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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,079
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 180
Gots: 284 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001)
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Photo of dgallina


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a transparent light gold with lots of carbonation and a medium-sized frothy white head and lace. Smells invitingly of sharp grains and spices with a healthy dash of herbal fruitiness. Flavors are dominated by very crisp and clean grainy malts, which ride a wave of carbonation and develop floral and spicy tones along with fruit notes and relatively-tame alcohol at the finish. Quite light in the mouth. Complex, tasty and very, very drinkable.

01-15-2005 04:23:30 | More by dgallina
Photo of tekk9


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Karmeliet looked very enticing in the glass. Bubbles shot twords the top of the glass in a sappy amber colored liquid with glimmers of yellow. A thick white head stuck around for a while, then rapidly faded.

The aroma of fruit and earthy, grassy smells were strong at first, then fade with hints of oak.

This is a very complex beer. There are many flavours hiding in it, that come forward and quickly fade to another. At first it is sweet honey, then a glimpse of pepper, then summer grass, then quickly hops, with a kind of salty finish. I think I will finish the bottle before I can desribe them all.

A lovely light carbonation, with a bit of thickness, can be sensed on the tongue.

Although the alcohol is a little prominent, I think this beer is very drinkable. Infact I wish I had another.

11-15-2005 04:29:05 | More by tekk9
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

believe it or not i had not had this one before this night. i decided to go out with a bang and ordered up a glass of this one to round out the night. served chilled and poured into a glass on 11/07/2010.

really not the pour i was expecting, for some reason i thought it would be much darker, but the light golden hue of it had a nice cloudiness to it that seemed to come through nicely with a bit of lacing around the sides.

aroma is light bready notes and hints of banana, cloves, pears, light tart apples and a touch of spice on the edges. clean, very clean flavor that it is very hard to find really any fault here in that. super clean with light body and a nice medium palate with hints of grain and light fruits that seem to dance all over the place. light bears and nice touches of fruit and light spice. smooth, clean finish and absent abv lead to just a great mix of flavor and drinkablility.

overall it deserved all that it deserves, really a great and light an highly drinkable beer.

11-09-2010 02:21:11 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of srrn

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Ok I uncorked the caged bottle and the cork exploded champagne style and I had a bit of a mess on my hand. The ale smelled wonderful, a bit of spice and Belgian yeast. A conservative pour yielded lots of fluffy foam and an amber fairly clear brew. I found this to be a very clean, spicey, slight banana taste brew with a bit of citrus in the aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable. I prefer the funkier St Bernardus Triple but this will be purchased again.

03-21-2007 02:35:21 | More by srrn
Photo of TStandley13


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Served chilled n a tulip glass straight from the bottle.

Immediate smells released -

Poured a cloudy light color, highly carbonated.

Lacked head retention and lacing - might have been served at the incorrect temperature.

Taste was excellent. Highly drinkable.

Moutfeel was ok. A little on the carbonated side.

Overall an excellent beer. Will certainly drink again.

03-17-2008 20:51:01 | More by TStandley13
Photo of ohitsbrad


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

18 November 2005, Best Before Oct 06

Appearance is a little misty (poured the whole bottle in), pale golden yellow colour, white diminishing pillowy head, no lacing. Aroma of sweet spicy fruit (bananas, pears?) and belgian yeast. Flavour is refreshing, spicy, fruity and grainy with a warming finish and a bit of alcohol. Juicy on the palate. Overall rather drinkable.

12-18-2005 18:05:50 | More by ohitsbrad
Photo of Jerico

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

A - a hay-colored beer that pours with a thick bushy head. Not much lacing. Unlike many from its style, this ones is only minimally cloudy.

S - doughy and citrusy with a slight hint of farmhouse-style funk.

T/M/D - slightly carbonated, full and chewy with a sweet, sugary finish. Many beers of the style are reminiscent of the taste of Karmeliet, but this remains one of my favorites (especially since it isn't too hard to find). Delicious and well worth a try if you've never enjoyed one!

