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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

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Ratings: 2703
Reviews: 1157
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website

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 TheLongBeachBum


4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml (1 Pt 9.4 fl.oz) green flask like Belgium bottle with a dimpled base. It has a rustic scene painted in pastel yellow, white and brown, on the obverse with a descriptive screen printed text on the reverse. Dark green colored wire cage & cap do their job well, for once twisted; the thumbed cork removed itself with the cage!! Listed as 8.0% ABV on the reverse.

Appearance: Fantasmically gorgeous Tripel presentation that could be a definitive datum for the style. Completely lucid, with only streamers punctuating the sheer silky golden body that hangs underneath a humungous sized white head when slowly poured. Immense over-the-top carbonation but somehow it has excellent conditioning. The sheer size of the head is immense, and explains the impressive size of the Tripel Karmeliet glass, which I would so dearly love to have tonight to contain this effervescent brew and its goliath kopf. Fantastic sheets of creamy sticky lacing adhere to the inside of my Goblet whilst the head remains a smooth creamy covering that lasts for eternity. Simply no argument here, this is a “Perfect-5” Hands Down.

Nose: Tripel-tastic aromas punctuate the nasal passageways. Lots of farmyard wheat rolling around in a very fruity nose that has a fleshy contribution from orange colored fruits; like peaches, apricots and Satsuma’s, whilst it retains a sharpness that comes from a freshly squeezed lemon juice & recently peeled lemon zest. All this is punctuated with spicy hops and a vivacious Schweppes bitter lemon soda.

Taste: As impressive as the nose is, the tastes are even better. A high speed chase through the qualities of the aromas results in a profile that is simple yet incredibly complex. Spicy hops and a lemon-bitter finish really add quality to this one. Very easy to appreciate yet incredibly difficult to dissect and understand. This is by far way in excess of the sum of its components. Astringent ending.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, yet with a revitalizing punctuating vitality from the oats, smooth but rough. Fine carbonation mixes with the oats and yeast to present a very impressive mouthfeel indeed that always remains talcum soft. How do they do that??

Drinkability: Holy Shite!! This is most certainly a Session Tripel, but at 8.00% you better have a place to stay for the night. A powerful, yet easily imbibed, monster. Bloody drinkable.

Overall: Wow, I cannot believe that I passed this one over in the beer store for the last few times I have seen it because I wanted something “new” instead. My Bad!

Awesome Appearance…
Narcotic Nose…
Tantalizing Tastes…
Moreish Mouthfeel…
Deceptively Drinkability…

**Highly Recommended**

By far one of the best Belgium Tripels that I have had to date, I’m so pissed that I do not have the proper Glass for this one, I will surely go to Hell. At $7.99 for 750ml, this is a true Bargain, all the above and you get to keep the cool bottle!

Absolutely Superb, a definitive Belgium Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 05:13:13 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got my hands on one of these, although I had to go to the west coast to do so. Poured from a slender 330 ml brown bottle, best before date on back is 19/08/05. A stunning slightly hazed pure golden body, this tripel seems to emanate an inner light of its own. Smallish foamy white cap for a head, which maintains itself most of the way down the glass. Sweet fresh apricots appear on the nose at first, accompanied by coriander seed, mild pepper, and wheat. Starts off like a wit, but the orchard fresh apricots appear immediately after that, blending with mild spices towards the finish. A sweet tangerine/madarin orange character starts to develop as this warms up. An enchanting mouthfeel, like soul kissing an angel. At 8% abv one doesn't even come close to noticing the alcohol presence, this is such a smooth ale. Something to definitely keep on hand for when the mood strikes, it is an absolute delight to experience. The Carmelite tradition is most certainly a worthwhile one.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 23:06:07 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Innsbrook Capital Ale House.

Dusty golden-orange in color with only a tiny layer of thin white head atop. Sparse lacing. Aromas are boisterous! A rainbow of fruity aromas leap out of the glass. Bannanas, oranges, lemony zest mixed with a honey-wheat character. Flavor falls just short of the smell. Big on the fruit flavors as well, there's only a dash of bitterness for pseudo-balance. Definite doughy/bready flavors as well, finishing with a lemon-honey aftertaste. Medium-bodied. Definitely a dessert beer, this one is far to the sweet side.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2004 11:44:05 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of TinusTime


