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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,297
Reviews: 1,197
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 200
Gots: 380 | FT: 6
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Belgium

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

Bosteels Brouwerij--Karmeliet Tripel--1999 11.2 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Big head. Light pellicle. Clear golden color. Belgian yeast ester front is restrained and tasty. Clean smooth malt body mellows yeast somewhat. Finishes lightly sweet with minimal hops. Sampled 12/20/1999.

Bosteels Family Brouwerij, Buggenhout, Belgium--Tripel Karmeliet--2008 Corked Green 25.4 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. 10 IBU's? (4.75 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Blonde. Foamy white mild lace head. Fizzy clear bright thin peach gold color. Delicate wildflower mild fruit ester front. Fizzy creamy mildly tangy complex Barley Oat Wheat Bottle Conditioned mild sweet fruit spice rich body. Cloying mild clove refreshing end. No Belgian Yeast Ester. Sampled 8/23/2008. 1 @ $11.99.

philbertk, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of CHADMC3
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A voluptuous blonde body lies beneath a rocky two finger head that patiently gives way to a sticky lacing all while maintaining a vigorous amount of carbonation.

Rich aromas of citrus and wheat waft from the glass. There is also some faint floral hoppiness and additional citrus zest.

The flavor consists of sweet citrus, wheat, a touch of spice, perhaps some candy-like qualities, and again back to fruit, but more similar to apple at the finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation, slightly drying, and the alcohol is nowhere to be noticed.

This is quite a good Tripel with fantastic traditional characteristics, quite tasty, and again a deceiving abv.

CHADMC3, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weird like 333 ml bottle, 11oz or something. Murky yellow orange haze. Banana aroma. Some other weird clove and spice combination. Very tiny bubbles.

Taste was dry and sweet, filled mouth up with bubbles, this was too carbonated. Too much stuff a standard American hophead won't really appreciate. Just a weird pharmacuetical grade astringency was what I took away from this.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of chiefydawg
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank goodness my homebrewed Belgian beers make a nice impression on some nice Belgian folks with whom we do business. A lovely gift straight from the motherland - sans long shipping, light, temp fluctuation, and storage. "Quite fresh" I was assured... Bingo

Big carbonation boosts a thick, lasting and creamy head and grabby, grading laces. Underneath, surprisingly clear, light-gold body is spraying up the bubbles. Overall stunning really.

Rock-candy-like sweetness hits the nose. Bready grain, everripe apple. Some powdery scent, like a whiff of children's orange aspirin. No brewing flaws of course, and no alcohol somehow.

Nice, grainy-sweet yet dry taste, reminding me (malt-wise only) of a big Czech Pils. White pepper, ripe red delicious apple skin. The sugar and spice have a short scuffle before the sweet, particularly, powdered sugar wins out. ("Everything nice" does actually). The alcohol is really what comes out and cleans everything up. A very clean alcohol, like a smidge of Grey Goose. Yeasty fruitiness is there throughout.

Creamy and fluffy on the tongue. The head feels like whipped topping! Alcohol, even while the beer is cold, cuts the tongue coating tastefully and leaves a very smooth warming all way down the pipe. This is way more drinkable than it should be, though a little more crispness to match that carbonation would have been nice. More please!

chiefydawg, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pale straw colored beer, a white big head that leaves lacing.

Sour notes but also stable, earth, nettles and spices.

Some honey sweetness, fruits and some alcohol (a sherry character).

High carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.

Sweet, but not overly, good balance.

rarbring, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Light orange with a huge cloud of white head. Many carbonation bubbles work hard to keep it alive. Eventually turns to a swirly cap but leaves nice lacing everywhere.

Smell is Belgian tripel excellence, light fruits, spice, yeast, and band-aids.

I get big wheat and vanilla vibes up-front which seems unusual for the style. The spice and fruit seem to take a backseat and aren't as strong as I'd like them to be. The fruit flavors almost feel like mango, orange and tropical candy. Feels very boozy at times too, also unusual for the style, most (all) tripels I've had hide it very well. Nice aftertaste.

