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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,145
Reviews:
1,337
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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Photo of hdtrice
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, poured into Tripel Karmeliet over sized tulip.

A: Very pale shade of golden, initial large head faded slightly, but the beer sat under a
layer of foam for the duration, clear and fairly lively looking.

S: Orange and yeast.

T: Layers of orange, esters, yeast and zest, no real sign of the oats listed under ingredients.

M: Light and crisp for the strength, had the smoothness the bottle
promised, not overly carbonated.

O: Less bitter than other tripels, but that could be put down to my changing palate which is growing accustomed to the style.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a goldenrod body with a finger tall white head in my wine glass. Carbonation is visible rising in the body. Smell is sweet, citric and earthy. The taste is of smooth malts, fruit, apple, wheat, citrus. Mouthfeel is medium, with good carbonation. This is a pretty good tripel, though not my absolute favorite.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Old Monk; Dallas, Tx.
Aroma: An interesting combination of sour and sweet. The sour comes through with an orange twang, which is offset by a sweet vanilla. Somewhere in the mix I got a touch of nutmeg as well.
Appearance: A cloudy pale orange color with a nice white two finger head.
Flavor: Fruit. Forced to be more specific, mainly cherry and banana tastes, but more complexity than I could wrap my tongue around.
Mouthfeel: Medium body that gave a crisp, but lasting finish.
Overall Impression: A very tasty brew. The balance is strongly to the sweet, so this is much like a candy; not to be gobbled, but slowly nibbled for maximum enjoyment.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 07EK

Poured into the huge Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades down to a think layer. Color is a pale golden yellow. Not a lot of lace left.

Aroma: Some funk to it. A lot of spices, pepper, cloves. Very appealing.

Taste: A nice big spice flavor off the top. Cloves and peppers, some lemon and fruit flavors. Well done.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and refreshing, smooth. I really like it. Light bodied but nice high carbonation makes the mouthfeel so great. I really like it.

Overall, I really like this beer. It is well down and I could easily drink more. The MF is amazing. Good drinkability as well.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notes of three grain belgian 8% ABV top fermented, bottle conditioned.

Pour is a clear straw colored, with strings of carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass. Beautiful bubbly meringue head and excellent head retention throughout the drink.

Mixed berry scents, yeast scents. Wild flowers & open aired meadow aromas. Banana bread afterscents.

Sour sweet mixed cloves. Yeasty banana hints. Extremely clean, slightly oily finish.

Feel is a sudsy foamer with rolling bubbles on me tongue. Active yeasty 7-Up feel.

At a respectable 8% ABV, take that as as a warning. A bit complex to really be a session. This one makes me think and ponder about all the flavors and tastes. This is a drink to be appreciated, carefully.

Last swigs: Chimay like belg. Big ups to fellow BA Shapudding for this one! Schweet!!! I will seek this one again!

Beer is good. Happy belgian beering.

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Photo of HippieDave56
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nerdboy19
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjtiernan
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet at cellar temperature. No bottle dating info found.

A: It’s a gusher! Couldn’t stop it after waiting for a minute so just decided to pour it in. Very slow pour rendered a white one finger head with very tight bubbles. Body is golden colored with only a slight haze. Lots of bubble activity floating to the top.

S: Banana, coriander, clove and pepper. There’s an amount of caramel sweetness that exceeds what I’m used to in a tripel. It’s very inviting. Can’t wait to sip.

T: Very nice. The banana, coriander, clove and pepper are all there and some pleasant light fruits are added...pear and maybe apricot? A healthy dose of grain. The caramel flavor is definitely there in transition, but it isn’t as sweet as the nose hinted. Finish is crisp and features fusel alcohol.

M: Starts and ends pretty dry with a biting and warm finish. Body is medium to high and carb is very high. Astringency and alcohol bite hurt drinkability a bit.

O: A really solid tripel but nothing really jumped out at me to make me love it.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this dumps out a lovely golden with a fat white head. looks great. the nose brings thoughts of lemons, oranges, vanilla, floral notes...smells like spring. in the mouth you get good carbonation teamed up with decent medium body, feels nice on the toungue. in the flavor department were talking citrus, lightly sweet malt, very small hints of spice, finishes with a def. warming alcohol bite. im not a huge fan of tripels, but this is a damn fine beer. tastey, lively in the mouth and a sight to behold, high fives to brouwerij bosteels for this one.

paid $2.99 for the small bottle

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bright golden-colored ale with a slight haze. It pours with a thick, cloudy white head that eventually dissipates into a thin but persistent layer of foam.

