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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,229
Reviews: 1,192
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 193
Gots: 352 | 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 Thia417
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the Tripel Karmeliet on tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver when I flew out for GABF '09. I've had the it bottled before and enjoyed it, but on tap it just blew me away. This is my new favorite beer and I don't usually like Belgians.

I'm no pro at describing beers and why I like them. But here's my attempt:

The head was light and foamy.
The aroma was floral, fruity and slightly spicy.
The taste was so smooth and wonderful. It perfectly melded the malt and citrus taste together. I want to say it had a slight pear taste to it, but I'm horrible at picking out specific flavors. Either way, I greatly enjoyed it.

Thia417, Mar 15, 2010
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a oversized wine glass. Batch number 05 K K.

A: Very large head, pure white and frothy, good retention, which is constantly aided by the extremely active streamers that never quite let the head fall too short. The body is a hazy yet radiant and rich straw yellow color. Spotty lace.

S: The aroma from my bottle is intensely phenolic with peppery, slightly plasticky and/or rubbery aromas dominating all else. There is a definite yeasty contribution with mildly grassy and herbal hops. Pilsner malts? I get spicy and fruity esters on the nose, but this is not the showcased aroma.

T: Following the nose, except now the fruity notes are thankfully much more present. I would love to increase the rating here, but the truth is, I've had much better tasting Tripels over the years.

M: The mouthfeel is through the roof of your mouth, feel me? Super lively and active carbonation, prickling every tastebud on the tongue. I love this intense stimulation, but some may prefer to give their glass a few heavy swirls. Medium body.

D: Drinkability is good but not so good that it inspired any sort of creativity in my description here. Solid brew.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of NightINgale
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass...

A - Clear golden body, with plenty of small bubbles and a very frothy white head. Good lacing and head retention.

S - Caramel sweetness, rich fruit notes, and some floral hops in the nose. Quite wheaty, too.

T - Quite a robust taste. Loads of fruitiness from the yeast; apple, pear, and lemon notes. Sweet, yet slightly acidic. Some champagne-like hints. Some solid hop presence, which lingers into the after-taste. Some dryness in the finish, together with some wheaty breadiness.

M - Medium body to it. Loads of carbonation at first, quite crisp overall. There is some booziness to it, and I was able to feel it quite a bit.

D - Not bad. This is a proper, flavourful Belgian tripel, but I think Chimay White is more drinkable, if you're looking for something you could enjoy more of.

NightINgale, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of WeimtimeBier
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Inch thick pillow white head. Nice and dense. Deep yellow gold body, slightly cloudy with the yeast.

S- Classic belgain aroma. Very sweet smell hinting at some strong fruity ester character. Straw sweet malt. Some spicy noble hop which is very withdrawn.

T- Sweet straw that branches off to an amazing fruit. I get some apple and pear. Maybe some light banana. All this being accompanied by a spicy hop finish and yeasty belgain breadiness.

M- Prickly spicy mouthfeel from the carbonation. Medium body.

D- Very drinkable in my opinion. Balanced and very tasty.

This is my favorites of the belgain tripels I have tasted. Sweet and very balanced.

WeimtimeBier, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of NewGeneric
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip (thanks Dan).

A: Pours a fuzzy, golden straw color with tons of thick, tiny-bubbled foam that fades quickly leaving thick beads of lacing all over the glass.

S: Smells of spicy, floral hops, honey, citrus, and lightly toasted grains. Also has some herbal, flowery aromas. Quite nice.

T: Beautiful cascades of fruity goodness, hop bite and spices. There is an undertone of lemon zest going on throughout the whole experience. Fantastic.

M: An up-front exuberant bitterness fades to a palate-relieving carbonation and slightly dry tongue coating. Probably the only aspect to this beer that really needs some improvement.

D: Other than that up-front kick in the head, I could drink it forever and a day.

NewGeneric, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of mondegreen
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay Chalice.

A: Bright gold with a white, thin, persistent head. Pleanty of tiny carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass.

S: Bready yeast and spice dominate. Sweet fruits and honey chime in to play their part as well.

T: Light and easy on the palate. Nice Tripel spice, with a yeasty alcohol tinge on the backend. In all, a nice tasting Tripel.

M: Very smooth and light. Very well carbonated (not too much, not too little).

