Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,229
Hads: 3,655
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 256
Gots: 637 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001

3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.
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Photo of beerthirtysa
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice light gold. Not too many bubbles. Not too much protein, as the head doesn't have a "cap" to it. But a white, creamy head.

S: Lovely perfume-like odor. Some coriander, yeast, grassy notes, some citrus and sweet malt notes. Very nice aroma.

T: Taste is surprisingly even front to back. Sweet, perfumy taste as well, some malty notes, alcohol is noticeable. Hops are noticeable throughout.

M: Surprisingly effervescent on the tongue. Sort of foams in the mouth.

O: Overall the smell can't overcome the shortcomings in the taste and mouthfeel. Certainly drinkable, but there are other triples I would try beforehand. (625 characters)

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, unbelievably gorgeous bottle. Depiction of farmers working in a field, of what I believe would be some ingredient in the beer. Make me wonder if the Carmelite Brothers from my childhood are involved in this.

Maybe I am a little turned off on Tripels, but this one did not impress too much. A basic looking head and body, slightly wispy on top, but very "macro" in color.

Taste: a bit odd, fruity, sweet ending on a sour note. Very alcoholic mouthfeel. Would make a wonderful summer beer. Very drinkable at 8%. (531 characters)

Photo of MacTeo
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Nice light yellowish color; looks refreshing

S-Very Fruity (Lemon, apple, orange hints)

T-Bubbly; some pine notes, and candie-ish to my taste

M-A bit too much on the carbonation...almost thought I was drinking shandy

O-its decent, I'll drink this beer again but not seek it too often. (290 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Fathead's tonight.

A-slightly hazed golden straw color with a tight creamy white head.

S-the nose is nicely balanced, notes of toasted bread with an underlying caramel malt. Hints of yeast, lemon, and a nice golden peach in the back.

T-the taste is very sweet and not as balanced as the nose. light caramel malts and a touch of breadiness up front but faint. this is overtaken by sugar and golden fruits. pear, peach, lemon with a touch of grassy hops in the back and a hint of bitterness.

M-smooth and creamy medium body with a great carbonation giving it a good balance on the feel with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

D-this is so sweet, it is tasty but just too sweet. the nose had a good balance that was missed on the taste. too much sugar; but hid the 8.4 alcohol. (790 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: pours a very very pale and light hay color that is just slightly hazy with a small amount of carbonation bubbles and a three finger head that is pure white, very light and fluffy and lingers very nicely, leaves a decent amount of lacing
S: very night slight peppery notes and a gentle lemon peel scent, a nice grainy note like honey nut cheerios
T: really nice taste, reminds me kind of like a really faint apple juice, slight spice and clove notes, finishes with a bit of a bitter note, there is a slight bubble gum note in the front of the sip as well
M: gentle carbonation tingle but definitely fizzy, smooth and airy across the palate, leaves the mouth feeling slightly dry
O: given its overall rating, i had expected more complexity, i do suppose that this is a spot on representation of the style, it hits right as it should, drinks nicely enough and the alcohol is not perceivable (913 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice

It pours a hazy golden yellow with a puffy white head that stays for a long time then recedes to film.

The smell is fruity and flowery with hints cloves. Very inviting.

The taste is similar to the smell with hints of spices and fruits especially grapes. A faint aftertaste of cloves is very present and also smoky.

Like stated by other reviewers it is a little bit over carbonated in my book. It has a champagne feel to it.

Overall good tasting beer but mouth feel could improve refreshing and light. (527 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving size 750 ml bottle poured into a Karmelieit glass bought at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank.

Pours a clear honey amber with a large bubbled head and several thin streams of carbonation that kept the head replenished. Some lace though not much.

Smells of faintly of sweet honey with some mild fruitiness as well.

Taste was very sweet. Very much like honey as well, some fruit, yeast and alcohol tastes as well.

light in the mouth with lots of CO2 refreshing .

This is a very drinkable 8% beer. Not the best tripple but not half bad. (553 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= pours a nice deep yellow color... not quite a fizzy yellow but a little more amber in it. Huge amounts of bubbles in this one; I poured it into a regular glass and it looks like I have a nucleation site in it. The head is nice and thick. A good 3 finger size on the head and its color is a beautiful white. Little lacing however which is somewhat sad.
S= typical tripel fruityness. Sort of green apples and pears in it with a nice yeast spicyness. Reminds me of every other tripel I've had only it's a little more potent.
T= Fruityer than more tripels I've had. Really great pear taste to it. Nice spicyness to it. I can taste a little bit of the green apple in it. Really you get a good amount of bisquity malt as well. The slightest hop is present but you really have to hunt for it.
M= Really really high carbonation. Almost too light. Sooo bubbly.
D= Pretty good. I think the large amount of bubbles in it kill it a bit so I had to let it sit out for quite a while. (972 characters)

Photo of BelgianTripple
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy this beer very much.

