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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 1,214
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 220
Gots: 450 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001

3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.
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Photo of jayhawk73
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass a golden yellow, with nice carbonation. Head is white and pillowy three fingers that sticks around a long time. Smell is fantastic. Spice, apple, pear, malt and a hint of alcohol prevail. The spice definitely has the edge here, w/ the fruit in the background. A magnificent smelling beer. I gotta say- I've had this beer many times, and for a Tripel, it doesn't get much better than this on taste. Everything seems to be in perfect harmony- it seems impossible to imagine anything different here. Mouthfeel is amazing. It's creamy, like a piece of sugary angel food cake w/ fluffy icing. The ABV is the only thing keeping me from drinking a bunch of these. They go down REALLY easy, although I always try to sip and enjoy these. Truly a world class beer.

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

Appearance: Beautiful. Copper at the top under a smooth and vibrant foam with a pale straw color towards the bottom of the glass. I like how the light copper slowly turn into the pale straw as my eyes go down the glass. I love how I can see the little carbonation bubbles rising to the top creating a continuous fizzing stream. I love how this beer is pleasing to not only the eye but to the ears as well.

Smell: Grainy with a fruity smell. Fruity closer to a naturally sweet lemon if that makes any sense. I think floral with a hint of citrus and background of wheat might be a better description. I can also detect a bit of the alcohol underneath the whole thing, which adds a bit of rich sweetness ot it.

Taste: I can detect some citrus/lemony notes towards the back of my palate. I can sorta of taste the wheat and grains but they tend to be drowned out by the floral flavor from underneath my tongue. I get a slightly alcoholic after taste.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation as the beer hits my tongue and continues to nip at it for a while.

Drinkability: Good beer. I think the Tripel is well done and a definite inclusion in my rotation despite the steep price for a four pack. I would recommend that people drink this beer at least once to see what the fuss is about. Even though some people might not think much of this beer as special, I can definitely say that the Tripel has taken beer drinking in a whole new direction.

Photo of ryantho00
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml to snifter.

A- Has a nice deep orange hazy complexion. The cabonation is eveident from the first droplet lining the bottom of the glass. Pours to a nice 2 finger head.

S- It has a fresh fruit smell, I definatly smell some apple and citrus but it isn't overpowering like some Belgium's. Very crisp and fresh, but still very balanced.

T- This beer is amazing in my book. Immediatly as I start to drink it, I notice the carbonation like a champagne but it dies almost instantly once in my mouth. It then shifts to a very fresh and crisp taste that starts off with some citrus and friut, a little floral taste as well, then INSTANTLY dies to a nice---VERY NICE--bitterness and spice that I don't know how to describe. Maybe as I drink more beautiful beers and learn to recognize the different subtle undertones I might be able to describe them; but for now I simply cannot. My best attempt is...oatmeal/oregano/hops!!!

M- This beer starts of with cabonation but then becomes a nice full body, ending smooth.

D- I could drink this almost as a session beer it is so good. No joke. It is just fantastic, but at 8.4%...one should pace oneself if attempted!!!!

Overall----this is in my top 5 of all-time favorite beers. A must try for all beer lovers.


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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Beer is a medium straw color and just slightly cloudy. The head is mad of medium sized off-white bubbles and quickly fades to a ring around the glass. It could pass in appearance for an American Wheat just as easily as a Tripel.

S - The aroma is a fresh-smelling mix of lemon zest and floral hops. The malt doesn't really make its presence known in the aroma, but the oats and wheat are there in the background. The final note is an herbal, spicy one.

T - The taste is initially herbal and lemony. In the mid-palate I get some malt, wheat and oats, along with floral hops. The aftertaste is dry but includes earthy herbs I can't identify. Everything is clean and fresh tasting.

M - The body is moderate. There is a bit of carbonic bite from the carbonation. The hop bitterness is moderate, but higher than typical for a tripel. The alcohol is not apparent.

D - The overall experience is bright, fresh and clean. This is an older bottle and I have had even more tasty, presumably fresher, examples in Belgium. One of my favorite beers because of its swirling, complex flavors that still maintain balance, brightness and drinkability.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is based from notes from an on-tap tasting at a local pub. I had it again on bottle a few days later and didn't notice much difference

A- Golden to orange colour, a bit brighter than other tripels. A medium and very fine head stands for some sips and then recedes leaving a decent lacing

S- A really sweet aroma. Yeast is perceptible, but the aroma is dominated by lemon with some spicy (or maybe alcoholic) hints. A bit too sweet, and hence not enough full, in my opinion

T- The beer is dominated by fruity notes with a nice spicy alcohol feel to back them up. A pepper like flavour shows up at times. The end also presents some herbal tones. There's definitely some kind of a soft feel from the wheat malt.

