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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,132
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 182
Gots: 307 | 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 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

joepais, Feb 23, 2008
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.

Dope, Oct 08, 2012
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.

Tucquan, Aug 21, 2011
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.

AltBock, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance: Light golden with moderate haze; white head that dissipated quickly; some lacing.

Smell: spice, malt, just a hint of sour apple

Taste: the warming alcohol and peppery spiciness is quite pronounced; the fruit I got at first was pear -- as the bottle went on, slight banana esters.

Mouthfeel: prickly, with some slight syrup but less than expected

Overall: not overly complex; the warming alcohol and spice are what stick out; not in my top few for the style, but still very good

thebeers, Sep 10, 2014
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.

CharlatanSin, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of dannyboygaga
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

dannyboygaga, Aug 25, 2014
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.

hawksfan82, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Rutager
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.

Rutager, Sep 03, 2013
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.

barleyman, Oct 21, 2013
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.

MaltyHoppyGood, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of TheDoctor
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.

TheDoctor, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of FrostBlast
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.

FrostBlast, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Billolick
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.

Billolick, Sep 25, 2004
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.

kingcrowing, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of ByTor2112
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.

ByTor2112, May 24, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
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!)

Metalmonk, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Mar02x
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.

Mar02x, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of MiScusi
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

From a corked 750ml bottle, poured a straw gold with pretty good clarity. The head was nice fluffy white with pretty good retention. Taste was of yeast, some soft hops, and fruit... very fruity and sweet. Mouthfeel was highly carbonated. Drinkability was good as the alcohol was masked very well.

MiScusi, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head eventually recedes to a thick cap. The only gripe I have about the appearance was the lack of lacing. The aroma is a bit different in that this tripel has a noticeable hop presence. Grass and pepper from the hops, pears, apples, and cloves from the malt and yeast. Alcohol is detected and also adds some spiciness. This tripel is a lot more spice orientated than others. I taste a lot of spice up front with pepper and cloves. The fruity, vinous qualities I love in this style is very much in the background. All a matter of personal taste if this tripel will "turn your crank". The mouthfeel is where this beer really shines and seperates itself from the pack. Smooth, silky, but yet robust and effervescent. Just a delight to drink. I guess the oats and wheat added something afterall.

This will not replace St. Bernardus Tripel as my favorite of the style but I am certainly glad I gave it a try.

morimech, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Sampled from a Chimay glass.

A: Poured a bright honey-gold with a bright white fluffy head about 2 fingers high. There appeared to be a steady stream of strong carbonation from the center of the glass erupting like a volcanoe from the laser etchings.

S: sour lemons, and fruitiness (apples, pears), citrus, fresh wheat and a touch of sour oranges. There was a nice spiciness as well.

T: tart lemons, orange peels, with a nice spicy hopping. There was a nice tart fruitiness from the yeast followed by a showing of coriander. Some light muskiness, grains, citrus and dried honey citrus rounds things out here. Overall was tart and tangy with a nice spiciness.

M: smooth, light with a active carbonation providing a crisp, sharp experience.

D: Very nice, highly recommended.

beerthulhu, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of longbongsilver
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

This was recommended when I first came to this site, and I finally found it. Let's see if it was worth the wait:

Mug filled with a highly translucent canary yellow with lots of carbonation. Kinda looks like I poured white wine actually. HUGE white, very hollow head resembling biscuit dough sticks around quite awhile. Smells like pineapple and pear (seriously, that's what it reminds me of) along with semi-sweet pastry, like would be used for a pie crust. Dryness comes in as well, though more subtle than I expected. Alcohol smell: none.

Taste follows the nose, plus a peppery bit in the back and more of the wheat. The dry character is dialed in to where it's clear but crisp, not overdone at all. Alcohol taste: none.

Goes down thicker than it looks, almost oily. Fizz dwindles to a tickle.

Is it a contradiction for something to be really subtle yet complex at the same time? Because that's what I'd say about this. Character without missing refreshment at all...I wish I could get this on-tap locally.

longbongsilver, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of AaronRed
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Very sweet with loads of carbonation. Fruity, but with a kick. Yeast is clearly present,but the sweetness of this beer slightly overpowers it. In adding to this review, I tried it agian 9/8/02 and found it sort of dry, with some very noticeable grain flavors- of which I cannot readily identify. This was a smoother brew then before, but remains sweet. You can really taste and smell some sort of crystal like sugar.

AaronRed, Jan 21, 2002
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge thick foamy white head with excellent retention. Aroma is quite complex with a mix between candi sugar and good old Belgian yeast. Taste is very refreshing with some spices, candi sugar (well balanced by the way), good malt and finish with the yeast. Carbonation is excellent and body is above average but still not too full. Good interpretation of the style with all the ingredient well balanced.

Phyl21ca, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of nataku00
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet Tulip (my go to tulip for many beers). A bright, but hazy yellow beer, capped with a finger of frothy snow white head. A ton of carbonation can be seen through the glass, sustaining the dense head for a good long while. When you think of a tripel, this looks pretty much like what you should expect.

Pretty typical nose for a tripel, spicy and fruity, accompanying a yeasty bread scent. Some tropical fruit, banana and mango in there, with a feint citrus note.

Taste follows the nose nicely, with the spice upfront in the form of coriander, with the fruitiness finishing the beer dry. The fairly high ABV is hidden very well.

The best part of drinking the beer is the mouthfeel. Medium bodied beer combined with very active and tight carbonation combines to create an exceptionally creamy beer. Really delicious beer that's smooth and easy to drink.

nataku00, Sep 24, 2010
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,132 ratings.