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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,238
Hads: 3,699
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 258
Gots: 661 | 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 Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazey pour. Light orange, golden topped with a good size white head. Good lacing, sticky and sweet.
Corriander, clove, lemon, some biscuit and pear round out the nose, which springs forth about 2 feet away.
Refreshing taste. Light orange zest and lemon. Yeast and biscuit in the middle. The end is sticky and crisp. Perhaps too light, but this would be good in the summer instead of during a snow storm that had thunder and lightning. (434 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml green bottle. A little overflow after it was uncorked, this bottle might have been sitting around a while. No matter, its still tasty.

Looks a hazy straw yellow, and smells of apples and green grapes with a touch of spice. The spice expands on taste, as does the fruit here. This is one of those beers that amazes you at what a beer can taste like. Not overly sweet. I'd say its perfectly balanced. Give me more. (435 characters)

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

Tripel Karmeliet poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. A hazed yellow in appearance with a huge frothy head and some lace stickage.

Aroma of Hay, Grassy Euro Hops (slightly skunky), along with fruity esters.

Flavor follows the nose with a nice fruitiness and twang. Some clean wheat/oat flavors present that bring out a real barnyard element. Fruity flavors mimic pear/granny smith apple. Moderate hop bitterness keeps everything in check, alcohol is well hidden in the complex flavors.

A very smooth and delightfully crisp mouthfeel.

Overall a treat to embibe in. Strong and great as a night cap. (606 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a good head and decent lacing. Smell is sweet with some herbal and clove aromas. Spicy and sweet flavors up front with clove, black pepper, and coriander. Softens on the finish to a light breadiness. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but soft and sweet. Very easy drinking, and would be more so if the carbonation were a tad more restrained. (356 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap tonight at the distributor showdown at Cask and Vine.
Dark golden color big white head. Rich bready fruity maltiness with some peppery clove phenols to balance. Nice tripel. (180 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellowish/orange color with a massive frothy off-white head that settles into a lacing that lingers throughout. . Aroma of crisp light fruit, earthy hops and alcohol. Slightly sweet, with a crisp golden flavor to it. Hints of apple, pear, hops and alcohol. Very tasty! (283 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
I've reviewed this in the bottle already but I don't think that I've had a bottle yet that does the beer justice.
Appears a transparent, light gold with a medium sized white cap that slowly fades out. Scattered chunks of lacing are left around the glass. Noticable amounts of CO2 streams rise to the top.
Smell is of honey, tropical fruit, vanilla, peach, and candi-sugar...it definitely lacks the grassy, husky, light struck aromas that I always seem to get in the the bottles.
Taste is nice. Tropical with papaya, mango, peach, mild banana, and sugary cream. Niiiice. High Five! -ala Borat.
Mouthfeel is nicely done with smoothness, excellent carbonation, and full bodied. (711 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, the beer has an orange-gold color, with a slim, white head that quickly fades to a sparse film. Lots of carbonation bubbles throughout the beer, lingering well into the drinking phase. The beer has aromas of butter, coriander, and citrus. The taste is largely riding on a sweet foundation, again with buttery notes, and some toffee, with the spices (coriander and nutmeg) balancing out, and allowing the slightest hint of lemon to fade in and out. The beer is creamy and light in mouth, and fades to a semisweet and smooth finish. There is a bit of a sweetness to the aftertaste, with none of the spice. Very pleasant and easy to drink, and the ABV doesn't impede or encroach on any of the flavors. Well balanced. (735 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smell is big and fruity with lots of sweetness and pineapple and plum scents and a faint hint of medicine.

Taste is sweet and tart too with the expected coriander taste. Mostly the flavor of Granny Smith apples and plums comes through. The alcohol content shows itself as a nice warmth in your throat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good; this has a nice sweet sour and spice balance that goes down well. (448 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It has been many years since I first reviewed this beer, and much as it stands as one of my fondest beer memories, times change, palates change, and I feel now that the scores I originally gave it (close to a perfect 5) will now be tempered by experience and maturity. This was a 330ml bottle purchased from Steve's Cool Booze in Kingsford, probably a similar type of location to where I tried my first bottle.

