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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,211
Reviews: 1,192
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 192
Gots: 348 | FT: 6
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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001)
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Photo of draheim
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml (best by date illegible) into a tulip. Pours a golden orange w/ a massive rocky white head, steady carb, chunks of lace.

Aroma is lots of citrus and spice up front, candi sugar, earthy mango. Smells tropical w/ just a hint of musty yeast.

Taste is a little less impressive than the aroma. Belgian yeast, sweet pale malt, clean water. Slight bubblegum.

Mouthfeel compensates for the taste - smooth, velvety, semi-dry. Just right.

Overall this is a solid tripel. Hits all the marks. Not the best I've had but still a world-class version of the style.

draheim, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of jjazz
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 screen printed green bottle.

Great looking fluffy head that lasts and lasts. Highly carbonated (a good thing).

Lemongrass aroma with obvious Saaz hops. Just a touch of spice with subdued fruity yeast notes. Thankfully, no skunky notes. Could definately be more interesting and intense.

Flavors echo aroma, with lemon and Saaz hops. Apple and banana are present, but you really have to search for it. Peppery spice as well. Gets better as it warms up. Highly attentuated.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Light and highly carbonated. Drinkability is high, due mostly to the light mouthfeel.

Good, but certainly not great. I've heard that the version in the green bottle is tightly filtered and lacks the character of the brown bottling. I've never tried the brown bottles, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is true. There is hardly any sediment in this.

jjazz, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of euskera
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ML Green bottle...

Typical triple appearance, slightly opaque and a golden color with a nice fluffy head. Lots of citrus and yeast overtones, cloves and spices intermingling quite nicely. A very drinkable concoction that will not disappoint in the least. Highly recommended..

euskera, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of meadhead
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid Rich Malt
Tart Oat - yeast
Blonde Sweet Caramel
Fresh Light Wheat

(with a
hint of country spice)
Pours an almost clear golden
with a lace that won't quit

smells of oats and spiced wheat
and the bright yeast in it

Taste is complex
like a hybrid "country" tripel
less dark fruit and syrupy
more oats and
caramel middles

Mouthfeel is good,
smooth and refined
with a balance of carbonation
rich malt
and tart rind

an excellent sipper
that soon disappears into
gulping as it warms better.

meadhead, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Steve188821
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The apperance is golden with a nice head.

S- The smell is of spiced yeast, fresh fruit and flowers

T- The taste is of fresh pears and mangos, esters are also present along with the spiced yeast.

M- Plenty of carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel.

D- This was a very drinkable triple that I will definitely have again.

Steve188821, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 27, 2010. Expires July 27, 2012

A: Pours a straw yellow with a massive white head that leaves great lacing

S: Smells like light fruits and grass. Slightly malty and bready in the background

T: Quite peppery with very nice fruity notes and a good malt backbone. Alcohol slightly detectable, but in a good way. It still mostly hides behind the malt and fruit

M: Very light body with high carbonation

D: Dangerously drinkable because of how the alcohol plays into the taste and the light body. This beer will knock you out if you're not careful and take the 8.4% into account

BEERMILER12, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Viking
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, pale gold with just a hint of an amber tint. Huge amounts of carbonation apparent in the body that feeds the thick, creamy head. Long lasting head, that leaves quite a bit of lace clinging to the glass. Aroma of tart citrus blends with a spicy, but not quite peppery, smell. Very grainy taste, with plenty of fruit and spice flavors adding complexity. The blend of grains is very apparent - the oats and wheat seem to stand out above the barley. Finish is rather grassy and a bit bitter, with accompanying hints of berry-like fruit. Aftertaste has a nice lingering dose of alcohol, along with a dry, tart fruitiness. Carbonation gives this beer a fairly rough feel. Very drinkable brew. I'll have to experiment with food pairings...

Viking, Oct 10, 2002
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very light hazy yellow, like sunshine in liquid form. Huge bubbles form a plentiful, billowing cloud of white foam.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast attacks the nostrils showing hints of coriander, cardamom and white pepper. Subtle white grape and peach fruit esters linger throughout, almost prototypically.

