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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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2,937 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,937
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 162
Gots: 229 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 Brabander


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

Drank a few of these during a game of Colonists of Catan. Poured in a duvel glass the head is very bubbly and nice white. The beer is nice yellow coloured. After a very short while the head is gone.

Very tasty this beer. You can smell the yeast and the fruit they have used.

One of the better triples.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 15:02:16 | More by Brabander
Photo of nezelrac

New York

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

poured into Karmeliet Tripel glass

A - copper-gold with two fingers fine-beaded, meringue-like, off-white head; nice lacing all the way down the glass

S - spicy and lightly floral on top of yeasty goodness; bread-y and cereal grain malt notes; lemon peel; layers of cardamom, coriander, etc.; interesting note of raw, room-temperature pork belly

T - simply delicious; layers of flavor echoing the nose - light malt swathed in yeast; a little hot in the middle; dries up a bit towards the back end where it gains in tartness as well

M - med-light body; goodly CO2; firm, lightly dry

O - excellently delicious

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 20:12:55 | More by nezelrac
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

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

Review from notes on 12/13/09. On tap at Monk's Cafe.

A- poured golden honey with a well formed 1'' white head. Touches of lace here and there. 4.0

Sm- pale malt sweetness, honey, and hint of orange peel. Mild hoppiness and a touch of bitterness. 4.5

T- pronounced honey flavor with an excellent balance in citrus and a hint of hops. 4.5

M- medium bodied and smooth, well carbonated. 4.0

D- excellent. So good. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 13:33:13 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of JosephLondon


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

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Honestly, I have tried to find fault in the appearance and I can't. For those of you who have tried this beer and poured it into its glass, you know what I am talking about. The glass is beautiful. The laser etching on the bottom center keeps a perfect stream of bubbles ascending rapidly to the top, maintaining at least some head after the initial pour's head has subsided. The beer is a majestic golden liquid which rests beneath its pure-white, frothy crown. The beer has left really nice lace as well-perfect, for its style.

If there were such a thing as citrus grass, that is what would dominate the nose. In the back there is fruit, pear and apple, some wheat and grain is detectable as well.

In the taste its character shifts around some. Up front is a nice bouquet of light colored, assorted fruits. The wheat is barely noticeable and the citrus grass, earthy aroma is noticeable lastly in the finish. I love that this Belgian is not dominated by malt. Many Tripels and Quads have been too malty for me. This one is nicely balanced, but lacks in complexity. If this brew was more complex, it would have obtained the perfect score from me in taste as well.

The mouthfeel is carbonated and luxurious. Very light leaving me wanting another drink. This beer goes down well. This experience would have been close to flawless if only I was enjoying this beer over a leg of lamb meal with roasted potatoes.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 00:18:14 | More by JosephLondon
Photo of argock


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

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by date on back label. 4-pack purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $16.49.

A: Pale yellow with nice white-1 finger head with a few streamers of lace.

S: Floral, spiced, and fruity tripel with apple, pear, and peach aromas meeting coriander and pepper with a subtle berry alcohol note.

T: The flavor bursts with juicy, floral apple and peach, pepper in the middle, highly spiced brandy-like alcohol that dries. There is more than a little husky malt throughout. A masterful, complex flavor profile that does not disappoint.

M: Very highly carbonated with medium body and floral, spiced, fruity aftertaste.

D: One of the best tripels I have had. The alcohol is strong but still plays nice and enhances the lush, fruity flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 01:39:30 | More by argock
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9.4oz dark green bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a hazy golden caramel candy color with a full, if fast fading fizzy off-white head.
The smells range from horse stall to tobacco - from banana to cut oak - from apples to citrus - and oatmeal with butter to light rum.
The malt body is substantial. Banana bread and wheat bread flavors are upfront. Tastes of caramel and pears and buttered rum follow. A bit of vanilla is noticed.
A dry earthy taste emerges from a light sugary sweetness. Lime-like citrus and a bit of orange zest mingle with cloves and a hint of black pepper. A mild warming alcohol fuminess strengthens slightly as the liquid temperature rises.
This is a special beer, that when served on tap becomes even more special. A nice beer to celebrate my birthday eve!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 03:14:51 | More by BeerResearcher
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper color. Big and bubbly white head that has good retention. Appearance indicates a high level of carbonation. Really nice doughy, yeasty aroma. And smoke. I get a definitive smoke aroma which surprises me a little bit. Some banana like esters make their presence known right off the bat. A little bubblegum as well. A very light phenolic presence. Finishes on the sweet side. Medium bodied. Enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2002 19:22:18 | More by Bighuge
Photo of arizcards


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

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Papago Brewing back in April for $5.75.

Appearance is very nice, a golden yellow hue with a nice long sustaining bubbly head with a lot of carbonation. Nose is light with fruity tones to it. Taste is a wonderful medley of Belgian yeast, pepper, and a lemony/fruity/grassy finish. The complexity is very interesting! Mouthfeel is very full and very lively with all the carbonation. The 8.0 abv is well masked which with all the other great qualities makes this an extremely drinkable brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 00:14:59 | More by arizcards
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright gold color. Poured a massive 4 finger cloud-white head with the last finger over the top of the rim without falling. Excellent retention. Laced in wide sheets. Probably the best looking beer I've ever seen.

