Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,625 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,625
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 253
Gots: 618 | FT: 6
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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weird like 333 ml bottle, 11oz or something. Murky yellow orange haze. Banana aroma. Some other weird clove and spice combination. Very tiny bubbles.

Taste was dry and sweet, filled mouth up with bubbles, this was too carbonated. Too much stuff a standard American hophead won't really appreciate. Just a weird pharmacuetical grade astringency was what I took away from this.

Photo of jpittman80
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Brilliantly clear golden straw. White head that lasts and leaves the Belgian lace. Beautiful beer, but it did explode and ran over after popping the cork, and almost seems too clear to be a tripel...

S - Nice pepper aroma mostly, with light, sweet citrus and pears.

T - Oh. It seems like almost too much going on here. All of the aroma notes are present. Especially the pepper. Sour, sweet. It really doesn't seem to taste like any "standard" tripel. Good thing or poor categorization? I'm also not convinced that I didn't get a skunked bottle. Stupid green bottles.

M - I want to believe this is medium bodied, but it is so carbonated that it turns to foam in my mouth. This makes way too thin bodied.

D - The whole carbonation issue is a problem for me, as well as the clean-but-somehow-muddled flavor.

This isn't a bad beer, but I really didn't enjoy the experience. I would rather call this a Strong Golden or Belgian Specialty. I'll stick with the classic tripels.

Photo of Dithyramben
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special, also too much alcohol.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark to medium gold color, with a huge head on the pour with excellent retention. This is going to take a while. (My girlfriend says it is the color of the amber that they extract the dinosaur DNA from in Jurassic Park). The smell is very piney, not in a hoppy way, but somewhat juniper berries. Taste is very sweet, probably overly. Very tart, and somewhat one dimensional. Complexity and shifting flavors are really missing from this beer. Too metallic, and the sweetness is still getting to me. Mouthfeel is fine, but this is somewhat of a dissapointment.

Photo of Patrick999
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750ml bottle - the cork was a bitch to extract. Into the Duvel tulip it goes. Innocuous gold, a ton of bubbles rising up. Requisite large foamy head.

Aroma was yeasty as soon as I popped the cork, similar to many other Belgian golden ales. Some peppery character, some melon rind. Nice, but nothing too out of the ordinary if you're used to blonde Belgians. This could be any number of Belgian Strong Pales.

While this is tasty in a very general way, I'm left kinda flat. Not quite sweet, not quite dry. Not too complex, not too phenolic...you know, just not very tripel-like. Interesting that there are oats in here as well as wheat and barley, and indeed, there's certainly a grainy malt bill. Maybe a little cinnamon, if I stretch, but to me this tastes like a generic Belgian Strong Pale.

Feel is a little raspy, nothing unexpected. I was hoping the oats would yield a smoother feel, akin to an oatmeal stout, but no dice.

Drinkability is only average. I was expecting more from the brewers of DeuS. To me, this tastes like a beginner Belgian strong ale, though I do see many reviewers who would disagree with me.

Photo of JISurfer
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No thanks for this one. I thought this one was waaay to sweet. It had the similar elements of most Belgians, but much more sweeter. I also noticed the ever present element of skunk, which was present in the taste, as well as the smell. I was not happy with this one and just consider this one a mark in the "L" column.

Photo of Denys
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nothing special. Just ordinnary tripel

Photo of DanielGryschka
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great look, but nothing special.

Photo of Skidz
3.21/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out light yehoow and sits amber in the glass with a good sized white fluffy head. Great sticking power with wonderful lacings. Some of the best head retention I've ever seen.

Smell is all about the spice, just swirls around you nostrils and tickles the back of your nose. Sweet and malty with a hint of lemon/grassiness peeking out.

Taste is quite peppery to be fair. Lightly sweet and dry on the finish. Medium amount of bitterness, with a light backing of alcohol.

