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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,490
Reviews: 1,227
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 243
Gots: 524 | FT: 6
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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 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.

Photo of ghetto90007
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a tulip at Holstein's in the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Pours a still, hazy, pale orange, almost peachy. Not much in the way of head or lacing, just some white bubbles on the edge of the glass.

Aroma is primarily fruity.

Taste is primarily of exotic fruits, malty sweetness, some bitterness in the aftertaste. A touch of spice.

Soft and medium-bodied. Carbonation is there, but not significant.

Tasty and drinkable brew. I think this particular bar may have an old tap as I remember this being more carbonated back at Wurstkuche in LA. The lower carbonation did not seem to detract much from a solid brew.

Photo of Offa
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold with med. White head steadily shrinking to foamy ring & wisps, no real lace.

Aroma is lots of grain, hay, hint of clove & pear, hint of bubblegum, hint of wet green leaves (hoppy) and flower (jasmine tea).

Taste is fruit, freshly baked bread, flowery leaves, light warming alcohol hint. It has gentle, subtle complexity giving good well-roundedness and depth of character but is highly drinkable and gentle. The feel is soft yet lively. Overall, this is an excellent ale combing great complexity with high drinkability and smoothness.

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

A lovely sweet trappist ale, with a complex taste. Make sure you try it a room temoerature and no colder, the subleties are diminished if served too cold.

Appearance: Pale golden with a thick head

Smell: Active aroma, kinda like a wheat beer

Taste: Sweet, floral hops, full bodied, pretty darn yummy

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, floral and sweet aftertaste

Photo of scott451
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before date 09-08-2012. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Poured an effervescent clear gold with a two finger bubbly head. Good head retention and moderate lacing. The nucleated glass helps retain a thin head.

Smells of spicy phenols. Cinnamon, coriander. Pretty complex overall so individual elements are difficult to pick out. Tastes of bready yeasts with some alcoholic fruitiness. Peppery noted compete with the yeastiness.

Medium body and good carbonation. A pretty good triple overall. The peppery notes are fairly unique. A bid yeasty foe me. For god's sake don't let any sediment into your glass.

Photo of bohemiandonut
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can tell just from the burst of foam I had to quickly imbibe on opening that this will lean toward the grassier, saison side of Tripels. I'm not complaining.

Hugest head I've ever seen, bone white with the appearance of meringue. The beer is golden and cloudy, carbonation floating gently upward.

Smells like chamomile and lemon with a drop of honey. Underneath that is a tart/sweet apple aroma blending with yellow grapes. Very little sticks out, but it all works.

What hits you before taste on this beer is a nectar-smooth mouthfeel that almost feels like a heavy element is gas form. There is absolutely no harshness to this beer. It starts out tangy and bubbly, only to instantaneously transform its way down the palate. Truly a masterful Belgian ale, having more in common with Saison DuPont than its Tripel brethren.

What's up with this "overall" shit?

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle I bought this beer in was a green 1 pint 9 ounce bottle. It poured a light golden hazy color with an enormous head building. The head dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.
The smell was not strong and announced fruits, sweet malt and grain.
Now tasting the beer there was certainly a big quality improvement. Up front there is certainly a mixture of grains at work, yet no bitterness. The presence of plenty of fruit flavors makes this a interesting harmony. Wheat ,barley and oats combined with peach apple and a little banana in the middle. To finish it up there is a very balancing hop.
The beer leaves the mouth almost tingling.
A great medium to light beer with a lot of carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable. Great job!

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

Pours a very golden, hazy, straw color with a large white head that hangs around for quite some time. Head is beautiful and frothy. Scent is a little funky with some delightful spiciness and fruity aromas. Nice Belgian yeast scent linger in my Bruery tulip glass with hints of grass and green apples. Taste is initially spicy with some pepper and coriander quickly followed by delicious Belgian yeast flavors. Then I get some grain and tasty fruits with lots of green apple and a bit of lemon. Finishes nice and sweet with a little banana. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry with a medium body. Drinkability is very high, as I could sip on this all night and ABV is well hidden. Overall, a fantastic take on this difficult, complex style.

Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Blue Nile.

Served in its namesake glass, the beer is a light golden color with a clean head of foam that has excellent retention.

Belgian yeast with a light fruit smell, some banana and a honey sweetness.

Very clean and refreshing taste of fruit and honey along with some clove and light banana from the belgian yeast. Nice and simple, but complex at the same time.

Medium body, dry and very smooth. The carbonation is very soft and pleasant.

Overall, a top notch brew for the style. I've waited too long to try it and now need to have it again. Definitely a benchmark for the style.

Photo of gatornation
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a slight hazed pale orange color with a whispey white head and good lacing

S- is apples /bananas some clove and a sweet candied malt

T- is sweet/tart light fruit with a touch of clove and belgian yeast

M- medium carbonation on the sweet side with enough fruit and hop to balance the flavor

o- a tasty tripel well balanced with fruit citrus and hops an easy to enjoy

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

A: poured from 330ml bottle into a duvel tulip. Head almost yells the country of origin. The head is a large almost four fingers high and very frothy
S: sweetened fruits, apricot, some lemon, maybe even a touch of dried pineapple. Overall smells somewhat dry.
T: a lot sweeter than it smells. Some apricot, a little yeast. Malt is nice and sweet. The hops lend a slight lemon flavor.
M: very bubbly, and has a little bit of a coating feeling. A swirl through the mouth gives it a more of a creamy feeling.
O: a little dryer than some but is a good tripel. Will definatly seek this one out again.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl at The Only. Pours a clear, light apricot golden with a finger of foamy head. Lots of bubbles streaming up, maintains a thin layer.

Nose is really peachy, hints of pear, floral, grains, slight herbal quality, quite sweet. Complex and lovely.

A little sweeter than I like, love the fruit character though. Peach, pear syrup, hint of banana, light spiciness, floral and grassy, dry finish but outdone by sweet body, some alcohol warming in the finish. Zippy carb, hefty body. Not as refined as some but nice character.

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

tripel karmeliet

a 4.5 brilliant gold beneath a foamy head that

s 4.5-5 "now that's a good smellin beer." gingerbread, pears, cloves, yeasty buns, white grape juice. might be the best nose on a triple i have experienced to date.

t 4-4.5 tastes of the yeasty buns and cloves, splash of the white grapes. both smell and taste evolve throughout the glass.

m 3.5-4 very seltzery, light-med body. appropriate i guess, but i'd prefer a little more smoothness.

o 4.5 goodness cubed, not tripled? a little brasher than the fin, perhaps, but the dynamism is excellent.

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

Serving Style - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, frothy, 2 inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Yeasty, very floral, apricots, grapefruit, lemon, oranges, banana. Some sweet malts, sugars and spices.

Taste - Starts of floral and yeasty. Has a pepperish finish to it. Smooth, but the alcohol is hidden in there. Its not overly floral tasting as the smell indicates, and the yeast is more bold and mild then sweet. Malts are also mild but add some flavors.

Mouthfeel - Its very thin and easy on mouth. Only some slight warmth from the alcohol. Palette quickly recovers and the aftertaste is gone quickly.

Overall - A nice triple. Its balanced pretty good. Just wish it has some more fruitness to it. Easy and smooth to drink, almost a little to easy. I like my triples a little more strong and citrus influencd, la fin du monde is a perfect example. This is soild and would drink again.

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

Tripel Karmeliet couldn't possibly look any better. You can just tell its going to be a great beer when pouring. It produces a head thick enough to cut with a knife, with loads of carbonation bubbling up through a mostly clear golden straw coloured body.

The smell has lots to offer. Light citrus, fresh fruit, yeast, and bready malts all come together very well in this tripel. No trace of alcohol at all, which surely means I won't taste it either...

My god is this ever good. Sweet malts start off followed by a strong, unexpected alcohol blast in the middle. It ends with a great balance to the beginning - wonderful hop flavour that will satisfy your cravings but won't scare off those who don't like bitter beers.

