Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
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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 JTuomi
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a goblet.

Golden straw color with a big white head that eventually settled down to a thin spotty layer. Beautiful looking lively carbonation.

Smell of orange, lemon, grass and some yeast with vanilla.

At first a mildly sweet peppery taste that is followed by a slightly bitter and dry lemony aftertaste with some apple and vanilla. The alcohol gives some warmth but doesn't taste through.

Pretty high carbonation and a medium light body. Really enjoyable beer. Would be excellent on a hot summer day.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into my trusty Chimay chalice;
Best Before: 22 G L (whatever that means?)

A: poured a golden color, with a cloudy haze; bits of yeast floated in the brew; head is tall and long lasting, a bright whit color, about 2 fingers thick at the climax; leaves spotty lacing on the glass

S: bright and full nose; hints of citrus - lemon zest - and fruity/funky Belgian yeast; banana and clove also here

T: sweet up front with a complex, grainy malt and clove touch; perhaps honey at the front as well; taste turns to the fruity, funky yeast flavor, with the mellow notes of alcohol coming through; finishes dry with a touch of herbal hoppiness; not bitter, but not too dry either

M: medium bodied; good carbonation; thick on the mouth at first, but finishes crisp and fresh

D: beautiful drinkability; very easy to down

A great example of the Belgian Tripel style. The 8% ABV allows you to drink more than one without feeling too buzzed. A great Belgian Tripel!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in its own tulip glass.

A: Pours a light orange color. Cloudy. Forms a huge creamy white head. Good retention, a thin layer that never disappears completely. Foam is viscous, leaving many lacings in the glass

S: Complex. Sweet and spicy. Strong on vanilla and honey. Orange zest. Wheat, pears, Belgian yeasts giving a quite bread smell

T: Complex as the nose, vanilla, honey, pears, apricots and spices. Orange zest. Sweet upfront. Very bready Belgian yeasts. Metallic and slightly bitter hoppy bitterness in the end. Warmy alcohol

M: Heavy body. Good carbonation. Balanced bittersweet aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. A Belgian masterpiece. Mandatory to Belgian Ale lovers

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the gift pack (4 small bottles and a big ol' goblet) at Riley's as a thank you to expatsteve for his clutch ticket to the Great Taste of the Midwest for my girlfriend.

Pour: caramel blonde with hazy clarity, forget fingers - a hand of snow white foam with streams of carbonation leading to fantastic retention and some spotty lacing - a real looker.

Nose: fizzy lemon-lime, grainy and toffee/caramel malts with a bit of yeasty clove in the finish.

Taste: apricot, light citrus, lemon grass booze, toasted grain/nuttiness, tart kiwi fruit on the back of the tongue, light spice and a dry alcohol finish.

Feel: light bodied with tickling carbonation and ephemeral, evaporating booze

Drinkability/Overall: Truly the gold standard of the class, this has mellowed on the shelf at Riley's for some time, and it shows in the understated, ultimately controlled complexity. Just beautiful to watch/smell/taste/feel.

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Photo of iNHaze
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Karmeliet glass.(Snifter)

This beer pours a beautiful honey-blonde color with champagne-like carbonation and a nice, consistent, 3/4" lacy white head. Clarity is outstanding.

I got yeasty, fruity, and floral topnotes, but a case of allergies at the time may have impaired a full "reading" of this beers aroma.

The first thing I noticed from this beer, again like champagne, was the sharp bite from the carbonation, however this was not unpleasant and helped to lay out the flavor complexities. A bit of sparkling malt and a tinge of caramel move on to very floral hops. The taste was similar to the aroma, and nothing wholely unsuspected slapped me in the face from this beer. I'm not sure why, but I kept thinking champagne when drinking this beer. I noted that the flavor complexities reminded me of good champagne, and were subtle and smooth.

The mouthfeel from Karmeliet was full and rather fluffy.

Overall, a great beer. I would definitely drink this again. I've also had this beer draft, and it definitely kicked all of its complexities into overdrive. So if you have the opportunity, I'd absolutely recommend trying it.

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Photo of haz77
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a tulip a clear orangey-straw colour with a massive meringue-like head, which seems to take forever to fall, probably due in part to the large amount of carbonation. Clumps of lacing are left everywhere and retention is excellent. Looks about as perfect as is possible.