Not your run-of-the-mill tripel, I like the different fruit tastes, it's complex and changing the whole time. The booze taste could be toned down but wasn't a major deterrent.

Chico1985, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

simply a wonderful beer. had on tap about a year ago and hurriedly reviewed. let's see how the bottle stands up. big 25.4 oz corked and caged silk screened greenie, looks like a champagne bottle, and a serious thanks to my dear friend Pap for the unoccasioned gift.

A- poured into a duvel tulip a clear bright golden with a nice pillowy barely off white head that seems to have a tint of yellow to it. foam gracefully settles in the form of big pockets and deposits some spotty lace from the head settling, and thick rings and chunky blobs from sips.

S- yeasty and spicy with a pale grainy sweetness. very floral as well. strong notes of vanilla and lime zest, backed up by lilies, banana, coriander, clove, honey and pound cake. some lemony and orange aromas underlie the sweetness with a touch of herbal hop. also something indefinable akin to dish soap in a good way, which may just be the combination of citrus and flowers.

T- floral, fruity, sweetly dry, with a bit of mineral taste and no apparent bitterness although some nice hop flavor is detectable. fruit flavors span the board from apple pear and white grape skin to lemon lime candy to the tropical flavors of a mango banana smoothie. vanilla and honey sweetness back the fruity flavors nicely. plenty sweet but not cloying. a bit of wheat flavor is definitely noticeable as well as a distinct grainy flavor that must be attributed to the oats. it really brings to mind popping open a can of quaker rolled oats. it's soft, fresh, earthy, and a delightful facet on this well polished gem. finishes with a lingering apple-grape-lime skin flavor.

MF- here's where our 3 grains come into play for me. body, rock solid. so lush and creamy thanks to wheat proteins and a ridiculous softness from the fats present in oats. i've had plenty a good tripel, but none with this caliber of hefty bod. this 3 grain thing may be unconventional but it sells the ticket here. outstanding. forceful, aggressive, zesty carbonation is obvious once the cork is popped. prickly and champagne-like it stings the tongue like wu-tang darts sting a nonbeliever's heart. half way through the glass the bubbles begin to subside and become much more gentle and tamed. this is neither good nor bad as it only adds another dimension to the transitioning character of this baby. powerful burps in the first half! a distinct sweetened dryness in the finish, with a powdery wheat and oat feel. for what it is, perfection.

D- drinkability on high. perhaps a little too much so. and since i hate to recork this awesome brew, i've been forced to commit to it and a solid buzz shall follow. alcohol is deceptive and only shows itself as a soft flowery pineappleish haze that gets lost in the lilies. the pleasant flavor and insane body only beckon another filled glass in celebratory fashion, for today's arrival of the lil black puppy who at the moment, lies sleeping soundly at my feet. here's to poopin outside, cheers.

hustlesworth, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of BobZ
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into a Weizen Glass (best choice available).

Appearance: Nice rich and deep head. Extraordinary lacing among the best of the Tripels.

Smell: Good nose, citrus both up front and dominant, sweetness.

Taste: Sweet and citrus for a tripel, mild on the spice side, almost more of a Wit in flavor profile. Very little hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability: Again, the best Belgian Tripels are smooth and creamy and this is certainly no exception.

Excellent Tripel albeit sweeter and less complex than other tripels, but truly a delicious and highly drinkable beer.

BobZ, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a blond/golden color with over 2 inches of fluffy white head that takes a looong time to recede. The beer has a wonderful effervescence and streams of bubbles are continuously rising from the bottom of the glass. After about 10 minutes the head finally recedes to about one fingers width and leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is complex malts, sweet, and grainy with the oats bringing a smooth and almost creamy aroma. There is strong fruitiness with apricots, pineapple and a hint of apple coming through as well as yeast and mild spice. The nose is quite complex and elements of it are hard to place but it is very pleasant, even enticing.