I get notes of citrus and spice when I drink this beer in both flavor and smell. It is a highly carbonated beer that I find to be refreshing. This is a beer that can easily be enjoyed quickly or sipped over the course of half an hour.

I actually use a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass which make it easy to drink and to enjoy the aroma. If you get a chance I would highly suggest it.

At home, I tend to drink this beer slightly colder than cellar temperature, but when I have it in a pub at cellar temperature I find the flavor of this beer stands up very well. There is a sweet spot between too cold and too warm that I've come to recognize and that it usually when I decide to finish the beer.

The only negative comment I might make involves that carbonation I mentioned earlier. This is a beer that can make you full. But at 8.4% that isn't really a bad thing. (895 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized, fizzy white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Sweet fruity aroma with citrus fruits, and some pepper as well. Similar taste, sweet, citrus, more Belgian spices and an alcohol burn on the way down. (251 characters)

Photo of chunkylover53
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 8.4%.

A - Poured a hazy gold with a 1cm head. Head was quickly gone and no lacing.

S - Sweet bread, fruity with bananas & lemons, herbal notes.

T - Sweet malts, some bananas, citrus, hint of spice, hint of booze.

M - Medium-heavy body, average carbonation, some tang, sticky sweet finish.

O - Decent beer but it wasn't a stand out for me. (382 characters)

Photo of LordofthePings
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from 750ml bottle into orval goblet. Golden and clear, peppery smell. Taste is spicey and mild to moderate esters. Moderate carbonation, feel is smooth and easily drinkable. (180 characters)

Photo of kpantz
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: Not my favorite Tripel, but still a fantastic version. Every hallmark of the style is present here. A standard for sure.

750 ml bottle - best before 02/02/08.

Appearance: Deep golden, slightly hazy pour with a fervent fluffy white head that hangs tough and laces nicely.

Smell: Coriander, Clove, as well as some mild alcohol in the nose. Mild hop aroma as well.

Taste: Sweet to start with a fruitiness. The spiciness present in the nose is here as well, adding a bit of heat that blends the carbonation nicely with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The amount of spiciness actually makes it challenging to determine the carbonation level, but the overall effect is nice - not too much action, but enough to let you know it means business. Fairly thin and not too sticky.

Drinkability: I don't think I'd be able to down more than one of these. The ABV isn't that high, but the "bite" in this one makes my mouth long for something a bit smoother. (978 characters)

Photo of FleeVT
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown 11.2oz (330ml) bottle with something illegibly stamped on the label, poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: A beautiful straw hue, with a tightly formed white head. The beer dances in the glass, anticipating a lot of carbonation.

S: A malty nose with a healthy dose of yeast. A faintly sweet backdrop in the form of syrup and some alcohol.

T/M: Highly carbonated, this one bites the tongue quickly. A subtle sprinkling of cardamom, a hefty dose of pepper, and faint hints of orange peel give this beer a great bouquet. And then the alcohol comes in and reminds you this is a Tripel to be taken seriously. Warming. Body is medium with the carbonation cutting through a creamy texture.

A strong beer that would go well with some taste offensive foods like those cheeses everyone talks about. (792 characters)

Photo of Snamnoum
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pale hay color with 2&1/2 fingers of white billowy head. Good retention and what looks like quite a lot of bubbly carbonation.

Smell - floral citrusy hops, yeast, coriander, orange peel and pale malt

Taste - Big sweetness upfront and all the way through reigned in by some light bitterness. Alcohol presence is big and boisterous. I also taste something like candied ginger. A good tripel but a little one dimensional. I would have liked to see a little more depth of flavor from the yeast.

Mouthfeel - the mouthfeel on this beer is fantastic. The carbonation is bright and effervescent. The bubbles are small and make this a rare beer, one that has an abv over 8% and is still refreshing.

Overall - this is a great tripel but nothing about it makes it especially remarkable. It does everything well but lacks a unique character and has none of the quirks of the trappist tripels. Also a little too sweet IMHO. None-the-less in my top 10 in this style. The mouthfeel is definitely the highlight. (1,012 characters)

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, straw orange color with plentiful frothy white head. Aromas are very funky for a tripel. Lots of different esters throwing off grass, cheese, spicy herbs and a little bit of bubblegum. Flavor mimics this weirdness of a kind of savory funkness I can't quite describe. Carbonation is very high giving it a biting mouthfeel and finishing sweet. This is a very unique tripel, one that I can't feel compares to others. I have to say it puts it in the periphery of other mainstays and I can't quite enjoy its strange funk, giving it a lower drinkability score. (568 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle (best before 01/08/08) served at 50 degrees F and served in a tulip glass.

