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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,489 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,489
Reviews: 1,227
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 242
Gots: 524 | 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 Rayek
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip on a cold winter evening.

A: Slightly hazy apricot with lots of carbonation. A truly epic soapy cream cap slowly withdraws to a 1/4" pillow. A little more lace would have been appreciated.

S: Spicy and fruity. Lots of coriander, pepper, clove and cinnamon out of the gate. A pear and green grape sweetness adds nice balance. There's even a hint of bubblegum at work.

T: A fruit sweetened biscuit flavor starts things as the aromas begin their descent into the flavor. Spices settle in next with a well balanced combination of pepper, coriander and clove. Finishes with a lemon sourdough twang. Alcohol is completely masked save for a slight warmth as the beer goes down.

M: The bready body has a high level of soft carbonation.

D: A very nice Tripel indeed. I was through my little bottle in a flash. An excellent pickup.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

probably the second best tripel out there, behind only the one from westmalle, which to me is the end all and be all of the style. this one pours a lot more clear than that one, yellowy and shiny with an inch of really active white bubbles and soda looking carbonation racing to the surface. the nose is sweet, probably from the oats, and the yeast is nicely bready. light fruit notes as well, maybe pears or green apples. the taste is immediately peppered from the yeast, spicy really, quite intense as it finishes. its a good balance with the sweeter malt. the feel is probably what makes this what it is, a beer of lore. that's because its ultra carbonated with an extremely dry finish. it tickles my tongue quite hard, and swallows easy with just the pepper left on my tongue. soft pepper, white pepper, but pepper all the same. just a hint of warm alcohol too, maybe a little more than necessary, prevents sessionability, but I like whats going on here overall, an excellent example of a Belgian tripel.

Photo of guitarninja
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance = this beer poured beautifully into its traditional snifter glass (which by the way is also quite attractive) with a thick fluffy head. The beer itself is a golden brown, a little lighter colored than other tripels.

smell = the nose has a strong touch of citrus and maybe a hint of vanilla. Nothing was overpowering and the alchohol is well masked. I could smell this beer all day.

taste = the smell reflects the taste in this case, nice touches of citrus balanced off with wheat - but more complex than a "wheat beer." Again, the alcohol is hidden nicely.

mouthfeel, drinkability = the "tripel" character comes out here, as the beer is extremely smooth and thick for a brew that smells and tastes a little like wheat, citrus, and vanilla. Because the beer was smooth on the mouth and rather light for a tripel, I could have at least one more of these!

Photo of brendan13
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly hazy deep golden colour poured into a snifter with a couple of inches of fluffy white head that slowly falls away.
S - A fairly strong spicy aroma hits first followed by some peach/pear fruity notes. A bit of sweet, honey like maltiness.
T - Like the smell but with the sweetness being a bit more dominant. A nice, complex beer with the alcohol becoming a bit more obvious as it warms but not overpowering.
M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy finish.
D - A great tripel that is well worth having on hand for drinking every now and then.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Winking Lizard. Pours clear golden with a thin off-white head. The snifter in which it was served offered little lacing. Sweet fruit and clove aroma. Medium-bodied and bubbly with flavors of yeast, spices and peaches. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden. The finish is dry and lightly spiced and hoppy. An enjoyable Belgian through and through.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened the the caged and corked green bottle (1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz.) and poured into a chalice. Fizzy stuff... it produced a 2" head of snow white loose foam. The head disappeared to a thick cap for the duration of the quaff. The beer is a cloudy pale yellow.

Nose: Good smells of spice, a touch of citrus fruit and lightly toasted malt.

Taste: Rather rich. A bit of orange citrus flavor. Some spiciness. Big malt backbone. A bit of alcohol bite.

MF: Typical belgian with a lot of carbonation. On the heavy side. Actually a bit creamy... surprise.

Drinkability: Well, I made it through the whole 25.4 oz bottle.... that's all I would ever want. Typical for a big beer like this.... at 8.4% abv.

