Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,621
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 253
Gots: 615 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001

3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.
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Ratings: 3,621 | Reviews: 1,257
Photo of Beerhunter500
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer always worth seeking out. A world classic

Photo of Paige_Jude
5/5  rDev +16.8%

One of my absolute new favorites. I am obsessed! This was a real treat.

Like drinking tart cherry juice spiced with clove and cinnamon; just the right amount of sweetness that lent a near-perfect drinkability, a fantastic follow-up to my Delirium Tremens. In fact, I enjoyed it even more. Loved this beer and I´ve made it my go-to!!

Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazingly crystal clear super light blonde color with lots of visible effervescence with a craggy and huge bright white head. Dry biscuit on the nose with dry fruits, melons and apples, touch of bananas with faint herbal spicy hop aroma.

Light bodied with champagne like effervescence. Surprisingly mild in flavor which is awesome, light toasty graininess, dry biscuits, sweet fruitiness along the mid-palate with an extremely dry and clean finish with an earthy herbal hop flavor. Extremely subtle with delicate flavors that layer beautifully. Light refreshingly and full of immense subtle character that is in perfect balance.

Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. I love painted bottles and this one had a cool label. The neck had a small paper label with a best by date of May08. It had a slightly hazy golden color with bits of yeast floating especially towards the end of the pour. The bottle gave a loud pop and the cork nearly shot out of my hands. It had a massive 4 finger whitish head that slowly, slowly settled to a constant foam with great lacing. The aroma was incredible. It was fruity with a ton of spice. It really reminded me of the better wit smells. The mouthfeel was creamy and has the perfect amount of carb (which was constantly bubbling from the bottle of the snifter). The taste was also incredible. The problem I have with most tripels is that the great flavors get overpowered by the high ABV. This one is on the lower end of the ABV range and is perfectly balanced. The spiciness just washes over your palette and has you reaching for more. Overall, an incredible beer that I can't recommend enough. I try to rarely give out all 5's but I couldn't find a single area that didn't truly deserve it. (5, RR, T, Y, HOF)

Photo of kelkauz
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Delish so good

Photo of KoG
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heaven in a bottle.

Golden color with a fuffy white head that slowly fades as you drink leaving a good amount of chunky lacing.

Smell is very pleasant. Spicy with a slight fruityness and a hint of grain and sweet malts. Corriander and possibly clove make a good showing.

Taste is superb. No trace of alcohol, starting slightly fruity with a slight sweetness. Fades off into a good spicy hop finish that doesn't dry out the mouth. No off flavors at all, just strictly solid flavors.

Best beer I've ever had. At 8% ABV it might not be a sessionable beer, but that won't stop me from having a few, now to find it in a closer location than Oregon.

Photo of Thia417
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the Tripel Karmeliet on tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver when I flew out for GABF '09. I've had the it bottled before and enjoyed it, but on tap it just blew me away. This is my new favorite beer and I don't usually like Belgians.

I'm no pro at describing beers and why I like them. But here's my attempt:

The head was light and foamy.
The aroma was floral, fruity and slightly spicy.
The taste was so smooth and wonderful. It perfectly melded the malt and citrus taste together. I want to say it had a slight pear taste to it, but I'm horrible at picking out specific flavors. Either way, I greatly enjoyed it.

Photo of TheSarge
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This tripel produces massive amounts of yellowish white head, and has champagne like carbonation to it. The body is slightly hazy and dark gold in color.

The aromas are fruity. I detect hints of apple and pear.

The taste is very inviting. It is very apple like, with hints of white grape. The taste also reminds me a bit of ginger ale.

This brew is very refreshing and altogether well balanced. It's also got the typical warm alcoholic quality to it.

Photo of Spartyfan21
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Very possibly the best Belgian Triple that I've ever had - only trouble is that it was on tap at a local bar and I can't find it at any area stores!

Photo of rhollman
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Slightly hazed, pale golden yellow and towering white head

Smell - Sweet floral aroma

Taste - Wonderful burst of flavor, complex but not overwhelming

Mouth Feel - Starts crisp, ends smooth, finish is slightly sweet

Drinkability - The perfect tripel. Not too much bubbly, malty, slightly sweet with just the right amount of bitter, smooth with several distinctive flavours. A perfect beer for before, during and after meals - Magnificent!

