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Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first time (as a young man) I had this at Belgo in Camden, I remember thinking that this was the best beer ever. And then in subsequent years, I went off it.

Now I am critically reviewing it, for the first time, after many more years of tasty beverage consumption.

Firstly, I love the bottle. Great design, colours, and they even write an English translation..! How thoughtful of them.

Proper head. Duvel like.

A whirlpool has formed, wow, amazing. It has to get 4.75 for look. I am drinking in a Chimay glass, I am not sure if there is a whirlpool in an official Karmeliet one.

Aroma, amazing. Beautiful mandarins and apricots, possibly the best aroma ever from a beer before.

Taste is smooth, probably from the wheat. And the oats. Very bubbly, creamy. So bubbly that the feel is bubbleyed to an overt extent.

It's missing the flavor of competitors, such as Duvel. This has a balanced taste, though simply not as much flavor as Duvel/Chouffe/Tremens/Chimay Blanc.

Needs more fruitiness or bitterness, and less bubbyleyedness

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Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Triple Karmeliet reviewed on the "1001" list.
It is reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Also reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.... which shouldn't be long.

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

L: light gold with a little foam head.
S: Smells malty with a little soar, citrus.
T: Sweet, saturated, banana.
F: Long-lasting aftertaste.
O: Very good example of tripple.

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Photo of dd43
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amazing tripel here. Massive doses of banana, baking spices, and Belgian candied sugar. The aroma on this beer persists even after the glass is emptied due to the well developed lacing. Yeast breadiness in the mid palate, somewhat like an egg white glazed challah. The head on this golden ale was huge and rocky, with even a careful pour yielding a mountain of tightly packed foam. The mouthfeel is spot on for a tripel. Sweetness balanced with crispy and abundant carbonation. There is a slight tackiness on the lips but for this style of beer I felt it was appropriate. Booze notes are present in the nose. Again, I felt commensurate with the style. Just an amazing drinking experience; anyone who wants a well balanced tripel should seek this out.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Probably the most beautiful Belgian Tripel out there. The beautiful color and smell, a massive white head and subtle, complex and balanced flavors... honey and vanilla that you will probably recognize. The champagne of Tripel ! A must have.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blonde pour, white head of foam with larger bubbles. Carbonation present. Smell was faint, sweet, floral. taste was...I don't want to say "light" because that has the wrong connotations. It was clean, crisp... others have identified citrus notes, and Mentioned saisons...I get a little of that. Nothing over the top, no strong tastes, but very nice.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Hazy Pale Golden with a 2 finger white head. Decent retention and a fair amount of lacing.

S- Sweet and Fruity. Slightly lemony with a hint of spices.

T- Very similar to the aroma. Definitely a yeasty flavour to this beer typical of Belgian brews.

M- Medium but rich body. Moderate Carbonation. The bottle I bought was a bit of a gusher (likely due to it being bottle fermented).

O- An excellent Belgian Tripel that offers everything a Tripel should. Extremely easy drinking, even at an ABV over 8%.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright golden yellow, really shines in the light. Slightly hazy. Poured a massive whispey/bubbly head which settles down. Tons of carbonation apparent.
S: Smells great. First off very fruity, typical of wheat containing beers. Also a really strong grain smell which I'm quite fond of. HInts of some kind of spice.
T: Very grainy and sweet. Drinks not all that different from a wheat beer or saison, but with a somewhat subdued phenol/ester character. That is not to say its not present or preceivable, however. Quite delicious.
F: Smooth, rich, yet never heavy feeling. Carbonation is quite high, lending a crisp quality to the beer as well.
O: HIghly enjoyed this beer. Drinking it you would never imagine it was over 8% ABV, as it drinks so light. Quite frankly I'm beating myself up over having not tried this one earlier.

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

Cloudy dark straw colored with a white head.

Smells like iced tea? What the hell.
Taste is amazing. I would love to put it in words but I would fail miserably.

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Photo of Stakebone
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding tripel. Poured clear straw colored with little sediment at the bottom. Smell is malty sweet with floral overtones, prepping the senses for the deeper flavor to come. The mix of malty sweetness, flowery characters, banana, herby yeast flavors, and a bit of a bite from lite phenols is perfection. Mouthfeel compliments the flavor profile.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw color with a massive billow of white foam which, about 2 minutes following the pour, grew to hover over the lip of the chalice. Yeast, lemon and honey on the nose. Flavor is slightly sweeter, with candi sugar, banana and bubblegum flavors. Very tasty. Super carbonated - you can actually HEAR this beer from a distance.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz. bottle with a best by 2/17, pours a beautiful blond, straw beer with a massive pillowy white head. Taste follows nose with floral, citrus, yeast, grain, and some booze. An excellent Tripel and an absolute pleasure to the senses.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy straw colored with a full cumulonimbus head; lots of lacing. Light appealing nose; I get wheat and florals, maybe a little lemon peel. Taste - wheat, citrus,most of which evaporates off the palate quickly. Mouth feel - crisp and dry, big carbonation, refreshing. I am amateur at Tripels, but this one makes me want to explore further. Still trying to figure out where they are hiding 8.4 ABV in this one -- drinks much lighter.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plenty of carbonation bubbles, but no discernible head. The color is gold and brilliantly clear. Aroma of light grain, sweet oats, and sweet light Belgian candy sugar are present. I taste sweet light Belgian candy sugar, light grains, sweet oats, and just a hint of slightly fruity Belgian triple yeast. It is a very clean tasting beer that is highly carbonated, dry, and crisp.

