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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,462
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 235
Gots: 502 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001

3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.
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Photo of falloutsnow
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of cwguy5
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Photo of DavidST
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Tucquan
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Spcoly
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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...

Photo of jrenihan
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright gold color. Poured a massive 4 finger cloud-white head with the last finger over the top of the rim without falling. Excellent retention. Laced in wide sheets. Probably the best looking beer I've ever seen.

S: Light colored fruit and spice. Bready cereal grains. Lemon-pepper.

T: Much like the nose. Apricots, apples and pineapple. Spices travel to the nose; lemon, pepper. Warming builds in the finish with a lingering tartness.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Dry and warming.

O: Very drinkable, maybe not in quantity. Nice balanced yeast character.

Photo of Yagman3000
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appears a hazy mustardy yellow. Small creamy head remains. There's some depth (or is that the haze?) to this... Couldn't see through it on a dare.

Smells of orange, cloves, and some wheat.

Tastes differently than what I imagined. It leads more with some earthy spice and then turns to a tangerine citrus.

Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp. Left with a refreshing feeling - citrus on the tip of the tongue is the last experience.

Overall this was a nice experience. It's a tripel but it remains me of a Belgian wit a bit.

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice gold in color with moderate turbidity and a one finger thin and very well carbonated head. The aromas are very yeasty and it is FULL of citrus overtones. Damn, didn't expect so much orange. It's almost like seriously faded hops. It smells great. The flavors too have a perfect amount of yeast and spice and again this very heavy on the oranges. It's an orange and coriander bomb, tangerines included. It drinks light to medium in body and is very well carbonated. Overall this is a pretty damn good tripel. Everyone knows it, tell your friends.

Photo of seabass87
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 FL OZ bottle into oversized tulip glass.

A- Light gold colored with a hazy unfiltered cloudiness. The body reminds of a witbier, but the fast carbonation reminds me of a pale. Yields an initially massive 2-3 fizzy white head that dies very fast, leaving little behind.

S- Classic tripel scent... The dominant notes are wheat... bright fruit esters in the form of pears, apples, white grapes... Lemon rind... A healthy earthy spice in the form of white pepper, clove, coriander... Borderline floral. A mild malt sweetness lingers in the background, as well as slight medicinal phenols and a well disguised alcohol. Very nice.

T- Sweet pears followed quickly by earthy spices, which give us a pleasant bite. Transition is exceptionally smooth and brings out the slightly bitter aspects of the fruits involved... White grape and lemon peel... Then we are given another nice kick that brings the spices back to the foreground, and a swirling effect of the fruit flavors... Heavenly aftertaste that brings all of the above mentioned together with a slight metallic twang and indiscreet alcohol warmth... Incredibly impressive how this beer transitions and finishes.

M- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation... This is perfect for this beer and really helps emphasize the flavors. This is the perfect body for the style.

O- Quite possibly my favorite tripel. It hints at elements of some other Belgian styles I enjoy: it has the softness and understated sweetness I usually attribute to a witbier, as well as the good bitter aspects I except from a quality strong pale... Amazing all around, I am coming back to this in the immediate future.

Note: For some reason, I'm finding the large bottles to have a more effervescent body and lighter taste profile. Unsure of what might be causing this difference.

Photo of nezelrac
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into Karmeliet Tripel glass

A - copper-gold with two fingers fine-beaded, meringue-like, off-white head; nice lacing all the way down the glass

S - spicy and lightly floral on top of yeasty goodness; bread-y and cereal grain malt notes; lemon peel; layers of cardamom, coriander, etc.; interesting note of raw, room-temperature pork belly

T - simply delicious; layers of flavor echoing the nose - light malt swathed in yeast; a little hot in the middle; dries up a bit towards the back end where it gains in tartness as well

M - med-light body; goodly CO2; firm, lightly dry

O - excellently delicious

Photo of dtivp
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger white head , very good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt, yeast and light citrus.

Taste followed the nose with a very nice yeast, sweet malt, honey and citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth with a slight crispness.

Overall a very solid triple.