Pours a hazed pale golden colour with the trademark expressive and voluminous head of white bubbles that eventually settle out to a half-centimetre of foam across the top. Some streaks of lace as it goes, but not a lot. Body is very fluid and light and holds rather large-bubbled carbonation.

Nose is fresh and bright, but caressed with those Belgian yeast esters that round it out and provide some sweetness and a little earthiness. Some smooth vanilla tones, a little bit of blunted citrus, clove and a slight peppery note. It's still exceptionally fragrant and extremely complex. Lovely stuff.

Taste is also extremely good. Big smooth body allows a creaminess to permeate throughout the palate, while bright, slightly peppery tones provide colour and sparkle. Despite this, it never in the slightest feels astringent, spicy or hot with booze, and there's a restraint permeating everything: it makes it superbly drinkable despite the complexities and the alcohol. On the back there's just a suggestion of acidity to clean out the palate and provide a satisfying conclusion.

Feel is wonderful. Smooth but light, seemingly full and crisp at the same time. What sort of alchemy is this?

Overall: wow. I actually expected my scores to go down a whole lot from my first review, and they haven't really dropped significantly at all. I'll admit it has been some time since I last drank a Karmeliet, and so maybe I'd just forgotten what a truly wonderful beer this is. Truly, truly excellent.

Old review from 2005-02-19:

Cloudy deep orange amber body with a massive head that billows up no matter how carefully you pour it. It's creamy and beautiful.

Just wonderful nose. Penetrating sweet oranges, what malt, that gorgeous Belgian yeast which seems to stand out all the more in tripels.
Rich and beautiful.

The taste is just divine. Sweetness or syrup perfectly balanced with a lemony sourness and hops bitterness. It stays around for ages, exploring your whole mouth with its plethora of subtle flavours. It's almost impossible to put into words. You can only experience this beer, you can't describe it. This is truly, truly wonderful.

Overall, this is a brilliant beer. One of the best I've ever tasted.

Unbelievably good.

A: 5, S: 5, T: 5, MF: 5, D: 4.5 (2,675 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and plenty of stickly lacing. On the nose I get an attractive, uncomplicated aroma of honey and underlying spice. Nothing mindblowing here, but it does smell pretty good. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there is also a hint of underlying citrus that is attractive. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and drinkability is pretty good.

This is a very nice, uncomplicated, easy to appreciate Belgian tripel. The relatively low alcohol makes it all the more drinkable and enjoyable. Not bad at all... (613 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You can always count on a Tripel to provide an abundance of rocky white head. Tripel Karmeliet delivers immediately and throws in a team of untiring acrobatic bubbles to boot. This fairly pale yet golden beer beams with brightness even despite its slight haziness. Between the sturdy crown and powerful resplendence there's few things that look more appropriate in a chalice.

The bouquet packs such a rush of bright citrus flavour you'd swear it was brewed with orange or lemon zest. Alas, such is just the wonder of Belgian yeast. Still, this aroma is good as sunlight itself and, combined with the scents of grass and feed stable grains, it practically screams of summer months in the countryside. There's a lot of tropical banana flavour in there too!

Not every producer that puts so much detail into their label art pays the same attention to the actual contents of the bottle - Tripel Karmeliet, however, absolutely does. This flavour is layered with cereal-, citrus-, and spice-driven flavours. It has a richness and elegance that can confidently be claimed among the style's best and is really rivaled only by a select few other Belgian producers (i.e., Westmalle).

Not only are there lemon drops as far as the eye can see, but orchard fruits like pear and apple also factor in by the bushel full. White pepper and lemongrass ensure a mix of both spicy and savory components, both of which work well with the dry and earthy tastes of farm-fresh hay, oats, and wholesome, bready malted barley. There's definitely no shortage of graininess!

