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

First had: on tap at the Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA

An overall great brew, with a variety of flavors that reveal themselves at just the right times.

Poured into a signature stem glass, an amber-honey color, hazy, with a huge puff of foamy white head that almost floats right out of the glass. Retains well and leaves some delicate lacing. Aroma is full of spice and perfume, with essences of fruit. Light and crisp on the tongue with a cavalcade of flavors: herbs and floral perfume give way to peach, pear, melons, orange blossom, and a touch of banana esters, with a ubiquitous peppery sensation. Tasty all over, with hints of its relatively high alcohol content. Medium-bodied, complex, full of flavor, and highly drinkable.

Photo of plfahey
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden yellow in color with moderately high clarity. Explosive carbonation out of the bottle leads to a moderately tall nearly white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Great Belgian yeast fresh ester/phenol profile. Very light citrusy esters-lemon and slight orange. Pepper and spice phenols are light. Lemongrass and herbal aromas, perhaps from the hops. Faint coriander from spicing. Light grain and Pils malt aromas present as well. Slight whiff of alcohol. Smell is unbelievable.

Flavor-Sweet Pils malt with lemongrass and herbal hops up front. Light pepper spice phenols. Earthy yeast flavors and some lemon and orange citrus esters. Subtle coriander flavors. Aftertaste has moderately low bitterness, slight orange citrus flavors, low lemongrass hops, and slight maltiness.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately high to high, effervescent carbonation. Smooth, with just the slightest amount of heat from the alcohol.

I can't believe I'm just reviewing this for the first time. This is a phenomenal tripel and a phenomenal beer. I've had better tripels, but this is quite good, especially for the price. Love it.

Photo of ChadQuest
2.06/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this on tap, i actually came to this specific pub because they have this beer on tap and i live in the cornfields. I don't have it easy.
So the pour is a really clear pale golden straw color, the color is a bit lackluster though. The head is decent with average retention.
The aroma and flavors seemed muted from what i expected, there wasn't a strong yeasty character which is not surprising from the clear body, but i also got very little spices or white pepper notes that i generally look for in this style. What was there was just slight banana and clove and some wheat notes, not much else adding character to this one.
I have had triples from alot of others i liked alot more honestly.
The mouthfeel was a bit low carbed, maybe that kept the flavors from popping? I hope that was the problem, hopefully it was a bad pour or something, but i wasn't impressed.

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

Served on tap at Choice City in a large wine glass.

Pale golden straw color with good clarity.

Aroma is lemony and fresh. Really enjoyable smell

Flavor is really nice too. Great yellow cake, lemon, and mild spice. Great depth of flavor with a subtle month herbal quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall a really nice trippel. Kudos to the dude who made the recommendation.

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into 20cl Fest stemware at Beer Passion Weekend 2011, Antwerp. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger head of soft delicate cream, good thickness, and great retention. Clear yellow lemon colour.

Sm: Lemon citrus esters. A light strength scent.

T: Lemon citrus ester hops over a weak overburdened barley foundation. Simple but refreshing. Balanced and well built.

Mf: Smooth, wet, but adequate coarseness to bring out the flavours. Complex.

Dr: Nice drinkability, decent quality. Fair price. Give her a spin, lads.

Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a snifter
Best if before date of 1/8/08, so I was a little late. But I found this beer buried in the corner of a liquor
store, and I have been trying to get a hold of it for quite a while so I figured I’d try to anyways.

A: Pours a hazy light caramel color with a massive 4 fingers width of white head that rises well above the top of the glass but doesn’t spill over. Takes a couple minutes for the head to dissipate down to a drinkable level, leaving a thick film throughout the drink and a moderate amount lacing.

S: Sweetness all over the nose, with lots of banana. A pretty heavy bready-yeast aroma, with clove and a peppery spice.

T: An interesting mix of sweet and sour. Lots of banana flavor, particularly in the after taste. Strong apple flavors as well, along with some pear, and a peppery spice . Complex with lots of good flavors on the profile, but unfortunately they are somewhat masked by the strange sourness that is present throughout the drink. This may be due to the fact that this isn’t exactly the freshest bottle (see above), but I’m not really sure. It doesn’t necessarily ruin the beer, but it does take away from a lot of the subtleties that I think otherwise would have been better enjoyed.

