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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
bestbelgianspecialbeers.be

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 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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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Giant white head, clear yellow, pale color.

Aromas of warm, crisp yeast, going along with hints of fresh hops and spices.

Medium-bodied, defined by yeast, fresh supporting carbonation, and perfect fitting spiciness of cloves, a little pepperiness with citrus peel. Still, this beer is surprisingly refreshing without loosing its decent complexity. Yeast becomes even fluffier, softer as the beer warms up, spices get a little sharper, creating an even more complex body. Spiciness varies between, sweet, sharp, bitter - in that order, leaving a warm feeling in the stomach. Aftertaste is still very smooth, toffeeish, sweet malts, and still spices.

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

Appearance: Pours clear with an enormous head which dissipates quickly but yields some nice lacing. Color is pale-orangeish, almost an apricot color.

Smell: Fruity, with overtones of apricot and some citrus notes. Alcohol smell is definitely present, but not overbearing. Yeast scents are also present.

Taste: I can tell this is 8% alcohol. The fruity tones in the smell are also present in the taste; lots of apricot, with some apple and even a hint of grapefruit. However, many more spices are present in the taste, and the character of the grains and malt is coming through strong, as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet bubbly. Despite the discernable alcohol content, this beer manages to have a creamy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Although the alcohol content is far from overwhelming, it is more present here than in some other tripels I have had. This beer is fun to sip and enjoy, but I'm not overly depressed I don't have a second one on hand.

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

Had this one up at Lake Tahoe. There's a really good beer store next to the safeway in Truckee, sorry didn't write the name down or anything. Recognized the name and at 5.50 a 750ml it looked like a good deal. With a great looking silk-screened green bottle that i almost wanted to save.

Appearance: dark yellow, straw, great carbonation and good head
smell: fruity, plums, pears and tartness
Taste: the fruitiness continues, not a fruit beer but lots of fruit taste. pretty clean but not too clean, tangy, similar to some saisons but not the same.
Mouthfeel: crisp and prickly carbonation
Drinkability: it's refreshing. It's a good hour to spend with this beer. Will come back for more.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first time (as a young man) I had this at Belgo in Camden, I remember thinking that this was the best beer ever. And then in subsequent years, I went off it.

Now I am critically reviewing it, for the first time, after many more years of tasty beverage consumption.

Firstly, I love the bottle. Great design, colours, and they even write an English translation..! How thoughtful of them.

Proper head. Duvel like.

A whirlpool has formed, wow, amazing. It has to get 4.75 for look. I am drinking in a Chimay glass, I am not sure if there is a whirlpool in an official Karmeliet one.

Aroma, amazing. Beautiful mandarins and apricots, possibly the best aroma ever from a beer before.

Taste is smooth, probably from the wheat. And the oats. Very bubbly, creamy. So bubbly that the feel is bubbleyed to an overt extent.

It's missing the flavor of competitors, such as Duvel. This has a balanced taste, though simply not as much flavor as Duvel/Chouffe/Tremens/Chimay Blanc.

Needs more fruitiness or bitterness, and less bubbyleyedness

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Photo of elricorico
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dull golden colour with big bubbly white head, that dissipated but didn't go away. The beer is hazy from the yeast that was poured in from the bottom of the bottle, and tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen throughout.

Smell is quite nice, spicy pepper smell, a bit of citrus and something sweet that I can't place(looking at other reviews made me realize it was apricot).

First couple of sips led me to believe I had this beer a little too cold. Not a lot of flavour up front, though it has a very dry, spicy finish, and a bit of an alcohol kick at the end.

As the beer is warming, the taste is beginning to sweeten a bit. The mouthfeel isn't bad, carbonation is a little on the high side.

The carbonation and the alcohol finish keep this beer from breaking into my favorites, but it is a nice beer with some nice flavour to it. I'm glad I have a second bottle to sample later.

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Photo of Brandegee
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap pour into goblet at babo market in Ann Arbor.

A: Dark goldish yellow with typical tripel lacing
S: Sweet fruit, lots of banana and spice
T: The spice and sweet smells continue uninterrupted into the taste, which is surprisingly sharp and defined for a tripel. Banana, pepper, and wheat are the first flavors that spring to mind.
M: Strong carbonation with this tripel. Slightly syrupy finish that coats the mouth nicely and helps back up the "sugariness" of this beer that perhaps help explain the name.
O: I can't say it's my favorite tripel. There's a lot of good ones out there and this is to me lacks the depth of some of the other Belgians and even some American examples. But the crispness here, enhanced by healthy carbonation, is a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. This tripel pours a clear golden straw in color. An airy inch or two of white foam sits atop the beer, slowly caving in to a steady surface cap thanks to a champagne like emanation of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Some moderate and artsy lacing follows. Oddly clear for the style.

Light summer fruits on the nose, touch of alcohol and rather light yeast characteristics. Nose opens up somewhat with some warming and exposure, remaining fruit oriented with apple and pear. Pleasant and light and without any negative notes, yet not very complex. Light and fruity sums it up, with a touch of spice and some floral hops in balance.

