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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 2,973
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 163
Gots: 239 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

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Photo of gloriousglo2


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 75cl corker with my brother in law. Some serious head, took about a gazillion years to get it under control. A little more yellow in color than I expected in a tripel. Nice smell, a little fruity to my olfactory bulbs. Great tasting, hides the EtOH dangerously well, could see this one sneaking up on you. The real cool part about it is somebody gave it to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 21:41:03 | More by gloriousglo2
Photo of Buschyfor3


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pint night special at Flanagan's Ale House in Louisville, KY. Even got to keep the authentic tulip glass... sweet.

A: Crisp golden colored body nestled beneath a rocky, off-white head about 1.5 fingers thick off the tap - big bubbles in this head. Some lacing rings cling to the walls of the tulip as this beer quickly disappears. Head retention is decent and is easily maintaned as a layer of foam 1-2cm in depth with a simple swirl of the glass. Looks killer when served in it's authentic "1679" tulip.

S: Pretty sweet on the nose: pears, apples, even some tropical fruitiness (pineapple) and honey. Also picking up the cloves and some other spices - maybe cinnamon or some pepper.

T: Probably one of the sweeter tripels I have ever tried. Juicy fruits up front that hold on long through each sip - apple, pear and pineapple come to mind as the most prominent flavors. Then there is a touch of zest from the cloves that balances well against the fruit flavors and the subtle grain flavors. Finish is predominantly a yeasty, fresh baked bread flavor with some fruit esters popping through.

M: Pretty crisp carbonation lends itself to a fluffy, powdery mouthfeel.

D: Listed at 8.4% ABV but the alcohol is expertly masked. I can see how some people would consider Tripel Karmeliet a session beer even though it is well above the 5% ABV threshold - its just too damn easy to drink and it disappears from the tulip in a blink.

Another sublime Tripel, right up there with St. Bernardus Tripel and La Fin du Monde in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2009 02:16:37 | More by Buschyfor3
Photo of ColoradoBobs


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, a gift from my daughter.

Moderate pour into a tulip yields a huge white rocky head over a clear golden body. Head last well. Lots and lots of lacing.

Smell is much like my beloved Vitus, but with a funk note. Mmmmm. Nice and bready with lots of yeast. Wheaten cracker malt. Complex and lovely.

Taste is much like the smell: I repeat, it's much like a funky edition of Vitus. Very bready. A bit sweet, but there's a funky dry finish. Almost a 5.0, but not quite.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with punchy bright carbonation.

Drinkability is great: very easy-going for a 8.4% beer. Only draw-back is the cost.

Overall, if you love Vitus, you'll love this: a bit stronger, a bit funkier, but very wheaty and bready. Mmmm. I want some more!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 04:54:51 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of harrymel


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before: not on bottle neck as label advises.

A: pours hazy golden with three fingers of persistent white foam. This slowly, okay, not much, falls at all. Pretty much maintains 1-2 fingers foam throughout the life. Beautiful.
S: Initially I get plenty of floral notes followed up by some nice sweet grains and yeast characters. I think this smells really, really nice for a tripel.
T: Subtly sweet with floral notes and again very tasteful yeast and coriander characteristics. Really a top notch beer.
M: Medium bodied with appropriately hi carbonation. Mouth-watering finish.
O: I think this might be the best Tripel I've had. Really a great beer. Now if only they would switch to dark glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:51:24 | More by harrymel
Photo of crookedhalo


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle best before 2/05. Pours a bronzy golden color with a big, rocky white head. Spicy, clovey aromas mixed with some peppery, honey-like smells. Quite inviting. Rather sweet initially, then shifting towards a more lemony, drier finish. I like this triple a lot; it's very complex. A touch too sweet, but awfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 16:49:12 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of m1ked


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

picked up some belgian bottles from WF Bowery beer room for a blind tasting during the card-pack playoff game.

A- Pours a clear bright golden yellow with a HUGE snow white pure foam thick head which slowly recedes with minor lacing. couple of lazy bubbling streamers.

S- Sweet bubble gummy aroma, candied sugar, little bit of etoh. Smells rich and delicious, but kind of one note.

T- Creamy, buttery, light butterscotch, light vanilla, white pepper,some subtle spiciness.

M- Moderate body feel with plenty of fine, champagne like carbonation with a mild cloying feel, which is OK with me.

D- This style is not always up my alley, but this is a great representation of this style. Easy to drink and delicious. If you like belgians or trippels...most likely you have had this already...if not it is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 23:07:31 | More by m1ked
Photo of laituegonflable


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnished saffron colour with dense, generous white head, slowly sinking but at least 3 fingers left after a minute or so. Aided by a prolific but steadily paced carbonation, visible through a thin bodily haze. Lace is a bit thin, but otherwise a perfect look.

Smell is quite lovely. Huge herbal aroma with lots of coriander, some peppery spice and a fair tart aroma with hints of granny smith apples. Underlying it is a beautiful sweet, liqueury aroma, putting one in mind of apricot jam, brandy and sherry. Beautifully balanced aroma, just lovely.

