Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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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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4,138
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Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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Photo of cheers2beers
3.27/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer poured a yellowish orange hue with a white head that stacked up to be roughly two to two and a half inches tall. Clouded with lots of yeast and a lot of beading inside that seems to stir up the floaters.

Smell: The aromas are some various fruits such as lemons and oranges. It has a hint of pepper fragrance as well. Typical Belgian bready yeast notes that most tripels have. Maintains its aroma through out the session.

Taste: The flavor is of citrus lemon, almost pine, Like the nose this beer has a typical bready belgian yeast. Has a desent hop character with very few foriegn tastes to intervien, the alcohol seems to bring the taste together.

Mouthfeel: The palate consists of a citrusy front, spritzy bready middle and an alcoholic finish. High carbonation and light bodied. Smooth and crisp finish.

Drinkability: Even thou I was thrown off at first with the "thousand yeast floaters", I must say that this was a very enjoyable delight. If you have not had this I would definitely recommend that you try this.


Cheers2Beers

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Photo of Houborg1
3.27/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tomordonez
3.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into a transparent light gold color with a nice head. Smells like a Hoegaarden. Orange peel, coriander, some lemon, some vanilla. High carbonation, light body. It tastes like an improved version of Hoegaarden with a fancier flavor. As it gets warmer it tastes more like a hard liquor. Similar to the Kwak. Half way, at room temperature you forget you are drinking a beer and you wonder if you are having a peach liquor.

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Photo of boss302
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tripel Karmeliet, 1679, draft, 8.4%

A Golden not clear thick head to begin, but faded quick. 3 

S Very Saison like. Cirtrus, estery. 3 

T Citrusy sweet. More saison like than other tripels I've had. A Dry finish a little astringency in the finish. 3.5

M Medium to full. Feels thick on the tongue. 4 

D Probably not the best example of a tripel, but good if you like Saisons. I would rather drink something else. 3 

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Photo of jahbless
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It has a nice cloudy white look. Very sour smell to it, the taste isn't as sour as the smell but still super sour. It tastes like a sweet and sour hefeweizen.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- golden yellow, mostly clear with a decently thick foamy head,

Smell- belgian yeast and spice, has that unique belgian spice and coriander smell'

Taste- very sweet and malty dominated flavor on this one with just touch of spice at the end to check it a little bit, this beer in flavor to me is lacking in complexity the flavor is just rather non complex, a rather run of the mill flavor to me, not bad or offensive just kind of bland

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation

Drinkability- this beer is easily drinkable but just kind of bland and with so many other great belgian triples out there no reason to settle for just mediocre, again wont offend you in anyway but nothing you would come running back for

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Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very good. Heavy on the spices though.

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Photo of dmarch
3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden color with a nice size head. Nice appearance. There is a lot of lambic-like aroma and a bit of sour taste as well. An interesting beer, just not what I expected out of a tripel. It leaves too much of a sour apple taste that just doesn't make me care to drink any more.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 mL

A: Pours with a pure white big belgian head and leaves wonderful lacing down the sides of the glass. Very clear for a belgian, with lots of the obvious bubbles.

S: Smells a slight sweetness of malt with an underlying alcohol tone. Somthing off adjunct like, I think its the oats...

T: Spicy pepperness is upfront with lots of fruit on the palate. Oily and a mild alcoholic warmness in the back.

M: Fitzy and bubbly, light as hell then the alcohol weighs it down a bit. Kinda oily mouthfell that I am not 100% happy with.

D: Meh, would be good during a hot summer day, when you wanted to get ripped. Not terribly drinkable for me, but I know people who would love this... Damn you belgians, I may never totally understand you.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold, huge fluffy white head forms, nice lace, good retention. Smell is sweet, grainy, some orange, spices, wheat, little yeasty. Taste is sweet, orange and spice again, yeast, some alcohol, and a wheat dryness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. A decent tripel, but too sweet for me. I don't think it should be as high as it is, but enjoyable.

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Photo of Gilyano91
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad,but not so well

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Photo of Tomesco
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Standard tripel: a rich gold color and cloudy. Lots of head.

Smell - Not very fragrant, even at cellar temp.

Taste - A bit more spice than an average tripel, with not much fruitiness,

Mouthfeel - Coats the mouth and bubbly.

Overall - An uninspiring tripel.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed gold/dark straw. Head is fluffy and bright-white. Crazy retention. Drops to a fluffy cap that sticks around. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Ripe banana and bubblegum. Yeast is spicy and throws some clove with a big pepper component. Lemon, hay, and grass. Some sweetness. Pale malts and bready yeast. Yeast is aggressive. Apples and some pears. Very fruity with a pronounced floral edge.

Taste: Banana with a floral wrapper. Heavy yeast. Clove and bubblegum are dealt with a heavy hand. Pepper and apple sweetness. Sweetness is intense. Some pale bready malts. Floral honey. Grass and a mild earthy funk. Super Belgian and yeasty. Lemon flesh without the tart edge.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. High carbonation dries everything out. Clean finish with some lingering spice.