Sweet, fruity and somewhat simple in flavor though surely not cloying in its sweetness. Flavor, like the nose, is simple and straightforward though quite pleasant. Offers a moderate feel and a light sweetness that masks the ABV quite well and, along with the general 'lightness' of the beer, affords an impressive drinkability. Again, improves with exposure. A bit unique but quite nice. I'd warm this beer up to 55 degrees or so prior to opening, and pouring very carefully at that point.

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Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tprokop7 for this one.

Paired this one with chicken served with a creamy mushroom & celery sauce.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance: Pale, yellow gold body with massive head. Took a couple of pours to finally get it all in the glass. Looks very much alive.

Smell: Spicy, citrus-like aspect.

Taste: Light-bodied yet flavorful with a spicy, peppery taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly active carbonation in the palate but that's good, feels alive. Citrus fruit & pepper are dominant, there's a bready, yeast-like finish to it with some clove in for good measure.

Drinkability: Very well. Despite 8% ABV, it simply glides down the throat. Another please!

Overall: A very well-balanced trippel & i love the spicy feel to it. Definitely one to keep in mind.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a Duvel tulip, pours a clear apricot, a continuous stream of bubbles issuing from the base, I nearly over-poured this sucker as the head explodes (thus the size of Tripel Karmeliet's glass... which someday I'll own... someday...). The head eventually subsides to a thin film, and the lacing is nice but doesn't stick much on my glass. The aroma looks like the picture on the bottle, waves of wheat, pastoral feeling to it, with notes of citrus orange, coriander, lemon, apricots, peaches, all kinds of lovely stuff. The taste follows suit, and man its powerful, and getting me into a jiff quick. It just drinks so well, I'm taking it too fast, the sweet nectar urging me on. The mouth is fairly medium, smooth and warm, and all is pretty good. If I had one complaint, it'd be that it gets a bit too sweet at times, have to take breaks. But still, damn good beer.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was unfamiliar with this beer going in. Suggested to me by the nice young lady at the bar in lieu of La Fin du Monde, which they were out of.

Poured a deep gold with 3 fingers of cloud-like head which stuck around for quite a while.

Smelled initially a little sweeter than I'd expected, which didn't fill me with a lot of hope. Figured it might be all candy sugar. Seconds later, cloves and slight over-ripe apples. This is more like it.

Tasted beautifully of apples and pears up front, so much so that my drinking buddy on the night who pretty much exclusively drinks cider pronounced that it "kicks the shit out of pretty much every other beer I've tasted". Biscuity malt and a little spice and alcohol after. To me, slightly lacking the complexity to fully incorporate the obvious sweetness, but finishes very clean and leaves you wanting another sip.

Light and refreshing, with enough carbonation to clean up after itself. Despite the sweetness, doesn't cloy, which ups drinkability immensely. I could concievably drink quite a few, but on the night I had a train to catch. Good thing, perhaps - it certainly doesn't feel like 8%.

It was never going to be my favourite Tripel, but I warmed to it pretty quick. Good stuff.

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Photo of cnally
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green bottle is forboding, but I will attempt to believe this isn't light-damaged.

Grand appearance, frothy massive uncontrollable white head, and a high number of bubbles in the golden-yellow body.

Sweet, grainy aroma, very corny and wheaty. A good dose of sweet malt permeates the smell.

Highly sweet even for a tripel. Huge flavors of white grape, peach, very much like a champagne flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. Finishes a yeasty bitterness.

Highly carbonated, fizzy and hiccup inducing. Crisp, however. Good body in spite of the lightness.

Tasty and good. I do like a good tripel and this is one that goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy straw color with large amount of white fluffy head, mild pour. The initial flavors were very pleasant: banana, honey, fruity. The flavor was quickly masked by excessive body/mouthfeel. The beer seemed to expand in my mouth with foam, nearly blocking the flavors. I let the beer sit for a little bit and found it to be much more pleasant.

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Photo of mltobin
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Karmeliet glassware.
The tripel karmeliet is a golden color with a two finger head that loses a bit of its size, but then sits there.
The smell has flora and citrus tones to it.
The taste although fairly sweet, also has some pepper that hits your taste buds, providing a nice contrast of flavors.
The mouthfeel is easy and balanced, the abv does not hit your palate too hard, so remember to sip this one.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely interesting beer.

Great pour from a 750 mL bottle, with a staggering head. Probably 10 times more foam than liquid. Eventually it calmed down but the head was most impressive. A little cloudy, with a golden color. Cloudiness probably due to temperature, because as it warmed it cleared up a bit. I thought the cloudiness was very nice actually.

The first scent to hit my nose: weed. And it took a lot of warming of the beer and coaxing of other smells before I was picking up the spices and banana evident in this beer.

The taste left me confused for so long. I have never had a beer that tastes like this. The skunky odor was gone on the palate, replaced by some unidentified spice. Ginger? I just had no idea. After about 1/2 the glass however, I started being overwhelmed by bubblegum, which with its sweetness became a little annoying.

Great mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Medium to light body.