Photo of derkfromwi
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 1PT 9.4oz bottle, bottled 3/29/11

A: Lots of frothy, white head, loads of carbonation, light golden color, a touch hazy

S: Spicy, yeast, banana, some lemon/citrus, nice aroma

T: Fruity, spices, barley, wheat

M: Smooth, high carbonation, tart finish

O: A decent Tripel, I usually stay away from green bottles, I'll have to try one of their 12oz brown bottles to see how this compares

Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a chance to try the Karmeliet Tripel at "The Bank" in Wheaton, IL. The beer pours a hazy yeast filled pale yellow or straw color, very large foamy white head which left a very spotty lace due to the fruity precence. The smell is sweet yeast esters, some banana, some pepper, honey, very good. Feel is light lots of tingling carbonation. Taste is good, there is a nice dry finish, I get sweet honey, malts, a little hop bite, some peppery aftertaste along with the dryness. Overall a good triple.

Photo of Amalak
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A. Gold in color. Extremely bubbly. One of the bubbliest beers I've seen. Huge bubbly white head with some lacing.
S. Very nice wheaty scent.
T. Very crisp wheat taste. Has a bit of a rye taste to it. There's an undertone of citrus. There fruit, and it kind of feel like it's pineapple too. Solid barley taste to it.
M. As you'd expect, it's quite carbonated.
D. Heavyish, but balanced that it doesn't leave you wanting a change.

Photo of byrd
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a bubbly white head that diminishes pretty quickly to a thin lace that, in turn, lasts for quite a long time. The body is a golden amber and is almost clear with just a slight haze. Lots of carbonation is bubbling to the top. Quite a strong aroma that is slightly doughy and sweet. Some honey is noticeable on the nose as are spices – coriander, clove, and maybe nutmeg? Nice smooth sweet start with a honey sweetness that lasts throughout. Some notes of bubblegum and banana are also noticeable. A fluffy carbonation comes in mid swallow followed with noticeable spices and a slightly tart finish. Slightly warming on the swallow. Nice brew and fairly complex, yet it’s a bit on the sweet side. I’d like to try this one again, but there are other Belgians that I’ve enjoyed more that might temp me again before this one.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a Karmeliet tulip. Best before 28 09 2014. Date stamp: 3.17 13:17

Appearance: Slightly cloudy/hazy golden yellow with a very thick (1/2") white rocky head. Persistent thick chunks and strands of lacing. Torrents of carbonation coming up through the glass when held up to the light. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Herbal, hint of cherries and grapes, some yeast with clove and banana notes. Every now and then a strong hint of noble hops with a burp.

Taste: Very smooth. Light bitterness up front, then a bready middle. Noble hops at the finish tempered with some sweetness. Some fruity esters scattered throughout with an occasional hint of cherry.

Mouthfeel: Very different mouthfeel at the beginning and end of the glass. When first poured, the carbonation is quite strong - approaching fizzy. As the carbonation dies down a bit an the beer warms up, it gets slick and chewy (coming from the oats I presume) an the carbonation becomes more airy and there is a tiny bit of stickiness.

Overall / Drinkability: I can see why this beer is ranked so high. It's very well done from start to finish. Great to look at, equally great to smell and taste. Dangerously drinkable as after finishing 1 bottle I didn't hesitate to get a 2nd. Went well with dinner (Sweet and Spicy chicken and brown rice) and the 2nd bottle was a great dessert.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brassy gold with a huge white head and copious lace.

S - Smells bready, sweet, and lemon-tinged.

T - Tripel being one of the most flat-out enjoyable and palatable brews; this is just par for the course. Tasty, rich, clean, with just a tinge of alcohol on the finish.

M - Bright, effervescent and exceptionally smooth.

D - Tastes great, pairs well with food, widely palatable; a very good beer, all things considered.

Photo of Damian
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip

The beer poured a slightly hazed, golden-amber color with a tight, frothy, three-finger, bright white head that slowly faded to a substantial cap of froth. Large chunks of lacing stuck all down the glass and lasted long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was an interesting mix of sweet and dry. A crisp, powdery, Belgian yeast note was instantly recognizable. Ripe fruits and indications of Belgian candi sugar were also noticeable and they became more prominent as the beer warmed. Smooth, grassy, saaz hops came through as well.

The taste was similar to the aroma except that, in this case, the sweet fruitiness triumphed over the snappy dryness. Crisp, dry and spicy up front with some lemony tartness. Light malts and some Belgian candi sugar helped balance things out. Citrusy (orange peel was most apparent) and semi-sweet in the center. The finish was bone dry and snappy with a clean, grassy hop edge.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Creamy and smooth with a fine, moderate effervescence.

