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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,280 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,280
Reviews: 1,196
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 200
Gots: 371 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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 harrymel
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before: not on bottle neck as label advises.

A: pours hazy golden with three fingers of persistent white foam. This slowly, okay, not much, falls at all. Pretty much maintains 1-2 fingers foam throughout the life. Beautiful.
S: Initially I get plenty of floral notes followed up by some nice sweet grains and yeast characters. I think this smells really, really nice for a tripel.
T: Subtly sweet with floral notes and again very tasteful yeast and coriander characteristics. Really a top notch beer.
M: Medium bodied with appropriately hi carbonation. Mouth-watering finish.
O: I think this might be the best Tripel I've had. Really a great beer. Now if only they would switch to dark glass.

harrymel, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Mscarpen
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I must have poured this one too hard... but for a Belgian beer, six fingers of head isn't too much is it? Cloud blonde.

S: Daisies, Green, Chlorophyll

T: Sweet citrus and fat free caramel

M: Creamy, light mouth feel, moderate carbonation

O: Delicious! Best with salty/fatty foods like munster and whole wheat crackers.

Mscarpen, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a nice fluffy white head.

S: The smell is nice and spicy with a slight malt breadiness and some earthy and spicy hops.

T: This is a really great tripel. Lots of grassy hop flavor and earthy malts backed up by some subtle spiciness. One of the better tripels I've had.

notchucknorris, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Kshock
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright golden yellow color with good retention. Solid white head and lacing decorate the glass. Looks fanatastic.

S- Malt sweetness, mild spices, and slight fruit esters from the yeast.

T- Fruity, dry and sweet on the back end. Very balanced flavors, nothing takes over the palate. Great dry finish too.

M- Really light and fluffy on the palate; has a nice bubbly tickle too.

O- Great belgian, very true to the style.

Kshock, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Massive 5 finger, white thick foam head. pure golden and slightly hazy.

S: spicey and lemony with a musty yeast aroma. floral notes.

T: somewhat zesty with lemon spice notes. Orange peel in the finish and less yeast flavor.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. The finish is semi dry.

D: Just the right amount of sweetness with a pleasant medley of flavors which transition well.

kylehay2004, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with a huge, three finger head of white foam on a slightly hazy, golden body. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Earthy, musty hops with some bready, pilsner malt in the background.

T - Sweet, bready pilsner malt up front. Some fruity notes of pear peek out in the middle before being swallowed up by phenolic yeast as pepper and clove takes over in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, very high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, the malt is readily apparent, but it takes a back seat to the spicy yeast and musty hops.

nickfl, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of kjyost
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle BB 31/5/13 poured at ~6-8C into a Duvel chalice

A: What a gorgeous beer. Tons of fluffy white head that laces atop a straw yellow body with tons of carbonation. The head is 1/2 the glass. Deliciousness awaits
S: Begins muted (I always attribute it to the giant head), then strong notes of black pepper come out with a touch of pear. By the end of the pour it is a very fruity aroma, with apple, pear, grape evident along with a touch of pepper.
T: Very nice body with notes of pear, pepper, apple juice, grapes playing. All sorts of favours come out for moments, and then recede to the background making each sip a new adventure. Alcoholic heat comes out quite strong too...
M: A slightly viscous body that finishes quite dry with little apparent hop bitterness. The alcoholic heat though is exceptionally distracting and at times unpleasant.
O: Solid beer that likely would do good with a bit of age on it to knock down this oppressive alcoholic heat on the tongue. Time to go buy another and chuck it in the cellar.

kjyost, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured as a hazy orange yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. It had a pretty good lacing also. The smell of Beligan yeast and some citrusy aromas were heavy in this one. The taste on the first sip was a bit boozy I thought, as I drank more it got much better. Some nice yeasty flavors with some fruit in there too. The mouthfeel is a smooth with a decent carbonation to it. Overall the I thought that this brew was very nice.

Knapp85, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear gold with a fountaining head and tiny streams of bubbles.
S - sharp spices with a nice yeasty background. You can almost smell the carbonation.
T - Sharp spices on top of fruity yeast and a bit of a hoppy finish.
M - medium-light bodied but with hefty carbonation.
D - enjoyable, too quickly enjoyable.

2nd time review
Have found it to be even better the 2nd time.

Beer4Baltimore, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dulled golden body with a very tall, meringue-like, white head.

Smell: Lightly tangy, faintly grainy malts with a coating of ground spices and a spritz of potent spirits trailed by notes of blendered fruits and zestful herbs.

Taste: Starts sweet, quite sweet, actually, with a taste of sugary honey candies. Tangy wheatiness, then a variety of flavors cross the tongue, including: 'nanas, green apples, lemon juice, orange marmalade, chopped coriander, and a light pinch of white pepper. Restrained floral character midway. Slight, subtle bitterness. Some heat from the alcohol as you arrive at the drying, fruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation, lively and a bit fizzy at times.

