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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,298
Reviews: 1,197
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 200
Gots: 380 | 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 Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Best before 15AK indicated on the back label. Pours a pale, orange-gold with a semi-hazy clarity. Head was one inch, loose and bright white and quickly dissipates into a solid, sudsy band around the edges and a thin slick of foam. Nose reveals essence of tangerines, candi sugar and a faint herbal presence; perhaps cloves. Taste consistent with nose - perhaps a hint of syrup reminiscent of canned peaches in the mix, with just a kiss of hops to balance out the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation level that is pleasant and consistent from start to finish. This is, by far, the best tasting Tripel I have had the pleasure to try to date. Just a fabulous beer. My only regret is having not tried it sooner.

Jwale73, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at the SAQ, on a recent trip home from the States. Not available in Ontario, thought I'd give it a go! Poured into a tulip, BBD of October 7, 2011.

Pours a brilliant golden yellow, with about a hand (yes, five fingers of head!) initially, settling down to a sudsy and soapy head. Chunky lace. Aroma is awesome, huge yeasty fruit esters (banana, peach, green apple?, nectarine), a bunch of spice and some alcohol clearly. Just what I want from a tripel. Taste follows the fruits found in the aroma, with a touch of Belgian candy. Spice makes itself known, but doesn't overpower. Alcohol slips in a touch at the end. Clean, smooth and medium-high carbonationl. Slick on the tongue and goes down way too easily. Impressive.

liamt07, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnished saffron colour with dense, generous white head, slowly sinking but at least 3 fingers left after a minute or so. Aided by a prolific but steadily paced carbonation, visible through a thin bodily haze. Lace is a bit thin, but otherwise a perfect look.

Smell is quite lovely. Huge herbal aroma with lots of coriander, some peppery spice and a fair tart aroma with hints of granny smith apples. Underlying it is a beautiful sweet, liqueury aroma, putting one in mind of apricot jam, brandy and sherry. Beautifully balanced aroma, just lovely.

Taste is very sweet, pleasant, much spice on it. Begins quite caramelly with fruity notes, pear and peaches mostly, then mid-palate has a beautifully rich gingerbread flavour, spice alongside that great golden syrup notes. Finish comes through with real Belgian phenolics, some coriander seed flavour and some cherry/medicinal notes as well. Wonderfully smooth alcohol warmth seeps through the back, just gives you a nice hit of booze.

A lot of spicy piquancy on the feel, never gets too harsh though, but somehow I feel there's not a lot of body. It matches the flavour but I could deal with it being thicker.

Great flavours on that; warming and sweet and quintessentially Belgian. Just delicious.

laituegonflable, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even when poured carefully, this 750 mL green bottle discharges with a huge, creamy white foam. Beer color is a very pale yellow, maybe the palest tripel I have encountered. Retention is very good and lacing is ok. Has a best by stamp of 08/04/12 on the neck label that is easy to miss.

Hint of skunk aroma, damn these green bottles, with lots of candy-sweet light grain. Yeast is doing great things in the nose and provides lots of fruity esters. Alcohol is soft for a tripel and it has a notable hop presence. Once the skunk funk dissipates, it is an awesome smelling tripel.

Wow, that is very tasty. I cant believe it has taken me so long to finally get to this beer. Freshness and the green bottle have scared me away multiple times. Yeast is really active in the flavor and throws off alot of cloves and melon flavors. Alcohol is there, but it seems more dialed down than in most tripels. Mouthfeel is very soft and creamy and the grain presence maintains its lightness. Finish is dry and has a bitter hop and alcohol kick. Highly carbonated, a bit too much for me. This is probably up there in my top 5 favorite tripels. Nice beer.

twiggamortis420, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy orange/gold with a bubbly, white head that sticks just a little.

S- Fruity with some medicinal and mineral qualities.

T- Semi-sweet and a little tart with a touch of medicinal flavors. Alcohol comes out a little towards the finish, and a sweet/mineral aspect lingers.

M- Medium body with a crisp, semi-aggressive carbonation.

D- Really nice tripel; well balanced and refreshing.

TommyW, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of argock
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by date on back label. 4-pack purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $16.49.

A: Pale yellow with nice white-1 finger head with a few streamers of lace.

S: Floral, spiced, and fruity tripel with apple, pear, and peach aromas meeting coriander and pepper with a subtle berry alcohol note.

T: The flavor bursts with juicy, floral apple and peach, pepper in the middle, highly spiced brandy-like alcohol that dries. There is more than a little husky malt throughout. A masterful, complex flavor profile that does not disappoint.

M: Very highly carbonated with medium body and floral, spiced, fruity aftertaste.

D: One of the best tripels I have had. The alcohol is strong but still plays nice and enhances the lush, fruity flavor profile.

argock, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of AmberMan22
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this originally over in Paris, France. I've since had it once or twice back in the states, always out of a bottle -- and of course, poured into a tulip glass.

It pours a slightly opaque golden saffron, with a head so fluffy that cotton candy could take a lesson.

