Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,357
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 205
Gots: 415 | 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 flipper2gv
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow color with fluffy white head. The retention is phenomenal and the lacing is just as good.

S: Sweet belgian yeast in the smell. There is definitely coriander, cloves, cinnamon and pepper. Solid amount of honey, light wheat bread. Definitely lemon-y and apples too. Very nice smelling, just wished the smell would have been more intense though.

T: The taste is not as spicy and maltier than expected. Solid wheat bread and honey taste in it. Very good amount of cinnamon, coriander, cloves and very light pepper too. Again, still a little bit of lemon and the typical apple peel. Everything is right, but the taste doesn't stand out much.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel, with medium to high mouthfeel. Fits well.

D: Super easy to drink as most belgians.

Photo of kwjd
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Burp Castle in New York City. I actually hadn't heard of this beer before, but I figure they have a good beer list there and I like tripels, so I'll just go for it. Pours a cloudy orange colour with tight, thin white head. Lacing around some of the glass. Smells of saison almost, with the Belgian yeast and some spices. Very dry flavour, not as sweet as many tripels. High carbonation level. Very enjoyable beer, I'd be glad to have this again.

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

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow straw with some creamy white head that fades rather quickly.

Nose is a veritable fruit-basket of aromas. Orange and lime essence plus some coriander and earthen-ware spiciness. Something there reminds me of terracotta clay.

Palate is crisp and clean with some spiciness and a lot of earthy grain notes. Super dry and clean on the yeast. Some juicy orange too.

Notes: An unbelievably tasty beer. Seriously epic and decently priced.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 27, 2010. Expires July 27, 2012

A: Pours a straw yellow with a massive white head that leaves great lacing

S: Smells like light fruits and grass. Slightly malty and bready in the background

T: Quite peppery with very nice fruity notes and a good malt backbone. Alcohol slightly detectable, but in a good way. It still mostly hides behind the malt and fruit

M: Very light body with high carbonation

D: Dangerously drinkable because of how the alcohol plays into the taste and the light body. This beer will knock you out if you're not careful and take the 8.4% into account

Photo of mexikrainian
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720ml poured into a Stone Tulip.

Appearance: golden yellow with thick, foamy white head and frothy lacing.

Aroma: apples, citrus, honey, and spices.

Flavor: clean, floral, citrus and faint bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: light body with high, bubbly carbonation.

Overall impression: champagne-like but surprisingly bland for the aroma and appearance.

Photo of GoNowhere
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a great year round drinker and currently my favorite example of the style.

A: A nice dirty blonde with a big booming head that gives way to intricate lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Interesting mix of banana and citrus from the wheat and a robust musky, sweet malt aroma from the barley and oats.

T: Bubblegum. Citrus. Banana. Bread. Refreshing and filling at the same time. Extraordinarily balanced.

M: Clean and booming with carbonation. It comes on light then settles to a malty, foggy feel.

D: Awesome. A true three row experience. Wheat=Refreshing. Barley=Sweetness. Oats=Sustenance. An easy drinker in any climate, but at 8.5% it can crush you on a whim. Alcohol is very well disguised.

I recommend this over some other better known Belgium Trips... I won't mention any names.

Photo of loren01
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color, frothy evervescent white head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Sweet, fruity slight Belgian yeast scent
T: Taste is sweet and fruity. Alcohol evident toward the end.
M: Very prickly and champagne like.
D: Taste and smell is very good....way too over the top with the carbonation. Less carbonation would make this an excellent beer.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep yellow hint of cloudiness and orange, full pillow head, lacing

S: sweet, citrus fruits, grain, floral aroma.

T/M: citrus fruit, banana, spices, mild prickly feeling from the carbonation dancing on my tongue.

D: I bought this Tripel per a suggestion of a fellow beer geek who I randomly met @ Binny's in Buffalo Grove (n. burbs of Chicago). He said, "you like Belgians and tripels, you need to try this one!" This is quite good and worth trying.

Photo of atis
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours sparkling golden with huge white lacing with good retention, it stays in one finger thickness till the end of the glass, leaving rich patches of lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet malt, bits of fruity esters and lingering yeast.

Taste is alcoholic spiciness at first, even slight medical flavours with grainy malt in the middle, sweet and fruity finish with light citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather full with prickly carbonation all around mouth and slowly increasing warming feel.