Overall: A very solid, well-made representation of the tripel style.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL poured into a tulip glass

This poured a golden/yellow color with about an inch of white head which dissipated quickly, but has a champagne-like bubbliness to it. Really nice looking. Aroma is typical for a tripel, belgian yeast, spices, coriander, etc. Taste is spicy up front, a bready, belgian yeast taste finish. The carbonation dances on your tongue. Very nice. Overall, this is a pretty good tripel, I'd say you can get better at The Bruery, but good, for sure. I'd probably pay the 11.99 for this again. Fuck it.

BrewtifulMind, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of treque
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep gold in color, nice clarity, effervescent, generates a very rich white head, with long lasting, belgian lace on the glass

S: some citrusy, sweet notes, fruity, yeast, some spices clove and cinnamon

F: refreshing, complex and well balanced, some sweetness, spicy and very delicated bitterness, very long lasting, medium light body, throat warming,

treque, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - light amber color, clear, with good carbonation and about two and a half fingers of frothy cream white colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - somewhat hoppy in smell, fairly grainy. Maybe just a slight hint of a citrus smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a little more phenolic feeling and definitely more of a fruity and citrusy feeling in the taste. Very fresh feeling. Feels a little bit like a Bavarian lager. Texture is pretty smooth, but a little more on the watery side.

Overall - very good taste...not terribly interesting, but not at all boring either.

Nerudamann, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of bogus564
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a big mug at my favorite watering hole...

A: It looks like what I'd expect a tripel to look like; golden amber in color, a less than 1 cm wheat colored head that just does not last.

S: Pepper right off the bat. A decent balance of hops and yeast and malt in your nose. Cloves as well.

T: It certainly tastes like a tripel, meaning this bugger is sweet. I'm getting the usual suspects of tripel, and anise and cloves. It's interesting; I don't know if I love it, but at least it's making me think.

M: There's enough going on with this beer to hold my attention. Good body, good carbonation, good on the palate.

O: As a tripel should be, it's sweet. If you are a fan of this style as I am, you'll enjoy this beer, especially with a big ol' plate of fish 'n chips. Cheers.

bogus564, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy honey wheat with more than a few floaties and a meringue-stiff white head that has great surface tension (I was sure the pour would overflow, but it held) and fades to lumps and a few trailers. Nose is wax, iodine, fresh-milled flour, and something herbal like crushed leaves.
Golden syrup and poached pears, some hints of clove, and light cardamom spice and lime sorbet.
Rock sugar finish, a whiff of phenols and steadily tightening linger. Divinely creamy, soft, medium and gently chewy; no heat.

A velvety sweet and gentle tripel. This one had a bit of age on it, though much of that was refrigerated, so I don't know how much it took off the edges. Wheat and oats do a lot for the body which, combined with the total lack of burn and the muted yeast, make this probably the most drinkable tripel you'll find.

Good for beginners; though there is more range in the style, there's not many more pleasant.

(4.1; 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.50)
On tap at the Porterhouse Belgian fest.
Pours bright gold with fading rocky white head. Yeasty barrel funk nose. Dough and sour lemon notes, with more yeast and oaty smoothness behind it. No hops hit, no ABV burn. Light to medium body.
Takes the bottle version and shaves off all the rough edges. Frighteningly drinkable.

StJamesGate, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of hailtotheale
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice, light golden color, partly cloudy (with a chance of beer). Came in a green bottle (not the brown one in the above description). Very favorable head retention.

S- Strong aromas from yeast, and a mild hop sweetness. One of the only negatives - I noticed a slight skunkiness to it, which I'm going to have to chalk up to the idiotic green bottle. Seriously... WHY!?

T- Fruit-laden and spicy. Malt character is light and sweet. There is more spice as opposed to banana/ester flavors coming from the yeast, though this effect is somewhat more mild than other Belgian beers. Really gotta love the yeast here! Downside: Again - a slight skunkiness coming through in the taste.

M- Small champagne-like bubbles in the carbonation. Well-carbonated, to be sure. This really works quite well with this sweet, medium-bodied beer.

O- Pretty good Tripel overall, but I really think a real-person bottle would help it. It's a reasonably good beer that should definitely be protected from light...

hailtotheale, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of xuptygm
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Dark green whine bottle. Enjoyed in a Tripel Karmeliet 1679 glass.

Very impressive cream colored head, absolutely massive with huge bubbles. Highly carbonated. This beer looks like a work of art. Beautiful!

Aromas of heavy spice (clove, cardamon). Somewhat fruity but the spice dominates the nose. The smell of the alcohol really compliments the overall aroma of this beer.

I took one sip and what can I really say? This beer is freakin amazing! Spicy, fruity, spicy, warming, smooth, nearly perfect. A sweetness from the oats that adds a whole new dimension when combined with the intense spice and fruitiness of this beer.