M/D: Lively carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling pretty dry. Heavier body than I expected from the style, but does do a good job of hiding the ABV as the alcohol is barely noticeable.

O: Decent, but not my favorite Tripel by any means. I will continue to keep my eyes open for this beer though, and will hopefully grab a fresher one for comparison if I come across it.

Photo of 0Naught0
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Revisted this beer recently after not having it for a while. Apparently this beer is made from a centuries old recipe.. 1679 specifically.. and I heard it had originally been made by Nuns although I could find no evidence to support that claim. (but that would be cool).

A: poured into the glass a hazy golden color with a 1.5-2 finger frothy cream coloured head. (4.0)

S: On the nose.. notes of citrus.. orange peel, clove, baking spice.. very pleasant. (4.0)

T: Wow! Malty, creamy richness again with the citrus fruit, baking spice.. caramel would not be crazy to suggest. Finishes with a slight bitterness that is not unpleasant.

M: very soft small bubbles in the carbonation.. this is not a big filling style belgian. Medium bodied at most...

O: This is a great Belgian beer for those of us who prefer a subtle, soft flavor. Go for the 750ml though.. way more economical.

Photo of mjw06
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zero to little head when it was served to me. My assumption is this may have had something to do with the glass not being completely dry, but I can only judge off of what I had. The hazy orange tinted yellow was as clear as hazy can be, if that makes sense.

The nose was balanced but left some to be desired. Spicy, but not just in the sense of a lot of spices, but that it actually have a little extra kick to it.

Strongly present residual malts lead the way in the taste and occur mostly mid-tongue and follow thru to the finish. Dry and spicy all over. Hop character was very balanced, as well as a very balanced hop to citrus spice. A nearly perfect feel lends much favor to the taste and drinkability. Great brew. Could have enjoyed many more that night if I wasn't on a budget, ;)

Photo of robwestcott
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the bottle an opaque orange / gold to a no-neck snifter with a two finger long lasting head leaving next to no lace.

subtle fruity aroma, followed by a spicy pepper, or maybe cardamom(?).

nice smooth fruity, banana, citrus, spicy following up.

light bodied, big carbonation, sweet, no bitters.

very nice, super sweet, smooth.

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

Another beer I had been looking to try for quite a while.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a massive 2-3 finger white head with decent retention. Not much lacing though.

S: The aroma consists of some Belgian yeast, light fruits - mostly banana and some lemon, a little bit of bubble gum, and faint floral hops.

T: Lightly spiced with some cloves, nice combination of fruit with banana, apple, and a hint of lemon. The Belgian yeast shows itself yet again along with some light hops.

M: Medium bodied, but seems a bit heavy for a tripel, but I like it. Sometimes I think that tripels are bit a too light. Nice carbonation with a nice overall crispness.

O: Very tasty with a great mouthfeel, extremely easy drinking and overall a very nice example of style.

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

23oz bottle with best before date of 28/10/12. This is my first time reviewing a Tripel.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pours a cloudy golden apricot w/ three finger off-white chunky head. A nice amount of lacing sticks to the side of the glass. The head dissipated in about 5 minutes leaving a nice collar and patches. The clarity improved slightly as it warmed.

S - Mmmmm, fresh baked bread topped with marmalade. Enjoyed on the porch where the smell of the meadow is wafting in all of its floral and grassy goodness.

T - Biscuity and bready up front with nice fruits in the middle; peach, lemon, cantaloupe and banana. White pepper and clove make some very faint spice. A nice touch of hop bitterness brings it home.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation and a nice dry finish with faint alcohol warmth.

O/D - Fantastic brew. It looks great and the smell and flavor are really well balanced. Great brew to drink on a summer evening or anytime for that matter. It does a great job of showcasing the malts and yeast. The light hops take second stage and back them up very well. I will drink this many times in the future.

Photo of dubinsky
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 33ml bottle into a Crate & Barrel snifter.

A - Light and hazy golden yellow. The head is a soapy two finger foam which lingers around for a bit eventually falling leaving some great lacing behind and a nice foam ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A great Belgian yeast smell dominates the aroma of this beer. Very prominent barn yard funk thats very earthy yet floral. I'm also picking up fruits such as banana, and citrus, sweet malts, and coriander.

T - Sweet, Über dry and peppery. The yeast starts of fruity and sweet and finishes peppery. The alcohol is well masked and the flavors are very well balanced.

