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

Golden yellow pour into a chalice. This one is so carbonated the foam spills all over the place when I open the bottle.. a particularly annoying trend I am noticing with some of these Belgians. Needless to say, there is a mountain of head in this one that fills almost half of my glass.

Smell is lemon and orange, with some pepper and other assorted spices. I find a sweet caramel smell at the back as well.

Taste is similar to the smell.. very sweet and citrusy up front and spicy and peppery at the end. The end is very interesting and spicy, with a mild amount of alcohol present.

Very drinkable. Probably one of the better tripels.

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

A: A pale orangeish color (apricot comes to mind...) with a relatively small amount of white head, which is fed by a seemingly endless stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S: Caramel malts, a hefty, hefty hit of lemon and coriander and a slight earthy yeastiness, as well as some peppery notes. A good smelling beer.

T: Light malts, a caramel/toffee sweetness. Coriander, lemon, tropical fruits and earthy yeast again in the middle, and the peppery alcohol on the finish. A nice kiss of herbal hops that really blends with the middle flavor. A well balanced and easy drinking beer.

M: Moderate, sticky body is lifted up by lots of carbonation. Too much carbonation, in my opinion, because it gets in the way of tasting the beer.

O: Worth checking out for sure, a solid beer. It hides the alcohol well, without being too obvious about it.

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

So tonight at the Beer Sellar was the New Holland beer tapping party. They now have four New Holland beers on tap including the Imperial Hatter, the Mad Hatter India Pale Ale, the Dragon’s Milk and the Beerhive Tripel. We are not drinking anything from New Holland, but we are drinking a Tripel. We are sipping on the Tripel Karmeliet. According to my good friend Jake Long, this beer is very popular over seas. Let’s see what she smells like. (That sounded horrible!)

This beer smells awesome. I don’t want to say it smells like soda… but it smells like soda. Perhaps a Mountain Dew or Mellow Yellow, if you are familiar with those drinks. It has a very heavy citrus nose… one that keeps me sticking my face back into the glass for one more sniffy sniff. (Thanks to Gary Vaynerchuk for that one. He is famous for saying, “sniffy sniff”.) Sometimes beers that smell amazing are in fact not… so let’s see what she tastes like. (Man, I am on a roll here.)

The beer starts very smooth and crisp on the front of the tongue. Then it settles down a bit, and begins to provide an almost velvet mouthfeel… something that is truly hard to explain. The aftertaste is weak too. But the thing that impresses me most about this beer is that it smells totally different than it tastes; and that’s a good thing. The beer, for having such a high ABV, is quite drinkable.

I am not familiar with the brewery, or the beer for that matter. But I like it. This is one good brew. Again, just because it smells good and tastes good… but provides my palate with two totally different experiences. Bottoms up people!

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

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Mousse moyenne sur robe or-cuivrée opalescente.
Smell : Nez d'alcool qui s'evapore à la faveur de l'épanouissement d'un riche bouquet de coriandre et de levure enrobé d'orange douce.
Taste and mouthfeel : Très douce en bouche, elle déroule délicatement son voile d'orange qui s'epanouit au fil des gorgées
Drinkability : une bière gourmande

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured as a hazy orange yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. It had a pretty good lacing also. The smell of Beligan yeast and some citrusy aromas were heavy in this one. The taste on the first sip was a bit boozy I thought, as I drank more it got much better. Some nice yeasty flavors with some fruit in there too. The mouthfeel is a smooth with a decent carbonation to it. Overall the I thought that this brew was very nice.

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Photo of scott451
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before date 09-08-2012. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Poured an effervescent clear gold with a two finger bubbly head. Good head retention and moderate lacing. The nucleated glass helps retain a thin head.

Smells of spicy phenols. Cinnamon, coriander. Pretty complex overall so individual elements are difficult to pick out. Tastes of bready yeasts with some alcoholic fruitiness. Peppery noted compete with the yeastiness.

Medium body and good carbonation. A pretty good triple overall. The peppery notes are fairly unique. A bid yeasty foe me. For god's sake don't let any sediment into your glass.

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

Poured a nice straw color with a slight haze to it. The off white head was massive and pillowey. Aroma is spicey, earthy, yeasty and tropical with maybe the slightest skunk. Tastes similar to the smell but the banana yeast flavor is super strong. Alcohol is warming to the tum but not really detectable in the taste. A really nicely spiced tripel that towards the end starts to get a little cloying. Feel is slick but slightly thinner than medium. This is pretty drinkable.

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

The beer poured with a clear and rich golden colour. The head was huge, white, very moussy and goes on forever leaving a nice lacing in the glass.

The nose was a mixture of spices, vanilla, cloves, yeast, a variety of grains and fruits.

The taste was very complex. The mixture of malts resulted in a very spiced beer with citrus notes, banana, vanilla, yeast, grains and sweet malts, balanced by the hop presence.

It was slightly dry with a high carbonation level and very well disguised 8% ABV volume. Medium body and crisp and long lasting finish.

Overall, Karmeliet is very special beer. Its three different malts give the beer a distinct character. The sweetness of the malts is well counter pointed by the crispness of the flavour. It is very refreshing and quite dangerous, as you almost cannot feel the high alcohol presence.

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

pours nice golden color with a thin dissipating white head, very little lacing.

smells of apples and honey, with a definite belgian yeast characteristic. a little lemony to.

yeasty and sour on first sip. although more lemony and grassy throughout.

very foamy mouthfeel, thin body. easy on the palate.

not bad. light.

the label says triple but my mouth says session.

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Photo of sabrills70
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with a best before code of 07 I H. Pours a medium gold with lots of carbonation and a huge head, decent longevity and good lace. Honey and citrus abound in the smell mixed with a touch a spicy herbs. Lots of rich honey like malt flavors mixed with citrus. Just enogh hops to balance out the huge malts but barely noticeable. Lots of phenols and a fair amount of noticeable alcohol. This should be lovely after a year or so in the back of the fridge.

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

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Pours deep hazy bright golden orange in color, has a huge white frothy lasting head. Fruity and spicy wet cardboard aromas. Fruity buttery and spicy yeasty flavors. Somewhat sticky but crisp finish. Full bodied with lively carbonation full but crisp mouthfeel, alcohol is hardly noticed, a great tripple.

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

Serving Style - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, frothy, 2 inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Yeasty, very floral, apricots, grapefruit, lemon, oranges, banana. Some sweet malts, sugars and spices.

Taste - Starts of floral and yeasty. Has a pepperish finish to it. Smooth, but the alcohol is hidden in there. Its not overly floral tasting as the smell indicates, and the yeast is more bold and mild then sweet. Malts are also mild but add some flavors.

Mouthfeel - Its very thin and easy on mouth. Only some slight warmth from the alcohol. Palette quickly recovers and the aftertaste is gone quickly.

Overall - A nice triple. Its balanced pretty good. Just wish it has some more fruitness to it. Easy and smooth to drink, almost a little to easy. I like my triples a little more strong and citrus influencd, la fin du monde is a perfect example. This is soild and would drink again.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,003 ratings.
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