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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 2,978
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 163
Gots: 238 | FT: 4
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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 adamparker05


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden, honeycomb color.

Aroma is has a light yeasty alcohol start, then gives way to a slight hop and barley malt smell.

Flavor is nice and balanced. A little bit of spice up front; coriander and cardamom. Great yeasty flavor with a little bit of a bitter finish with perfect, light carbonation.

Very drinkable One of the most balanced Belgian's I've ever had.

Very lauded by a friend of mine. Recently named Best Ale by World Beer Awards and thus touted "best beer in the world". A fine beer, worth trying and savoring. Best beer in the world... not sold yet. Maybe I just need to drink more of it...?

Answer: YESSS!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 00:29:33 | More by adamparker05
Photo of brewcrew76


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright golden yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves a blanket of big bubbles and rocky lacing.

S - Bubblegum, lemon ,pepper spice, yeasty, and bready with a touch of honey.

T - Big bubblegum flavor with white pepper spice. Slightly yeasty, earhty and bready with a touch of honey.

M - Medium body and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A tasty Tripel and a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 00:00:08 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Voss


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Tripel looks gorgeous in its unique glass, and the eye does not lie. Smell of what you could believe it was liquid honey arise from a three fingers head, so sweet, with a touch of herb and wheat. Medium carbonation teases its pale golden medium body. Warmth in your mouth as the alchool gets more evident as you reach the bottom of the glass. Spicy and fruity taste, mostly exotic fruits with the roughness of the grain.
An excellent brew you should try and, if you like, pair with a good piece of italian "parmigiano reggiano".

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 22:37:09 | More by Voss
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chanted some carillons with this one on 10/2/2004. ?-oz, pour at ACPH in an absolutely kick-ass Tripel Karmeliet glass with inlaid fresco and all.

Huge froth of initial inch plus head that subsided to a tremulous coagulant of quarter inch mass. Light gold coloring but hue is deceptive due to the bulbous round globe of glass that surrounds the liquid goodness. Home brew-like quality of wilted, wet malt to nose. Initial core of rounded malt heat dissipates with an almost chalky residue that coats the throat with a somewhat tannin flush as well.

Beautiful offering that settles and filibusters its way through the synapses.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2004 22:28:04 | More by Truh
Photo of jera1350


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Blue Nile.

Served in its namesake glass, the beer is a light golden color with a clean head of foam that has excellent retention.

Belgian yeast with a light fruit smell, some banana and a honey sweetness.

Very clean and refreshing taste of fruit and honey along with some clove and light banana from the belgian yeast. Nice and simple, but complex at the same time.

Medium body, dry and very smooth. The carbonation is very soft and pleasant.

Overall, a top notch brew for the style. I've waited too long to try it and now need to have it again. Definitely a benchmark for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 16:29:04 | More by jera1350
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very golden, hazy, straw color with a large white head that hangs around for quite some time. Head is beautiful and frothy. Scent is a little funky with some delightful spiciness and fruity aromas. Nice Belgian yeast scent linger in my Bruery tulip glass with hints of grass and green apples. Taste is initially spicy with some pepper and coriander quickly followed by delicious Belgian yeast flavors. Then I get some grain and tasty fruits with lots of green apple and a bit of lemon. Finishes nice and sweet with a little banana. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry with a medium body. Drinkability is very high, as I could sip on this all night and ABV is well hidden. Overall, a fantastic take on this difficult, complex style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 07:10:43 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours golden with a huge, bubbly head. i can litterally see every bubble that makes this head what it is. cool... decent retention, with minimal lacing on the glass. smells of yeast, bread, a little banana, spice, some fruit and a bit of green apple. to me, the green apple really comes through in the taste as well as a little hop in the nice, dry finish. i can also taste the three grains, which make this one real interesting and unique. dry/spicy meets smooth and creamy with great carbonation for a nice mouthfeel and drinkability. nice...

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 00:05:41 | More by timtim
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a blond/golden color with over 2 inches of fluffy white head that takes a looong time to recede. The beer has a wonderful effervescence and streams of bubbles are continuously rising from the bottom of the glass. After about 10 minutes the head finally recedes to about one fingers width and leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is complex malts, sweet, and grainy with the oats bringing a smooth and almost creamy aroma. There is strong fruitiness with apricots, pineapple and a hint of apple coming through as well as yeast and mild spice. The nose is quite complex and elements of it are hard to place but it is very pleasant, even enticing.

