1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

Not Rated.
Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,342 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,342
Reviews: 1,201
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 204
Gots: 398 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website
Belgium

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Tripel Karmeliet Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,342 | Reviews: 1,201 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bsm80x
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dtivp
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger white head , very good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt, yeast and light citrus.

Taste followed the nose with a very nice yeast, sweet malt, honey and citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth with a slight crispness.

Overall a very solid triple.

Photo of RobinLee
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jackndan
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Triple Karmeliet: On tap. Fantastic! The triple refers to three grains: barley, oats, and wheat. Highly carbonated, very nice head. Aroma vaguely smells of oranges, and coriander. The taste is sweet/yeast taste, and pressed oranges, with a perfectly balanced Belgian taste. This is a very, very good beer: on tap, it is one of the five best beers I’ve ever had.

Photo of RedHaze
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a pale straw color with a towering four finger head, even with a very gentle pour. I'm not sure the head is ever going to fade away. The lacing that is left behind is thick and chunky.

Smell; very floral with lots of tropical fruits. Some gentle spices come out, along with a bit of citrus and earthy yeastiness.

Taste; this is a very sweet and fruity tripel, with oranges, peaches, apricots and many others that I can't place. The yeasts add a bit of chalkiness, and the spices are a touch peppery, with almost no alcohol noticeable in the profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is very good, but with the sweetness and abundance of fruit flavors I would not be able to drink more than one of these.

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of cardinals22
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Sspeer1
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of leedorham
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of magine
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of CSO
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of harsley
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mjw1200
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of capuchinpilates
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dataylor21
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kbnooshay
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice straw color with a slight haze to it. The off white head was massive and pillowey. Aroma is spicey, earthy, yeasty and tropical with maybe the slightest skunk. Tastes similar to the smell but the banana yeast flavor is super strong. Alcohol is warming to the tum but not really detectable in the taste. A really nicely spiced tripel that towards the end starts to get a little cloying. Feel is slick but slightly thinner than medium. This is pretty drinkable.

Photo of Backer2004
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this out as part of the best flight of beers I've ever experienced at the Flying Saucer in Addison, Texas. This is one where you know you're drinking a high gravity beer but the alcohol is not apparent or cause for hestinancy. A great Belgium beer that I would drink all evening. Nice light color and carbonation. Quite impressive.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: the beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a fluffy white head.
Smell: sweet malts, yeast, honey, vanilla, flowery hops and citrus. Also clove and coriander in the smell.
Taste: Sweetness up front is perfectly balanced by the spicy hoppy aftertaste. This beer is herbal, crisp and very fruity with citrus fruits, fresh apple, peach and some banana. Spices are pepper and clove.
Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation and thick mouthfeel.
Overall: For me the best tripel in the world.

Photo of tewaris
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with cryptic date poured into a snifter. Pours a clear hay golden color with a big fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, sweet and fruity but moves toward perfumy and floral with warmth. Low on phenols and booze and the general "heavy" feeling some tripels suffer from: Damnation, I am looking at you!

Tastes is bittersweet in a very gentle way with ample fruitiness. Carbonation is very high that creates an illusion of very dry finish at first; but the finish is eventually found on the sweeter side as the beer warms. Light body without a touch of alcohol, this one is easy to drink.

Hard to point any flaw out but this beer didn't wow me in spite of all its good features. Perhaps it's the overall profile?

Regardless, a well made beer that I will drink again but not at the price of almost 7 dollars a bottle.

Photo of hunteraw
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When served in the appropriate glassware at Stubbie Shirt Pub in Gainesville, this beer is a majestic hazy golden in color with good lacing. Very nice looking. Aroma is very nice: fruity and spicy, with Belgian yeast characteristics, although perhaps not quite as appealing as St. Bernardus' tripel... Taste is along the same lines, fruit and spice, very light on the hops. Touch of vanilla, alcohol presence well-hidden. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth, carbonation is good. Drinkability is high - a very good beer.

Photo of CesarLopes
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of everetends
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 750 ml at Green's off Ponce in Atlanta. Unlike the photo here, mine is out a green bottle instead of the brown. Served up in a snifter. Lets do it.

A: Right off the pour you get a nice golden, honey yellow color hitting the glass. As I examine the body, getting a nice bit of haziness in here. Held to the light, this baby glows, bringing out a more bright and golden color. The pour got me a big two fingers, maybe more, of crisp white head. Head is pretty frothy and thick. Carbonation is vibrant and always feeding this head so retention is nice and long. Lace is on the glass and webbing it up. It has my attention.

S: Getting a really nice champagne, or is that a sweet white wine, type aroma coming out first. May be more like a Riesling, nice and sweet white grape aroma with some tannins coming out. There may be a touch of metallic quality coming out behind this, but its not that bad. Then come some fruitiness coming out with some green apple skin, pear and maybe a touch of peach. The finish of the nose bring some earthy hops and some nice yeast. A nice spring day kind of aroma. Very comforting.

T: The flavor is beautiful. Once again it starts with a very light flavor that resembles a sweet Reisling. Nice and sweet grape flavor that is not overpowering but soothing. The fruit flavors are right there as well with some of that slightly tart green apple, gritty pear and sweet peach. There is a spiciness here that mingles nicely. A nice clove is very well represented and mixes beautifully with a nice touch of sweet honey and a bit of sweet banana (almost a big hefe type quality). Yet again a touch of hops bitterness (oh so light) that has a nice earthiness/grassiness to it. Hay and yeast round it off.

M: Nice medium body that has a nice slickness to it. Big time and crisp carbonation keeps this beer easy drinking and refreshing. This beer is somehow rich but not overbearing to the palate. It just wets the palate and you have no dryness to worry about. ABV is just barely noticable with just a touch of warming glow created once I get to the second glass. Aftertaste is just a touch of that earth along with some of that honey sweetness.

D: You know, this beer just reminds me of summer in Europe. It just seems like something my parents and family would have drank when we had sliced meat and cheeses while socializing with friends in the gardens. It just has that bright and soothing flavor and aroma that reminds me of the beauty of Europe in the summer at dusk. Just so refreshing and comforting, like all is right in the world at this moment. I will keep a few bottles of this beer in the house for these hot summer days in Alabama now. Just beautiful.

M:

Photo of BucBasil
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a goblet. The beer is a hazy orange color with a fluffy 2 and a half finger head that is almost pure white.

Smell: Citrus dominates the nose at first. A faint grassy note is evident from the wheat used in the brew. Honey and a light malt back up the beer to give it some balance.

Taste: Citrus and light fruits with a light honey note. Banana begins to creep in during the midpalate, which is an interesting turn, but not unwelcome. Finish is surprisingly smooth with a nice malty note that I wasn't expecting.

All in all a well balanced beer that is great for a tripel. I'm not usually a tripel fan, but this is just balanced enough for me. Nice job Bosteels.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
96 out of 100 based on 3,342 ratings.