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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,081
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 180
Gots: 285 | FT: 5
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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 TheEclecticGent


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Had this beer on tap at my favorite watering hole. It pours a slightly murky gold-orange color into the Triple Karmeliet glass with plenty of head 3” and lacing that lasted all the way down. I love the design of the glass and bought my girlfriend a couple a few months back. The nose is floral and caramel with just a hint of malt. The taste is like honey and caramel and has a quick warming effect. It just a little too sweet for me, otherwise it’s great. It’s very drinkable which would be quickly intoxicating at 8%.

02-08-2006 21:59:21 | More by TheEclecticGent
Photo of hoppyhampy


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured on-tap at the Pangea Cafe at just below room temp into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. I haven't had this one before and haven't been drinking Belgian ales lately but decided to treat myself. Brilliantly clear, golden yellow in color and great head formation, retention, and lacing. Bananas, orange peel, and coriander on the nose and much the same on the palate. Not really complex in these aspects. What you see (smell, taste) is what you get which isn't exactly a bad thing but I thought if there was anything lacking it was in these areas. Just medium bodied but still almost syrupy in texture. I found it to be quite drinkable for a number of reasons: relatively low carbonation, the malt is very sweet but very light, the presence of alcohol is nearly undetectable, and the finish is surprisingly clean for a relatively heavy beer.

05-19-2010 00:15:25 | More by hoppyhampy
Photo of peterjk


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Poured from a 750 in a Duvel glass (sorry no TK glasses to be found a the drinking location). The beer is slightly cloudy with streams of tiny carbonation bubble all over the glass. The color is dark yellow or pale gold. The head is off white 1/2" thick in the tapered duvel glass.

S: Great bouquet, slightly sweet of front with lighter fruit notes (tart apple). You can smell the yeast very doughy but also spicy notes. Nose dances around and evolves.

T: Like any good Belgian ale the taste evolves over time. Cold the beer is crisp and juicy (apple, light pear) with herbal notes and i hint of bitterness on the finish. As it warm up I get more a spiced cider flavor, even some nutmeg and a yeasty fresh bread flavor. Stay sweet all the way through but the finish is balanced juicy sweet with herbal dryness.

M: Smooth with consistent small bubble carbonation, lingering finish.

D: For 8+% ABV this beer is wonderfully easy to drink. Generally prefer doubles over triples so TK extra sweetness is a bonus to me, help cut through the dry herbal notes that dominate other triples.

09-29-2009 21:03:09 | More by peterjk
Photo of Nascartailgatefa

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

on tap from rattle and Hum NY . a slightly murky pale light yellow. Good carbonation but unimpressive head and lacing. Very little observable scent. creamy taste of banana, on the sweet side. Definitely the type of beer that can sneak up on you with its smoothness and high alcohol content. Very drinkable and pleasant for a high alcohol beer.

02-14-2009 00:20:46 | More by Nascartailgatefa
Photo of zoso493

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous hazy deep golden color with a full three finger head, that sticks around forever. Already, you can see a high amount of carbonation. Looks very inviting.

Smell: Smells of clove, yeast, lemon, sugar, orange banana and spices. Lots going on in the nose. Very crisp and bright smelling beer, if such a thing is possible. As typical of Belgians, the funk starts to come out as it warms, due to the yeast.

Taste: A very crisp taste of Belgian yeast, spices, grains and even some lemon zest. Very refreshing. Towards the end, there's a slight warming sensation from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Decidedly medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Very dry and crisp, though, which to me is quite desirable for the style.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable for an 8.4% brew, but the alcohol is definitely present. Just this one will suffice for me tonight, though.

Overall, this is a very tasty tripel. Perhaps not my favorite tripel, but it's a very refreshing example of the style. Good, complex brew that I would highly recommend.

11-09-2009 20:40:10 | More by zoso493
Photo of rkowalick

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Served from a handsome .33 cL bottle with a parchment colored label displaying nuns harvesting grain into an oversized snifter. The yeast seemed very willing to get in my glass, so I cut the pour short to leave almost an inch in the bottle.

