Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,625
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 253
Gots: 618 | FT: 6
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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 cbutova
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on-tap a bunch, a bottle or two here and there. Finally recording my thoughts I suppose.

A- 375ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Immediately upon contacting the glass, the beer foams up immensely. Thousands of bubbles release from the beer and form a four finger head with great retention. The head almost last too long, I have to stare for minutes at a mountain of thick cream sticking a centimeter out of the glass. The head never leaves and pretty much turns the glass into a cloud. Superb.

S- Spicy and herbal with some fruit in a strong overall aroma, really jumps out of the glass. Ripe, fresh orange peel mist really comes to mind. Notes of banana, fruity esters, pink peppercorn, coriander, lemon and light grains. Apple, cardamom, grapes and pears come to mind.

T- Flavor is just a beast, no give, a spicy and aggressive Tripel that doesn't back down. This is a quality I always look for in the style. A marriage of huge spice, alcohol and yeasty fruity flavors. Bitter orange zest, lemon peel, pears, apples, white grapes, coriander, cardamom, peppercorns and cooking herbs are all strong flavors here. Some hints of banana, cloves, flowers and alcohol.

MF- Super high carbonation, almost like a champagne level, tickles the palate in a dried out, medium bodied brew. The texture itself is creamy like fresh whipped heavy cream and really helps cut down on the sting of the strong spicy flavors and alcohol, as well as the bubbles. Finishes with some alcohol warming on the palate.

After sitting down with some time, it is hard not to really marvel at the complexity of this brew and just how great it is. Brings some flavors that can be abrasive to the table but they all seem to balance out very well. Not the first time and won't be the last time I have this one, a must try.

Photo of dar482
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out extremely bubbling and huge. A third of the way into the bottle, the whole glass was taken up by head. Then after a bit of settling I poured the rest in. There’s a huge fluffy white head composed of tight bubbles. The beer is this gorgeous gold with some orange, slight haziness. There’s tons of champagne carbonation just flying up the glass.

The aroma is wonderful. Tons of orange, spice, banana, peach, lemon and lime peel. There’s tons of fruit, but also there’s that Belgian yeast breadiness that lingers, but the beer is still so fruity and light smelling.

Flavor follows with that sweet juicy orange, then some banana, then the clove and spice hits a bit. The breadiness and biscuity malt follows along with a gorgeous mouthfeel. The end has this drying note that invites you in for more.

This really has that wondeful combination of a bit of fruitness of La Fin du Monde, but also that really strong dry finish with the classic Belgian tripels. It’s a light refreshing beer and bounces around the palate. My favorite non barrel aged tripel.

Photo of tatterdash
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Surprised to find this in the T dot...

Pours a hazy golden with a big creamy/bubbly white head that laces well. Aroma of spices (corriander), and bit of horsey funk. Taste was remarkably balanced and interesting. Sweet and spicy front, malty middle, wheaty tang, oaty creaminess. Creamy, refreshing, high ABV invisible, good carbonation. This is wonderful and I want to drink many.

Nice glass too...

Photo of optimistictour
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Kasa in SF, in a bottle with goblet.

A previous reviewer says it looks like Pulp Fiction "what's in the briefcase" golden and I honestly couldn't say it better. This thing pours with an iridescance, like the way honey looks to Pooh. A proper solid white tiny bubble head which quickly recedes, it's the best looking tripel I've seen.

Smells like a sunny mixture of fruits, slightly tingly but never drifting even close to the dreaded sparkling wine territory.

Fully inhabiting this vibe, the taste follows with the smoothest range of flavors I've had in a tripel, rivaling some of my favorite dubbels in complexity and that certain sweet spot I'm always seeking in a Belgian.

Mouthfeel is velvety with just enough texture and bite to let you know it's a serious, thoughtful beer. This thing can go down so easy; it's amazing how effortlessly the nearly 9% alcohol is masked.

This is by far the best tripel I've ever had. Previously I counted myself as a dedicated fan of dubbels but reserved tripels for more adventurous, risk taking moments - I wasn't the biggest fan of the style. This beer just changed that. Fantastic.