M- Medium body, maybe a bit on the lighter side for a tripel, nicely carbonated. Overall, the beer is very smooth, alcohol is noticeable and brings a warming feel, but it's never overpowering

D- This is plain good stuff. Decent complexity in a pleasant, warming, but still easy drink. Overall, a very good beer and a fine example of the style, but not a standout beer as some say

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$9 @ Green Land Cafe, Salem MA

Wimpy 20cl pour - where are we, Cambridge? Nifty Karmeliet glassware with 4 fleur de lis emanating from the glass bottom. The beer itself is a slightly hazy gold color with a thin white top. Skim retention and scant lace not worthy of such a ballyhooed tripel.

Sweet honey and vanilla aroma not unlike a Twinkie. Taste is similarly Twinkie-esque. Full of simple complexity...if that makes any sense: very nuanced. Perhaps it comes from the selection of a combination of wheat, barley and oats? I don't get the tropical fruit of many tripels but rather and airy, nuanced honey vanilla sweetness that I love. Mild white pepper compliments the sweet flavors.

Hands down one for the best tripels I've ever had. I'd like to see how it compares in a bottle as most of the more in-depth reviews seem to come from a bottle tasting.

Photo of JohnnyS17
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a tulip glass

A - Clear like a light beer, maybe a hair darker. Very miniscule cloudiness. The pour resulted in a very tall head. A very appealing look.

S - I don't love the smell. It slightly reminds me of a skunked beer smell. This made me hesitant to taste the beer assuming that it may have been stored poorly at the liquor store. However, after a swirl or two I could smell slight sweet aromas and a nice spice hint. It could be stronger.

T - Wow, not what I was expecting at all. The smell greatly mislead me. Delicious. It is sweet with a spice finish. Also, it is super smooth and leaves a lingering sweetness.

M - Smooth. Medium carbonation. Light body.

D - Slam dunk. This beer would be enjoyable in almost any situation. I could relax after a stressful day with it or kick a couple back on a nice evening.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer appears a light yellow hue, with a towering ivory head that elegantly embraces the upper half of the tulip glass, leaving a fine sheet of lacing as it recedes. The liquid is clear and effervescent, teeming with bubbles.

S: The aroma is grand, with scents of lemons, oranges, grass, alcohol, and spices. Tripel Karmeliet emits a fabulous floral aroma that adds to an already full bouquet. The beer smells very bold and enticing.

T: A fine brew and a great example of a Belgian tripel. The flavor is strong, forward, and aggressive, yet balanced by a delicate sweetness that creates a delightful juxtaposition. Citrus flavors are quite prominent, followed by spiced apples soaked in alcohol.

M: Alcohol presence is there. The feel is medium in body, with a healthy dose of zesty carbonation.

D: This is a beer to sniff, sip, and savor. One in any given session is plenty for me.

Photo of boudreaux
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into my trusty Chimay chalice;
Best Before: 22 G L (whatever that means?)

A: poured a golden color, with a cloudy haze; bits of yeast floated in the brew; head is tall and long lasting, a bright whit color, about 2 fingers thick at the climax; leaves spotty lacing on the glass

S: bright and full nose; hints of citrus - lemon zest - and fruity/funky Belgian yeast; banana and clove also here

T: sweet up front with a complex, grainy malt and clove touch; perhaps honey at the front as well; taste turns to the fruity, funky yeast flavor, with the mellow notes of alcohol coming through; finishes dry with a touch of herbal hoppiness; not bitter, but not too dry either

M: medium bodied; good carbonation; thick on the mouth at first, but finishes crisp and fresh

D: beautiful drinkability; very easy to down

A great example of the Belgian Tripel style. The 8% ABV allows you to drink more than one without feeling too buzzed. A great Belgian Tripel!

Photo of orz
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Oh my! The bottle is beautiful! The best brand label I have ever seen. Makes you want to open it as soon as possible. But the beer itself: Cloudy lemon color, wonderful white head, which unfortunately collapses after several minutes.

S: Citrus and yeast. Really pleasant and tempting.

T: Orange, yeast and malts. It tastes like mix of ale and wheat beer. Intriguing connection.

M: Creamy, medium bodied, perfect carbonation. No trace of alcohol.

D: WOW! I guess that's the best (along with St. Bernardus Abt 12) beer I have ever had!