The beer pours darker than most tripels. It is a brilliant light amber that is perfectly transparent. The head is white and fluffy. The smell is of the standard tripel fare: plenty of yeast esters including apricots and crisp green apples. There is also a slight hint of alcohol in the nose as well. The taste delivers quite nicely. The apricots and apples join together into a strong dryness. The dryness continues until a slight spiciness and mild alcoholic burn dominate. The mouthfeel is what really sold me on this beer. It is very multi-faceted--dare I say complex? This beer seems to have the unique quality of being refreshing yet substantial at the same time. The loads of fine, light carbonation scrub and refresh the tongue, while near the finish, the beer appears to demonstrate more body than one would initially believe. After swallowing, the light carbonation continues to dance around the tongue. Drinikibility is very high for a high alcohol brew. Its lightness allows one to take plenty of sips, while its mild heavyness seems to keep ones sense of touch interested.

A first class tripel. Excellent beer that I could recommend to anyone.

10-20-2007 18:19:36 | More by rkowalick
Photo of Kudashov


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

With Teenage Fanclub on the Hi-Fi , " Ain't That Enough " combined with another night of the Bruins getting their arse kicked it was time to crack this bottle . A very sharp looking bottle I might add . The label is wonderfully detailed . On the back label was the best on date which was 1-3-08 . First off you better be careful pouring this . The head on this in my old Busch beer chalice is very big . A dull cloudy gold color which looks inviting when held up to the light . The head on the Allagash was not this big . Wow.
Aroma is nice , fruity , wheaty . This was a joy to drink as the carbonation tickled in my mouth . Crisp , energetic . Not like the Bruins who stunk out the place again . I will drink this sweet stuff again .

02-17-2007 00:09:07 | More by Kudashov
Photo of KAP1356


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz. bottle into a Cuvee des Trolls snifter...

A - Pours a cloudy, golden, amber color with a large (3 finger) fluffy, almost purly white head. Head retention is quite good as it is sticking around for quite a bit.

S - Very herbal aroma coming off of this one. Some spicey notes of pepper and coriander that hit right at the back of the throat. Nice hop presence as well. There is also a nice fruity, floral presence to it that is the slightest bit funky.

T - Sweet apples and peaches right up front. Slight spiciness to it as well (less than the nose leads you to believe). Slight yeast breadiness as well that is almost reminiscent of a caramel gingerbread. The finish is a slightly tart cherry flavor.

M - Slight spice to the mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a slight crispness to it.

D - Has become my new go to Belgian beer lately. Just a great beer to have as it seems to hit all the right strides for drinking several of them in one sitting.

09-09-2010 02:55:17 | More by KAP1356
Photo of joepais


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip produced a big billowy head on top of a golden yellow head

Aromas of wheat and grasses along with a nice subtle spice background and of course Belgian yeast

Flavors of spices (pepper, coriander and clove) Sweet malt, and citrus fruit, as it warms there is a light alcohol presence as well

A wonderfully light crisp mouthfeel its making me wishes it was summer time while the snow is falling out side

A great Belgian I can see why it won some medals I wish they would change the bottle color green glass is not cool. Extremely drinkable will gladly seek this one out again

02-23-2008 03:16:15 | More by joepais
Photo of Dope


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Clear golden pour with a ridiculously foamy and effervescent white head (95% of the glass is just foam). I didn't even try to pour it very aggressively. Finally fades leaving a moderate skeleton of lacing behind. Excellent retention.

S: Very wheaty. Lots of grainy bread. There is a sharp, distinctive belgian yeast aroma there too, primarily with banana. Touch of citrus, lemony for sure. Very pleasant, crisp and refreshing aroma.

T: Wheaty up front. Very strong belgian yeast; it's loaded with banana immediately after the wheat. Grainy bread throughout with some hearty oat. Quite sweet in general. Lemony tang in the finish. Lingering sticky sweetness between sips.

M: Medium bodied, a bit sticky from all the sweetness.

O: A very malt-heavy tripel. You can really taste the different kinds of malts that they used so it's not so one-dimensional. Quite malty sweet in general with the strong yeast picking up a close second place. No real noticeable hops or bitterness. Tasty and delicious example of the style - a must-try if you like maltier tripels.