M - Thin and sharp. Very high carbonation and extremely dry. Some slight warming as it goes down.

O - A nice tripel. Its well balanced and pleasant drinking. I think this a great example of this style. Not sure if the carbonation is normally this high, but thats the only flaw i could find in this beer. I will definitely try this again.

Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at Pizza Pardiso Dupont DC.

Gorgeous white rock head off the pour, and giant clumps of retention and white foam. Gorgeous orb of lemon shine body, slightly cloudy with rising carbs. This beer just glows it looks amazing.

Bouquet is a sense of crisp gas and muted lemon with a hint of some sort of grain husk coming off. Refreshing and solid.

Taste is some sort of grain and yeast at first but so nicely balanced and refreshing. I hate to keep repeating that word "refreshing" but that's all I keep thinking about when I drink this. Fantastic white soda bread feel on finish, hints of sweetness and honey blossom.

Overall it's just another satisfying tripel to be had.

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

750mL corked and caged. Open this bottle far, far away from your face. That cork shot up immediately as I began twisting the cage open.

The pour was golden and a massive white head grew and then settled over the ale. Aromas were huge, and attracted all sorts of pests. Big bubble gum and a bit of earth on the nose. Flavors were dominated by the yeast profile, with cotton candy sweetness on top of bubble gum on top of a mildly funky earth. Not dirty, but definitely something about it made me think of a field of hay or grass and horses. Very mild on the earth, though. The brew was medium and did a fine job of coating the palate. Good carbonation.

All around, a solid beer. I was happy to be able to celebrate with a tripel of that caliber.

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

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours golden-orange with some sediment traces and a finger of egg shell-colored head that holds perfectly for a long time.

S: Citrus, honeysuckle, light hoppiness, candi sugar, and pleasant yeastiness.

T: Strong lemon, banana, and yeastiness with some perfume-like floral notes late.

M: It has medium body thickness and is quite creamy in the finish.

O: This is terrific; it is beautiful and is more dynamic than most tripels.

Photo of Rapax
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The very first whiff I got of this beer got my synapses activated immidiately. In the blink of an eye I knew I was in for something extraordinary.

The color is that of a mighty lion's fur, best appreciated when in an authentic Tripel Karmeliet glass. When poured correctly this beer creates a snow white foam that seems lighter than air, a beauty too fragile to touch.

Its nose is almost too complex to describe. Spices from all over the globe, it seems, but they are all too elusive to name. Maybe coriander? Sweetness also strikes, perfectly balanced.

Tasting is a continuation of the pleasure I just experienced sniffing it. Sweet, but not overly so. Spices in abundance, like a swirling vortex of colors taken in by my sense of taste rather than by my eyes.

The only thing I could have wished for is a little bit extra mouthfeel. The belgians always seem to like their beers very light, whilst I prefer a little extra body. Well, if there was such a thing as a perfect beer there would be little reason to continue this fantastic hobby, would there?

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

Received this bottle from a friend who brought it back from Germany. Poured into a Goblet.

A - Pours a lovely glowing gold with a 2-inch creamy white head that fades to a pillowy haze.
S - Sweet grain, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, coriander, clove, and orange peel. Wonderful smelling Tripel!
T - Not as flavorful as the nose suggests, but still quite tasty. Nicely spicy, the clove really pops, with more other the bubblegum, yeast, candi sugar, and coriander present as well.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium-full mouth-feel and crisp carbonation.
O - A superb Tripel, stands among the best!

Photo of rbd13
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with visible carbonation. Huge head that leaves a light lacing on the glass.
Smells of wet hay, lemons, butterscotch, white pepper and caramel.
Flavors of lemon wheat, citrus, clove, apple and pear, cinnimon sweetness and a light sourness.
Light/medium body with a smooth feel, extremely drinkable!

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A. Gold in color. Extremely bubbly. One of the bubbliest beers I've seen. Huge bubbly white head with some lacing.
S. Very nice wheaty scent.
T. Very crisp wheat taste. Has a bit of a rye taste to it. There's an undertone of citrus. There fruit, and it kind of feel like it's pineapple too. Solid barley taste to it.
M. As you'd expect, it's quite carbonated.
D. Heavyish, but balanced that it doesn't leave you wanting a change.

