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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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world-class

3,346 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,346
Reviews: 1,201
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 205
Gots: 403 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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 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.

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

Creamy, spicy flavors are also quite fruity and even if the origin of these remains difficult to identify. It reveals, however, the apricot. The beer is made with barley, wheat and oats (each grain is taken once believed, once malted) and is very warm and contains little bitterness. The flavor is mild and sweet with a finish reminiscent of quinine. It is less sweet and more balanced than the pressure bottle and she appears much more refreshing, even if it is full of flavors. Complex beer.

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

A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden yellow with a bright white head. This is liquid sunshine. Very inviting.

S: Very nice floral aroma. Smells clean and "spring-like" some hints of banana and possibly other fruit?

T: Excellent flavor. Nice flowery spice with a refreshing slight sourness. Heavy Belgian yeast.

M: perfect. Not watery. Not thick. A good amount of carbonation leads to a smooth velvety feel.

D: a tad too strong and flowery to drink all night but a great beer to introduce some one to the style.

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

A - I drank this in a Chimay goblet. The beer is a hazy golden color with carbonation bubbles resting at the bottom of the glass. I like a nice large head so I poured it with plenty of air and once it settled it had about a 2 inch thick head on it, which to me, is perfect. The head is more foamy than creamy, due to the heavy carbonation. The head reduced to a thin film about half way through, leaving slight lacing around the edges of the glass. My only complaint is that the head didn't stick around longer.

S - it smells summery and floral with hints of citrus fruit and also has a very strong yeasty aroma and even a dense carbonation smell, almost reminiscent of a seltzer.

T - It started out slightly bitter to me. This went away by about my third sip and it just kept getting better. It was a rare thing going from an initial mediocre taste, to quickly becoming remarkable. The balance is perfect and it's very easy to drink, masking its alcohol very well. Citrus flavors come to mind and it also has a little of a bite to it, not of alcohol, but maybe more of a peppery taste.

M - the beer is very light in the mouth and bubbly almost like a champagne

D - very easy to drink, an exceptional beer. I will definitely be getting more of these...

Photo of Reaper16
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a Tripel Karmeliet giant tulip

Pours a vibrant orange color whose body is totally translucent. An ever-visible stream of carbonation rises from the center-bottom of the glass. The head on this beer is awesome. Four fingers of off-white foam, fluffy and clingy with lace. This beer is always a tremendous looking pour.

This is an ideal nose for a Tripel. A fruit blend of apricot, pear, banana and slight lemon brings immediate sweetness. The beer is all the sweeter for the candi sugar. There is a bit of a tang that is telling of wheat. Warmth brings medicinal sort of aroma like that of a menthol-lyptus cough drop. This is very true to style while also owning some unique qualities.

The taste follows the nose, only blunted a bit. The candi sugar almost overtakes the fruits. The beer is not cloying but sweetness is all you get from the yeasty fruits. Thankfully the multigrain bill provides a wheaty component that, while not enough to balance, add some complexity. But balance isn't really the domain of the Tripel, is it? This is good. Nothing more, nothing less.

The oats on the grain bill make for a thicker, smoother drink than most Tripels. The relative creaminess does right by the beer's sweetness. As far as Tripels go, this one has good drinkability. I think I'd still prefer a La Fin Du Monde over it, but you could drink a couple of these in the summertime and feel sated.

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

A - clear light gold/darker yellow. Rapid stream of bubbles that create a thick firm head of tight bubbles.

S - Bready malt. Spicy phenolics. A little fruity, but pretty clean smelling.

T - Sweet pilsner malt. Belgian spiciness. Orangy fruitiness. Subdued pepperiness. Noticeable alcohol, but not "hot". Pretty clean and not too cloying, but maybe a little bit too much on the sweet side.

M - Mostly dry. High carbonation. Alcohol warmth

D - classic belgian sample. Tasty.

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

Pours a bright cloudy orange with a small off-white head. The aroma is strong, and of oranges. Nothing else can be smelled which is kind of a let down. The taste is a lot like the smell. Big orange flavor, but a bit tangy too, and very juicy. Nice, but not very complex. The alcohol is completely hidden. I would liked to have seen the alcohol come through, and add a little complexity to the taste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and juicy. Overall, drinking this beer is a lot like drinking a glass of orange juice. Which isn't necessarily bad. It's big, juicy, and flavorful which is enough in my book.

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

330ml (best by date illegible) into a tulip. Pours a golden orange w/ a massive rocky white head, steady carb, chunks of lace.

Aroma is lots of citrus and spice up front, candi sugar, earthy mango. Smells tropical w/ just a hint of musty yeast.

Taste is a little less impressive than the aroma. Belgian yeast, sweet pale malt, clean water. Slight bubblegum.

Mouthfeel compensates for the taste - smooth, velvety, semi-dry. Just right.

Overall this is a solid tripel. Hits all the marks. Not the best I've had but still a world-class version of the style.

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

750 screen printed green bottle.

Great looking fluffy head that lasts and lasts. Highly carbonated (a good thing).

Lemongrass aroma with obvious Saaz hops. Just a touch of spice with subdued fruity yeast notes. Thankfully, no skunky notes. Could definately be more interesting and intense.

Flavors echo aroma, with lemon and Saaz hops. Apple and banana are present, but you really have to search for it. Peppery spice as well. Gets better as it warms up. Highly attentuated.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Light and highly carbonated. Drinkability is high, due mostly to the light mouthfeel.

