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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,132
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 181
Gots: 307 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website

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 mltobin
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured into Karmeliet glassware.
The tripel karmeliet is a golden color with a two finger head that loses a bit of its size, but then sits there.
The smell has flora and citrus tones to it.
The taste although fairly sweet, also has some pepper that hits your taste buds, providing a nice contrast of flavors.
The mouthfeel is easy and balanced, the abv does not hit your palate too hard, so remember to sip this one.

mltobin, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Jablonski
4.1/5  rDev -4%

A: pours a nice golden color with a strong head, but no lacing along the glass.

S: Smells sweet initially--mostly banana and apples--followed by some spices. Lingering in the background is the unpleasant aroma of a light beer from a macro.

T: The banana and apple notes present in the smell are upfront in the taste, and this beer gets even sweeter as it lingers. The spices balance this beer nicely. The only thing I can take away from this beer's taste is the alcohol notes in the it.

M: Pretty nice, but way too much carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, but stay away from having too many.

Jablonski, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

1/2 price taps at brasserie V on inauguration night

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a massive beautiful karmeliet tulip, big golden straw-apricot body, huge fluffy white cap and gorgeous retention

smell: soapy and floral, tropical fruits, sweet and syrupy, white pepper, clove and other belgian spice

taste: paired with a duck confit and goat cheese entree - this made a very nice pairing...huge tropical fruits, lemon zest and sharp yeast, sweet andy syrupy apricot and other citrus...tons of spice - corriander, white pepper, clove...tropical hops, lovely

mouthfeel: sharp and alive

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of HalenRush
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

330 mL bottle poured into an Orval goblet. Poured with bigger than expected bubbles and the head didn't stick around for very long.

Beautiful golden hue, moderate to deep. Aroma is strong of banana, light on the vanilla and a hint of lemon. The smell is a preview of the taste, and it gives way to a banana bread type of flavor and lemon on the end. This beer is huge on mouthfeel, touching on liquid bread, attributable to the 3 grain recipe (which inspired my next homebrew containing 3 grains). Drinkability gets high marks, it doesn't hit me like an 8% beer should. The high alcohol doesn't linger too long and just makes for a sooner second sip.

HalenRush, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of TehAnkh
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

This just took my expectations, crumpled them up and threw them in the trash.
When I first took this bottle from the refrigerator case at my local wine and spirits shop, I was expecting something a lot lighter, a lot more mild.

The second I popped the cork I was hit with that incredible aroma which I am lacking the proper beer-education to describe.
I can only describe it as spicy, musky, hoppy and oh so delicious.

It poured a cloudy golden honey, with a huge, fluffy, creamy head that looked like it was better suited as a whipped topping.

The aroma from the bottle was not misleading in any way, the second it hit my tongue I knew that the flavor matched the aroma exactly and did nothing to surprise me, but nothing to disappoint either.
Crisp, light but a little heady, and a hint of alcohol that you can only detect if you make an effort to find it.
The drinkability is unmatched by any beer in this category that I have had previously... I think I'm in love.

This is now a favorite, and despite the steep price tag, I have a feeling my local liquor shop will be ordering extra cases just for me.

TehAnkh, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into a trappist glass.

Clear amber color with a huge frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing.

Good citrus and yeast aroma.

Medium to full body with a creamy texture and fizzy carbonation.

Heavy bittersweet flavor with and medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

One of my top six active bottled beers for style.

tmoneyba, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Itoclown
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

Purchased from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Drank from a 330 ml bottle.

Look: Poured with almost no bubbles and didn't have problems with too much foam as others have said. It looks like hazy apple juice.
Smell: Very fruity with some Belgian yeast smell.
Taste: Quite wheaty and light on the tongue. The carbonation leaves your tongue quickly and you're left with the taste of peaches, oranges and bananas.
Mouthfeel: Smooth...
Overall: I've been looking forward to this particular beer for a long time and I must say I'm a little let down. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I will buy another bottle sometime... Maybe I'll think differently next time.