Photo of Manoftyr
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a picture perfect Tripel clear golden color with a thick crown of solid white head as bubbles cascade up from the bottom of the chalice, feeding it, forming new layers of bubbles from the bottom up. Lacing is abundant and the head is beyond persistent, it simply refuses to go down and remains at a perpetually perfect finger and a half.

Aroma-Extremely spicy and fruity, intense Belgian character; I pick up a ton of cloves and cardamon, even a hint of pepper. Lots of fruit too; pears, apples, apricots, lime zest and more assorted aromas I'm probably missing, but it's there; they're all there. There's a well-integrated aroma of spicy alcohol as well that forms an intrical part of the aroma. This smells amazing.

Taste-I am impressed, amazed even; this beer is incredible. It's such a symphony of orchard fruits and various spices, it's dry, it's sweet, it's spicy all at once! I really can't think of the adjectives to describe it, it's just wonderful.

Mouthfeel-Perfectly crisp with ample carbonation and a medium-full body, smoothe as silk thanks to the perfect levels of carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall-Yeah, perfect; just perfect, goes down as easy as anything but its complexities demand it be sipped. I cannot get enough of this Tripel.

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

Purchased at Kasa in SF, in a bottle with goblet.

A previous reviewer says it looks like Pulp Fiction "what's in the briefcase" golden and I honestly couldn't say it better. This thing pours with an iridescance, like the way honey looks to Pooh. A proper solid white tiny bubble head which quickly recedes, it's the best looking tripel I've seen.

Smells like a sunny mixture of fruits, slightly tingly but never drifting even close to the dreaded sparkling wine territory.

Fully inhabiting this vibe, the taste follows with the smoothest range of flavors I've had in a tripel, rivaling some of my favorite dubbels in complexity and that certain sweet spot I'm always seeking in a Belgian.

Mouthfeel is velvety with just enough texture and bite to let you know it's a serious, thoughtful beer. This thing can go down so easy; it's amazing how effortlessly the nearly 9% alcohol is masked.

This is by far the best tripel I've ever had. Previously I counted myself as a dedicated fan of dubbels but reserved tripels for more adventurous, risk taking moments - I wasn't the biggest fan of the style. This beer just changed that. Fantastic.

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

App - Golden color, good clarity. Pours a large white head, quite moussy and long lasting. Leaves behind lace on glass.

Soft fruity esters, possibly orange. Quite clean, no alcohol. Very gentle spicy yeast aroma

Taste - A gentle fruity sweetness up front, quite smooth. Transitions to some alcohol flavors midmouth, with some very restrained phenolic spice character. Finishes slightly dry, and quite clean.

MF - medium body and high carbonation. Some alcohol warming, but constrained.

Overall - in the style as a strong effervescent ale with restrained alcohol and flavor. Very nicely made.

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

Pours a golden yellow color with luscious carbonation that's very bubbly

Smells fruity and spicy. Apples, pears, bubblegum. It smells like a tripel. Sweet lemony smell.

Theres a nice sweet fruity flavor, with accents of citrus and bready flavors. This has a decent spice to it.

The mouthfeel on my first sip seemed excessively carbonated, but then I realized my tongue was just kind of tingling from a smooth carbonation. Very dry finish as well. Didn't notice alcohol.

Good triple. Glad I tried but may only get once in a while.

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

Got his on draft at café in Westende Belgium. My kids are young enough not to be embarrassed by dad taking notes while drinking a beer. The wife is used to me being weird.

Served in a 33cl Karmeliet Tripel glass... ofcourse..

Looking goldesn yellow. Just a little hazy. Two fingers of thick wonderful foam.

Tons of spices on the nose combined with yeast, fruits like banana and some honey malts.

A bunch of honeylike sweetness on the first taste. Spicy peppery cloves, summer fruits... Wonderfully complex.

Medium body but a dry finish. The alcoholis present but not overwhelming.

Overall a great pick sitting outside this cafe ona nice summersday at the beach. Beer like this could pretty much work for any ocassion.

Photo of moshiric
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- clear blonde with a large but relatively thin head. Not much lacing.

S- very floral and purfumey. Maybe overly so.

T- purfumey notes are very prominent and are the most dominant flavor.

M- more crisp than than expected. NIce that its aftertaste isn't as purfumey.

O- the ourfuminess is what makes this beer a little much on the palate. If it was turned down a few notches, the beer would be a lot more drinkable.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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