Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,229
Hads: 3,651
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 256
Gots: 637 | 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 canadianbarman
2.85/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

--330 ml small brown bottle, freshness date stamped on back
--kind of a pale amber in color
--nice, frothy head that left very nice lacing in the glass
--a kind of sweet, floral smell from this one.

Please note: This was my first taste of this style so I have nothing to compare it to. I thought this was a good beer but am hoping that their are better out there. I will for sure give this one another try as my palate and abilities become better.
Thx (458 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge thick foamy white head with excellent retention. Aroma is quite complex with a mix between candi sugar and good old Belgian yeast. Taste is very refreshing with some spices, candi sugar (well balanced by the way), good malt and finish with the yeast. Carbonation is excellent and body is above average but still not too full. Good interpretation of the style with all the ingredient well balanced. (449 characters)

Photo of Cwrw
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Carmelite beer from Dendermonde, using the three classic grains for a beer: wheat, barley and oats. The label suggests a cooler temperature than cellar, about 6 to 9 degrees. A brilliant, clear golden colour greets the eye served in a chaliced glass. Sparkling golden honey; lighter than I expected. The head is aspirin white, fine, extremely creamy on top and more large-bubbled and chunky on the bottom. A thing of beauty when poured properly. The lacing is thick and extremely viscous. The very first aromas I detected where wheaty, with that creamy soapy character in some witbiers. A very malty aroma, which is not surprising in a three-grain beer. Spices, cloves, lime, and lemon. Some very strong, almost astringent chemical smells, but balanced with the malt, and the fruity yeast. Definite citrus in this beer. The oats I think add the creamy vanilla notes. The wheat malt is the strongest grain aroma for me in this beer. The taste is all malt up front, and even in the middle is a strong bread/nuts flavour. I also taste salty fish. More sour citrus in the middle, with the alcohol lurking in the finish, strong, phenolic and flowery. In fact, I can taste the alcohol more than I expected. Otherwise, this is magnificently tasteful. There is some caramel in the aftertaste. A predominantly malty finish, with little dryness. Very creamy mouthfeel, turning to foam almost immediately on the tongue. This beer is, despite its myriad aromas and tastes, approachable, and very drinkable, with no overpowering aspects whatsoever. It is refreshing, like a wit, yet very full, like a tripel. This is simply an extremely complex, flavourful and easy-to-drink Belgian. The lees are green and yellow, less malty and more soapy. More spice and less malt in the taste, too. This would pair exceptionally with a hot spicy dish. (1,827 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 Paddez
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of me personal favourites

Pours a golden brew with a big attractive head that stays put for some time and later changes into a foamy layer. Nice retention. Beautiful.
The aroma is is filled with spices, floral notes and citrus fruits.
The taste is delicious. Spicy, complex with coriander, lots of fruits and some notes of alcohol. Delicious!
Mouthfeel is once again excellent. The beer is well carbonated and goes down very smoothly.

Very refreshing, but with a kick. I've had this one several times and it managed to amaze me time after time. A most excellent beer. (581 characters)

Photo of Cfahooligan
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is now my favorite beer. It's so light and refreshing yet strong enough to kick your butt. I like to drink a bit colder at first because I like to watch this beer bloom in my hands. It's nice colder and then as it warms up it brings out gorgeous flavours. It becomes so brilliant after warming up with a full bouquet of spices. Though not overly spiced. Just a fantastic beer. I describe this like I describe fine chocolate, there is some that you give to your friends and there is some you give to the ones you really love. This is a beer to be had with someone worthy! (575 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a large bottle, I think it was 750 ml. Pours a clear and shiny golden orange color with a white head that lasts through the whole glass. Very good head retention. The aroma is spicy and fruity, sweet malty scent and apple peel. The flavor is crisp with a sweet malt flavor as the base. Flavors of apple and wild berries comes through as well. Very gentle on the palate with no flavors being too bold or overpowering. Very enjoyable drink. (450 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dull golden colour with big bubbly white head, that dissipated but didn't go away. The beer is hazy from the yeast that was poured in from the bottom of the bottle, and tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen throughout.

