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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,085 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,085
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 180
Gots: 288 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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 Billolick

New York

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.

09-25-2004 02:03:54 | More by Billolick
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.

08-17-2010 21:49:13 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

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.

05-24-2007 02:30:09 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

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!)

03-25-2008 22:27:54 | More by Metalmonk
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.

01-11-2012 21:18:19 | More by Mar02x
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.

03-18-2007 08:55:11 | More by MiScusi
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.

02-15-2010 22:49:37 | More by morimech
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

09-24-2008 23:01:37 | More by beerthulhu
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.

12-13-2011 05:52:54 | More by longbongsilver
Photo of AaronRed

New York

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.

01-21-2002 21:25:20 | More by AaronRed
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

12-20-2004 19:14:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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.

09-24-2010 03:16:43 | More by nataku00
Photo of Brent


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Sampled from a beautiful screen printed bottle with a caged cork. Appropriately fizzy, a bit spritzy with vigorous carbonation. Smooth and refined, with no ETOH notes in the flavor profile. Very clean, some bready notes and a touch of light fruit. A white-wine of beers that would pair well with any fish or chicken dish.

02-18-2007 20:57:37 | More by Brent
Photo of Kromes


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a huge head. This was super carbonated. Aromas were yeasty, spicy, and hoppy with a sweet malt. Very tasty, started out with yeast, coriander spiciness and then finished with a warm alcohol flavor. The flavors ended abruptly and left an alcohol warmth and slight spiciness. As I was drinking this, I noticed that the aromas and flavor work together, almost fine tuned. I got the feeling that a lot of work went into the flavors, aromas, and body of this beer.

03-28-2009 19:26:59 | More by Kromes
Photo of Zorro


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smell is big and fruity with lots of sweetness and pineapple and plum scents and a faint hint of medicine.

Taste is sweet and tart too with the expected coriander taste. Mostly the flavor of Granny Smith apples and plums comes through. The alcohol content shows itself as a nice warmth in your throat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good; this has a nice sweet sour and spice balance that goes down well.

12-19-2004 02:57:50 | More by Zorro
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Picked this bottle up at the SAQ, on a recent trip home from the States. Not available in Ontario, thought I'd give it a go! Poured into a tulip, BBD of October 7, 2011.

Pours a brilliant golden yellow, with about a hand (yes, five fingers of head!) initially, settling down to a sudsy and soapy head. Chunky lace. Aroma is awesome, huge yeasty fruit esters (banana, peach, green apple?, nectarine), a bunch of spice and some alcohol clearly. Just what I want from a tripel. Taste follows the fruits found in the aroma, with a touch of Belgian candy. Spice makes itself known, but doesn't overpower. Alcohol slips in a touch at the end. Clean, smooth and medium-high carbonationl. Slick on the tongue and goes down way too easily. Impressive.

09-02-2010 04:21:02 | More by liamt07
Photo of beerphilosopher


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a semi-opaque medium gold color with a tall, bubbly white head that has some staying power. Spotty lacing in the chalice. Nose is a fruity delight - sweet mango, pineapple, guava, and pear. Pleasantly malty with a decent hop balance in the form of a "bite" on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium, with a strong alcohol bite and acidity coming in late, leaving the finish rather dry though this one starts a bit cloying. I really enjoy this beer a lot. I had it first at the Hop Leaf in Chicago about two years ago. Loved it then, and still love it now. A "top-shelf" tripel.

02-10-2007 16:33:47 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of brewmudgeon


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

tripel karmeliet

a 4.5 brilliant gold beneath a foamy head that

s 4.5-5 "now that's a good smellin beer." gingerbread, pears, cloves, yeasty buns, white grape juice. might be the best nose on a triple i have experienced to date.

t 4-4.5 tastes of the yeasty buns and cloves, splash of the white grapes. both smell and taste evolve throughout the glass.

m 3.5-4 very seltzery, light-med body. appropriate i guess, but i'd prefer a little more smoothness.

o 4.5 goodness cubed, not tripled? a little brasher than the fin, perhaps, but the dynamism is excellent.

04-07-2011 23:46:46 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of WillCarrera


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with lively carbonation and a finger of sticky, frothy white head.

S- Lots of musty yeast, sweet alcoholic phenols, slightly medicinal and fruity.

T- Lots of fruit but not overly sweet, some esters provide a bit of spice and contribute to the fruity alcohol character, some medicinal phenols. Malt is grainy but isn't really that noticeable, hops are virtually nonexistent, this is a beer that's all about the alcohols.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated with a prickly mouthfeel, alcohol is warming.

