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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 trancefishy
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork action. served at 54.3 degrees F.

wow. huge ass head. it could be represented very well using a topographic map. lots of mountains and valley. underneath, lots of geologic activity (baby bubbles surging to the surface). nice straw colour. mmm. makes lots of sizzling noises.

aroma is mellow, not giving away much. a little orange, little vanilla, some yeastiness. very balanced and doesn't smell generically belgian, a bit more well rounded.

taste is wondeful. sweet clover honey and lemon like citrus. very sweet and smooth. if you have ever had chamomile tea, with honey, this is exactly that, except turned into beer. lots of floral stuff going on. tastes like a beautful summer day. a nice treat for the middle of february in marquette, mi.

good beer. oh yes, very good. (797 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark to medium gold color, with a huge head on the pour with excellent retention. This is going to take a while. (My girlfriend says it is the color of the amber that they extract the dinosaur DNA from in Jurassic Park). The smell is very piney, not in a hoppy way, but somewhat juniper berries. Taste is very sweet, probably overly. Very tart, and somewhat one dimensional. Complexity and shifting flavors are really missing from this beer. Too metallic, and the sweetness is still getting to me. Mouthfeel is fine, but this is somewhat of a dissapointment. (566 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a gold/slightly amber color w/ 3 inches of head with lots of sustanance and very spongy but while dissipating finally, not much cling on the glass; nice cascading as well. Aromas are pretty grainy, reminding me of oatmeal with some citrus aromas and possibly some cherries and spice- very complex...tough to determine exactly, but great aroma! Taking a sip, i notice some spicy nutmeg and cherries that jump out w/ some citrus tones (limes) and lots of sugar; very complex as well. Feel is pretty carbonated that stings your tongue a little too muchl; some nice alcohol burn on the finish, but light bodied and warming! Decent brew, but not my favorite belgian ever. (674 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet
750 ml green colored bottle with a caged cork
Bottle conditioned

I served this beer in a St Feuillien wide mouthed chalice. Pours an attractive mustard yellow color with a nice white head on top. The head has great sustain and leaves sticky lacings all over the glass.

Strong aroma of fruits, spices, Belgian yeast and oats. Prominent floral whiffs as well.

What a delicious Tripel....flavors of honey sweetness, spicy cloves, black pepper, and citrus fruit (oranges) take over the palate. The mouthfeel is creamy and syrupy with a grain, oat and wheat presence. I love complex this beer is. There is alot going on.

This is an awesome beer, no question about it. I was lucky enough to have this on tap at Anam Cara (Brookline, MA) a few months ago and it blew me away. If you enjoy Tripels, this is strongly recommended. (852 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, poured into a wide-mouthed chalice glass (a chimay glass)

Appearance: Gold color, slightly hazy. Big white head of foam, slow to settle.

Aroma: Highly floral and fruity aroma, suggestive of grapefruit, honey, and persimmon.

Flavor: Malt for the most part disappears under a huge ester bouquet, all the notes present in the aroma and more: peaches, ripe apples, plums, and more. Peppery alcohol, lightly spicy clove, and a floral hop flavor add to the complexity. Sweetness sneaks up a bit at the end, but the finish is mostly dry.

Mouthfeel: Deceptively light body for the strength, common for triples, with a creamy mouthfeel.

One of the tastiest, yummiest abbey beers around. (699 characters)

Photo of mgdeth
3.04/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - 750 ml green bottle. Pours a clear golden color, with a white head. Highly carbonated.

Smell - The aroma is almost honey-sweet. No hop nose on this beer. Something about the aroma reminds me of cheap American lagers. This is not a good thing. There is also a slightly skunky aroma - blame that on the green bottle.

Taste - I appear to have gotten an old bottle. The taste is more or less true tripel - sort of a light, caramely sweet taste, but it is not fresh. Alcohol flavor creeps in as the beer warms. I also detect a grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thick, yet smooth. Appropriate for the style.

Drinkability - Due to the flawed aroma and flavor, this beer is not as drinkable as I would have liked.

Comments - For $7 a bottle, I wish that the brewers would have had the sense to put this beer in a brown bottle. The label says that it wona Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup. I'm guessing that if you can get this fresh, it could be much better. (972 characters)

Photo of dgallina
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent light gold with lots of carbonation and a medium-sized frothy white head and lace. Smells invitingly of sharp grains and spices with a healthy dash of herbal fruitiness. Flavors are dominated by very crisp and clean grainy malts, which ride a wave of carbonation and develop floral and spicy tones along with fruit notes and relatively-tame alcohol at the finish. Quite light in the mouth. Complex, tasty and very, very drinkable. (450 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving size 750 ml bottle poured into a Karmelieit glass bought at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank.

Pours a clear honey amber with a large bubbled head and several thin streams of carbonation that kept the head replenished. Some lace though not much.

Smells of faintly of sweet honey with some mild fruitiness as well.

Taste was very sweet. Very much like honey as well, some fruit, yeast and alcohol tastes as well.

light in the mouth with lots of CO2 refreshing .

This is a very drinkable 8% beer. Not the best tripple but not half bad. (553 characters)

Photo of EPseja
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

NOTE [04-22-2005]: Review edited based on my latest tasting. Appearance from 4.0 to 5.0. Smell from 4.5 to 5.0. Taste from 4.5 to 5.0.

Additional tasting notes:

A: Large, rocky, river foamy, micro-bubble head with a bright "what's in the Pulp Fiction briefcase?" golden color. Fantastic.

S: Everything a Tripel is supposed to smell like is embodied in this beer, however no one particular scent ever dominates the others. A masterful blend.

T: I attempted to find any detriment in the taste be it departure from style, off flavors, or anything but could not. This is the perfect Tripel.
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Original 01-06-2005 review below:

Shared this Magnum bottle with two beer-tasting friends of mine, on the recommendation of Mr. Richard Tingle, the beer manager at Oak Tree Discount Wines & Spirits in South Plainfield, NJ.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, golden honey color. Tiny micro-bubbles forming a thin self-repleneshing head.

Smell: Sweet grains, mild honey, and bubble gum coupled with rosy floral notes from the hops. Clean Belgian Tripel esthers. Very appealing.

Taste: Super well rounded. Excellent balance of sweetness and bitterness. For and 8% beer, alcohol is virtually non-present in the taste, but leaves a warming feeling in the finish along with a dash of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation. Infinitesimally small bubbles that make for a creamy and velvety but crisp and clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Superb mouthfeel and wonderful taste make this one an easy drinker. (1,528 characters)

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)

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