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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,407 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,407
Reviews: 1,214
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 219
Gots: 448 | FT: 5
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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 NightINgale
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass...

A - Clear golden body, with plenty of small bubbles and a very frothy white head. Good lacing and head retention.

S - Caramel sweetness, rich fruit notes, and some floral hops in the nose. Quite wheaty, too.

T - Quite a robust taste. Loads of fruitiness from the yeast; apple, pear, and lemon notes. Sweet, yet slightly acidic. Some champagne-like hints. Some solid hop presence, which lingers into the after-taste. Some dryness in the finish, together with some wheaty breadiness.

M - Medium body to it. Loads of carbonation at first, quite crisp overall. There is some booziness to it, and I was able to feel it quite a bit.

D - Not bad. This is a proper, flavourful Belgian tripel, but I think Chimay White is more drinkable, if you're looking for something you could enjoy more of.

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

Milky yellow color. Light carbonation rises to the top. Little to no head. Love the smell. I get tangerine, orange, citrus. Awesome aroma. The taste is not too boozy for such a high BAC. It starts off crisp and finishes with a citrusy kick. A light carbonation dances on the tongue after every gulp. Overall, it's a good beer. I love everything about it other than the taste. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible. But for $5+ per bottle, I really expected more.

I would recommend this beer to a friend.

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

I got this beer at The Vinno Rosso in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It's a truly nice brew. By the way...the bottle is muchO' coolO' when compared with the beer that's in the pic. I'm guessing that I got a newer version and that the pic simply needs to be updated or something. Anyhow...The important part...The beer! This is a beautiful beer. It's carries a "triple" head. I mean seriously! Beautiful lacing etc. Very pretty! Very nice egg shell. BEAUTIFUL!

The flavor of this beer in quite nice too. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, but yummy. I'd say that it's quite delicious, but the appearance of this particular beer is sooo nice that it makes up for the extra carbonation and the extra alcohol punch that it carries. All in all...excelent!!!

By the way....this was a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce green bottle. Nice art on it, but seriously...as cool as it may look...who cares, right? Very good Tripel! One of these will be more than enough for you and a friend for an evening;) Cheers!

Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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 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 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 brchapman
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of newk340
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a semi-translucent pour with a thin white cloudy head that leaves spotty lacing.

S: very faint hints of yeast, wheat, and malts. nothing overpowering.

T: some initial smoothness of a fruit medley that digresses to a sweet belgian finish, a tapestry of wheats and grains.

MF/D: smooth throughout, a sessionable tripel, pleasing from the initial taste to the exhale.

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HUGE fluffy rocky bleach white head. Lacing in large chunks down the glass. Pale golden color with tiny bubbles rising constantly and tiny specks of yeast floating around in the liquid.

Big alcohol smell riding "shotgun" with sweet esters (I'm not sure what) and yeast sitting in the backseat.

Alcohol taste and definitely a heating sensation on the way down. Slight fruitiness that is overpowered by the alcohol with a yeasty taste rounding it out. Great feeling beer that tingles all it touches. Smooth and very well carbonated. This is an enjoyable beer that I found at a great price. Pick one of these up if you can.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beneath the medium head of this hazy yellow beer there's some suspended particulate hanging out. On the nose I find the pleasant aroma of Fruit Loops. That's right, the dryish, cereal-meets-light fruit smell of Fruit Loops. The palate offers the appropriate fruit dose along with a solid if modest maltiness. (And yes it kind of tastes like Fruit Loops too!) The aftertaste is sweetly fruity, leaving behind a mild tartness. This pleasant, welcoming trippel drinks soft and easy-- quite easy, in fact, given the ABV. Yes sir, she's a fine brew.

Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa, this is a nice beer, if it is indeed a beer. Tastes a lot like champagne, but most Tripels do. Lots of complexity and strong alcohol taste but not overpowering by any means. Ripe fruits come and go. Other malts are there with some non-bitter hops. Slightly spicy and refreshing finish. This would be great for celebrating something with or sharing with a girl. Well, not as good as a flavored lambic, but close.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/13/2009 in brugge. Had on tap in karmeliet tulip.

Ar: super floral, intense lillies, *Jasmine, roses, spicy (incense) light mandarin, alc a bit after some warmth

Ap: Epic head, very coarse and smooth, great retention, high effervescence, clear dark gold, chunky lace

F: Strong incense-like spice, jasmine, very floral, dry lillies, lightly fruity, floral character is spicier than many other belgian yeasts, light citrus peel, very good intense spicy floral with hints of coriander, light alcohol, light candy sweetness hints of minty/pine with alc (like juniper).