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of fluffy white head that has great retention and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, yeast, bananas, cloves, lemons, citrus, and floral notes. Smells great. I saw in someones review that they described it as having a gin and tonic smell and I can definitely catch some of that every now and then.

t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast, bready malts, spices, lemon, citrus, sweet fruit, and floral hops. Again, very nice. The taste is a lot sweeter than the nose and what I was expecting.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. A bit creamy, very nice mouthfeel.

d - A very nice Belgian tripel. I thought this one smelled great and was very drinkable. Would love to have again sometime.

Photo of Neecee513
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into tulip glass.

A: Gold, slight haze, minimal lacing.

S: Citrus with hints of spice.

T: Tastes like it smells, orange coriander spice.

M: Low carbonation, medium body, creamy.

D: Light beverage that goes down easily due to creamy body and refreshing smell and taste, the high ABV could get one in trouble with how fast this beer may be consumed!

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

I have had three great Tripels lately: Schlafly, Tiger Tripel (Nogne), and Watou. This one ranks right up with them. Pours a dull hazy gold color with a big white delicate head full of tiny bubbles. 11.2 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Head retention is good for a high octane tripel. The head dies down to a long lasting light covering of the top of the glass. A bit of delicate lacing.

Smell is very good. Fruit (apples and pears), belgian yeast and candi sugar...just right!!!

Taste matches the aroma. Rich fruit flavor, yeast provides almost a "cheese" aspect and some sweetness. This beer hits all the best aspects of a Tripel. Not much in the way of hops flavor

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Any alcohol presence is warming not harsh or a turn-off.

Dangerously drinkable. To me, a good Tripel tempts you to gulp rather than sip even though you know better. THis one goes down very easy.

Photo of jss79
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy light golden in color with a a tremendous amount of carbonation that finished with an excellent lacing that remained consistent throughout drinking.

Smell: Citrus smell mixed with peaches and floral overtones.

Taste: strong initial taste of sweet fruit and alcohol that was enhanced by the carbonation

Mouthfeel: smooth full bodied with a crisp turning to smooth. It leaves a warming alcohol feel that rests perfectly in your mouth.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, looking forward to having it again soon!

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, the beer has an orange-gold color, with a slim, white head that quickly fades to a sparse film. Lots of carbonation bubbles throughout the beer, lingering well into the drinking phase. The beer has aromas of butter, coriander, and citrus. The taste is largely riding on a sweet foundation, again with buttery notes, and some toffee, with the spices (coriander and nutmeg) balancing out, and allowing the slightest hint of lemon to fade in and out. The beer is creamy and light in mouth, and fades to a semisweet and smooth finish. There is a bit of a sweetness to the aftertaste, with none of the spice. Very pleasant and easy to drink, and the ABV doesn't impede or encroach on any of the flavors. Well balanced.

Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip jan28 2011

A bright golden color with some sediment being moved around by a decent amount of bubbles that produce a large 3 finger bone white foam that falls to a thick film that hangs around for a while, only points lost would be for zero lace

S pear and pineapple with some hops and yeast

T not far from the smell but a little fainter and with a hint of booze

M plenty of bubbles and flavors linger for a while, fairly light but I'm loving it

D for a beer this strong its pretty easy to drink, my glass was empty pretty quick

a solid triple that I wish I could afford, a hard sell a 20$ a four pack when LFDM 6 for a 750ml. still even at the price its a must try

Photo of sjverla
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Reviewed from notes)

Nose: Sweet and fruity, like champagne. Notes of fresh hay and slightly piney. A little bready on the end.

Appearance: Stellar clarity and shimmering straw gold. Enormous head the last forever and laces voraciously.

Taste: Sweet fruit. Grapes and yeast like champagne. Alcohol heat cuts through and rises to the nostrils. A mellow but assertive bitterness builds and laces with the taste of apple and sour grapes.

Overall: Great beer in my humble experience of Belgian imports. Thanks to my brother Ben for the Christmas present.

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

On-tap, served in a tulip

A hazy golden body with a thin, bubbly paper white cap. Delicate lace on the inside of the glass.

Fruity aroma of peaches, apricots, bananas, and tangerines. A playful yeast aroma along with honey and a candy sweetness with a light punch of clove.

Extremely clean body. Flavors follow the nose. Peaches, banana, apricots, green apple and tangerine. Spicy clove comes through the middle with an undercooked bread/yeast flavor.

Light body, very clean, creamy and smooth. Perfectly drinkable. Fruity and clean with the perfect carbonation.

