Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,359
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 205
Gots: 415 | 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 EwaldEichstaett
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big white 4 finger head. At first, I poured it without the yeast, the colour was a very light straw colour. Lots and lots of carbonation bubbles :D

S: Yeasty, bread, candy and sweet notes at first. Complex spicy and cane sugary malts. The smell is quite delectable.

T: Thick spicy earthy malts up front, through the middle of the beer it is really sweet from the sugar. I don't really notice any strong hops (a little bitterness in the background), the end of the beer is mostly sweet bready malts.

M: Thick mouthfeel with great bubbly carbonation. This adds to the spiciness of the beers flavours.

D: About as drinkable as you can get!

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

This beer was left in my fridge by a visitor at my house. Much appreciative of the beery generosity.

Slight spice-laden aroma. Very pretty hazy golden liquid with white head.

Flavor is intense and complex. Lot of spices, some rye bread, some tangy heffeweizen-like goodness. Fairly dry at first with a sweet lingering aftertaste. Grapefruits and lemons and a little bit of copper. High alcohol content but you don't really feel it.

Prickly but full mouthfeel.

Interesting beer. Seems like a spicier and sweeter version of the Chimay White. I like it a lot. 2nd best Tripel I've had (next to of course Chimay White)

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

Smell is a pretty diverse one....there's sweet fruit, peppery spices, some Belgian yeast and a tart citrus twinge. Quite complex.

Pours blonde in the glass with a fair size head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Carbonation is very high in this beer. Taste is interesting for a tripel, it actually takes some tastes from a wit. The primary taste on the body of the beer is an orange character with some peppery spices mixed in. Yeastiness is present as well, coming through near the finish. A light smattering of hops on the finish is there as well. Very dry finish as well...almost nothing lingering except a little orange. Alcohol is hidden very well.

It's a bit of a different take on a tripel as far as the flavors are concerned. I'm a fan of it though. They work very well, and this was incredibly easy to drink.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't had this yet.

A clear light yellow with a giant, billowing white head, three fingers thick. Moderate lacing is present as well. The nose is pretty intense. Fruity with pears and apples, there's also a little lemon peel early on. Firmly hoppy with some floral and earthy character, probably Styrian Goldings? A moderate sugary sweetness is present.

The palate opens with a pretty big fruity sweetness, pears and peaches being right in the forefront, along with a melange of light fruits. Cotton candy, a little citrus, some floral character and a little honey. Despite the sweetness, this is very light on the palate, crisply carbonated and rather refreshing. Some crystallized ginger is present too. The finish is rather spectacular. Long lasting with flavors of light fruits, a light hoppiness and a little sweetness. The only detraction is that there's a light splenda-like sweetness present. Excellent stuff, this is one of the better tripels there is.

Photo of boss302
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tripel Karmeliet, 1679, draft, 8.4%

A Golden not clear thick head to begin, but faded quick. 3 

S Very Saison like. Cirtrus, estery. 3 

T Citrusy sweet. More saison like than other tripels I've had. A Dry finish a little astringency in the finish. 3.5

M Medium to full. Feels thick on the tongue. 4 

D Probably not the best example of a tripel, but good if you like Saisons. I would rather drink something else. 3 

Photo of champ103
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly clear golden/orange color. At first a large two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: The nose is awesome. Passion fruits strong and up front. Distinct pineapple, melon, and pear. A light soapy aroma, but that does not detract at all for me. Some yeast and sweet malt linger. Exceptionally balanced and nuanced.
T: The flavor does not disappoint. A huge passion fruit flavor that follows the nose. Pineapple and cantaloupe that make the mouth water. Spicy and peppery yeast with a dry touch. Finishes sweet for a good balance.
M/D: A light to medium body with perfect carbonation. Incredibly crisp and dry. So easy to drink. More than a sipper, and all day with this one.

Hands down the best Tripel I have had. Just a wonderful beer, and maybe the best example of the style. This is a must try.

Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A couple ounce pour from a 750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a lager looking golden with a huge bright white billowing head that slowly faded into thick film that a network of lacing down the glass.
S: Lighter smelling than expected. Light notes of wheat and spices including clove, coriander and pepper. Some fruity esters of apples and golden pears come through as well.
T: The three grains dominate the taste but the finish is full of sweet and spicy fruits. Very complex flavors with a light vapor of alcohol. Crackery and lemony. Aftertaste is dryish and sweet.
M: Smooth clean flavor with soft even carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.
D: Lighter than most tripels and wonderfully easy to drink. Very balanced and easy to sip on. Not my favorite, but a great example of the style.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Watching the Giants on a nice sunny Fall day...Nice beer to enjoy with it...Pours a pale amber with a finger of soapy head. Only the slightest haze to the color...Lacing is sparse and the beer is well carbonated. Some spicy aromas amdist the Belgian yeastiness - maybe some cinnamon, maybe a little hint of clove. Also some Golden Delicious apple in there - a ripe one. Flavor is very spritzy upfront. The carbonation is very apparent. After this effervescent burst, it morphs into a nice golden ale flavor. Some strong yeast characteristics along with some alcohol (8.4% ABV), but neither really overpowers. A very well-balanced beer. The spicy characteristics, so evident in the nose, don't really appear until near the late middle and finish of the drink. They are there, but understated, in a good way. Finish is long and very yeasty and actually carries some of the apple flavor (along with a touch of alcohol, making it a tad bitter in a bad way). This is excellent, yet expensive at $4.69/11.2oz. bottle. Npt quite an elite ale, but very good.

What I like most: The long, involved and well-balanced flavors.

What I like least: the price and the alcohol in the finish.

Verdict: Very good, worth trying, but not elite.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Poured a cloudy gold with a three finger head lots of bubbles -

Smell was malty with hints of hops -

Taste was smooth with toasty malts and hints of honey - small hop hints as well.

Very drinkable brew - was a little sweet but not overpowering for a tripel .

Photo of klikger
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half of a 750ml served in a Duvel tulip. Thanks, madtowncraftfan!

A - Light amber-pale, massive head, good lacing

S - Malty caramel and a touch of hops

T - Smooth vanilla, grains --> caramel and honey with robust malts --> earthy hops and some cinnamon spiciness. Tasty stuff - though the sweetness gets to be a tad much after awhile.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation

D - Not bad for being sweet.

Photo of Derranged
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into a Piraat Ale tulip.

It was a dark golden-yellow. To me, this wasnt a beer, but more like a sweet wine wine. It did not taste like a tripel at all. Great stuff, one the best beers I've had to date. I can drink this all night.

Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-yellow under a large, frothy snow white head. Bright, perfumy aromas of orange peel, lemon, subtle spices, honey, almost doughy yeast, and pale malt. More phenolic as time passes. Peppery, fruity flavors...spicy with a lemony tartness and honey-like sweetness. Medium bodied and creamy, though quite effervescent. A little splash of alcohol in the throat. Nice...

Photo of alcstradamus
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pous a murky golden yellow color with three fingers of head and nice spider web lacing.

The aroma is of yeast and pear up front with some musty straw underneath. Wet dog and bananas. Rubber and flowers as well. Nice.

The flavor is dominated by spices on the front palate and a very musty grass/banana/yeast/rubber combination on the finish. Some noticeable booze.

The body is medium to light and carbonation is high but soft.

Overall this is a decent beer but I can't use any words better than that. There are a couple of off-flavors that bring down the overall package and the high ABV is too noticeable for the lighter flavor profile.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear vibrant golden color. Poured with a quarter finger of white head. Some sticky lacing. Exactly what you want in a tripel.

S: Beautiful and vibrant mix of esters and clean grain. Little bit of sweetness. Zero alcohol presence. I usually get and like apple in a tripel but I did not get any. I really could not pick out any particular fruits but the nose was enjoyable.