Photo of rickyleepotts
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So tonight at the Beer Sellar was the New Holland beer tapping party. They now have four New Holland beers on tap including the Imperial Hatter, the Mad Hatter India Pale Ale, the Dragon’s Milk and the Beerhive Tripel. We are not drinking anything from New Holland, but we are drinking a Tripel. We are sipping on the Tripel Karmeliet. According to my good friend Jake Long, this beer is very popular over seas. Let’s see what she smells like. (That sounded horrible!)

This beer smells awesome. I don’t want to say it smells like soda… but it smells like soda. Perhaps a Mountain Dew or Mellow Yellow, if you are familiar with those drinks. It has a very heavy citrus nose… one that keeps me sticking my face back into the glass for one more sniffy sniff. (Thanks to Gary Vaynerchuk for that one. He is famous for saying, “sniffy sniff”.) Sometimes beers that smell amazing are in fact not… so let’s see what she tastes like. (Man, I am on a roll here.)

The beer starts very smooth and crisp on the front of the tongue. Then it settles down a bit, and begins to provide an almost velvet mouthfeel… something that is truly hard to explain. The aftertaste is weak too. But the thing that impresses me most about this beer is that it smells totally different than it tastes; and that’s a good thing. The beer, for having such a high ABV, is quite drinkable.

I am not familiar with the brewery, or the beer for that matter. But I like it. This is one good brew. Again, just because it smells good and tastes good… but provides my palate with two totally different experiences. Bottoms up people!

Photo of vande
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

another great offering at the Taphouse, near my abode...

A: a deep, golden color with easily a finger and a half, white thick looking foam... lively, active in appearance as the carbonation continues to float to the top from the bottom..slightly hazy...

S: yeasts born from Belgium with some earthiness qualities intertwined... some floralness, maybe a bit of honeysuckle mixed up here.. just a "pretty" smelling beer if one can say so...

T: a great example of a Triple. Bit sweet, but one that follows the nose in flavor... The yeast quality that blends with touches of earthiness/barnyard; dash of floral and a bit of lemon.. a great blend here...

M: Creamier drink with a medium body

O: A great Belgian for beginners, those who've experience Belgians, or simply an old Fan...

Photo of bceagles39
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Gastropub 775 in Reno, NV on July 26 2011

Pours a translucent honey gold color with light head and beautiful lacing.

The is sweet but not cloying and, like any good tripel, was not hot at all.

There was very light carbonation. I wish it was a little thicker and creamier but this was true to the style.

This beer was great and dangerously sessionable.

Photo of CRooney5787
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer, when served proper. ( and transported proper) always better out of the bottle.

Poured into a Karmeliet glass, out of a 33cl bottle.

Great head retention, with a more airy, the creamy foam.

Smells extremely floral, I guess it's the perfect balance of the three grains, and a little bit more sugar then most triples. Slightly sweeter.

Taste- I absolutely love this beer, it has a floral, round, and slightly sweet taste. You really need to be in the mood to get tips before you star one of these beers. (there is never just one) at 8.4% they sneak up on you. Basically the same strength as Duvel, but much easier to drink.

Leaves a nice, floral, yet refreshing taste on your palate. Perfect if you're "drinking desert".

Pours a nice golden hue, with constant carbonation.

This is one of my all time favorite beers to get all over Belgium. I don't always visit "craft" beer places while I'm here, my wife and I regularly go out with friends, and. Always stoked to see either westmalle triple, or Karmeliet triple on the menu.

Photo of brouwer
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not my first taste of Karmeliet. I had a pleasant memory of my previous tasting. Purchased in a bottle.

Moderate head with little lacing on first look. The smell is that of yeast with no strong overtones.

The taste is sweet with mild citrus overtones. Appropriate yeast. Strong carbonation - crisp.

Mouthfeel is dominated by carbonation and sweet citrus. Pleasant aftertaste.

I am pleased with Karmeliet - not top of the line.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lighter shade of gold with a lovely tall billowing head. Slightly hazy appearance with some sediments floating about.

S: Crisp and fresh orchard fruits strong on the nose, including apples and pears. Spices including cloves and coriander. Faint earthy grains and yeast, but definitely more in the background. Aroma of pure and raw sugar and honey. Alcohol slightly present.