Flavor coats the tongue with a thick and smooth feeling. Tastes of malt and grainy wheat with a nice sweetness. There are tastes of fruit as well, peach and light apricot come through. The Belgian yeast is mild but noticeable with some fruity esters and mild spiciness. Toward the finish there is a graininess to it and some alcoholic heat is present. Lingering flavors are mild after the beer exits, but there is some graininess and a light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick with fairly high carbonation. It coats the mouth but doesn't stick, quite nice.

Overall this is a complex and quite smooth tripel that I enjoyed drinking very much. It's up there with my all time favorites St. Bernardus Tripel and Koningshoven Tripel.

trevorjn06, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. Has a 4.79 sticker on top, but forgot where I got it.

Appearance: A perfectly clear golden color with an obscene amount of carbonation. It is poured into a clean (beer clean, really) tulip, and it continuously bubbles up from the bottom, more than champagne. Two fingers of head made of the tiny bubbles. It looks nice, but is so bubbly that its strange, and I'm worried about what it will feel like.

Smell: More muted than I expected. Spicy with sweet fruit. Yeasty and and slightly bready. Solid, but not overwhelming.

Taste: Like you would expect there's light sweet fruit and lots (lots) of spicy yeast flavor. This thing explodes in your mouth with layers and layers. Finishes sweet and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: So, forty five minutes after pouring this thing, it continues to bubble excessively, but at no point has it felt overly sharp or tingly because of it. It is one of the softest feeling tripels I've ever had. Sometimes a tripel will become sticky, but this just feels silky-- maybe its the oats and wheat.

Drinkability: Well, I really love this beer. I'm not blown away by the nose, but the flavor and mouthfeel of it is near perfection. Hell of a beer.

rapidsequence, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with an orange hue. Thin white head that fades gradually, becoming patchy. Decent lacing.
Smell is slightly toasted malts with some notes of toffee and caramel. Hints of raisin and fig. Malts become bready towards the end. Lots of alcohol.
Taste is spicey malts with a slight burnt character. Cinnamon, caramel and sugar come in as well. Raisin and fig. Finish is slightly malty.
Mouthfeel is smooth, yet with a crisp and slightly sticky finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is good. While the alcohol has a slight burn on the nose, it's well-hidden in the taste.

Parrotbeak, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tasty brew courtesy of the NEPA Beer Clubs latest case split. Out of spite, I'm pouring this beer into my Poperings Hommel bier glass and NOT my actual Tripel Karmeliet glass...

Appearance: An easy pour, the beer is an odd sort of murky, hazy, yellowish gold color. There's a good inch worth of white frothy head, the retention is impressive, and the lacing is thick and soapy.

Smell: Grassy hops, sweet fruits (banana stands out the most), and some cloves. Really enjoyable.

Taste: Classic Belgian yeast flavor, and more sweet fruit than the nose indicated. Banana is there, but also some pear. Getting some cloves, but the finish is subtle, grassy hops. Lots of flavor, with each bit complementing the next. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel: The body is refreshingly (and surprisingly) light and crisp. Carbonation is good, the beer goes down easy. Can't really ask for more than that.

Drinkability: A really enjoyable beer that has some great flavor and drinks really well for 8.4% ABV. I can see myself enjoying a few of these in an evening, but I have a feeling the ABV would catch up with me eventually. Definitely recommend this one if you get the chance.

krisandajt, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Kadonny
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green corked and caged 750 bottle into my Unibroue tulip glass. Bottle is about 6 months old.

A: A hazy golden color with a one finger nice fluffy head. Nice glass lacing and retention.

S: Fresh fruits with clove spices and yeasty bready smells. Sweetness comes across the nose with some slight spicy floral hops.

T: Great fruit flavors with pear, apple, banana, lemon and a spicy yeasty clove flavor. The sugar sweetness comes in the middle but dies down at the end with some spicy floral hops and some alcohol poking through. Not overly sweet but sweet enough. Very enjoyable finish with some sweet and tart flavors that linger. Very nice.