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is like the girl you met at the beach as a teenager.. You saw her pour into the ocean. Her golden blonde hair going under just as a wave crashes over her and capped with huge white cap of foam on top.. eventually the blonde shines through again. Later you walk by her on the Boardwalk she smells of light spicy earth and perfume. you work up the nerve to finally address her and her kiss tastes of good light bread, a touch of light brown sugar, citrus a bit of apple and spice... The taste lingers on your lips and gets deeper some how warming you like that first shot of brandy your uncle gave you. Your mouth feels clean and warm after you walk home... The taste leave you wanting more and more.. THis is one hell of a beer that proves that its not only the Monks that are brewing kick ass beers in Belgium. I hope this stuff comes back on tap soon in the area.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 04:51:47 | More by TinusTime
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had A range of experience by letting it warm aggressive mouthfeel.Beautiful lacing and honey pale gold. Particular spice including pepper, cariander wasn't for me but ameloriated by various strong spicey food. Tip off cap to Malto. Had a bottle another 2 years later and hit the spot again. Had a bottle 7.5 years later and lots of candi and fruit, this one aged for 5 years.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 04:50:32 | More by Sammy
Photo of Mitchster


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 20/02/2005. Prides itself on being brewed with "3 grains after a 17th century recipe".

Pours to a slightly cloudy golden (even with the yeast added) with peach accents, forming a large spontaneously peaking head with meringue consistency, superior retention and good lacing. Carbonation is medium-strong. Aroma is very nice..I detect phenoic cloves, bananas, melon, a touch of acetic acid, the distinct aroma of orange and coriander (though it's hard to believe I'd find these in a triple), and a distinct twang of rotting muskmelon. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a medium-dense body and a syrupy middle and finish. Taste begins with a ton of bananas and spicy cloves, lots of pale malt and candi sugar sweetness throughout, powdered sugar, lots of coriander with associated slight ruddiness offset by the carbonation, a very mild non-descript bitterness, a pleasantly syrupy middle, and ending in a sweet-tart aftertaste with a ton of fruits...noticeably ripe pears and muskmelon. Alcohol is imperceptable with no appreciable off-flavors.

One of the richest triples I've had...very much a dessert brew, and a 11.2 oz bottle is about enough for me, although I would gladly drink this in the future. Quality brew, and one of the finer triples I've had. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 00:15:32 | More by Mitchster
Photo of HighCarbDiet


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Zachary's in Tucson in a big 22oz tulip glass.

Poured well with a nice creamy head, about as thick as my "pinky."

The color is a clear, pale, golden, honey-like tone.

I'm still stuffed up, having a tough time with the smell... but I sense a pleasantness. Damn...

The flavor reminds me of honey. So does the body, as it has a slight syrupy feel to it, but not too much. I also sense a strong citrus/orange flavor. After a few big sniffs, I'm getting lots of cardamom too, which is weird, because usually the spiciness in a beer tastes like clove or cinnamon to me. The bitterness and maltiness are tough to track down. Little hop character.

The alcohol seems well hidden. I'm not really noticing it.

This beer is pretty sweet, but not so sweet as to reduce the drinkability.

I'm very happy to have found this on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2004 03:30:16 | More by HighCarbDiet
Photo of cbl2

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Golden with intense bubbles and a huge white head that nicely laces the glass.


Where to begin: cloves and citrus and pepper are the first three that come to mind, but there is a plethora of flavors swirling beneath them.


The flavors hinted at by the aroma are there on the tongue with citus and pepper the overriding forces. A very nicely balanced beer with little to no bitter quality at all even though the hops are predominant in flavor (little to no malty quality).

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 19:05:45 | More by cbl2
Photo of Skidz


3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 03:07:33 | More by Skidz
Photo of sulldaddy


4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled sample in a goblet from the Elysian.
The beer pours a hazy gold color with bright white, spongey or marshmallowy head.
Aroma is very floral and sweet, with green apple, cloves and some general sugary sweet scents. I also get a bit of yeasty bread on the nose.
First sip reveals a slight syrupy texture and very light almost non-existent carbonation.
Flavor is a mouthful! Mostly sweet again with apple, nutmeg some biscuity hints and a touch of clove I think. The finish reveals a white grape presence. Definately a lot going on there. Quite a tasty brew. I get a little alcohol warming on the end as well. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 16:42:27 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of scottum


3.58/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2004 04:40:43 | More by scottum
Photo of PorterLambic