Smell is quite nice, spicy pepper smell, a bit of citrus and something sweet that I can't place(looking at other reviews made me realize it was apricot).

First couple of sips led me to believe I had this beer a little too cold. Not a lot of flavour up front, though it has a very dry, spicy finish, and a bit of an alcohol kick at the end.

As the beer is warming, the taste is beginning to sweeten a bit. The mouthfeel isn't bad, carbonation is a little on the high side.

The carbonation and the alcohol finish keep this beer from breaking into my favorites, but it is a nice beer with some nice flavour to it. I'm glad I have a second bottle to sample later. (898 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11/05/04- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Appearance- Pours into a tulip glass with a huge white frothy head. Leaves magnificent lacing all over the sides of the glass. Pours a yellowish/amber hued color.

Smell- Doesn't have a lot of smell. A bit of sweetness, maybe lemon. Maybe some spicyness.

Taste- Mmmmm, sweet and fruity. Some nice sweet malty characteristics. Definite fruit tastes. Maybe canned fruit tastes as it is sweet. Lemons, apricots?

Mouthfeel- Nice feel as it slides down your throat. Near perfect carbonation. Very subtle brew.

Drinkability- Can't tell it's got an 8% abv. Hasn't hit me yet and I had two of them. Very tasty and possibly even better in the bottle. (714 characters)

Photo of bark
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is shady orange-gold-beige. The compact firm white foam is almost four fingers thick!

A sour wheat beer and lactose flavour dominates the smell. There are some notes of corn and bitter almonds.

The carbonation is powerful with small bubbles that develop into foam in the mouth.

The taste is quite alcoholic, but there are also are notes of apricot, liquorice, vanilla, diacetyl and lots of sourish flavours and lactose. The aftertaste is almost as complicated with a finishing touch of sour citric fruits.

Those Belgians might be totally nuts, but when it comes to strong brews that resembles of nothing else, look no further! (649 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a huge blooming head that leaves big globs of lace down the glass,big spicey aroma peppery and yeasty a touch of smoke and orange.Yeasty up front on the palate with a spritzey lemon note with the spiciness more subdued compared to the aroma,pretty refreshing for a beer with such a high alcohol content.A well made Tripel worthy of high marks. (369 characters)

Photo of swamiswamu
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Remarkably smooth and drinkable for a tripel. My girlfriend remarked it instantly reminded her of a riesling and I agreed. I didn't find it very textured or layered, but it some respects that was refreshing. Simply put it is a very enjoyable slightly sweet straight forward tripel. (281 characters)

Photo of Truh
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chanted some carillons with this one on 10/2/2004. ?-oz, pour at ACPH in an absolutely kick-ass Tripel Karmeliet glass with inlaid fresco and all.

Huge froth of initial inch plus head that subsided to a tremulous coagulant of quarter inch mass. Light gold coloring but hue is deceptive due to the bulbous round globe of glass that surrounds the liquid goodness. Home brew-like quality of wilted, wet malt to nose. Initial core of rounded malt heat dissipates with an almost chalky residue that coats the throat with a somewhat tannin flush as well.

Beautiful offering that settles and filibusters its way through the synapses. (632 characters)

Photo of filabrazilia
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. The lace clings to the glass nicely.

A slightly spicy and fruity aroma greets the nose with a splash of olfactory delight.

This is a very sweet beer. The grains match the sweetness to create a wonderful balance in the mouth. There is a pronounced tart finish that leaves you wanting more.

The hops are evident in the feel--they grab the back of the tongue and counter the very sweet notes superbly. The carbonation delivers the texture of the beer in a rich liquid package.

This is a great beer that was a treat to consume. I have been drinking so many German style beers lately that I almost forgot how satisfying a good Tripel can be. (692 characters)

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

Small Belgian style bottle, classy looking label. A best before date was on the label, but it was too faded/washed away to decipher. Poured into a super nice looking tripel Karmeliet glass, very clear and golden, luxorious and stately looking. White head, nicely developed lacing. Nutty nose, very fruity, lemony,yeasty and spicy stuff. Snappy dry finish, intense flavors, simply lovely stuff. Seek and enjoy. (409 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
2.96/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasting this beer blind in a tripeltasting I was more ore the less disappointed of it. A smell that is only koreander and paradijszaad, and it was tasting like a (cheap) parfum. Hardly any bitterness and nothing that a lover of belgium ( trappist) tripels( like me) would try again... strangely enough this beer came out second in the tasting so there must be a lot of people that like it.... but not me! (404 characters)

Photo of dansteino
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I fell in love with this beer the first time that I tasted it.

