Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,622
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 253
Gots: 615 | FT: 6
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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 Moxley
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A lot foam came up as soon as it was opened. Weird. Maybe someone dropped it and didn't tell us...anyway, once settled, it was a hazy butterscotch color with a 1 ½ inch head that eventually settled to nothing. Looked a lot like sparkling apple cider.

S - Apricot and fruity with a strong alcohol smell.

T - Extremely sweet and highly carbonated. Lots of fruit up front - apple and raison nuances.

M&D - You could feel the heat from the ABV in your throat after a couple sips. Left a sweet and sticky coating in your mouth with an almost dry finish.

Too sweet for my liking but good to try. Good replacement for those who don't like wine. High ABV (8.0) so I wouldn't consider this a session beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light yellow with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very fruity with some spice and very floral aromas. Taste is of grain, spice, yeast, and floral flavors. There is an almost medicinal bitterness on the palate that sticks around after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good tripel but it's much different from what I was expecting.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this from my local beer store Brewtopia with high recommendations from the crew there. I've had some great authentic and American versions of this style, which is one of my top favorite.

The look had me a bit worried right off, as the pour unveiled a mellow activity, a bit to relaxed
Usually there's a big, towering active white crown to this style, but it never really developed. A bit too clear as well, usually you will notice some nice yeastie haze happening, this one was totally clear....

The aroma was also not what I expect in this style as it was dominated by a fermented green apple, light grains, very tart, which is usually right on, but the aroma was underwhelming at best. Not nearly as complex as some of my favorite's of this style.

The taste was also very tart, fruity tartness, apricots, Sweet and sour but mostly sweet which I found odd. Soft and very subtle spice, not spicy enough IMO, Clean and crisp feel, but like the look just a bit to relaxed in the mouth feel. Not very dry, more juicy than l like. The feel also became cloying, sticky in the finish.

Basically, this one was nearly void of all of the really enjoyable aspects of this style. Perhaps my bottle was a lame duck, because clearly, this is a highly rated version of the style, but I call 'em as I taste 'em. I will give this another shot before I call it good.

Photo of thekanna
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours amber bordering on radiant gold. Nice, appreciable white head.

S: Faint hints of hay, slight malty sweetness, and Belgian yeast funk.

T: Yeast and malts are definitely perceptible, with a bit of a sweet biscuit taste. Belgian yeast funk (somewhat a mix of horse stall and a wheatgrass shot) rounds out the aftertaste, and detracts a little from my satisfaction with the brew.

M: Somewhat thin and watery.

D: I had a good amount of this stuff while I was in Belgium due to the widespread availability. I remember it being more heavy and reminiscent of Leffe there, with the yeast funk taste completely absent. Now that I've had a bottle in the states, I'm not sure I'll want another one. There's nothing really special to distinguish this from a typical blonde other than its slight sweetness.

Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Golden color..slightly hazed

S-Nice...sugar lazed plums, fresh wild floral field, overriped oranges..

T-Sweet overipe tropical fruits, a little floral impression but also some black pepper on the finish.

M-Much too charged up....tough to taste all the dimensions with so much of a fizzy mouthfeel

D-I'm slightly disappointed. It has some redeeming qualities but I prefer several others in the style more. Won't purchase again

Photo of axeman9182
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, one of the November offerings from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program. This one was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Tripel Karmeliet pours a pretty clear golden yellow. The clean white foam billows up to near four fingers in height, and it's quite a while before it's faded all the way back down. Everything looks great, except for the lacing (or relative lack-thereof). The nose is fruitier than I typically find in a tripel, and leans more towards pear than a menagerie of pale fruits. There's a bit of a phenolic edge to the aroma as well, with some clove and even a bit of coriander standing out in particular. The sweet-spicy balance is just a little off for me though. The malts allow some more room for granny smith apples and apricots, among others, to join the pears in the fruity open to the flavor profile. There's also a honey-like sweetness that weaves in around the fruits and manages to linger for just an extra second. As with the nose, the phenolic back end is primarily clove and coriander (though the clove is more dominant here than in the aroma), and it struggles a little bit to come through against the sweetness that came for it. Unsurprisingly I guess, given my above quarrels with the beer, I find the body to be a little bit too chewy and profound. The carbonation has a bit of pep and liveliness to it, but I imagine if it didn't have to cut through as much sweetness, it would really pop. Tripel Karmeliet is a fairly enjoyable beer, it just doesn't seem to be as well attenuated as most of the tripels I've really enjoyed.

Photo of titvs
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 08:58. AROMA: complex aroma with notes of orange and coriander, mixed with spices and a sweet background. very faint hop notes. APPEARANCE: gold color and hazy. large white head with below average retention. poor lacing. TASTE: mix of flavours of spice, oranges and coriander. low bitterness leading into a sweet finish. low alcohol presence. PALATE: medium body with a slight creaminess from alcohol with no obvious warming sensation. high carbonation. OVERALL: a very interesting 8and delicious) variation of a belgian tripel.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pous a murky golden yellow color with three fingers of head and nice spider web lacing.

