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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

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 Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weird like 333 ml bottle, 11oz or something. Murky yellow orange haze. Banana aroma. Some other weird clove and spice combination. Very tiny bubbles.

Taste was dry and sweet, filled mouth up with bubbles, this was too carbonated. Too much stuff a standard American hophead won't really appreciate. Just a weird pharmacuetical grade astringency was what I took away from this.

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Photo of mltobin
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Karmeliet glassware.
The tripel karmeliet is a golden color with a two finger head that loses a bit of its size, but then sits there.
The smell has flora and citrus tones to it.
The taste although fairly sweet, also has some pepper that hits your taste buds, providing a nice contrast of flavors.
The mouthfeel is easy and balanced, the abv does not hit your palate too hard, so remember to sip this one.

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Photo of claspada
2.47/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden honey color with an average size off white aromatic head and minimal lacing.

The aroma is definitely the highlight of this beer for me. Wheat, yeast, tons of fresh lemon, some caramel sweetness, and some spiciness from either the hops (unliklely) or the yeast (my guess).

Unfortunately the tastes don't match the aromas on this beer for me. I am not digging the yeast flavors to be completely honest. This beer has a pretty powerful taste: quite astringent (almost acidic), lemon, wheat, bitter hops, light spices as well, too much going on here for me. A sugary sweetness is out of balance for me as well, I am not into it.

I think the mouthfeel is off as well for me on this; it is thick and extremely carbonated which I am just not enjoying.

I'm not too sure what I think of this beer, I feel like I'd may need to get La Fin de Monde from Unibroue and compare side to side to see if I just don't like tripels in general, because I remember liking that beer, but I was not a fan of this one.

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Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very interesting malty, chewy belgian beer. drinkable. well rounded . has A clear golden color. a fine off white head with no lace. good carbonation. tasty beer. nice hops. good body. sweet to bittersweet finish. a suggestion of alcohol. champagny. balanced. sort of a balanced belgian if that exists

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, dark straw colour with a fluffy, white head. Decent head retention.

Clove spice and mild banana with a touch of sweetness in the aroma.

Good maltiness with a nice, banana and lightly citrussy fruit character. Good clove spice. Well balanced.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A solid Tripel with well balanced flavour and well hidden alcohol. A delicious beer that I would more than happily have again.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a rochefort chalice.

It pours a very bright gold that is clear with a nice white head, minimal lacing.

It smells very sweet and hoppy, notes of citrus.

The tatse is surpisingly sweet with notes of fruit and hops.

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

Presentation: Had this on tap at the Hopleaf bar in Chicago. Poured into authentic brewery chalice.

Appearance: Deep orange color, with four fingers of finely celled white head.

Smell: The smell was very fruity, and actually kind of floral. A mixture of flower nectar and bready malt aromas.

Taste: I found it very sweet, with a tart aftertaste.

Notes: This was very good, and I'll drink it again.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Best before 15AK indicated on the back label. Pours a pale, orange-gold with a semi-hazy clarity. Head was one inch, loose and bright white and quickly dissipates into a solid, sudsy band around the edges and a thin slick of foam. Nose reveals essence of tangerines, candi sugar and a faint herbal presence; perhaps cloves. Taste consistent with nose - perhaps a hint of syrup reminiscent of canned peaches in the mix, with just a kiss of hops to balance out the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation level that is pleasant and consistent from start to finish. This is, by far, the best tasting Tripel I have had the pleasure to try to date. Just a fabulous beer. My only regret is having not tried it sooner.

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Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review #500 - enjoyed on my birthday at Leon's in Atlanta courtesy of brickstoredave.

Pours a clear light gold color with a pillowy one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top of the beer, leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light fruits - bananas mostly with some pears - with a nice malt backbone and light spices.

Tastes almost exactly how it smells. Sugar-coated bananas and pear flavors kick things off, with very light spices coming and going. The ending allows the sweet fruit flavors to linger for a second before disappearing.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft but active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. The weather's beginning to warm up, and I could drink a lot of these in one sitting.

Overall this is a very refreshing trippel that gives no hint of the 8% ABV. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of cbutova
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on-tap a bunch, a bottle or two here and there. Finally recording my thoughts I suppose.

A- 375ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Immediately upon contacting the glass, the beer foams up immensely. Thousands of bubbles release from the beer and form a four finger head with great retention. The head almost last too long, I have to stare for minutes at a mountain of thick cream sticking a centimeter out of the glass. The head never leaves and pretty much turns the glass into a cloud. Superb.

S- Spicy and herbal with some fruit in a strong overall aroma, really jumps out of the glass. Ripe, fresh orange peel mist really comes to mind. Notes of banana, fruity esters, pink peppercorn, coriander, lemon and light grains. Apple, cardamom, grapes and pears come to mind.

T- Flavor is just a beast, no give, a spicy and aggressive Tripel that doesn't back down. This is a quality I always look for in the style. A marriage of huge spice, alcohol and yeasty fruity flavors. Bitter orange zest, lemon peel, pears, apples, white grapes, coriander, cardamom, peppercorns and cooking herbs are all strong flavors here. Some hints of banana, cloves, flowers and alcohol.

