Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,622 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,622
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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Photo of grayburn
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She pours a nice clear orange color, a bit dark for the style. There is minimal hazing and the head retention sucks. However, the lacing is decent.

The smell is a bit smokey, there are other characteristics hiding behind it, but they are harder to find. There is some dried fruit going one as well. The alcohol is only slightly present.

The taste follows suit only improves upon the smell. There is some heavy smoke, which fades quickly into clove and then there is the typical fruitiness, a bit of apricot.

The mouthfeel is good, high carbonation and a medium to light body.

I could drink this all night long, this beer is really much more than the scores do it justice. I highly recommend it.

Photo of hardy008
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with a foamy 2 finger head with poor retention. The aroma is not very strong, smell is assorted fruit and cloves. The taste is sweet with phenols present. This beer is highly carbonated and medium bodied. A nicely drinkable beer. The flavor is better than expected given that the aroma was not very strong. The alcohol is also well hidden. I would not have guessed that the alcohol was as high as 8.4 %.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stella Artois globe at The Office in St. Charles.

It's VDubb's rehearsal dinner, and this beer stood out for me on the menu. It's been too long since my last Karmeliet. This stuff pours a mostly clear gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, light black pepper, clove, restrained citrus (I imagine a small, literally-fruity straightjacket), and Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, with the yeast and its spices dancing their way into my heart (or, at least more directly, my stomach). The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, as solid a tripel as I remember, this one tends toward the drier, more saison-like end of the spectrum than the sweeter end. It's good times regardless.

Photo of DerBayer
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very beautiful amber with a cloudy orange tinge

Smells not as strongly as I would have hoped faint hops honey and floral notes and slightly stronger malt character

Tastes of the above but the taste actually comes out and there is a quality of maple and herb tatste to it

Medium carbonation and body

HIGH DRINKABILITY

Photo of jamie2dope
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic among Tripels, this will be my first time trying this beer out of the bottle. Poured rigorously, with some of the sediment added for extra flavor. Appearance was a murky orange, with not as much heading as when served on tap. Big nose of peppery alcohol, peaches, pears, bread and more fruit. Some musty medicinal flavors come through, with some hop and grain bite, still with plenty of fruit to go around. Prickly carbonation makes it rather refreshing for a beer of this weight. Drinking this one is easy. This is one of the best Tripels out there IMO...possibly my favorite example of the style. I suggest putting this up against some kind of creamy cheese. Humboldt Fog, as usual did not fail to make a lovely accompaniment. Cheers

Photo of julian
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade from zaf88 (thanks for this one!) and poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: beautiful cloudy orange color with a small off white head that quickly dissipates. visible and high carbonation. no lacing.

S: up front citrus smell of zesty orange peel, followed by a mild peppery spicing and sweet malting. somewhat bready. no real alcoholic aroma.

T&M: slightly alcoholic bite at first. very fizzy taste of citrus with a somewhat sour lemony wheat taste. malt sweetness subdued by a complimentary bitterness of peppery, clove like spicing.

D: very fizzy so will fill (bloat) you quickly. good to above average taste for a tripel. exemplary of the style. would definitely drink again, and could maybe drink several in a sitting.

Photo of supercolter
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok for appearance- beautiful dark golden... yum, pours with a great deal of head that lowers slowly, leaving the oily spiderwebs on the side of my chalice. Very impressed.
Smell was good as well, pretty complex... alot of oat and grain, a hint of citrus and alcohol
Taste was above average, but I expected to taste more of the complexity I smelt
Mouthfeel was good felt very smooth on the tounge.
Drinkability, not the most drinkable, but again tripels are probably the toughest to rate in this category...

Photo of BeerLover729
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This golden liquid poured into a deep wine glass foamed a frothy two finger head.

S: When just below room temperature: strong phenolic characte4 with grapey fruity note.

T: Sweet phenolic tripel. Complex yeast flavor: spicyness, phenols, fusel alcohols with notable Brettanomyces presence as well. Citrus fruitiness, with light dark fruit, date fig, character.