Flavor coats the tongue with a thick and smooth feeling. Tastes of malt and grainy wheat with a nice sweetness. There are tastes of fruit as well, peach and light apricot come through. The Belgian yeast is mild but noticeable with some fruity esters and mild spiciness. Toward the finish there is a graininess to it and some alcoholic heat is present. Lingering flavors are mild after the beer exits, but there is some graininess and a light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick with fairly high carbonation. It coats the mouth but doesn't stick, quite nice.

Overall this is a complex and quite smooth tripel that I enjoyed drinking very much. It's up there with my all time favorites St. Bernardus Tripel and Koningshoven Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 03:18:23 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a wonderful fluffy white chiffon like head.
Seemed as if whipped to a light dense sculptured form that hovered over the beer’s surface.
By the time I held my glass on high to gaze at the wondrous libation, that foamy fluffy froth active in the glass clung with a certain tenacity gracing the walls with a web, of lace and bubbles ..

The room light reflected with rays of clear golden yellow-straw color, all the while bubbles materialized and darted to the surface with abandon.

I was greeted by a yeasty, sweet nose- undertones of lemon and assorted hints of sweet natural fruity citrus tunneled through the head all the while spreading notes of malted grains. A background of alcohol kept the doors of beer perception cleansed....

The flavor begins with a slightly sweet manner. After making it’s debut and receding into a bitter hint of a melodious compound of hops and malt-- I can’t taste the oats, or the wheat or the barley, but their combination builds a wonderful flavor like a suspense novel that prods the reader to turning the pages.-In this case the beer’s flavor prods me to taking sip after sip after...

The finish lingers with a boisterous note of citrus once again- the flavor and character of the beer stayed put upon my palate

When enjoying Karmeliet Tripel, I keep trying to draw the last molecules of this beer from my empty laced glass.


Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 06:11:34 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with a huge, three finger head of white foam on a slightly hazy, golden body. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Earthy, musty hops with some bready, pilsner malt in the background.

T - Sweet, bready pilsner malt up front. Some fruity notes of pear peek out in the middle before being swallowed up by phenolic yeast as pepper and clove takes over in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, very high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, the malt is readily apparent, but it takes a back seat to the spicy yeast and musty hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:59:21 | More by nickfl
Photo of zebulon


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from .75L bottle into wine glasses.

Clear light mustard yellow with slight yeast cloudiness. 2-3 fingers of white foam that lasted. Lacy on sides of glass also lasted.

Aroma of yeast and spice.

Smooth taste, cumin and slight yeast taste.

Body to it on the tongue but never the less a smooth sipping drink.

Sat aroung in the evening with friends sipping.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 17:42:03 | More by zebulon
Photo of LittleCreature


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from mobile phone tasting notes. Very vague, will add more details upon re-tasting.

Apperance - 4.0

Smell - 4.0

Taste - 4.5

Mouthfeel - 4.0

Drinkability - 4.0

A very good beer, but falls short of Westmalle Tripel due to greater alcohol presence (despite having a lower ABV) and slightly less complex smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 04:15:12 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of falloutsnow


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Brix in West Omaha, NE.

Head bone white, fluffy with big bubbles, but breaks apart very quickly, leaving about 1/2 cm of froth. Beer body is golden yellow, like a piece of caramel. Very visible carbonation with little lacing. Opaque.

Scent is primarily from malt sweetness I also pick up some lavender and basswood blossom scent.

Taste opens with malt sweetness, tinged with a bit of sharpness akin to a champagne-like flavor. Definite wheat malt flavors. Tart apples, lightly of sour lemons. Bubblegum-like character appears as it warms.

Fairly stout body, with more than adequate carbonation. Foams up int he mouth, but pleasant, goes down easily. Finish is modestly dry, so that sips are spaced well apart, making nursing this 8.4% beer easy.

A very drinkable tripel, very enjoyable as well. Definitely worth picking up if seen, and enjoying whenever a the light-fruit Belgian style beckons.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 04:23:39 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass from a tap at Barley's in Greenville SC

A: Pours a bright, pale honey/golden color, with a small-to-moderate size, exceptionally creamy head. Head has good retention, at least as a ring.

S&T: Light and fruity, although no specific fruit comes to the fore. Clove and banana elements, but less pronounced than in some tripels. Honey too. The aroma is a bit boozy, but in a positive way ... think fine brandy or liquer.

M: Very smooth, with a bit of alcohol warming. Nice, light carbonation.

