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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,198
Reviews: 1,190
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 191
Gots: 338 | 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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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours golden-orange with some sediment traces and a finger of egg shell-colored head that holds perfectly for a long time.

S: Citrus, honeysuckle, light hoppiness, candi sugar, and pleasant yeastiness.

T: Strong lemon, banana, and yeastiness with some perfume-like floral notes late.

M: It has medium body thickness and is quite creamy in the finish.

O: This is terrific; it is beautiful and is more dynamic than most tripels.

bucklemyshoe, May 23, 2011
Photo of Rapax
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The very first whiff I got of this beer got my synapses activated immidiately. In the blink of an eye I knew I was in for something extraordinary.

The color is that of a mighty lion's fur, best appreciated when in an authentic Tripel Karmeliet glass. When poured correctly this beer creates a snow white foam that seems lighter than air, a beauty too fragile to touch.

Its nose is almost too complex to describe. Spices from all over the globe, it seems, but they are all too elusive to name. Maybe coriander? Sweetness also strikes, perfectly balanced.

Tasting is a continuation of the pleasure I just experienced sniffing it. Sweet, but not overly so. Spices in abundance, like a swirling vortex of colors taken in by my sense of taste rather than by my eyes.

The only thing I could have wished for is a little bit extra mouthfeel. The belgians always seem to like their beers very light, whilst I prefer a little extra body. Well, if there was such a thing as a perfect beer there would be little reason to continue this fantastic hobby, would there?

Rapax, May 19, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from a friend who brought it back from Germany. Poured into a Goblet.

A - Pours a lovely glowing gold with a 2-inch creamy white head that fades to a pillowy haze.
S - Sweet grain, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, coriander, clove, and orange peel. Wonderful smelling Tripel!
T - Not as flavorful as the nose suggests, but still quite tasty. Nicely spicy, the clove really pops, with more other the bubblegum, yeast, candi sugar, and coriander present as well.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium-full mouth-feel and crisp carbonation.
O - A superb Tripel, stands among the best!

jsanford, May 17, 2011
Photo of rbd13
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with visible carbonation. Huge head that leaves a light lacing on the glass.
Smells of wet hay, lemons, butterscotch, white pepper and caramel.
Flavors of lemon wheat, citrus, clove, apple and pear, cinnimon sweetness and a light sourness.
Light/medium body with a smooth feel, extremely drinkable!

rbd13, May 17, 2011
Photo of Amalak
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A. Gold in color. Extremely bubbly. One of the bubbliest beers I've seen. Huge bubbly white head with some lacing.
S. Very nice wheaty scent.
T. Very crisp wheat taste. Has a bit of a rye taste to it. There's an undertone of citrus. There fruit, and it kind of feel like it's pineapple too. Solid barley taste to it.
M. As you'd expect, it's quite carbonated.
D. Heavyish, but balanced that it doesn't leave you wanting a change.

Amalak, May 15, 2011
Photo of Manoftyr
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a picture perfect Tripel clear golden color with a thick crown of solid white head as bubbles cascade up from the bottom of the chalice, feeding it, forming new layers of bubbles from the bottom up. Lacing is abundant and the head is beyond persistent, it simply refuses to go down and remains at a perpetually perfect finger and a half.

Aroma-Extremely spicy and fruity, intense Belgian character; I pick up a ton of cloves and cardamon, even a hint of pepper. Lots of fruit too; pears, apples, apricots, lime zest and more assorted aromas I'm probably missing, but it's there; they're all there. There's a well-integrated aroma of spicy alcohol as well that forms an intrical part of the aroma. This smells amazing.

Taste-I am impressed, amazed even; this beer is incredible. It's such a symphony of orchard fruits and various spices, it's dry, it's sweet, it's spicy all at once! I really can't think of the adjectives to describe it, it's just wonderful.

Mouthfeel-Perfectly crisp with ample carbonation and a medium-full body, smoothe as silk thanks to the perfect levels of carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall-Yeah, perfect; just perfect, goes down as easy as anything but its complexities demand it be sipped. I cannot get enough of this Tripel.