M: high carbonation, light mouthfeel, smooth, alc gets a bit rough with warmth.

O:spicy and floral, very good, unique

Photo of Doppel07
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear golden body with abundant carbonation and a monstrous foamy white Belgian-style head. Orange citrus and spice plus some esters, but not too dominating. Some bubble gum comes through more in the flavor than aroma. Honey is a dominating element in the flavor. More sweetness than I’ve recognized in other Tripels. Very smooth.

Photo of waltonc
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beautifully presented beer at the Trappist. They seem to have the correct brewer's glass for every single beer. The Karmeliet glass is one of the better ones I've seen, and the beer looked great in it. Bright, hazy, golden color with thick white head that took a while to settle down. One of the best beer presentations I've ever seen. Smells and tastes sweet, spicy, citrusy, and refreshing. I could have drank this all day, but there were too many other good things to try out at the Trappist.

Photo of pitasoup
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from 750 corked. dated 05/11/09.

A: light yellow body, foaming white head that subsided quickly. Not much lacing but a welcoming color. Clarity is brilliant - I could mistake this for a watered down generic lager based on looks but that would be a fantastic mistake. Re-pours were overwhelmingly heady, perhaps because of temperature.

S: lemons, wheat, belgian yeasts. delicate floral notes, dandelion and vanilla much later.

T: basic tripel malt body, lemons and faint earthy bittering hops. This is not a hoppy beer by any means. This tastes less yeasty than other tripels. Great overall balance of subtle smells, flavors, and high abv. Spices come through halfway, hints of coriander and grains of paradise, finishing sweet.

M: very carbonated. light bodied beer, despite the flavor and abv.

D: extremely drinkable. The 8.4% is only noticeable after it warms slightly. One of my favorite tripels.

Photo of necoadam
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark shade of yellow with a good foamy head. Smell was very yeasty, doughy, with a few spices and an underlying of tropical fruits. Taste was quite good. Alcohol upfront, but not overwhelming, with some spicies and tropical fruit. Some spices show up in the middle. Yeast underlies all the flavors throughout, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, with a smooth, creamy texture. A good, solid tripel.

Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden yellow body...big white head forms and slowly fades away...nice lacing

S - Candied sugars really stand out...fruits and malts are also present

T - Very sweet right off the bat...no trace of the alcohol...not a lot of spice either...bready malts and fruits stand out

M - The carbonation dominates the feel...kind of hides all the complexity

D - The carbonation adds to the drinkability...this one is highly drinkable since it's bubbly and you can not taste the alcohol...sweet but not too sweet

Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received a gift set of this brew with a glass from my fiancee. 11.2 oz bottle poured into the comically over sized chalice that came with the set. After the pour, it becomes very clear why the glass is sized and shaped the way it is. The clear orange liquid collects in the bulb shaped bottom of the glass, and about 4 inches of head collect on top. Splotchy lacing is left behind and after the head settles down, about a centimeter of thick white foam retains nicely. The aroma is yeasty with huge notes of lemon zest, waves of chamomile, a touch of clove along with some sourdough bread. The taste is starts off with moderate sweetness with notes of fruit. Citrus is present along with sourdough bread. The finish is dry. Great balance...the abv is very well hidden. The feel is highly carbonated with a medium body. Overall, this a very tasty and well balanced Tripel. It drinks more like a Belgian Pale which makes it a little dangerous.

Photo of Intelligentsia
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle.

Poured a very large and fluffy off-white head that lasted for a while. Yelllow in color, its nose consisted of pears, alcohol, cloves, grapes.

Complex taste that got considerably moreso when warm. Pears, noticeable alcohol, cloves, spice. Nothing overwhelming, balanced well by some very mild hops.

Very low carbonation and a weight in line with the 8.4%.

Definitely enjoyed this one, although there are better represenations of the style. Don't hesitate to buy it if you see one well preserved. Perhaps this one could use a bit more aging?

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge Fluffy head with tons of aroma. There were wonderful hints of citrus and malt. The initial taste is actually kind of sour, but it gets sweeter as it goes down. There is almost a candy-like aftertaste. This is a very carbonated brew with tons of flavors rushing through. This is a wonderful Abbey tripel from Belgium.

Photo of flyingpig
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle in Blackfriars, Glasgow (£4.95):
This one was a really nice Belgian ale from the start, much as I've come to expect from beers hailing from the country. Tripel Karmeliet was quite a spicy offering with a very lively and well-carbonated feel to it that proved highly enjoyable and every drinkable. Whilst I wouldn't rank it as one of my favourites in the style it was definitely one worth trying and proved to be a fairly good example of the style.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,407 ratings.