My favourite beer. I could sip it all day long.

Photo of Seanstoppable
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently obtained from Premier Wine and Spirits. Best before date of 12/03/12.

Cracking it open resulted in an explosion of foam. Quickly pouring into my glass results in a pale gold color with copious amounts of fluffy white head (like an entire hand of head). Head eventually settles down, leaving next to no lacing on the glass.

Scent is light and consists of hints of spice and yeast.

Taste is better than the nose. A prevailing sweetness, with some spice character and a hint of citrus. A bit of alcohol near the end, but not much. No real bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy, with some pleasant carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, an very good example of Belgium's excellent breweries.

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

I really liked this beer. A great example of the style. Looks just like it should, feels just like it should, easy drinking (despite its strength). Nose is grassy and floral, with some nice lemony notes. Spicy too. Refreshing, I liked it a lot. Flavor is more standard as far as tripels go. Nice combo of malts, yeast, and spices to give an overall great beer. Very clean and well-done.

Photo of r0nyn
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay chalice.

Pours a yellow gold color that's slightly hazy, but remarkably transparent for the style. Quite clear, almost like a lager. Half-inch thick whitish head that recedes quickly. Leaves some runny, soapy lacing. Yeast particles can be seen suspended in the liquid. Smell is full of malty sweetness, with typical banana and other fruity esters wafting about. Little bit of citrus as well as a kind of earthy breadiness.

Initial sip yields some of that chewy breadiness I was expecting given the nose. Sweetish malts with nuanced spiciness make up the backbone. Some banana and citrus too. Bitterness is non-existent as there is no hop presence whatsoever. Alcohol shows up just slightly at the end and only after the beer is left to warm for a little while. The entire flavor experience is very clean, very crisp and the mouthfeel reflects that. Mild chewiness along with quite a bit of prickly carbonation give this brew a brisk character that's pretty refreshing.

Drinkability is very good. It's got a sweet and tasty bouquet of scents and flavors, a crisp mouthfeel and just about no alcohol or bitterness in the taste, making it something that is easily and readily quaffable. I've yet to meet a tripel I haven't enjoyed, and this offering from Bosteels isn't changing that anytime soon.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour from our 750 mL corked bottle, giving us a highly carbonated-looking and somewhat hazy brew of a pale golden color. It holds a snow white head of two and a half fingers, which takes forever to die down. Once it finally begins to depart (which it never does completely), there is thick, bubble bath-like lacing stuck around the chalice. Of note, the last few glasses of the bottle produce an even murkier pour, with gritty yeast bits darting around the bottom of the glass. The aroma is composed of some spice, including clove and ginger, esters, faint vanilla bean, and citric orange to balance its contributory 3-grain bill. The taste follows quite closely to the aroma. The front is predominantly grainy, with wheat as the spokesperson. The middle continues with fully apparent, but appropriately subdued, spice. The citrus notes from the nose also begin to fulfill their roll, making the beer continue with a slight bitterness. There is an undeniable sweetness that also kicks in around this point, which helps transition into a clean, estery/fruity finish. The aftertaste is spicy and orangey but, mostly, is an expertly melded model of the strongest components of the flavor profile. The beer is medium bodied and warming, with a slight syrupy feel that nicely coats. There is huge carbonation throughout, but it tends to cool down by the end. The abv is high but appropriate, making the sipping a bit slow, per usual.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how well the beer is blended. With such complex, and strong, competing flavors, it can be hard to find a nice balance. This, however, is not the case here. We are left with a final product that is immeasurably clean and delicate, with inseparable undertones which are robust and delicious.

Photo of prototypic
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet pours an interesting gold-amber-ish color. Carbonation is very active and yields a huge, vanilla colored head. It's easily four fingers in depth. It holds up very well. The beer beneath will likely disappear before the head. Lacing looks to be moderate.

The nose might be the standard for a Belgian Tripel. It kicks off with a strong, spicy Belgian yeast scent. It predominates the nose throughout, and is nothing short of beautiful. The spicy side features clove and pepper. It's a little fruity. Apple and pear are in the mix, but are secondary elements. There are some earthy and grainy notes throughout, but they're subtle. Alcohol is there, but doesn't seem all that strong. Nothing short of excellent!