08-01-2008 01:24:11 | More by Jerico
Photo of superspak


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

750 ml bottle into chalice, best by 3/29/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts the entire glass. Decent lacing on the glass; with extremely ample carbonation streaming up and keeping a dense head going. Aromas of big pepper, clove, lemon zest, grass, coriander, biscuit, orange peel, herbs, and yeast spices. Fantastic and well balanced aromas. Taste of big pepper, herbal, lemon zest, clove, biscuit, coriander, orange peel, grass, and yeast spices. Fairly dry finish; but some lingering notes of herbal, citrus peel, biscuit, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Medium high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Fair amount of prickly carbonation initially that dies down in the glass. Very smooth and drinkable for 8.4%; with only a slight alcohol warming on the finish. Overall this is an incredible Tripel, as I was expecting it to be. Fantastic and unique flavors; with great balance, complexity, and smoothness. It has taken me far too long to finally try this one.

02-04-2012 06:02:02 | More by superspak
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

a: gold hazy color with great head retention and lace, as well as attractive carbonation
s: smell of honey
t: just the right amount of sweet, fruity taste in this trippel, bit of honey with an excellent alcohol kick that's more felt than tasted
m: very smooth, with moderat to full body and great carbonation
d: this is my standard for trippels with an excellent balance across the board. any time i venture off to try a new trippel & get disappointed i can return to this old reliable

01-29-2007 10:38:15 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: Rich Golden Color

Smell: Coriander, Spice, Honey, Almond

Taste: Nutty Malt, Almond flavor, Creamy finish. Not acidic. Slight bitterness but pleasant with the creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied.

Drinkability: The carbonation factor in this one makes it a sipper.

04-04-2009 19:21:31 | More by LauraAlberts
Photo of beerking1


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Crystal clear, golden ale with a big, long lasting head. Aromas of fruit, candy sugar and malt, with some mustiness. Comes across spicy and highly carbonated, but with a strong fruity-sweet backbone. Finishes hoppy and sweet. Carbonation slightly strong, but mouthfeel is well attenuated as one would expect from a Belgian brewer.

12-06-2007 02:47:23 | More by beerking1
Photo of CRooney5787


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

A great beer, when served proper. ( and transported proper) always better out of the bottle.

Poured into a Karmeliet glass, out of a 33cl bottle.

Great head retention, with a more airy, the creamy foam.

Smells extremely floral, I guess it's the perfect balance of the three grains, and a little bit more sugar then most triples. Slightly sweeter.

Taste- I absolutely love this beer, it has a floral, round, and slightly sweet taste. You really need to be in the mood to get tips before you star one of these beers. (there is never just one) at 8.4% they sneak up on you. Basically the same strength as Duvel, but much easier to drink.

Leaves a nice, floral, yet refreshing taste on your palate. Perfect if you're "drinking desert".

Pours a nice golden hue, with constant carbonation.

This is one of my all time favorite beers to get all over Belgium. I don't always visit "craft" beer places while I'm here, my wife and I regularly go out with friends, and. Always stoked to see either westmalle triple, or Karmeliet triple on the menu.

07-24-2011 22:14:56 | More by CRooney5787
Photo of allengarvin


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

750ml, poured into a wide-mouthed chalice glass (a chimay glass)

Appearance: Gold color, slightly hazy. Big white head of foam, slow to settle.

Aroma: Highly floral and fruity aroma, suggestive of grapefruit, honey, and persimmon.

Flavor: Malt for the most part disappears under a huge ester bouquet, all the notes present in the aroma and more: peaches, ripe apples, plums, and more. Peppery alcohol, lightly spicy clove, and a floral hop flavor add to the complexity. Sweetness sneaks up a bit at the end, but the finish is mostly dry.

Mouthfeel: Deceptively light body for the strength, common for triples, with a creamy mouthfeel.

One of the tastiest, yummiest abbey beers around.

02-05-2005 16:34:13 | More by allengarvin
Photo of trbergman


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Served on tap in the proper glass at the Map Room; I think it was a 9oz pour.

A - Golden amber with a finger of bone white head that leaves sticky lace all the way down.

S - Bread, wheat, some pepper, other herbal/spice aromas I can't put my finger on.

T - Light, bready, with a kiss of honey and some white pepper spiciness. A nice wheat-derived twang. Earthy hop flavor, with moderate hop bitterness. Long, balanced finish.

M - Medium body, velvety.

D - A solid tripel, good benchmark for the style and a pleasure to drink.