Manoftyr, May 14, 2011
Photo of optimistictour
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Kasa in SF, in a bottle with goblet.

A previous reviewer says it looks like Pulp Fiction "what's in the briefcase" golden and I honestly couldn't say it better. This thing pours with an iridescance, like the way honey looks to Pooh. A proper solid white tiny bubble head which quickly recedes, it's the best looking tripel I've seen.

Smells like a sunny mixture of fruits, slightly tingly but never drifting even close to the dreaded sparkling wine territory.

Fully inhabiting this vibe, the taste follows with the smoothest range of flavors I've had in a tripel, rivaling some of my favorite dubbels in complexity and that certain sweet spot I'm always seeking in a Belgian.

Mouthfeel is velvety with just enough texture and bite to let you know it's a serious, thoughtful beer. This thing can go down so easy; it's amazing how effortlessly the nearly 9% alcohol is masked.

This is by far the best tripel I've ever had. Previously I counted myself as a dedicated fan of dubbels but reserved tripels for more adventurous, risk taking moments - I wasn't the biggest fan of the style. This beer just changed that. Fantastic.

optimistictour, May 14, 2011
Photo of mpyle
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - Golden color, good clarity. Pours a large white head, quite moussy and long lasting. Leaves behind lace on glass.

Soft fruity esters, possibly orange. Quite clean, no alcohol. Very gentle spicy yeast aroma

Taste - A gentle fruity sweetness up front, quite smooth. Transitions to some alcohol flavors midmouth, with some very restrained phenolic spice character. Finishes slightly dry, and quite clean.

MF - medium body and high carbonation. Some alcohol warming, but constrained.

Overall - in the style as a strong effervescent ale with restrained alcohol and flavor. Very nicely made.

mpyle, May 14, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with luscious carbonation that's very bubbly

Smells fruity and spicy. Apples, pears, bubblegum. It smells like a tripel. Sweet lemony smell.

Theres a nice sweet fruity flavor, with accents of citrus and bready flavors. This has a decent spice to it.

The mouthfeel on my first sip seemed excessively carbonated, but then I realized my tongue was just kind of tingling from a smooth carbonation. Very dry finish as well. Didn't notice alcohol.

Good triple. Glad I tried but may only get once in a while.

Sensaray, May 11, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got his on draft at café in Westende Belgium. My kids are young enough not to be embarrassed by dad taking notes while drinking a beer. The wife is used to me being weird.

Served in a 33cl Karmeliet Tripel glass... ofcourse..

Looking goldesn yellow. Just a little hazy. Two fingers of thick wonderful foam.

Tons of spices on the nose combined with yeast, fruits like banana and some honey malts.

A bunch of honeylike sweetness on the first taste. Spicy peppery cloves, summer fruits... Wonderfully complex.

Medium body but a dry finish. The alcoholis present but not overwhelming.

Overall a great pick sitting outside this cafe ona nice summersday at the beach. Beer like this could pretty much work for any ocassion.

doopiedoopiedoo, May 09, 2011
Photo of moshiric
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- clear blonde with a large but relatively thin head. Not much lacing.

S- very floral and purfumey. Maybe overly so.

T- purfumey notes are very prominent and are the most dominant flavor.

M- more crisp than than expected. NIce that its aftertaste isn't as purfumey.

O- the ourfuminess is what makes this beer a little much on the palate. If it was turned down a few notches, the beer would be a lot more drinkable.

moshiric, May 08, 2011
Photo of ghetto90007
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a tulip at Holstein's in the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Pours a still, hazy, pale orange, almost peachy. Not much in the way of head or lacing, just some white bubbles on the edge of the glass.

Aroma is primarily fruity.

Taste is primarily of exotic fruits, malty sweetness, some bitterness in the aftertaste. A touch of spice.

Soft and medium-bodied. Carbonation is there, but not significant.