Itoclown, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a bottle into a goblet

Pours a pretty pale gold iwht a decent long lasting head

Smell comes off a bit skunked but with spicy notes of clove and pepper

Alot like the nose with 0 skunk very complex everything comes in crisp and clean and all the flavors in all stages of the brew, spices corander, clove and a note of mint.

good feel in the mouth and going down medium body fantastic carbonation level.

this a triple that i would feel pretty spoiled having on a regular basis.

SpecialK088, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of naterock
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

poured, slightly cloudy into a Goblet with a light head, moderately sticky.

I have to be honest, this is a bit skunky, probably from a green bottle. I can also smell a bit of yeast in the nose.

taste is incredibly complex. A strong yeasty presence, Clove, Coriander, Green Mint (slight and barely present) some citrusy notes and a bit of fig. Absolutely delightful, no more words can describe.

mouth is clean and crisp, incredibly drinkable. Truly a contender on my favorite representation of this style.

naterock, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev -4%

Picked up in the four pack with appropriate glass, which I'm always up for!

A: This is a beer where patience is required. I thought brews like Duvel were heady, but this is out of this world. Poured into the big, bulbous cervoise goblet it comes with carries the beer to its intended line about halfway up the bulb with the rest being dedicated to the head. I spent approx. 7 - 10 minutes pouring it. It was intriguing, but maybe a little long lived.... head starts kinda thick and becomes more foamy and dishsoap-like as it goes.

S: A very positive aspect of this beer. The explosive head causes a lot of aromas to burst forth... some fruity scents, citrusy orange, a hint of mango, and other perhaps a little peach? A big maltiness is quite evident... biscuity and pleasantly grainy.

T + M: Full flavoured, medium body (which is lighter than some), with a dash of stickiness and a little prick of carbonation. Warm maltiness, which do well with the fruity touches... more peach this time around, with a big malt backbone. A little bit of leafiness, but not a strong hop presence.

D: A nice sipper... pleasantly surprised by this one. The flavour may have come across as a touch thin, but it's still a very solid beer. I will happily enjoy the other bottles from this pack and will perhaps look forward to more.

Proteus93, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

direct from distributor in beijing (vandergeeten)

330ml brown bottle. no importer's label, but brewer's label has "best by" date of june 24, 2010. poured into tulip.

clear, golden straw color. decent head, but soon fades to wisps and ring. no lacing.

fruity esters with pear, white grape and peach, plus very faint hint of tropical, between banana and canned pineapple juice. some biscuity malt underneath and a trace of hop herbal/hay notes. licorice and spice notes are faint and mix with the phenols at the end.

flavors are fruit again (more grape and pear), but slightly watered down. some bready and yeasty notes as foundation. but from the middle onwards, the grassy hop bitterness crescendos with somewhat annoying phenols, and into finish, with just traces of the previous fruitiness.

not too thin, but hints of being watery. carbonation is lively but doesn't compensate entirely.

not horrible, but maybe it's just me. i've realized over the past half year or so that i just don't like all the medicinal phenols in many of the classic belgian tripels and blondes. not all of them, of course, since for example achel blond and st. bernadus tripel are amongst my favorite tripels. anyway, i kind of regret getting a whole case of these here in beijing, when i could have gotten something else (like more achel!)

tai4ji2x, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of beachian
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

12/26/2008 @ The Bier Garden

Absolutely awesome. I had this as a recommendation from a friend who described it as an "easy" Belgian. Saw it was on draught at dinner last night so I ordered it. It was served in a snifter and had a beautiful golden appearance. There was a generous amount of lacing on this one that slowly subsided. The smell was a great balance of fruits and sweetness. Upon drinking, mouthfeel was lots of carbonation but went down smooth. Despite the 8% alcohol content, I noticed no taste of alcohol but started to feel it rather quickly. Great beer!

beachian, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

I poured this one from an 11.2oz skinny brown bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a mostly clear, bright golden color with a 3/4" fluffy crown of snow white lace. The lace slowly dropped to a thin cap and left moderate lacing down the glass.

S= Aromas were very sweet, fruity, and yeasty. Malts were forward, as were the phenols and the earthy/funky yeast notes.

T= The bakery malt sweetness had a floral honey-like quality to it, and the yeast brought big estery fruitiness. The middle was full of pleasant medicinal phenols and a drying yeasty funk. The finish was moderately dry and perfectly balanced against the early sweetness of this ale. Big and balanced alcohols in the finish as well.