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light golden color w/ a light head that breaks down relatively quickly.
Smell is fruity, sweet, malty.
Taste continues from the nose with fruit, spice (nutmeg & allspice?), malt, warming in a nicely complex brew.
Mouthfeel is effervescent on the front of the tongue, smooth, medium-bodied. A good drinkable beer, very smooth, flavorful with a nice citrusy/spice taste that hangs out comfortably all over afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 06:43:44 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful beer in a beautiful bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a medium sized white head and slight carbonation. Aroma- a marvelous blend of Belgian yeast earthiness nicely balanced with sweetness and fruit (lemon, banana) and spices (vanilla and others). Flavor is not incredibly complex, but very nicely balanced. One of the sweeter tripels (which I like) that has a nice smooth sharpness at the end. Flavors include sweet lemon, honey, flowers, vanilla, banana, and some grains (banana nut bread may be a good comparison). This brew is incredibly well balanced!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 14:13:55 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of dmarch


3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 02:52:50 | More by dmarch
Photo of blitheringidiot


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notes of three grain belgian 8% ABV top fermented, bottle conditioned.

Pour is a clear straw colored, with strings of carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass. Beautiful bubbly meringue head and excellent head retention throughout the drink.

Mixed berry scents, yeast scents. Wild flowers & open aired meadow aromas. Banana bread afterscents.

Sour sweet mixed cloves. Yeasty banana hints. Extremely clean, slightly oily finish.

Feel is a sudsy foamer with rolling bubbles on me tongue. Active yeasty 7-Up feel.

At a respectable 8% ABV, take that as as a warning. A bit complex to really be a session. This one makes me think and ponder about all the flavors and tastes. This is a drink to be appreciated, carefully.

Last swigs: Chimay like belg. Big ups to fellow BA Shapudding for this one! Schweet!!! I will seek this one again!

Beer is good. Happy belgian beering.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 04:35:12 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of putnam


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pungent straps of flint, orange juice, cream and steel emerge from this sweaty broth. It is a giant, molten elixir of untamed wild flavors: nettles, calves bones, sugar syrup, citrus, soft-ripened cheese...
I gave this enthusiastic 4.5+ marks at the end of a marathon tasting last week. Now that I try it again I wonder if this is a case of bottle variation (the former notes from 750ml - this time from a 12 oz.) or beer-judging fatigue. The latter always seems to favor extreme, alcoholic and sweet styles like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 19:53:06 | More by putnam
Photo of shapudding


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear and golden with tons of carbination. Nice, fluffy beaten eggwhite head. Scents of chardonnay and white grapes. The carbination bites you tongue. Vineous taste, almost champangne. Citrus and freshness. Front of the label at first makes me think, great another one in german where I can't learn anything about the beer just by looking, but like I keep telling my beerbuddy, blitheringidiot, "find the freaking website if ya need to know". There is a bit of info on the back though. Decent taste but just a bit too sweet for me to have more than one...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2004 18:52:22 | More by shapudding
Photo of vitesse


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in 750 mL green bottle with painted label.

(probably the single most beautiful bottle art i've ever seen, btw.)

this is one artistic beer!
looks very similar to champagne when poured into the glass. super bright yellow color with the finest head i've ever seen. bubbles are very reminiscent of champagne, but they retain well.
smells of flowers, slight touch of hopes and spicey coriandar. alcohol is well hidden in the nose.
taste is really delicate. no overpowering alcoholic rush at all. a nice horsebarn yeastiness is evident, hinting at lambic-like flavors. spicy and hoppy notes came around and just blew me away. not a big, over-the-top beer, but insanely complex grassy, flowery and spicy notes. the body of this one is so light and effervescent that i really think it could almost stand up to champage as an aperitif. a very poetic drink. i highly highly highly recommend the karmeliet. if you want a super complex beer, this is the one.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 00:27:43 | More by vitesse
Photo of Globetrotter


3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle looks just like the one in the picture. Label claims this is a three grain brew - wheat, oat and barley. No adjuncts listed on the Russian import label. Best before 3/25/05, I opened it on 4/24/04.

Pours a cloudy orangeish gold under a one finger white head that featured lots of big bubbles and disappeared quickly, leaving no lace. That's not at all what I look for in a Tripel. The nose is full of sweet candy sugar, with a touch of either anise or Grand Marnier Orange. The mouth is very prickly and light, like a heck of a lot of other beers. The taste features the sweet of candy and fruit liquer, with lots of sweet Belgian yeast to remind that this is a beer. The finish includes a crisp hoppy bite (OK, now I know it's beer), while the aftertaste recalls sweet fruitiness and fruity bitterness (a la cranberries). It's good, but there are many much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 19:08:26 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of cokes


