Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
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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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1,321
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4,093
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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Photo of usmittymc
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle stamped 02HI (meaning unknown). This beer was a gift to me from barefottbrewer and LifeIsGood. Purchased at Martin's in Metairie, LA.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber with a montrous fluffy white head that recedes slowly to a nice sticky lacing

S: Sweet floral and fruity aromas with a touch of vanilla

T: Faint vanilla and sweet fruity flavors dominate, but not overbearing. A nice clean tasting brew. Faint alcohol on the back.

M: Very clean and crisp flavor. High carbonation that leaves the tongue buzzing sip after sip.

D: Very nice tripel. The alcohol is very subtle, so watch out. Sip this beer and the flavors become more complex as it warms.

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

"I'm looking for Belgians." I say to Jeff at Charley's and he responds with this - his "favourite beer." Appearance can mean a lot, and this arrives in its own elaborate engraved glass like something out of a monastery. It pours quite similar to the Duvel, big dense fine head that lingers a lot. A fine, pale yellow, a hint of haze. Splendid phenolic slightly malty aroma invites you in. On the palate a complex mix of yeasty, earthy mineral components, slight caramel sweetness. Lingering finish that you remember hours later. Close to the Duvel in my book.

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

S: Bright, full aroma. Predominantly light, earthy hay with mild raw honey sweetness. Noticeable lemon almost overrides the hay as it sits. There's some crisp pear and similar experience as an outdoor orchard.

T: A really easy, tasty flavor. Not over the top, but still a fulfilling experience. Comes in strong up front with spicy, earthy grain and hay. A slight peppery undertone carries through until it finishes a bit sweeter with a touch of caramel in the back of the palate.

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

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 750. Straw yellow color with a good inch of white foam. Smell is wheat with a little lemon, not overwhelming. Taste is very smooth and balanced. Nothing really jumps out at me. A little citrus maybe. No alcohol taste which is pretty outstanding for a 8.5 ABV. Nice carbonation. Great medium mouthfeel. Overall this is a great, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Paddez
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of me personal favourites

Pours a golden brew with a big attractive head that stays put for some time and later changes into a foamy layer. Nice retention. Beautiful.
The aroma is is filled with spices, floral notes and citrus fruits.
The taste is delicious. Spicy, complex with coriander, lots of fruits and some notes of alcohol. Delicious!
Mouthfeel is once again excellent. The beer is well carbonated and goes down very smoothly.

Very refreshing, but with a kick. I've had this one several times and it managed to amaze me time after time. A most excellent beer.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into branded and outrageous Karmeliet goblet.

A: Deep honey color with a light wash of reddish orange. Huge snow white head that looks exactly like meringue. Outstanding. Glass has a germination point in the center of the bowl that produces a constant and beautiful stream of rushing bubbles to the surface. In this Karmeliet glass this beer looks perfect.

S: yeast, clove, grains of paradise-plywood type aromas, sublte pear and more evident apple

T/M: Very effervescent, champagne like carbonation. Lively, prickly in the mouth. Smooth and sweet malt up front followed closely by some alcohol and yeast spice thats refreshing. Body is well balanced but not overly full. Green apples, some green grape vinous qualities as well. Finish just keeps on drying and evolving, so much so that its a little odd for the style. I would expect a little more sugar at the end, this is almost remiscent of a Strong Pale. Plenty of yeast spice though, very well done for the style. Clove from the nose, a little pepper, more dry wood notes. Overall a little dry for a triple but extremely well done. Delicate and complex.

D: The abbey styles are all meant to be digestive and highly drinkable and this one is spot on. An excellent beer that I am thoroughly enjoying and will make a point of revisiting.

I love glassware of all kinds and have tons, but I have never had a beer in its respective glass look better and be better presented than this. Funny thing is that the glass alone is almost silly looking.

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

Thanks to Patricks!

Pours a nice, orange beer with a quite big amount of yeast in it. Nice big snow white head rising tall in the appropriate glassware. Some carbonation running along the sides of the glass.

Smell comes on big! Nice sweet malts, much yeast and a real flowery smell. Very sweet with some butterish traces, honey and sugar have prescence together with cloves and perhaps hay? Real nice smell anyway.

Comes on palatte quite perfect. Nice filling feel to it. Yeast and malts explode together with some sugarsweet fruits and a nice grassy tone in there. Nice alcoholic prescence and a fine carbonation makes this very good and tasty. Lots of nice fruity flavours and some likeness to wheat beers. Finishes warming, with a soothing alcoholic prescence blended with yeast, fruits and honey. Somewhat dry in the aftertaste as well.

Ceratinly a nice brew, good belgian (as usual). Nice complex flavours in there but still nice and light.

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Photo of barleyman
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the 33cl brown glass bottle. The blonde hazy beer leaves a nice 1.5 inch white head. A bready aroma predominates. A citrusy, yeasty flavor is evident, light mouthfeel, the high alcohol is not at all evident. This is a unique,, very special beer.