Smell is remarkably sweet, much like the taste. I found this tripel to be sweeter than most, though the drinkability is only affected if it gets too warm.
Heavily malty, lightly spiced, (maybe too) sweetened, slightly boozy, Tripel Karmeliet is a surefire way to work your way into the tripel category -- as dubbels are generally sweeter themselves.

I'll drink it any season of the year, though I still love Fin du Monde.

AmberMan22, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice straw color with a slight haze to it. The off white head was massive and pillowey. Aroma is spicey, earthy, yeasty and tropical with maybe the slightest skunk. Tastes similar to the smell but the banana yeast flavor is super strong. Alcohol is warming to the tum but not really detectable in the taste. A really nicely spiced tripel that towards the end starts to get a little cloying. Feel is slick but slightly thinner than medium. This is pretty drinkable.

kbnooshay, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Long813
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before: 12/05/12

A: Hazy green body with three figners of white fluffy head. Head dissipates rather quickly into a thing ring and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Sweet front of light citrus fruits with loads of banana. Some floral notes and interesting yeast notes.

T: Following up with the aromas, tons of banana with light citrus fruits. Floral and spices come through with the yeast. I find that the carbonation somewhat clouds the flavours though.

M: Light bodied with extremely high carbonation. Crisp and water like the carbonation creates quite the sparkle. No notes of alcohol.

D: Pretty pleasant brew. The carbonation I felt was a bit to much, but besides that it was nice.

Long813, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Luk13
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one many times. Clear yellow pour with a nice lasting head. Awesome nose, the belgian yeast profile is amazing. Alsomainly banana but a strong underscent of citrus specifically lemon both of which you find in the taste with an all-so pleasant alcohol sweetness and yeasty flavors. The kind of beer you don't want to share. The best tripel out there.

Luk13, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with nice cap of white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is light, made up mostly of floral and herbal notes, hints of banana, lemon, fresh baked bread and yeast. Taste slightly more aggressive than scent, good solid fresh baked bread backbone with the floral and herbal qualities mixed with a touch of lemon and bananan. Highly complex. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly dry. A very nice beer different from many in the style.

rfgetz, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Soozy
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, well carbonated, and with a solid head that diminished.

Smell is light. Some honey, a little bit of pepper, some slight orange peel but not too much going on.

The taste of this beer is something. Initially there's honey with a hint of vanilla. Then there's a medium spice of pepper. There's no noticeable hop flavoring that I can pick up on. You can definitely tell that it's made with wheat, it makes it pretty smooth. The malts mixed with the yeast really shine in the taste. The alcohol warms up nicely, a pretty bold beer.

This is a good beer. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to find it, but it's solid. If you come across it, give it a try.

After reviewing, I read the other reviews and think that the beer might vary mildly batch to batch, maybe it's the yeast. It doesn't seem like it's hit or miss...but hit or pretty good. If that makes sense.

Soozy, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review transcribed from notes dated 3/2/2009. On tap at Rose & Crown.

This is one of my favorite tripels out there.

Hazy golden color with a thick white head.

Good tropical fruit aroma with a little sweetness, decent hoppiness. Some yeast.

Taste is yeasty with sweet malt, wheat, candi sugar, and light fruits.

Medium-bodied with a good carbonation level. Very drinkable.

nickd717, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into an ommegang chalice.

Pours a light wheat golden color with a small white head. Nose is light and yeasty with a nice hop sharpness.

Taste is sweet and fresh, lots of yeasty fruitiness. It's got a nice full mouthfeel with really drinkable. Alcohol comes out a bit more as it warms.

kingcrowing, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of crashlimo
2.63/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 750 at costco, poured into a pint glass

A: Golden yellow color. Extensive head despite very careful pouring. Looks surprisingly carbonated.

S: Smells overwhelmingly skunky. Any more pleasant tones are drown out.

T: Sweet fruity notes of bannana and cloves are buried under the skunky aroma and initial flavor. Tastes as if a heineken has been mixed with a subtle triple, and the heiny won.

M: Light annd crisp. Heavy carbonation, but refreshing nonetheless.

D: Drinks well for the ABV, as long as you don't mind the unappealing flavor (perhaps the bottle saw a bit too much light in its day).

This is the first of the style that I have roundly NOT enjoyed. Overall quite disappointing

crashlimo, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably one of the best tripls I have had and this is a style Im not usually fond of.

appearance: golden and cloudy. decent head rentention

smell: fruit, mostly banana

taste: was a great real belgian golden ale, good, and no overpowering for how strong it was, tons of banana and spice characters

mouthfeel: medium and good carbonation

drinkability: I was pleasantly suprised, it's not overrated, smooth and easy for how strong the ABV is.

CampusCrew, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of GregoryVII
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a hazy straw blond, aided by the wheat and oats if I were taking a stab at it. There was a substantially striking plump white head. The aroma was fruity, slightly citrus like, with a tiny bit of spice and flowers. The flavors were nice with a reserved malt character, almost pasta like, along with citrus fruit and spice that strikes me a touch like lemon pepper with some nice hop bitter thrown in. The alcohol is wonderfully deceiving in this beer. Spritely, active carbonation and a medium body with a fairly dry finish.