Good, but certainly not great. I've heard that the version in the green bottle is tightly filtered and lacks the character of the brown bottling. I've never tried the brown bottles, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is true. There is hardly any sediment in this.

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

750ML Green bottle...

Typical triple appearance, slightly opaque and a golden color with a nice fluffy head. Lots of citrus and yeast overtones, cloves and spices intermingling quite nicely. A very drinkable concoction that will not disappoint in the least. Highly recommended..

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

Solid Rich Malt
Tart Oat - yeast
Blonde Sweet Caramel
Fresh Light Wheat

(with a
hint of country spice)
...
Pours an almost clear golden
with a lace that won't quit

smells of oats and spiced wheat
and the bright yeast in it

Taste is complex
like a hybrid "country" tripel
less dark fruit and syrupy
more oats and
caramel middles

Mouthfeel is good,
smooth and refined
with a balance of carbonation
rich malt
and tart rind

Drinkability:
great
an excellent sipper
that soon disappears into
gulping as it warms better.

Photo of Steve188821
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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 BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 27, 2010. Expires July 27, 2012

A: Pours a straw yellow with a massive white head that leaves great lacing

S: Smells like light fruits and grass. Slightly malty and bready in the background

T: Quite peppery with very nice fruity notes and a good malt backbone. Alcohol slightly detectable, but in a good way. It still mostly hides behind the malt and fruit

M: Very light body with high carbonation

D: Dangerously drinkable because of how the alcohol plays into the taste and the light body. This beer will knock you out if you're not careful and take the 8.4% into account

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

Pours a slightly hazy, pale gold with just a hint of an amber tint. Huge amounts of carbonation apparent in the body that feeds the thick, creamy head. Long lasting head, that leaves quite a bit of lace clinging to the glass. Aroma of tart citrus blends with a spicy, but not quite peppery, smell. Very grainy taste, with plenty of fruit and spice flavors adding complexity. The blend of grains is very apparent - the oats and wheat seem to stand out above the barley. Finish is rather grassy and a bit bitter, with accompanying hints of berry-like fruit. Aftertaste has a nice lingering dose of alcohol, along with a dry, tart fruitiness. Carbonation gives this beer a fairly rough feel. Very drinkable brew. I'll have to experiment with food pairings...

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Seanstoppable
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently obtained from Premier Wine and Spirits. Best before date of 12/03/12.

Cracking it open resulted in an explosion of foam. Quickly pouring into my glass results in a pale gold color with copious amounts of fluffy white head (like an entire hand of head). Head eventually settles down, leaving next to no lacing on the glass.

Scent is light and consists of hints of spice and yeast.

Taste is better than the nose. A prevailing sweetness, with some spice character and a hint of citrus. A bit of alcohol near the end, but not much. No real bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy, with some pleasant carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, an very good example of Belgium's excellent breweries.

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

Overall this is a pretty solid trippel but definitely not the best i've ever had.

Pours a very light golden brown, pretty hazy.

Had on tap, so the bubbles weren't as champagney as other belgian trippels i've had in the bottle.

Smell is just a bit of Bananas yeast and spice. Not too impressive or profound.

Taste is good, solid belgian blond, off dry, not sweet really which is nice.

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

Light gold with a fantastic head. Slightly cloudy, actually a little less cloudy than I would have thought. Very bubbly.

Smells yeasty and fruity. There is also a bit of buttery/caramel aroma; a little bit of alcohol in the nose.

The taste is a little fruity and surprisingly light for th style. It's very pleasant, though.

Very slick mouthfeel. You can't feel the alcohol at all. A little thin but very drinkable because of the lighter body.

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

A: Pours a peachy copper color with some haze to it. Head starts out really fizzy but has surprising staying power. Hustle and bustle from bubbles appearing from the bottom of the glass give the body some life.

S: Honey suckle, buck wheat, coriander, fresh yeast, apricots, green apple and Kleenex.

T: Starts off with dry honey traits at the tip of the tongue then yielding to spritzier honey notes across the sides. Some rounded yellow apple with out any sourness comes next, dried hay and simple grain flavors bringing up the tail. Some limestone-like traits add to the dryness without intensifying the hay characteristics most often found in triples and saisons. Finishes with simple vanilla and floral kicks.

M: Medium body with a good softness to it.

D: This is good because its perfectly balanced…which above and beyond it the most important aspect of a beer, IMO. Not over the top in one direction or another. Its not my favorite style so my review is probably a bit low for the caliber of the beer.

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

Clear light orange in color with a head bubbly in texture, gigantic in size, and sticky in its falling. Very funky nose with bright fruit aromas, whiffs of alcohol, along with a hints of yeast and pepper. A Tripel just loaded with flavors. Very complex, funky, farmy, yeasty flavors loaded with fruit flavors. A sensational beer.

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

A - Bright golden pour with streams of carbonated bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

S - Smells of ligth fruit, yeast, floral aromas, with a sweet malty character.

T - A nice carbonated sip of this beer brings you flavors of light fruit, sweet malts, mild hop character, and an overall greatly balanced beer.

M - This beer is very light and has a nice crisp finish

D - Great tripel beer defiantly one of the better ones out there.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
96 out of 100 based on 3,346 ratings.