Pretty light in the mouth with a truckload of carbonation. Scratchy going down, leaving your wondering why you should be trying to mouth it down.

Photo of jcalabre
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 4 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer has a Huge frothy white head. It is Clear golden colored, like a pilsener.
Aroma: nothing jumps out at me, but then again, I don't have a great sense of smell
Flavor: It has a rich, sweet taste w/ some yeastiness.

Photo of DaveUK
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Burnished golden brown with a ample and dense head of very small white bubbles.

Aroma - Ripe apples and pears, banana followed by juicy malt. Subsequent sips reveal cooked fruit, a candy floss like caramelised sugar note and even a whiff of mint!

Taste - Powerful citrus and lemony hops/wheat malt mixed with a roasted barley malt flavour. More cooked fruit and caramelised sugar, finishing with obvious warming alcohol and a medicinal sourness.

Mouthfeel - Slightly overcarbonated, surprsingly light for its strength and taste.

Overall - It has all the right ingredients to be a quality abbey beer, however, it lacked something for me. Perhaps more fresh hoppiness or less carbonation and sourness. When broken down, each part of it is good but together, the experience just doesnt sit well with me.

Perhaps I need to try another bottle to get a more rounded experience.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.27/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer poured a yellowish orange hue with a white head that stacked up to be roughly two to two and a half inches tall. Clouded with lots of yeast and a lot of beading inside that seems to stir up the floaters.

Smell: The aromas are some various fruits such as lemons and oranges. It has a hint of pepper fragrance as well. Typical Belgian bready yeast notes that most tripels have. Maintains its aroma through out the session.

Taste: The flavor is of citrus lemon, almost pine, Like the nose this beer has a typical bready belgian yeast. Has a desent hop character with very few foriegn tastes to intervien, the alcohol seems to bring the taste together.

Mouthfeel: The palate consists of a citrusy front, spritzy bready middle and an alcoholic finish. High carbonation and light bodied. Smooth and crisp finish.

Drinkability: Even thou I was thrown off at first with the "thousand yeast floaters", I must say that this was a very enjoyable delight. If you have not had this I would definitely recommend that you try this.


Cheers2Beers

Photo of tomordonez
3.29/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into a transparent light gold color with a nice head. Smells like a Hoegaarden. Orange peel, coriander, some lemon, some vanilla. High carbonation, light body. It tastes like an improved version of Hoegaarden with a fancier flavor. As it gets warmer it tastes more like a hard liquor. Similar to the Kwak. Half way, at room temperature you forget you are drinking a beer and you wonder if you are having a peach liquor.

Photo of boss302
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tripel Karmeliet, 1679, draft, 8.4%

A Golden not clear thick head to begin, but faded quick. 3 

S Very Saison like. Cirtrus, estery. 3 

T Citrusy sweet. More saison like than other tripels I've had. A Dry finish a little astringency in the finish. 3.5

M Medium to full. Feels thick on the tongue. 4 

D Probably not the best example of a tripel, but good if you like Saisons. I would rather drink something else. 3 

Photo of Stunner97
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- golden yellow, mostly clear with a decently thick foamy head,

Smell- belgian yeast and spice, has that unique belgian spice and coriander smell'

Taste- very sweet and malty dominated flavor on this one with just touch of spice at the end to check it a little bit, this beer in flavor to me is lacking in complexity the flavor is just rather non complex, a rather run of the mill flavor to me, not bad or offensive just kind of bland

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation

Drinkability- this beer is easily drinkable but just kind of bland and with so many other great belgian triples out there no reason to settle for just mediocre, again wont offend you in anyway but nothing you would come running back for

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very good. Heavy on the spices though.

Photo of dmarch
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden color with a nice size head. Nice appearance. There is a lot of lambic-like aroma and a bit of sour taste as well. An interesting beer, just not what I expected out of a tripel. It leaves too much of a sour apple taste that just doesn't make me care to drink any more.