Overall: One of the best tasting tripels I have ever had. Complex and flavorful, but not challenging. Very refined. Makes an excellent sipper, and I took a good long time to finish my serving, enjoying every sip.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 01:13:47 | More by chinchill
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Trappist glass. Initially a finger of head, quickly gone though. The body is clear, dark golden color.
It is very aromatic. Lots of dry grain and some of that (good) yeast smell.
The taste is amazing. Complex and balanced. A little lemon bitterness, lots of spice with a touch of honey.
The texture is light with the right amount of fizz.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:46:08 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy honey wheat with more than a few floaties and a meringue-stiff white head that has great surface tension (I was sure the pour would overflow, but it held) and fades to lumps and a few trailers. Nose is wax, iodine, fresh-milled flour, and something herbal like crushed leaves.
Golden syrup and poached pears, some hints of clove, and light cardamom spice and lime sorbet.
Rock sugar finish, a whiff of phenols and steadily tightening linger. Divinely creamy, soft, medium and gently chewy; no heat.

A velvety sweet and gentle tripel. This one had a bit of age on it, though much of that was refrigerated, so I don't know how much it took off the edges. Wheat and oats do a lot for the body which, combined with the total lack of burn and the muted yeast, make this probably the most drinkable tripel you'll find.

Good for beginners; though there is more range in the style, there's not many more pleasant.

(4.1; 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.50)
On tap at the Porterhouse Belgian fest.
Pours bright gold with fading rocky white head. Yeasty barrel funk nose. Dough and sour lemon notes, with more yeast and oaty smoothness behind it. No hops hit, no ABV burn. Light to medium body.
Takes the bottle version and shaves off all the rough edges. Frighteningly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 21:54:14 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of TastyAdventure


4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very clear, with a tiny amount of haze floating in there. Big 2 finger soap bubble head.

Smell is hard to describe. Slightly chalky, smooth light sugar.

Taste again mildly chalky, smooth sweet soft. 8.4% alcohol hidden extremely well.

If the carbonation was toned down 1.5 notches, mouthfeel would be perfect.
As it warms it becomes not quite as good.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:22:24 | More by TastyAdventure
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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: tangerines and herbs: the green kind

Taste: a champagne-like body with herbs, sweet citrus (probably tangerines), limes, hops, honey notes, and hints of malt

This was the first REAL beer I've ever had, so I may be slightly sentimental over the whole thing. With that being said, this beer is fantastic! What I love most about it is how different the flavors are from each bottle; age indeed does make this beer universally great, however.

Pair this beer honey smoked salmon over a rice pilaf, or get a smoked spicy sausage with sauerkraut, caramelized onions, and smoked peppers for some contrast

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 09:35:28 | More by Blindpigbiz
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a huge blooming head that leaves big globs of lace down the glass,big spicey aroma peppery and yeasty a touch of smoke and orange.Yeasty up front on the palate with a spritzey lemon note with the spiciness more subdued compared to the aroma,pretty refreshing for a beer with such a high alcohol content.A well made Tripel worthy of high marks.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 00:32:35 | More by oberon
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-01-2012 10:45:50 | More by beerhunter13
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-14-2014 17:35:15 | More by jono0101
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-14-2014 01:56:05 | More by brownbeer
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into branded and outrageous Karmeliet goblet.

A: Deep honey color with a light wash of reddish orange. Huge snow white head that looks exactly like meringue. Outstanding. Glass has a germination point in the center of the bowl that produces a constant and beautiful stream of rushing bubbles to the surface. In this Karmeliet glass this beer looks perfect.

S: yeast, clove, grains of paradise-plywood type aromas, sublte pear and more evident apple

T/M: Very effervescent, champagne like carbonation. Lively, prickly in the mouth. Smooth and sweet malt up front followed closely by some alcohol and yeast spice thats refreshing. Body is well balanced but not overly full. Green apples, some green grape vinous qualities as well. Finish just keeps on drying and evolving, so much so that its a little odd for the style. I would expect a little more sugar at the end, this is almost remiscent of a Strong Pale. Plenty of yeast spice though, very well done for the style. Clove from the nose, a little pepper, more dry wood notes. Overall a little dry for a triple but extremely well done. Delicate and complex.

D: The abbey styles are all meant to be digestive and highly drinkable and this one is spot on. An excellent beer that I am thoroughly enjoying and will make a point of revisiting.

I love glassware of all kinds and have tons, but I have never had a beer in its respective glass look better and be better presented than this. Funny thing is that the glass alone is almost silly looking.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 03:32:18 | More by kaimcm
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-21-2013 02:32:18 | More by Tiernan
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-22-2013 16:21:20 | More by tbryan5
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 2,978 ratings.