M: Full, coating, sweet and spicy with some alcohol that is very welcome.

D: I was surprised at how drinkable this was. Very enjoyable.

Overall this is an excellent tripel, probably the best one I've ever had. It's not too sweet but stays within the style with sweet and tart flavors. A true classic tripel that deserves a top spot in the category. Well done, I will no doubt enjoy more!

Kadonny, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a hazy golden orange, with a nice white head. Good carbonation. Aroma is bananas, cloves and that nice belgian yeast, but also a whiff of the alcohol. The taste is at first very sweet. Candies sugar and bananas. But then the alcohol kind of burns off the sweetness, making this a great sipper of a Tripel. I think this stands out among Tripels as a unique version. Very well crafted with the haet of the alcohol mellowing out the sweetness of the yeast.

Liverpool08, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a Karmeliet glass at Taps in Petaluma, CA. Golden orange hazy straw color with a strong 3 finger white head, vigorous carbonation. Classic belgian scent of sweets, malt, yeast and spice but vanilla is obvious as well - the vanilla makes this extra special !

Taste follows the nose but adds in alcohol - in a positive way. Strong floral note. The aftertaste is very pleasant and encourages sipping.

Superb brew
cheers
jd

impending, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brassy gold with a huge white head and copious lace.

S - Smells bready, sweet, and lemon-tinged.

T - Tripel being one of the most flat-out enjoyable and palatable brews; this is just par for the course. Tasty, rich, clean, with just a tinge of alcohol on the finish.

M - Bright, effervescent and exceptionally smooth.

D - Tastes great, pairs well with food, widely palatable; a very good beer, all things considered.

ktrillionaire, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a Tripel Karmeliet giant tulip

Pours a vibrant orange color whose body is totally translucent. An ever-visible stream of carbonation rises from the center-bottom of the glass. The head on this beer is awesome. Four fingers of off-white foam, fluffy and clingy with lace. This beer is always a tremendous looking pour.

This is an ideal nose for a Tripel. A fruit blend of apricot, pear, banana and slight lemon brings immediate sweetness. The beer is all the sweeter for the candi sugar. There is a bit of a tang that is telling of wheat. Warmth brings medicinal sort of aroma like that of a menthol-lyptus cough drop. This is very true to style while also owning some unique qualities.

The taste follows the nose, only blunted a bit. The candi sugar almost overtakes the fruits. The beer is not cloying but sweetness is all you get from the yeasty fruits. Thankfully the multigrain bill provides a wheaty component that, while not enough to balance, add some complexity. But balance isn't really the domain of the Tripel, is it? This is good. Nothing more, nothing less.

The oats on the grain bill make for a thicker, smoother drink than most Tripels. The relative creaminess does right by the beer's sweetness. As far as Tripels go, this one has good drinkability. I think I'd still prefer a La Fin Du Monde over it, but you could drink a couple of these in the summertime and feel sated.

Reaper16, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet

Appearance: gold in color, clear, 1/2 inch head

Smell: lemon, wheat, orange

Taste: orange, lemon, coriander, malt, touches of hay and alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn and bitter backbone, light body with medium carbonation

Drinkability: I find this to be an above average tripel, but there are several others I prefer in the style. I would not turn this down, but also would probably not get this again.

tigg924, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Fathead's tonight.

A-slightly hazed golden straw color with a tight creamy white head.

S-the nose is nicely balanced, notes of toasted bread with an underlying caramel malt. Hints of yeast, lemon, and a nice golden peach in the back.

T-the taste is very sweet and not as balanced as the nose. light caramel malts and a touch of breadiness up front but faint. this is overtaken by sugar and golden fruits. pear, peach, lemon with a touch of grassy hops in the back and a hint of bitterness.

M-smooth and creamy medium body with a great carbonation giving it a good balance on the feel with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

D-this is so sweet, it is tasty but just too sweet. the nose had a good balance that was missed on the taste. too much sugar; but hid the 8.4 alcohol.

cpetrone84, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of NahpunGnome
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - A nice hazy orange with a head that lingers forever.