T: Again tons of esters up front.The grain comes across nice and clean. It has everything you want in the style. It just tastes a little bit hollow. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Medium body with a little bit of thickness. The sharp carbonation faded quickly in my tulip.

D: I liked this beer I just think there are better examples out there by far. This is also a super expensive beer which also means it is not something I would grab normally.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a wine glass, for lack of a tulip glass.

A: Hazy yellow-gold with a brief, fizzy head and several bubble streams within. The golden colour causes light shining through the glass to fall on my hand like a brilliant sunbeam filtered through leaves of fall. Okay, maybe that's a bit over the top, but it does look *quite* nice.

S: A bit more grain than most tripels, with subtle but distinctive spice.

T: Ahh, magnificent! This reminds me why I love beer. Strong spices make the first impression, sharp like ginger, but with an altogether different feel otherwise. My speculations as to the precise nature of these ingredients are fruitless. The flavour is not, however, without fruit -- gentle pear or grape perhaps, accompanied by a sweet, floral aftertaste reminding me of honeysuckle. Sweet, smooth, spicy, savoury. I am incredibly pleased with this flavour.

M: The aforementioned spiciness dances through the mouth, leaving its traces for dozens of seconds after I have swallowed. Good mouthfeel, excellent persistence.

D: Very nice. I went in with no preconceived expectations, but if I had, they would have been exceeded, I am sure. I will be buying more, and this tripel is highly recommended. I could drink this beer every week.

Photo of takeabrewski
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a fluted Tripel Karmeleit 8 oz. glass.

A: Gold, clear, with fine carbonation and a soft frothy head.

S: Banana, clove, slight malt aroma.

T: More banana and clove, with some biscuit and candi sugar. Hops are hidden or absent.

M: Very nice fine carbonation that is soft on the tongue.

D: I could drink maybe 1 or 2 of these.

A bit banal compared to other Belgian tripels I have had, but still worth trying.

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

Pours a cloudy gold with a big, frothy head. The smell is fragrant and flowery like cloves. The hops is very evident. The taste is a little more subtle than the smell, a slight banana and yeast on the back of the tongue with a sugarcane aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little heavy or thick and slightly sticky, but not like syrup. The alcohol is there, but it doesnt overwhelm this beer. A very pleasant beer that compares well to other tripels. I could drink this fairly regularly.

Photo of callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-straw colored body. Just the slightest bit of cloudiness. Massive fluffy white head which had a fairly long life and left behind nice clumps of lacing.

S: Bright lemon. Yeast, bubble gum, pear, clove, corriander, a touch of pepper and bread.

T: Richly layered. Soft fruits like pear, apple and lemon play on top of a light bready/hay body. Accented by pepper, clove and corriander. The yeast also gives off a pleasant bubble gum character (not crazy like Gumbalhead, though). Prototypical tripel flavors.

M: Smooth, medium bodied brew. Solid, clean carbonation. Just the slightest hints of booze on the palate. Semi-sweet finish with just a little lingering sugar.

D: A top notch tripel that ranks right up there with my favorite, St. Bernardus.

Photo of nataku00
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet Tulip (my go to tulip for many beers). A bright, but hazy yellow beer, capped with a finger of frothy snow white head. A ton of carbonation can be seen through the glass, sustaining the dense head for a good long while. When you think of a tripel, this looks pretty much like what you should expect.

Pretty typical nose for a tripel, spicy and fruity, accompanying a yeasty bread scent. Some tropical fruit, banana and mango in there, with a feint citrus note.

Taste follows the nose nicely, with the spice upfront in the form of coriander, with the fruitiness finishing the beer dry. The fairly high ABV is hidden very well.

The best part of drinking the beer is the mouthfeel. Medium bodied beer combined with very active and tight carbonation combines to create an exceptionally creamy beer. Really delicious beer that's smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of bskrtz
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rockbottom Brewery featured this beer. Unfortunately they served it in a tall pilsner flute.