D: This is probably more drinkable than alot of Tripels I've tried. It's easy on the palate and goes down smooth. Overall, a very nice beer.

mondegreen, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of mmmbeer
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. slender Belgian bottle with 07H1 on the back label; brewed with barley, wheat and oats. The damn bottle volcanoed on me, but I still got a decent pour. The beer is bright gold, fairly clear, with two fingers of white head that clings, but contributes little lacing. Honey, spicy yeast and a dash of pilsner malt in the nose. A little sharp on the palate, but there are notes of orange, honey, alcohol, spicy yeast and a light, but rough-edged hop flavor on top of a light, creamy, highly-carbonated body that brings some warmth on the way down. Nice and drinkable, but this tripel could be a bit smoother.

mmmbeer, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
3.28/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- golden yellow, mostly clear with a decently thick foamy head,

Smell- belgian yeast and spice, has that unique belgian spice and coriander smell'

Taste- very sweet and malty dominated flavor on this one with just touch of spice at the end to check it a little bit, this beer in flavor to me is lacking in complexity the flavor is just rather non complex, a rather run of the mill flavor to me, not bad or offensive just kind of bland

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation

Drinkability- this beer is easily drinkable but just kind of bland and with so many other great belgian triples out there no reason to settle for just mediocre, again wont offend you in anyway but nothing you would come running back for

Stunner97, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of saccro
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear light gold/darker yellow. Rapid stream of bubbles that create a thick firm head of tight bubbles.

S - Bready malt. Spicy phenolics. A little fruity, but pretty clean smelling.

T - Sweet pilsner malt. Belgian spiciness. Orangy fruitiness. Subdued pepperiness. Noticeable alcohol, but not "hot". Pretty clean and not too cloying, but maybe a little bit too much on the sweet side.

M - Mostly dry. High carbonation. Alcohol warmth

D - classic belgian sample. Tasty.

saccro, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Loppuu
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear gold with a beautiful Belgian-style head on top. Lot's of lovely frothy foam. Smell of sweet, citrus and jasmine tones. Also some smells of cardamom and coriander. Flavor is lightly sweet with lots of fruit and some honey. Which gives a great contrast with the spices! Very smooth, and bubbly with a dry finish. This is one of my favorites!

Loppuu, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of pershan
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a very clear, straw-yellow with a thin, white, creamy head into a chalice. The smell was of bubble gum, banana, cloves, with a slight floral undertone. The taste was the previously mentioned unmistakable Belgian yeast profile, with a slightly harsh hop bite at the finish. A very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with perfect carbonation and lacing down the glass. A very nice tripel, with the high ABV nicely masked - reminds me quite a bit of Brewer's Art Ozzy.

pershan, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Zaplt
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear gold with a huge beautiful thick white head with nice lacing.

mmm aroma of belgian yeast, floral tones, citrus, fruits -

tastes of citrus, floral, fruits, chalky character that fellow taster pointed out, very tart and sweet but the spiciness that others have been perceiving seemed to be lacking in this one.

I need to buy another one and review it - interrupted by family a bit and this beer was a little past the best by date.

Zaplt, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Casey10
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow have been keeping this one in the cellar for awhile and finally getting around to trying and tasting this and glad I did. This is a what a belgian tripel is all about !!

A - Huge head over 2 fingers with a hazy yellow body with lots of carbonation.

S - Nice bananas and cloves very sweet.

T - so nice a very close to st bernardus tripel.

M - smooth creamy so nice.

D - I would like another please this is so good.

I have just checked and gave the St Bernardus tripel a lower score so may have to revisit that but this is so good a must have !!!

Casey10, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of DaveJanssen
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/13/2009 in brugge. Had on tap in karmeliet tulip.

Ar: super floral, intense lillies, *Jasmine, roses, spicy (incense) light mandarin, alc a bit after some warmth

Ap: Epic head, very coarse and smooth, great retention, high effervescence, clear dark gold, chunky lace

F: Strong incense-like spice, jasmine, very floral, dry lillies, lightly fruity, floral character is spicier than many other belgian yeasts, light citrus peel, very good intense spicy floral with hints of coriander, light alcohol, light candy sweetness hints of minty/pine with alc (like juniper).

M: high carbonation, light mouthfeel, smooth, alc gets a bit rough with warmth.

O:spicy and floral, very good, unique

DaveJanssen, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Really nice big Belgian-style head on top of a fizzy, slightly hazy, light straw colored body.

S- Really smells alot like beer(No shit, right?). Plenty of carbonation provides a fruity smell along with the yeast. Spices play a big role, almost to the extent you find in a Belgian Wit.