MF= Medium body with a beautifully effervescent carbonation level. The big sweetness made this feel more syrupy than it actually was.

D= A great example of a moderate strength tripel with a sweeter flavor profile. For me the complexity was just average, but the flavors present were all excellent and well balanced, making this one very drinkable beer. I almost always have two in me before I know it!

spointon, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a semi-hazed golden color, with an epic soapy/foamy white head, threatens to spill over the top of the glass, fades into a 1/4" layer of foam on the beer, some sticky lacing in the glass, and a constant flurry of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Some apple on the nose, pear, maybe a faint vanilla aroma, and yeast. Explosively fruity flavors, pineapple, some banana, vanilla bean....this is just a beautiful beer. Very active carbonation = very refreshing = big-time drinkability. Where has this beer been hiding my whole life?

corey0212, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Let's go to Dendermonde.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: A perfect, slightly opaque golden ale with a huge head, which recedes nicely to leave patches of white lacing. Perpetual internal carbonation. Wow. If allowed to let settle and poured carefully, some small yeast particles will be visible and it will be less opaque.

Smell: The aroma is very subtle. A delicate blend of crisp apples, honey, apricot, some lightly roasted malt, and some bready notes.

Taste: First I am hit with some crisp, lightly toasted malt, which moves into a light honey taste. After half a second I sense the crisp apples I smelled before. This is slightly syrupy, which is probably the only reason I have to take off half a point. A slight alcohol presence is warming and pleasant towards the end of the sip, although not too powerful, even though it is 8.00% ABV. The hops are very understated, barely scratching the palate but trying to gently balance out the malt. The yeast adds a light biscuity flavor throughout. This yeast provides a nice third leg for this beer.

Mouthfeel: A high amount of carbonation in this ale, combined with the light apple taste make it very crisp in my mouth.

Drinkability: This tripel is crisp, light, and smooth. There is not much more you could ask for in an easy-drinking tripel.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A slim 330 ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a sparkling clear golden amber body with tons of internal streaming carbonation puffing up a fine crown of white foam. The cap rests at a grainy sheet that is perpetually refreshed and replenished, but is too lazy to stick any lacing on the glass.

The smell is very sweet and tree-fruity with gooey apricot and mellow golden apples, savory, bready, medium-toasted malts, and a dry, zippy edge masquerading as lime zest.

The flavor profile closely follows the roadmap laid out by the olfactory department, with mild and fruity sweet notes of Golden Delicious apple and Bartlett pear enhanced with honey-drizzled granola and a crisp citrus edge. Overall, the drink is potently sweet, pushing hard toward the edge of the "Too Damn" category of "Sweet" when a mild earthiness eases into the aftertaste, mopping up the sugar syrup, resetting the palate for another whack at this brew.

Another factor assisting in moderating the sweetness is Tripel Karmeliet's exceptionally light, quaffable body. Had a drink with the super-sweet profile of this one presented itself as heavy or syrupy, the scales might certainly have tipped into the land of cloying, but as is, I find the brew exceptionally light and refreshing with a bonus tummy-warming wrought of otherwise totally-invisible alcohol.

cvstrickland, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.83/5  rDev -33.7%

Reviewed 3/11/2006 (Pint @ Ginger Man, Austin):

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow colored body, with a small head, and is diminishing. Has an aroma of orange, and some spiciness. Has an odd spice taste to it, some orange, and a fizzy mouthfeel. Kind of flat.

jujubeast6000, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Clockwork420
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured into glass.

A - Slightly hazy murky. Pale blondish gold. Carbonated pretty good.

S - Smelled like a Lager sort of to me. I didnt like the smell that much but smells are decieving.

T - Wow. Its complex to me. I cant get around the whole things. Its sweet and amazing. Im not worthy of this.

M - Smooth and sweet. Easily slides down. Slight alcohol tinge at the end when its getting warmer.

D - Pretty easy. But its 8%, good stuff.


Its pretty amazing. Deserves every bit of this rating.

Clockwork420, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of hawksfan82
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

33cl bottle poured into the proper Tripel Karmeliet tulip-style glass.

