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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,451
Reviews: 1,218
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 229
Gots: 491 | 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 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.

Photo of zooalbert
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What can I say? These beer is one of those rare ones that I can genuinely say that it is one of the best I've ever had. As someone prone to darker beers, I found this one to be surprisingly good. The appearance wasn't the common straight piss yellow color, but rather a cloudy, bright yellow. The taste wasn't bitter at all, and I found it quite friendly but different. I would strongly recommend this beer to anyone, and I look forward to the opportunity to try this beer again.

Photo of cudmud
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours with a cloudy orange color and a ferocious, rocky head. The foam produces tons of beautiful, sticky lace. In addition, there is tons of yeast floating in this sample.

Smell: This brew has a major yeast componet in the aroma that's backed by malts. In addition to the yeast, there is a nice citrus component in this beer. The remaining elements in the odor combine to smell like fresh baked cookies.

Tatse: The taste of this beer is mainly malts and yeast giving this beer a delicious bread-like element.

Mouthfeel: Full body and creamy.

Drinkability: This is one enjoyable brew.

Photo of mallthus
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

So, second Belgian of the night and I'm coming off a less than ideal interlude with Duchesse de Borgnone (sp?) so I'm eager to get back on the Belgian pony.

Well, when you're at a pub in Oklahoma City and you see a lot of a Belgian Tripel going out the door, it means something, so I order one.

Look: Beautiful as only a Belgian can be. Nice thin head and wonderful golden colour.

Smell: A little lacking in all honesty. Didn't get that much from this one.

Taste: Well, knock me down. This is one smooth brew. The high gravity gives a bit of a tingle on the tongue. Nice grapefruit notes with some oddball tobacco notes on the finish.

Bottom line: I'll drink this again.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow color with fluffy white head. The retention is phenomenal and the lacing is just as good.

S: Sweet belgian yeast in the smell. There is definitely coriander, cloves, cinnamon and pepper. Solid amount of honey, light wheat bread. Definitely lemon-y and apples too. Very nice smelling, just wished the smell would have been more intense though.

T: The taste is not as spicy and maltier than expected. Solid wheat bread and honey taste in it. Very good amount of cinnamon, coriander, cloves and very light pepper too. Again, still a little bit of lemon and the typical apple peel. Everything is right, but the taste doesn't stand out much.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel, with medium to high mouthfeel. Fits well.

D: Super easy to drink as most belgians.

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

Had this on tap at Burp Castle in New York City. I actually hadn't heard of this beer before, but I figure they have a good beer list there and I like tripels, so I'll just go for it. Pours a cloudy orange colour with tight, thin white head. Lacing around some of the glass. Smells of saison almost, with the Belgian yeast and some spices. Very dry flavour, not as sweet as many tripels. High carbonation level. Very enjoyable beer, I'd be glad to have this again.

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

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow straw with some creamy white head that fades rather quickly.

Nose is a veritable fruit-basket of aromas. Orange and lime essence plus some coriander and earthen-ware spiciness. Something there reminds me of terracotta clay.

Palate is crisp and clean with some spiciness and a lot of earthy grain notes. Super dry and clean on the yeast. Some juicy orange too.

Notes: An unbelievably tasty beer. Seriously epic and decently priced.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 27, 2010. Expires July 27, 2012

A: Pours a straw yellow with a massive white head that leaves great lacing

S: Smells like light fruits and grass. Slightly malty and bready in the background

T: Quite peppery with very nice fruity notes and a good malt backbone. Alcohol slightly detectable, but in a good way. It still mostly hides behind the malt and fruit

M: Very light body with high carbonation

D: Dangerously drinkable because of how the alcohol plays into the taste and the light body. This beer will knock you out if you're not careful and take the 8.4% into account

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

720ml poured into a Stone Tulip.

Appearance: golden yellow with thick, foamy white head and frothy lacing.

Aroma: apples, citrus, honey, and spices.

Flavor: clean, floral, citrus and faint bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: light body with high, bubbly carbonation.

Overall impression: champagne-like but surprisingly bland for the aroma and appearance.

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

This one is a great year round drinker and currently my favorite example of the style.

A: A nice dirty blonde with a big booming head that gives way to intricate lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Interesting mix of banana and citrus from the wheat and a robust musky, sweet malt aroma from the barley and oats.

T: Bubblegum. Citrus. Banana. Bread. Refreshing and filling at the same time. Extraordinarily balanced.

M: Clean and booming with carbonation. It comes on light then settles to a malty, foggy feel.

D: Awesome. A true three row experience. Wheat=Refreshing. Barley=Sweetness. Oats=Sustenance. An easy drinker in any climate, but at 8.5% it can crush you on a whim. Alcohol is very well disguised.

I recommend this over some other better known Belgium Trips... I won't mention any names.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,451 ratings.