11-17-2009 00:24:28 | More by trbergman
Photo of Bonhoeffer


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Incredible beer. In many ways, it's your typical Belgian Tripel. Yet it seems to be a little more. A little sweeter. A little more interesting. The finish is cleaner and the aftertaste is pleasant. I know "Karmeliet" refers to a Karmelite monastic order or some such, but interesting that i do detect a hint of caramel in there. Or is that pyschosomatic?

I could drink a bunch of these.

09-06-2005 14:06:26 | More by Bonhoeffer
Photo of PatandDavid


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

This beer reminded me why I like Belgian beers so much. Had on tap at Redbones. Color was faded golden, slightly cloudy. A fluffy, creamy white head perched on tap. My notes say "aroma is full of promise." I detected some musty, but still spicey notes, with even a whiff of perfume to top things off. Medium bodied, there is an abundance of fruit, with sweetness, crisp citrus, and then a finish of dusty cinnamon. And so smooth! A very delicious brew to be savored. Highly recommended. pat

01-14-2004 01:03:51 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of corey0212


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a semi-hazed golden color, with an epic soapy/foamy white head, threatens to spill over the top of the glass, fades into a 1/4" layer of foam on the beer, some sticky lacing in the glass, and a constant flurry of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Some apple on the nose, pear, maybe a faint vanilla aroma, and yeast. Explosively fruity flavors, pineapple, some banana, vanilla bean....this is just a beautiful beer. Very active carbonation = very refreshing = big-time drinkability. Where has this beer been hiding my whole life?

12-20-2008 02:04:00 | More by corey0212
Photo of dizknee24

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Cork and Cage!

A transparent bubbly highly carbonated beer. 3 finger head though most likely not able to land a quarter on this one.

S strong smell. grainy and small hops. fruitty

T i always taste a sausage sort of taste ( not a bad thing) thats just the way all tripels taste on my palat. I think that taste is like a spicy fruity taste.

M a thin and highly highly carbonated champagne style beer.

O amazing a great tripel. yes there is better but they are few and far between. I am seriously considering serving this for the toast at my wedding in lieu of the fiancee's OK.

03-27-2011 20:44:45 | More by dizknee24
Photo of bohemiandonut


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

I can tell just from the burst of foam I had to quickly imbibe on opening that this will lean toward the grassier, saison side of Tripels. I'm not complaining.

Hugest head I've ever seen, bone white with the appearance of meringue. The beer is golden and cloudy, carbonation floating gently upward.

Smells like chamomile and lemon with a drop of honey. Underneath that is a tart/sweet apple aroma blending with yellow grapes. Very little sticks out, but it all works.

What hits you before taste on this beer is a nectar-smooth mouthfeel that almost feels like a heavy element is gas form. There is absolutely no harshness to this beer. It starts out tangy and bubbly, only to instantaneously transform its way down the palate. Truly a masterful Belgian ale, having more in common with Saison DuPont than its Tripel brethren.

What's up with this "overall" shit?

04-15-2011 06:12:32 | More by bohemiandonut
Photo of magictacosinus


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into a tulip glass. Freshness date is listed as 21/09/13.

Is this a Duvel? It definitely retained the same golden yellow color, excessive carbonation and slight alcohol leggings all around upon an initial pour. And I mean "initial pour," because this thing has so much carbonation that I had to wait a few minutes for the beautifully creamy head to settle down so I could pour most of the remaining liquid in. As expected, it changed into a cloudier beer and looked more like the tripels I know and love.

The smell is utterly amazing! There are wonderful fruity aromas of passion fruit, bananas, kiwi, pears, and other tropical varieties. I seriously haven't seen a scent on a beer this tropical and sweetened, and surely the yeast plays a big part in it. And, hopefully I'm right when I write that there was definitely candy sugar added to this thing. There's also dry hops all around the front, salted caramel. Gets a little too alcoholic when it warms up, which is why there's no perfect 5 here. But, the smell is definitely the highlight of the beer.

Tropical sweetened flavors immediately fly out and grab your tongue in a ridiculous way. The sweetness serves the esters in this case, which is fine by me. The alcohol is more noticeable than in other tripels I've had, which instead warms, rather than burns, the throat. The flavors really are balanced in this beer, but it is definitely an assault rather than a smoothened, well-rounded experience. Feels pretty amazing, though. Smooth, creamy yet with a dry bittered finish, this beer offers everything that I like about drinking beer. The excessive carbonation MAKES this beer what it is, in my view. Its thickness and spiciness reminds me of a liquid form of jalapeño bread. However, I can see how this would be intimidating to some.

