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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
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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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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 TPSReports
2.36/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I pickeup up four of these 11.2oz bottles on my last trip to West Palm Beach. Fortunately, I've given away two to ddarden and only have one the remains. Maybe it will improve with age.

Everything is great with this beer for a while: the bottle looks nice. I like the label. It pours and looks like a tripel. That is where the fun ends.

The aroma is difficult to place, and not the pleasing -- very sugary.

The best way to describe the taste is candy corn soaked in alcohol. Not good, IMHO.

This is my least favority tripel to date. I would MUCH prefer an ice cold Miller High Life.

Bummer.

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Photo of kleffman
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Could've sworn I reviewed this the last time I drank it, so it's a good thing I'm enjoying another bottle for the holidays. Poured out of a 750ml green bottle into an over sized wine glass. Shared with...myself.

A pretty clear golden light amber color with a thin white head that dissipated rather quickly. Quite carbonated, and was cork finished because of this.

A very present yeast character in the nose. Malt makes itself known, and there is some sweet honey aromas floating around, with some medicinal background notes. Herbs? There's a lot going on here.

Taste is fantastic. The yeast contributes an earthy, spicy, estery character. There is some candy sugar tastes and a warming alcohol to go along with the prickly carbonation. Nothing is overdone on this beer, and the balance is fantastic. The hops do nothing but help this out, they aren't very detectable.

One thing is for sure, I'm getting full from this beer. It's sweet, and kind of syrupy, but an incredible beer to enjoy in the evening. Probably best split between a couple people when it's this big bottle, but I have no issue draining it myself! I will buy this for as long as I'm a beer lover. Could not be improved. Excellent style example.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first had this in a restaurant , but only after a bottle of Chimay blue and a rich meal. To set the record straight
I had to grab another bottle and see if it could live up to the memory.

From the bottle to a glass-

Look: Pours golden orange, slightly cloudy, tall bubbly pale head that quickly dissipates

Smell: Sweet, citrus fruits

Taste: Sweet, heavy orange and wheat flavors, finishes with an alcoholic bite. Hops are barely noticeable in the aftertaste.

Feel: Very bubbly, full but crisp

Drink: Good for sipping, in so many words. This is a very enjoyable, flavorful brew. As with other tripels, it is a bit sneaky
when it comes to the alcohol. Nice with a meal or as a treat alone.

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Photo of jnezda
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer from bottle into a chilled pint glass, poor presentation from a fine Steak house, but I did mention this to the bar maid who offered to correct it. Smell was not much to consider but there was a swirling of other smells in the restaurant, what I could make out of the smells were full of nice mellow fruits, apricots raisins. Color was dark golden with a wheat cloudiness to it that was inviting. Full fine head that was a slight eggshell off white but it faded right away and the lacing was ruined by the chilled glass. Beer was very drinkable with good carbonation and sweetness on the front of the tongue that was very pleasing. Beer was representative of the style and full of flavor.

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Photo of KingG
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ML corked and caged.
Served chilled and poured into a Weizen glass.
Heard good things about this beer. Let's give it a whirl.

Appearance is very good. Enormous head off the initial pour that clumps together the longer it sits and forms a marshmallow-thick cap. A lot of carbonation bubbles rising to the head rapidly. Color of the beer is pale yellow.

Smell is exceptional. HUGE smell here. Sweet, nutty malts, earthy grains, Semi-sweet Belgian candy sugar, tingly spices, and unripe fruit. Amazing fragrance.

Taste is exceptional. Candy sugar up front, honeydew and wheat with an earthy oatmeal kick at the finish. Refreshing and very tasty. Quite complex for the style. Impressive.

Mouthfeel is very good. Clean on the palate. Carbonation is perfect for the style; bubbly but overly so.

Drinkability is exceptional. Can a beer be more drinkable than this? I think not. having already finished half the bottle i feel as though i could kill a keg of this wonderful elixir. 8% alc is non-existent (besides the buzz i'm already feeling).

Overall: Possibly my favorite Tripel, taking over St. Bernardus' Tripel. An absolute pleasure to put down and a new regular here at the pad. The perfect summer beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sonata2008
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Served in a 10 oz. Karmeliet glass. Poured a blonde color, cloudy, with a thin white head.
S: Yeast aroma, with banana notes, and a hint of apricot. Slight bit of hops.
T: Malted wheat, very light hop spiciness, with a caramel apple finish. YES! A great taste!
M: Medium carbonation. Almost syrupy mouth feel. The alcohol is not very noticeable.
D: An excellent sipping beer with a lovely combination of tastes.

