Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,358
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 205
Gots: 415 | FT: 6
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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of leedorham
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of magine
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of 4ster
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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 mjw1200
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 webmanspidey
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow pour into a chalice. This one is so carbonated the foam spills all over the place when I open the bottle.. a particularly annoying trend I am noticing with some of these Belgians. Needless to say, there is a mountain of head in this one that fills almost half of my glass.

Smell is lemon and orange, with some pepper and other assorted spices. I find a sweet caramel smell at the back as well.

Taste is similar to the smell.. very sweet and citrusy up front and spicy and peppery at the end. The end is very interesting and spicy, with a mild amount of alcohol present.

Very drinkable. Probably one of the better tripels.

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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.


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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Bosteels - Tripel Karmeliet - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

First off, holy carbonation! My buddy was unscrewing the cork holder and as soon as he had it unscrewed the cork blasted off, hit the ceiling, then bounced and hit the window. Thought that was funny and wanted to share, be careful lol!

Look - Pours like a a fizzy golden champagne with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing, definite heavy carbonation. Tripel/Saison-style in the carbonation.

Smell - Aroma is deep yeasty bready sour belgian-style. Simple in style but complex in general. Spices and mouth-watering profile.

Taste - Tons of fruits. Bananas and green grapes in the first sip. Sweet but smooth. Second sip yields tinny sour fruit notes, but still sweet, thinking pears. Light floral hops throughout.

Mouthfeel - Rests quite sweet pears, sour is hidden a bit. Spices give mild lip burn as you drink this. Gets deeper flavors as it warms. Slightly boozy but non-determinate, does not dominate.

Overall - A little light and lacking sour, more towards sweet but a solid brew nonetheless. Good tripel.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of hotstuff
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The warmer this beer became, the better it tasted in my opinion. It poured a large sized white frothy, creamy head that contained fine sized bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body was cloudy with lively carbonation and a golden hue. The nose was fruity, spicy, coriander and some clove. The flavor was fruity, sweet, some spiceness and smooth. The mouthfeel was a little tingly, smooth and bubbly with a thin texture. It was light bodied with good lacing.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Andreji
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd held this one for a while after finding it finally in america. 75cl, corked bottle kept haunting me until i drank it. boy was i glad....

The pour was brilliant. a diffuse orange with a darker hue, sitting at the bottom some yeast debris leftovers which I love. yet, the most impressive part was the head. at first, quite seemingly average although stirs up intenseley as you finish the pour. the carbonation is so intense that it overflows the glass (served in a duvel tulip), in an irregular, rocky fashion that persists for quite a while. you can also see some bits tearing off from the bottom to mix with the beer itself. more yeast, maybe?

The smell is absolutely complex. I cannot find a proper way to determine it, at first pepper-ey and with a pungent alcohol feel. then fruitier in a very sweet and pleasant way, never undermining how spicy it is. just a bit astringent at the end but combines properly with this fresh fruit feel.

The taste is just great. this is how I like my tripels. bitter at the beginning, bringing in some fine spice feel. the it becomes dominated by a mild, stable sweetness provided by this apricot-mango taste that is hard to define but is just so sweet...! the alcohol swiftly invades the mouth to overturn this momentaneous relaxation and reenhances the connection betweenmouth and nose, ascending sharply, in a liquor sort of way. it's not hidden, it just veils the back of the mouth while the very moderate bitterness is felt across the sides of the tongue further diminishing the prevalence of sweet.

The mouthfeel is also very nice. despite the over-foaming I experienced, the carbonation within was still enough to properly balance the strongly defined flavors of the beer. the efects of the alcohol are also downed here, making this unhidden phenomenon seem just as important- and pleasant- to the beer as any other flavour therein.

I dunno if it was not having breakfast- or sleeping only 3 hrs today- that made this 75cl give me the buzz, but it's just what I needed right now....flavour included. this was a marvellous acquisition and it should soon be back on the top 50, for god's sake.

Photo of loren01
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color, frothy evervescent white head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Sweet, fruity slight Belgian yeast scent
T: Taste is sweet and fruity. Alcohol evident toward the end.
M: Very prickly and champagne like.
D: Taste and smell is very good....way too over the top with the carbonation. Less carbonation would make this an excellent beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass
A-hazy golden color with a creamy white head
S-sweet banana, vanilla and citrus aroma
T-same as aroma but with spice wheat and oats
M-goo carbonation well balanced of bitterness spice and sweetness with the citrus
O-great tripel great wheat taste and light wonderful amounts of sweetness and spice,

Photo of McNazz
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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