T- The flavor is lightly sweet and mostly alcoholic in a smooth, filtered sort-of way. The oats play some role in flavor, providing a doughy cake flavor. Light pinch of clean hops

M- Highly carbonated with those big bubbles you find in some belgian beers i.e. Duvel. The body is light but with a bit of a syrupy drag to it.

D- Very impressive beer with quite the presentation. Looks lovely in a Belgian tulip glass.

EnojysAnyBeer, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Creamy and hazy gold with a large white cream colored head. Decent amount of lacing left over.

S - Variety of sweet smells, including lots of fruits (peaches, apple, pear, mango, apricot, lemon). Also some honey and some sweet malts. These are paired with some spices (clove, pepper, coriander, cardamom). Belgian yeast too.

T - Similar to the smell. Fairly sweet with lots of fruit and a decent amount of honey. Fair amount of malt. This is contrasted with the spices and a bit of alcohol heat coming through. This prevents it from being too sweet.

M - Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Quite creamy. Fairly warming too.

D - Not the most drinkable, with the sweet/spice/alcohol it isn't the most drinkable, and definitely is meant to be sipped. However it is one that I will drink again.

Notes: Good mix of sweet and creamy with some spice and alcohol to cut it. Really nice beer.

FreshHawk, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of ecoastman
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer might be my personal all-around favourite to date since it masters the flavours of my two preferred styles: weizen and belgian ales. Great stuff that I wish I could find in the Ontario LCBO stores. Very drinkable considering the ABV and I will definitely seek this one out again. In the meantime I will fall back on the more available La Fin Du Monde in the LCBO stores.

I discovered a bottle of this nectar at the Beer Bistro in Toronto (a place worth checking out).

It poured with a golden haze and looked fantastic in the tulip glass. It had a big fluffy head that receded but maintained a consistant thin layer. There was also some slight lacing leaving some nice spots behind.

The aroma is sweet and malty with nice complex fruity esters, yeasty bread and bubblegum. The tulip branded glass is a must for enhancing the smell.

The taste starts out malty with some mineral notes mid-way in the first few sips (but this subsides later). The great mix of flavours include banana, cloves, and bubblegum which make me think that this is brewed in the style of a great German weizen wheat beer. There's also some nice typical belgian complexity in the mix which lingers well in the aftertaste. It finishes well with some light orange citrus bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and finishes dry. I look forward to having another some day.

ecoastman, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head eventually recedes to a thick cap. The only gripe I have about the appearance was the lack of lacing. The aroma is a bit different in that this tripel has a noticeable hop presence. Grass and pepper from the hops, pears, apples, and cloves from the malt and yeast. Alcohol is detected and also adds some spiciness. This tripel is a lot more spice orientated than others. I taste a lot of spice up front with pepper and cloves. The fruity, vinous qualities I love in this style is very much in the background. All a matter of personal taste if this tripel will "turn your crank". The mouthfeel is where this beer really shines and seperates itself from the pack. Smooth, silky, but yet robust and effervescent. Just a delight to drink. I guess the oats and wheat added something afterall.

This will not replace St. Bernardus Tripel as my favorite of the style but I am certainly glad I gave it a try.

morimech, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Loose-bubbled head lasts only seconds. Leaves a pure-white ring. Bubbles rise one at a time (1 bubble/second! you could use this as a timer!) Very ordinary golden color. Gets hazy on the last pour.

S- Champagne. Sweet white grape juice. Alcohol is slightly irritates the nostril. Ice cider. Steamed corn once it's warmer. More hops and yeast on last pour, not only because of sediment but maybe also because of higher temp.

T- Alcohol. Something really reminds me of a dark belgian like Chymay Grande Réserve, probably the sweet malt. An elegant and fine tasting floral hop finish. Very nice. I also get a little vanilla in the end.

M- Foams up a lot. You feel like it's going to burst out of your mouth. Dry finish.

D- A bit too sweet for me to want a second one. I would buy it again though.

I don't know much about aging but this could be good with a little less sweetness to it. (best before 10/07/11)
I would buy it again.

Yoonisaykul, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Rayek
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip on a cold winter evening.

A: Slightly hazy apricot with lots of carbonation. A truly epic soapy cream cap slowly withdraws to a 1/4" pillow. A little more lace would have been appreciated.

S: Spicy and fruity. Lots of coriander, pepper, clove and cinnamon out of the gate. A pear and green grape sweetness adds nice balance. There's even a hint of bubblegum at work.