Photo of KyleVick4
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 mL

A: Pours with a pure white big belgian head and leaves wonderful lacing down the sides of the glass. Very clear for a belgian, with lots of the obvious bubbles.

S: Smells a slight sweetness of malt with an underlying alcohol tone. Somthing off adjunct like, I think its the oats...

T: Spicy pepperness is upfront with lots of fruit on the palate. Oily and a mild alcoholic warmness in the back.

M: Fitzy and bubbly, light as hell then the alcohol weighs it down a bit. Kinda oily mouthfell that I am not 100% happy with.

D: Meh, would be good during a hot summer day, when you wanted to get ripped. Not terribly drinkable for me, but I know people who would love this... Damn you belgians, I may never totally understand you.

Photo of Anthony1
3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold, huge fluffy white head forms, nice lace, good retention. Smell is sweet, grainy, some orange, spices, wheat, little yeasty. Taste is sweet, orange and spice again, yeast, some alcohol, and a wheat dryness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. A decent tripel, but too sweet for me. I don't think it should be as high as it is, but enjoyable.

Photo of Gilyano91
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad,but not so well

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed gold/dark straw. Head is fluffy and bright-white. Crazy retention. Drops to a fluffy cap that sticks around. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Ripe banana and bubblegum. Yeast is spicy and throws some clove with a big pepper component. Lemon, hay, and grass. Some sweetness. Pale malts and bready yeast. Yeast is aggressive. Apples and some pears. Very fruity with a pronounced floral edge.

Taste: Banana with a floral wrapper. Heavy yeast. Clove and bubblegum are dealt with a heavy hand. Pepper and apple sweetness. Sweetness is intense. Some pale bready malts. Floral honey. Grass and a mild earthy funk. Super Belgian and yeasty. Lemon flesh without the tart edge.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. High carbonation dries everything out. Clean finish with some lingering spice.

Overall: Unrelenting and unapologetically Belgian. You want to taste Belgian yeast, drink this. Too aggressive in the long run.

Photo of BGDrock
3.37/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dull, light gold; almost clear; snapping, bubbly head, but burns out after a minute - poured in a chalice, but even so, not good retention

Aroma: sharp, acidic tang; apple, pear, like cider; grape

Taste & Mouthfeel: buttery and fatty feel on the tongue stand out at first, although getting a good sizzle from the carbonation; a mash of fruit flavours, almost juicy, and again apple, pear are standing out, and there's some yeasty spice too; a faint whiff of alcohol at the finish; acidic, but not to the level of the nose, and slightly tart - like a granny smith; a hint of wheat and cereal, but it's quite hidden; nearing the end, the sweetness is getting cloying, tasting of candy syrup, and the aftertaste actually begins to be unpleasant

Overall: the fruitiness is enjoyable, and the mouthfeel is decent, but as time goes on it all becomes too much, just too sweet for my taste

Photo of scotorum
3.37/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Clear gold with an explosively huge fluffy white head which receded slowly to extensive surface foam and some large irregular patches of lacing. Last pour turned the body cloudy with yeast sediment.

s: Very strong, almost chokingly strong, ripe fruit. Uh oh.

t: Farmhouse saisonlike sour overripe spiced fruit. Rather reminiscent of but even stronger tasting than my first encounter with Goose Island Sofie. Wasn't expecting that.
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m: Moderate, sourness overpowers all else.

o: I'm more used to this type of flavor than I was when I first tried Sofie. Just not digging it as much as I had hoped. Clearly my palate needs more schooling since this is a top rated BA brew. Perhaps an old bottle though, since others report milder flavors. No explanation of the code on Dating Beer, but there is a Best Before block on the label, with H. B.G. B.E. 3.25 10:38 in it, whatever that means. Bottle conditioned so perhaps the yeast just went wild. It really does taste like a pungent Farmhouse Saison rather than a Tripel.

Photo of Dougwillhike
3.39/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Way too carbonated for me

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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