Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

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 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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the beers I sampled on my first trip to Belgium back in 2008 - I thought it was great then and now it's time to review!

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2014. Can't remember if I bought this in Belgium or over here. Described on the label as a 3-grain beer brewed to a 17th century recipe from the Carmelite order in Dendermonde. Contains wheat, barley and oats.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden hue with fine suspended sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of mild banana, subtle clove, white pepper, spice, grainy malt, faint biscuits, a touch of sugar and stewed hops. A whiff of warming booze in the background - very nice.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a lingering, dry finish. Notes of mild banana, clove, spice, grainy malt, sugar, subtle biscuits, faint grass/hay, a twinge of earthiness and stewed hops. An alcoholic hint lurks in the background. Well-attenuated, followed by a delicate, yeasty bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with prickly carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity esters, mild stewed leaves and subtle grain.

Very nice - a classic tripel. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour have a superbly balanced character that is dominated by Belgian yeast esters and hints of grain. The booze is nicely integrated. Good body. A tasty brew that goes down a treat - add this one to your must-try list.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw/orange with significant, fluffy white head that recedes extremely slowly. Lacing is so-so, retention is out-of-this-world.

S: Sweetness that recalls both honey & fructose. Malty bread dough. Slightly herbaceous.

T: A true extension of the nose. A tad spicy, with maybe a touch of clove as well.

M: Dense but delicate. This particular bottle seems over-carbed.

O: Sublime.

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Photo of richmof
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In terms of Belgian beer aesthetics, Karmeliet rivals Orval. Its showy and ostentatious glass is of course over the top but why not. In its glass, the beer is a golden amber coulour with a creamy head and good retention.

On the nose, the grains come through but also the yeasty fruits.

Following on to the palate, Karmeliet opens slightly dry before releasing its yeasty fruitiness. I get bananas but also a caramel note from the touted 3 grains.

Nice effervesence in the mouth. It is a great beer for one or two but I couldn't have a Karmaliet session.

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Photo of BillyB
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried two different bottles from two different stores. The first one was flat. Not a bit of life or carbonation. Some nice faint aromas and a slight complex taste but just flat. Old or bad bottle I guess.

Luckily I tried it again from another store. Whew! Huge white head with a bright golden appearance.

Yeasty, honey, spicey, citrusy aromas.

Sweet taste with a subtle hop bitterness. Mainly fruity, biscuity flavors.

Light crisp, bubbly mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. The moral to the story; Always give something (or someone)a second chance.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a chalice. Pours a pale straw yellow with a slight haze, and a 1/2" fizzy white head that reduces to a thin collar with a small island of foam.

Has a slightly funky, tart aroma, with hints of banana, bubblegum, and honey. Generally, this tripel has a mild, sweet smell.

Has a sweet honey taste, with orange blossom, hints of alcohol, sticky malt, apricot and green apple. Ends slightly bitter and dry.

Has a sticky-sweet medium bodied mouthfeel, ending dry and tacky. There's plenty of carbobation to give this an active feel as well.

A nice brew, but this is a bit too sweet for me. Gets a bit boozy as it warms. In some ways, it reminds me of a cordial or sherry more than a beer. I can appreciate that this is a nice ale; it just isn't the ale for me.

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Photo of tjd25
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden color with a slightly creamy head that made the first sip really pleasurable. Sweet citric aromas abound. The taste was what the smell made me guess it was: very citric, lemons, oranges and a nice sweetness that took of the tart that you could expect with the citrus. I could stick to that beer for the night. I only had a bottle though…I'll get this one again.

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Photo of JBogan
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold color with a huge foamy head which left a lot of lacing in my glass.

Smelled of fruits, mainly some banana and grapefruit, with a nice balance of maltiness.

Tasted more of the malts, along with a good sampling of fruits. Very clean and refreshing on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was a little flatter than I was expecting after seeing the huge head. Still it was medium bodied and not bad at all.

This was a very nice beer to sip and enjoy. I'd certainly have it again.

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Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very interesting malty, chewy belgian beer. drinkable. well rounded . has A clear golden color. a fine off white head with no lace. good carbonation. tasty beer. nice hops. good body. sweet to bittersweet finish. a suggestion of alcohol. champagny. balanced. sort of a balanced belgian if that exists

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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