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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,459
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 233
Gots: 502 | 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 philbe311
4.15/5  rDev -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 Beelzebeer
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, served in a chalice. Bottled Dec 20/2011. Almost a year old.

A - Traditional tripel. Good amount of medium density head, which has been sticking around forever. Pale yellow.

S - Wheat, some light liquorice, a little tangy bitter, little sawdust, oddly enough.

T & M - Taste is being overridden by a too-high amount of carbonation. Underneath there is wheat, a little hop, dried fruit. Pretty dense mouthfeel, maybe a little too much, but not bad by any means.

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

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - A nice hazy orange with a head that lingers forever.

S - Peaches and bananas.

T - Yeasty, sweet, and slightly alcoholic. Pretty well balanced.

M - A bit thick with a slight carbonation sting on the tongue.

D - Needs to be sipped. The alcohol doesn't linger, which makes it easy to drink if taken slowly.

Summary - A pretty nice example of a Tripel.

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

A-pours a slight hazed pale orange color with a whispey white head and good lacing

S- is apples /bananas some clove and a sweet candied malt

T- is sweet/tart light fruit with a touch of clove and belgian yeast

M- medium carbonation on the sweet side with enough fruit and hop to balance the flavor

o- a tasty tripel well balanced with fruit citrus and hops an easy to enjoy

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

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.

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 bosco7
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle with nice silk screened art. Poured into a tasting-glass.

Beautiful beer; golden color topped with a huge fluffy white head.

Pear, apple skin, clove, flowers, soft aromas in the nose. Some hop spice in there as well. Aroma is highly appetizing.

Starts sweet with some light caramel flavors that immediately move into fruity apple and pear flavors. The spicier flavors are prominent in the finish. Black pepper and clove come to mind. The finish is very dry and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and plenty of carbonation. Highly drinkable beer and ABV is hardly noticeable. I really enjoyed this tripel and would recommended on its aroma alone.

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

Pours a golden color into my Urthel glass. 2 finger head with many carbonation bubbles fling upward. Look beautiful.

Smells funky with a little fruit.

Tastes of a funky with some spice finishes dry.

Feels full of fizzy carbonation which dies down as it breaths. Some what light to medium body.

This is a good beer not my favoate trip but nice to drink

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

Served from a large bottle, I think it was 750 ml. Pours a clear and shiny golden orange color with a white head that lasts through the whole glass. Very good head retention. The aroma is spicy and fruity, sweet malty scent and apple peel. The flavor is crisp with a sweet malt flavor as the base. Flavors of apple and wild berries comes through as well. Very gentle on the palate with no flavors being too bold or overpowering. Very enjoyable drink.

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

This beer poured a golden color and formed a nice bubbly white head that left some circular lace as it slowly subsided. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of citrus and grain. A flavor of citrus and grain with a hint of clove present. A bit of tanginess to the body no doubt brought on by the carbonation. A good beer.

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 Steve188821
4.15/5  rDev -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.

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

Probably one of the best tripls I have had and this is a style Im not usually fond of.

appearance: golden and cloudy. decent head rentention

smell: fruit, mostly banana

taste: was a great real belgian golden ale, good, and no overpowering for how strong it was, tons of banana and spice characters

mouthfeel: medium and good carbonation

drinkability: I was pleasantly suprised, it's not overrated, smooth and easy for how strong the ABV is.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.15/5  rDev -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.com

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev -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.

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

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 meatyard
4.15/5  rDev -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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber. Nice large white head that lasts a long time with nice lacing. Aroma subdued wheat. Flavor is wheat developing into sweet malt and light fruit. Sweet malt and spicy middle and finish with a touch of hops. Very well integrated. An excellent tripel and worth a revisit.

Photo of waltonc
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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 PapaMurphy
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TrevorWGrover
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pitasoup
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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 homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,459 ratings.