Photo of Bravak
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Simply one of my too 3. Always awesome. Unique smooth flavor and perfectly designed brew

Photo of waldemarsto
5/5  rDev +16.8%

I drink on tap in the Karmeliet glass several times on the last months, 8,4% abv don't apears nor on aroma or flavors, but the floral, fruity and herbal in these beer is one of the great pleasure i found in a beer.

Photo of EPseja
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

NOTE [04-22-2005]: Review edited based on my latest tasting. Appearance from 4.0 to 5.0. Smell from 4.5 to 5.0. Taste from 4.5 to 5.0.

Additional tasting notes:

A: Large, rocky, river foamy, micro-bubble head with a bright "what's in the Pulp Fiction briefcase?" golden color. Fantastic.

S: Everything a Tripel is supposed to smell like is embodied in this beer, however no one particular scent ever dominates the others. A masterful blend.

T: I attempted to find any detriment in the taste be it departure from style, off flavors, or anything but could not. This is the perfect Tripel.
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Original 01-06-2005 review below:

Shared this Magnum bottle with two beer-tasting friends of mine, on the recommendation of Mr. Richard Tingle, the beer manager at Oak Tree Discount Wines & Spirits in South Plainfield, NJ.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, golden honey color. Tiny micro-bubbles forming a thin self-repleneshing head.

Smell: Sweet grains, mild honey, and bubble gum coupled with rosy floral notes from the hops. Clean Belgian Tripel esthers. Very appealing.

Taste: Super well rounded. Excellent balance of sweetness and bitterness. For and 8% beer, alcohol is virtually non-present in the taste, but leaves a warming feeling in the finish along with a dash of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation. Infinitesimally small bubbles that make for a creamy and velvety but crisp and clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Superb mouthfeel and wonderful taste make this one an easy drinker.

Photo of csrbv
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first time tasting this bar--bought as a leftover giftpack with 4 bottles ands a tulip glass.
This is the best tripel I have ever had--which btw is my favorite beer style.
Clear golden color with streaming bubbles; nice white head died down to uneven white cap
Golden aromas of grain and bread/toast
Refreshing; grain bill shows through with light flavors of bread and just a hint of hops
Pretty standard medium carbonation; thin, crisp body overall
Delicious in my book; the lightly toasted bread and grain is a treat.

Just a fantastic brew; my new favorite!

Photo of WhiteOak
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Marked 08/09

A- Bright, comparatively clear medium yellow. Big, foamy, snow white head of coarse bubbles.

S- Perfect.

Seriously.

What a perfume on this beer! It doesn't get much better than this, and if it does, I want to know where. Spices, yeast, sweet malt, tropical flowers/fruits, champagne, bread dough, buttery shortbread, green apple.

T- Tripel Karmeliet drinks as beautifully as it smells. The entire composition of this beer is magnificent. Delicious. The sweet rich malt has grafted together with the spicy phenolic flavors to perfection. Very alluring, it is hard to put this beer down. Decadent satisfaction here.

M, D- Nearly flawless feel -- just as the full-bodied sweet/spice coats the palate, the CO2 washes away just the right portion of it to make you want to hit the repeat button, over, and over, and over....

Superb.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beauty incarnate. Light and bubbly on the tongue, light and bubbly in a snifter. Smells of banana, clove, biscuit, and a pleasant time about to come. Holds a steady stream of carbonation from first pour to last sip. A sneaky little bugger, too; you'd never guess it's 9.0 abv by smell or taste.
And you can find it at Costco, too, at least in Michigan. Never would have thought, but never more appreciative.

Photo of Das_Reh
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured from a chilled bottle into a chalice on Halloween night. Typical golden color with big pillowy head, cloudy but with more clarity than most tripels I've seen. Fervent carbonation races up, almost like champagne. Smell is very heavy on the spices and coriander, which I've never experienced with any other tripel. Complex, spicy, herbal and medicinal flavors assault the palate, sweet yet balanced, alcohol is barely perceived. At 8.4% abv this is a sipping beer, but it's hard to resist considering the creamy soft mouthfeel and incredible aroma.

