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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,238
Hads: 3,695
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 258
Gots: 659 | 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 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

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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)

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

On-tap at the Innsbrook Capital Ale House.

Dusty golden-orange in color with only a tiny layer of thin white head atop. Sparse lacing. Aromas are boisterous! A rainbow of fruity aromas leap out of the glass. Bannanas, oranges, lemony zest mixed with a honey-wheat character. Flavor falls just short of the smell. Big on the fruit flavors as well, there's only a dash of bitterness for pseudo-balance. Definite doughy/bready flavors as well, finishing with a lemon-honey aftertaste. Medium-bodied. Definitely a dessert beer, this one is far to the sweet side. (561 characters)

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

This beer is like the girl you met at the beach as a teenager.. You saw her pour into the ocean. Her golden blonde hair going under just as a wave crashes over her and capped with huge white cap of foam on top.. eventually the blonde shines through again. Later you walk by her on the Boardwalk she smells of light spicy earth and perfume. you work up the nerve to finally address her and her kiss tastes of good light bread, a touch of light brown sugar, citrus a bit of apple and spice... The taste lingers on your lips and gets deeper some how warming you like that first shot of brandy your uncle gave you. Your mouth feels clean and warm after you walk home... The taste leave you wanting more and more.. THis is one hell of a beer that proves that its not only the Monks that are brewing kick ass beers in Belgium. I hope this stuff comes back on tap soon in the area. (874 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had A range of experience by letting it warm aggressive mouthfeel.Beautiful lacing and honey pale gold. Particular spice including pepper, cariander wasn't for me but ameloriated by various strong spicey food. Tip off cap to Malto. Had a bottle another 2 years later and hit the spot again. Had a bottle 7.5 years later and lots of candi and fruit, this one aged for 5 years. (375 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 20/02/2005. Prides itself on being brewed with "3 grains after a 17th century recipe".

Pours to a slightly cloudy golden (even with the yeast added) with peach accents, forming a large spontaneously peaking head with meringue consistency, superior retention and good lacing. Carbonation is medium-strong. Aroma is very nice..I detect phenoic cloves, bananas, melon, a touch of acetic acid, the distinct aroma of orange and coriander (though it's hard to believe I'd find these in a triple), and a distinct twang of rotting muskmelon. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a medium-dense body and a syrupy middle and finish. Taste begins with a ton of bananas and spicy cloves, lots of pale malt and candi sugar sweetness throughout, powdered sugar, lots of coriander with associated slight ruddiness offset by the carbonation, a very mild non-descript bitterness, a pleasantly syrupy middle, and ending in a sweet-tart aftertaste with a ton of fruits...noticeably ripe pears and muskmelon. Alcohol is imperceptable with no appreciable off-flavors.

One of the richest triples I've had...very much a dessert brew, and a 11.2 oz bottle is about enough for me, although I would gladly drink this in the future. Quality brew, and one of the finer triples I've had. Recommended. (1,278 characters)

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

Served at Zachary's in Tucson in a big 22oz tulip glass.

Poured well with a nice creamy head, about as thick as my "pinky."

The color is a clear, pale, golden, honey-like tone.

I'm still stuffed up, having a tough time with the smell... but I sense a pleasantness. Damn...

The flavor reminds me of honey. So does the body, as it has a slight syrupy feel to it, but not too much. I also sense a strong citrus/orange flavor. After a few big sniffs, I'm getting lots of cardamom too, which is weird, because usually the spiciness in a beer tastes like clove or cinnamon to me. The bitterness and maltiness are tough to track down. Little hop character.

The alcohol seems well hidden. I'm not really noticing it.

This beer is pretty sweet, but not so sweet as to reduce the drinkability.

I'm very happy to have found this on tap. (849 characters)

Photo of cbl2
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

Golden with intense bubbles and a huge white head that nicely laces the glass.

Smell:

Where to begin: cloves and citrus and pepper are the first three that come to mind, but there is a plethora of flavors swirling beneath them.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

The flavors hinted at by the aroma are there on the tongue with citus and pepper the overriding forces. A very nicely balanced beer with little to no bitter quality at all even though the hops are predominant in flavor (little to no malty quality). (522 characters)

Photo of Skidz
3.21/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out light yehoow and sits amber in the glass with a good sized white fluffy head. Great sticking power with wonderful lacings. Some of the best head retention I've ever seen.

Smell is all about the spice, just swirls around you nostrils and tickles the back of your nose. Sweet and malty with a hint of lemon/grassiness peeking out.

Taste is quite peppery to be fair. Lightly sweet and dry on the finish. Medium amount of bitterness, with a light backing of alcohol.

