Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
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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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4.24
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Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml dark green bottle. Sampled on June 20, 2014.

Green. Uh oh.

It looks like a nice cloudy, unfiltered pale yellow pour building up a fozmy white head that sticks around for some time but slowly fades.

The aroma is pure Belgian and no green skunkiness. Thankfully. So I get toasted biscuit malts, Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, some pear, and light spice. Inviting.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy but leaning toward the heavy side.

The taste has a nice toasted biscuit character and Belgian sweetness to boast about. Some vague spice and pear play up the rear. Little to no hop character. Very enjoyable all told.

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Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket during its sale on Belgian bottled beers~~ BB 10/1/08, served lightly chilled in a tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: nice orangey-golden colour, coming with a medium-thick white frothy beer head with very good retention; the carbonation condition is just about right for a Belgian bottle-conditioned beer: gentle and constant, never overly fizzy.
S: harmoniously perfumy and fruity... the tropical fruit estery note comes colourful but light-bodied, on top of a constant stream of juicy (cake-ish) malts and grains with but a touch of candy-sugar; lots of fruit elements to discern (for fun): pineapple, green apple peel, banana, apricot, ripe fig, orange/tangerine peel, lemon blossom, Chinese green bean paste...all mixed together, while the lightly spicy yeastiness follows at each step, but plays the second fiddle to the main fruity theme. Everything is so softly threaded together by the perfumy string--just brilliant!!!!
T: creamy maltiness backed by smoothly fruity yeasty backbone lubricates the tip of the tongue, gradually more tartly-sweet fruity elements (mainly lemon-cake, pineapple and sugar-cane juice) expand on the palate, and bringing on board an exotic, Chinese green-bean paste like yeasty+malty+fruit-estery flavour which doesn't go large but lingers quietly and subtly at the back end of the tongue. A slightly herbal-sweet (slightly licorice?) but also dryish aftertaste of hops(?) and yeasts round off the palate in the very finish.
M&D: given the ideal condition of carbonation, the beer's creamy and soft texture is one of the most enjoyable for this style... The medium body and complex flavour against an almost non-existent alcoholic backbone makes this beer utterly easy to drink... If given a richer flavour profile this just might be an all-time winner, IMO!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy yellow into a snifter. 3 inch head, significant visible carbonation, decent lacing.

Smells like candi sugar, Belgian yeast and floral aromas.

Lots of tastes going on here. Belgian sweetness, floral tastes, spicy pepper, rose petals, bubblegum, alcohol.

Medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated. Alcohol is present making it a bit harder to drink. Must sip.

One of the better tripels on the market but not the best.

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

(Served in a chalice)
Best before 09/08/09 on bottle
A- This beer has a clear apricot body with a wall of micro bubbles from the nucleation point. The giant creamy light tan head last and last for the full beer and has some nice thick rings of foam left on the glass after each sip.

S- The smell of soft dried fruit has a flower blossom smell and a note of soft sweet sugar.

T- The light soft caramel sweetness has a light honey note and a nutty hint is followed by a light apricot taste and a green herbal finish. As the beer warms there is a faint banana chip note and a nice alcohol taste that cleans the finish nicely.

M- The light mouthfeel has a creamy texture from the head and a soft alcohol heat at the finish.

D- This beer has a wonderful subtle complexity with notes of light fruit with some good floral notes and sweet flavors without being cloyingly sweet.

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

Sampled from a Chimay glass.

A: Poured a bright honey-gold with a bright white fluffy head about 2 fingers high. There appeared to be a steady stream of strong carbonation from the center of the glass erupting like a volcanoe from the laser etchings.

S: sour lemons, and fruitiness (apples, pears), citrus, fresh wheat and a touch of sour oranges. There was a nice spiciness as well.

T: tart lemons, orange peels, with a nice spicy hopping. There was a nice tart fruitiness from the yeast followed by a showing of coriander. Some light muskiness, grains, citrus and dried honey citrus rounds things out here. Overall was tart and tangy with a nice spiciness.

M: smooth, light with a active carbonation providing a crisp, sharp experience.

D: Very nice, highly recommended.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish gold mixed with amber tints and a two-finger head that receeds quickly but leaves a thin lace ring. Has a sweet malt smell, like caramel or honey, and has a light, springy hop aroma. Not full-bodied overbearing on fruits like other Belgian triples, this beer maintains a lighter edge while still packing a dark fruit, tropical fruit taste and having a smoothness to it that is almost slick. Very mild spices and pepper in an otherwise smooth "fruit" beer. ABV hidden well. This is one I definitely recommend, and I could've had it all day if it weren't the alcohol content knocking me down.

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Photo of dar482
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out extremely bubbling and huge. A third of the way into the bottle, the whole glass was taken up by head. Then after a bit of settling I poured the rest in. There’s a huge fluffy white head composed of tight bubbles. The beer is this gorgeous gold with some orange, slight haziness. There’s tons of champagne carbonation just flying up the glass.