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

Reviewed from notes 1/25/2011

A: almost a wheat/saison like scent to this one, yeasty, hint of cloves

Ap: golden-yellow, 1 finger head full of very small bubbles, nice lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, very smooth, refreshing

Af: yeasty, sweet, doesn't linger, slight spice hint

O: quite delicious, definitely not what I expected from this style


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

Served up, too cold, in a beautiful branded tulip - my nose was excitedly greeted by your typical clove & Belgian yeast triple-threat; highly drinkable, well executed with a high ABV and a satisfyingly charming old-world sensibility. It's a style I've recently really begun to enjoy and in collaboration with a nicely charred & quite tasty burger and some obligatory beer-battered fries it made for a perfect afternoon lunch.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A uniquely sublime malt beverage. The most explosive of foggy cotton waterfall foam, rising tall and effortlessly with graceful descent. Mostly clean yet with ghostly haze to the warm grainy glow at the start, and pouring by the bottom of the bottle (into a La Fin tulip) with a murky yet evenly diffuse emission of yeast. Mmm.

This has to be one of the few, if not only, brews alive sporting a remarkably, decidedly lime angle to the citrus aroma. Awesome. Kind of resembles a gin-and-tonic. In the back, you can't help but pick up some biscuity malt and, to a slightly lesser extent, soft doughy yeast and vanilla-sandalwood(?)

Take the lime/gin/tonic element and light yet firm biscuit quality in the smell and add to that an elegant tripel base-flavor with alcohol damn near incognito, and you get a rough picture of what's going on here. No significant sweetness to tell of. Lovin' the lime.

Artfully well-balanced and maddeningly easy going down. I prefer tripels like this that lean toward a lighter and drier body and feel. The addition of the dregs in the last half a glass does nothing evil to it. In fact, the times I've had this on tap, its appearance and depth of nectary goodness mirror the experience courtesy of the lees.

This will eternally have a place on my beer shelf. Multiple visits have yielded multiple interpretations. Looking forward to much more meetings.

Photo of Swedes21
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a very clear ale colour with a white fluffy head. There is a very nice carbonation level throughout the glass. Some nice lacing as well.

Smell - banana dominates the smell, along with vanilla, some spices. Very light and well balanced smell.

Taste - very nice tasting beer, well balanced and good flavours. I can pick up banana, spices and vanilla. There are a slight amount of carbonation as well. The beer is smooth.

Mouthfeel - Excellent levels of carbonation add to a velvety mouthfeel, very well balanced. There are some good hints of spices near the end, banana comes through.

Drinkability - I am glad we went all over Gatineau to track this down, just upset i only bought one! Great beer with great flavours.

Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Poured a hazy yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, banana, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, dark fruit, and slight alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly excellent brew. This was my first time trying this one and I can now see why it is listed in the current Top 100 list. Had a very nicely balanced flavor and great aroma here. Not much missing at all in either aspect. Really glad this one is readily available in my area (on tap even). An absolute must try!

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

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold colour with a massive size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - banana, cloves, breads/grains, lemon

Taste & Mouth - The beer has lots of carbonation and it feels very light yet velvety on the palette. Most of the flavour consists of bananas, breads/grains, cloves, and lemon juice. There are also floral notes and a peach sweetness. The beer finishes with a fruity and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Definitely one of the better beers I've ever had. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and it has terrific balance. However I'm not sure I could drink many of these in a night.

Photo of jwinship83
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle drank from my duvel tulip. if i like this one well enough im going to run out and buy the gift set with the proper glass.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a hazy and bright golden colored body with a large bright white head on top. the head lasts for a really long time, and leaves behind large spots of lacing. pretty nice way to start off.

S- after taking a big whiff of this, the first thing i think is how fruity this smells. lots of orange/tangerine, peach, lemon, and maybe a little bit of apricot. after that i get lots of belgian yeast and malted wheat with a little bit of bread. finally i think how spicy this one seems. lots of coriander, clove, and a little bit of pepper.

T- the taste starts off with sweet malted wheat and candi sugar and a little bit of bread. after that i get a blast of spices such as clove, coriander, and black pepper. this is also one of the fruitiest tripels i have ever encountered. lots of orange/tangerine, lemon, miscellaneous citrus, and peach. maybe some apricot as well. the alcohol is completely hidden.

M- light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. the alcohol is pretty well hidden in this one.

D- man, i looked down after a few minutes and my beer was over half gone. this one basically drinks itself. im definitely picking up the gift set with the glass. check this one out. this is a seriously under appreciated beer that can stand up against any other beer of the style.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,410 ratings.