M: Syrupy medium bodied brew with vigorous carbonation but moderate residual sweetness pervades.

D: Lovely tripel, but warming alcohol can get to be too much. A little sweet but still a great drink.

Note: Yummy tripel.

Photo of mherring
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a corked bottle of this from one of the local beer stores. Getting ready for a homebrewing attempt at this style and wanted some inspiration. Poured into a tulip glass that my roommate had. Conveniently enough, his glass was stamped with the logo for this exact beer!

A - Very cloudy, dark orange/pale brown. Got a lot of head off a slow pour. Only poured about half the 25 oz. bottle into the glass, and the tulip was filled about the brim. About as appetizing a beer as I've ever poured.

S - Smelled pretty fruity to me. Fruity and sweet. Not picking up a lot of hops. Maybe a little bit too sweet?

T - Tasted very sweet, much like the smell. Got some malts in there as well, along with some fruity flavors. Probably matched the smell and taste as well as any beer I've ever tried. As it sat out longer and got a little bit warmer, I started to pick up some faint alcohol flavors. Kind of liked that better to mix up the sweetness.

M - Really active carbonation, but still a pretty smooth drinking beer. Pretty true to the style.

D - Great drinkability if it wasn't so high up in ABV. Then again, for a tripel, this really shouldn't be surprising. Not that that's a bad thing.

Photo of RedHaze
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a pale straw color with a towering four finger head, even with a very gentle pour. I'm not sure the head is ever going to fade away. The lacing that is left behind is thick and chunky.

Smell; very floral with lots of tropical fruits. Some gentle spices come out, along with a bit of citrus and earthy yeastiness.

Taste; this is a very sweet and fruity tripel, with oranges, peaches, apricots and many others that I can't place. The yeasts add a bit of chalkiness, and the spices are a touch peppery, with almost no alcohol noticeable in the profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is very good, but with the sweetness and abundance of fruit flavors I would not be able to drink more than one of these.

Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.
A: Light orange color, 1.5 finger frothy head, lots of carbonation.
S: Aromas of chamomile, llemon and flowers. Quite aromatic.
T: I'm not picking up what everyone else is raving about... this is quite light with a bit of chamomile, honey and spice- certainly tasty, there's just not much going on and it's not very bold.
M: Light, crisp, and carbonated. Pleasant.
O: Overall this is a good beer, and one I would be interested in trying again. I'm just not picking up the same intensity/complexity on the palate others have described.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.

A: Poured into a snifter. The color is a murky pale copper / orange / gold color. Has some nice carbonation up the glass, and it's already gone to work in generating a half-inch of head and nice lacing down the glass.

S: Light fruits: orange, lemon, pear, green apple. I detected honey and pilsner malt too.

T: Sweet fruity backbone, dominated by orange and pear flavors. Has a light lemon character with some sour apple flavor in the mid-taste. It progresses into honey and pilsner malt flavors toward the end, but the finish surprisingly remains champagne-dry.

M: Thin-to-medium body with a slightly grainy texture to it. Has high carbonation that suits the style very well, gives it a nearly crisp feel at times.

D: It's a pretty good tripel, but none of the flavors blew me away or made it stand out.

Photo of AlienOddity
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Uncorked this one and had to run for the sink! Nothing in the aoroma made me think it was spoiled so here goes...

A- Golden/amber with coarse granular head which disappeared quickly leaving very little residue.

S- Sweet, bready malt with raisins and overripe fruit.

T- Again the bready grains come in and are backed up by sweet, ripe fruit. Alcohol makes an apperance near the end.

M- Warm, full mouth feel with carbonation bite. Warming alcohol sensation as it goes down.

D- Had no trouble finishing the bottle- would go nicely with some earthy cheese or perhaps beef.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"The second best tripel after Westy" according the beer czar tender at my local good beer bar.

Poured into an authentic yet oversized Karmeliet tulip glass. A bit too much for me. Save the dramatic glass, I can't say appearance was anything to comment on. I prefer my Belgian's with some cloudiness. It had a bit of haziness, nothing remarkable.