The aroma is of yeast and pear up front with some musty straw underneath. Wet dog and bananas. Rubber and flowers as well. Nice.

The flavor is dominated by spices on the front palate and a very musty grass/banana/yeast/rubber combination on the finish. Some noticeable booze.

The body is medium to light and carbonation is high but soft.

Overall this is a decent beer but I can't use any words better than that. There are a couple of off-flavors that bring down the overall package and the high ABV is too noticeable for the lighter flavor profile.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. slender Belgian bottle with 07H1 on the back label; brewed with barley, wheat and oats. The damn bottle volcanoed on me, but I still got a decent pour. The beer is bright gold, fairly clear, with two fingers of white head that clings, but contributes little lacing. Honey, spicy yeast and a dash of pilsner malt in the nose. A little sharp on the palate, but there are notes of orange, honey, alcohol, spicy yeast and a light, but rough-edged hop flavor on top of a light, creamy, highly-carbonated body that brings some warmth on the way down. Nice and drinkable, but this tripel could be a bit smoother.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz tap pour into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip at The Highland House. $6.50

A - Hazy golden yellow with a low white head despite the tall tap pour to the center of the tulip. Not as effervescent as the bottle version. No lace, pour retention.

S - Cold aroma with a big banana ester, Belgian aroma, crystal malts and notes of earth, clay, and white pepper. The overall aroma is pretty low. Hints of butter suggest the tap lines might need some cleaning.

T - Sweet pale malts and candi sugar with banana notes. Interesting. No where near as good as the bottled version. Sweet and lacking the great nuances the bottle has.

M - Smooth and soft with a light finish and a touch of alcohol.

D - Decent drinakbility but either it's a way old keg, the tap lines need some cleaning, or it's just not the same as the bottle. Possible pour sanitation in the line I feel, but my friend likes it more than the bottle and stands by his pour. Hmm.

Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

Into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small and very thin white head that quickly fizzes away and vanishes almost totally. Colour is an amber or tangerine yellow. No carbonation evident and no lacing left down the glass at all.

SMELL: Caramelized and toasted malt. Quite fruity, apples, pears, peaches and perhaps some mango as well, which is quite unique. A touch of Belgian yeast and spices, bit not as pronounced as others in the style. A touch of wheat malt in there as well. Decent strength, and quite enticing to be sure.

TASTE: Toasted malt and some sweet caramel malt again. A dose of sweet fruity esters, apples and mangos mostly, with a good burst of spicy yeast and alcohol at the end. Hints of wheat in the background. Spicy alcoholic aftertaste is decently strong and long lasting. Pretty complex and nice.

PALATE: Very light thin body and overly airy going down. This one is hard to drink it's so bubbly and airy, reminding me of champagne. Very high levels of carbonation, goes down super airy and definitely give you the burps. No bite and finishes slightly mouth coating at the finish. Not really a fan of this type of mouth-feel. This was a detractor for me, and hurt its drinkability.

OVERALL: Great nose and taste, but the mouth-feel was very difficult for me. If you like thin airy beer, such as Duvel, the you'll love this triple. A couple years may have helped the taste mature, but didn't help the look or mellow out the carbonation. A tasty treat, but not one I'd want to re-visit any time soon. On the other hand, if I can find a fresh bottle sometime in the future, I'll definitely give 'er another go.

Photo of alysmith4
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An excellent example of a Tripel. This beer poured a nice golden haze, with a thick 2" head. The smell was very fresh and light, a slight amount of hops, and lots of summer fruit.. peaches, plums, apples, and pears. The mouthfeel was good.. small bubbles, just right. I was surprised on the whole.. I expected it to be a lot heaveier than it was, but it was really great.

Photo of Auracom
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easter new brew at Francesca's Fiore in Forest Park. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint on April 8th, 2012. It sounded familiar so I thought "what the hell."

A - Pilsner-like golden color, quite clear, tons of carbonation coming up from the bottom, very soapy three finger head.

S - Vibrant Belgian yeast, baked bread, and light sweet fruits. Definite big spice element, pepper, touch of honey graham cracker.

T - Big time citrus blend of lemons, pears, and golden apples. Mid palate switches over to malt grains and finishes with a bready note.

M - Enormous carbonation, light body, mildly dry finish with a short spice and malt aftertaste.

D - I really enjoyed the malt bill of this one, but it's almost a tad too sweet and needs more depth in the finish. Would revisit on-tap.

Photo of scottum
3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duvel Cafe in Stockholm.
Served amber with a huge head!! Spicey withh some alcohol notes. There are thin malts with a crisp bite for balance. A very well crafted beer, but not a beer for me if other tripels are around. Or good beers of other styles for that matter.

Photo of Vancer
3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #1400, right time for a better brew. Poured this Champaign beer into the Corsendonk tulip slowly - the big SMOOK upon opening let me know that this one is packing firm carbonation.

