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 sopor
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp clear light golden with an active and frothy cap of snow white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white splat and ring. Just a wee bit of fine sediment. Sweet alcohol and yeast in the nose.

Sweet sugary starfruit with strong yeasty wheaty flavor. Tangy alcohol takes up the aftertaste. Light bdy and lively dancing carbonation.

Not something you throw back a few of, but very tasty brew!

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purcahsed at a BC liquor store.

I had this in Brussels a few weeks before I bought this bottle. For some reason, the "good stuff" always tastes better when youre "over there".

Appearance: Gold with fluffy yet "wet" head. The head disappated quickly.

Smell: Almost a soapy aroma with definite alcohol and light fruit. Like white grapes.

Taste: I'm getting a lot of alcohol in the taste. The alcohol also adds some sweetness. A slightly bready flavour is present. Probably from the standard Belgian yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Despite the huge head, the beer is nicely carbonated. Very little bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: When I was in Belgium I could have drunk this all night. However, the alcohol is a little too present in this bottle to be highly drinkable.

Overall: The flavours are great, apart from the over abundance of alcohol(hence the 3.5 rating). Perhaps while in Belgium my palate got accustomed to very high alcohol brews and thus this seemed more drinkable to me when I was there.

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Photo of klewis
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle

A: Pours golden with a moderate bubbly head. Little lacing.

S: Yeasty aromas, banana, moderate phenols, pineapple.

T: Quite sweet up front with a decent amount of candy sugar in the taste. The sweet quickly mellows to a more balanced taste that features more of the fruity flavors advertised in the aroma. Strongly phenolic in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with high, abrasive carbonation. Sticky texture.

D: Pretty tasty, but nothing special. Not as cloying or sugary as some in its style.

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Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden color. Strong floral aroma with peaches?, apples?, and pears? Smells pretty good.

Taste's pretty good, but doesn't really live up to the smell. Very complex malt/yeast background, with strong pear and apple flavoring ... but it gets to be a bit much on the sweet side. Lots of earthy spices. Nice level of carbonation, as the big white head slowly dissipated.

I'd drink again, but not in the same sitting. Half a bottle was just about right.

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Photo of Telix
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes. Had this on draft at Birreria Paradiso in DC a few months back.

A: A clear yellow brew with a nice thick head, that quickly dissipated.

S: Sweetness, lightness, goodness - with no bitterness.

T: Initially effervescent with light citrus, some sweet malt on the tongue, fairly dry and not too complex.

M: Thick, creamy, bubbly on the tongue, dry.

D: I don't know about this one... it's certainly a nice tripel, but it's not very complex or dynamic - you drink it, flavor hits the tongue, and it's gone - nothing really gives it much to get you interested in drinking a lot more.

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Photo of magpieken
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. 19/09/16. Straw coloured. Towering, frothy white head, good retention with some lacing. Effervescent. Aroma of yeast, cloves, lemon, wheat and perfume. Slightly medicinal. Light sweetness and similar bitterness. Light to medium bodied, effervescent and creamy. Pleasant alcohol warmth. An interesting drop in terms of aroma and taste but the mouthfeel of this one is superb and the more I drink, the more I enjoy it. 8.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Watching the Giants on a nice sunny Fall day...Nice beer to enjoy with it...Pours a pale amber with a finger of soapy head. Only the slightest haze to the color...Lacing is sparse and the beer is well carbonated. Some spicy aromas amdist the Belgian yeastiness - maybe some cinnamon, maybe a little hint of clove. Also some Golden Delicious apple in there - a ripe one. Flavor is very spritzy upfront. The carbonation is very apparent. After this effervescent burst, it morphs into a nice golden ale flavor. Some strong yeast characteristics along with some alcohol (8.4% ABV), but neither really overpowers. A very well-balanced beer. The spicy characteristics, so evident in the nose, don't really appear until near the late middle and finish of the drink. They are there, but understated, in a good way. Finish is long and very yeasty and actually carries some of the apple flavor (along with a touch of alcohol, making it a tad bitter in a bad way). This is excellent, yet expensive at $4.69/11.2oz. bottle. Npt quite an elite ale, but very good.

What I like most: The long, involved and well-balanced flavors.

What I like least: the price and the alcohol in the finish.

Verdict: Very good, worth trying, but not elite.

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Photo of aaya
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not into hoppy beers BUT this only had a very slight hop aftertaste that really faded when a few lemons were added to the mix. Of the four piece beer flight I had, this was definitely my favorite of the nite.

