Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

BA SCORE
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4,105 Ratings
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:
4,105
Reviews:
1,324
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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314
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947
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Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow a gentle pour of this beer produces a healthy rising two finger head which is a pale see thru tawny yellow colour with really beautiful carbonation with the head slowly slumping to a big ball of froth in the middle with heaps of lacing,the aromas are really pleasant notes of bananna,yeasty bread,white grapes and some peaches soaked in alcohol,it has a nice weighty mouthfeel with a nice taste of apples first then some yeasty malt notes which finishes with a subtle stonefruity finish and only a touch of alcohol is present on first taste but after that not really noticeable at all quite an easy drinking Tripel that could drink abit of.

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

Bottle: a light brown 330mL brown bottle with a very busy yet stylish old-school Belgian label depicting the wheat fields.

Appearance: pours a honey amber colour with fine carbonation. A big white head bursts up and settles to a creamy white finger, leaving thick lacing as it dropped. Looks awesome!

Aroma: smells of spice, pepper, wheat and orchard fruits. Quite complex and refreshing.

Taste: again the complexity of flavours come through nicely with some heavier brandy and heavy fruits.

Aftertaste: flows through to the finish, lingering for a time. Pretty easy drinking yet nice as a slow sipper.

Mouth feel: a moderate- to- fuller body, with the sharp carbonation avoiding it being too syrupy.

Overall: a good quality Belgian Tripel - nice complexity of wheat, Belgian yeasts, orchard fruits, spice and some heavier ABV notes. Well worth the price.

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

A: 1" white head that left some nice lacing over straw coloured liquid with above average clarity.

S: Yeast, floral hops, with a hint of malt.

T: Yeast, malt, lemon. With a bit of heat from the alcohol at the end.

M: High level of medium carbonation.

O: Nice appearance to this good tasting tripel. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Bf_89
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpaethJam
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

I had the privelege of splitting this one with fellow BA brethern cmaruschak and mmmmbeeer last night...

Apperance: Crystal clear light orange with an incredibly sudsy white head. Constant carbonation through the body of this beer which is quite mesmerizing. The head retention on this bad boy is crazy and a thing to be marveled.

Smell: orange, citrus notes, coriander, and a yeasty funk fill the nose.

Taste: Yeast and coriander first, orange throughout the middle, and a wheat bread finish. There is a mild alcohol finish that coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium, slightly slick, and slightly prickly due to the carbonation. A very complex, full flavor.

Drinkability: Goes down easy as there are no off or over the top flavors.

I appreciate the primer on some good Belgians. They definitely aren't my favorite but a finely crafted beer.

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

11oz. bottle, Netherlands.

Pours an impressively clear, deep gold hue with a nice pillowy and creamy head. A one-finger layer sticks around and laces very well.

The aroma is strongly of spice and somewhat of fruit, mainly melon and apple. There's got to be some coriander in this beer.

The flavor is fruity and richly bready, with a hugely carbonated mouthfeel that gets quite fluffy in the mouth, almost out of hand at first. Pretty clean for the style, with straightforward, bright fruity flavors combined with yeast, and, you guessed it, coriander and brewing spices. A tad sweet, but I like it.

The alcohol is noticeable through a warming effect, and somewhat in flavor, but this Tripel drinks quite nicely.

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Photo of S_McAteer_95
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Johnct
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crosbyms
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a oversized wine glass. Batch number 05 K K.

A: Very large head, pure white and frothy, good retention, which is constantly aided by the extremely active streamers that never quite let the head fall too short. The body is a hazy yet radiant and rich straw yellow color. Spotty lace.

S: The aroma from my bottle is intensely phenolic with peppery, slightly plasticky and/or rubbery aromas dominating all else. There is a definite yeasty contribution with mildly grassy and herbal hops. Pilsner malts? I get spicy and fruity esters on the nose, but this is not the showcased aroma.

T: Following the nose, except now the fruity notes are thankfully much more present. I would love to increase the rating here, but the truth is, I've had much better tasting Tripels over the years.