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Photo of beermakesmedrunk
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L:Cloudy straw colour, white head.

S:mild sweet lemony smell with a hint of cloves

T:light citrus, with honey and oats

F:smooth and refreshing

O: very smooth beer with really nice flavour, you will not notice its 8.4%

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Photo of Libertyspike
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L- Lovely bright colored lemony yellow/orange, slightly cloudy. Beautiful white 1.5 finger lingering head

S- Orange peel and coriander

T- Wheaty, citrus and coriander flavor, with a bit of spice in the background

F- Smooth with a good amount of carbonation

O- Wonderful Tripel. I come back to this one often

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Photo of laketang
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into duvel tulip, color of lemon pie filling with super large head from a conservative pour

swcents of lemongrass and banana bread.

I get clove(just right amount) tangy pineapple,banana sweetness.drinking at 55 deg's

not much alcohol presentfruity aftertaste that lingers.

I really liked this beer and will go for more.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy straw color with large amount of white fluffy head, mild pour. The initial flavors were very pleasant: banana, honey, fruity. The flavor was quickly masked by excessive body/mouthfeel. The beer seemed to expand in my mouth with foam, nearly blocking the flavors. I let the beer sit for a little bit and found it to be much more pleasant.

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

Pours a clear straw gold with billowing head and lots of lacing. Nose is estery, but also somewhat phenolic and medicinal. Flavor is malty with candied fruits, and also sweet and sour sauce. Mouthfeel is crisp.
Honestly, this has been better on other occasions...but you can only rate what you are drinking. Maybe we'll relook this one in the future. A bit disappointing.

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Photo of OlaB
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L:pours a beautifull golden color,cloudy, lots of foam in the top of the glas
S:Vanila,yeast .banana,citrus,honey
T:spices,vanilla,yeast,citrus, corriander
F: smooth, medium bodied ,creamy, warming feel of the high alcohol content
O: A very good beerstyle, delicious , a top belgian beer, Very enjoyable.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Cloudy blonde, honey

S: Lemony, piney, tart, sour, funky, yeasty, hay, grass, hints of banana/bubblegum

T: Bubblegum, wet grass, lemon rind, wild yeast

F: Soft, chalky, starts off crisp with a bite of carbonation but ends smooth and fresh

O: Solid, funky, and awesome

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Photo of LiveWire_13
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer overachieves, but it's not great either. The pale straw color and cloyingly sweet cheap beer smell didn't have my mouth watering, but the taste has some complex fruit flavors and it's got a little thickness. Good, but not great; buy it on the cheap.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This beer pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a huge white foamy head reminiscent of duvel. The carbonation seems lively as even after the head fades your lrft staying at 3mm if foamy lace over the top of this Gorgeous looking beer.

Aroma - The smell is fairly complex here, As I took a deeper smell the first thing that came to my nose was honey and vanilla, followed by corriander light pepper, earthyness and fresh cut white bread.

Taste -The spice from the pepper is definitely at the forfront of this brew, followed by some vanilla corriander, light fruits like apple and pear, and a medicinal quality. The back end has an alcohol bitterness, all of this comes together very nicely.

Feel - This is a medium bodied brew with prickly carbonation on the tongue, as it goes down your throat you get a slight alcohol warming feeling,

Overall - While this beer is unlike other tripels I have tried, It definitely embodies enough of the style for you to know right away this is a tripel, Usually I judge these types of beers on how well they hide the alcohol they contain and you can definitely taste it in this but it warms you. It feels good and the flavors mesh so well I dont see the need to. If you see this one pick it up, you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of Lewarcher1949
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: very light. Lots of head. Looks like a Hefeweizen.

Smell: Fruity. Deceptively light.

Taste: Malty. Somewhat sweet. Not apparent that it's 8.4 percent alcohol.

Feel: Again deceptively heavy. Very satisfying finish.

Overall. Very good example of the style. Kinda pricey, but worth it.

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Photo of glass_house
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful bright, hazy straw gold with three fingers of dense, fluffy white head. One of the better looking pours in recent memory. Smell is a pleasant blend of mild funky grass, light citrus, honey, and coriander.

Taste is sweet ripe banana, pear, faint citrus, white pepper and spicy yeast esters. Body is somewhat light and the carbonation high, yet it is able to mainatain a slightly sticky quality that coats the palate well. Overall pretty smooth, but there is a detectable alcohol heat in the finish. Only a very subtle bitterness is present.

One of the better tripels I've had. A bit more bold in the flavor profile than some, but very well done.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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