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Photo of Agent1
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not entirely sure if this 300 year old recipe is a play on words or if it is, in actuality, a true Belgian Tripel...or is it a fermented Belgian ale that uses three separate grains? It's somewhat cryptic -- let's find out!

Appearance - A small to medium amount of bright, white head, yet consistent. Great retention. Light carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of my official glass. A strong golden/ blonde beer with a slight tint of amber.

Smell - Quite a floral aroma. Typical of many Belgian Tripels, I'm smelling lots of orange peel/ citrus, yeast, mild 'bread' notes and candy sugar. A hint of caramel is noticeable, but not much. A bit of wheat here, too...which is interesting, given the recipe.

Taste - This is where this specific Triple stands out. With the combination of three different grains, you can see how it moulds and shapes this beer in complexity. Unlike most beers, Tripel Karmeliet uses oats. It's hard to notice at first, but the characteristics are certainly there (to be fair, I also grew up eating raw oats and oatmeal). Lots of wheat, and of course, barley. Very balanced. Perhaps a little on the sweet side, this beer boasts of Belgian candy sugar, orange peel, a pinch of bread, light toffee and a little bit of raisin. But most of all -- aside from the sugars -- it is the oat, barley and wheat I'm tasting.

Mouthfeel - Nice, crisp carbonation. For the most part, I find this beer's "mouthfeel" somewhere between light and medium heavy. Its sticky sugary characteristic almost gives the impression of it being a little heavier than it actually is. Very nice mouthfeel all around. You can feel this almost everywhere on your palate.

Overall - According to the Bosteels' website, "the name Tripel Karmeliet thus refers both to its origin and its in-bottle fermentation." I find that confusing. Are they saying that it *actually* has been fermenting twice and then the third time being the bottle?? I dunno. But regardless, this is a quality beer and one to be enjoyed on almost any occasion. I love the complexity and sweeter elements to help distract from the bitter, dryer flavors induced by the grains. Again, arguably a little too sweet in my opinion, but an excellent Tripel nonetheless!

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

Deep aroma when first poured. Settled into a mellower "tripel" aroma: slightly pehenolic, with a good dose of hops and malt. Poured with a creamy head with lots of lace and a slightly cloudy yellow/orange color. Flavor was slightly sweet with a good balance of hops and acidity. Every sip seemed to reveal different flavors: sweetness, malt, acidity, alcohol and a hint of anise. Good carbonation with an effervescent and creamy mouthfeel that lingered for several seconds. Very complex, well balanced and drinkable. Excellent.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Milky yellow color. Light carbonation rises to the top. Little to no head. Love the smell. I get tangerine, orange, citrus. Awesome aroma. The taste is not too boozy for such a high BAC. It starts off crisp and finishes with a citrusy kick. A light carbonation dances on the tongue after every gulp. Overall, it's a good beer. I love everything about it other than the taste. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible. But for $5+ per bottle, I really expected more.

I would recommend this beer to a friend.

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Photo of Moxley
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A lot foam came up as soon as it was opened. Weird. Maybe someone dropped it and didn't tell us...anyway, once settled, it was a hazy butterscotch color with a 1 ½ inch head that eventually settled to nothing. Looked a lot like sparkling apple cider.

S - Apricot and fruity with a strong alcohol smell.

T - Extremely sweet and highly carbonated. Lots of fruit up front - apple and raison nuances.

M&D - You could feel the heat from the ABV in your throat after a couple sips. Left a sweet and sticky coating in your mouth with an almost dry finish.

Too sweet for my liking but good to try. Good replacement for those who don't like wine. High ABV (8.0) so I wouldn't consider this a session beer.

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Photo of Alexrdvz
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a perfect example of a beautifully crafted Belgium beer. It has a remarkable taste and aftertaste, but surprisingly the bouquet is not quite there. It drinks easily, but do not get this light colored beer confused with a lager or your regular summery wheat beer... This is loaded and you will be reminded of this after a couple glasses.
Enjoy!

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Photo of Kudashov
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With Teenage Fanclub on the Hi-Fi , " Ain't That Enough " combined with another night of the Bruins getting their arse kicked it was time to crack this bottle . A very sharp looking bottle I might add . The label is wonderfully detailed . On the back label was the best on date which was 1-3-08 . First off you better be careful pouring this . The head on this in my old Busch beer chalice is very big . A dull cloudy gold color which looks inviting when held up to the light . The head on the Allagash was not this big . Wow.
Aroma is nice , fruity , wheaty . This was a joy to drink as the carbonation tickled in my mouth . Crisp , energetic . Not like the Bruins who stunk out the place again . I will drink this sweet stuff again .

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Photo of Vec2267
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy, golden, huge frothy head, great lacing, lotsa little bubbles

S - spice (pepper, coriander, clove), sweet/honey, fruity

T - a blend of spice and sweet and tart, no bitterness - coriander, clove, tart pears/apples, candy sweetness

F - very full and rich but the carbonation keeps it light

O - spot on for the style, lots of complexity, the spice and tartness keep the sugar from overwhelming the beer like in many other interpretations

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Murky amber color, like apple juice. Thick 1 inch head that disappears quickly. Tiny bubbles.

