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Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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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

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1,306
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4,013
Avg:
4.24
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17.92%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of ohitsbrad
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18 November 2005, Best Before Oct 06

Appearance is a little misty (poured the whole bottle in), pale golden yellow colour, white diminishing pillowy head, no lacing. Aroma of sweet spicy fruit (bananas, pears?) and belgian yeast. Flavour is refreshing, spicy, fruity and grainy with a warming finish and a bit of alcohol. Juicy on the palate. Overall rather drinkable.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can tell just from the burst of foam I had to quickly imbibe on opening that this will lean toward the grassier, saison side of Tripels. I'm not complaining.

Hugest head I've ever seen, bone white with the appearance of meringue. The beer is golden and cloudy, carbonation floating gently upward.

Smells like chamomile and lemon with a drop of honey. Underneath that is a tart/sweet apple aroma blending with yellow grapes. Very little sticks out, but it all works.

What hits you before taste on this beer is a nectar-smooth mouthfeel that almost feels like a heavy element is gas form. There is absolutely no harshness to this beer. It starts out tangy and bubbly, only to instantaneously transform its way down the palate. Truly a masterful Belgian ale, having more in common with Saison DuPont than its Tripel brethren.

What's up with this "overall" shit?

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Photo of hoppyhampy
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Pangea Cafe at just below room temp into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. I haven't had this one before and haven't been drinking Belgian ales lately but decided to treat myself. Brilliantly clear, golden yellow in color and great head formation, retention, and lacing. Bananas, orange peel, and coriander on the nose and much the same on the palate. Not really complex in these aspects. What you see (smell, taste) is what you get which isn't exactly a bad thing but I thought if there was anything lacking it was in these areas. Just medium bodied but still almost syrupy in texture. I found it to be quite drinkable for a number of reasons: relatively low carbonation, the malt is very sweet but very light, the presence of alcohol is nearly undetectable, and the finish is surprisingly clean for a relatively heavy beer.

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Photo of ryantho00
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml to snifter.

A- Has a nice deep orange hazy complexion. The cabonation is eveident from the first droplet lining the bottom of the glass. Pours to a nice 2 finger head.

S- It has a fresh fruit smell, I definatly smell some apple and citrus but it isn't overpowering like some Belgium's. Very crisp and fresh, but still very balanced.

T- This beer is amazing in my book. Immediatly as I start to drink it, I notice the carbonation like a champagne but it dies almost instantly once in my mouth. It then shifts to a very fresh and crisp taste that starts off with some citrus and friut, a little floral taste as well, then INSTANTLY dies to a nice---VERY NICE--bitterness and spice that I don't know how to describe. Maybe as I drink more beautiful beers and learn to recognize the different subtle undertones I might be able to describe them; but for now I simply cannot. My best attempt is...oatmeal/oregano/hops!!!

M- This beer starts of with cabonation but then becomes a nice full body, ending smooth.

D- I could drink this almost as a session beer it is so good. No joke. It is just fantastic, but at 8.4%...one should pace oneself if attempted!!!!

Overall----this is in my top 5 of all-time favorite beers. A must try for all beer lovers.

Cheers!

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Photo of strangemusic
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was glad to find a bottle of this at my local store, the latest in my ongoing Tripel experimentation.

The beer pours out a rich, clear and bright gold (with some cloudiness if one chooses to later empty the dregs into the glass) with approximately 1.5 finger of bubbly clean white head that settles down to a film fairly quickly. Lots of carbonation is evident in the glass. It looks really nice... not a strange orange or pale yellow, but GOLD.

The aroma is complex and rich with traditional Belgian characteristics, orange, ripe pineapple, caramelized sugars and a dominant note of "farm/horse" which actually works quite nicely. I noticed that the characteristic yeasty tang of many Tripels was not a big player!

The taste is also long on complexity and is even nicer than the aroma. Floral, honey, old orange peel, banana and a lingering gingery taste are evident. It's not as "bright" or citrusy as some other Tripels that I've tried. Just a tiny bit of spiciness. As in the aroma, yeasty flavours are subdued. Really, really nice.