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

Pours hazy orange with a huge creamy/crispy slight off-white head. Aroma is orange peel, yeasty and some malt, the combination simply screams out what a true belgian tripel is. Flavour follows the aroma tightly, orange, spice and clear malty flavoured in a mellow malty sweetness. Finish is vaguely bitter but more malty and spiced. Very well balanced and still light. Uncomplicated (but not simple) and well crafted balance between the spices, malt and the yeast notes.

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear straw golden color with lots of carbonation. Dense frothy head on top with great Belgian lacing. Beautiful.

Crisp bready malt aroma layered with subtle citrus (lemon zest?). A little skunky aroma, but not in a bad way.

Smooth warm caramel flavor, sweet bread, vanilla finishes crisp and dries out. Very complex, with tropical fruits (pineapple?), earthy spicy hops, and bready yeast all playing subtly in harmony. Dangerously drinkable for 8.4%. I could drink this alll day.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber colour with a large, foamy, but quickly dissapating head.

Smells and tastes quite hoppy, as a good tripel should. Has a bit of a floral bouquet to it, and a slight citrus taste.

Overall, a very nice tripel. One I'd have again. Which is good, since I bought a metric buttload of 'em.

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

330ml bottle, served in a chalice. Bottled Dec 20/2011. Almost a year old.

A - Traditional tripel. Good amount of medium density head, which has been sticking around forever. Pale yellow.

S - Wheat, some light liquorice, a little tangy bitter, little sawdust, oddly enough.

T & M - Taste is being overridden by a too-high amount of carbonation. Underneath there is wheat, a little hop, dried fruit. Pretty dense mouthfeel, maybe a little too much, but not bad by any means.

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Photo of chileman13
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up @ star liquor in Durango,Co. upon the reccomendation of Oliver, their beer geek. This is really the 2nd time I have had this, however had taken a hiatus (sp?) in doing reviews.
Poured from a 750 ml into a extra large wine goblet. a-Straw yellow w large white 3 fingers of head. The head drops to 1/8th inch and never truly goes away.It does not lace at all.
s- pure belguim spicy, yeasty, fruity aromatic.
m- highly carbonated this is really the champagne of beers.
t- superior belguim...come on you know what i mean.
d-yes this is a great belguim.
I would buy this again in a heartbeat. I would love to have this on tap.
Peace out....

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

Tasted on draft at Cafe Botteltje in Ostend. Appearance: Big, creamy head, orange color, crystal clear. Aroma; Hops, malty, very clean. Flavor: Malt dominates; does not taste as hoppy or as dry as the bottled version. Finish: Clean and very crisp. Again, not as dry as bottles.

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Photo of jenitivecase
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours clear with an enormous head which dissipates quickly but yields some nice lacing. Color is pale-orangeish, almost an apricot color.

Smell: Fruity, with overtones of apricot and some citrus notes. Alcohol smell is definitely present, but not overbearing. Yeast scents are also present.

Taste: I can tell this is 8% alcohol. The fruity tones in the smell are also present in the taste; lots of apricot, with some apple and even a hint of grapefruit. However, many more spices are present in the taste, and the character of the grains and malt is coming through strong, as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet bubbly. Despite the discernable alcohol content, this beer manages to have a creamy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Although the alcohol content is far from overwhelming, it is more present here than in some other tripels I have had. This beer is fun to sip and enjoy, but I'm not overly depressed I don't have a second one on hand.

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Photo of Maudite
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer. First time out of a bottle, but just as good as on tap.

A- A beautiful caramel gold. Poured into my oversized Karmeliet tulip with a nice, big, sudsy and powerful head. Very big, spacious bubbles. The head was very aggressive at take off, big, about 3/4 of the pour was head, even when done with care, but quickly waned, almost disappearing completely. Altogether it was a beautiful beer in its own glass, a sparkling cider/apple juice with a big foamy head, or a cream soda. Very Belgian.

S- A definite estery Belgian yeast aroma...the most obvious smells were apple, pear, peach, caramel. The warmer it got the more it smelled like a vanilla malt. Nice, light hop aroma, a trace buried low, slight citrus/fruity. Very floral.

