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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,414 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,414
Reviews: 1,214
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 222
Gots: 457 | 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 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.

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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.

Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

A clear golden hue with a perfectly white foamy head. A lot of citrus-scents here, almost an orange "Fruit Loops" scent. Some yeastiness, but it's dominated by the citrus scents.

A lot of the citrus flavor comes through on the first taste. Little hoppiness. I feel like the taste doesn't long linger.

A very easy to drink 8.4% ABV triple beer.

Photo of trancefishy
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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 bluemoonswoon
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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 timtheenchanta
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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 peterjk
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of granger10
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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 thain709
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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 ALESwhatCURESya
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Tucquan
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of botham
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,414 ratings.