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:
4,101
Reviews:
1,323
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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312
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945
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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nucleosynthesis
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HipCzech
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33 cl bottle (stamped "28/04/18") poured into a plastic cup. Very clear, pale golden yellow. Lush, frothy white head with a thick collar of lace. Rich aroma of mixed grains (barley, wheat, oats), spicy Belgian yeast and medicinal phenols. Taste follows aroma, but even fuller. Some honey sweetness, citrus and tropical fruit, spice and pepper. Alcoholic tingle emerges with warmth. Medium body with prickly carbonation. A big, boozy and robust brew.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewerang
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection in a glass. The appearance is a beautiful, light golden color with a massive, fluffy head and champagne-like bubbles everywhere. Spicy, lemony aroma with classic, funky flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast. Super high carbonation, per the style, and an incredibly crisp, dry finish. If I had to pick one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it.

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Photo of Gorf88
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frank at Turbante, Coimbra,

A: Poured to a Duvel glass, the body presented itself as yellow crystalline with some visible carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. The head is white and was 2 finger thick.
A: The aroma is composed of citric tones, tangerine and lots of ginger. It's very floral as the ginger is really proeminent here.
T: Coming from the aroma, the taste is rather too strong because at every sip, the ginger is too harsh on the mouth and nose. It's like the taste is primarily good but unbalanced in structure.
M: The mouthfeel is medium density with some nice carbonation. Nothing worth nothing.
O: This was, I guess, the third time I had this beer but the first in a couple years. My first thought of this beer was very good as it was one of the first craft beers I've had but now it seems not very balanced, needing more work to maintain the ginger profile less proeminent.

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Photo of Foley67
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rand
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle to glass chalice

Bellwether example of the style, the Tripel Karmaliet has a light, yellow-orange color, while a gentle pour renders a huge fluffy head that quickly recedes. Sweetbread malts and Belgian yeasts anchor the nose, with notes of banana-cherry esters, lemon zest, oak.

Malt-forward on the palate, as sweet, bready aspects showcase yeasty esters. Distinct bananas. Notes of white pepper and cherry phenols add depth, along with a touch of citrus zest. Tones of oak and bittering hops dry the sip toward the close, with a touch of booze adding warmth (although as with any good Tripel, alcohol is masked for the ABV). Medium-light body with a oily-slick complexion, the beer finishes short with little lingering residuals.

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Photo of anon
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance in near perfection - head billows to 3 finger width and has fantastic retention. Pale golden hue, hazy and bubbly.

Big wheat and grain aromas, I feel like I'm walking through a field of it. Bananas, clove, bubblegum and lemons. Fruity and herbal. Very nice. Taste is sweet and yeasty up front; banana, clove, lemon candy, peaches, nectarine, honey. Oats and barley give an earthy touch. Lightly funky and spicy. Light to medium body and the ABV is right on point, hidden well by the array of flavours going on. Very clean finish. Easy drinking.

All the aspects of a great Belgian brew. Will have again.

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Photo of shirtless_mike
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of serhankoray
4.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the best one I've ever tasted

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LocusSolus
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwalters
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Groovindays
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brant
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale but bright, translucent yellow, almost like lemoncello. I poured it way too hard and ended up with like 4 fingers of head. It had a pleasant flowery and fruity smell. Taste similar with a bit of wheatiness to it. Flavor was well rounded with no bitter/sour aftertaste. It seemed a little fizzy to me.

Overall this is a nice tripel, though nothing really stood out about it for me (except for the look, which really was quite amazing). I would drink it again, but I don't think I'll seek it out deliberately.

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

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,101 ratings.
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