Clear golden brew, and of course, white head everywhere. Just a bit of Brussels lace. Aroma is a surprising musty funk of fruit and pilsner lager (grainy malt). Quaff is that dry Champaign of sweet fruits with a under hint of rich malts. Crisp and dry finish. Not a bad brew, but certainly not an "A" frosty either (IMO).

Glad to have finally tried it, rather go local (Schlafly) with my next tripel.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Jan 2009, drank June 2007.

Poured into my magnificent 'Judas' glass (it's huge).

The body is an old gold colour with loads of carbonisation ripping through to replenish the large foaming head. The head began to shrink about half way though the drink, which was a shame because it looked fantastic at the start of the session.

The aroma was of yeast, sour apples and mixed spices, as the beer warmed, they intensified.

The alcohol is there foremost in the taste, but not overpowering enough to put you off, the other flavours of hops, yeast and apple-pie spices see to that.

Spices and a little citrus taste arrives in the mouthfeel, very pleasant.

Overall a very good beer, I have a soft spot for the Belgian Tripples and this is one of the best without a doubt.

Photo of KlausKinski
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Massive head, golden appearance.
Yeasty smell.
Sweetish start, it develops fruit Aromas in the middle and brings through a little bitterness which is also dominant in the aftertaste.
At all a good, natural beer: Interesting, complex , but also quite drinkable.

Photo of Pero1974
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was a bit disappointed. This is supposed to be one of the best tripels in the world, but I've had many beers that were much better. It is a good, decent beer, but not outstanding. I miss some spices in the aroma, the flavor is good, full but a bit flat. By no means a bad beer, but I just expected so much more of it.

Photo of moshiric
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- clear blonde with a large but relatively thin head. Not much lacing.

S- very floral and purfumey. Maybe overly so.

T- purfumey notes are very prominent and are the most dominant flavor.

M- more crisp than than expected. NIce that its aftertaste isn't as purfumey.

O- the ourfuminess is what makes this beer a little much on the palate. If it was turned down a few notches, the beer would be a lot more drinkable.

Photo of RobeyStreet
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty good. It reminded me very much of Leffe Blonde. It had a pretty good head and was light gold in color. It was a bit honey-sweet with hints of citrus at times. I would definitely try this again. I didn't drink it with food, so I'm curious to see how it would pair with a meal. Although something tells me it makes a better after-meal drink.

Photo of twelvsies
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a crystal clear golden color, initially with a big fluffy head, but it died in a few seconds. Smell is sweet, lightly grainy, with a nice grassy hop profile, much like a Belgian pale ale, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is on the sweet side as well, yeasty and grassy, but with a bit more noticable alcohol than is healthy for this style. Not particularly balanced. I really think this fits into the Belgian pale style more than the tripel. It just doesn't have that rich carmelly sweetness or mouthfeel that a top notch tripel does. Nice spicyness however, and a refreshing beer.

Photo of DogFood11
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown bottle. Poured into a tulip it formed a fizzy white head that leaves sticky lacing. Golden body with some yeast swirling about. Medium sized carbonation.

Quite floral and somewhat perfume like in the nose. Wow first pull had a sort of pop rock type mouthfeel. A better analogy may be like mentos mixed with soda, an explosion so to speak. Once the mouthfeel settles down the beer becomes rich and complex. Malts are not overly sweet like some i've had (mainly American versions) this has a nice spiced backside. A bit vinous in the aftertaste as a slight winey grape presence emerges. As this warmed a bit it became more fruity, bananna's melding with a slightly toasted malt.

Notes: Overall I'd say this was above average. A good take on the style. Mouthfeel issues while trivial in most beers stood out like a sore thumb in this. What saved this beer and makes it a must try is it's best feature is the taste!!!

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy golden yellow with decent carbonation and a white crown of longlasting head.

beneath the fruity overtones, i detect the slight spiciness of a clove.

the spiciness translates to the tast, but its hard to places, cloves seem close, but hard to tell for sure.

its a bit dry, but the tartness makes up for it. its quality.

Photo of Itoclown
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Drank from a 330 ml bottle.

Look: Poured with almost no bubbles and didn't have problems with too much foam as others have said. It looks like hazy apple juice.
Smell: Very fruity with some Belgian yeast smell.
Taste: Quite wheaty and light on the tongue. The carbonation leaves your tongue quickly and you're left with the taste of peaches, oranges and bananas.
Mouthfeel: Smooth...
Overall: I've been looking forward to this particular beer for a long time and I must say I'm a little let down. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I will buy another bottle sometime... Maybe I'll think differently next time.

Photo of atomicbeer
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold with an impressively huge billowing white head that recedes but remains as a half inch cap. Carbonation very apparent. Aroma of lemons and coriander. Prickly and spicy mouth which is suprisingly light. Peppery taste with a fruity (apple, pear, banana) middle. Much lighter in body than expected for 8.4% ABV. Could session a few of these but not sure what the result would be. Was quite good with a dinner of knockwurst, cabbage, onions, apples, red pepper over Bavarian spaetzle.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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