Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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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.

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Reviews: 1,318 | Ratings: 4,066
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Appearance: Mostly clear yellow-gold with thin head and slight lacing.

Smell: Sugar, vanilla, citrus, Belgian yeast and spice.

Taste: Pretty sweet with lemon, vanilla, orange and slight spice. An overall wheatiness becomes apparent at the end through the aftertaste. Bitterness is very low, and I would have preferred a little more.

Feel: Creamy full body with relatively low carbonation. Not as effervescent as other Tripels I have had, but good nonetheless.

Drinkability: Nice sipper, and the alcohol is not very apparent. While this was very nice, I personally prefer a Tripel with a little more hop bite.

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Photo of HighCarbDiet
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Zachary's in Tucson in a big 22oz tulip glass.

Poured well with a nice creamy head, about as thick as my "pinky."

The color is a clear, pale, golden, honey-like tone.

I'm still stuffed up, having a tough time with the smell... but I sense a pleasantness. Damn...

The flavor reminds me of honey. So does the body, as it has a slight syrupy feel to it, but not too much. I also sense a strong citrus/orange flavor. After a few big sniffs, I'm getting lots of cardamom too, which is weird, because usually the spiciness in a beer tastes like clove or cinnamon to me. The bitterness and maltiness are tough to track down. Little hop character.

The alcohol seems well hidden. I'm not really noticing it.

This beer is pretty sweet, but not so sweet as to reduce the drinkability.

I'm very happy to have found this on tap.

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Photo of Sensaray
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with luscious carbonation that's very bubbly

Smells fruity and spicy. Apples, pears, bubblegum. It smells like a tripel. Sweet lemony smell.

Theres a nice sweet fruity flavor, with accents of citrus and bready flavors. This has a decent spice to it.

The mouthfeel on my first sip seemed excessively carbonated, but then I realized my tongue was just kind of tingling from a smooth carbonation. Very dry finish as well. Didn't notice alcohol.

Good triple. Glad I tried but may only get once in a while.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Musty malt nose. Gold color with lots of little tiny bubbles in the goblet. A nice 1/4 to 1/2 inch white head results from the pour. Musty malty taste with and aftertaste of burnt corriander and apricot. Smooth medium mouth. A solid Tripel and at 8% quite drinkable.

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Photo of t3hcho53non3
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light gold with a slight haze. Small head that dissipates quickly

S: Malts, grains, citrus

T: Peachy, citrusy flavor. Hints of other fruits

M: Medium carbonation with dry finish

D: Very smooth and complex definitely need to taste more than one. You can tell the evolution between the two.

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Photo of mjc410
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Eulogy, poured into a generic heavy goblet. Forms very little head, has a bright golden color like Pilsner Urquelland slow columns of bubbles rising.

Smells grainy, mildly hoppy, perhaps some coriander like a Wit.

Tastes peppery-sweet with coriander. Moves to spicy alcohol, with a noble hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium thin, with light carbonation.

This is somplex, and yet easy drinking.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the 'Beer of the Week' at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary, enjoyed a bottle with dinner.
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a thin white head that dissipated rather quickly. Lots of yeast character in the smell. Malt and some sweetness, also some spice aroma.
There is a strong yeast flavor that might scare some people off, but I think it adds to the complexity. Lots of flavors, spicy bite along with the malt and grain flavors. Also has a warming alcohol aftertaste that made it nice to sip on a chilly night. Lots of carbonation made it feel almost fuzzy on the tongue. Well balanced, all around a top example of a tripel.

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Photo of mwalters
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is available in 750ml, however, I bought the 12oz 3-pack version. Very pretty bottle and the beer is a nice straw color. Very nice fresh citrus smell with hints of lemon. I love the taste with orange, lemon and citrus flavors. The yeast must really be unique in this beer. I did not care for the over carbonation. I don't like to have the beer foam up in my mouth when I take a drink. I do reccomend this beer though.

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Photo of joeskirkie
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL screen printed bottle poured slowly into a goblet yields a clear light orange body with a lively white head that dissipated quickly but left a lingering lace.

I mostly detect the spicy yeast aroma from it. Also orange rind and some citrus.

Taste starts off with a light spicy citrus then goes sweet with some honey notes and wraps up in a smooth finish.

On the tongue its bubbly but not too bubbly, so it's pretty relaxing.

I have no real complaints here. A good textbook Tripel. I could go with this one for a few more rounds.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with a white head. Aromas of a dry, Belgian candy sugar, and yeast. In the taste, a dry sweet malt and a hint of fruitiness. A smooth malty mouthfeell and a dry yeasty, and small sourness aftertaste. Very easy to drink, nice yeasty presence, a great triple.

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Photo of bifrostguard
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A sufficient straw yellow color with a tall white head and good effervescence.

S - Grains, dark and citrus fruits with a little alcohol.