T- God. It tastes like God. Reminded me alot of a carnival carmel apple at its warmest, but upon initial pour it was much like its aroma, apple, pear, peach, yeasty, akin to a riesling, but malty. This beer is awesome.

M- This lass is a bit lighter in the mouth and throat than I appreciate. Just as the head declared, there was little carbonation, no acidity at all, no hop bite... This is one reason it reminded me of a riesling... perhaps I got a flat bottle. The tastes and scents were all there, but the mouthfeel was lacking.

D- I know some of you frown on beer/wine comparisons, but I only do it so you can get your wine drinking friends to try better beer, and convert them! A good gateway for white wine folk, the riesling, pinot grigio, sweeter chardonnay drinkers. I really enjoyed this with some spiced pork chops, in place of apple sauce.

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My goodness what a brew

Pours a murky orange gold with a giant fluffy white head, leaves impressive lacing, the head begins to settle, when it reaches about 1cm it stays there for the duration

Fresh malts up front with honey, cloves, cardimon, cardimon, pear and orange peel

The taste follows the nose with a faint spirity taste and some belgian pepper there is also almost a buttery flavor aswell, fantastic

Crisp and surprisingly creamy for the style

This is an absolutely exceptional beer, the best tripel I have ever had bar none

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Photo of cptierney
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing one of my favorite beers. Had on tap at the soft opening of the new beer bar in town, TAPS Petaluma!!!

Nice straw color to the pour. Delivered in the gorgeous Karmeliet tulip. I was not too pleased about the head on the brew as I've always drank this beer with a solid three to four fingers of fluffy white head, but this one has zero head. Probably just a newbie pouring- I can move past this

Lovely aroma on this one. That great Belgian funk just wafts out of the tulip anchoring a melee of brewing spices. Coriander perhaps? Certainly hints of citrus come to the fore along with some notes of clove.

Solid mouthfeel- a little lacking in the carbonation department, though I imagine this is due to the pour. Does have that nice , surprising triple thickness that is reserved for the style.

The taste of this brew is so nice and crisp. Love the sweetness of the beer coupled with the lemony zest of the citrus notes, there just has to be some orange peel in this guy. Mmmmm, good.

Great drinkability. A real asskicker in that you can down gallons of this stuff and not realize it packs an 8.4% wallop. One of my perennial favorites. Cheers to Belgian Triples and Cheers to TAPS.

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Photo of Romulus141
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been on a Belgian Tripel binge lately, and I decided to continue it by buying this brew. I bought the large single bottle.

Poured into a deep, wide wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy, golden color. I am immediately impressed by the incredibly strong head this beer has after a gentle pour. Literally, it takes up half of the wine glass. Accordingly, the lacing on the edges is very strong. The amount of carbonation in this brew is also fascinating, and is probably responsible for the huge head. The bubbles are just racing to the top of the glass. Overall, this beer has made a strong first impression on me.

Smell: What's strange is that when I first uncorked the bottle, the brew had a skunky smell to it. However, after pouring and letting the beer settle, the characteristic altered dramatically. The beer has a fruity smell, consisting primarily of pears and citrus. There is also the typical all-spice smell that I have come to expect from Belgian Tripels. Overall, this is a very pleasant, floral smell that I quite enjoy.

Taste: The flavor is intense, complex, and nuanced. We begin with a blast of fruit flavor involving something between a pear and a kiwi, which quickly recedes from my pallet. It is followed by a malty character which transitions from the intense sweetness into a subtle taste intermixed with spices. It finishes with a crisp, grain taste that leaves little to no aftertaste. This complexity intrigues me, as this Belgian fades away quickly, unlike others which grab your tongue and hold on tight.

Mouthfeel: Light, slick, and full of carbonation. However, the carbonation balances the profile of this brew, and certainly aids in the crisp, refreshing finish. A winning combination.

Drinkability: These are smooth and creamy, and they go down quickly. This, combined with the 8% ABV makes for a dangerous combination.

The Belgian style continues to impress me. This brew is highly recommended.

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Photo of jpittman80
3.13/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Brilliantly clear golden straw. White head that lasts and leaves the Belgian lace. Beautiful beer, but it did explode and ran over after popping the cork, and almost seems too clear to be a tripel...