S: Light colored fruit and spice. Bready cereal grains. Lemon-pepper.

T: Much like the nose. Apricots, apples and pineapple. Spices travel to the nose; lemon, pepper. Warming builds in the finish with a lingering tartness.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Dry and warming.

O: Very drinkable, maybe not in quantity. Nice balanced yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 20:04:53 | More by Haybeerman
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big white 4 finger head. At first, I poured it without the yeast, the colour was a very light straw colour. Lots and lots of carbonation bubbles :D

S: Yeasty, bread, candy and sweet notes at first. Complex spicy and cane sugary malts. The smell is quite delectable.

T: Thick spicy earthy malts up front, through the middle of the beer it is really sweet from the sugar. I don't really notice any strong hops (a little bitterness in the background), the end of the beer is mostly sweet bready malts.

M: Thick mouthfeel with great bubbly carbonation. This adds to the spiciness of the beers flavours.

D: About as drinkable as you can get!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:48:56 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep yellow hint of cloudiness and orange, full pillow head, lacing

S: sweet, citrus fruits, grain, floral aroma.

T/M: citrus fruit, banana, spices, mild prickly feeling from the carbonation dancing on my tongue.

D: I bought this Tripel per a suggestion of a fellow beer geek who I randomly met @ Binny's in Buffalo Grove (n. burbs of Chicago). He said, "you like Belgians and tripels, you need to try this one!" This is quite good and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 18:40:21 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of sleazo

New York

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

Got this on the advice of a fellow patron at New Beer Distributors.

A-Pours a cloudy golden hue with a nice fluffy snow like white head. A nice steady stream of bubbles keeps the head afloat in my tulip. The lacing and retention could be better but maybe i am just getting picky.

S- The aroma is of zesty yeasty bread with some black pepper notes.

T-You get a big yeasty hit upon first sip, followed up with some honey like sweetness. Undelying it all is a vague sourness from the wheat. There is a good musty taste to the yeast character which is pleasant. As the beer warms notes of lemon zest, black pepper and floral hops creep through.

M-Light on the body with an agressive tongue stinging carbonation.

D-This is an excellent Tripel. It does not hit one over the head with any of its' characteristics but is a good well made beer with plenty of complexity. The alcohol is well hidden

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 02:16:14 | More by sleazo
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pale blonde colour, a little over one finger of white head, good retention with some good lacing as well. Smell is a mix of yeast and spice, quite grassy, fruity as well, lots of citrus, lemon, pear, honey, banana and bits of bubble gum as well. Taste follows the nose with yeast and fruit, citrus, vibrant grassy/herbal/floral notes, mild bitter hop, honey candy sweetness, pear, apple, quite the complex drink with a ton of new flavours popping up with each sip. Fairly high active carbonation fitting for the style, medium-full body. Really great stuff here, among the best in the style, super complex and very delicious as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 13:57:10 | More by peensteen
Photo of KickInTheChalice


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

Let's go to Dendermonde.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: A perfect, slightly opaque golden ale with a huge head, which recedes nicely to leave patches of white lacing. Perpetual internal carbonation. Wow. If allowed to let settle and poured carefully, some small yeast particles will be visible and it will be less opaque.

Smell: The aroma is very subtle. A delicate blend of crisp apples, honey, apricot, some lightly roasted malt, and some bready notes.

Taste: First I am hit with some crisp, lightly toasted malt, which moves into a light honey taste. After half a second I sense the crisp apples I smelled before. This is slightly syrupy, which is probably the only reason I have to take off half a point. A slight alcohol presence is warming and pleasant towards the end of the sip, although not too powerful, even though it is 8.00% ABV. The hops are very understated, barely scratching the palate but trying to gently balance out the malt. The yeast adds a light biscuity flavor throughout. This yeast provides a nice third leg for this beer.

Mouthfeel: A high amount of carbonation in this ale, combined with the light apple taste make it very crisp in my mouth.

Drinkability: This tripel is crisp, light, and smooth. There is not much more you could ask for in an easy-drinking tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 04:08:11 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage poured into wine glass

This pours a golden orange color with a nice foamy pure white head and still great carbonation. Some haze from sediment. Smells of fruit, malts, and some sweetness. Not overpowering but inviting smell. Taste is full of fruit and honey up front with a nice malted bitter finish. Still some alcohol on the palate as well. Really good tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall I thought this would be slightly pass prime but it is still drinking really well. Very good belgium tripel.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 20:23:08 | More by abrand
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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - honey orange with paper white foamy head.

S - a bit tame. I was afraid this was going to be a generic lager and was pleasantly surprised.

T - smooth not overly sweet or bitter. Great aftertaste.

M - smooth no burn no fusil.