The aroma is wonderful. Tons of orange, spice, banana, peach, lemon and lime peel. There’s tons of fruit, but also there’s that Belgian yeast breadiness that lingers, but the beer is still so fruity and light smelling.

Flavor follows with that sweet juicy orange, then some banana, then the clove and spice hits a bit. The breadiness and biscuity malt follows along with a gorgeous mouthfeel. The end has this drying note that invites you in for more.

This really has that wondeful combination of a bit of fruitness of La Fin du Monde, but also that really strong dry finish with the classic Belgian tripels. It’s a light refreshing beer and bounces around the palate. My favorite non barrel aged tripel.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle(s) courtesy of match1112. Thanks, Matt!

Pulled straight from the fridge, it pours a hazy straw yellow with a huge head of foam that seems to never want to quit growing.

What an aroma! Yeasty, spicy(pepper and clove), fruity, lemony hoppy. I'm spending a lot of time just taking in the smells.

The taste is soo complex. Peppery with a nice dose of clove, lemon and banana, yeasty, and a nice bitterness throughout. It finishes on the very dry side and pulls me in for more sips. I'm a prisoner to this marvelous brew!

Medium bodied with a rather high level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is very good and drinkability is outstanding. Yeah, that's my bottom line for Tripel Karmeliet, outstanding.

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

A: Bright gold color. Poured a massive 4 finger cloud-white head with the last finger over the top of the rim without falling. Excellent retention. Laced in wide sheets. Probably the best looking beer I've ever seen.

S: Light colored fruit and spice. Bready cereal grains. Lemon-pepper.

T: Much like the nose. Apricots, apples and pineapple. Spices travel to the nose; lemon, pepper. Warming builds in the finish with a lingering tartness.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Dry and warming.

O: Very drinkable, maybe not in quantity. Nice balanced yeast character.

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

330ml bottle poured into tulip jan28 2011

A bright golden color with some sediment being moved around by a decent amount of bubbles that produce a large 3 finger bone white foam that falls to a thick film that hangs around for a while, only points lost would be for zero lace

S pear and pineapple with some hops and yeast

T not far from the smell but a little fainter and with a hint of booze

M plenty of bubbles and flavors linger for a while, fairly light but I'm loving it

D for a beer this strong its pretty easy to drink, my glass was empty pretty quick

a solid triple that I wish I could afford, a hard sell a 20$ a four pack when LFDM 6 for a 750ml. still even at the price its a must try

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

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold colour with a massive size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - banana, cloves, breads/grains, lemon

Taste & Mouth - The beer has lots of carbonation and it feels very light yet velvety on the palette. Most of the flavour consists of bananas, breads/grains, cloves, and lemon juice. There are also floral notes and a peach sweetness. The beer finishes with a fruity and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Definitely one of the better beers I've ever had. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and it has terrific balance. However I'm not sure I could drink many of these in a night.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Has a spicy fruity nose with light malt. It pours hazy gold with a one finger thick foam cap. The palate is big and fruity with apricot over bread finishing with a bitter accent. It is creamy with an average body and average carbonation.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields a slightly hazy light golden color with a 3 inch ivory head that billows over the top of the glass like a snowcap. The head lingers indefinitely, while endless bubbles rise from the bottom of the tulip.

Grain, belgian yeast, lemon, pear, and confectioners sugar form the initial aroma. Musty, earthy notes emerge, along with floral hop character.

There's a bit of graininess in the flavor, as well. Lemon, pear, clove, and cardamom underlie lightly bready malt and wheat, becoming slightly peppery at the finish. Floral underpinnings add depth and complexity. That subtle character is the saving grace for this beer. Honeysuckle and tones reminiscent of hibiscus are a welcome addition.

Body us a touch watery, with fairly high carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Malt character is slightly lacking, and the dominant flavors are somewhat banal, but when the floral notes surface, this beer shines. A little on the hot side.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter/chalice type glass at Lunar Brewpub in Villa Park.

Appearance- Beautiful two finger head. A slightly dark, hints of cloudiness, golden ray of tripel sunshine.

Smell- Candy sugar, with an earthy fruit bouqet better defining the sweetness of the smell. With hops leveling things off before they get out of hand.

Taste- Malty, sugary start with a slight hoppy middle. Aftertaste is a great mix of light bodied fruits and hops. With a slight alcohol aftertaste that warms the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied palate.

Drinkability- Could have a couple pints over spread out over the course of teh evening. But not a session before.

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Photo of DrJay
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed yellow/gold beer topped by a generous, fizzy white head that keeps being replenished by ample carbonation. Great head retention once the carbonation settles and it formed dense, clumpy lace. Lemony citrus and spicy clove aromas dominate with some bready wheat. Sharp, aggressive carbonation kicks things off. Lemony bitterness throughout with gentle coriander and bread. Bitterness becomes a bit herbal at the finish and lingers. Palate drying at the finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Overall, a solid beer and one that I enjoyed.

