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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.

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2001

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Photo of pmcclure
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I personally enjoyed this beer more than Delirium Tremens and will certainly be looking for it again. Very classic beer with a perfect balance between the sweet malty notes and the booziness of a classic Abbey Tripel. Such an enjoyable beer to sip slowly out of a tulip.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tyjohnson55
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgrunin
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidR_9
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dkouwe
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BluesBreaker_89
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured steadily into a Rochefort chalice. One finger pristine white head. Hazy light golden yellow colour. Great looking beer.

Fantastic on the nose; light and floral with banana, cloves, pepper and fresh baked bread crust.

I get flavours of banana with honey and sugar, followed up with fresh hay, bread and spiciness; cloves, and black pepper mainly. As with the smell, there are some floral notes there, too. Smooth with very little bitterness and no alcohol to speak of. Peppery aftertaste. This is a complex tripel, and is certainly the best I've had. The flavours couldn't be better balanced. Truly fantastic!

The feel of this beer is truly excellent. Perfect carbonation levels in my opinion, which really helps the flavours develop on the palette. The carbonation, however, doesn't subtract from the smooth, creamy texture and feel of the beer.

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Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Best by 8/25/18, had 2/17/17.

Pours a clear, bright, pale yellow with a two inch foamy head- with great retention, and lots of foamy lacing. Very active carbonation. Smells of Belgian yeast, light banana, cloves, black pepper, bread, light malt, other spices- maybe coriander. A little funky and straw- like. The taste also leads with the Belgian yeast, then cloves, a little more malt than the nose, spices, some pears and apples. Still a little bready, a bit of lemon. Smooth, dry, creamy, a solid medium body, the carbonation is on the high side.

A classic Tripel that's well executed. I appreciate this more, each time I have it. One of the best for the style, make sure to give it a try.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy golden yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing arranging itself nicely around the glass. The smell had a nice blend of sweet iced apple with a light citrus bitterness and then a light clove to even things out a bit. The taste was mainly sweet but carried a nice crisp spice to it through the clove. There’s a slight sticky sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but not overbearing. I say this was good. Overall, I say that this was a pretty good tripel that I would have again.

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Photo of Roguer
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A medium-strength pour produces a solid, 1-1/2 finger white head with really excellent retention; halfway through the glass, there's still about a 1/8 finger remaining. Body is golden and hazy, showing plenty of action.

Aroma is classic Tripel: clove, banana, spice, lemon, and honey. Flavor follows, with a sweet, malty, thick body, spiced with clove, banana, light sweet citrus, and honey. Full bodied, exactly as you'd expect for the style.

This is a really fantastic, classic Tripel. It checks all the right boxes and hits all the right notes. Truly sublime.

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Photo of mamaraza
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xanadu1988
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass blasts a fruity apple/kiwi aroma displaying a cloudy yellow straw body while floating a 3/4in white fluffy head with some lacing.
Aroma is remains fruity and bready but becomes more muted as it sits between drinks.
Flavors run the gamut from fruit: kiwi, banana, and apple; to spice: clove, pepper, carbonation; to malt breadiness and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is light, clean, and bubbly without being metallic.
Overall a complex well crafted beer.

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Photo of pau622
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of overlyk
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of srv33
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden, with a gorgeous white head that mostly fades within the minute but about a quarter inch sticks around with fine beautiful lacing and small streams of bubbles rising, really a beautiful look.

Aroma: Wow, I get so much here, everything a Tripel ought to be, bubblegum, pears, apples, even berries, breadiness, and not much of an alcohol aroma passing through. Doing great so far.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, and very thick. Light carbonation that accents rather than takes center stage. Three for three so far.

Taste: Banana, cloves, subdued apple, a pleasing bready sweetness, and a complimenting floral hint. The aftertaste fades into this amazing subtle bubblegum with no hint of sharpness. The alcohol content is present and neither well hidden or exaggerated, but about what you would expect for the ABV. Hitting every Tripel note a Tripel ought to!

Overall: This is everything a Tripel should be, one of the best. I tasted this alongside a (revisited) Westmalle Tripel, together, to sort of see which (at least I personally) thought was better, and it was a very close call. The Westmalle bested the Karmeliet in mouthfeel, but in overall taste, character, scent, and balance the Karmeliet edged out, due to the Westmalle's harsher end notes and aftertaste. If you prefer something more peppery and creamier, the Westmalle is the way to go. But if you want something a little more gentle yet with perfect balance and depth of character with more fruit and floral notes, then the Karmeliet is better. Both are incredible beers though and ultimately come down to personal preference. If I had to choose, I'd pick the Karmeliet.

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Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a slightly hazy gold color with a medium sized white head. There is a ton of carbonation. The aroma is bananas, wheat and cloves. The taste is sweet bread with bananas and maybe some peaches.

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Photo of MJSFS
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LennyBound
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Georgedisrespectful
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taste is very very very floral ! A very light beer that really packs a punch ! World class!

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Photo of CamilleGege
3.21/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,180 ratings
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