GregoryVII, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, creamy light golden with a decent-sized white head and some good lacing. Smell has some nose Belgian esters alongside some citrus. Taste is similar. Quite smooth and nothing terribly intriguing, but overall quite good. Medium body with some nice carbonation and a bit dry. Very well done. Overall, not nearly one of the best tripels that I've had, but still a solid offering.

Thorpe429, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Big white head rises up but doesnt last long enough. No real lacing either. The beer is a nice pale gold that is ever so slightly hazed.

S- At first this beers scent filled the room but it wasnt that pleasant. It was a slightly skunky aroma and I feared that the beer had become light struck. Once I got down to it the beer ended up being nice and fruity. I find that there often is a lot of variation within this style. This one is one that does its own thing. Lots of fruit, pear, apricot, apple, lemon and banana. Spices like clove are there but light.

T- Very nice stuff indeed. Lemon-lime, pear, sweet apples, clove, wheat, spicy yeast. I like this a lot.

D- This beer drinks very very easily. Its dry, but not too dry. It retains a lot of that nice fruity juiciness that any good Tripel should have.

I didnt think this beer could come close to La Fin Du Monde, but it does!

MbpBugeye, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of xylophonica
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Little head which disappears entirely in almost record time. Murky amber colour.

S - Honey, wheat/grain with some mild spices. A touch of aniseed comes through as it warms.

T - Completely not what I was expecting. Hops and spices first, then some aniseed which flies up the tongue to tickle the back of the nose. Smoothed out by some honey and (oddly) lemon-myrtle. Reminiscent of sweet cough medicine.. in a good way.

M - Spicy and piquant. Those spices carry up the nose and coat the mouth in a particular way so that the taste stays with you and keeps you running your tongue around your mouth and lips.

D - The more I drink the more complex it gets. Maybe that's a good excuse to drink a few more.

Quite a complex ale, with so many flavours it's easy to dissect but hard to convey the full experience. Definitely one to try.

xylophonica, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the Atlantic City Brewfest not too long ago. Poured a golden-yellow hue, with a finger of bright white, good retention, and great lacing. Smelled of lemon, orange, sugar, coriander, clove, oak, banana, and peel. The taste was very balanced between all of the above flavors, with a surprisingly malty backbone midpalate, and a spicy dry citrus finish. Very carbonated, and a little on the thin side. No hint of the alcohol content makes this a dangerously drinkable triple.

donniecuffs, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of sonata2008
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Served in a 10 oz. Karmeliet glass. Poured a blonde color, cloudy, with a thin white head.
S: Yeast aroma, with banana notes, and a hint of apricot. Slight bit of hops.
T: Malted wheat, very light hop spiciness, with a caramel apple finish. YES! A great taste!
M: Medium carbonation. Almost syrupy mouth feel. The alcohol is not very noticeable.
D: An excellent sipping beer with a lovely combination of tastes.

sonata2008, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
2.83/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have not found a brew that I have enjoyed in this style as of yet. I was recommended by a beer store employee that if I don't like this particular tripel, then maybe I just don't like the style. So I bought it to give tripels another try. 11.2oz bottle...

A: Super carbonated bubbles forcing their way to the surface consistently. Veyr light golden color with a thick 2 inch white head that doesn't fades very quickly at all. Holds steady for a while. Very good.

S: Has kind of a bud light scent blended with some strong wheat and oat scents. Ok.

T: I think here's the problem with this style for me. This style's flavor tastes, to me, like a higher end bud light. It has some of the same flavors that a Bud light does. This follows that for me. It has some nice tartness, wheat, and oat that shine through which separate it from msomething like a Bud, but the Bud characteristics are still in it. Guess it's just the style I do not like.

M: Very light. Does not leave many flavors on the palate. Ok.

D: Goes down super easy despite the higher ABV. Very good!

All in all, I figure I just do not like the style. Everything I have tried for Tripels has disappointed me. I hated La Fin Du Monde which so many people love and has a high rating on BA. I have not found any Tripel that I actually enjoyed. So, this just not be my style. If you do not like Tripels than avoid. Otherwise, give this brew a chance for you.

steve8robin, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Beer is dark yellow and hazy. Forms a big white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Beer is heavily carbonated.

Aroma is strong and sweet with minimal spice and some breadiness from the yeast.

Beer is medium body with some forward and midpalate sweetness. Very nice overall. Finishes a little dry but not bad. Some sweet malt in the midpalate with some fruit esters. A very nice beer overall. A good tripel and I've had it a lot.

drabmuh, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of TimHoss
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first triplel and still my favorite. Use the appropriate glassware and you will enjoy every aspect of this beer. The head is thick and has a complexity all it's own. You will pick up on banana and vanilla flavors along with spices that make this drink exceptionall. Great full body with a golden, slightly cloudy appearance. The combination of flavor is outstanding. The finish is spicy and smooth.

TimHoss, Jul 22, 2010
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
96 out of 100 based on 3,298 ratings.