D - great anytime beer. Like a beer-champagne with a hint of pancake.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 00:53:15 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear straw yellow, high carbonation, huge frothy head that doesn't want to go away.

S - Crisp and tart apple, some sweetness like a pear, with some light spice and a touch of yeast.

T - Very clean, tastes how it smells but even better. There is a bit of green apple, sweet pear, spice almost like a bit of white pepper. Ends with a touch of yeast and hint of alcohol.

M - Light body, finishes clean, the carbonation tingles and the alcohol warms.

O - What a great surprise. Doesn't have as many dimensions as many Belgian tripels but when you make something simple this good, don't mess around with a bunch of tricks. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 00:41:04 | More by steelerguy
Photo of skybluewater


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750. Pours into a Duvel tulip a hazy golden color. Smell is fairly muted, with some lemon and a bit of wheat (overall, a typical tripel aroma). The taste is spicy, with a medicinal quality (although not at all bad, as the Unibroue 2004 was), and a wheaty tang. Alcohol is quite present, and the taste is rather funky. I like it. Mouthfeel is nice and full, if slightly syrupy. Despite the alcohol, the taste is very drinkable.

Overall, this is a great tripel, and at 7 bucks for this 750, it's an amazing value. Tasty, soothing, warming, refreshing: This is a perfect beer for an almost-spring night. (If I find more, I'm definitely stocking up.)

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 04:40:18 | More by skybluewater
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good tripel, had a unique taste with a good bitterness on the finish, not to sweet also, which i count as a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2002 21:19:28 | More by rastaman
Photo of vincicle


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Cheeky Monk in Denver on tap in the appropriate and striking chalice emblazoned with Fleur-de-lis. I have to say, that drinking this beer, under the shade of an umbrella on a beautiful and sunny summer day with a pile of Moules Frites a la Provence is a truly excellent recent memory. In my opinion, this isn't your average Tripel, with a sweet carmel taste with a hint of banana and lemon esters. It is a beer that gives the impression of being sweet without any real sweetness. Perfectly balanced and belying its Alcohol content, this is a beer that will make even novice beer drinkers see the light and appreciate craftsmanship.
The appearance is a light yellowy golden color with a slight cloudiness (the glass was srosted glass obscuring the view also) and the head was a balanced yet expertly laced making for a very asthetic experience.
The feel of this beer embodies "sauve" making for a super pleasant mouthfeel.
excellent overall and I can't recommend it enough.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 15:57:33 | More by vincicle
Photo of bashiba


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice orange/yellow with a thick and creamy head, constant carbonation running throughout.

Had a nice big fruity bouquet with some hints of yeast and wheat and clove.

Flavor is sweet and spicy with hints of vanilla, pepper, clove, pineapple and mango. Very yeasty witn a nice balance of clean grains and sweet fruit flavors with a light bit of minty hops.

Mouthfeel is very active with lots of carbonation and a touch sticky.

Easy to drink and tasty, easy to see why this could be the benchmark for Belgian Tripels.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 21:53:43 | More by bashiba
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from .33L bottle to tulip the liquid is a classic cloudy yellow with great carbonation. The fluffy small bubble head is tall, fine, light and leaves very nice lace.

The smell is mildly sweat and lighly yeasty with a big aroma of hops.

The taste is very nice, light lemon citrus lightly complementing a great bready malt and a very nice hops that adds both fruit and spice. Lots of pepper, allspice, cloves and ginger wwork nicely over peaches, pears and sweat apple.

The mouthfeel is light and snappy, and fine well carbonated lighter then medium body.

The drinkability was very good I was very sad to finish , yet please to have this wonderful brew.


Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 23:08:07 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of BeerGodz

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ BXL Cafe

Look: Bright golden/orange color, cloudy, fluffy white head with very good retention & lacing

Smell: Sweet malt, honey, orange, spices

Taste: Up Front: Malt forward, honey. Finish: Citrus, spices

Mouthfeel: Medium body & effervescent

Drinkability: Super quaffaliscious

Overall Impression: It was my 3rd beer of the night, and my favorite of the three. I had 3 of them - YUMMY!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 22:17:57 | More by BeerGodz
Photo of JohnY


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great belgian blonde. Poured into a large wine glass. Formed a nice white head that went straight to the top of the glass. Champagne like in mouth feel. Coriander and spice on the nose, great yeasty smell as well. Pale yellow in color. Well balanced with a slightly spicy kick. Not overly alcoholic tasting for it's high abv. Another great Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 01:42:14 | More by JohnY
Photo of Casey10


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow have been keeping this one in the cellar for awhile and finally getting around to trying and tasting this and glad I did. This is a what a belgian tripel is all about !!

A - Huge head over 2 fingers with a hazy yellow body with lots of carbonation.

S - Nice bananas and cloves very sweet.

T - so nice a very close to st bernardus tripel.

M - smooth creamy so nice.

D - I would like another please this is so good.

I have just checked and gave the St Bernardus tripel a lower score so may have to revisit that but this is so good a must have !!!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 03:41:29 | More by Casey10
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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