Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
BA SCORE
93.3%
Liked This Beer
4.28 w/ 4,158 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
Ranking:
#600
Reviews:
1,339
Ratings:
4,158
Liked:
3,879
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
10.05%
Alströms:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
323
Gots:
988
Trade:
5
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Pours golden with a slight orange tinge. White head is thick and creamy.

Aroma has a candied, honey sweetness. Plenty of tropical fruit, especially apricot and apple. Yeasty spices bring pepper and coriander.

Taste is similar to the nose, however the light fruit aspect stands out much more. Fruit sweetness smoothly blends into the interesting yeasty spices. Finish has a mild bitterness that lingers with the spices.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, silky and smooth.

This is a very tasty brew. Flavor is unified, offering a depth of interesting balanced flavor. The high ABV is well concealed behind the sweet fruity aspect. I will get this one again.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Dilly Deli
Pours a light gold in color with a huge two inch frothy head. It was served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass as well. Smell is citrus and spice. Taste is light fruit, some spice and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is an absolutely delicious tripel.

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Photo of Phillyz
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Greasy
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale straw color with an enormous white head.
S: Belgian yeast, some banana.
T: Some citrus notes, sweetness, very Belgian if that makes sense.
M: Very smooth, medium body. No alcohol burn except for when it nears room temp.
O: Solid tripel, not the best of the bunch, but respectable.

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

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.50 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that stays for a couple of minutes. Medium gold color and filtered a hazy clear

S- Goodly amount of yeast here. Bubble gum scent is nice. Excellent tripel.

T- Good balance of sweet and tart. Bubble gum flavor is back! Nice blend. Complex yet simple.

M- Dry yet creamy.

O- Very good blend. Enjoyable to the last drop. Opens up without any noticeable heat. Delicious!

Food Pairing

This nice tripel went well with...... Spicy beef noodles

Enjoy

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Photo of sliverX
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happened to stop at the Tap & Mallet while in Rochester, NY April 27, 2010. Reps from Brouwerij Bosteels as well as their US distributor had an impromptu tasting, if I understood right just because they were in town. Well might as well try everything they import so here's #3. Presented with a clear golden brew with plenty of white head floating on top. This had the perfect tripel smell sweet malty, spice, and yeast all well present. The taste followed the nose as well as adding in some caramel sweetness, I noticed a strawberry yogurt like taste in the finish which while odd was welcome and not off putting. Mouthfeel was a very velvety smooth medium to full bodied. This was damn near the perfect tripel, I do love a good tripel though.

It was also very cool to hear how this beer came about from the Brewery Rep.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of MNBeer1017
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of swgwilt
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Jho3325
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkball01
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

this beer is a closet staple for me and ive never gotten around to reviewing it.. got the beautiful logo glasses and all that, a proper sitting with a 750 and now its time to review.

deep orange and crystal clear with loads of champagne-like carbonation. head starts out uncontrollably large and airy, shuts down at a medium pace leaving some thick and crispy lacing. looks great especially in the highly-recommended logo glassware.

aroma is candied orange bready and carrying a brandy-like alcohol heat. delicious nose- nothing off or sour to be detected anywhere here. aroma is the true test of a tripel, and this one passes with honors.

starts off with a mouth full of carbonation. malts slip into the forefront with vanilla hints.. immediately overwhelmed by sweet light berries and a syrupy sweetness. mild hop bitterness and bubble activity continues through and adds some contrasting beeriness to the complexity here. easy drinking and a classic for belgian beers.

side note: in belgium, this is a very common for a micro beer, like the sierra nevada of belgium. even the stankiest bars carried it and served in proper glassware. this gave me my first exposure to this beer and the US limited availability has given me a renewed love and appreciation for it.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Foxman
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy golden yello, mucho carbonated. Three fingers of sculpted bright white head sink away so very slowly. Traditional Belgian lacing frosts the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a tangy wheat tartness along with sour apples. A mild general spiciness works along a background of bready yeast.

Upon sipping, there's a fairly sweet trio of sassy wheat, berry barley malt, and dusky oats. Fruity green apple slides in, rounding out the middle along with a mellow clove spice note. A softly doughy yeast presence slithers along to the close before the finish dries crisply, leaving a short mild bitterness. It's a stylistically basic but special presentation.

Medium bodied, it's lively on the palate, laying mostly sweetly before glowing to a lighter bitter end.

This goes to show you that mainstream can be delicious in its own right. There's no stepping way out or taking chances here, but there's plenty of classic tradition delivered with fundamental good taste. While the alcohol is very well disguised, the ABV still comes through as a smooth, credible warmth. When it's time to get back to the basics, this is a fine one to turn to.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of breadwinner
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure I've had enough experience w/ tripels yet to really comment/review, but ignorance and prudence never went hand in hand anyway, so here we go! Pretty thing, gigantic white foam erupting from the glass -- actually had to pour in stages to get it to settle down. Ginormous nose, redolent of banana, sure, but other fruits as well, various citrus, pear, etc, along with a healthy helping of spicy yeast. Palate displays many of the same characteristics with a little honey sweetness and leaving a slight boozy tingle on the lips. Nice mouthfeel, light and airy enough to easily belie the 8% ABV. This is a really solid tripel that I don't think you'd ever be sorry to order/buy.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 93.3% out of 100 with 4,158 ratings
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