S - Cloves, light/tropical fruits, phenols, bready yeast, honey. Superb.

T - There's a lot going on. Honey upfront, then the fruits begin to dominate. Spicy alcohol marks the back, but the ABV is well masked. Slightly dry finish and aftertaste.

M - Exceptionally smooth and effervescent. Medium to full body which is offset brilliantly by the foil of high tingling carbonation. Well balanced.

D - Highly drinkable for a beer of this strength. A favourite tripel and easily one of my favourite beers.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper color with huge long lasting white head. Great lacing and a steady stream of bubbles. Malty and sweet aroma with orange and lemon. Crisp mouthfeel from the strong carbonation. Dry finish. Very well balanced bitterness keep the sweetness in line.

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Photo of vitesse
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in 750 mL green bottle with painted label.

(probably the single most beautiful bottle art i've ever seen, btw.)

this is one artistic beer!
looks very similar to champagne when poured into the glass. super bright yellow color with the finest head i've ever seen. bubbles are very reminiscent of champagne, but they retain well.
smells of flowers, slight touch of hopes and spicey coriandar. alcohol is well hidden in the nose.
taste is really delicate. no overpowering alcoholic rush at all. a nice horsebarn yeastiness is evident, hinting at lambic-like flavors. spicy and hoppy notes came around and just blew me away. not a big, over-the-top beer, but insanely complex grassy, flowery and spicy notes. the body of this one is so light and effervescent that i really think it could almost stand up to champage as an aperitif. a very poetic drink. i highly highly highly recommend the karmeliet. if you want a super complex beer, this is the one.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours with an enormous head that never stops growing, and particles continually float around the whole body. The smell is very sweet, much like the candied malts you would expect in a tripel like this. The taste is almost perfect after you let it mellow... There is a slight hint of alcohol which is not hidden and a lack of a substantial body like other Belgians. Overall what a great tripel should be, highly recommended.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet has possibly one of the coolest labels ever. It reminded me of the artwork in a Wes Anderson film - drawn carefully by a kid with an amazing amount of detail. Brewed from an original 1679 recipe with the following three grains; wheat, barley and oats. Well judging by how highly regarded this brew is those 17th century Belgian brewers were on the right track.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Cloudy golden body with a firm centimetre white head. All cloudy beers are good (this is an indisputable fact) so that's an extra point there.

S: Candied lemon, pear and honey with a hint of herbal hops faint in the background. No surprise that the main aroma is almost entirely composed of sweet characters as this is a Tripel, an 8.4% ABV Tripel to be precise.

T: As with all Tripels I let it warm to almost room temperature (which is a chilly 15 degrees celsius... chilly for Queensland at least). Some bold fruit esters upfront: pear, lemon, orange, with a big candi sugar hit throughout and a slight herbal hop bitter twang at the end. A metallic after-taste leaves a sour note for an otherwise excellent Tripel.

M: Dense bodied and creamy as a good Tripel should be.

D: World class except for that metallic note in the after-taste. There is a full on sugar hit, as is expected in Tripel, however the fruit esters make a good combination and the medicinal/herbal hops at the finish isn't as overpowering as I've noticed in other Tripels. Overall I am suitably impressed and will certainly try it again to see if the metallic is just due to a single batch being that way or if it is systemic of the brew.

Food match: Tripels are a dessert or cheese beer, take your pick.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly reputed brew that I have never tried. Well, here goes. This orangey gold brew produces a big, almost Duvel-size head, very carbonated, before it recedes to a thick lacing atop the beer. Lots of citrus notes and other fruits like pears and peaches with a nice bit of sugar candy in the aroma. Taste is very much like champagne; lots of lemon, lemon pepper and other light citrus notes, most of which come from the malt and yeast. Hops give a nice little twang at the end. Tremendously smooth brew, well worth it's reputation.

One of the best tripels I have had. A world classic that is a must buy.

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Photo of bobv
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally rated over 4 years ago: 4.5.

Two 11.2 oz. bottles.
B.B. date 06-01-18
Moderate pour into a Tripel Karmeliet glass yields a huge white head over a golden yellow body with very nice lacing all throughout this rather large sample. Nose of slightly funky, citrusy, bready, spicy goodness is apparent. As it warms, the bananas come out to play. Taste follows with a bit of sweetness, almost like some saisons I've had. Adequate feel with a nice crisp, semi-dry finish. Overall, a classic unto itself, deserving of any and all accolades. In awe...