Overall: Unrelenting and unapologetically Belgian. You want to taste Belgian yeast, drink this. Too aggressive in the long run.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
3.36/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BGDrock
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dull, light gold; almost clear; snapping, bubbly head, but burns out after a minute - poured in a chalice, but even so, not good retention

Aroma: sharp, acidic tang; apple, pear, like cider; grape

Taste & Mouthfeel: buttery and fatty feel on the tongue stand out at first, although getting a good sizzle from the carbonation; a mash of fruit flavours, almost juicy, and again apple, pear are standing out, and there's some yeasty spice too; a faint whiff of alcohol at the finish; acidic, but not to the level of the nose, and slightly tart - like a granny smith; a hint of wheat and cereal, but it's quite hidden; nearing the end, the sweetness is getting cloying, tasting of candy syrup, and the aftertaste actually begins to be unpleasant

Overall: the fruitiness is enjoyable, and the mouthfeel is decent, but as time goes on it all becomes too much, just too sweet for my taste

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Photo of scotorum
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Clear gold with an explosively huge fluffy white head which receded slowly to extensive surface foam and some large irregular patches of lacing. Last pour turned the body cloudy with yeast sediment.

s: Very strong, almost chokingly strong, ripe fruit. Uh oh.

t: Farmhouse saisonlike sour overripe spiced fruit. Rather reminiscent of but even stronger tasting than my first encounter with Goose Island Sofie. Wasn't expecting that.
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m: Moderate, sourness overpowers all else.

o: I'm more used to this type of flavor than I was when I first tried Sofie. Just not digging it as much as I had hoped. Clearly my palate needs more schooling since this is a top rated BA brew. Perhaps an old bottle though, since others report milder flavors. No explanation of the code on Dating Beer, but there is a Best Before block on the label, with H. B.G. B.E. 3.25 10:38 in it, whatever that means. Bottle conditioned so perhaps the yeast just went wild. It really does taste like a pungent Farmhouse Saison rather than a Tripel.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Way too carbonated for me

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Photo of DBosco
3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 mL corked bottle, date on bottom says 5/4/2018. Hazy golden with swirling columns of carbonation in a Chimay goblet, long lasting fine creamy foam head. Smells of banana, alcohol, and a little sour straw. Tastes of banana and alcohol with some other spice flavors that just don't seem quite right. An unusual brew which tastes more like an odd mix of chemicals than the usual belgian characteristics. Mouthfeel is watery with some sting from carbonation and alcohol, but a little creamy. Overall, I was disappointed in this beer, partly because of the expectations raised by the high ratings others have given it. But really, I have had a good number of other tripels and this may be my least liked one - just something unnatural and unappealing "chemical" in its taste. What went wrong with this batch/bottle, or is it just some variation in individual preference - but my other reviews of tripels have been more in line with general consensus.

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Photo of Luka
3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I find this beer too sweet.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I do love Belgian beers for being different from the usual "beer taste" ... however this one was (for me) slightly disappointing in taste ...

it pours nicely with a firm head, the colour looks elegant, not as muddy as most unfiltered brews ... the smell is appetizing too although not very strong ...
the taste is dominated by walnuts and sandalwood with a light almondy finish, which in itself would be great, however paired with some citric acidity which does not seem to match (at least doesn't for me) .... some might like the refreshingness, for me it lacks the sublime harmony you would find in the great trappist brews ....

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Photo of Popsinc
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: First of all, one of my favorite glasses around. Just an over-sized glass with great markings. Excellent to look at. A clear golden pour with a very generous head.

Smell: Hints of caramel and summery fruits...apricot etc but nothing overpowering or really in your face.

Taste: The taste is light and malty with a semi sweet fruitiness. Some hints of caramel, wheat and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: A little bit too smooth and dull. Lack of a lively body.

Drinkability: the beer itself is decent....alittle better than average maybe. But it is the glass that makes me want to try another.

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Photo of Justindemino
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/29/08. Bottle. Pours a murky yellow with a fairly sizeable white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, some light fruits (apple, pear, citrus). Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, and wheat. Strong mouthfeel, but I felt that the taste was one dimensional. I didn't really care for this one. 7/3/6/4/15 (3.5/5)

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into 20cl Fest stemware at Beer Passion Weekend 2011, Antwerp. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger head of soft delicate cream, good thickness, and great retention. Clear yellow lemon colour.

Sm: Lemon citrus esters. A light strength scent.

T: Lemon citrus ester hops over a weak overburdened barley foundation. Simple but refreshing. Balanced and well built.

Mf: Smooth, wet, but adequate coarseness to bring out the flavours. Complex.

Dr: Nice drinkability, decent quality. Fair price. Give her a spin, lads.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,138 ratings.
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