Pours a nice golden color, a little more clear than I would expect. The glass helps this beer get a huge foamy white head, that lasts for a few minutes, then settles down and leaves you a finger. Not much lacing.

Great smell to this beer. At first sniff, you get a fruity, banana dominated smell. As it warms a little bit you get some spices coming through. ...a little clove, orange peel. Maybe a hint of hops comes through as well.

The banana and clove dominate your tongue at first, and the citrus in the smell isn't as apparent in your mouth. A little above average on the carbonation side. The spices give way, and there's an interesting malt character that seems to be present. It's almost chewy. It's a flavor I'm used to getting mostly in darker belgians,.... very interesting. Aftere that, liike a lot of tripels, it goes from the semi sweet start into a nice, slightly bitter ending, where a small bit of hops make their presence known. The bitterness comes in the form of a crisp bite, which leads to a nice, clean finish. This is extremely well balanced. The alcohol is really well hidden in this guy.

Mouthfeel on this guy that of a big bodied beer. Heavily carbonated and first, then almost chewy in the middle. This is a big, heavy beer.

Drinkability isn't too bad. I think 2 of these in a night would be my max, but what more do you want out of a proper belgian abbey-style?

This is an extremely good beer. This is everything triple should be. Big and complex, but extremely well balanced. Absolute joy to drink.

hawksfan82, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

A - Poured a light golden yellow that produced a fluffy white head and retained to produced a nice lacing effect

S - Smelled apples, ginger, and malts

T - Bursts of hops and malts, apples and honey, noticable alcohol and finishs nice

M - A very smooth, medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D - Great beer, excellent example of a triple.

cvfish, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev -4%

Consumed 12/03/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a medium golden, clear. Moderate active carbonation. A small white head quickly subsided to sticky lacing.

Aroma of golden apple, pear and lightly spiced gingerbread.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and a little dry.

Flavor is more or less a redux of the aroma, though with a touch more intensity and a light touch of bitterness on the finish. Light and easy to drink. The ABV slips by utterly unnoticed; I would have guessed it to be half of what it is.

A great way to start an evening.

charlzm, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

I heard a lot of good things about this tripel before I tried it, and can easily say they were all true. Pours clear gold with a very light head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with scents of straw and sugar. The taste is so clean and light, it almost feels like it does not touch your tongue. Sweet and slightly fruity that turns to citrus and spice. A near perfect beer.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of TMB0424
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

750 ML, cork caged bottle.

A- Pours with a huge, thick, ghost white, creamy head. Looks delicious! Good retention, dissipates into a quarter inch layer. Good amount of carbonation. A very enticing hazy, pale golden body. Can't wait to taste.

S- Smells great, very sweet, somewhat earthy, with a slight hint of caramel. Fresh citrus is there. Very crisp! The spices are on the forefront as well, maybe even moreso than the fruits.

T- Wow. Outstanding balance between citrusy malts and hops. Apples come to mind, maybe a hint of pear. Slightly peppery finish with a perfect balance of hops. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but perfectly balanced with the fruits, and is extremely warming and welcomed.

M- Medium body, very smooth and somewhat.... syrupy? Hard to put a finger on, but very pleasing. Perfect carbonation. Kind of like a dry, fruity champagne finish.

D- Extremely drinkable, the alcohol content is well-hidden and very warming. I could definitely down a couple of these.

Definitely one of the best Tripels I've had (and beers for that matter). It is a perfect balance of sweet, citrusy malts and peppery hops. I'll definitely be picking up another bottle of this, and I'm eager to try Kwak as well. Outstanding brew.

TMB0424, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a cloudy yellowish/orange color with a massive frothy off-white head that settles into a lacing that lingers throughout. . Aroma of crisp light fruit, earthy hops and alcohol. Slightly sweet, with a crisp golden flavor to it. Hints of apple, pear, hops and alcohol. Very tasty!

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%

Reviewed on 2/29/08. Bottle. Pours a murky yellow with a fairly sizeable white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, some light fruits (apple, pear, citrus). Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, and wheat. Strong mouthfeel, but I felt that the taste was one dimensional. I didn't really care for this one. 7/3/6/4/15 (3.5/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,132 ratings.