Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 1,203
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 205
Gots: 412 | FT: 6
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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 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 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.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours a clear deep golden color and a single finger of loose white head. no lacings.

aroma is yeasty and fruity, with a grainy note and a fruity base. fruit notes include apple, pear and white grape.

taste is same as the aroma with a more pronounced fruit character and a bit of caramel malt.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture and a slick and clean finish. aftertaste is of residual fruit and yeast.

drinkablility is good. this is a lighter belgian in body and character, but still showcases a rich and well proportioned profile. cheers!

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

Hazy, deep golden-orange color. Lots of fizz with a durable, thick, creamy white head. Leaves a thick web of lacing as glass is consumed.

Luscious complex aromas of lemon, orange, peach and spices with some mild bready yeast emminate from the chalice.

The silky smooth, full mouthfeel and texture of this ale is a treat just in itself.

Delicate floral, spicy, fruity flavors pleasantly bathe the tongue followed by a crisp, hoppy dry finish.

A very complex, yet delicate and classy Belgian Triple. Worth the search

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

Cloudy, light golden color w/ a light head that breaks down relatively quickly.
Smell is fruity, sweet, malty.
Taste continues from the nose with fruit, spice (nutmeg & allspice?), malt, warming in a nicely complex brew.
Mouthfeel is effervescent on the front of the tongue, smooth, medium-bodied. A good drinkable beer, very smooth, flavorful with a nice citrusy/spice taste that hangs out comfortably all over afterwards.

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

750mL corked and caged. Open this bottle far, far away from your face. That cork shot up immediately as I began twisting the cage open.

The pour was golden and a massive white head grew and then settled over the ale. Aromas were huge, and attracted all sorts of pests. Big bubble gum and a bit of earth on the nose. Flavors were dominated by the yeast profile, with cotton candy sweetness on top of bubble gum on top of a mildly funky earth. Not dirty, but definitely something about it made me think of a field of hay or grass and horses. Very mild on the earth, though. The brew was medium and did a fine job of coating the palate. Good carbonation.

All around, a solid beer. I was happy to be able to celebrate with a tripel of that caliber.

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

Thank goodness my homebrewed Belgian beers make a nice impression on some nice Belgian folks with whom we do business. A lovely gift straight from the motherland - sans long shipping, light, temp fluctuation, and storage. "Quite fresh" I was assured... Bingo

Big carbonation boosts a thick, lasting and creamy head and grabby, grading laces. Underneath, surprisingly clear, light-gold body is spraying up the bubbles. Overall stunning really.

Rock-candy-like sweetness hits the nose. Bready grain, everripe apple. Some powdery scent, like a whiff of children's orange aspirin. No brewing flaws of course, and no alcohol somehow.

Nice, grainy-sweet yet dry taste, reminding me (malt-wise only) of a big Czech Pils. White pepper, ripe red delicious apple skin. The sugar and spice have a short scuffle before the sweet, particularly, powdered sugar wins out. ("Everything nice" does actually). The alcohol is really what comes out and cleans everything up. A very clean alcohol, like a smidge of Grey Goose. Yeasty fruitiness is there throughout.

Creamy and fluffy on the tongue. The head feels like whipped topping! Alcohol, even while the beer is cold, cuts the tongue coating tastefully and leaves a very smooth warming all way down the pipe. This is way more drinkable than it should be, though a little more crispness to match that carbonation would have been nice. More please!

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

750ml cork action. served at 54.3 degrees F.

wow. huge ass head. it could be represented very well using a topographic map. lots of mountains and valley. underneath, lots of geologic activity (baby bubbles surging to the surface). nice straw colour. mmm. makes lots of sizzling noises.

aroma is mellow, not giving away much. a little orange, little vanilla, some yeastiness. very balanced and doesn't smell generically belgian, a bit more well rounded.

taste is wondeful. sweet clover honey and lemon like citrus. very sweet and smooth. if you have ever had chamomile tea, with honey, this is exactly that, except turned into beer. lots of floral stuff going on. tastes like a beautful summer day. a nice treat for the middle of february in marquette, mi.

good beer. oh yes, very good.

Photo of Libationguy
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Light-medium straw with a fluffy bright white thick head. Large bubble set in the head, but still has medium retention. Very slight chill haze.

Carbonation pushes the nose forward: hawaiian sweet bread, coriander, celery seed, lemon zest, muscat grapes, ranier cherries, sandal wood, nutmeg. It all feels relatively subtle on the nose, but everytime you go back, there is something different. A beer for one who likes to reflect.

Light orange and grapefruit zest are chased by Cream of Wheat, banana, marzipan, fruitiness from the yeast, leavened bread dough, and a metallic edge.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little on the fizzy side, which pushes the alcohol front and center. There is a slickness in the mid-palate. The beer finishes on the backend with some dank bitterness.

Really a nice beer that would be amazing with both less carbonation and a finer perle. Really love the complexity in the nose, but it gets just a little lost on the palate.