S - Peaches and bananas.

T - Yeasty, sweet, and slightly alcoholic. Pretty well balanced.

M - A bit thick with a slight carbonation sting on the tongue.

D - Needs to be sipped. The alcohol doesn't linger, which makes it easy to drink if taken slowly.

Summary - A pretty nice example of a Tripel.

NahpunGnome, May 23, 2010
Photo of chileman13
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up @ star liquor in Durango,Co. upon the reccomendation of Oliver, their beer geek. This is really the 2nd time I have had this, however had taken a hiatus (sp?) in doing reviews.
Poured from a 750 ml into a extra large wine goblet. a-Straw yellow w large white 3 fingers of head. The head drops to 1/8th inch and never truly goes away.It does not lace at all.
s- pure belguim spicy, yeasty, fruity aromatic.
m- highly carbonated this is really the champagne of beers.
t- superior belguim...come on you know what i mean.
d-yes this is a great belguim.
I would buy this again in a heartbeat. I would love to have this on tap.
Peace out....

chileman13, May 22, 2010
Photo of bryanmetzger
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive beer once poured. Beautiful head that settled and laced very well. Great hints of pepper and citrus that contrast nicely. I wish it was slightly less carbonated. I felt lik it thinned out the beer and lessened my enjoyment of it. I would have preferred a more robust mouthfeel. Other than that, truly enjoyed it. Yummy.

bryanmetzger, May 21, 2010
Photo of hoppyhampy
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Pangea Cafe at just below room temp into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. I haven't had this one before and haven't been drinking Belgian ales lately but decided to treat myself. Brilliantly clear, golden yellow in color and great head formation, retention, and lacing. Bananas, orange peel, and coriander on the nose and much the same on the palate. Not really complex in these aspects. What you see (smell, taste) is what you get which isn't exactly a bad thing but I thought if there was anything lacking it was in these areas. Just medium bodied but still almost syrupy in texture. I found it to be quite drinkable for a number of reasons: relatively low carbonation, the malt is very sweet but very light, the presence of alcohol is nearly undetectable, and the finish is surprisingly clean for a relatively heavy beer.

hoppyhampy, May 19, 2010
Photo of jpittman80
3.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Brilliantly clear golden straw. White head that lasts and leaves the Belgian lace. Beautiful beer, but it did explode and ran over after popping the cork, and almost seems too clear to be a tripel...

S - Nice pepper aroma mostly, with light, sweet citrus and pears.

T - Oh. It seems like almost too much going on here. All of the aroma notes are present. Especially the pepper. Sour, sweet. It really doesn't seem to taste like any "standard" tripel. Good thing or poor categorization? I'm also not convinced that I didn't get a skunked bottle. Stupid green bottles.

M - I want to believe this is medium bodied, but it is so carbonated that it turns to foam in my mouth. This makes way too thin bodied.

D - The whole carbonation issue is a problem for me, as well as the clean-but-somehow-muddled flavor.

This isn't a bad beer, but I really didn't enjoy the experience. I would rather call this a Strong Golden or Belgian Specialty. I'll stick with the classic tripels.

jpittman80, May 18, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy gold with a finger of white head the fizzles to a wisp.

Big spiciness throughout with a heavy dose of coriander and some clove and pepper in the background. The blend of 3 different malts creates a rustic backdrop for the yeast. Warming alcohol definitely becomes apparent as it warms.

Not the best tasting of this beer I've had. It was served about ten degrees too cold so some of the complexity never really came out.

Another bottle on 2/27/2012 yielded much better results. Beautiful look, pristine gold with a thick ring of pure white that sticks in sheets. Rose water, spring grass, apricot, and a light overtone of banana and bubblegum. Great dryness finishes it off perfectly

My second favorite Tripel after La Fin du Monde.

bump8628, May 14, 2010
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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