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Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2001

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Photo of Luk13
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one many times. Clear yellow pour with a nice lasting head. Awesome nose, the belgian yeast profile is amazing. Alsomainly banana but a strong underscent of citrus specifically lemon both of which you find in the taste with an all-so pleasant alcohol sweetness and yeasty flavors. The kind of beer you don't want to share. The best tripel out there.

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Photo of Gavage
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a large Tripel Karmeliet glass that had nice etchings and the logo. It was a beautiful gold color with a thick white head. The aroma was phenominal - floral, malt, spice, and yeast. I found myself just enjoying the aroma several times during the drink since it was so enticing.

The taste was slighlty sweet, spicy and bitter. Well balanced. Slightly dry on the tongue and during the aftertaste. The bitterness also rode the tongue for a bit. The alcohol level was not very noticeable making this an extremely drinkable belgian tripel. I was so pleased I had another...

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Photo of clvand0
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for brining this one to our last tasting. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a tall head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma screams 'Belgian Tripel'. This is what a tripel is supposed to smell like. Lots of spices, some fruits, some yeasty character. The flavor was much the same. Lots of good spices, fruits, yeast. Very solid. I'd have this one again any time.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So now, this week, a new Belgian has arrived in my glass. Tripel Karlmeliet a very old and very well liked Belgian Tripel. Its reputation precedes it. I am very excited to finally try it. I must say, as the anchor on Anchor's Old Foghorn won my Rhode Island heart before I cracked the bottle, the fleur-de-lis on this bottle won my New Orleans soul. Here are my thoughts:

Pours a pale golden color with numerous streams of bubbles rising to the foam. The head itself is stark white with fine to medium size bubbles. Pours a very nice head, which keeps its retention. This is a very inviting beer to any thirsty onlooker. Its enticingly light appearance and effervescence must be hypnotizing to any parched bystander

It has a very sweet floral aroma a bit of green apple, honeysuckle comes to mind. A nice sweet light malt lingers in the nose, with some yeast undertone.

This beer has an incredible harmony of tastes. It wanders around your palate with tastes of sweet honey, fruity, floral and a nice buttery toast quality to it. The wheat is evident but mainly in the finish, with a hint of herbs. A little oaky and vinous. Not sure I notice the citrus others have picked up on. Very crisp and delightful.

This beer has a very nice light body.

A great year rounder, although definitely ideal for outdoor or light summertime meals. It is a very great beer and it won't be hard to reach for the second...or third.



This beer was great! The more styles I drink, the more beers I find that make me wonder how I ever lived without them. I will categorize this beer under "Special Session." It is definitely a sessionable beer (be easy though, it's 8.4ABV), but I think I'll save it up for those nice summer lobster dinners. This has the great taste and character of a wheat beer as it leaves the palate but it is not as heavy on the palate or too much of a bully in the taste department. I could really drink this year round because of it's subtle but fantastic taste. It has a very short, light and crisp finish, which I think, can allow it to be paired pretty well with light summer meals, as it is a very refreshing beer. This is white wines summer replacement!

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Photo of Maudite
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer. First time out of a bottle, but just as good as on tap.

A- A beautiful caramel gold. Poured into my oversized Karmeliet tulip with a nice, big, sudsy and powerful head. Very big, spacious bubbles. The head was very aggressive at take off, big, about 3/4 of the pour was head, even when done with care, but quickly waned, almost disappearing completely. Altogether it was a beautiful beer in its own glass, a sparkling cider/apple juice with a big foamy head, or a cream soda. Very Belgian.

S- A definite estery Belgian yeast aroma...the most obvious smells were apple, pear, peach, caramel. The warmer it got the more it smelled like a vanilla malt. Nice, light hop aroma, a trace buried low, slight citrus/fruity. Very floral.

T- God. It tastes like God. Reminded me alot of a carnival carmel apple at its warmest, but upon initial pour it was much like its aroma, apple, pear, peach, yeasty, akin to a riesling, but malty. This beer is awesome.

M- This lass is a bit lighter in the mouth and throat than I appreciate. Just as the head declared, there was little carbonation, no acidity at all, no hop bite... This is one reason it reminded me of a riesling... perhaps I got a flat bottle. The tastes and scents were all there, but the mouthfeel was lacking.