Photo of ChuckMartel
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it from a growler and paired it with chicken, rice and squash. This is good. A good ballgame watching beer. As much as it pains me to say it, this is a better beer than La Fin du Monde. This is good stuff. This is what a triipel should be. Would certainly drink again.

Photo of josanguapo
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From Hipercor San Juan. Playing Kings Bounty Dark Side. Great grassy taste and pretty label.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: the beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a fluffy white head.
Smell: sweet malts, yeast, honey, vanilla, flowery hops and citrus. Also clove and coriander in the smell.
Taste: Sweetness up front is perfectly balanced by the spicy hoppy aftertaste. This beer is herbal, crisp and very fruity with citrus fruits, fresh apple, peach and some banana. Spices are pepper and clove.
Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation and thick mouthfeel.
Overall: For me the best tripel in the world.

Photo of xuptygm
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Dark green whine bottle. Enjoyed in a Tripel Karmeliet 1679 glass.

Very impressive cream colored head, absolutely massive with huge bubbles. Highly carbonated. This beer looks like a work of art. Beautiful!

Aromas of heavy spice (clove, cardamon). Somewhat fruity but the spice dominates the nose. The smell of the alcohol really compliments the overall aroma of this beer.

I took one sip and what can I really say? This beer is freakin amazing! Spicy, fruity, spicy, warming, smooth, nearly perfect. A sweetness from the oats that adds a whole new dimension when combined with the intense spice and fruitiness of this beer.

While this beer is extremely complex, it allows you to experience each flavor individually. The flavors come one by one and evolve in you mouth. The mouth feel is very(!) smooth. Really a great beer!

As far as flaws....well I can't really find any. When I first opened the bottle and poured it I thought it was a little over-carboanted, but I had this beer previously and the carbonation was perfect so I will give them the benefit of the doubt.

The finish is somewhat dry yet refreshingly fruity and mellow reminds me of bread pudding.

One of my favorite beers! Sit back and enjoy!

Photo of jda007
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is golden with a slight orange tint. It is best served in the official tulip glass. The head is creamy and thick, rising from the top of the fleur de lis all the way to the brim of the glass.

It has a very complex scent with a slight citrus aroma. The taste is perfect: very clean and crisp with a fruity aroma that rolls around the tongue. If you are a fan of Belgian Tripels, this is one that shouldn't be missed!

It is a costly beer when compared to most, but the quality is worth it!

Photo of KeefD
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a difference a serving type makes! Had this one out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle.

The first time I tried this beer, it was on tap. I gave it lower scores because the carbonation was lacking for a Tripel and took away from the overall mouthfeel and flavor. This was not the case out of the bottle.

Poured into a snifter, a lovely golden yellow with a huge rocky head that left mass amount of lacing down the glass.

Smell was sweet, and spicy with a hint of alcohol in the back of the nose.

Taste is out of this world! Sweet, bready malts, nice hop character, spiciness, and slight alcohol warming on the finish.

The high carbonation of bottle fermentation made this one zing and really brought out the flavors. Good mouthfeel, delicate, but became slightly syrupy and overly sweet towards the end as it warmed to room temperature.

This thing packs a punch with it's 8% ABV, but wow, what a flavor! I could sip on this all night long. Fantastic brew and everything that a good Belgian should be.

A+ indeed.

Photo of gjh
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this one. Poors a nice deep cloudy golden color. Head has bigger bubbles than I would expect, but settles to a nice tight head although not much of one. The smell and taste are very compatible - both have a nce mixture of fruit and spices. Considering the ABV, there is no alcohol taste - just citrus and spices, with a yeast undertone. This make for an excellent dessert beer or on a hot, mid-summer day. Although, I prefer to drink this one all year round.

Photo of kleffman
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Could've sworn I reviewed this the last time I drank it, so it's a good thing I'm enjoying another bottle for the holidays. Poured out of a 750ml green bottle into an over sized wine glass. Shared with...myself.

A pretty clear golden light amber color with a thin white head that dissipated rather quickly. Quite carbonated, and was cork finished because of this.