Pours a great glass with a wonderful head.

The citrus element on the nose and in the taste provides a perfect complement to this sweet brew.

Extraordinarily tasty and complex at the same time.

For $6.99 a bottle -- what a bargain!!! (307 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle. Has a champagne like pop of the cork.Pours a clear blond hue with a huge fizzy head. Reeks of sweet , freshly cut alderwood mixed with spices. Nice medium body with a lively, tickley tongue feel. Taste is a fairly sweet, spicey, earthy wood flavor. A very mild hop bitterness to finish.

A nicely crafted tripel. (329 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What better way to enjoy one of the few remaining beautiful late-summer days than to enjoy a bier or 2 out on the back deck!!
Opted for a Tripel Karm to start things off.... It was a striking, clear golden hue, with a prodigious, billowy white head. The topping takes its sweet time receding, leaving a nice trail of lace in its wake. Within the liquid is a persistent, upwardly mobile stream of bubbles. Attractive brew! The aroma wafting about suggests bready malt, yeastiness and a sharp spiciness. Karm has a medium body, and is bubbly and mildly prickly on the tongue as it travels bellywards. Flavor has a light toasty malt character, with some tropical fruit hanging about close by. This segues into a peppery, crisp dry finish. I didn't find this bier to be overly complex, though. It is tasty nonetheless, but I wouldn't beat down doors to get it.

Prosit!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

749 (958 characters)

Photo of Doppel07
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear golden body with abundant carbonation and a monstrous foamy white Belgian-style head. Orange citrus and spice plus some esters, but not too dominating. Some bubble gum comes through more in the flavor than aroma. Honey is a dominating element in the flavor. More sweetness than I’ve recognized in other Tripels. Very smooth. (338 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9.4oz dark green bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a hazy golden caramel candy color with a full, if fast fading fizzy off-white head.
The smells range from horse stall to tobacco - from banana to cut oak - from apples to citrus - and oatmeal with butter to light rum.
The malt body is substantial. Banana bread and wheat bread flavors are upfront. Tastes of caramel and pears and buttered rum follow. A bit of vanilla is noticed.
A dry earthy taste emerges from a light sugary sweetness. Lime-like citrus and a bit of orange zest mingle with cloves and a hint of black pepper. A mild warming alcohol fuminess strengthens slightly as the liquid temperature rises.
This is a special beer, that when served on tap becomes even more special. A nice beer to celebrate my birthday eve! (790 characters)

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured in a goblet style beer glass, this beer is mostly blonde with hints of orange. It is very deep colored... thick for such a light color beer.

Smell: A very clean, fresh smell that has subtle hints of grapes, pears and spices. As the beer warmed up to room temperature, some of the alcohol scent hits you. Still, subdued for a 8% ABV beer.

Taste: This is a very pleasant taste...reminds me a lot of the ABT 12 trappist ale. The flavor is very well rounded, starting with an almost apricot sweet/sourness that blends into a malty alcohol flavor that really warms the mouth and back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: The body is just heavy enough to keep the flavor on the tongue for a solid taste. It is still light enough that it flows down very easily and begs for the next sip. Excellent balance!

Drinkablility: Highly drinkable - both as a special treat with a meal, a night cap with a book, or a crazy drunken feast of Dionysus sesh. (960 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 mL bottle, marked "Best before 16/07/05." Purchased at the World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Hazy, golden in color with no head but a ring of bubbles around the periphery and firm carbonation, the Tripel K has a yeasty, round aroma with just the slightest twinge of alcohol.

The taste is very smooth, light and airy in the mouth but deep in character. Dangerously drinkable and well-rounded, this is easily the best tripel I've had in recent memory, and quite possibly ever. Simply excellent. (500 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (2,999 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (993 characters)

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.