D- I know some of you frown on beer/wine comparisons, but I only do it so you can get your wine drinking friends to try better beer, and convert them! A good gateway for white wine folk, the riesling, pinot grigio, sweeter chardonnay drinkers. I really enjoyed this with some spiced pork chops, in place of apple sauce.

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My buddy has an empty bottle of this in his room, salvaged from a semester in Europe. Recognized the label in the fridge at Bauer's on Newbury and had to snag it on the way home from Work.

Nice golden clarity and lively carbonation racing to the top of my glass. A massive pearly white head forms and stays there. Aromas like sweet but crisp tart fruits – sliced green apples – hit me first but there’s definitely a spicy, peppery element there too. More fruity depth in the taste: juicy fruit gum (I think sweet lemon, papaya, dried mango, all that). There’s a light crackery grain, and, rolling down my lip, a verdant hop bitterness.

Mouth: one of my favorite things about this beer. I like the lively, prickly carbonation from the little bubbles. 8%? No way.

Overall: 5/5: it’s that good. I’m no tripel fiend but this one is amazing. Something like this really gets me amped up about beer.

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Photo of wschumac
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at 50 deg in a Pilsner Glass (only one available)

A - Carbonation bubbles throughout with 2 finger white head that didn't last too long. Excellent soft amber color.

S - Fruity smell excellent aromas flowing from the glass.

T- Not too overpowering taste, fruity and a little malty

M- Smooth as silk. No hint of the carbonation. Very easy to drink.

D - I am ready for another.

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Photo of ski271
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Medium-light, cloudy, amber-gold with a small, white, creamy, slowly diminishing head.
S: Huge spicy and fruity nose. Nice and yeasty.
T: More of the same wonderfulness. Clove, cilantro, berry and juicy orange.
M: Medium body, juicy and smooth texture, soft carbonation.
D: Wow. This was a real treat. I had it several times while it was on tap at Zeno’s in State College. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours apple juice golden yellow with contrasting white head.

Nose is complex with fruits such as peach, apricot, and apple.

On the palate the malt comes through with ample sweetness, with this ale having a rather candy like flavor. White licorice, cardamon, faint cinnamon, and light pepper are here as well.

Finishes lengthy and candy sweet, and all too easy to drink.

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Photo of marc77
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The tremendous, forceful pop upon releasing the cork starts off another Belgian Tripel experience. After a gentle pour, a dense, very thick, soft peak beaten egg white head sits atop a clear golden hued brew, if decanted off the sediment. Beautiful heterogenous melange of sheets of bubbles interconnected by lace down the glass. Tart citrus fruitiness comprised of lemon and unripe orange hit the nose at first, then are ensued by rounder and sweeter tropical notes akin to ripe pineapple. When combined with the sweet fruit notes, the mild green apple acetaldehyde and alcohol take on a ripe jackfruit like character. Subdued clove adds an herbal accompanient to the overall fruity aroma. Honey like sweetness hits the palate initially, then is ensued by a light wheat tartness and soft white bread graininess. Sweetness then mirrors the aroma mid palate, and becomes fruity and kiwi like in nature. Persistent, mellow clove maintains an herbal undertone to this brew. Hop bitterness is indirectly perceived by its well calculated contrast to malt sweetness. Moderately bodied and fairly well attenuated, but with a full dextrinous mouthfeel derived from the oats in the grist. Finishes dry, with trace phenol and residual sweetness briefly lingering. Karmeliet is an assertively fruity tripel and is certainly unique and absolutely delicious. Robust, yet refined and soft on the palate... drink up!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is yet another of the new releases at Dirty John's. This is by far my favorite of the new belgians. It definitely lived up to all the hype my Chicago friends gave it.

The beer pours to a clear and light color with a huge fluffy head. The carbonation of this brew is truly something to behold. It looks like a champagne. I would like to pour it into a flute glass to check it out, but it looks great in a tulip as well.

The smell is a bit sweet from candi sugar as well as a bit bready and clove-ish from the yeast and malt. An extremely mild spicy hop lingers in the back.

The taste is a bit grainy and yeasty, but definitely sweet. There is also a mild banana ester along with an unexpected grapefruit flavor. A mild hop bite shows up in the finish to complement the alcohol burn. Has a bit of coriander in the early finish as well. Quite a tasty blend.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin-bodied, but it seems to be done perfect. I love this tripel more than any other tripel I've tried. Swirling around the mouth reveals a plethora of pleasant flavors as the carbonation does its work on the tastebuds. This is a very dangerously drinkable tripel at 8%, but just as quaffable as a 4% brew.