Tasty and drinkable brew. I think this particular bar may have an old tap as I remember this being more carbonated back at Wurstkuche in LA. The lower carbonation did not seem to detract much from a solid brew.

ghetto90007, May 02, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold with med. White head steadily shrinking to foamy ring & wisps, no real lace.

Aroma is lots of grain, hay, hint of clove & pear, hint of bubblegum, hint of wet green leaves (hoppy) and flower (jasmine tea).

Taste is fruit, freshly baked bread, flowery leaves, light warming alcohol hint. It has gentle, subtle complexity giving good well-roundedness and depth of character but is highly drinkable and gentle. The feel is soft yet lively. Overall, this is an excellent ale combing great complexity with high drinkability and smoothness.

Offa, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of ivanwatling
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely sweet trappist ale, with a complex taste. Make sure you try it a room temoerature and no colder, the subleties are diminished if served too cold.

Appearance: Pale golden with a thick head

Smell: Active aroma, kinda like a wheat beer

Taste: Sweet, floral hops, full bodied, pretty darn yummy

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, floral and sweet aftertaste

ivanwatling, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of scott451
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before date 09-08-2012. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Poured an effervescent clear gold with a two finger bubbly head. Good head retention and moderate lacing. The nucleated glass helps retain a thin head.

Smells of spicy phenols. Cinnamon, coriander. Pretty complex overall so individual elements are difficult to pick out. Tastes of bready yeasts with some alcoholic fruitiness. Peppery noted compete with the yeastiness.

Medium body and good carbonation. A pretty good triple overall. The peppery notes are fairly unique. A bid yeasty foe me. For god's sake don't let any sediment into your glass.

scott451, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of bohemiandonut
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can tell just from the burst of foam I had to quickly imbibe on opening that this will lean toward the grassier, saison side of Tripels. I'm not complaining.

Hugest head I've ever seen, bone white with the appearance of meringue. The beer is golden and cloudy, carbonation floating gently upward.

Smells like chamomile and lemon with a drop of honey. Underneath that is a tart/sweet apple aroma blending with yellow grapes. Very little sticks out, but it all works.

What hits you before taste on this beer is a nectar-smooth mouthfeel that almost feels like a heavy element is gas form. There is absolutely no harshness to this beer. It starts out tangy and bubbly, only to instantaneously transform its way down the palate. Truly a masterful Belgian ale, having more in common with Saison DuPont than its Tripel brethren.

What's up with this "overall" shit?

bohemiandonut, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle I bought this beer in was a green 1 pint 9 ounce bottle. It poured a light golden hazy color with an enormous head building. The head dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.
The smell was not strong and announced fruits, sweet malt and grain.
Now tasting the beer there was certainly a big quality improvement. Up front there is certainly a mixture of grains at work, yet no bitterness. The presence of plenty of fruit flavors makes this a interesting harmony. Wheat ,barley and oats combined with peach apple and a little banana in the middle. To finish it up there is a very balancing hop.
The beer leaves the mouth almost tingling.
A great medium to light beer with a lot of carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable. Great job!

Hopfenpeter, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very golden, hazy, straw color with a large white head that hangs around for quite some time. Head is beautiful and frothy. Scent is a little funky with some delightful spiciness and fruity aromas. Nice Belgian yeast scent linger in my Bruery tulip glass with hints of grass and green apples. Taste is initially spicy with some pepper and coriander quickly followed by delicious Belgian yeast flavors. Then I get some grain and tasty fruits with lots of green apple and a bit of lemon. Finishes nice and sweet with a little banana. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry with a medium body. Drinkability is very high, as I could sip on this all night and ABV is well hidden. Overall, a fantastic take on this difficult, complex style.

DovaliHops, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Blue Nile.

Served in its namesake glass, the beer is a light golden color with a clean head of foam that has excellent retention.

Belgian yeast with a light fruit smell, some banana and a honey sweetness.

Very clean and refreshing taste of fruit and honey along with some clove and light banana from the belgian yeast. Nice and simple, but complex at the same time.