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Photo of ocmpoma
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out a nice golden hue into the old Duvel tulip. Big, fluffy white head -- actually a very good impression of a Duvel. The head faded out and left little to no lacing and a tiny bit of film.

A good nose; mulled spices and malt up front for a nice, sweet aroma -- plenty of orange and citrus on the back end with no bitterness. The taste is malt-forward, too, and excellent; sweet with lots of orange and lemon and more cinnamon, just a hint of must on the tail end.

The mouthfeel is quite good, lots of body and a good carbonation; extremely drinkable.

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Photo of djura
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light yellow color with medium carbonation. Huge white head. Nice.
S-Most beautiful aroma of flower from yeast i guess,fruits,so fresh and good.
T/M-So nice! You could feel lots of spices,fruits,flower aroma. Can`t say what is better.
Minus is maybe to high carbonation,but that is typical for bottle conditioned beers.
O- One of the best aromatic beers i ever had!

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Photo of bruachan
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big ole 750 i grabbed at acme. clearance price after they bought out the stock of hudson w&s

hazy gold appearance. well carbonated—huge white head right away. great lacing with strata

perhaps the most complex aroma i've found yet: pear, bigcinnamon, graham crackers, apple...the list goes on. pronounced hop influence from the spicy hop flavor and medium bitterness. spicy, dry-feeling from the carbonation, but it's sweet with a juicy finish

this is one of those beers i've seen time and time again on the shelf (everywhere) and never ventured to venture. but it's damn taaasty. good find. i win

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Photo of tavernjef
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super clear golden yellow with some steady distributed carbonation bubbles flowing within, a finger high white head of thick froth that retains for a bit, settles to a thick puffed haze on top remaining present the whole glass down, lace begins as sheets but falls apart quickly leaving webby globs.

Aroma is quite complex and very interesting with a ton of stuff going on, mainly an overall dulled orange peel zest with a sweet sour dough bread rolled into a musty/musky yeastyness that gives it a nice smokey appeal that gives it some brothyness and makes it almost seem like the fruit has rotted or something. Doesn't sound good but man its nice, notes of banana, nectarine, lime, lemon zest, pepperjack, moldy wood, wet dirt, onion, tomato, boy I could continue with all the soupy & fruity things mixing in the smell of this thing but I think I'll stop there before my nose explodes. Wow!

Surprisingly enough the taste comes across nearly the same as the smell but its not as potent and not quite as complex as what the smell hints too. There's a nice tangy sour dough bread malt sweetness to its front, oats and wheat make for some incredible sweetening and the middle is speckled with notes of different dullish citrus fruits of orange, lemon, pineapple, and lime, some slight yeasty tang and light spice of clove and meat broth makes a brief appearance as not to overwhelm that are note worthy from midway all the way to the finishing areas where it leaves more twangy sweetness and light citrus in the finish.

Feel is a solid medium body with a wierd smoothness thats hard to fathom, but reminded me of light soup. Whats with the soup aspects of this beer? Buttery-like smoothness that actually has a nice hold of carbonation that seems to fit the citrusy sweetness and the finish has a subtle complexity of things portrayed in the smell. Politely skipping across is a lime-like twinge left on the lips after each sip. One hell of an interesting Triple, this is more of what I look for from a Triple other then a mega hefe profile of clove and yeast thats been multiplied. This was very interesting and now I am left wondering if its like this all the time. Reviews of this seem to be widely diverse so I will definately get some more soon and try again to make sure this is something that continues to comes across as the same. Either way; this bottle was all Yum!!

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful bouquet of golden fruit, guided along by oats, wheat and barley malt. It is very much its own beer, tasting as much like a tripel as it does a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours deep gold with three finger head which fades eventually leaving beautiful lacing

aromas are rich and spicey, full of fruits with a honeyed richness and even some earthy and slightly barnish aromas.

taste is full and lush. The palate is creamy and nicely carbonated, full of fruit and honey with beautiful fruity and spicey esters.

mouthfeel is creamy and persistent. The carbonation level is wonderful and keeps it clean though the palate becomes a bit sticky as the bubbles fade.

overall, one of my favorite triples yet. Just awesome yeast character and beautiful texture. The balance is really there with this one. I would drink several if: A- I could afford them, B- I thought I'd be standing when finished. Outstanding

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Photo of Bubshab
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours pure gold, massive head that stays around, large amount of carbonation.