My friends and I loved this brew so much that we ordered some Tripel K tulips online. This beer has turned over a new leaf in Beer Advocacy for me, as heretoforth I had only gotten my friends to drink hefes and dunkels with the occasional bock.

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Photo of WeimtimeBier
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Inch thick pillow white head. Nice and dense. Deep yellow gold body, slightly cloudy with the yeast.

S- Classic belgain aroma. Very sweet smell hinting at some strong fruity ester character. Straw sweet malt. Some spicy noble hop which is very withdrawn.

T- Sweet straw that branches off to an amazing fruit. I get some apple and pear. Maybe some light banana. All this being accompanied by a spicy hop finish and yeasty belgain breadiness.

M- Prickly spicy mouthfeel from the carbonation. Medium body.

D- Very drinkable in my opinion. Balanced and very tasty.

This is my favorites of the belgain tripels I have tasted. Sweet and very balanced.

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Photo of graywalker
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has the finest, creamiest head I have ever seen. Coats the glass with lacing as you swirl it around. Smell is yeast, bread, golden raisins, grass, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Taste is a little peppery, with a little citrus, and a sweet finish. You really don't taste the alcohol, which is dangerous. This went down way too easy, then snuck up on me.

My second favorite tripel, St. Bernardus being the first. I must get more of this. A terrific beer.

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Photo of Loppuu
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear gold with a beautiful Belgian-style head on top. Lot's of lovely frothy foam. Smell of sweet, citrus and jasmine tones. Also some smells of cardamom and coriander. Flavor is lightly sweet with lots of fruit and some honey. Which gives a great contrast with the spices! Very smooth, and bubbly with a dry finish. This is one of my favorites!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle code C-03-CABF 3.38 03:01 at 45 degrees into own glass
Aroma fruity, somewhat like apples or pears
Head large (6 cm), off-white, creamy with occasional large bubble, slowly diminishing
Lacing OK, basically separate clots
Body straw colored with slight yeast haze with some rising bubbles but not enough to be considered sparkling
Flavor slightly sweet, no hint of roasted malts. Well attenuated. Slightly spicey with a late slight alcohol burn.
Body light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

While not a big fan of triples, this one is pretty good. The subdued alcohol taste makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of nortmand
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly less than clear, golden orange, with a nice fluffy, white head.
Smells bready, doughy and very spicy. Pepper, cloves.
Taste is stupendous. Fairly sweet, with a nice, uplifting peppery clove. Ends with a tinge of bitterness and the most remotely faint skunk. Nice, mellow alcohol burn.
Very fizzy, almost soda like mouthfeel. Not really soft enough.
Very drinkable, despite the impressive strength of flavor and alcohol.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Trying this for the first time. Tasted 9 April 2014.

Pours a gorgeous hazy golden yellow. One finger of dense creamy white head, looking more like milk than foam. Great retention, awesome lacing, and a dense column of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is bright and alive. Lovely yeasty esters with fruit (banana) and gentle spice, plus some residual sweetness in the back. Yum.

Taste has both the sweet, flavorful side and the clean, crisp side. Outstanding. Warm and fruity, a bit of sugar, a faint hint of spice, and only the tiniest touch of bitterness. Balanced, varied, and delicious. Not even a sniff of alcohol.

Feel is fabulous as well. Smooth and fairly light, with a fuzzy carbonation that spreads throughout. Keeps the flavors buzzing around.

One of the best tripels I've had, for sure. Excellent across the board. Great depth, varied flavors, and a delicate balance. Wow.

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Photo of JCWeaze
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this Belgian as one of 4 recommendations from the local brewmeister.

Staying more toward a subjective analysis, found the beer's complex and spicy taste to be balanced and attractive leaving a desire to have more but for the high(er) ABV. Lingering aftertaste and great mouthfeel. Great cloves and full-mouthed flavor.