Taste is very sweet, pleasant, much spice on it. Begins quite caramelly with fruity notes, pear and peaches mostly, then mid-palate has a beautifully rich gingerbread flavour, spice alongside that great golden syrup notes. Finish comes through with real Belgian phenolics, some coriander seed flavour and some cherry/medicinal notes as well. Wonderfully smooth alcohol warmth seeps through the back, just gives you a nice hit of booze.

A lot of spicy piquancy on the feel, never gets too harsh though, but somehow I feel there's not a lot of body. It matches the flavour but I could deal with it being thicker.

Great flavours on that; warming and sweet and quintessentially Belgian. Just delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 03:48:57 | More by laituegonflable
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet: I am not one to by $20 four packs of beer. But after a year of exploring beer on Beer Advocate, I was puzzled by how these expensive Belgian beers could have thousands of reviews and sky high ratings. Are they better that a New Belgium Triple? What is the fuss? So I sprung for a four pack of Tripel Karmeliet, which was the only A rated Tripel I could locate at my favorite beverage store. You have probably tried this brew, so you know the body is cloudy and golden in hue. The head is thick and billowy, laces well and forms wonderful patterns as you make your way to the last sip. The aroma is bountiful with amazing complexity. Which brings me to the flavor, or should I say experience. Waves of ever-changing notes wash over the palate. All of those adjectives you read in beer reviews, well, you can actually taste in this brew: tree ripe apricot, light dust of fresh ground cinnamon spice, warm homemade bread dough, lick of a cement trowel. In the Tripel Karmeliet these adjectives really do apply. Now I get it. But is it beer? After trying many brews, this Tripel blows you away with the complexity of flavors, and leaves you in wonderment of how did they do that? How can you brew beer with those notes? But really, the Karmeliet does not taste like beer, does it? I would not serve one to a beer lover who does not have a minimum of Belgian experience or he/she will think I just added fruit juices to an now ruined Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 16:22:32 | More by iSip
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another highpoint of the weekend's beers. Pours a hazy attractive gold with a huge frothy white head. Slight winey notes of Auslese on the nose. As I let the head die and continue to breath this in, the fruits become more promineant, mostly fresh crisp pear.

The pear rules in the sweet taste of this most exceptional Tripel as well. Mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation, a must to keep something this sweet from becoming too cloying. Wonderful stuff that is a real sipper thanks to the sweetness. Had this with some Bar-B-Que chicken and lightly sauteed vegetables and it was spot on. Looking forward to my next bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 15:53:21 | More by Onibubba
Photo of Serge

Alberta (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 07:50:57 | More by Serge
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After my coleaugue kept pushing me to try this beer I finally gave in when he pushed the bottle in my hand. I'm not fond of tripels at all but I gave it a fair chance.

A: Drak yellow color with a great foamy thick white head that laste almost throughout the drink.

S: Malts, grains, peach/apricot, citrus and some floral hops.

T: Again that peach, caramel sweetness, citrus, apple/pear, cinnamon and a hint of hops.

M: Medium carbonation with a very smooth dry finish.

D: Well, to be honest, I never expected that I would like a tripel this much and I'm even more surprised by my own rating. Should maybe expand my tripel tasting.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 20:36:04 | More by PapaEugene
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New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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....

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:23:29 | More by chileman13
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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer appears a light yellow hue, with a towering ivory head that elegantly embraces the upper half of the tulip glass, leaving a fine sheet of lacing as it recedes. The liquid is clear and effervescent, teeming with bubbles.

S: The aroma is grand, with scents of lemons, oranges, grass, alcohol, and spices. Tripel Karmeliet emits a fabulous floral aroma that adds to an already full bouquet. The beer smells very bold and enticing.

T: A fine brew and a great example of a Belgian tripel. The flavor is strong, forward, and aggressive, yet balanced by a delicate sweetness that creates a delightful juxtaposition. Citrus flavors are quite prominent, followed by spiced apples soaked in alcohol.

M: Alcohol presence is there. The feel is medium in body, with a healthy dose of zesty carbonation.

D: This is a beer to sniff, sip, and savor. One in any given session is plenty for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:40:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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United Kingdom (England)

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful sticky fluffy white head leaving great lacing and not going anywhere. The aroma coming off the head is great as well. The smell alone just lifts you up off your feet, peaches banana, clove, citrus zest, fresh baked bread, belgian yeast, springtime, flowers, the best smelling woman you ever laid your nose on. Tastes similar but different. Honey sweetness, granny smith apple, bread still there, floural still there, some clove I think and that woman, even though she smacked you upside the head for smelling her, is still there as well. Effervescent MF and light on the tongue. A beautiful beer that is right up there with the best of the style. One day I would like to have it side by side with La fin du Munde adn Wstmalle.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 15:10:05 | More by thepeter
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet a hazy, golden straw color with a huge, thick head. The smell was of citrus and a hint of spice (nutmeg?). This is one of the best, if not THE best tripel I've tasted; sweet without being overwhelming, with just a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is incredible; the carbonation is dense and rich, which allows the flavor to linger on the tongue. This is a terrific tripel, and a great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 14:58:48 | More by RustythePelican
Photo of Morris729


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber in color with a tall pillowy white head that leaves thick sheets of lace on the walls of the glass as it dissipates. Nose is sweet honey with notes of fresh wheat, vanilla, and lemony citrus. Medium to full in body with a spritzy mouthfeel due to all the active carbonation. Taste is sweet and fruity up front with notes of pineapple, mango, and apricot followed by some peppery papaya. Little hop bitterness is present but there are some drying notes of grains and alcohol towards the finish. A complex and very tasty beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 22:30:21 | More by Morris729
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark golden/amber with a good frothy head and lacing.