Drinkability was terrific. This beer would makes for an ideal aperatif or one could pair it with salads, cheeses, chicken or other lighter fare. Dangerously quaffable at 8.5% ABV.

Overall, one of the better tripels I have yet to sample.

Photo of beeragent
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Continuing with my exploration of Belgian Ales, I decided to try this one after seeing it on the cover of BA Magazine. Poured from a bottle, into a snifter glass. The beer pours a light copper, forming an enormous fluffy off-white head, which eventually fades. Light rings of lace dot the glass. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit aromas and alcohol. The taste is a mix of dark fruit flavor, a hint of caramel, a little spice, and a slight alcohol presence. Smooth light mouthfeel, with plenty of carbonation. Good abv. and full flavor, make this a very drinkable Belgian. Highly recommended!

Photo of bearrunner44
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly golden amber, with a huge head of craggy white foam. Good clarity.

Smell: Husky grain. Earthy, with peppery spice and the vaguely medicinal presence of alcohol. Maybe a little cinnamon in the nose, with the soft bready scent of oatmeal in the background.

Taste: Interestingly complex malt profile. Full and chewy up front, with a soft doughiness. It gradually gets drier, tasting more like toasted barley. Lightly spicy, with flavors that bring to mind everything from cinnamon to black pepper. The finish includes some light mustiness from the yeast and a smooth touch of medicinal alcohol. The drinkability is incredible for a beer with 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full in body. Creamy consistency with sharp prickles of carbonation.

Verdict: This one feels much lighter than it actually is. Be careful, though. It catches up to you pretty quickly. A deceitful treat, for sure.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow color with fluffy white head. The retention is phenomenal and the lacing is just as good.

S: Sweet belgian yeast in the smell. There is definitely coriander, cloves, cinnamon and pepper. Solid amount of honey, light wheat bread. Definitely lemon-y and apples too. Very nice smelling, just wished the smell would have been more intense though.

T: The taste is not as spicy and maltier than expected. Solid wheat bread and honey taste in it. Very good amount of cinnamon, coriander, cloves and very light pepper too. Again, still a little bit of lemon and the typical apple peel. Everything is right, but the taste doesn't stand out much.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel, with medium to high mouthfeel. Fits well.

D: Super easy to drink as most belgians.

Photo of sabalon
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed this on tap at the fat abbey cafe in miwlaukee.

served in its intended glass, it poured a golden color, and the head was solid white and held strong. in fact it was 2 or 3 drinks in before it really started to disappate.

i got a strong aroma of citrus, but nothing too overpowering.

the taste was a middle of the road bitter, nice hop balance, going down smoothly, but definately letting me know what all was there.

enjoyed with dinner, and the entire 30+ minutes i savored it, it lost nothing from first to last drink.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours is pale golden, slightly hazy. A large creamy off-white head sinks after a while into fantastic lacings.

S: Obvious wheat; ripe bananas. Sweetness to the malt and loads of yeast and spices. Citric.

T: Sweet, but also dry malt. Loads of ripe bananas and oranges. Yeasty and spicy. Some honey lingering in the back.

M: Dry and semi-bitter aftertaste. Medium carbonation as well as body.

O: Complex and lovely. Well crafted.

Photo of bceagles39
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Gastropub 775 in Reno, NV on July 26 2011

Pours a translucent honey gold color with light head and beautiful lacing.

The is sweet but not cloying and, like any good tripel, was not hot at all.

There was very light carbonation. I wish it was a little thicker and creamier but this was true to the style.

This beer was great and dangerously sessionable.

Photo of jettjon
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this 750ml caged-cork bottle hidden in the back of a freezer at my usual retailer. There were two bottles, both with large, clumpy yeast deposits. I’ve run into this before and decided that since my odds of getting my hands on this beer again were slim, I’d better take the risk.

The bottle decants with an explosive bang, sending the cage and cork flying across the room. Decant safely, people! Bottle dated “Best before 1/1/2008” but even after carefully storing upright for several days, there’s still a ton of clumpy residue in the bottle. Since this is probably atypical, I won’t fault the beer in this review. From other reviews, this does not appear to be the norm.