10-08-2012 03:54:54 | More by Dope
Photo of Tucquan


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Had this on 2011-08-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy straw with a 1-finger white head (bib bubbles) that fades quickly. Quite a few floaties.

S - Belgian yeast, honey, spice.

T - Quite pleasant. Echoes the smells and introduces some light fruit esters; perhaps grape skin. Not too sweet Insignificant hops. It dries out with a nicely-clinging aftertaste that finishes slightly sour.

M - Light body with medium-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - A well-balanced, good tasting, lightish tripel.

08-21-2011 10:56:15 | More by Tucquan
Photo of AltBock


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

A 750ml green bottle that was corked and caged with an expiration date of 1/1/08. When you pop the cork you get to see all the gases exit the bottle, much like a bottle of wine. I also saw plenty of sediment in the bottle too. A nice treat!

Appearance: Poured a golden orange color with an inch of white foam that left lace around the glass. You also get see all the carbonation bubbles racing to the top of your glass. Another nice treat!

Smell: It had loads of citrus fruits, many different spices, and with just a bit of a floral aroma in the background.

Taste: The taste had lots of sweet fruits, cloves, many different spices, that all ended with a pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It was a smooth, medium-bodied beer with plenty of carbonation in it. This is one of those beers that can really hide that 8% alcohol content.

Drinkability: This would make an excellent choice for your first Belgian Triple. If you get this in a 750 ml bottle, this is a must share beer with all your good friends. Also, watch out if you buy this in a green bottle, it might have been exposed to too much light.

09-30-2005 19:50:04 | More by AltBock
Photo of CharlatanSin


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle (I think $3ish at Flair Beverage) into a Duvel glass. I'm going to get a Karmeliet gift pack with the glass next week, because that glass is terrific.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden with a half-inch white head that retains and leaves splotchy lacing.

S: Very nice. Grainy, almost wheat-like aroma, with Belgian yeast, spice, some banana and a cotton candy sweetness.

T/M: Lots of spices going on. A pleasant fruitiness, especially as it warms, with some of the straw from the aroma. Not a trace of booze. Definitely let this one warm up a bit. Finish is light sugary sweetness. The carbonation is medium but fairly prickly.

D: Goes down very smoothly. This isn't my favorite tripel on the planet, but it's a damn good one.

11-20-2010 23:19:32 | More by CharlatanSin
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

08-25-2014 07:08:31 | More by dannyboygaga
Photo of hawksfan82


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

33cl bottle poured into the proper Tripel Karmeliet tulip-style glass.

Pours a nice golden color, a little more clear than I would expect. The glass helps this beer get a huge foamy white head, that lasts for a few minutes, then settles down and leaves you a finger. Not much lacing.

Great smell to this beer. At first sniff, you get a fruity, banana dominated smell. As it warms a little bit you get some spices coming through. ...a little clove, orange peel. Maybe a hint of hops comes through as well.

The banana and clove dominate your tongue at first, and the citrus in the smell isn't as apparent in your mouth. A little above average on the carbonation side. The spices give way, and there's an interesting malt character that seems to be present. It's almost chewy. It's a flavor I'm used to getting mostly in darker belgians,.... very interesting. Aftere that, liike a lot of tripels, it goes from the semi sweet start into a nice, slightly bitter ending, where a small bit of hops make their presence known. The bitterness comes in the form of a crisp bite, which leads to a nice, clean finish. This is extremely well balanced. The alcohol is really well hidden in this guy.

Mouthfeel on this guy that of a big bodied beer. Heavily carbonated and first, then almost chewy in the middle. This is a big, heavy beer.

Drinkability isn't too bad. I think 2 of these in a night would be my max, but what more do you want out of a proper belgian abbey-style?

This is an extremely good beer. This is everything triple should be. Big and complex, but extremely well balanced. Absolute joy to drink.

12-12-2008 00:29:47 | More by hawksfan82
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%

BB 12/06/2014

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw-gold with a massive, 4+ fingers if thick cream coloured head - excessively good retention (as in hurry the hell up, I want to drink you!!).