MF- Super high carbonation, almost like a champagne level, tickles the palate in a dried out, medium bodied brew. The texture itself is creamy like fresh whipped heavy cream and really helps cut down on the sting of the strong spicy flavors and alcohol, as well as the bubbles. Finishes with some alcohol warming on the palate.

After sitting down with some time, it is hard not to really marvel at the complexity of this brew and just how great it is. Brings some flavors that can be abrasive to the table but they all seem to balance out very well. Not the first time and won't be the last time I have this one, a must try.

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Photo of Gusler
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a deep golden amber color, with a magisterial head, the texture creamy and the lace formed is a thick sticky sheet to smother the glass. Ripe fruit like pineapple comes to mind, malt, fresh and clean to the nose, and the start quite sweet with a medium in feel top. Vinous and astringent finish with the hops sparse, but still noticeable the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. All things considered a decent drinking beer and well worth the price of a sample.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – Upon pouring, the brew was a golden yellow color with a one finger pure white head and lots of carbonation seen streaming through the brew. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was of a grainy and lightly biscuit nature with some hints of yeast and orange peel. There are aromas of some candied sugar as well a little bit of spice and an herbal/haylike smell mixed within.

Taste- The taste begins with a nice Belgian malt flavor and flavors of biscuit. Even though it is moderately dry upfront there are some hints of some orange sweetness with other sweeter candied sugar tastes. The orange dwindles more toward the middle as a lemon citrus taste takes it place. Yeast flavors come to the tongue at this time and bring with them some floral hop as well as some spice of clove and coriander. These flavors take the taste to its end, where the candied sugar then largely leaves the taste, with a bit of a herbal taste taking its place, to leave a clean and crisp malty and dry fruit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is high with tons of tiny champagne like bubbles. The thinner body and higher carbonation are fantastic for the drier and fruity flavors of the brew and make for a truly fanatic feel and great drinkability.

Overall – Quite easy drinking and enjoyable. This is a very nice triple and renowned for a good reason.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent bright light gold with tons of effervescence and two full fingers of pure white head. The foam takes a bit to settle,leaving a big rocky layer of bubbles all across the beer.

S: The nose is gains, spice, unripe bananas, and mild (but stinging) lemon citrus. It smells good. More like a saison than a triple.

T: It starts out dry and chalky with grains, spice, and mild bubblegum. As it moves towards the middle I get that lemon citrus bite along with clove and coriander. As it moves to the back end, I get light malt and unripe bananas. Not too much alcohol. It's just right.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's dry to start with the beer coating the palate. The flavors mingle well when the beer is there. In the finish it's sticky and cloying. The spices tend to linger long after the beer is gone.

O: This is a solid brew. It doesn't strike me as a super traditional triple, as the flavors remind me more of a saison, but this is a delicious treat on a hot summer day. I like it. I'd drink this again if I was in the mood for it.

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Photo of champ103
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly clear golden/orange color. At first a large two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: The nose is awesome. Passion fruits strong and up front. Distinct pineapple, melon, and pear. A light soapy aroma, but that does not detract at all for me. Some yeast and sweet malt linger. Exceptionally balanced and nuanced.
T: The flavor does not disappoint. A huge passion fruit flavor that follows the nose. Pineapple and cantaloupe that make the mouth water. Spicy and peppery yeast with a dry touch. Finishes sweet for a good balance.
M/D: A light to medium body with perfect carbonation. Incredibly crisp and dry. So easy to drink. More than a sipper, and all day with this one.

Hands down the best Tripel I have had. Just a wonderful beer, and maybe the best example of the style. This is a must try.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/25/2011

A: almost a wheat/saison like scent to this one, yeasty, hint of cloves

Ap: golden-yellow, 1 finger head full of very small bubbles, nice lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, very smooth, refreshing

Af: yeasty, sweet, doesn't linger, slight spice hint

O: quite delicious, definitely not what I expected from this style

Cheers!
The CPJ

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

1/2 price taps at brasserie V on inauguration night

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a massive beautiful karmeliet tulip, big golden straw-apricot body, huge fluffy white cap and gorgeous retention

smell: soapy and floral, tropical fruits, sweet and syrupy, white pepper, clove and other belgian spice

taste: paired with a duck confit and goat cheese entree - this made a very nice pairing...huge tropical fruits, lemon zest and sharp yeast, sweet andy syrupy apricot and other citrus...tons of spice - corriander, white pepper, clove...tropical hops, lovely

mouthfeel: sharp and alive

drinkability: good

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a wine glass, for lack of a tulip glass.

A: Hazy yellow-gold with a brief, fizzy head and several bubble streams within. The golden colour causes light shining through the glass to fall on my hand like a brilliant sunbeam filtered through leaves of fall. Okay, maybe that's a bit over the top, but it does look *quite* nice.

S: A bit more grain than most tripels, with subtle but distinctive spice.