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Photo of bark
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is shady orange-gold-beige. The compact firm white foam is almost four fingers thick!

A sour wheat beer and lactose flavour dominates the smell. There are some notes of corn and bitter almonds.

The carbonation is powerful with small bubbles that develop into foam in the mouth.

The taste is quite alcoholic, but there are also are notes of apricot, liquorice, vanilla, diacetyl and lots of sourish flavours and lactose. The aftertaste is almost as complicated with a finishing touch of sour citric fruits.

Those Belgians might be totally nuts, but when it comes to strong brews that resembles of nothing else, look no further!

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Karmeliet has a cloudy golden appearance, pouring very little head. The smell is fairly strong and sweet. One gets the impression of fruit and spices, mainly pepper and coriander in this one's strong taste. It has a nicely carbonated mouthfeel, though not as powerful as other tripels. This is definitely a drinkable beer. I might actually seek this one out again if it's possible.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 14GK? printed on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow orange color that produced a good fluffy, yet effervescent white head. Left tons of lacing behind as it dissipated.

(S)- A fresh fruitiness of banana & lemon with a twist of clove. A wheat/biscuit-like dryness with a touch of yeast & honey. A beautiful smell for the style.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. Much more biscuit & clove spice up front, but a more delicate fruit sweetness. Nothing to complain about here; leaves a fresh taste in the mouth.

(M)- A big carbonation level that is near a sparkling level, but it fits the style well. Crisp, with a good dryness & a great fruitiness. Great balance. Smooth stuff.

(D)- A fantastic Tripel. It has everything one should expect from the style. My biggest problems with tripels have been over carbonation or being too spicy with clove or whatnot, however this one has everything in its place & is balanced wonderfully. A definitive example of the style, not to mention one of its best in my opinion.

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

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with nice cap of white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is light, made up mostly of floral and herbal notes, hints of banana, lemon, fresh baked bread and yeast. Taste slightly more aggressive than scent, good solid fresh baked bread backbone with the floral and herbal qualities mixed with a touch of lemon and bananan. Highly complex. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly dry. A very nice beer different from many in the style.

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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I've had a tripel.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick, foamy head into my tulip glass. Nice presentation going for it.

Aroma is full of spice and bready malt with a hint of plum. "Fruity" and very inviting.

Taste is spicy, sweet and full of wonderful, bready malt. A hint of plum is present but otherwise, this beer is tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice, plum and bready malt. Very interesting flavors that mingle well.

If you like tripels, you can't go wrong with this. Worth a try.

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

I can't believe I haven't had this yet.

A clear light yellow with a giant, billowing white head, three fingers thick. Moderate lacing is present as well. The nose is pretty intense. Fruity with pears and apples, there's also a little lemon peel early on. Firmly hoppy with some floral and earthy character, probably Styrian Goldings? A moderate sugary sweetness is present.

The palate opens with a pretty big fruity sweetness, pears and peaches being right in the forefront, along with a melange of light fruits. Cotton candy, a little citrus, some floral character and a little honey. Despite the sweetness, this is very light on the palate, crisply carbonated and rather refreshing. Some crystallized ginger is present too. The finish is rather spectacular. Long lasting with flavors of light fruits, a light hoppiness and a little sweetness. The only detraction is that there's a light splenda-like sweetness present. Excellent stuff, this is one of the better tripels there is.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet

Appearance: gold in color, clear, 1/2 inch head

Smell: lemon, wheat, orange

Taste: orange, lemon, coriander, malt, touches of hay and alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn and bitter backbone, light body with medium carbonation

Drinkability: I find this to be an above average tripel, but there are several others I prefer in the style. I would not turn this down, but also would probably not get this again.

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Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold, huge fluffy white head forms, nice lace, good retention. Smell is sweet, grainy, some orange, spices, wheat, little yeasty. Taste is sweet, orange and spice again, yeast, some alcohol, and a wheat dryness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. A decent tripel, but too sweet for me. I don't think it should be as high as it is, but enjoyable.

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

Golden copper color. Big and bubbly white head that has good retention. Appearance indicates a high level of carbonation. Really nice doughy, yeasty aroma. And smoke. I get a definitive smoke aroma which surprises me a little bit. Some banana like esters make their presence known right off the bat. A little bubblegum as well. A very light phenolic presence. Finishes on the sweet side. Medium bodied. Enjoyable and drinkable.

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

On-tap, served in a tulip

A hazy golden body with a thin, bubbly paper white cap. Delicate lace on the inside of the glass.

Fruity aroma of peaches, apricots, bananas, and tangerines. A playful yeast aroma along with honey and a candy sweetness with a light punch of clove.

Extremely clean body. Flavors follow the nose. Peaches, banana, apricots, green apple and tangerine. Spicy clove comes through the middle with an undercooked bread/yeast flavor.

Light body, very clean, creamy and smooth. Perfectly drinkable. Fruity and clean with the perfect carbonation.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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