A very present yeast character in the nose. Malt makes itself known, and there is some sweet honey aromas floating around, with some medicinal background notes. Herbs? There's a lot going on here.

Taste is fantastic. The yeast contributes an earthy, spicy, estery character. There is some candy sugar tastes and a warming alcohol to go along with the prickly carbonation. Nothing is overdone on this beer, and the balance is fantastic. The hops do nothing but help this out, they aren't very detectable.

One thing is for sure, I'm getting full from this beer. It's sweet, and kind of syrupy, but an incredible beer to enjoy in the evening. Probably best split between a couple people when it's this big bottle, but I have no issue draining it myself! I will buy this for as long as I'm a beer lover. Could not be improved. Excellent style example.

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured the 330ml bottle into a tulip glass which yielded a monstrous off-white foamy, frothy head. Medium golden with a translucent haze.

Once the head subsided a bit, the smell was crisp and fruity and finished with some sweet cream butter.

Flavors of ripe fruits and buttered bread that was rich and lush in the mouth with a nice pop of carbonation. Well structured by the alcohol and carbonation gave a clean finish.

Very drinkable which could be dangerous at 8.4%ABV. I found myself taking a lot of sips exploring the flavors and it was gone before I realized and left me wanting another. A great beer I will seek out again.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A uniquely sublime malt beverage. The most explosive of foggy cotton waterfall foam, rising tall and effortlessly with graceful descent. Mostly clean yet with ghostly haze to the warm grainy glow at the start, and pouring by the bottom of the bottle (into a La Fin tulip) with a murky yet evenly diffuse emission of yeast. Mmm.

This has to be one of the few, if not only, brews alive sporting a remarkably, decidedly lime angle to the citrus aroma. Awesome. Kind of resembles a gin-and-tonic. In the back, you can't help but pick up some biscuity malt and, to a slightly lesser extent, soft doughy yeast and vanilla-sandalwood(?)

Take the lime/gin/tonic element and light yet firm biscuit quality in the smell and add to that an elegant tripel base-flavor with alcohol damn near incognito, and you get a rough picture of what's going on here. No significant sweetness to tell of. Lovin' the lime.

Artfully well-balanced and maddeningly easy going down. I prefer tripels like this that lean toward a lighter and drier body and feel. The addition of the dregs in the last half a glass does nothing evil to it. In fact, the times I've had this on tap, its appearance and depth of nectary goodness mirror the experience courtesy of the lees.

This will eternally have a place on my beer shelf. Multiple visits have yielded multiple interpretations. Looking forward to much more meetings.

Photo of DIM
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: This was a clear, shining golden color. It was served to me with a firm, long lasting white cap.

s: Warm, banana esters and hints honey, peaches, and other candy-like fruits.

t: Just a perfect tripel in my opinion. Lightly sweet honey with flowery fruit notes, sweet candi-sugar and estery bananas; all spectacular.

m: Soft and velvety.

o: An incredible beer. There was so much at work here beyond my ability to describe.

Photo of rudyarmand
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It is a privilege to consume this beverage. It is sold in a beautifully labelled bottle and one anticipates the pouring with lustful anticipation. Maybe some people prefer another trippel, but high marks must be given not only because it is so delicious, but because you can find it available in many places around Atlanta.

I have also enjoyed this beverage in it's magnificent custom created bulb-globe glass. Just Yummy! The Fleur-de-Lis on the glass are so great to see while you are holding it in your hand.

A real classic!

Photo of Joeyphunk
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing on any continent!!! Even better from the Belgian chalice.

Photo of dbell23
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date on the neck of the bottle. It's past the "best buy" date. Color is a hazy gold with very active carbonation. Nice big head with good retention and lacing. Nice looking beer.

The smell is delightful. Honey, mild spice, phenols,and yeast. Great Belgian Tripel smell.

Taste is all Tripel. Slightly crisp, fruity, phenols, slight spiciness. Maybe a little warming alcohol. Great Tripel taste. From other reviews, I see that it might be a little over the top. I guess that's the way I like my Tripels because I really like this beer. It's certainly in the ball park with la fin du monde.