T/M: The carbonation is huge, if it wasn't obvious from the massive amount of head, and punches you in the mouth at first. It actually stings the back of the throat. Fortunately, it doesn't detract from the flavor; spicy phenols are apparent up front and are almost astringent, followed by gratuitous Belgian fruit esters of heavy fruit.

The bubbles and spiciness are what set this one apart from other Belgians. If the carbonation was a little more under control, this would be an incredible beer, but as it is, it's still very good.


TheBeerAlmanac, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – Upon pouring, the brew was a golden yellow color with a one finger pure white head and lots of carbonation seen streaming through the brew. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was of a grainy and lightly biscuit nature with some hints of yeast and orange peel. There are aromas of some candied sugar as well a little bit of spice and an herbal/haylike smell mixed within.

Taste- The taste begins with a nice Belgian malt flavor and flavors of biscuit. Even though it is moderately dry upfront there are some hints of some orange sweetness with other sweeter candied sugar tastes. The orange dwindles more toward the middle as a lemon citrus taste takes it place. Yeast flavors come to the tongue at this time and bring with them some floral hop as well as some spice of clove and coriander. These flavors take the taste to its end, where the candied sugar then largely leaves the taste, with a bit of a herbal taste taking its place, to leave a clean and crisp malty and dry fruit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is high with tons of tiny champagne like bubbles. The thinner body and higher carbonation are fantastic for the drier and fruity flavors of the brew and make for a truly fanatic feel and great drinkability.

Overall – Quite easy drinking and enjoyable. This is a very nice triple and renowned for a good reason.

Darkmagus82, May 18, 2013
Photo of Seanstoppable
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently obtained from Premier Wine and Spirits. Best before date of 12/03/12.

Cracking it open resulted in an explosion of foam. Quickly pouring into my glass results in a pale gold color with copious amounts of fluffy white head (like an entire hand of head). Head eventually settles down, leaving next to no lacing on the glass.

Scent is light and consists of hints of spice and yeast.

Taste is better than the nose. A prevailing sweetness, with some spice character and a hint of citrus. A bit of alcohol near the end, but not much. No real bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy, with some pleasant carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, an very good example of Belgium's excellent breweries.

Seanstoppable, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall this is a pretty solid trippel but definitely not the best i've ever had.

Pours a very light golden brown, pretty hazy.

Had on tap, so the bubbles weren't as champagney as other belgian trippels i've had in the bottle.

Smell is just a bit of Bananas yeast and spice. Not too impressive or profound.

Taste is good, solid belgian blond, off dry, not sweet really which is nice.

benclimbs, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of bboven
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold with a fantastic head. Slightly cloudy, actually a little less cloudy than I would have thought. Very bubbly.

Smells yeasty and fruity. There is also a bit of buttery/caramel aroma; a little bit of alcohol in the nose.

The taste is a little fruity and surprisingly light for th style. It's very pleasant, though.

Very slick mouthfeel. You can't feel the alcohol at all. A little thin but very drinkable because of the lighter body.

bboven, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a peachy copper color with some haze to it. Head starts out really fizzy but has surprising staying power. Hustle and bustle from bubbles appearing from the bottom of the glass give the body some life.

S: Honey suckle, buck wheat, coriander, fresh yeast, apricots, green apple and Kleenex.

T: Starts off with dry honey traits at the tip of the tongue then yielding to spritzier honey notes across the sides. Some rounded yellow apple with out any sourness comes next, dried hay and simple grain flavors bringing up the tail. Some limestone-like traits add to the dryness without intensifying the hay characteristics most often found in triples and saisons. Finishes with simple vanilla and floral kicks.

M: Medium body with a good softness to it.

D: This is good because its perfectly balanced…which above and beyond it the most important aspect of a beer, IMO. Not over the top in one direction or another. Its not my favorite style so my review is probably a bit low for the caliber of the beer.

Westsidethreat, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Crosling
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light orange in color with a head bubbly in texture, gigantic in size, and sticky in its falling. Very funky nose with bright fruit aromas, whiffs of alcohol, along with a hints of yeast and pepper. A Tripel just loaded with flavors. Very complex, funky, farmy, yeasty flavors loaded with fruit flavors. A sensational beer.