A) Thick, golden, clear with active white 1 inch head

S) Has a floral, musty scent but sweet too and consistent with Belgian triples.

T) Honey & pear with clove, sweet caramel and
mild hops

M) Ample carbonation, smooth but alcohol is abundant. Smooth & strong beer

D) Very good. Careful, strong stuff...

Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a slightly hazy, very pale golden yellow color. It also poured with a huge white foam filling 3/4 of the glass and almost spilling over. It took a good ten minutes of pouring and waiting before I could get a full glass. Once the head settled it did leave some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice mix of lemony citrus and a peppery, earthy, Belgian yeast spice. Some clove flavor comes through along with a fruity, apple and pear like quality as well. Very flavorful and complex aroma and also very good for the style.

The taste shows more of the slightly tart apple, pear, fruitiness. A zesty lemon citrus is present in it as well. The Belgian yeast adds some spices to it with clove being one of the ones I can pick out. Nicely balanced and complex flavors overall

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with carbonation being high. Drinkability is good, it has some great flavors and was complex and balanced. A very good version of the style and a very good beer overall.

Photo of Moorkop
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites. why becuase of it's fantastic glass. it's unusual taste thanks to the three types of malt. just a few things that spring in to my mind when i think of this beer. it's not the best beer I ever had. But it is one of my favorites. What I liked about it was that it wasn't a typical triple style beer. It lacked the sour bitterness of a triple. While still having that freshness that I like about triples. It's an ideal beer to drink on a beer tasting, because of it has a none typical taste.
another plus is the elegant style glass in wich it's served. the first time i ordered this beer in a bar. i was flabbergasted of the elegancy the glass had.
one of my favorites! i recommened it!!!

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle into snifter.
A: This light golden body pours a thick, foamy two finger head, that opens up from the inside and settles into a frothy layer. The head is white and carbonation seems lively. The body is lighter in color than most of the style. The lacing that is left is sparse and thin.

S: A smooth and pleasant clove aroma that has notes of bubble gum and fruity spices. The intensity of the aroma is medium compared to the overall taste. Layered and developed, this is an aroma that seems to change and become more complex as it warms. A good note of hops, and malts combination.

T/M: As the nose suggests a gummy, fruity spice. Mellow flavors on the front, with a smooth mouthfeel that brings a spice on the finish. Clove seems to play a large role in the overall flavors, while not over powering. Tingling mouthfeel on the finish, while great lingering tastes of banana. The carbonation brings a full burst of foam throughout the mouth, but is not over done. With full bodied flavors, this beer is both flavorful and light on the palate.

D: This is a highly drinkable brew for the ABV and the style, not a strong note of booze to be found, even as the beer warms. This is an easy drinking beer, that is full bodied, with lighter notes as it goes down. The flavors have me coming back and really is a great example of the style.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/31/10- Had a 750 mL bottle of this one.
A: Golden yellow with a nice steady white head.
S: Mild in general, with musty notes, honey, nectarines, sweet fruit syrup, soft leafy hops, and overall welcoming aromas.
T: Nectarines, peach, oranges, sweeter. Crisp lingering sweet syrup on the teeth, with leafy bright hops on the back. Rustic. Nice.
M: Very frothy and relatively thinner.
D: Really good. It is slightly sweeet, which is a drawback.

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

11oz. bottle, Netherlands.

Pours an impressively clear, deep gold hue with a nice pillowy and creamy head. A one-finger layer sticks around and laces very well.

The aroma is strongly of spice and somewhat of fruit, mainly melon and apple. There's got to be some coriander in this beer.

The flavor is fruity and richly bready, with a hugely carbonated mouthfeel that gets quite fluffy in the mouth, almost out of hand at first. Pretty clean for the style, with straightforward, bright fruity flavors combined with yeast, and, you guessed it, coriander and brewing spices. A tad sweet, but I like it.

The alcohol is noticeable through a warming effect, and somewhat in flavor, but this Tripel drinks quite nicely.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,359 ratings.