Smell: Sweet bread, grain, sweet stone & tropical fruits, zesty lemon, white wine, fantastic.

Taste: Just like the smell, zesty with carbonation, dry on the finish with lingering citrus notes, no booze to speak of at all. Decently full mouth-feel coming from the oats.

Overall: Stunning beer, very glad to have got my hands on one down here in oz.

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Photo of mmva321
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

It's a golden/yellow body, a little darker than the average pilsner. Lots of carbonation lead up to a frothy white head that sticks around a bit and leaves a little lacing.

Well the smell is fantastic. A creamy vanilla auroma mutes and coats some of what could be the harsher smells in this beer. There's a cacophony of fruits present including orange, grapefruit, banana and pear. Also some funk/wheat is present. Very well balanced.

The wheat and yeast shine through a little more, giving this a very earthy flavor. Still very smooth and and with very strong orange and pear flavors.

A very appropriately thin body. Impressive considering the high abv. Bubbly and light, making this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of atis
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours sparkling golden with huge white lacing with good retention, it stays in one finger thickness till the end of the glass, leaving rich patches of lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet malt, bits of fruity esters and lingering yeast.

Taste is alcoholic spiciness at first, even slight medical flavours with grainy malt in the middle, sweet and fruity finish with light citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather full with prickly carbonation all around mouth and slowly increasing warming feel.

My favourite beer. I could sip it all day long.

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Photo of TMB0424
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML, cork caged bottle.

A- Pours with a huge, thick, ghost white, creamy head. Looks delicious! Good retention, dissipates into a quarter inch layer. Good amount of carbonation. A very enticing hazy, pale golden body. Can't wait to taste.

S- Smells great, very sweet, somewhat earthy, with a slight hint of caramel. Fresh citrus is there. Very crisp! The spices are on the forefront as well, maybe even moreso than the fruits.

T- Wow. Outstanding balance between citrusy malts and hops. Apples come to mind, maybe a hint of pear. Slightly peppery finish with a perfect balance of hops. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but perfectly balanced with the fruits, and is extremely warming and welcomed.

M- Medium body, very smooth and somewhat.... syrupy? Hard to put a finger on, but very pleasing. Perfect carbonation. Kind of like a dry, fruity champagne finish.

D- Extremely drinkable, the alcohol content is well-hidden and very warming. I could definitely down a couple of these.

Definitely one of the best Tripels I've had (and beers for that matter). It is a perfect balance of sweet, citrusy malts and peppery hops. I'll definitely be picking up another bottle of this, and I'm eager to try Kwak as well. Outstanding brew.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, corked and caged.

Clear golden beauty with a foamy, rocky nice Tripel head.

Smell is spicy, with notes of hay and fresh cut grass, but not in a 60 Minute kind of grassy hops way, also with lemon, very prominent spice from the yeast, and some grainy character as well.

Taste is where this shines. Everything from the smell just brought out more. Intense lemon flavor and intense spice. Really nice bitter spine, presumably from the oats. Everything is really well balanced and just exceptional.

Mouthfeel is great, fluffy and light, but still very substantial. Very alive with nice tripel carbonation.

I could drink this as long as I could drink any tripel.

The Bosteels family scored with this one.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden in color, thick creamy head.

S - Yeasty and sweet smell. Honey, some clove

T - Sweet banana notes. Clove notes as well.

M - Full body with heavy carbonation. Easy to drink considering the abv.

O - Really really love this beer. One of my favorites for the style.

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Photo of IceAce
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First pour produces a clean golden body with two fingers of rocky foam in a Tulip. A seemingly endless supply of CO² streams from nucleation points etched into the bottom of the glass. Little lacing (consistant with style) and superb clarity (sans yeast).

Nose is sweet with ripe berries, plums, and apples.

Entry lights up the tongue with carbonation and is bright with carmelized sugar. Midtaste reflects a beautiful balance of sweet red berries, yeast, and a captivating dryness. The finish culminates with a final fresh-fruit sign-off leaving residual sweetness on the lips to be releshed post-sip following a dry yeasty fade.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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