I guarantee there are not many Tripels this heavily spiced. For those who want the spice/phenols toned down, this beer is not for you, but for me, this is world class stuff!

Photo of gonzo46and2
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

200th review and this was a great one. I loved this beer and would consider it in the top three beers I've ever had.

Pours a bright copper with orange highights. The head started huge but mostly diminished leaving blobs of lacing behind.

The aroma is huge on this one! Buttered biscuits, banana, spices like clove, cinamon, nutmeg, pear, apple, soft alchohol when cold and more pronounced as it warms up, sugar cookies... I could go on and on.

Flavor came in waves and was very full reflecting mostly what was in the nose. Very complex. Very much on the sweet side. Very much like a rich dessert.

Body was medium on the thin side and totally refreshing. Carbonation was soft enough...just right.

Finish seemed balanced and clean with a slight dryness to counter the initial sweetness.

This is what craft beer is about.

Photo of KingHoppy
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Belgian beers of the over 1000 varieties brewed in Belgium. The complexity, carbonation, and overall feel of this beer is truly remarkable. Very few (if any) beers brewed anywhere in the world compare to Tripel Karmeliet. Any beer aficionado must try Tripel Karmeliet at least once in their life to expand the limits of their "beer horizons". This is the Standard for all other Belgian-type ales to strive towards. High alcohol content makes this a beer to savor - not suitable for pounding down on a hot summer day - drink a Tripel Karmeliet slowly and believe your taste buds when they tell you this is as close to a religious experience as any beer has ever come.

Photo of Keelaay
5/5  rDev +16.8%

My current favorite. Sweet at first but finishes dry. Complex.

Photo of Manoftyr
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a picture perfect Tripel clear golden color with a thick crown of solid white head as bubbles cascade up from the bottom of the chalice, feeding it, forming new layers of bubbles from the bottom up. Lacing is abundant and the head is beyond persistent, it simply refuses to go down and remains at a perpetually perfect finger and a half.

Aroma-Extremely spicy and fruity, intense Belgian character; I pick up a ton of cloves and cardamon, even a hint of pepper. Lots of fruit too; pears, apples, apricots, lime zest and more assorted aromas I'm probably missing, but it's there; they're all there. There's a well-integrated aroma of spicy alcohol as well that forms an intrical part of the aroma. This smells amazing.

Taste-I am impressed, amazed even; this beer is incredible. It's such a symphony of orchard fruits and various spices, it's dry, it's sweet, it's spicy all at once! I really can't think of the adjectives to describe it, it's just wonderful.

Mouthfeel-Perfectly crisp with ample carbonation and a medium-full body, smoothe as silk thanks to the perfect levels of carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall-Yeah, perfect; just perfect, goes down as easy as anything but its complexities demand it be sipped. I cannot get enough of this Tripel.

Photo of TimHoss
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first triplel and still my favorite. Use the appropriate glassware and you will enjoy every aspect of this beer. The head is thick and has a complexity all it's own. You will pick up on banana and vanilla flavors along with spices that make this drink exceptionall. Great full body with a golden, slightly cloudy appearance. The combination of flavor is outstanding. The finish is spicy and smooth.

Photo of Weis_Man
5/5  rDev +16.8%

This is a pricey brew for a reason. I was surprised. Very very good tripel. 3 grain tripel with notes of frui. Perfect carbonation level, and thick head. Smells fruity. Everyone should have this beer. Definitely drink this from a challace.

Photo of jackndan
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Triple Karmeliet: On tap. Fantastic! The triple refers to three grains: barley, oats, and wheat. Highly carbonated, very nice head. Aroma vaguely smells of oranges, and coriander. The taste is sweet/yeast taste, and pressed oranges, with a perfectly balanced Belgian taste. This is a very, very good beer: on tap, it is one of the five best beers I’ve ever had.

Photo of dansteino
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I fell in love with this beer the first time that I tasted it.

Pours a great glass with a wonderful head.

The citrus element on the nose and in the taste provides a perfect complement to this sweet brew.

Extraordinarily tasty and complex at the same time.

For $6.99 a bottle -- what a bargain!!!

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