While this beer is extremely complex, it allows you to experience each flavor individually. The flavors come one by one and evolve in you mouth. The mouth feel is very(!) smooth. Really a great beer!

As far as flaws....well I can't really find any. When I first opened the bottle and poured it I thought it was a little over-carboanted, but I had this beer previously and the carbonation was perfect so I will give them the benefit of the doubt.

The finish is somewhat dry yet refreshingly fruity and mellow reminds me of bread pudding.

One of my favorite beers! Sit back and enjoy!

xuptygm, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with lively carbonation and a finger of sticky, frothy white head.

S- Lots of musty yeast, sweet alcoholic phenols, slightly medicinal and fruity.

T- Lots of fruit but not overly sweet, some esters provide a bit of spice and contribute to the fruity alcohol character, some medicinal phenols. Malt is grainy but isn't really that noticeable, hops are virtually nonexistent, this is a beer that's all about the alcohols.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated with a prickly mouthfeel, alcohol is warming.

O- A pretty great Tripel, the alcohol on this beer is done extremely well.

WillCarrera, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Brix in West Omaha, NE.

Head bone white, fluffy with big bubbles, but breaks apart very quickly, leaving about 1/2 cm of froth. Beer body is golden yellow, like a piece of caramel. Very visible carbonation with little lacing. Opaque.

Scent is primarily from malt sweetness I also pick up some lavender and basswood blossom scent.

Taste opens with malt sweetness, tinged with a bit of sharpness akin to a champagne-like flavor. Definite wheat malt flavors. Tart apples, lightly of sour lemons. Bubblegum-like character appears as it warms.

Fairly stout body, with more than adequate carbonation. Foams up int he mouth, but pleasant, goes down easily. Finish is modestly dry, so that sips are spaced well apart, making nursing this 8.4% beer easy.

A very drinkable tripel, very enjoyable as well. Definitely worth picking up if seen, and enjoying whenever a the light-fruit Belgian style beckons.

falloutsnow, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of cwguy5
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Duckworth's in Charlotte. Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Tasted on 9/27/10. Reviewed from notes obviously.

A - clear golden color with streaming bubbles; nice white head died down to uneven white cap
S - golden aromas of grain and bread/toast
T - refreshing; grain bill shows through with light flavors of bread and just a hint of hops
M - pretty standard medium carbonation; thin, crisp body overall
D - delicious in my book; the lightly toasted bread and grain is a treat

cwguy5, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet, coded best before date.

Pours a hazy yeast filled pale yellow or straw color, very large foamy white head which dissipates quickly to a thin layer. The smell is sweet yeast esters, some banana, some pepper, some funk, 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.

DavidST, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before Date 13/12/12/

Super tripel smell when opened, one of the best though this gorgeous aroma sadly diluted once poured in the glass. To look at this it is much more yellow in colour than I expected and there is a constant glossy thinnish white foamy head. Nice taste, sweeter and probably cleaner than Westmalle Tripel too. Its probablt more immediately likeable compared to Westmalle Tripel as well but it is pretty simple with little real individuality compared to thje later as well. Lacking in complexity and development as well but likeable and an excellent introduction into the beery world of the tripel.

But it ain't no Westmalle Tripel.

Zimbo, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-08-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy straw with a 1-finger white head (bib bubbles) that fades quickly. Quite a few floaties.

S - Belgian yeast, honey, spice.

T - Quite pleasant. Echoes the smells and introduces some light fruit esters; perhaps grape skin. Not too sweet Insignificant hops. It dries out with a nicely-clinging aftertaste that finishes slightly sour.

M - Light body with medium-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - A well-balanced, good tasting, lightish tripel.

Tucquan, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Spcoly
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass...

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with tons of head. Carbonation is evident

S: Citrus hops with a floral tint....orange peel

T: Starts out sweet and finishes a bit tart from the malts. Still very pleasant. Good after taste.

M: Holy Carbonation...! This beer is taotally alive and kicking all the way down...

O: One of my favorite tripels. I actaully get a craving for this specific brew at least once a month...

Spcoly, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden colour, with an absolutely enormous white head. Frothy and billowy. Fades fairly quickly but not totally- leaves a small film of white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is full of light fruit. Peach, mango and orange are all present. Kind of floral. A bit of alcohol is noticeable. Belgian yeast is in the background.

Taste is just fantastic. The fruit is all present (peach, orange, white grape) but is accompanied by a bit of spice which I did not get from the nose. Also a very slight bitterness. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Incredibly smooth taste.

Medoum bodied, but incredibly soft and velvety in the mouth. Moderate carbonation made up of incredibly small bubbles- active but no irritation. Great.

Overall- a phenomenal beer and one of the best tripels out there.

jrenihan, Aug 21, 2011
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
96 out of 100 based on 3,280 ratings.