For as long as I've been reviewing beer (over a decade now) I've always considered Karmeliet my absolute favourite Tripel. While the recipe seems to have changed a little in recent times (much lighter, more citrus-forward) it's still undoubtedly among the best regularly available tripel and probably THE one I'd point to for those aiming to learn about or emulate this great style. (1,933 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at the SAQ, on a recent trip home from the States. Not available in Ontario, thought I'd give it a go! Poured into a tulip, BBD of October 7, 2011.

Pours a brilliant golden yellow, with about a hand (yes, five fingers of head!) initially, settling down to a sudsy and soapy head. Chunky lace. Aroma is awesome, huge yeasty fruit esters (banana, peach, green apple?, nectarine), a bunch of spice and some alcohol clearly. Just what I want from a tripel. Taste follows the fruits found in the aroma, with a touch of Belgian candy. Spice makes itself known, but doesn't overpower. Alcohol slips in a touch at the end. Clean, smooth and medium-high carbonationl. Slick on the tongue and goes down way too easily. Impressive. (743 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket during its sale on Belgian bottled beers~~ BB 10/1/08, served lightly chilled in a tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: nice orangey-golden colour, coming with a medium-thick white frothy beer head with very good retention; the carbonation condition is just about right for a Belgian bottle-conditioned beer: gentle and constant, never overly fizzy.
S: harmoniously perfumy and fruity... the tropical fruit estery note comes colourful but light-bodied, on top of a constant stream of juicy (cake-ish) malts and grains with but a touch of candy-sugar; lots of fruit elements to discern (for fun): pineapple, green apple peel, banana, apricot, ripe fig, orange/tangerine peel, lemon blossom, Chinese green bean paste...all mixed together, while the lightly spicy yeastiness follows at each step, but plays the second fiddle to the main fruity theme. Everything is so softly threaded together by the perfumy string--just brilliant!!!!
T: creamy maltiness backed by smoothly fruity yeasty backbone lubricates the tip of the tongue, gradually more tartly-sweet fruity elements (mainly lemon-cake, pineapple and sugar-cane juice) expand on the palate, and bringing on board an exotic, Chinese green-bean paste like yeasty+malty+fruit-estery flavour which doesn't go large but lingers quietly and subtly at the back end of the tongue. A slightly herbal-sweet (slightly licorice?) but also dryish aftertaste of hops(?) and yeasts round off the palate in the very finish.
M&D: given the ideal condition of carbonation, the beer's creamy and soft texture is one of the most enjoyable for this style... The medium body and complex flavour against an almost non-existent alcoholic backbone makes this beer utterly easy to drink... If given a richer flavour profile this just might be an all-time winner, IMO! (1,834 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
Best before 09/08/09 on bottle
A- This beer has a clear apricot body with a wall of micro bubbles from the nucleation point. The giant creamy light tan head last and last for the full beer and has some nice thick rings of foam left on the glass after each sip.

S- The smell of soft dried fruit has a flower blossom smell and a note of soft sweet sugar.

T- The light soft caramel sweetness has a light honey note and a nutty hint is followed by a light apricot taste and a green herbal finish. As the beer warms there is a faint banana chip note and a nice alcohol taste that cleans the finish nicely.

M- The light mouthfeel has a creamy texture from the head and a soft alcohol heat at the finish.

D- This beer has a wonderful subtle complexity with notes of light fruit with some good floral notes and sweet flavors without being cloyingly sweet. (876 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes 6/1/2007 On-tap at Brasserie Chagall in Brugge, Belgium, 330ml tulip glass for €4.10 ($5.62). poured with a one-finger white head that fades to a slim head leaving a trace of lace. Clear amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Balanced nose. Flavor is sweet to balanced. Slight bitter finish. Imported bottle is better. (345 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber/orangy color, nice carbonation, nice creamy off-white head, nice lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malts, slight hops, yeast, spices, and pears/apple, grapes. The taste is slightly tangy/malty, nice not overly spicy. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty tripel, one of the bes I've had to date. (334 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RB

330 ml from the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda.. mine from a Kasteel tulip... listening to United DJ's Kimbal Collins mix.