The flavor is likewise impressive. This is a fantastic example of an authentic Belgian Tripel. The driving force behind its tremendous flavor is the spicy Belgian yeast. Its presence is very strong throughout, and is delicious! Let there be no doubt about that. It is spicy, and has a prominent clove and pepper flavor. It's complemented by a flavorful mix of apple and pear. Earthy and grainy notes round it out. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but is masked well overall. It finishes with a spicy, Belgian yeast flavor.

The body is best described as medium. While the carbonation is active, the bubbles feel light. It feels incredibly svelte and smooth. There's no questioning its true Belgian quality. Drinkability is very high. Yeah, it might be a little strong, but it's damn delicious. This 750 is disappearing too quickly.

I've had Tripel Karmeliet several times, and it's been delicious each and every one of them. I don't know if it's the world's best Tripel, but it's a great example. There's really not any criticism to constructively dole out. Nothing needs to be changed. If you're looking for a great Tripel, look no further. This is definitely one of the best!

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (I think $3ish at Flair Beverage) into a Duvel glass. I'm going to get a Karmeliet gift pack with the glass next week, because that glass is terrific.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden with a half-inch white head that retains and leaves splotchy lacing.

S: Very nice. Grainy, almost wheat-like aroma, with Belgian yeast, spice, some banana and a cotton candy sweetness.

T/M: Lots of spices going on. A pleasant fruitiness, especially as it warms, with some of the straw from the aroma. Not a trace of booze. Definitely let this one warm up a bit. Finish is light sugary sweetness. The carbonation is medium but fairly prickly.

D: Goes down very smoothly. This isn't my favorite tripel on the planet, but it's a damn good one.

Photo of sfprint
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite carbonated, enormous even head with tiny bubbles. Carbonation rising equally from every point of the bottom of the glass. That's unusual and tantalizing. Light, slightly dull, yellowy gold. Beautiful even head with amazing retention.

S: Very Witbier like. And a delicious witbier at that. Refreshingly light malt/yeast combo.

T: Not so witbier like. Alcohol surprisingly masked (given the ABV) and only apparent in aftertaste. Even then it's far on the pleasant side. Somewhat tart, and the aftertaste hogs most of the flavor. Daisies (some kind of sweet flower). Definitely good, but disappointing compared to it's appearance and smell. Somewhere between 3.5 and 4.

M: Strangely astringent, perhaps just extremely mildly. Foamy.

D: Good. Nice beer, just wish the flavor pulled through more.

Photo of Bugsey
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully drinkable tripel, without being too cloying or syrupy.

Tastes of spicy, peppery fruit (pear or apple) with cloves and herbs.

Wonderful mouth feel. Very refeshing and clean. Carbonation is well balanced (not too heavy like Duvel).

Smooth, mellow, very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
12 oz.- Served at Lucky Devils in Hollywood, CA

App- Straw yellow with a giant pillow of head due to the server not pouring correctly. Wasn't the worst pour I've seen but a 4 finger head was a bit much. The color and bubbles brings the 4 on the rating.

Smell- The nose picks up some hay/straw characteristics and then a light citrus note and lastly the belgian yeast comes in.

Taste- It drinks very small for an 8.4 It was very mellow and smooth and paired well with the Kobe burger I was having. I picked up a slight bready malt quality to it on the aftertaste.

Mouth- Very robust yeast strain that fills the mouth with flavor yet is subtle in areas and very well balanced.

Drink- It's a very nice beer. Will def. have to find a bomber somewhere of this quality beer.

Photo of mpm180
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into a chalice.

Golden appearance with one finger foamy head. Nice retention.

Smells of sweet belgian yeast with lots of banana and pears.

Semi sweet taste of banana and spices. Have to say the spice was a pleasant surprise. The flavor comes alive as it warms.

Medium body. Looks more carbonated that it feels in the mouth.