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The body is clear and gold. The head is white and bountiful. It shouldn't look any different. Nor could it look any better.
Fragrant of lemon rinds, cane sugar, roses and unused urinal mints (you know, that sweetened herbal wintergreen smell).
Begins with a honeyed bread sensation. It's quickly invaded by cloves, pears, wheat, watermelon, cotton candy (the pink kind) and sugarcane. All of this is bathed in lemon. Bursts of pepper and curacao. Cracks of horsebarn yeastiness. Finishes fully floral. With lilac and rose petal notations and a delicate herbal astringency.
Soft and full in the mouth. Spritzy and cushioned. Foolishly drinkable.
World class. Aside from Allagash, I cannot think of a Tripel that compares.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 23:15:47 | More by cokes
Photo of DESTRO


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this dumps out a lovely golden with a fat white head. looks great. the nose brings thoughts of lemons, oranges, vanilla, floral notes...smells like spring. in the mouth you get good carbonation teamed up with decent medium body, feels nice on the toungue. in the flavor department were talking citrus, lightly sweet malt, very small hints of spice, finishes with a def. warming alcohol bite. im not a huge fan of tripels, but this is a damn fine beer. tastey, lively in the mouth and a sight to behold, high fives to brouwerij bosteels for this one.

paid $2.99 for the small bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 22:54:32 | More by DESTRO
Photo of HardTarget


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Old Monk; Dallas, Tx.
Aroma: An interesting combination of sour and sweet. The sour comes through with an orange twang, which is offset by a sweet vanilla. Somewhere in the mix I got a touch of nutmeg as well.
Appearance: A cloudy pale orange color with a nice white two finger head.
Flavor: Fruit. Forced to be more specific, mainly cherry and banana tastes, but more complexity than I could wrap my tongue around.
Mouthfeel: Medium body that gave a crisp, but lasting finish.
Overall Impression: A very tasty brew. The balance is strongly to the sweet, so this is much like a candy; not to be gobbled, but slowly nibbled for maximum enjoyment.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2004 04:45:22 | More by HardTarget
Photo of abents


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle poured into a pint because I am lame and am relativly new to most belgian brews.
Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with a thick chunky white head. Carbonation runs rampant up the side of the glass. Nice lacing visible as well.

Smell: Aromas of malts and a sweet honey side to it as well. Possibly some fruity notes as well.

Taste: Wow, there is a whole lot of taste going on here. Let me attempt to explain. Fruity up front followed by very bready yeast and a great low key spiciness that adds to it's overall taste. Very good taste going on here, I am gonna need to try more of these things.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated almost too much for my liking, but as it sits it becomes more drinkable for me. Goes down pretty smooth, light/medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very carbonated and leaves me with burps, hard to take a big sip, but other than that this beer is gold. Great taste, fun to figure out what exactly it is I am tasting here. Complex as it can get and I like it.

Great beer, try again and again. If I try more belgians, maybe this will have to be updated but until then... I drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 23:49:18 | More by abents
Photo of beergeek279


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 750 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is golden, with a thick, foamy white head. The smell is a slight tartness. The taste is fairly flowery sweet, with a strong honeyish sweetness in the flavor and some candi sugar as well, with very little if any noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel is almost perfectly carbonated. As for drinkability, quite good and one I could definitely drink quite a few of.

Well, this beer was originally raised as a toast to my (soon-to-be) alma mater, California University of PA, and our women's basketball team winning the Div II national champion, but tonight we discovered that one of our favorite craft beer bars changed to a tacky beach theme, so we also raised it as a toast to our old place as well. A nice, flowery, sweet tripel that's definitely a new personal favorite in the style, and one I hope to see in Southwestern PA shortly.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 03:03:46 | More by beergeek279
Photo of GreenCard


3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: beautiful deep gold color, a lushous two-fingered layer of white foam, lots of rising bubbles, good head retention, flecks of lace

Aroma: dusty, cinnamony, malty, honey-like sweetness, floral hops, plummy fruitiness, perfumy (sage and roses?)

Flavor: mellow and round sweetness with a sort of musty undertone (perhaps from the oats?), a bit fruity and peppery, nice hop flavor, finishes dryish with a honey-ed aftertaste, slight acrid lingering flavor like saccharine

Mouthfeel: medium body, vigorous carbonation, soothing alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: I know this is one of the more "mainstream" beers in Belgium, but I think it's quite good despite that. Hadn't had one in a long timem, so I had kind of forgotten how good it is. The only detracting factor is that it is quite gassy (lots of burps) and the sweetness tends to stack up a bit and become almost cloying after a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 17:21:22 | More by GreenCard
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 2,703 ratings.