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Photo of jnezda
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer from bottle into a chilled pint glass, poor presentation from a fine Steak house, but I did mention this to the bar maid who offered to correct it. Smell was not much to consider but there was a swirling of other smells in the restaurant, what I could make out of the smells were full of nice mellow fruits, apricots raisins. Color was dark golden with a wheat cloudiness to it that was inviting. Full fine head that was a slight eggshell off white but it faded right away and the lacing was ruined by the chilled glass. Beer was very drinkable with good carbonation and sweetness on the front of the tongue that was very pleasing. Beer was representative of the style and full of flavor.

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Photo of Moorkop
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites. why becuase of it's fantastic glass. it's unusual taste thanks to the three types of malt. just a few things that spring in to my mind when i think of this beer. it's not the best beer I ever had. But it is one of my favorites. What I liked about it was that it wasn't a typical triple style beer. It lacked the sour bitterness of a triple. While still having that freshness that I like about triples. It's an ideal beer to drink on a beer tasting, because of it has a none typical taste.
another plus is the elegant style glass in wich it's served. the first time i ordered this beer in a bar. i was flabbergasted of the elegancy the glass had.
one of my favorites! i recommened it!!!

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Photo of Nightwing
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

From bottle. Aromas of vanilla and citrus. Pours a hazy pale with white head. The first taste was was quite sweet, but after a few sips it seemed more of a medium sweet. Medium body, somewhat creamy texture, quite lively carbonation, a dry finish. Overall a nice beer, but could the carbonation could be toned down somewhat.

I'll have to revisit this one in the future.

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Photo of stephendr
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a super thick white head - nose of yeast , hay , orange , spices , and slight candy – taste of sweet orange , yeast , cereal , slight red fruit , mango , pear , apricots , and plumbs - body thick , and creamy – aftertaste of candied yeast , and orange

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy; peach colored; small head that dissipates quickly with no lacing

Aroma: Sour; citrus notes; peppery; bananas; vanilla

Taste: Creamy; tart; peppery; very good

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of dubinsky
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 33ml bottle into a Crate & Barrel snifter.

A - Light and hazy golden yellow. The head is a soapy two finger foam which lingers around for a bit eventually falling leaving some great lacing behind and a nice foam ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A great Belgian yeast smell dominates the aroma of this beer. Very prominent barn yard funk thats very earthy yet floral. I'm also picking up fruits such as banana, and citrus, sweet malts, and coriander.

T - Sweet, Über dry and peppery. The yeast starts of fruity and sweet and finishes peppery. The alcohol is well masked and the flavors are very well balanced.

M - Thin and sharp. Very high carbonation and extremely dry. Some slight warming as it goes down.

O - A nice tripel. Its well balanced and pleasant drinking. I think this a great example of this style. Not sure if the carbonation is normally this high, but thats the only flaw i could find in this beer. I will definitely try this again.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

33cl bottle bought in The Netherlands. Poured into a chalice.

A – Slightly cloudy golden colour with no head at all even after a careful pour but medium carbonation.

S – Sugars, malts with burnt caramel and some mild esters.

T – Heavy sweet malt flavour with a lot of candy sugar front. Good caramel, toffee flavour with mild spice and some esters again following the nose. Also some vanilla and biscuit flavours in the mix.

MF – Medium body with good carbon tingle but limited linger.

O – Decent enough for the style but not the best you will ever come across.

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Photo of karait95
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: As per the style, bright yellow color clear body with medium carbonation but a very big head is formed over the beer dissipating slowly and leaving traces on the glass, bubbles are compact forming a creamy foam.

S: It has a lot of Belgian classical smells such as dust or herbs, of course malts, interesting that almost not alcohol is sensed in the aroma.

T: It starts with some sugar and fruity tasting changing for the spiciness of the yeast and malts and alcohol combined.

M: Alcohol is not disgusting at the beginning but at some point the hops and alcohol make this one a little astringent, ending is very long.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow pour, could easily have been confused for a BMC beer. White white head with a decent amount of carbonation. head started about one finger, now is town, which is fast. Absolutely no head retention. Also pretty hazy. I'm not impressed with how this beer looks.

S: Sweet and grainy, no hops. A little Belgian Funk, a little wheat. But it's weak, very weak. Six inches away and I can't smell anything. It really reminds me of that wet dog BMC smell, but a lot sweeter, which is what I want from a tripel. We'll see.

T: Maybe, it's sweeter and has the appropriate taste, but is it strong enough? It covers the ABV well, but still....I guess it is a nice balanced Tripel, both sweet and a little sour. I can't get behind this beer too much, but there's nothing to keep me away. I don't know, it just seems too much like a BMC...bland. But good at the same time. Scary.

M: Light, slightly over carbed in my opinion.

D: Plenty drinkable. Would be a great intro beer for BMC to imports/craft.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow, it looks a bit like a US lager with a fat, foamy white head. A strong citrus, somewhere between lemon and orange, is most immediately noticeable in the smell. The taste is strongly citric and a bit astringent. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The taste is nice but many tripels surpass it.