Outstanding. Beware the 8.4% because this is highly drinkable. As good of a tripel as I've had.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

believe it or not i had not had this one before this night. i decided to go out with a bang and ordered up a glass of this one to round out the night. served chilled and poured into a glass on 11/07/2010.

really not the pour i was expecting, for some reason i thought it would be much darker, but the light golden hue of it had a nice cloudiness to it that seemed to come through nicely with a bit of lacing around the sides.

aroma is light bready notes and hints of banana, cloves, pears, light tart apples and a touch of spice on the edges. clean, very clean flavor that it is very hard to find really any fault here in that. super clean with light body and a nice medium palate with hints of grain and light fruits that seem to dance all over the place. light bears and nice touches of fruit and light spice. smooth, clean finish and absent abv lead to just a great mix of flavor and drinkablility.

overall it deserved all that it deserves, really a great and light an highly drinkable beer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz tap pour into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip at The Highland House. $6.50

A - Hazy golden yellow with a low white head despite the tall tap pour to the center of the tulip. Not as effervescent as the bottle version. No lace, pour retention.

S - Cold aroma with a big banana ester, Belgian aroma, crystal malts and notes of earth, clay, and white pepper. The overall aroma is pretty low. Hints of butter suggest the tap lines might need some cleaning.

T - Sweet pale malts and candi sugar with banana notes. Interesting. No where near as good as the bottled version. Sweet and lacking the great nuances the bottle has.

M - Smooth and soft with a light finish and a touch of alcohol.

D - Decent drinakbility but either it's a way old keg, the tap lines need some cleaning, or it's just not the same as the bottle. Possible pour sanitation in the line I feel, but my friend likes it more than the bottle and stands by his pour. Hmm.

Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at home on a Friday evening with dinner, and then a second after dinner. It pours a bright golden. Not much head on the first pour, but more on the second bottle which was poured a little more vigorously. Essentially no lacing on the glass.

Smells of lemon and then honey, with the honey being the stronger of the two. Taste if very good, with just a hint of sweetness following the mildly spicy start.

Feels very good in the mouth, letting you know you had something with more feel than water, but doesn't linger very long. Very nice.

From the web: his beer was left in my fridge by a visitor at my house. Much appreciative of the beery generosity.

Slight spice-laden aroma. Very pretty hazy golden liquid with white head.

Flavor is intense and complex. Lot of spices, some rye bread, some tangy heffeweizen-like goodness. Fairly dry at first with a sweet lingering aftertaste. Grapefruits and lemons and a little bit of copper. High alcohol content but you don't really feel it.

Prickly but full mouthfeel.

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

Second go at this beer, and still just as tasty as the first run...The only difference is the size of the bottle. First crack was a 16oz. bottle This run is a 1pt. 9.4 oz. Still same characteristics, just more to enjoy.

Visually this beer pours a smooth bright golden, with a hint of white clouds painted though the sky. Delicate bubbles rise from the base of the glass in a steady uniformed trail. A smooth white head just shy of an inch thick.

Smells range from lemon twist, sweet hay, honey, maybe even a little cream.

You'll find the same notes on the pallet as you do in the nose, with a little hint of baking spices, and even a little fresh ginger spicing things up.

The finish is gentle but lingers for a fair amount of time, mainly consisting of the grain, and citrus notes.

All in all a very tasty treat, easy to drink, or sip. I'll have another please.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big white 4 finger head. At first, I poured it without the yeast, the colour was a very light straw colour. Lots and lots of carbonation bubbles :D

S: Yeasty, bread, candy and sweet notes at first. Complex spicy and cane sugary malts. The smell is quite delectable.

T: Thick spicy earthy malts up front, through the middle of the beer it is really sweet from the sugar. I don't really notice any strong hops (a little bitterness in the background), the end of the beer is mostly sweet bready malts.

M: Thick mouthfeel with great bubbly carbonation. This adds to the spiciness of the beers flavours.

D: About as drinkable as you can get!

Photo of jmbranum
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was left in my fridge by a visitor at my house. Much appreciative of the beery generosity.

Slight spice-laden aroma. Very pretty hazy golden liquid with white head.

Flavor is intense and complex. Lot of spices, some rye bread, some tangy heffeweizen-like goodness. Fairly dry at first with a sweet lingering aftertaste. Grapefruits and lemons and a little bit of copper. High alcohol content but you don't really feel it.

Prickly but full mouthfeel.

Interesting beer. Seems like a spicier and sweeter version of the Chimay White. I like it a lot. 2nd best Tripel I've had (next to of course Chimay White)

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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