M: The mouthfeel is through the roof of your mouth, feel me? Super lively and active carbonation, prickling every tastebud on the tongue. I love this intense stimulation, but some may prefer to give their glass a few heavy swirls. Medium body.

D: Drinkability is good but not so good that it inspired any sort of creativity in my description here. Solid brew.

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Photo of Antilochus
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lipton Iced Tea tulip at Quinn's Pub in Camden Town. Out of their Belgian fridge.

Amberish body under a 1cm fine white head. Very effervescent. Head goes to cloud and collar after a few minutes.

Nose is very fresh. Honey, belgian yeast, light grain notes. Of course very alcoholic. Berries, brown sugar.

Palate is boozy with high carbonation. Sweet with yeasty/leesy bitterness. Finishes on generous sweetness (honey) and crackery malt. Very spritzy, aggressive feel. Alcohol is slightly masked. Unibroue-style yeastiness on this one, reminds me of Fin du Monde. Spices. Mouthfeel improves over time - gets rather rich and creamy. Almost astringent in the finish.

A good tripel here.

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Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMKaylor
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of LivingTheDream84
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of brotherloco
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of custardcb
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this 750ml up at a specialty shop in Melbourne, FL hiding by itself behind a few others. Pours a large foamy head that leaves traces down the glass has it dissipates. Very pale gold color that is quiet clear. The nose has a little spice to it with a faint sour dough aroma. The taste is quiet smooth with mild fruit tones. There is a nice medium finish that gives a nice mouthful.

While not the best triple I've had it was a great find. It is very drinkable and when friends of mine that arent really into beer tried this they thought it was rather nice and where pleasantly surprised to found out that real beer was this good.

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Photo of ccrida
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in the official, over-sized Karmeliet snifter, which is incidentally my favorite beer glass of all-time, Belgian or otherwise. Pours a beautiful golden straw color, with moderate haze and an unusually large, milky head, for which the snifter was artfully designed, making for a stunning presentation. The head is very slow to subside, leaving behind a thick, luscious lace. Candi-sugar really dominates flavor the flavor of this one, in both aroma and taste, with some citrus and sour apple esters. There are no noticeable hops, although the Wheat and Oats on the grain bill are clearly evident in the body. Personally, I'd have preferred more grain over the candi-sugar, which I feel makes the Karmeliet a bit too sweet on the finish. Still, the body is typically digestible for a strong Belgian, making for a smooth, easy-drinking, and deceptively dangerous beer. Overall, the Karmeliet is a great beer that is very enjoyable, so long as you don't overdo it!

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Photo of thatsmyspot
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Spiral517
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThiZequi
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of thebeerprincess
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of tux_alin
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a mostly clear yellow gold w/rich frothy white head, decent retention, some lacing, and visible carbonation beads rising throughout.

S-Coriander and herbs, light orange and apricot, spice, sweet fresh pale malt, yeast and traces of gunpowder-like sulfur.

T-Spice and herbs ride the pale malt, and possibly a bit of wheat, and there is a nice light fruit presence featuring mandarin orange along w/a complex array of subtle phenols. The hops emerge nicely in the finish and leave a clean palate w/remnants of sulfur and apricot.

M-Light-to-medium bodied w/good carbonation, excellent balance, and a crisp firm mouthfeel.

D-Very enjoyable, would buy this again.This is a complex tripel with a lot going on that I would very much like to re-evaluate in the future.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

a - pours a bright golden amber, somewhat hazy with a decent amount of suspended sediment, huge three-finger white head with good retention and light lacing, tons of tiny bubbles continually rising to the top, almost Champagne-like

s - very yeasty and spicy, coriander, black pepper, lighter note of lemon, hints of alcohol

t - like the aroma, strong belgian yeast and spice notes with coriander and black pepper being dominant, some lemon citrus on the midpalate, light metallic notes on the finish along with a noticeable boozy heat, pretty refreshing despite the heat

m - medium-bodied, higher carbonation, very effervescent in the mouth, some alcohol warming

d - fairly drinkable for the higher abv, refreshing and the flavors are intresting, the heat takes away somewhat

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,105 ratings.
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