Smell. Sweet and fruity belgian yeast, apples and pear, a little banana and sweet spice.

Taste. Sweet and fruity belgian yeast again, sweet light malts, sweet and peppery spices, a bit of green apple and bananna. Not as sweet overall as I'm making it out to be, just sweet flavours if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff, a fine tripel.

09-03-2013 00:31:12 | More by Rutager
Photo of barleyman


4.21/5  rDev -1.4%

Sampled from the 33cl brown glass bottle. The blonde hazy beer leaves a nice 1.5 inch white head. A bready aroma predominates. A citrusy, yeasty flavor is evident, light mouthfeel, the high alcohol is not at all evident. This is a unique,, very special beer.

10-21-2013 02:40:28 | More by barleyman
Photo of MaltyHoppyGood


4.21/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle: Best before 03/2014

A: Looks like a nice, clear pilsener in color. Huge active wheat head. Many tiny scrubby bubbles that eventually slow to a mild steady stream of CO2. Got a tiny bit of yeast in the bottom, much less than I was expecting. My guess is it was bottled with some carbonation already, perhaps at lager temperatures, and given the small amount I noticed for extra zip. Much less yeast than, say a hefeweizen.

S: Really mild smell, which gives me deep mellow malt with mostly Belgian yeast aromomatics. Familiar Belgian spices, alcohol, and mild grain. Hiding well is an herbal, lemon pepper nose.

T: Full on lemony, herbal, slight pepper, alcohol, smooth simple malts. Pilsener and wheat malts provide a stage for an incredible Saaz hop showcase. The alcohol carries the hop presence all over the mouth, while allowing the grainy malts to finish the race. Mild-medium hop bitterness, mostly herbal, some spiciness. Belgian yeast is present, but remains clean, allowing the hops to shine followed by the simple malts. Good acidity to keep the sips coming and flavor refreshing.

M: Active carbonation for the style seems appropriate. It seems a bit much, but it keeps it exciting in the flavor department. Moderately soft water keeps bitterness low, but highly flavorful. Thin, mostly watery alcohol with a light and barely sweet finish. Malt sticks on the tongue well after the drink, low astringency.

O: An idyllic Belgian Tripel Ale. A true nod to the pilsener heritage with tons of Saaz hops and clean, crisp drinking experience. The Karmeliet abby cleverly used wheat and oat as they advertise instead (or in addition to) Belgian candi sugar. This provides extra alcohol and grain flavor while remaining dry. The balance in this beer is so complex, with low aromatics, big hop flavor, low bitterness and lots of oomph. For me, this is a whimsical blend of classic Saaz hop flavor with high quality malts brewed in the Belgian tradition and is remarkable every sip of the way.

11-29-2013 22:00:26 | More by MaltyHoppyGood
Photo of TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a hazy dandelion yellow with a pristine white head that pours about an inch thick before settling down to a thin covering. Good retention; superb lacing.

Hay, Lemon, and summer days. Towards the end it gets a bit spicier with some pepper and yeast odors.

Rich, big flavor. Touches of citrus and earthy grass tones. Kind of tastes like a "unit" to me. The wheat mellows it so nice that it becomes well-balanced enough to make individual flavors less obvious. Good hoppy hook at the end pulls you out of these delusions.

Good carbonation, round and the tiniest bit sticky. Nice mouth-coating flavor that lasts (got to be too much at the end of the bottle). Both lighter-tasting and heavier feeling than I expected.

Good Tripel. Definitely different than other Tripels, but worth trying. It had a superb head and was good tasting to me on the whole. Towards the end it got a little too sticky for my taste (but honestly that is something I don't like about most tripels). Would drink again.

06-17-2013 22:48:29 | More by TheDoctor
Photo of FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-


APPEARANCE : Hazy golden/yellow with a very, very generous white fluffy head. Beautiful, even though the head can be somewhat excessive.

SMELL : First nose is malty hay and yeasts. Second nose adds some fruit to the mix, typical of the tripel style - banana, peach. Flowers as well. Third nose amplifies on the previous two, with a touch of booze, but this is definitely positive.