S - Fruits, spices, sweet notes, yeast. Very nice, traditional tripel smell.

T - Sweet and tart fruits, spices, some citrus flavors as well. Once again, very traditional example of the style.

M - Smooth, drinkable, ok carbonation levels, a bit chewy.

O - A very enjoyable and classic example of the tripel style. Would recommend if you're in the mood for a Belgian tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:29:45 | More by WMEugene
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium bodied, hazy gold color with soft orange tint and a substantial and longlasting off-white head that eventually susides leaving very nice lacing.

The aroma is subtle and complex, spicy, fruity, citrusy, wheat, yeasty and floral.

The taste is parallell with a peppery, spicy fruitiness, definite but pleasant alcohol presence, smooth, slightly buttery and very easy to drink.

Outstanding! If you have not experienced Belgian ales before, this is an excellent way to start.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 06:18:41 | More by whynot44
Photo of Offa


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold with med. White head steadily shrinking to foamy ring & wisps, no real lace.

Aroma is lots of grain, hay, hint of clove & pear, hint of bubblegum, hint of wet green leaves (hoppy) and flower (jasmine tea).

Taste is fruit, freshly baked bread, flowery leaves, light warming alcohol hint. It has gentle, subtle complexity giving good well-roundedness and depth of character but is highly drinkable and gentle. The feel is soft yet lively. Overall, this is an excellent ale combing great complexity with high drinkability and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 21:01:52 | More by Offa
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 23:56:16 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from the LCBO, part of the fall release. Enjoyed on a cool rainy fall day.

Poured into my Duvel chalice. Lovely light golden, nice billowing head, recedes into a thin ring. Some lacing. Decent looking tripel.

Nose is stellar: lovely fresh citrus, soft wheat malt, a bit of yeast, spices, bubblegum, herbal hops. Essentially what I think of when I think tripel.

Tastes just as nice. Good herbal/bubblegum character, nice citrus bite to mellow out the sweetness, bit of spice and yeast to the finish. Very drinkable.

Mild bodied, easy to drink, light, moderate to high carbonation.

One of the finest Belgian tripels I've come across. Hits all the right notes. Definitely will be back for more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 21:26:16 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Choice City in a large wine glass.

Pale golden straw color with good clarity.

Aroma is lemony and fresh. Really enjoyable smell

Flavor is really nice too. Great yellow cake, lemon, and mild spice. Great depth of flavor with a subtle month herbal quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall a really nice trippel. Kudos to the dude who made the recommendation.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 22:28:54 | More by GilGarp
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a dense white head. Leaves loads of lacing on the glass.

Smells of alcohol soaked fruits all spiced up. Notes of apple and pear appear with an alcohol layer and spicy clove to round out everything.

Tastes of the fruits upfront with a bready malt to back it up and the spice draped on top of it. The fruits are composed of the apple, pear, and banana. The spice offers a perfect counterpoint to the sweetness. Alcohol is present, but it does not detract in any way.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a luscious and soft amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 04:19:39 | More by ocelot2500
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color and a enormous head of fluffy large, loose bubbles that does reduce but maintain one of two fingers. Strong fruity bouquet of apples, pears, pineapple, and lemon rind with some hot alcohol esters and a little piney hops in the back. Tastes of bitter sour fruit, green apple, and pear with dry, bitter, piney hops in the back. Developing are vinous characters,lemon pith, husky pale malt and barley sweetness, and vanilla notes. High carbonation makes for a foam filling mouthfeel on top of a thin consistency. The finish start with sour fruits and quickly fades to a mellow version of the taste with an emphasis on its hop character.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 16:23:36 | More by cabsandking
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL cork & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Gentle hand. Dated 23-05-15 on the base. Had many times, never reviewed.

A: Golden, apple-juice yellow with good clarity. 3 fingers of sudsy, white head that fades quickly to a thin coat. Very light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with fruit notes featured strongly - mango, peach, pear. Light grass, straw. Light indistinct spice.

T: Yeast-fueled fruit and spice kick things off with a gradual transition to a very mild hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish with strong fruit lingering in the aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly present for 8.4% ABV. Some vanilla.

M: High carbonation with a moderate body. No prickliness. A surge of effervescence fills the mouth with flavor. Really superb feel.

O: Excellent, if not a bit boozy, tripel. Great fruit notes and superb mouthfeel. This is one I keep coming back to.


Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 03:25:46 | More by fourstringer
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 2,973 ratings.