Even a careful pour ends up with some small “chunks” getting into the cervoise, but as with past experience, they are unnoticeable until further into the bottle. For now, it’s sitting in the glass a beautiful, hazy golden color with absurd amounts of carbonation keeping aforementioned chunks bouncing around like ping-pong balls in a dryer. Awe-inspiring two-finger head of tight, fine bubbles. Bands of scattered lace are left behind as the cap slowly retreats. One finger cap never wavers, all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is one damn fine looking beer. Nose of sweet malt, sweeter than I expected in fact. Bubble gum and fruity notes. Hints of alcohol along with a bit of banana and faint citrus. Taste of sweet malt and subtle peppery spice. Low hops presence, but good spicy-sweet balance leaning toward the sweet side. Mouth is slick, wet, and smooth. Great delicate carbonation caresses the palate and accentuates the delicate spicy-sweet flavor. Refreshing. Drinkability is excellent, a great balance of subtle spiced flavor and full, refreshing mouth. 8% ABV should be noted as it’s well masked.

Overall: An outstanding tripel, subtle and refreshing. Highly recommended. I picked mine for about $9, which makes this an affordable luxury.

Photo of tewaris
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with cryptic date poured into a snifter. Pours a clear hay golden color with a big fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, sweet and fruity but moves toward perfumy and floral with warmth. Low on phenols and booze and the general "heavy" feeling some tripels suffer from: Damnation, I am looking at you!

Tastes is bittersweet in a very gentle way with ample fruitiness. Carbonation is very high that creates an illusion of very dry finish at first; but the finish is eventually found on the sweeter side as the beer warms. Light body without a touch of alcohol, this one is easy to drink.

Hard to point any flaw out but this beer didn't wow me in spite of all its good features. Perhaps it's the overall profile?

Regardless, a well made beer that I will drink again but not at the price of almost 7 dollars a bottle.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dulled golden body with a very tall, meringue-like, white head.

Smell: Lightly tangy, faintly grainy malts with a coating of ground spices and a spritz of potent spirits trailed by notes of blendered fruits and zestful herbs.

Taste: Starts sweet, quite sweet, actually, with a taste of sugary honey candies. Tangy wheatiness, then a variety of flavors cross the tongue, including: 'nanas, green apples, lemon juice, orange marmalade, chopped coriander, and a light pinch of white pepper. Restrained floral character midway. Slight, subtle bitterness. Some heat from the alcohol as you arrive at the drying, fruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation, lively and a bit fizzy at times.

Overall: A very solid, well-made representation of the tripel style.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy light orange color with a thin white head that forms a tight cap.

S - citrusy yeast, hints of clove, light alcohol.

T - candy sweetness off the top, pears, golden delicious apples, earthy hops and citrus zest adds a bitter kick. Cloves and Belgian yeast create a solid base. Finishes fruity and clean.

M - full bodied almost milky until the carbonation kicks in. Alcohol is present but mostly hidden.

One of the more hoppier Tripels out there. Very complex flavors. Glad I had a chance to try this on tap.

Photo of rajendra82
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. bottle was carefully decanted into a tulip without yeast, revealing a beer with a golden yellow body with an enormous head fed by highly active carbonation. The nose was fruity with notes of sour apple, pear, and peach. There were also some earthy yeast tones that didn’t quite rise to the level of barnyard funk.

The taste was dry and sour with some bitterness lingering in the back. I could detect tart flavors like granny smith apples, apricots, and pomegranates. The dryness was slightly woody and herbal in nature. There were also some saffron spicy notes here.

The aftertaste was grassy and light with slowly fading spices. Alcohol was well hidden and did not play much of a role in here.

The beer felt light and airy on the palette and went down quite easily. Wouldn’t mind picking up another one when I am in the mood.

Photo of WHROO
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a full golden colour, with average to good carbonation, small bubbles (soft). 1 finger head quicky disappeared, leaving no lacing.
Aroma was a highlight...floral, musky, pear, sweet & also biscuit...no real hoppy bitterness to the smell.
Taste was delicious, very full & heavy. Sweet malts at front, with a nice spicy & tangy feel as it went down, finishes with some dryness, but no real bitterness.
Mouthfeel was thick, like a fortified beer...& the warmth of the alcohol shone through to finish - this definately doesn't hide the ABV.
I'd imagine this would be fantastic on winter european nights where sessions might last only 2-3 bottles...but here in the sunburnt country, this is a heavy strong alcoholy beer that I couldn't see me having a session with...
In writing all this - I Loved it though!!! definately have it again.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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