TASTE : Follows the nose. Yeasts, malts, discreet hops blending in with a hay side. Fruits.

MOUTHFEEL : Ample, rich and generous. Great, great texture. The mouthfeel is probably this beer's strongest point. Incredibly pleasing.

OVERALL : One of the very, very good tripels I've had. Maybe not as awesomely incredible as the Westmalle Tripel, but definitely up there with the big boys. I'm so glad this beer is easily accessible in my area.

10-03-2013 00:43:52 | More by FrostBlast
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Small Belgian style bottle, classy looking label. A best before date was on the label, but it was too faded/washed away to decipher. Poured into a super nice looking tripel Karmeliet glass, very clear and golden, luxorious and stately looking. White head, nicely developed lacing. Nutty nose, very fruity, lemony,yeasty and spicy stuff. Snappy dry finish, intense flavors, simply lovely stuff. Seek and enjoy.

09-25-2004 02:03:54 | More by Billolick
Photo of kingcrowing


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

11.2oz bottle poured into an ommegang chalice.

Pours a light wheat golden color with a small white head. Nose is light and yeasty with a nice hop sharpness.

Taste is sweet and fresh, lots of yeasty fruitiness. It's got a nice full mouthfeel with really drinkable. Alcohol comes out a bit more as it warms.

08-17-2010 21:49:13 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured this into my Chimay goblet. Poured a golden straw colored yellow. Thick fluffy white head that is not going anywhere soon. Bubbles actively rising throughout the tasting. I sipped some of the foam and as it slowly resides it leaves thick clumpy lacing.
Aroma-grassy, yeasty, citrus notes of orange. musty like a scuppernong or muscadine wine.
Mouthfeel-very carbonated and champagne like in taste as well. gets a spicy flavor as it warms up. Some of the wheat comes through with a bite. Finishes somewhat dry. A froth on the palate increases the complexity. I have not had a tripel much less a Belgian lately. This still has hints of the grape taste-wise. Alcohol is present but has a medicinal quality vs a warming on the palate. Not bad, different, and I dig! If your Belgian palate is rusty this will make you sit up and think. A very pleasing brew.

05-24-2007 02:30:09 | More by ByTor2112
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

An eeenormous "pop" gets things going. The pour produces that typical Belgian head: tiny tight bubbles, lots of them in the liquid itself, with an audible sizzling and excellent retention. Shimmering golden color gets a little murk on once you pour the bottom half of the bottle.

Aroma is mostly bready, with a light pilsner-ish hoppiness and some yeast character in the background.

Flavor is crisp green apples, politely prickly spices, and a dry hoppy bitterness that reminds a lot of pilsner malts. Finishes dry, but candy-like flavors still end up sticking around. The sweet, syrupy traits of a tripel are dialed way down, serving merely as background to the lighter, crisper flavor and feel.

Mouthfeel is zingy and snappy and some other equally ridiculous words...balanced out by enough heft and textural depth that reminds you this is an ale, and a Belgian one at that.

Subtly excellent. Crazy drinkable. This isn't as big, sweet and syrupy as most tripels. When I was in Belgium, someone told me this is actually not a true tripel, despite the name. I thought that was crazy, but considering that it tastes and feels more like a crisp Belgian pale ale or a lighter Saison...maybe that's true after all. Whatever you call it, it's a very good beer...extremely refreshing for the coming warm weather, and something that would be a perfect gateway beer for anyone curious about the world of better beer. (I guess they kicked it up .1% recently, as my bottle says 8.1%. Hairsplitting Extraordinaire!)

03-25-2008 22:27:54 | More by Metalmonk
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A - a white head with a nice foam structure as well. The fluid itself is pale yellow and reasonably clear.

S - A nice odor of citrus, pine and yeast.

T - A nice refreshing taste and a good full tasty body.

M - Medium to high carbonation and a medium bitter finish. There is no creamy stickiness developing in my mouth, which is a pity.

O - A good triple, nothing more.

01-11-2012 21:18:19 | More by Mar02x
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