O- A pretty great Tripel, the alcohol on this beer is done extremely well.

09-02-2011 06:55:06 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A slim 330 ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a sparkling clear golden amber body with tons of internal streaming carbonation puffing up a fine crown of white foam. The cap rests at a grainy sheet that is perpetually refreshed and replenished, but is too lazy to stick any lacing on the glass.

The smell is very sweet and tree-fruity with gooey apricot and mellow golden apples, savory, bready, medium-toasted malts, and a dry, zippy edge masquerading as lime zest.

The flavor profile closely follows the roadmap laid out by the olfactory department, with mild and fruity sweet notes of Golden Delicious apple and Bartlett pear enhanced with honey-drizzled granola and a crisp citrus edge. Overall, the drink is potently sweet, pushing hard toward the edge of the "Too Damn" category of "Sweet" when a mild earthiness eases into the aftertaste, mopping up the sugar syrup, resetting the palate for another whack at this brew.

Another factor assisting in moderating the sweetness is Tripel Karmeliet's exceptionally light, quaffable body. Had a drink with the super-sweet profile of this one presented itself as heavy or syrupy, the scales might certainly have tipped into the land of cloying, but as is, I find the brew exceptionally light and refreshing with a bonus tummy-warming wrought of otherwise totally-invisible alcohol.

12-17-2008 22:06:06 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of John_M


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and plenty of stickly lacing. On the nose I get an attractive, uncomplicated aroma of honey and underlying spice. Nothing mindblowing here, but it does smell pretty good. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there is also a hint of underlying citrus that is attractive. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and drinkability is pretty good.

This is a very nice, uncomplicated, easy to appreciate Belgian tripel. The relatively low alcohol makes it all the more drinkable and enjoyable. Not bad at all...

04-12-2009 16:52:18 | More by John_M
Photo of FosterJM


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

50th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
12 oz.- Served at Lucky Devils in Hollywood, CA

App- Straw yellow with a giant pillow of head due to the server not pouring correctly. Wasn't the worst pour I've seen but a 4 finger head was a bit much. The color and bubbles brings the 4 on the rating.

Smell- The nose picks up some hay/straw characteristics and then a light citrus note and lastly the belgian yeast comes in.

Taste- It drinks very small for an 8.4 It was very mellow and smooth and paired well with the Kobe burger I was having. I picked up a slight bready malt quality to it on the aftertaste.

Mouth- Very robust yeast strain that fills the mouth with flavor yet is subtle in areas and very well balanced.

Drink- It's a very nice beer. Will def. have to find a bomber somewhere of this quality beer.

11-14-2010 17:57:18 | More by FosterJM
Photo of rootbeerman


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A: poured from 330ml bottle into a duvel tulip. Head almost yells the country of origin. The head is a large almost four fingers high and very frothy
S: sweetened fruits, apricot, some lemon, maybe even a touch of dried pineapple. Overall smells somewhat dry.
T: a lot sweeter than it smells. Some apricot, a little yeast. Malt is nice and sweet. The hops lend a slight lemon flavor.
M: very bubbly, and has a little bit of a coating feeling. A swirl through the mouth gives it a more of a creamy feeling.
O: a little dryer than some but is a good tripel. Will definatly seek this one out again.

04-10-2011 07:53:47 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of Liverpool08


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Arrives a hazy golden orange, with a nice white head. Good carbonation. Aroma is bananas, cloves and that nice belgian yeast, but also a whiff of the alcohol. The taste is at first very sweet. Candies sugar and bananas. But then the alcohol kind of burns off the sweetness, making this a great sipper of a Tripel. I think this stands out among Tripels as a unique version. Very well crafted with the haet of the alcohol mellowing out the sweetness of the yeast.

06-21-2010 00:13:52 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of BrewtifulMind


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

750 mL poured into a tulip glass

This poured a golden/yellow color with about an inch of white head which dissipated quickly, but has a champagne-like bubbliness to it. Really nice looking. Aroma is typical for a tripel, belgian yeast, spices, coriander, etc. Taste is spicy up front, a bready, belgian yeast taste finish. The carbonation dances on your tongue. Very nice. Overall, this is a pretty good tripel, I'd say you can get better at The Bruery, but good, for sure. I'd probably pay the 11.99 for this again. Fuck it.

09-22-2011 07:45:24 | More by BrewtifulMind
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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