Smell: Banana, pear and spice - it almost reminds me of a hefe weizen, but with tart, dry undertones reminiscent of a tripel.

Taste/texture: Opens with a pronounced banana flavor, slowly becoming more dry and spiced as it sits on the tongue. A slight warming alcohol presence is felt, but it's not a detraction. A bit syrupy on the palate, making it more of a sipping beer than a session beer. Overall a great tripel.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/24/12

Appearance: Pale golden yellow, hazy, with a giant, bright white head - chunks of fluffy lacing stick to the glass

Smell: Belgian yeast and sweet malts, quite clearly a Belgian Tripel - bananas, clove, some bubblegum - some spices - sweet, pale malts, and some sweet grains - plenty of candi sugar - some hay, some light fruits

Taste: Sweet malts, candi sugar, and yeast - pale malts and some light grains, with a touch of hay - Belgian yeast, with banana candy, sugary bubblegum, and some clove - slightly spicy, with some light fruits - tasty, but too sweet - increasingly phenolic as it warms up

Mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation, smooth and grainy, medium body

Overall: A very good example of the style, but not epic

This is a solid tripel. It's pretty balanced, and it's distinctly Belgian. It's a little sweeter than I like a tripel, but it's good. Worth a try.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 750 mL bottle into a chalice.

A: pours gold with an orange hue, clear, one finger head that dissipates but good lacing.

S: Caramel malt with a coriander spice and a slight amount of fruit in the aroma.

T: big sweet flavor in the beginning, with an orange flavor very evident. moves into an effervescent finish with a lingering mix of sweetness and spiciness in the aftertaste, some coriander and clove flavor present. The beginning also has a mix of caramel, sweet malt flavor, definitely a tripel more on the sweet side. Not as dry as typical tripel and only enough hop flavor/bitterness to balance the sweetness although the fruity, malty flavors win out in the end.

M: vs other tripels, slightly more syrupy and sticky in the beginning although the carbonation takes over and scrubs it all away for the next sip.

D: this was a very enjoyable tripel for me. Definitely can feel the impact as I make my way through the bottle.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd have to pretend that I was from Missouri and say "show me" if anyone said they had a beer that held its head longer than this Tripel Karmeliet. Okay, that was a cheesy intro, but the fact remains that this beer has one tenacious head. So much so that I got tired of waiting for it to settle and just dove in. It's not one of those Overly Carbonated, Big Bubbled heads, either. It's one of those thick, malty sticky heads. Nice. This wonderful head sits upon a body of a hazy straw-like colour. If The body was more appetizing looking, the appearance would be a 5. But regardless, a 4.5 is pretty darn impressive.
Smell is Banana, sweet, clove or corriander, and clean and appetizing. 4.0
Well it's really good. But really, really sweet. This would be a fantastic dessert beer. But as far as a drinking beer, it's awful lop-sided in the sweetness rather than letting the hops balance out the brew. 4.0
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. A bit overly carbonated maybe. Okay, perhaps too much carbonation. But they're little bubbles and not those big champagne-like bubbles. You knwo what I mean? 4.0
Drinkability, given all my praise, is a 4. I couldn't puch it any higher. The taste is too sweet, but I guess that sweetness comes from the wheat which helps this fantastic head.

try it.

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Photo of noz03
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This slightly hazy straw colored beer forms a very white frothy head on top when poured into the glass. The foam slowly dissolves back to the beer leaving behind some clumps of lace on the side of the glass. A mildly fruity aroma with notes of apples, grapes and hints of bubble gum, yeast and toasted malt hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with just a mild fizz on the tongue. The flavor is well balanced with light flavors of white wine, bubble gum and toasted malt. It begins with a mild apple flavor. Bubble gum and yeast move in towards the middle and it finishes slightly sour. There's a nice light toasted malt flavor in the background holding it all together.

I thought this beer was well balanced and very refreshing. It reminded me of a white wine, however I found the carbonation fizz to be a bit overdone for this beer.

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Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle given to me by a coworker into a Duvel tulip. Bottle popped with a nice satisfying burst and an immediate aroma of earthy hops.

A - Poured a bright pale gold with a thick, fine bubbled, 2 inch, pure white head. Head dissipated into a thin foam within a couple of minutes. Nice lacing on the glass. Beer was slightly cloudy in the glass with a strong, never ending stream of bubbles eminating from the bottom, center of the glass. Very nice.

S - As soon as the bottle was opened, there was a strong, earthy hop aroma. After pouring into the glass this was amplified even more. Although a very appealing aroma, it is rather one dimensional. I don't detect much of anything else. No malt, and only the slightest of Belgian funk. Nice, but not as complex as I was hoping for.