T: White grape and orchard fruits (apple & pear) upfront with a nice earthy-grainy taste that follows. Honey, pepper, and cloves present in well balanced amounts. Taste reminds me more of a high quality sparkling wine with the fruit components. Overall very pleasing with a refreshing clean taste. Little evidence, if any, of alcohol.

M: Slightly viscous/oily with about average carbonation for the style. Can't noticeably detect the sediments that showed up in the initial pour.

D: Fantastic Tripel. Easily one of my favourites. One of the most well balanced beverages I've tasted.

Photo of chocosushi
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted on an all Belgian-style night.
11.2 split between Tripel Karmeliet & Unibroue Tulips

A ~ Hazy apricot with a good amount of puffy marshmallow-like head, fading into a low mound of tight, medium beading lasting the length of the beer. Amazing lacing & exceptional retention. Beauty.

S ~ Very lush wheat and faint yeast that fades into grass and kumquat-like citrus.

T ~ Holy cow, what a Tripel. Peaches, strawberries, & passion-fruit run the show; But there are delicate notes of ginger, sassafras, fresh wheat, kumquat & yeast throughout. Never overly phenolic of ester-y at any point, and there is a hint of melon rind & rosewater that really adds an unmatched uniqueness to this brew.

M ~ Not too heavy. Starts prickly...turns very soft & floral. Amazing amount of balance.

D ~ VERY enjoyable Tripel with amazing floral qualities I have never tasted before. Not too phenolic with incredible balance and character that makes one want to sip & sip & sip. Would buy again & again.

Fantastic beer.


Photo of HopBacchus
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My goodness what a brew

Pours a murky orange gold with a giant fluffy white head, leaves impressive lacing, the head begins to settle, when it reaches about 1cm it stays there for the duration

Fresh malts up front with honey, cloves, cardimon, cardimon, pear and orange peel

The taste follows the nose with a faint spirity taste and some belgian pepper there is also almost a buttery flavor aswell, fantastic

Crisp and surprisingly creamy for the style

This is an absolutely exceptional beer, the best tripel I have ever had bar none

Photo of rvdoorn
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: the beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a fluffy white head.
Smell: sweet malts, yeast, honey, vanilla, flowery hops and citrus. Also clove and coriander in the smell.
Taste: Sweetness up front is perfectly balanced by the spicy hoppy aftertaste. This beer is herbal, crisp and very fruity with citrus fruits, fresh apple, peach and some banana. Spices are pepper and clove.
Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation and thick mouthfeel.
Overall: For me the best tripel in the world.

Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, slightly cloudy with smallish head and good lacing. Complex, spicy aromas and flavor. Muted hops and bitterness, nice malt backbone, somewhat boozy but very pleasant flavor. Yeasty and faintly citrusy. Carbonation is perfect, very nice mouthfeel. Highly drinkable despite the ABV, which may get you into a bit of trouble if you're not careful. Not the top of the heap, but close. Overall a really good tripel!

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

A: 1" white head that left some nice lacing over straw coloured liquid with above average clarity.

S: Yeast, floral hops, with a hint of malt.

T: Yeast, malt, lemon. With a bit of heat from the alcohol at the end.

M: High level of medium carbonation.

O: Nice appearance to this good tasting tripel. Enjoyable.

Photo of Snamnoum
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pale hay color with 2&1/2 fingers of white billowy head. Good retention and what looks like quite a lot of bubbly carbonation.

Smell - floral citrusy hops, yeast, coriander, orange peel and pale malt

Taste - Big sweetness upfront and all the way through reigned in by some light bitterness. Alcohol presence is big and boisterous. I also taste something like candied ginger. A good tripel but a little one dimensional. I would have liked to see a little more depth of flavor from the yeast.

Mouthfeel - the mouthfeel on this beer is fantastic. The carbonation is bright and effervescent. The bubbles are small and make this a rare beer, one that has an abv over 8% and is still refreshing.

Overall - this is a great tripel but nothing about it makes it especially remarkable. It does everything well but lacks a unique character and has none of the quirks of the trappist tripels. Also a little too sweet IMHO. None-the-less in my top 10 in this style. The mouthfeel is definitely the highlight.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,462 ratings.