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Photo of kpantz
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: Not my favorite Tripel, but still a fantastic version. Every hallmark of the style is present here. A standard for sure.

750 ml bottle - best before 02/02/08.

Appearance: Deep golden, slightly hazy pour with a fervent fluffy white head that hangs tough and laces nicely.

Smell: Coriander, Clove, as well as some mild alcohol in the nose. Mild hop aroma as well.

Taste: Sweet to start with a fruitiness. The spiciness present in the nose is here as well, adding a bit of heat that blends the carbonation nicely with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The amount of spiciness actually makes it challenging to determine the carbonation level, but the overall effect is nice - not too much action, but enough to let you know it means business. Fairly thin and not too sticky.

Drinkability: I don't think I'd be able to down more than one of these. The ABV isn't that high, but the "bite" in this one makes my mouth long for something a bit smoother.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown 11.2oz (330ml) bottle with something illegibly stamped on the label, poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: A beautiful straw hue, with a tightly formed white head. The beer dances in the glass, anticipating a lot of carbonation.

S: A malty nose with a healthy dose of yeast. A faintly sweet backdrop in the form of syrup and some alcohol.

T/M: Highly carbonated, this one bites the tongue quickly. A subtle sprinkling of cardamom, a hefty dose of pepper, and faint hints of orange peel give this beer a great bouquet. And then the alcohol comes in and reminds you this is a Tripel to be taken seriously. Warming. Body is medium with the carbonation cutting through a creamy texture.

A strong beer that would go well with some taste offensive foods like those cheeses everyone talks about.

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Photo of Snamnoum
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pale hay color with 2&1/2 fingers of white billowy head. Good retention and what looks like quite a lot of bubbly carbonation.

Smell - floral citrusy hops, yeast, coriander, orange peel and pale malt

Taste - Big sweetness upfront and all the way through reigned in by some light bitterness. Alcohol presence is big and boisterous. I also taste something like candied ginger. A good tripel but a little one dimensional. I would have liked to see a little more depth of flavor from the yeast.

Mouthfeel - the mouthfeel on this beer is fantastic. The carbonation is bright and effervescent. The bubbles are small and make this a rare beer, one that has an abv over 8% and is still refreshing.

Overall - this is a great tripel but nothing about it makes it especially remarkable. It does everything well but lacks a unique character and has none of the quirks of the trappist tripels. Also a little too sweet IMHO. None-the-less in my top 10 in this style. The mouthfeel is definitely the highlight.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, straw orange color with plentiful frothy white head. Aromas are very funky for a tripel. Lots of different esters throwing off grass, cheese, spicy herbs and a little bit of bubblegum. Flavor mimics this weirdness of a kind of savory funkness I can't quite describe. Carbonation is very high giving it a biting mouthfeel and finishing sweet. This is a very unique tripel, one that I can't feel compares to others. I have to say it puts it in the periphery of other mainstays and I can't quite enjoy its strange funk, giving it a lower drinkability score.

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Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle (best before 01/08/08) served at 50 degrees F and served in a tulip glass.

Gushing pour (despite a very gentle decant) reveals a golden-yellow body with the slightest of yeasty haze. Giant, towering, rocky, unstable cloud-white head dominates above. Floral hop notes lead the aroma followed by sweet honey, perfumed, tropical fruits, and yeasty wheat malt.

Herbal, almost medicinal fruity flavors up front. Some tropical fruit, but more herbal and floral. Settles into a sweeter, candyish malt middle. Light peppery spice near a slightly bitter finish. Dries out a little with a yeasty, banana-y aftertaste. Slightly medicinal overall, but still good. Medium-bodied with an overly-carbonated, gushy feel. Better luck, mouthfeel-wise, with a 750-ml? I don't know, but this one was too carbonated, causing the beer to foam up on my tongue too much.

I've had this on tap and out of the bigger bottle in the past (it's been a few years) but I don't remember it being so over-carbonated. Will have to try again. Still, a good-tasting tripel.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber colour with a large, foamy, but quickly dissapating head.

Smells and tastes quite hoppy, as a good tripel should. Has a bit of a floral bouquet to it, and a slight citrus taste.

Overall, a very nice tripel. One I'd have again. Which is good, since I bought a metric buttload of 'em.

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Photo of decimator
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 8.4%.

A - Poured a hazy gold with a 1cm head. Head was quickly gone and no lacing.

S - Sweet bread, fruity with bananas & lemons, herbal notes.

T - Sweet malts, some bananas, citrus, hint of spice, hint of booze.

M - Medium-heavy body, average carbonation, some tang, sticky sweet finish.

O - Decent beer but it wasn't a stand out for me.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,070 ratings.
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