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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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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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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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,087 ratings.
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