly bready and spicy with a hint of honey, banana and clove.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation with some obvious booziness every now and then.

Overall: Wow, this has to easily be one of my favourite Tripels and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try it. It would be almost perfect if the booziness was toned down a bit. Having said that, it’s still a great beer and easily a must buy beer for me.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a wonderful Tripel...I've been on a good streak this week! This one is a beautiful light golden color with a full 2 finger head...There is nice lacing as well... The first thing that hits you is the oats and barley (in the nose and mouth)....and then the sweet fruitness. Bananas and mellow citrus notes, followed by a little zing of spiciness. The yeast here is distinctly Belgian and the carbonation is at the proper sizzle... Very impressed, as I should be, as this ale won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup in its category (which is proudly displayed on the back of the bottle). Fantastic!

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold color, slightly cloudy. Foam white, fine-grained, high and stable, leaves a lot of decorations. Fruity aroma, with a hint of banana and rural accents. Taste: like aroma, marked fruitiness with hints of banana, vanilla and rural accents. Alcohol perfectly hidden. Saturation high, fits here.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a calm-looking hazy color with a modest sized head.

Smells of cloves, bananas, slight citric sourness, and a bundle of spicy fruits.

I feel like a lot of the tripels I've had have emphasized the sweetness more than this, and yet this is quite good. There is plenty of wheat, various spices, and a little bit of Belgian yeast present in the flavor. Yet, I can't shake the feeling that this could used a little bit more balance as the taste feels quite aggressive for the style.

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Photo of Buck89
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. A moderately hazy golden yellow color. The head was a bright white rocky cap that slowly settled. Aromas of straw, hay, banana, cherry, and wheat. I tasted the wheat first, followed with a medley of floral phenolics, banana, pepper, and hay. A touch of citrus. High carbonation and a medium-bodied feel. Slightly hot on the finish. Enjoyable, but not my favorite tripel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.26/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is one of those off kilter sized bottles. Mixture of light orange and gold in this one. 1/2" off white head. Wow, the aroma was weird, banana yeast phenols. Oh I get it. This isn't a triple ipa, this is a tripel, like a belgian tripel. Wow, liquor store might wanna rethink their promo for this one.

Residual caramel sweetness, excessive carbonation. Not enough hops, but then again, its a tripel. Not a belgian triple ipa. Bitter still. Kinda hot alcohol.

Wow this is rated really high and I don't know why. Lots of citrus at least. But too much sweetness. I liked it more than your average tripel, but not because of any tripel tendencies within the beer. Would not bang again.

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Photo of Magnetofunk
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 33cl bottle bought in Utrecht.
Poured in a bolleke, hazy and gold with with a very homogeneous head.
Sour citric smell, reminds of orange peel.
Wheat, fruity, orange and mango, very Belgian after taste.
Nice dense body as well as crisp, very good carbonation.
I liked it much more than expected, what a beuty

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

33 cl bottle (stamped "28/04/18") poured into a plastic cup. Very clear, pale golden yellow. Lush, frothy white head with a thick collar of lace. Rich aroma of mixed grains (barley, wheat, oats), spicy Belgian yeast and medicinal phenols. Taste follows aroma, but even fuller. Some honey sweetness, citrus and tropical fruit, spice and pepper. Alcoholic tingle emerges with warmth. Medium body with prickly carbonation. A big, boozy and robust brew.

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

Perfection in a glass. The appearance is a beautiful, light golden color with a massive, fluffy head and champagne-like bubbles everywhere. Spicy, lemony aroma with classic, funky flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast. Super high carbonation, per the style, and an incredibly crisp, dry finish. If I had to pick one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frank at Turbante, Coimbra,

A: Poured to a Duvel glass, the body presented itself as yellow crystalline with some visible carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. The head is white and was 2 finger thick.
A: The aroma is composed of citric tones, tangerine and lots of ginger. It's very floral as the ginger is really proeminent here.
T: Coming from the aroma, the taste is rather too strong because at every sip, the ginger is too harsh on the mouth and nose. It's like the taste is primarily good but unbalanced in structure.
M: The mouthfeel is medium density with some nice carbonation. Nothing worth nothing.
O: This was, I guess, the third time I had this beer but the first in a couple years. My first thought of this beer was very good as it was one of the first craft beers I've had but now it seems not very balanced, needing more work to maintain the ginger profile less proeminent.

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Photo of rand
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle to glass chalice

Bellwether example of the style, the Tripel Karmaliet has a light, yellow-orange color, while a gentle pour renders a huge fluffy head that quickly recedes. Sweetbread malts and Belgian yeasts anchor the nose, with notes of banana-cherry esters, lemon zest, oak.

Malt-forward on the palate, as sweet, bready aspects showcase yeasty esters. Distinct bananas. Notes of white pepper and cherry phenols add depth, along with a touch of citrus zest. Tones of oak and bittering hops dry the sip toward the close, with a touch of booze adding warmth (although as with any good Tripel, alcohol is masked for the ABV). Medium-light body with a oily-slick complexion, the beer finishes short with little lingering residuals.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,319 ratings