Gushing pour (despite a very gentle decant) reveals a golden-yellow body with the slightest of yeasty haze. Giant, towering, rocky, unstable cloud-white head dominates above. Floral hop notes lead the aroma followed by sweet honey, perfumed, tropical fruits, and yeasty wheat malt.

Herbal, almost medicinal fruity flavors up front. Some tropical fruit, but more herbal and floral. Settles into a sweeter, candyish malt middle. Light peppery spice near a slightly bitter finish. Dries out a little with a yeasty, banana-y aftertaste. Slightly medicinal overall, but still good. Medium-bodied with an overly-carbonated, gushy feel. Better luck, mouthfeel-wise, with a 750-ml? I don't know, but this one was too carbonated, causing the beer to foam up on my tongue too much.

I've had this on tap and out of the bigger bottle in the past (it's been a few years) but I don't remember it being so over-carbonated. Will have to try again. Still, a good-tasting tripel. (1,061 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow pour, could easily have been confused for a BMC beer. White white head with a decent amount of carbonation. head started about one finger, now is town, which is fast. Absolutely no head retention. Also pretty hazy. I'm not impressed with how this beer looks.

S: Sweet and grainy, no hops. A little Belgian Funk, a little wheat. But it's weak, very weak. Six inches away and I can't smell anything. It really reminds me of that wet dog BMC smell, but a lot sweeter, which is what I want from a tripel. We'll see.

T: Maybe, it's sweeter and has the appropriate taste, but is it strong enough? It covers the ABV well, but still....I guess it is a nice balanced Tripel, both sweet and a little sour. I can't get behind this beer too much, but there's nothing to keep me away. I don't know, it just seems too much like a BMC...bland. But good at the same time. Scary.

M: Light, slightly over carbed in my opinion.

D: Plenty drinkable. Would be a great intro beer for BMC to imports/craft. (1,003 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow, it looks a bit like a US lager with a fat, foamy white head. A strong citrus, somewhere between lemon and orange, is most immediately noticeable in the smell. The taste is strongly citric and a bit astringent. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The taste is nice but many tripels surpass it. (305 characters)

Photo of karait95
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: As per the style, bright yellow color clear body with medium carbonation but a very big head is formed over the beer dissipating slowly and leaving traces on the glass, bubbles are compact forming a creamy foam.

S: It has a lot of Belgian classical smells such as dust or herbs, of course malts, interesting that almost not alcohol is sensed in the aroma.

T: It starts with some sugar and fruity tasting changing for the spiciness of the yeast and malts and alcohol combined.

M: Alcohol is not disgusting at the beginning but at some point the hops and alcohol make this one a little astringent, ending is very long. (623 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

From bottle. Aromas of vanilla and citrus. Pours a hazy pale with white head. The first taste was was quite sweet, but after a few sips it seemed more of a medium sweet. Medium body, somewhat creamy texture, quite lively carbonation, a dry finish. Overall a nice beer, but could the carbonation could be toned down somewhat.

I'll have to revisit this one in the future. (370 characters)

Photo of stephendr
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a super thick white head - nose of yeast , hay , orange , spices , and slight candy – taste of sweet orange , yeast , cereal , slight red fruit , mango , pear , apricots , and plumbs - body thick , and creamy – aftertaste of candied yeast , and orange (300 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy; peach colored; small head that dissipates quickly with no lacing

Aroma: Sour; citrus notes; peppery; bananas; vanilla

Taste: Creamy; tart; peppery; very good

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores (262 characters)

Photo of dubinsky
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 33ml bottle into a Crate & Barrel snifter.

A - Light and hazy golden yellow. The head is a soapy two finger foam which lingers around for a bit eventually falling leaving some great lacing behind and a nice foam ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A great Belgian yeast smell dominates the aroma of this beer. Very prominent barn yard funk thats very earthy yet floral. I'm also picking up fruits such as banana, and citrus, sweet malts, and coriander.

T - Sweet, Über dry and peppery. The yeast starts of fruity and sweet and finishes peppery. The alcohol is well masked and the flavors are very well balanced.

M - Thin and sharp. Very high carbonation and extremely dry. Some slight warming as it goes down.

O - A nice tripel. Its well balanced and pleasant drinking. I think this a great example of this style. Not sure if the carbonation is normally this high, but thats the only flaw i could find in this beer. I will definitely try this again. (974 characters)

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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