Medium body, dry and very smooth. The carbonation is very soft and pleasant.

Overall, a top notch brew for the style. I've waited too long to try it and now need to have it again. Definitely a benchmark for the style.

jera1350, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a slight hazed pale orange color with a whispey white head and good lacing

S- is apples /bananas some clove and a sweet candied malt

T- is sweet/tart light fruit with a touch of clove and belgian yeast

M- medium carbonation on the sweet side with enough fruit and hop to balance the flavor

o- a tasty tripel well balanced with fruit citrus and hops an easy to enjoy

gatornation, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from 330ml bottle into a duvel tulip. Head almost yells the country of origin. The head is a large almost four fingers high and very frothy
S: sweetened fruits, apricot, some lemon, maybe even a touch of dried pineapple. Overall smells somewhat dry.
T: a lot sweeter than it smells. Some apricot, a little yeast. Malt is nice and sweet. The hops lend a slight lemon flavor.
M: very bubbly, and has a little bit of a coating feeling. A swirl through the mouth gives it a more of a creamy feeling.
O: a little dryer than some but is a good tripel. Will definatly seek this one out again.

rootbeerman, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl at The Only. Pours a clear, light apricot golden with a finger of foamy head. Lots of bubbles streaming up, maintains a thin layer.

Nose is really peachy, hints of pear, floral, grains, slight herbal quality, quite sweet. Complex and lovely.

A little sweeter than I like, love the fruit character though. Peach, pear syrup, hint of banana, light spiciness, floral and grassy, dry finish but outdone by sweet body, some alcohol warming in the finish. Zippy carb, hefty body. Not as refined as some but nice character.

ritzkiss, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of brewmudgeon
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tripel karmeliet

a 4.5 brilliant gold beneath a foamy head that

s 4.5-5 "now that's a good smellin beer." gingerbread, pears, cloves, yeasty buns, white grape juice. might be the best nose on a triple i have experienced to date.

t 4-4.5 tastes of the yeasty buns and cloves, splash of the white grapes. both smell and taste evolve throughout the glass.

m 3.5-4 very seltzery, light-med body. appropriate i guess, but i'd prefer a little more smoothness.

o 4.5 goodness cubed, not tripled? a little brasher than the fin, perhaps, but the dynamism is excellent.

brewmudgeon, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Style - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, frothy, 2 inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Yeasty, very floral, apricots, grapefruit, lemon, oranges, banana. Some sweet malts, sugars and spices.

Taste - Starts of floral and yeasty. Has a pepperish finish to it. Smooth, but the alcohol is hidden in there. Its not overly floral tasting as the smell indicates, and the yeast is more bold and mild then sweet. Malts are also mild but add some flavors.

Mouthfeel - Its very thin and easy on mouth. Only some slight warmth from the alcohol. Palette quickly recovers and the aftertaste is gone quickly.

Overall - A nice triple. Its balanced pretty good. Just wish it has some more fruitness to it. Easy and smooth to drink, almost a little to easy. I like my triples a little more strong and citrus influencd, la fin du monde is a perfect example. This is soild and would drink again.

wvsabbath, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of Intrinsic
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet couldn't possibly look any better. You can just tell its going to be a great beer when pouring. It produces a head thick enough to cut with a knife, with loads of carbonation bubbling up through a mostly clear golden straw coloured body.

The smell has lots to offer. Light citrus, fresh fruit, yeast, and bready malts all come together very well in this tripel. No trace of alcohol at all, which surely means I won't taste it either...

My god is this ever good. Sweet malts start off followed by a strong, unexpected alcohol blast in the middle. It ends with a great balance to the beginning - wonderful hop flavour that will satisfy your cravings but won't scare off those who don't like bitter beers.

Tripel Karmeliet is very dry, very smooth, and very carbonated. Swishing around the mouth really brings out the alcohol, but its just the right amount. I could drink this beer over and over again. I really wasn't expecting anything like this.

Intrinsic, Mar 28, 2011
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,198 ratings.