Photo of PapaMurphy
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TrevorWGrover
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of scvance
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 75 cL Belgian bottle into a tulip glass, bottle "best by" date is 4-4-15, drank on 10/11/13. Pours a brilliantly clear gold color with a large white head . Lots of visible carbonation. Smell is very fruity and yeasty, some citrus to it. Taste has a little funk to it and a lot of yeast character, fades into a lingering alcoholic sensation with a slight hop bitterness. Highly carbonated mouthfeel balances the strong flavor nicely for a good crisp finish. Overall a very good beer, traditional tripel style.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a huge 3 finger white head that has some large bubbles. Tons and tons of visible carbonation. Head sticks around for a long time and leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Certainly has that tripel aroma. Great Belgian yeast up front that provides a bit of spiciness. Pale malts make up the backbone. There is also a bit of orange and banana.

T: Much richer and fruitier taste that I anticipated. Its a light fruit almost like a blend of grapes and banana. I'd say the light malts are the highlight but there is a slight hop taste in there too.

M: Fairly full bodied for a tripel with a real bubbly mouthfeel. Booze is basically undetectable besides the warming feeling.

Overall a great beer that is easily drank. Would reccomend this to anyone as it really has such a smooth taste I think anyone could enjoy it.

Photo of sbrotschul
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another very nice Belgium ... I'm quickly getting spoiled as I try to sample the various beers in Belgium and northern France.

Appearance (4.5). This beer has a hazy golden blond pour which explodes into the glass, leaving a great thick head of white foam.

Smell (4.0). A green apple (sweet but sour) and slightly spicy smell.

Taste (4.0). Somewhat hoppy but creamy taste, to the bitter side, that finishes very light.

Mouthfeel (4.5). I always struggle with the first sip of a Belgium beer, and start to enjoy it around the third sip. This beer is no exception.

Overall (4.25). Yet another amazing example of Belgium's finest.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into snifter.

A: Very carbonated with a pure white rocky head. The beer itself is a nice amber gold with little pockets of carbonation bubbling up from all sides. Minimal lacing made me a bit disapointed.

S: Sweet fruits and grass but sort of really smells like a macro in places, but the fruits dominate

T/MF: Apricots and various other tart fruits with a decent yeasty funk to it with hints of lemon. Very bubbly all over the tongue but still somehow nice and creamy. This is quite a refreshing beer and hides its alcohol content quite well as there is no heat in the finish.

D: No alcohol heat but damn it can take you by supprise, very refreshing for a tripel but not quite what I was expecting, this one tastes a bit more like a belgian strong pale ale.

Photo of philbe311
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been eager to try this one for a while...

A - An active, monstrous, audibly fizzy and airy pure white head comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... Fades fairly quickly before displaying some decent retention at one finger's worth - also turning modestly creamy at this point... The color is slightly pale golden amber... A cyclone of small bubbled uber rapid carbonation rises in the center of the glass and is surrounded by some slightly larger and more moderate paced bubbles...

S - Grainy... A subdued Belgian yeast component... Fresh cut grass... Orange zest... Some very faint lemon notes... A very subtle spiciness - white pepper sticks out the most... A very faint alcohol presence... Lots of complexity and each whiff reveals a new scent or layer of depth...

T - Golden raisins... Honey... Orange zest... Lots of grassy notes... Candied sugars... Just a pinch of white pepper... Apricots... Bananas... A very tiny bit of booziness...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... The carbonation is rather brisk and much harsher than anticipated... A touch of sleekness... A bit of stickiness... Fairly dense...

D - A very very good Tripel, but a definite notch down from top of class grouping... Lots of good things going on but a bit rough around the edges in all categories...

Photo of IronDjinn
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got my hands on one of these, although I had to go to the west coast to do so. Poured from a slender 330 ml brown bottle, best before date on back is 19/08/05. A stunning slightly hazed pure golden body, this tripel seems to emanate an inner light of its own. Smallish foamy white cap for a head, which maintains itself most of the way down the glass. Sweet fresh apricots appear on the nose at first, accompanied by coriander seed, mild pepper, and wheat. Starts off like a wit, but the orchard fresh apricots appear immediately after that, blending with mild spices towards the finish. A sweet tangerine/madarin orange character starts to develop as this warms up. An enchanting mouthfeel, like soul kissing an angel. At 8% abv one doesn't even come close to noticing the alcohol presence, this is such a smooth ale. Something to definitely keep on hand for when the mood strikes, it is an absolute delight to experience. The Carmelite tradition is most certainly a worthwhile one.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I served this in a goblet. It was like crystal clear liquid gold with a beautiful white frothy head. The nose offered apples, champagne, fresh bread, and lemon.

There's a lot going on here flavor-wise. Initially, it tastes like a wheat beer - crisp and dry. Then the flavors develop and it becomes sweet and creamy with a nice tart, fruityness underneath. Starting about mid-palate, a faint champagne-like dryness starts to impede and carries you to the finish. This is a really good beer, but the sweetness would make it difficult for me to drink more than one.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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