Very easy drinking for such a strong beer. Nothing about the flavor or aroma profile jumps out at me. Some complexity would be nice.

Towards the end, drinkability diminished to the point I left the last ounce or two for my fallen beer nerds.

I like the fact that this is brewed by female "monks."

Photo of frankiepop
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really liked this beer. The beer is an attractive golden beer that made a good head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Sweet malty yeasty smell.

Taste: Mild tripel that sweet, yeasty and malty taste. Light fruits and spice. I found the entire the very good and mild. Complex? yes. Tasty? yes. Highly recommended. could be your favorite.

Notes: Pairs well with Greg Brown folk music.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange/amber pour with good clarity. Half-inch persistent head.
A lot of wheat on the aroma, as well a perfumy orange blossom, soft alcohol, some spicy and floral hops and a bit of lemon.
Flavour is quite similar, but with the expected doughy belgian yeast coming through.
Highly effervescent, very prickly. Some alcohol warming on the palate.
The wheat put a spin on things, but otherwise this is just a typical belgian tripel, albeit quite a tasty one....

Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Burnt golden color with a beautiful, solid, serious, bulbous head. The aroma is yeasty, and peppery with a backdrop of alcohol. It al blends together in a nice little package…together with a little sugar and fruit smells. The taste has a notable candy flavor, with a graininess and maltiness. Slight bitterness in the end, but framed with pepper and spice. The mouthfeel is a little light, given the nice flavors. I expected something more mouthfilling and creamy. Instead, it’s kind of thin. Still, this is a tasty, enjoyable, very flavorful Belgian.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale orange-gold color. A tad bit of carbonation is visible. Nice white head starts off at about a fingers-width, but quickly turns to a mottled film.

Smell: Nice aroma of light fruity flavors: some citrus present, but not too heavy. Mostly pear, orange, and apple. Some sweeter elements too, maybe caramel.

Taste: Very much the same as the aroma. An amalgam of fruits, plus a bit of caramel. I'm missing the yeasts: there's a bit (especially in the lingering aftertaste), I think, but barely.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied with mild carbonation and pretty smooth. Goes down nice. Maybe a tad light for a Tripel.

Drinkability: Rather easy-to-drink tripel: low-ish alcohol and little yeast funky-ness.

This is an enjoyable beer: definitely a Belgian, but missing those yeasts that make a Tripel a Tripel. Nevertheless, I think it is still worth giving a shot for those who enjoy Belgian ales, or those who maybe find more typical Tripels a bit difficult.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Karmeliet tulip glass.

A - A very pretty beer. Pours up a medium frothy head with little lacing. A gorgeous honey gold color. It literally looks like honey through the glass.

S - Slight wheat and oats. Hops make a very subtle presence. Not a potent odor, but quite pleasant.

T - Interesting. A slight honey taste with a malty finish. A bit of flowery character. A mild bitter aftertaste. It is good, not great though. Alcohol is detectable, but not powerful.

M - At first I thought it was too highly carbonated and frothed up in my mouth intensely, acting astringently on my tongue. But after a few minutes, it died down a lot and revealed a smooth thin drink that is very refreshing. Still a bit frothy though.

D - I can't put my finger on it. There is something amazing about this beer. I keep wanting it. Looking at what I said, I agree with all with all of it, and it seems complete. Yet somehow there is something left out. This beer is excellent, and the rating doesn't do it justice. I know this beer it good, but it is also not the best I've had, yet I have a feeling that in the future, I would choose it over many beers I've rated higher.

Photo of dfried
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a coppery/amber appearance with a great head with a lot of larger bubbles and lacing. Very good overall appearance. the smell was a syrupy, about what you would expect from a tripel. I really liked the taste, it was sweeter than most triples almost like a white wheaty ale, with hints of citrus. Definitely a bit heavy which usually brings the drinkablility down a bit.

Photo of beerthirtysa
3.81/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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%.

Photo of MacTeo
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,622 ratings.