T - Taste follows the aroma. Dominated with hop bitterness, but some malt sweetness, some fruitiness and a touch of funk comes through. At 8.4%, the alcohol is hidden very well. This is a very drinkable beer. I tend to think of this as a Belgian IPA. Hops forward with some character to back it up.

M - Mouthfeel is solid. Rich and full with lots of prickly carbonation felt on the center and back of the tongue. Very nice.

D - To me, this is a highly drinkable Belgian tripel. Usually, I have a difficult time with this style, but this beer - I could have a couple with no problem. The alcohol is hidden well and the flavors balance nicely with nothing overpowering.

Overall, a very good beer. I will have to look for this one again.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark maize color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, hops, spice, yeast sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, yeast, slight spice, slight hops, some sweet malt, alcohol, and slight pale malt. Overall, well blended, there's a good body, and nice aroma.

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Photo of DCon
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 330 ML 11.2 FL OZ bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $7. Poured from the scroll looking labeled bottle w/ "3 grain beer, still brewed after a 17th century recipe from the old Carmelite monastery of Dendermonde on the front & tons of history on it into into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has Best Before: D/CJ/CABD (?) on the back of the bottle. Whats it all mean Basil?

Aroma- Has a very sweet and nice malty aroma. A bit acidic and has some citrus/fruit hanging around. Not much spice or complexity like others but above average.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has great retention. Has a light orange colored body and good clarity. Leaves light sudsy lacing behind.

Flavor- Starts with a sweet and strong malty taste with a nice amount of spice and hop. Bitterness was light-medium on the scale and very different! An off centered brew, but well balanced nonetheless.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent but at the same time has the Smoothest and most enjoyable finish on a beer you can get!

Overall Impression- I am definitely going to be keeping my eyes opened for this one in stores! I was able to keep a good tab on most of the attributes but there can be MANY more with this one. If you get a chance go for it! This one is a flavorful Tripel and would suggest for anyone out there. Easy drinking too.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Karmeliet has a cloudy golden appearance, pouring very little head. The smell is fairly strong and sweet. One gets the impression of fruit and spices, mainly pepper and coriander in this one's strong taste. It has a nicely carbonated mouthfeel, though not as powerful as other tripels. This is definitely a drinkable beer. I might actually seek this one out again if it's possible.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review tasting on March 25th 06. Bottle best by Jul 06. I thought I had reviewed this before as this is a favourite beer of mine.

Pours a lovely light amber body with a very generous "Duvel-style" white fizzy head (Used a Duvel glass for the review).
Smells of wheat, hops and some spice (?).
Tastes complex and refreshing all at once. There is a nice "edge" to the taste, not sure what it is. Very nice to swirl around the palate. A delicious brew.

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Photo of adman08
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very pale golden straw color with probably more head than I've ever seen. There's a huge amount of fluffy white foam that fades away slowly leaving a layer of foam on the surface of the beer all the way to the end.
S-Sweet aroma, slightly grainy with some butterscotch and a slight baking spice aroma with some alcohol.
T-Fairly sweet tasting. Slightly grainy with some butterscotch and spice flavors.
M-Sweet, slightly sticky. Lots of carbonation with some alcohol warmth. A very light beer.
Overall, a very tasty tripel and true to the style, light, fairly alcoholic with some spiciness and a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: the beer pours a beautiful murky lemonade/blond/gold/ with two fingers of fluffy white head with very good retention;

s: sweet candy flavors are the most present in my nose followed by strong fruity overtones - pears, apples, bananas; hints of alcohol

t: there is a dryness that would not be expected from the scent; raw wheat and rock candy with very fruity flavors and some spicey alcoholic warmth

m: very smooth and quite creamy while still having a lighter mouthfeel; the beer has light carbonation

d: overall a very quality tripel that has unique flavors to distinguish it from the pack

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Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Light orange with a huge cloud of white head. Many carbonation bubbles work hard to keep it alive. Eventually turns to a swirly cap but leaves nice lacing everywhere.

Smell is Belgian tripel excellence, light fruits, spice, yeast, and band-aids.

I get big wheat and vanilla vibes up-front which seems unusual for the style. The spice and fruit seem to take a backseat and aren't as strong as I'd like them to be. The fruit flavors almost feel like mango, orange and tropical candy. Feels very boozy at times too, also unusual for the style, most (all) tripels I've had hide it very well. Nice aftertaste.

Not your run-of-the-mill tripel, I like the different fruit tastes, it's complex and changing the whole time. The booze taste could be toned down but wasn't a major deterrent.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,145 ratings.
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