Pretty light in the mouth with a truckload of carbonation. Scratchy going down, leaving your wondering why you should be trying to mouth it down. (627 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled sample in a goblet from the Elysian.
The beer pours a hazy gold color with bright white, spongey or marshmallowy head.
Aroma is very floral and sweet, with green apple, cloves and some general sugary sweet scents. I also get a bit of yeasty bread on the nose.
First sip reveals a slight syrupy texture and very light almost non-existent carbonation.
Flavor is a mouthful! Mostly sweet again with apple, nutmeg some biscuity hints and a touch of clove I think. The finish reveals a white grape presence. Definately a lot going on there. Quite a tasty brew. I get a little alcohol warming on the end as well. Very nice! (630 characters)

Photo of scottum
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duvel Cafe in Stockholm.
Served amber with a huge head!! Spicey withh some alcohol notes. There are thin malts with a crisp bite for balance. A very well crafted beer, but not a beer for me if other tripels are around. Or good beers of other styles for that matter. (276 characters)

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

Cloudy, light golden color w/ a light head that breaks down relatively quickly.
Smell is fruity, sweet, malty.
Taste continues from the nose with fruit, spice (nutmeg & allspice?), malt, warming in a nicely complex brew.
Mouthfeel is effervescent on the front of the tongue, smooth, medium-bodied. A good drinkable beer, very smooth, flavorful with a nice citrusy/spice taste that hangs out comfortably all over afterwards. (426 characters)

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

A beautiful beer in a beautiful bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a medium sized white head and slight carbonation. Aroma- a marvelous blend of Belgian yeast earthiness nicely balanced with sweetness and fruit (lemon, banana) and spices (vanilla and others). Flavor is not incredibly complex, but very nicely balanced. One of the sweeter tripels (which I like) that has a nice smooth sharpness at the end. Flavors include sweet lemon, honey, flowers, vanilla, banana, and some grains (banana nut bread may be a good comparison). This brew is incredibly well balanced! (587 characters)

Photo of dmarch
3.31/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden color with a nice size head. Nice appearance. There is a lot of lambic-like aroma and a bit of sour taste as well. An interesting beer, just not what I expected out of a tripel. It leaves too much of a sour apple taste that just doesn't make me care to drink any more. (275 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notes of three grain belgian 8% ABV top fermented, bottle conditioned.

Pour is a clear straw colored, with strings of carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass. Beautiful bubbly meringue head and excellent head retention throughout the drink.

Mixed berry scents, yeast scents. Wild flowers & open aired meadow aromas. Banana bread afterscents.

Sour sweet mixed cloves. Yeasty banana hints. Extremely clean, slightly oily finish.

Feel is a sudsy foamer with rolling bubbles on me tongue. Active yeasty 7-Up feel.

At a respectable 8% ABV, take that as as a warning. A bit complex to really be a session. This one makes me think and ponder about all the flavors and tastes. This is a drink to be appreciated, carefully.

Last swigs: Chimay like belg. Big ups to fellow BA Shapudding for this one! Schweet!!! I will seek this one again!

Beer is good. Happy belgian beering. (895 characters)

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

Pungent straps of flint, orange juice, cream and steel emerge from this sweaty broth. It is a giant, molten elixir of untamed wild flavors: nettles, calves bones, sugar syrup, citrus, soft-ripened cheese...
I gave this enthusiastic 4.5+ marks at the end of a marathon tasting last week. Now that I try it again I wonder if this is a case of bottle variation (the former notes from 750ml - this time from a 12 oz.) or beer-judging fatigue. The latter always seems to favor extreme, alcoholic and sweet styles like this. (519 characters)

Photo of shapudding
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear and golden with tons of carbination. Nice, fluffy beaten eggwhite head. Scents of chardonnay and white grapes. The carbination bites you tongue. Vineous taste, almost champangne. Citrus and freshness. Front of the label at first makes me think, great another one in german where I can't learn anything about the beer just by looking, but like I keep telling my beerbuddy, blitheringidiot, "find the freaking website if ya need to know". There is a bit of info on the back though. Decent taste but just a bit too sweet for me to have more than one... (562 characters)

Photo of vitesse
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in 750 mL green bottle with painted label.

(probably the single most beautiful bottle art i've ever seen, btw.)

this is one artistic beer!
looks very similar to champagne when poured into the glass. super bright yellow color with the finest head i've ever seen. bubbles are very reminiscent of champagne, but they retain well.
smells of flowers, slight touch of hopes and spicey coriandar. alcohol is well hidden in the nose.
taste is really delicate. no overpowering alcoholic rush at all. a nice horsebarn yeastiness is evident, hinting at lambic-like flavors. spicy and hoppy notes came around and just blew me away. not a big, over-the-top beer, but insanely complex grassy, flowery and spicy notes. the body of this one is so light and effervescent that i really think it could almost stand up to champage as an aperitif. a very poetic drink. i highly highly highly recommend the karmeliet. if you want a super complex beer, this is the one. (963 characters)

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