Crosling, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of meatyard
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy, amber orange with a huge, white head that leaves thick, patchy lacing. Plenty of carbonation here.
The smell is a very pleasant, fruity bubblegum plus a little spiciness.
The taste has a lot of the same qualities as the smell and is a bit spicier. Some alcohol is noticeable.
Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated (a bit too much).
Drinkability is, mostly, very good. Has a moderately high ABV yet is quite tasty and easy to drink. Two glasses should do it though.

A beer to try if you like Belgians particularly tripels.

meatyard, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of ryantupy
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright golden pour with streams of carbonated bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

S - Smells of ligth fruit, yeast, floral aromas, with a sweet malty character.

T - A nice carbonated sip of this beer brings you flavors of light fruit, sweet malts, mild hop character, and an overall greatly balanced beer.

M - This beer is very light and has a nice crisp finish

D - Great tripel beer defiantly one of the better ones out there.

ryantupy, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of baggio
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2005 vintage.

A: Copper/Orange with a nice and generous head.

S: Exotic fruit, Banana Marshmallow, yeast.

T:Citric notes, spices (pepper?), vanilla, honey.

M: Medium carbonation. Refreshing feeling.

This still is one of my all-time favourite tripels. 2 years in my pantry has made it a little smoother around the edges. A beer that i usually recommend to people that want to try a belgian-beer. Recommended!

baggio, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay goblet at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A golden yellow color with a one finger head. The head is white, creamy, and foamy the retention of the head is so so. There is a ton of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear with a touch of haziness.

Nose: A nice complex malty aroma with some spiciness. There is some banana, clove, phenols, and pepper. Also, in the beer there is the floral and perfumy in character in the beer.

Taste: A nice complex malty with clove, banana, and some peppery notes. The beer also has the floral perfumy hops.

Overall: The mouth feel on the beer is some carbonation and slightly creamy. The body is medium to medium full. The finish on the beer is bitter but clean. This is one of the better triples that I have tried. There is a nice marriage between the spice malt and hops. Well made and very tasty. Although disappointed in the fact, that the head retention was lack luster.

colts9016, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of hailtotheale
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice, light golden color, partly cloudy (with a chance of beer). Came in a green bottle (not the brown one in the above description). Very favorable head retention.

S- Strong aromas from yeast, and a mild hop sweetness. One of the only negatives - I noticed a slight skunkiness to it, which I'm going to have to chalk up to the idiotic green bottle. Seriously... WHY!?

T- Fruit-laden and spicy. Malt character is light and sweet. There is more spice as opposed to banana/ester flavors coming from the yeast, though this effect is somewhat more mild than other Belgian beers. Really gotta love the yeast here! Downside: Again - a slight skunkiness coming through in the taste.

M- Small champagne-like bubbles in the carbonation. Well-carbonated, to be sure. This really works quite well with this sweet, medium-bodied beer.

O- Pretty good Tripel overall, but I really think a real-person bottle would help it. It's a reasonably good beer that should definitely be protected from light...

hailtotheale, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

StaveHooks, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of DrFayhee
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw-colored with a rich thick head. Aroma of very citrusy hops, almost like Sprite. Malty rich sweetness to the hop flavor with definite lemony finish. Really pleasant bright carbonation. I typically don't like tripels to be this sweet but I appreciate how this one kind of marks its territory as a certain take on the style.

DrFayhee, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of mattfancett
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

StanleysCup, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of bccocx
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

bccocx, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Beejay
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pale yellow. In the glass it is a yellow straw color with a massive white head on top. Fairly clean as far as haze is concerned.

S: Sweet with a little herbal hop kick. There is a nice amount of fruity sweetness, berries and a little citrus. There is a good amount of banana and clove in there. The herbal note balances fairly well with the sweetness. There is a hint of alcohol in the finish.

T: Tasty. Very bright beer. Plenty of sweetness with berry notes, banana and clove. The clove seems to come out fairly strong to me. The herbal note in the aroma comes out in the finish. Perhaps a touch of booze at the end.

M: Medium light in body, very assertive carbonation but appropriate for the style. Slightly dry finish.

O: Overall I like this beer. Fairly classic as far as a tripel is concerned. Good flavors from the yeast, plenty of Belgian Character, and a nice sweetness. Very enjoyable.

Beejay, Apr 20, 2012
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,211 ratings.