T - Very grainy, just like a Belgian should taste. Enjoyable and light for the strength with a good amount of carbonation.

M - Light and crisp.

D - Pretty easy to drink. There are few Belgian beers crisper and livelier than this one.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap tonight at the distributor showdown at Cask and Vine.
Dark golden color big white head. Rich bready fruity maltiness with some peppery clove phenols to balance. Nice tripel.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a four or five finger huge fluffy-sudsy head. Lacing is big, stripy, middle-lasting. Body is a peach-banana yellow.

Smell: Bananas, apples, corkiness, grapefruit rind. A nice, well-balanced aroma with a lot of character.

Taste: Corkiness, bready or yeasty quality. Green apples, apple cider, astringency.

Mouthfeel: Astringent, slightly. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for such a large beer. A good beer.

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Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before Date 13/12/12/

Super tripel smell when opened, one of the best though this gorgeous aroma sadly diluted once poured in the glass. To look at this it is much more yellow in colour than I expected and there is a constant glossy thinnish white foamy head. Nice taste, sweeter and probably cleaner than Westmalle Tripel too. Its probablt more immediately likeable compared to Westmalle Tripel as well but it is pretty simple with little real individuality compared to thje later as well. Lacking in complexity and development as well but likeable and an excellent introduction into the beery world of the tripel.

But it ain't no Westmalle Tripel.

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Photo of brunomorenodebrito
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden, white head with good formation and retention. In the nose fruity, spicy and orange, maltiness in second plan with earthiness os yeast. In the taste nice balance, maltiness, orange and yeast fruitness really in equilibirum. Really great belgian tripel, one of my favorites

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Photo of ajm5108
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazey pour. Light orange, golden topped with a good size white head. Good lacing, sticky and sweet.
Corriander, clove, lemon, some biscuit and pear round out the nose, which springs forth about 2 feet away.
Refreshing taste. Light orange zest and lemon. Yeast and biscuit in the middle. The end is sticky and crisp. Perhaps too light, but this would be good in the summer instead of during a snow storm that had thunder and lightning.

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Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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 hyland24
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a bottle into a goblet.

A- Cloudy gold with a one and a half inch white foam head. Left a thick white foam sheet that covered the sides of the goblet.

S- Fruit smells with hints of citrus, apple and banana with a strong alcohol finish.

T- Sweet fruit flavors with raisin, hops and a slight alcohol warmth though not a strong as the smell would lead you to believe. Finishes slightly bitter but clean.

MF&D- Very high carbonation but suits this beer well. light bodied but leaves behind a sweet sticky coating in the mouth. Very good beer but not quite worth the $15.99 price tag on the 4-pack.

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Photo of hike20
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with quite possibly the biggest head I've seen. Very bubbly. Strong aroma of yeast, malts, citrus. Flavor of orange peel, malt, and spice. Nicely balanced and a good mouth feel. Finish remains balanced between sweet and bitter. Very nice beer overall. I;m far from experienced in Belgian tripels but this gives reason to try a few more.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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 bogus564
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a big mug at my favorite watering hole...

A: It looks like what I'd expect a tripel to look like; golden amber in color, a less than 1 cm wheat colored head that just does not last.

S: Pepper right off the bat. A decent balance of hops and yeast and malt in your nose. Cloves as well.

T: It certainly tastes like a tripel, meaning this bugger is sweet. I'm getting the usual suspects of tripel, and anise and cloves. It's interesting; I don't know if I love it, but at least it's making me think.

M: There's enough going on with this beer to hold my attention. Good body, good carbonation, good on the palate.

O: As a tripel should be, it's sweet. If you are a fan of this style as I am, you'll enjoy this beer, especially with a big ol' plate of fish 'n chips. Cheers.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time trying today. Lovely on so many levels.
BuckeyeNation described it in ways I can't, but I liked it almost as much. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of mjw06
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zero to little head when it was served to me. My assumption is this may have had something to do with the glass not being completely dry, but I can only judge off of what I had. The hazy orange tinted yellow was as clear as hazy can be, if that makes sense.

The nose was balanced but left some to be desired. Spicy, but not just in the sense of a lot of spices, but that it actually have a little extra kick to it.

Strongly present residual malts lead the way in the taste and occur mostly mid-tongue and follow thru to the finish. Dry and spicy all over. Hop character was very balanced, as well as a very balanced hop to citrus spice. A nearly perfect feel lends much favor to the taste and drinkability. Great brew. Could have enjoyed many more that night if I wasn't on a budget, ;)

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Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice golden color with a big white head that settled down do a mallow-like lid on my beer.

The aroma is of cider and pear and just flat out sweetness.

The flavor is very sweet with some apple notes and a lot of pear flavor. It is real sweet with some alcohol presence but not real warming. This is a pretty tasty brew.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer and I would recommend it.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,066 ratings.
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