Very attractive meringue like head... lite fingers of white lace.. despite a careful pour a slight haze.. straw/gold brew.

Aroma is Belgian pale malts and yeasty spicy white pepper and lite cloves.. tropical fruits abound...

Flavor is much more soft than the Gouden Carolus.. white peaches without the abundant sugars... Muscat grapes ... sorta perfumy but in a good way .. lite green apples.. spices come mid palate.. more pepper... Complex but in an unassuming sort of way... tastes like summer despite I am in the middle of a Boise snowstorm... only albeit slight complaint is it may be a little thick.

Tripel Karmeliet makes me rethink my cellar .... I really need to stock up on triples and other Belgians and let the RIS and BW's come as they may. I've been a fan of Belgium for years.. but actually typing this review is ponderous. (981 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a chance to try the Karmeliet Tripel at "The Bank" in Wheaton, IL. The beer pours a hazy yeast filled pale yellow or straw color, very large foamy white head which left a very spotty lace due to the fruity precence. The smell is sweet yeast esters, some banana, some pepper, honey, very good. Feel is light lots of tingling carbonation. Taste is good, there is a nice dry finish, I get sweet honey, malts, a little hop bite, some peppery aftertaste along with the dryness. Overall a good triple. (501 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark maize color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, hops, spice, yeast sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, yeast, slight spice, slight hops, some sweet malt, alcohol, and slight pale malt. Overall, well blended, there's a good body, and nice aroma. (461 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, slightly cloudy with smallish head and good lacing. Complex, spicy aromas and flavor. Muted hops and bitterness, nice malt backbone, somewhat boozy but very pleasant flavor. Yeasty and faintly citrusy. Carbonation is perfect, very nice mouthfeel. Highly drinkable despite the ABV, which may get you into a bit of trouble if you're not careful. Not the top of the heap, but close. Overall a really good tripel! (427 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber. Nice large white head that lasts a long time with nice lacing. Aroma subdued wheat. Flavor is wheat developing into sweet malt and light fruit. Sweet malt and spicy middle and finish with a touch of hops. Very well integrated. An excellent tripel and worth a revisit. (355 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice gold in color with moderate turbidity and a one finger thin and very well carbonated head. The aromas are very yeasty and it is FULL of citrus overtones. Damn, didn't expect so much orange. It's almost like seriously faded hops. It smells great. The flavors too have a perfect amount of yeast and spice and again this very heavy on the oranges. It's an orange and coriander bomb, tangerines included. It drinks light to medium in body and is very well carbonated. Overall this is a pretty damn good tripel. Everyone knows it, tell your friends. (566 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a Chimay glass.

A: Poured a bright honey-gold with a bright white fluffy head about 2 fingers high. There appeared to be a steady stream of strong carbonation from the center of the glass erupting like a volcanoe from the laser etchings.

S: sour lemons, and fruitiness (apples, pears), citrus, fresh wheat and a touch of sour oranges. There was a nice spiciness as well.

T: tart lemons, orange peels, with a nice spicy hopping. There was a nice tart fruitiness from the yeast followed by a showing of coriander. Some light muskiness, grains, citrus and dried honey citrus rounds things out here. Overall was tart and tangy with a nice spiciness.

M: smooth, light with a active carbonation providing a crisp, sharp experience.

D: Very nice, highly recommended. (782 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden yellow with only a touch of haze; lots of apparent effervescence and a huge white head of large bubbles. Appetizing.

Smell: light and airy but with a very delicious and sweet classic tripel aroma. A little pear, a little cherry, a little chalk; magnifique.

Taste: just spectacular. Light, sweet malt with a certain unctuousness which I just love. Flavor tracks with the aroma: pear, cherry, chalk; even a nice bitterness to round out the aroma. This is one extremely tasty tripel; definitely among my favorites.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation to create a deliciously appealing creaminess.

Drinkability: this is just one fantastic beer. Tripels are usually good at hiding their nuclear ABV and Tripel Karmeliet is no exception; throw in the amazing flavor and this is an experience I can't wait to repeat. (892 characters)

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.