T: Ahh, magnificent! This reminds me why I love beer. Strong spices make the first impression, sharp like ginger, but with an altogether different feel otherwise. My speculations as to the precise nature of these ingredients are fruitless. The flavour is not, however, without fruit -- gentle pear or grape perhaps, accompanied by a sweet, floral aftertaste reminding me of honeysuckle. Sweet, smooth, spicy, savoury. I am incredibly pleased with this flavour.

M: The aforementioned spiciness dances through the mouth, leaving its traces for dozens of seconds after I have swallowed. Good mouthfeel, excellent persistence.

D: Very nice. I went in with no preconceived expectations, but if I had, they would have been exceeded, I am sure. I will be buying more, and this tripel is highly recommended. I could drink this beer every week.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz tap pour into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip at The Highland House. $6.50

A - Hazy golden yellow with a low white head despite the tall tap pour to the center of the tulip. Not as effervescent as the bottle version. No lace, pour retention.

S - Cold aroma with a big banana ester, Belgian aroma, crystal malts and notes of earth, clay, and white pepper. The overall aroma is pretty low. Hints of butter suggest the tap lines might need some cleaning.

T - Sweet pale malts and candi sugar with banana notes. Interesting. No where near as good as the bottled version. Sweet and lacking the great nuances the bottle has.

M - Smooth and soft with a light finish and a touch of alcohol.

D - Decent drinakbility but either it's a way old keg, the tap lines need some cleaning, or it's just not the same as the bottle. Possible pour sanitation in the line I feel, but my friend likes it more than the bottle and stands by his pour. Hmm.

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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 ZAP
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Golden color..slightly hazed

S-Nice...sugar lazed plums, fresh wild floral field, overriped oranges..

T-Sweet overipe tropical fruits, a little floral impression but also some black pepper on the finish.

M-Much too charged up....tough to taste all the dimensions with so much of a fizzy mouthfeel

D-I'm slightly disappointed. It has some redeeming qualities but I prefer several others in the style more. Won't purchase again

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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BB 12/06/2014

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw-gold with a massive, 4+ fingers if thick cream coloured head - excessively good retention (as in hurry the hell up, I want to drink you!!).

Smell. Sweet and fruity belgian yeast, apples and pear, a little banana and sweet spice.

Taste. Sweet and fruity belgian yeast again, sweet light malts, sweet and peppery spices, a bit of green apple and bananna. Not as sweet overall as I'm making it out to be, just sweet flavours if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff, a fine tripel.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear straw color. Foamy head. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Bananas, honey, green apples, lemon, bubblegum, and some spices.

Taste: The citrus fruits start the flavors. Bubblegum, honey, and banana soon join. Lastly the spices come in and linger into the finish with the banana flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and full of carbonation.

Drinkability: You won't be pounding these but it's easy to drink.

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Photo of stcules
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong golden colour, with oranged reflexes, a lot of creamy and white foam. The smell is very fresh, herbaceous and floreal (roses?), with cream, cereals (oats). Fizzy (maybe a little too much), with a round taste, but "simple", without the complexity of the smell. Maybe lightly tannic-wood. The body is medium and round, with a good hop. We found a clear difference between two glasses, one with the bottom (yeast) of the bottle, and the other without it. In the first it was noticeable even some solvent...

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Fathead's tonight.

A-slightly hazed golden straw color with a tight creamy white head.

S-the nose is nicely balanced, notes of toasted bread with an underlying caramel malt. Hints of yeast, lemon, and a nice golden peach in the back.

T-the taste is very sweet and not as balanced as the nose. light caramel malts and a touch of breadiness up front but faint. this is overtaken by sugar and golden fruits. pear, peach, lemon with a touch of grassy hops in the back and a hint of bitterness.

M-smooth and creamy medium body with a great carbonation giving it a good balance on the feel with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

D-this is so sweet, it is tasty but just too sweet. the nose had a good balance that was missed on the taste. too much sugar; but hid the 8.4 alcohol.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy honey wheat with more than a few floaties and a meringue-stiff white head that has great surface tension (I was sure the pour would overflow, but it held) and fades to lumps and a few trailers. Nose is wax, iodine, fresh-milled flour, and something herbal like crushed leaves.
Golden syrup and poached pears, some hints of clove, and light cardamom spice and lime sorbet.
Rock sugar finish, a whiff of phenols and steadily tightening linger. Divinely creamy, soft, medium and gently chewy; no heat.

A velvety sweet and gentle tripel. This one had a bit of age on it, though much of that was refrigerated, so I don't know how much it took off the edges. Wheat and oats do a lot for the body which, combined with the total lack of burn and the muted yeast, make this probably the most drinkable tripel you'll find.

Good for beginners; though there is more range in the style, there's not many more pleasant.

on-tap
(4.1; 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.50)
05/08/2009
On tap at the Porterhouse Belgian fest.
Pours bright gold with fading rocky white head. Yeasty barrel funk nose. Dough and sour lemon notes, with more yeast and oaty smoothness behind it. No hops hit, no ABV burn. Light to medium body.
Takes the bottle version and shaves off all the rough edges. Frighteningly drinkable.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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