The cloying nature of the bubblegum flavor eventually began to turn me off from this. Still, glad I tried it. Probably a 1/2 glass would be enough every now and again.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a single small bottle at Whole Foods for $4.49. Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet chalice; glad I finally had a chance to use it. Huge white head forms in the glass, all the way to the top. The body almost had a neon yellow color to it. In the glass made for this beer, the presentation is amazing. Smell has nice fruit notes to it, like bananas, and some cloves. Taste is also quite good. This beer has wonderful flavors of fresh apples and pears. There is also a musty and yeasty flavor undertone that I really enjoy in Belgian ales. The mouthfeel was fresh and crisp, though possibly just a hair thin. Very easy beer to drink, as it was smooth and light, and the abv hidden well under layers of flavor. A great tripel to try if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-yellow under a large, frothy snow white head. Bright, perfumy aromas of orange peel, lemon, subtle spices, honey, almost doughy yeast, and pale malt. More phenolic as time passes. Peppery, fruity flavors...spicy with a lemony tartness and honey-like sweetness. Medium bodied and creamy, though quite effervescent. A little splash of alcohol in the throat. Nice...

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Photo of dstc
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with a huge, white head. Head falls to a minimal one, very thin lace.

Sweet aroma. Citrus as well, lemony.

Bitter sweet on the tongue. Has a lemon flavor, tangy. Very mild on the hops. Bit of alcohol present. Clean finish.

medium bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Nice easy drinking brew, I like it.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at home on a Friday evening with dinner, and then a second after dinner. It pours a bright golden. Not much head on the first pour, but more on the second bottle which was poured a little more vigorously. Essentially no lacing on the glass.

Smells of lemon and then honey, with the honey being the stronger of the two. Taste if very good, with just a hint of sweetness following the mildly spicy start.

Feels very good in the mouth, letting you know you had something with more feel than water, but doesn't linger very long. Very nice.

From the web: his beer was left in my fridge by a visitor at my house. Much appreciative of the beery generosity.

Slight spice-laden aroma. Very pretty hazy golden liquid with white head.

Flavor is intense and complex. Lot of spices, some rye bread, some tangy heffeweizen-like goodness. Fairly dry at first with a sweet lingering aftertaste. Grapefruits and lemons and a little bit of copper. High alcohol content but you don't really feel it.

Prickly but full mouthfeel.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale hazy golden with a thick foamy white head. Just a wee bit of lacing.
S- InitiallyI was getting some banana aromas but the more I smell it the more I'm getting lemon and apricot. A bit spicy but lightly sweet. Just a touch of tartness on the nose.
T- A flash of fruityness up front. A somewhat sweet lemon character. There is a touch of clove and a faint black pepper flavor before a lightly tart finish.
M- Full bodied for style. Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Alcohol is just slightly noticable.
O- A fairly solid tripel. Pretty good flavors, albeit a bit less spicy than I like from the style. Even so, it's worth a try.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appears a hazy mustardy yellow. Small creamy head remains. There's some depth (or is that the haze?) to this... Couldn't see through it on a dare.

Smells of orange, cloves, and some wheat.

Tastes differently than what I imagined. It leads more with some earthy spice and then turns to a tangerine citrus.

Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp. Left with a refreshing feeling - citrus on the tip of the tongue is the last experience.

Overall this was a nice experience. It's a tripel but it remains me of a Belgian wit a bit.

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Photo of clickpush
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 33ml bottle to tulip glass. Fills half the glass with three fingers of pillowy, long lasting, bubbly white head and half the glass is a light amber bodied beer. Some visible bubble streams.

Nose: Tons of activity going on here. Notes of lemon, ginger, cloves - smells very similar to a hefe weizen. Can pick up some black pepper hints in the yeast and some candy smells (candi malts?) characteristic of the tripel style.

Mouth: Strong carbonation upon the entrance, immediate anise flavors mixed with a sweet touch of a citric taste. The mouthfeel is stupendous, transforming from a strong bubbly entrance to a creamy finish with spicy, herbal yeast notes and a touch of alcoholic warmth. Unfortunately, the swallow is also a bit metallic and astringent, making the after taste less than desirable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, incredibly well carbonated, full gold color with a frothy, rocky, light tan head. The aroma is spicy with notes of sharp ginger, vanilla, clove, tart pear, plus earthy spices like coriander and grains of paradise. The aroma is quite enticing and zippy. The taste is sweet up front and actually get a bit sweeter as the beer moves across my tongue. The high carbonation levels cause it to dance across my tongue and helps to offset the sweetness. The spicy, herbal, astringent character of this beer also helps to offset the sweetness. This beer has notes of orange peel, ginger, pepper, and a bit of cardamom and clove. This beer is quite tasty, but would be that much better if it was not quite so sweet.

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Photo of snpub540
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear golden straw colored hue. It was topped with a white head that left little lacing.

Aroma was very earthy and fruity with those yeast scents making up pretty much all of the nose.

Taste is a nice balance of sweetness with some spice flavors. Cloves and bitter orange peel dominate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is great and the beer is crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with fizzy head. Very herbal nose, a little yeasty as well. Taste-wise it's a pretty big brew considering how light it feels. Herbal/medicinal sort of flavor plays with yeast and fruity phenols. I think it's a good beer and a major stand-out flavor profile among tripels.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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