Mouthfeel is great. Starts out crisp with a smooth finish. Perfect.

Overall a great beer. The fact that it is out of date seems to not be an issue. I will definitely be drinking this one again. If you like Tripels this a must try.

Photo of orfeu
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle, dated (best before, I presume) 12/07/07. Shimmering gold, very active carbonation, unstoppable rocky eggshell-white head. Lovely Belgian yeast esters: pear/apple wine, citrus zest -- a sweet scent not unlike that of Lemonheads candy. Biting spiciness up front, sour apples, lemon drops, coriander seeds. Huge fluffy mouthfeel. Softens greatly to a smooth, dextrinous finish. Overall, the taste is characterized by a spicy sweetness. Demure Saaz presence peeks through here and there. Yeast pour adds a slight haze and a minimal chalkiness. No alcohol taste at all, but my tongue is numb, so I know it's there. Super drinkability. An incredible tripel, and an utterly beautiful beer all around.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML into a tulip

P: Brilliant light gold with a healthy white head that is tall, pillowy, and truly majestic-looking as it perches atop the brew. What a thing of beauty! Shows good retention as a thick column of lively carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass to reinforce the crown on top of the Karmeliet's head. Absolutely gorgeous!

A: One whiff of this concoction and I knew that I was in for a real treat! The malt smells like toasted barley husk and sweet oats, while the spices come bursting out of the glass and seem to singe my nose hairs with their sheer power! White pepper and clove are definitely in the house, and they ain't here to play! From the smell of things, they're here to kick ass and take names. Not to be outdone, there is a fruity presence here that should be shown some respect as well. I smell bananas, apples, and peaches...and damn do they smell great! I think the De Dolle Teve packs more sheer strength, but this one is more refined and precise.

T: The only thing better than the smell...the taste! Sweet malts seem to massage the tongue and hypnotize the palate with their smooth, inviting, and downright delicious flavors of toasted barley and oats. It's not quite as explosively fruity as other tripels that I've had, but each flavor expresses itself so clearly to the palate that it's like they're talking to you. Apples, pears, bananas, and peaches seem to be conversating with the pleasure receptors in the brain, each one making its case as to why they should be your favorite. Wrapping all of this up into a beautiful little package are the spices. White pepper and clove strike with a vengeance and do quite the number on the tongue. They dance on your palate like a bunch of crackling pop rocks, sending my tongue into pleasure overload! And of course, a tripel would not be a tripel without the alcohol. It's noticeable, but remains very soft and lends itself to the flavor profile instead of interfering with it. Perfection!

M: Tripel Karmeliet is medium-full with a smooth, clean, crisp feel to it. The gently carbonation softens the blow of what, otherwise, would be too thick of a brew. Once again, it's perfectly done!

Notes: The bottle says that this is a "true 3 grain beer", and I believe it. The sweet, malty deliciousness sets the perfect backdrop for the precise bursts of flavorful fruit, and the explosive nature of the spices. Every sip leaves an aftertaste that makes me lust for another. I'm not sure how this could possible be any better! I've had some really great tripels, but this is an easy call...Tripel Karmeliet is my favorite one of all. As a matter of fact, this is one of my favorite beers, period!

Photo of roblowther
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml corked and caged into a duvel glass. Beautiful golden color with a creamy head. The smell is pure sex. Peaches, apricots, floral hops, the taste doesn't disappoint. All the fruit. It gives way to a malt finish that gives it a nice finishing kick. The hops aren't there. Simple but divine. The mothfeel is a great balance of tingly carbonation and silk. The drinkability is fantastic. The alcohol is no more than a warm finish and the end of the bottle is coming way too soon. Mmmm...