T: A fruit sweetened biscuit flavor starts things as the aromas begin their descent into the flavor. Spices settle in next with a well balanced combination of pepper, coriander and clove. Finishes with a lemon sourdough twang. Alcohol is completely masked save for a slight warmth as the beer goes down.

M: The bready body has a high level of soft carbonation.

D: A very nice Tripel indeed. I was through my little bottle in a flash. An excellent pickup.

Rayek, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of JosephLondon
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Honestly, I have tried to find fault in the appearance and I can't. For those of you who have tried this beer and poured it into its glass, you know what I am talking about. The glass is beautiful. The laser etching on the bottom center keeps a perfect stream of bubbles ascending rapidly to the top, maintaining at least some head after the initial pour's head has subsided. The beer is a majestic golden liquid which rests beneath its pure-white, frothy crown. The beer has left really nice lace as well-perfect, for its style.

If there were such a thing as citrus grass, that is what would dominate the nose. In the back there is fruit, pear and apple, some wheat and grain is detectable as well.

In the taste its character shifts around some. Up front is a nice bouquet of light colored, assorted fruits. The wheat is barely noticeable and the citrus grass, earthy aroma is noticeable lastly in the finish. I love that this Belgian is not dominated by malt. Many Tripels and Quads have been too malty for me. This one is nicely balanced, but lacks in complexity. If this brew was more complex, it would have obtained the perfect score from me in taste as well.

The mouthfeel is carbonated and luxurious. Very light leaving me wanting another drink. This beer goes down well. This experience would have been close to flawless if only I was enjoying this beer over a leg of lamb meal with roasted potatoes.

JosephLondon, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright golden yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves a blanket of big bubbles and rocky lacing.

S - Bubblegum, lemon ,pepper spice, yeasty, and bready with a touch of honey.

T - Big bubblegum flavor with white pepper spice. Slightly yeasty, earhty and bready with a touch of honey.

M - Medium body and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A tasty Tripel and a great example of the style.

brewcrew76, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle at Beer Bistro in downtown Toronto.

Into a huge, solidly-built Karmeliet chalice, this beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming amount of bottle-conditioned, egregiously puffy, thinly foamy, and somewhat soapy eggshell white head, which leaves some broad melting iceberg profile lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of fruity Belgian yeast - astringent and sweet at the same time - candi sugar bolstered pale malt, sedate caramel, tropical orchard fruit, clove, coriander, and white pepper spice, straw and hay-like hop notes, and mildly edgy booze. The taste is mirror-world caramel and vanilla, both warming and low-key in their overt sugary character, more fruity yeast - dry banana and lemon, mostly - subtly edgy alcohol, lightly zingy cloves, and some put-upon breakfast cereal graininess.

The carbonation is rather high-palate frothy from the get go, but does eventually settle to a more moderate level, the body on the wan side of medium weight, generally smooth and kind of slick. It finishes reservedly, but still quite sweet, with that warm, reducing caramel essence, countered by the lingering yeast and alcohol dryness.

A pleasant enough Tripel, the high booze quotient at least tempered by the various (ok, '3') malt inputs, as well as the particularly active yeast. Decent, but exhibiting perhaps a bit too much heat to be considered all that drinkable, though it will likely steel me for the stroll back to my hotel on a so-so Toronto mid-late winter evening.

biboergosum, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of theopholis
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a very clear, bright light straw color with a thick, foamy head. Very little head retention, no lacing. Continually effervesces for quite some time.

Aroma- Fairly sour, lotsl of spice and bready malt. A little coriander, and an interesting woodiness.

Taste- is spicy, with an interesting malt sweetness. Lotsl of , bready malt. Very hot!! Quite citrusy and a hint of coriander while it is cold. Gets very peppery as it warms.

Mouthfeel-Light body. Over carbonated. Gives a real burn on the tounge. Makes it kind of interesting tho.

Drinkability- I like it.

theopholis, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I've had a tripel.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick, foamy head into my tulip glass. Nice presentation going for it.

Aroma is full of spice and bready malt with a hint of plum. "Fruity" and very inviting.

Taste is spicy, sweet and full of wonderful, bready malt. A hint of plum is present but otherwise, this beer is tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice, plum and bready malt. Very interesting flavors that mingle well.

If you like tripels, you can't go wrong with this. Worth a try.

Brad007, Jan 31, 2010
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 3,229 ratings.