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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,342
Reviews: 1,201
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 204
Gots: 398 | 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 celticfutblclub
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of mariposafan
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bit of a gusher but I got almost all of into my Duvel tulip. Looks gorgeous, though a little hazy. Liquid gold with a foamy white head that dissipates to fine lacing.

The aroma is superb. Fruity, malty and very, very yeasty. The flavor is great as well, a little citrusy, just a touch sweet, a little spicy and again lots of yeasty goodness. The finish is a bit short, however.

It's more viscous than I expected but it works wonderfully with the slightly prickly carbonation to provide a smooth creamy experience. Probably my favorite tripel at the moment which is saying quite a lot as it's one of my favorite styles.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I opened this along with a La Fin Du Monde to compare the two, and I felt the Tripel Karmeliet easily won. Four other people did the comparison with me, and the Tripel Karmeliet won 5-0.

Appearance – A dark golden color. A good thick head that sticks around with good lacing. Champaign style bubbles.

Smell – Smell is truly amazing. I can’t place the spice, but it’s a wonderful scent. Sweet, florally, spicy, with honey.

Taste – A nice sweetness and incredible complexity that makes this one of the best tripels I’ve had.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with good carbonation. The 8.4% alcohol is very well hidden.

Drinkability – This goes down soooo well. One of the best tripels out there.

Photo of vincicle
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Cheeky Monk in Denver on tap in the appropriate and striking chalice emblazoned with Fleur-de-lis. I have to say, that drinking this beer, under the shade of an umbrella on a beautiful and sunny summer day with a pile of Moules Frites a la Provence is a truly excellent recent memory. In my opinion, this isn't your average Tripel, with a sweet carmel taste with a hint of banana and lemon esters. It is a beer that gives the impression of being sweet without any real sweetness. Perfectly balanced and belying its Alcohol content, this is a beer that will make even novice beer drinkers see the light and appreciate craftsmanship.
The appearance is a light yellowy golden color with a slight cloudiness (the glass was srosted glass obscuring the view also) and the head was a balanced yet expertly laced making for a very asthetic experience.
The feel of this beer embodies "sauve" making for a super pleasant mouthfeel.
excellent overall and I can't recommend it enough.

Photo of Kbogac
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 750. Straw yellow color with a good inch of white foam. Smell is wheat with a little lemon, not overwhelming. Taste is very smooth and balanced. Nothing really jumps out at me. A little citrus maybe. No alcohol taste which is pretty outstanding for a 8.5 ABV. Nice carbonation. Great medium mouthfeel. Overall this is a great, easy drinking beer.

Photo of mindlucent2007
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fluffy and sturdy gold with a pure white one-inch head that stuck around for longer than most. It never completely dissipates so there is a constant quarter-inch of creaminess. Medium amount of lacing. It has a very interesting look because of the lasting head and retention. Aroma is crisp wheat and banana, even a bit grassy. I catch a scent similar to noble hops as well. A great tasting brew that is crisp and wheaty. Banana, citrusy, and buttery flavors dominate. A very creamy feel with moderate carbonation and not a heavy brew at all for 8.4% abv. Tripel Karmeliet is just downright quality and a mastered blend of grains that gives you one of the best Tripels on Earth.

Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale hazy golden with a thick foamy white head. Just a wee bit of lacing.
S- InitiallyI was getting some banana aromas but the more I smell it the more I'm getting lemon and apricot. A bit spicy but lightly sweet. Just a touch of tartness on the nose.
T- A flash of fruityness up front. A somewhat sweet lemon character. There is a touch of clove and a faint black pepper flavor before a lightly tart finish.
M- Full bodied for style. Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Alcohol is just slightly noticable.
O- A fairly solid tripel. Pretty good flavors, albeit a bit less spicy than I like from the style. Even so, it's worth a try.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from BOBPINCH666 & emdawg. Thanks Spike & Emily!

750ml bottle served in a chalice.

L - hazed golden yellow color with a big white head that took a while to thin out leaving tiny spots of lacing behind.

S - tart lemon zest and yeasty spiced aroma.

T - starts out a bit tart with a lemon kick but then it gets somewhat of a spiced hoppy taste going on before becoming sweet and finally finishing off dry and tart, nice ride!

F - medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O - very good example of the style.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I served this in a goblet. It was like crystal clear liquid gold with a beautiful white frothy head. The nose offered apples, champagne, fresh bread, and lemon.

There's a lot going on here flavor-wise. Initially, it tastes like a wheat beer - crisp and dry. Then the flavors develop and it becomes sweet and creamy with a nice tart, fruityness underneath. Starting about mid-palate, a faint champagne-like dryness starts to impede and carries you to the finish. This is a really good beer, but the sweetness would make it difficult for me to drink more than one.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
96 out of 100 based on 3,342 ratings.