Will go back for more after getting through Brooklyn's Local 1 & 2.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a person who is obsess with IPA's-DIPA-American Pale Ale's. But if I had to choose another style beer it would be the Tripel. And the Tripel Karmeliet set the bar for this style. This beer should be rated higher. Perfect Tripel Belgian Style with a wheat taste. You gotta love this beer.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 mL bottle, marked "Best before 16/07/05." Purchased at the World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Hazy, golden in color with no head but a ring of bubbles around the periphery and firm carbonation, the Tripel K has a yeasty, round aroma with just the slightest twinge of alcohol.

The taste is very smooth, light and airy in the mouth but deep in character. Dangerously drinkable and well-rounded, this is easily the best tripel I've had in recent memory, and quite possibly ever. Simply excellent.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a chalice. Beautiful presence; hazy golden tone with vigorous carbonation and a densely packed creamy white head that lasted throughout and deposited clumpy lace on the glass walls.
Smell: very complex; well spiced yet sporting a wheaty maltiness overlaid with the aromas of tropical fruits and lemon zest. Real peppery spice in the nose.
Taste: bit of white bread maltiness up front with a wispy yeast note. Good blend of fruity sweetness like from apple, papaya and mango to counter the bold spiciness highlighted by the flavors of lemon zest and white pepper. Good zippy hops pop in the finish with a surge of alcohol for good measure.
Feel: medium/full bodied, velvety texture.
Drinkability: damn near off the scale. This is a tripel's tripel, a masterful blending of characters that make it dangerously quaffable. One of the finest examples of the style.

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Photo of 0Naught0
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Revisted this beer recently after not having it for a while. Apparently this beer is made from a centuries old recipe.. 1679 specifically.. and I heard it had originally been made by Nuns although I could find no evidence to support that claim. (but that would be cool).

A: poured into the glass a hazy golden color with a 1.5-2 finger frothy cream coloured head. (4.0)

S: On the nose.. notes of citrus.. orange peel, clove, baking spice.. very pleasant. (4.0)

T: Wow! Malty, creamy richness again with the citrus fruit, baking spice.. caramel would not be crazy to suggest. Finishes with a slight bitterness that is not unpleasant.

M: very soft small bubbles in the carbonation.. this is not a big filling style belgian. Medium bodied at most...

O: This is a great Belgian beer for those of us who prefer a subtle, soft flavor. Go for the 750ml though.. way more economical.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip (thanks Dan).

A: Pours a fuzzy, golden straw color with tons of thick, tiny-bubbled foam that fades quickly leaving thick beads of lacing all over the glass.

S: Smells of spicy, floral hops, honey, citrus, and lightly toasted grains. Also has some herbal, flowery aromas. Quite nice.

T: Beautiful cascades of fruity goodness, hop bite and spices. There is an undertone of lemon zest going on throughout the whole experience. Fantastic.

M: An up-front exuberant bitterness fades to a palate-relieving carbonation and slightly dry tongue coating. Probably the only aspect to this beer that really needs some improvement.

D: Other than that up-front kick in the head, I could drink it forever and a day.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass a golden yellow, with nice carbonation. Head is white and pillowy three fingers that sticks around a long time. Smell is fantastic. Spice, apple, pear, malt and a hint of alcohol prevail. The spice definitely has the edge here, w/ the fruit in the background. A magnificent smelling beer. I gotta say- I've had this beer many times, and for a Tripel, it doesn't get much better than this on taste. Everything seems to be in perfect harmony- it seems impossible to imagine anything different here. Mouthfeel is amazing. It's creamy, like a piece of sugary angel food cake w/ fluffy icing. The ABV is the only thing keeping me from drinking a bunch of these. They go down REALLY easy, although I always try to sip and enjoy these. Truly a world class beer.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

75cl green bottle with no dates.

I've got to say I was worried when I first popped the cork. I got a whiff of skunk, and I felt a dread come over me. It passed quickly; whew!

Poured hazed dark straw/light copper, with a fastly dwindling white head.

Smell is a little subtle until the beer warms a bit. Citrus and assorted fruits. Fresh baked pastry. Bubble gum.

I fell for this beer as soon as it parted my lips. So dammed complex. Creamy and malty at the top, fruity and carbonated in the middle, spicy and herbal in the back. Wheat comes out in the finish, balanced with barley malts, a slightly chalky mouthfeel, and a lemony twist.

Talk about a surprise. So much going on with this beer. I think this one could have a shot at the tripel championship versus St. Bernardus.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.