S - Citrus, sourness, malt, and apples.

T - Wheat, citrus, with a sweet finish. Not really bitter.

M - Very thick, not much burn.

O - Citrusy sweet without the bitterness or burn. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of trancefishy
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork action. served at 54.3 degrees F.

wow. huge ass head. it could be represented very well using a topographic map. lots of mountains and valley. underneath, lots of geologic activity (baby bubbles surging to the surface). nice straw colour. mmm. makes lots of sizzling noises.

aroma is mellow, not giving away much. a little orange, little vanilla, some yeastiness. very balanced and doesn't smell generically belgian, a bit more well rounded.

taste is wondeful. sweet clover honey and lemon like citrus. very sweet and smooth. if you have ever had chamomile tea, with honey, this is exactly that, except turned into beer. lots of floral stuff going on. tastes like a beautful summer day. a nice treat for the middle of february in marquette, mi.

good beer. oh yes, very good.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, corked and caged.

Clear golden beauty with a foamy, rocky nice Tripel head.

Smell is spicy, with notes of hay and fresh cut grass, but not in a 60 Minute kind of grassy hops way, also with lemon, very prominent spice from the yeast, and some grainy character as well.

Taste is where this shines. Everything from the smell just brought out more. Intense lemon flavor and intense spice. Really nice bitter spine, presumably from the oats. Everything is really well balanced and just exceptional.

Mouthfeel is great, fluffy and light, but still very substantial. Very alive with nice tripel carbonation.

I could drink this as long as I could drink any tripel.

The Bosteels family scored with this one.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

A: That head be crazy, light gold translucent but dude seriously when can I pour in the rest of the bottle? That head be crazy. (3/3)
S: Pretty solidly spicy yeast character with ripe Apple and lemon fruitiness (9/12)
T: More apple with orange and an identifiable yet subtle booze aftertaste. (17/20)
M: Yeah bubbles, and a dry sensation all over the tongue. (5/5)
O: That's a fruity beer! A beautiful sweetness to counter the high alcohol perfect for an autumn or early spring evening. (7/10)
41/50

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours deep gold with three finger head which fades eventually leaving beautiful lacing

aromas are rich and spicey, full of fruits with a honeyed richness and even some earthy and slightly barnish aromas.

taste is full and lush. The palate is creamy and nicely carbonated, full of fruit and honey with beautiful fruity and spicey esters.

mouthfeel is creamy and persistent. The carbonation level is wonderful and keeps it clean though the palate becomes a bit sticky as the bubbles fade.

overall, one of my favorite triples yet. Just awesome yeast character and beautiful texture. The balance is really there with this one. I would drink several if: A- I could afford them, B- I thought I'd be standing when finished. Outstanding

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Photo of scvance
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 75 cL Belgian bottle into a tulip glass, bottle "best by" date is 4-4-15, drank on 10/11/13. Pours a brilliantly clear gold color with a large white head . Lots of visible carbonation. Smell is very fruity and yeasty, some citrus to it. Taste has a little funk to it and a lot of yeast character, fades into a lingering alcoholic sensation with a slight hop bitterness. Highly carbonated mouthfeel balances the strong flavor nicely for a good crisp finish. Overall a very good beer, traditional tripel style.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a wonderful Tripel...I've been on a good streak this week! This one is a beautiful light golden color with a full 2 finger head...There is nice lacing as well... The first thing that hits you is the oats and barley (in the nose and mouth)....and then the sweet fruitness. Bananas and mellow citrus notes, followed by a little zing of spiciness. The yeast here is distinctly Belgian and the carbonation is at the proper sizzle... Very impressed, as I should be, as this ale won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup in its category (which is proudly displayed on the back of the bottle). Fantastic!

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden beer with a lot of carbonation and very nice lacing. A looker if not a stunner. Beer just reeks of bread with some sharper fruity notes as well.
What a great taste and mouthfeel. Really complicated and balanced in the taste. You get fruits and bread with subtle hops undertones.
Very, very good. Really crisp and clear despite the complexity. It's not often you get a beer that has such depth but is also extremely refreshing. You can savor this beauty but you could also knock back a few in short order.
Very nice beer. Look for it.

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

750 mL poured into a tulip glass

This poured a golden/yellow color with about an inch of white head which dissipated quickly, but has a champagne-like bubbliness to it. Really nice looking. Aroma is typical for a tripel, belgian yeast, spices, coriander, etc. Taste is spicy up front, a bready, belgian yeast taste finish. The carbonation dances on your tongue. Very nice. Overall, this is a pretty good tripel, I'd say you can get better at The Bruery, but good, for sure. I'd probably pay the 11.99 for this again. Fuck it.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap from rattle and Hum NY . a slightly murky pale light yellow. Good carbonation but unimpressive head and lacing. Very little observable scent. creamy taste of banana, on the sweet side. Definitely the type of beer that can sneak up on you with its smoothness and high alcohol content. Very drinkable and pleasant for a high alcohol beer.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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