Literally a dinner rolled up in a beer. The only tripel I've had that's more ridiculous and fascinating than this is Unibroue's La Fin du Monde. One of the big ones responsible into getting me into more diverse beers. Despite inconsistencies in the recipe, it's still a beer I could order all night without getting tired of it and eventually collapsing on the floor in a drunken euphoria.

11-19-2011 22:19:17 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of THECPJ


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Reviewed from notes 1/25/2011

A: almost a wheat/saison like scent to this one, yeasty, hint of cloves

Ap: golden-yellow, 1 finger head full of very small bubbles, nice lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, very smooth, refreshing

Af: yeasty, sweet, doesn't linger, slight spice hint

O: quite delicious, definitely not what I expected from this style


01-27-2011 01:46:58 | More by THECPJ
Photo of meeekyh


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a 75 cl green bottle into a Fin Du Monde glass.

Upon un-caging the cork, while I was trying to dislodge the cage from the cork because it was embedded therein, the cork popped out on its own whereupon beer flowed forth much like champagne. A waste of beer to be sure.

Very heady beer. The color is a nice deep golden-orange and slightly hazy. The head a nice bone. The lacing is fluffy and quite pronounced.

Slight hints of pineapple, anise and butterscotch in the nose along with piny and estery notes cut through the candy sugar.

Taste is heavenly. Grain and hops meld with the sugar and create this wonderful balance. Sweet, tangy, a bit piney and citrus all come through.

The mouth-feel is also great. Mid-full body and high carbonation with a slight dryness and a lingering finish make me want more.

Great drinkability especially for a beer over 8%. Almost as quaffable as a saison and more complex. Awesome beer and one of my new favorites (I have many).

01-08-2010 04:28:27 | More by meeekyh
Photo of GoNowhere


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

This one is a great year round drinker and currently my favorite example of the style.

A: A nice dirty blonde with a big booming head that gives way to intricate lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Interesting mix of banana and citrus from the wheat and a robust musky, sweet malt aroma from the barley and oats.

T: Bubblegum. Citrus. Banana. Bread. Refreshing and filling at the same time. Extraordinarily balanced.

M: Clean and booming with carbonation. It comes on light then settles to a malty, foggy feel.

D: Awesome. A true three row experience. Wheat=Refreshing. Barley=Sweetness. Oats=Sustenance. An easy drinker in any climate, but at 8.5% it can crush you on a whim. Alcohol is very well disguised.

I recommend this over some other better known Belgium Trips... I won't mention any names.

01-04-2011 05:20:03 | More by GoNowhere
Photo of ficknish


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Pale straw color. Medium haze. Big active bubbles.

S - Bananas. Cloves. Straw sweetness. Spicy hops.

T - Slightly tangy. Bananas. Apples. Lemon/orange. Spicy/floral bitterness. Earthy straw sweetness. Bubble gum.

M - Great bubblyness. Slight tang/tartness. Earthy bitter tongue. Alcohol sits perfectly behind flavors.

O - Such a great tripel. So well balanced. Sweet straw body and fruit flavors balance with the tart and spicy bitterness. Alcohol is present, but sits so well behind the flavors. Bubbly clean finish. Will definitely be drinking again, but I'm going for the 750ml next time.

11-18-2011 00:19:22 | More by ficknish
Photo of thecheapies


4.46/5  rDev +4.4%

11.2oz bottle poured *carefully* into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Hazy, coppery, melted butter color. Four fingers of head. Most ridiculous head retention I've seen in a long time. Puffy clings of lacing. Looks fluffy and very inviting.

I smell banana, coriander, fresh bread, must, and some citric flavors (lemony/orange). A little nutty from the suspended yeast. Mild spiciness, very mellow fruit essences.

Up front spicy bite yields to a fruity soft banana. Very doughy malt with a prick of aged hops. Complexities offered in the forms of clove, bitter walnut, and orange rind. A nice dry finish, punched with an alcoholic bite. Not too strong, sweet, or spicy like many other tripels.

Great drinkability. Higher carbonation doesn't subtract from a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Pretty much semi-dry (slight stickiness on the lips). Incredible construction. A must have.

My favorite tripel. A beer I will always remember, seek out, and turn to.

12-29-2011 02:54:19 | More by thecheapies
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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