Mouthfeel is velvety-soft, as it should be, enhanced by the refreshingly high amount of carbonation. Not as soft or minerally as Westmalle. This beer is also nicely drinkable, but it really sneaks up on you later. It's almost too easy to go through a bottle...

I really enjoyed this beer, and it offers just about everything I want in a Tripel, feeling like a middle ground between the zing/yeastiness/citrus of La Fin Du Monde and the softness/floral complexity of Westmalle.

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

720ml poured into a Stone Tulip.

Appearance: golden yellow with thick, foamy white head and frothy lacing.

Aroma: apples, citrus, honey, and spices.

Flavor: clean, floral, citrus and faint bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: light body with high, bubbly carbonation.

Overall impression: champagne-like but surprisingly bland for the aroma and appearance.

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

Second go at this beer, and still just as tasty as the first run...The only difference is the size of the bottle. First crack was a 16oz. bottle This run is a 1pt. 9.4 oz. Still same characteristics, just more to enjoy.

Visually this beer pours a smooth bright golden, with a hint of white clouds painted though the sky. Delicate bubbles rise from the base of the glass in a steady uniformed trail. A smooth white head just shy of an inch thick.

Smells range from lemon twist, sweet hay, honey, maybe even a little cream.

You'll find the same notes on the pallet as you do in the nose, with a little hint of baking spices, and even a little fresh ginger spicing things up.

The finish is gentle but lingers for a fair amount of time, mainly consisting of the grain, and citrus notes.

All in all a very tasty treat, easy to drink, or sip. I'll have another please.

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Photo of BeerLover729
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This golden liquid poured into a deep wine glass foamed a frothy two finger head.

S: When just below room temperature: strong phenolic characte4 with grapey fruity note.

T: Sweet phenolic tripel. Complex yeast flavor: spicyness, phenols, fusel alcohols with notable Brettanomyces presence as well. Citrus fruitiness, with light dark fruit, date fig, character.

M: Syrupy medium bodied brew with vigorous carbonation but moderate residual sweetness pervades.

D: Lovely tripel, but warming alcohol can get to be too much. A little sweet but still a great drink.

Note: Yummy tripel.

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Photo of Soozy
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, well carbonated, and with a solid head that diminished.

Smell is light. Some honey, a little bit of pepper, some slight orange peel but not too much going on.

The taste of this beer is something. Initially there's honey with a hint of vanilla. Then there's a medium spice of pepper. There's no noticeable hop flavoring that I can pick up on. You can definitely tell that it's made with wheat, it makes it pretty smooth. The malts mixed with the yeast really shine in the taste. The alcohol warms up nicely, a pretty bold beer.

This is a good beer. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to find it, but it's solid. If you come across it, give it a try.

After reviewing, I read the other reviews and think that the beer might vary mildly batch to batch, maybe it's the yeast. It doesn't seem like it's hit or miss...but hit or pretty good. If that makes sense.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a tulip at Holstein's in the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Pours a still, hazy, pale orange, almost peachy. Not much in the way of head or lacing, just some white bubbles on the edge of the glass.

Aroma is primarily fruity.

Taste is primarily of exotic fruits, malty sweetness, some bitterness in the aftertaste. A touch of spice.

Soft and medium-bodied. Carbonation is there, but not significant.

Tasty and drinkable brew. I think this particular bar may have an old tap as I remember this being more carbonated back at Wurstkuche in LA. The lower carbonation did not seem to detract much from a solid brew.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orange/yellow with a white head.

S - yeast, fruity esters, and earthiness from the hops.

T - citrus and some grass/floral/herbal notes. The finish is crisp/clean and a refreshing lemon with a slight bitterness.

M - Light body, crisp and well carbonated.

O - this is a great tripel. It is very drinkable, lightly flavored and lightly aromatic. It is really refreshing.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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