Photo of grub
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle, best before 15/11/09. sampled at volo on feb 21/08.

pours golden yellow with just a touch of haze, possibly from the pour. a small fluffy white head rises up, falling quick to a ring around the glass. no lace.

aroma is great. light alcohol. clove and a bit of orange peel. cracker malt. light caramel sweetness. bit of grain. green apple. bit of bread. slightly floral. no mistaking it - this is a tripel.

taste is excellent. light alcohol. big bread and cracker malts. pleasantly restrained spice - clove and orange peel again. just the right level without going overboard. a touch floral. medium-low bitterness level. nice caramel sweetness that is nowhere near cloying.

mouthfeel is great. medium-high carbonation level. medium-light body with an excellent dry finish. there's just a hint of sting from the carbonation, but not to an unpleasant level.

drinkability is excellent. perfectly balanced with almost no alcohol in the taste. perfectly restrained spice. this beer is an exemplar for the style and certainly the best tripel i've had the pleasure to try. i will definitely be seeking out more of this one.

Photo of Andreji
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd held this one for a while after finding it finally in america. 75cl, corked bottle kept haunting me until i drank it. boy was i glad....

The pour was brilliant. a diffuse orange with a darker hue, sitting at the bottom some yeast debris leftovers which I love. yet, the most impressive part was the head. at first, quite seemingly average although stirs up intenseley as you finish the pour. the carbonation is so intense that it overflows the glass (served in a duvel tulip), in an irregular, rocky fashion that persists for quite a while. you can also see some bits tearing off from the bottom to mix with the beer itself. more yeast, maybe?

The smell is absolutely complex. I cannot find a proper way to determine it, at first pepper-ey and with a pungent alcohol feel. then fruitier in a very sweet and pleasant way, never undermining how spicy it is. just a bit astringent at the end but combines properly with this fresh fruit feel.

The taste is just great. this is how I like my tripels. bitter at the beginning, bringing in some fine spice feel. the it becomes dominated by a mild, stable sweetness provided by this apricot-mango taste that is hard to define but is just so sweet...! the alcohol swiftly invades the mouth to overturn this momentaneous relaxation and reenhances the connection betweenmouth and nose, ascending sharply, in a liquor sort of way. it's not hidden, it just veils the back of the mouth while the very moderate bitterness is felt across the sides of the tongue further diminishing the prevalence of sweet.

The mouthfeel is also very nice. despite the over-foaming I experienced, the carbonation within was still enough to properly balance the strongly defined flavors of the beer. the efects of the alcohol are also downed here, making this unhidden phenomenon seem just as important- and pleasant- to the beer as any other flavour therein.

I dunno if it was not having breakfast- or sleeping only 3 hrs today- that made this 75cl give me the buzz, but it's just what I needed right now....flavour included. this was a marvellous acquisition and it should soon be back on the top 50, for god's sake.

Photo of mariposafan
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bit of a gusher but I got almost all of into my Duvel tulip. Looks gorgeous, though a little hazy. Liquid gold with a foamy white head that dissipates to fine lacing.

The aroma is superb. Fruity, malty and very, very yeasty. The flavor is great as well, a little citrusy, just a touch sweet, a little spicy and again lots of yeasty goodness. The finish is a bit short, however.

It's more viscous than I expected but it works wonderfully with the slightly prickly carbonation to provide a smooth creamy experience. Probably my favorite tripel at the moment which is saying quite a lot as it's one of my favorite styles.

Photo of sccala
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served out of a brown glass bottle with a lable showing both the English, and Flemish description on it. Poured into a wide mouthed tulip glass.

A- cloudy, golden straw color. 3-4 finger head. Head is nice and fluffy like a cloud. Usually a head like this will deliver good retention and good lacing, but the retention was "ok" and the lacing was minimal...minor details for such a superior beer though.

S- Fruity, definitely strong spicy aromas...cloves being the most easily recognizable. Also some anise and other spices in there.

T- Cloves! Smooth going down.

M- Fills your mouth with an array of earthy flavors...from anise, to cloves, oats, hops. It has good texture. If you close your teeth with the beer in your mouth, you can almost "bite" the beer.

D- This as of yet (September 17, 2008) is the best beer I have ever drank. If you like tripels, and you like belgian ales, you will find it unbeatable.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,625 ratings.