S - Nice pepper aroma mostly, with light, sweet citrus and pears.

T - Oh. It seems like almost too much going on here. All of the aroma notes are present. Especially the pepper. Sour, sweet. It really doesn't seem to taste like any "standard" tripel. Good thing or poor categorization? I'm also not convinced that I didn't get a skunked bottle. Stupid green bottles.

M - I want to believe this is medium bodied, but it is so carbonated that it turns to foam in my mouth. This makes way too thin bodied.

D - The whole carbonation issue is a problem for me, as well as the clean-but-somehow-muddled flavor.

This isn't a bad beer, but I really didn't enjoy the experience. I would rather call this a Strong Golden or Belgian Specialty. I'll stick with the classic tripels.

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Photo of Arno
2.79/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

A: Weak yellow color, clear. Like a regular pilsener. Like pee ;) Not especially inviting.
S: Citrus fruits. Light bittering hop. Slight sour yeast. Fruity sweetness. Inviting ...
T: Not as full flavored the smell might suggest. Actually the first beer i've experienced that's ruined by the mouthfeel, killing any flavor sensation with an overload of carbonation. I do still get the citrus fruits with a good balance of sweet, bitter and sour.
M: Well, too much carbonation. I don't like the feel at all.

O: The mouthfeel just ruins it for me. Maybe it's because of the taste i had on the day, but somehow every sip i took was taken over by a lot of carbonation tingling. Also the flavor is too one dimensional. There's not much more then citrus fruits. The only good part is that you don't get any alcohol at all, which is an achievement considering the ABV.

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Photo of Telix
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes. Had this on draft at Birreria Paradiso in DC a few months back.

A: A clear yellow brew with a nice thick head, that quickly dissipated.

S: Sweetness, lightness, goodness - with no bitterness.

T: Initially effervescent with light citrus, some sweet malt on the tongue, fairly dry and not too complex.

M: Thick, creamy, bubbly on the tongue, dry.

D: I don't know about this one... it's certainly a nice tripel, but it's not very complex or dynamic - you drink it, flavor hits the tongue, and it's gone - nothing really gives it much to get you interested in drinking a lot more.

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Photo of brushpig
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had one on tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago, served in the triple Karmeliet big tulip glass.

Great looking beer with it's pale/straw color and big white head.

Smells like sweets oats, orange spices, and light coriander.

Sweet orange spice taste, very smooth and balenced nice dry finish. This a delicious beer that will not let you down. High carbination,yet has a smooth mouth feel.

A very drinkable beer. A must try.

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Photo of saccro
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear light gold/darker yellow. Rapid stream of bubbles that create a thick firm head of tight bubbles.

S - Bready malt. Spicy phenolics. A little fruity, but pretty clean smelling.

T - Sweet pilsner malt. Belgian spiciness. Orangy fruitiness. Subdued pepperiness. Noticeable alcohol, but not "hot". Pretty clean and not too cloying, but maybe a little bit too much on the sweet side.

M - Mostly dry. High carbonation. Alcohol warmth

D - classic belgian sample. Tasty.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a tulip glass

A - Clear like a light beer, maybe a hair darker. Very miniscule cloudiness. The pour resulted in a very tall head. A very appealing look.

S - I don't love the smell. It slightly reminds me of a skunked beer smell. This made me hesitant to taste the beer assuming that it may have been stored poorly at the liquor store. However, after a swirl or two I could smell slight sweet aromas and a nice spice hint. It could be stronger.

T - Wow, not what I was expecting at all. The smell greatly mislead me. Delicious. It is sweet with a spice finish. Also, it is super smooth and leaves a lingering sweetness.

M - Smooth. Medium carbonation. Light body.

D - Slam dunk. This beer would be enjoyable in almost any situation. I could relax after a stressful day with it or kick a couple back on a nice evening.

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Photo of GregoryVII
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a hazy straw blond, aided by the wheat and oats if I were taking a stab at it. There was a substantially striking plump white head. The aroma was fruity, slightly citrus like, with a tiny bit of spice and flowers. The flavors were nice with a reserved malt character, almost pasta like, along with citrus fruit and spice that strikes me a touch like lemon pepper with some nice hop bitter thrown in. The alcohol is wonderfully deceiving in this beer. Spritely, active carbonation and a medium body with a fairly dry finish.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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