Tripel Karmeliet is very dry, very smooth, and very carbonated. Swishing around the mouth really brings out the alcohol, but its just the right amount. I could drink this beer over and over again. I really wasn't expecting anything like this.

Photo of dizknee24
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork and Cage!

A transparent bubbly highly carbonated beer. 3 finger head though most likely not able to land a quarter on this one.

S strong smell. grainy and small hops. fruitty

T i always taste a sausage sort of taste ( not a bad thing) thats just the way all tripels taste on my palat. I think that taste is like a spicy fruity taste.

M a thin and highly highly carbonated champagne style beer.

O amazing a great tripel. yes there is better but they are few and far between. I am seriously considering serving this for the toast at my wedding in lieu of the fiancee's OK.

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle

Pour: First pour gave an effervescent, clear orange-gold color with a massive white head that retains decently. Small bubbles of lacing on the way down. Second pour was more cloudy, as I realized the yeasts were still on the bottom. Oops!

Smell: Slight deduction here for the slightly skunky aroma (due to the green bottle). Other than that, spicy and sweet with hints of vanilla and fruity esters.

Taste: Big vanilla sweetness starts things off, with an underlying hint of apple. Spicy, peppery, and slightly alcoholic middle with a hint of honey and yeast (note: the yeasty note was a little more prominent the second pour, but didn't dramatically change the flavor). Finishes clean with a slight citrus hoppy zing and more fruity notes.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with high carbonation. Very champagne-like.

Drinkability: Big flavor and alcohol, yet very refreshing. Almost too drinkable for this big of a brew - you could get in major trouble!

Final Notes: One heck of a beer, and it would be even better if they didn't package it in those damn green bottles (seriously, what's up with those?). Sweet and fruity, would be a great champagne substitute. I love it.

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

Crystal clear, dark straw colour with a fluffy, white head. Decent head retention.

Clove spice and mild banana with a touch of sweetness in the aroma.

Good maltiness with a nice, banana and lightly citrussy fruit character. Good clove spice. Well balanced.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A solid Tripel with well balanced flavour and well hidden alcohol. A delicious beer that I would more than happily have again.

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

A - pours a cloudy light orange color with a thin white head that forms a tight cap.

S - citrusy yeast, hints of clove, light alcohol.

T - candy sweetness off the top, pears, golden delicious apples, earthy hops and citrus zest adds a bitter kick. Cloves and Belgian yeast create a solid base. Finishes fruity and clean.

M - full bodied almost milky until the carbonation kicks in. Alcohol is present but mostly hidden.

One of the more hoppier Tripels out there. Very complex flavors. Glad I had a chance to try this on tap.

Photo of vandemonian
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tripel Karmeliet comes in a really nice bottle. It has a pale orange colour and a big head that lasts. The smell is mostly Belgian yeast with a hint of cloves. The taste is all yeast up front into a real kick of alcohol and cloves. This beer has a very intense taste, but I don't really like it. The combination of cloves and alcohol is overpowering.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with about 1 finger of white fluffy head.

The scent is of earthy hops, notes of vanilla, light alcohol.

The taste was of sweet fruit, light herbal hop presence, some honey, grains and yeast.

Full body, crisp and refreshing, high carbonation.

This was a pretty good beer, nice flavor and very easy to drink.

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

To start, right out of the bottle was a beautiful thing. Bright gold and hazy with a giant head that faded to cap of froth that lasted for the whole glass. I used a Duvel tulip glass.
The smell is like sweet candy maybe taffy.
I don't know how to describe the taste other than sweet goodness. There is a bit of an aftertaste that is not really appealing , perhaps from the alcohol content.
This feels think and silky. It goes down so easily. This could be an every day beer except for the price. It must be good to live in Belgium.
Some of these Belgian styles are becoming among my favorites.

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

Poured the 330ml bottle into a tulip glass which yielded a monstrous off-white foamy, frothy head. Medium golden with a translucent haze.

Once the head subsided a bit, the smell was crisp and fruity and finished with some sweet cream butter.

Flavors of ripe fruits and buttered bread that was rich and lush in the mouth with a nice pop of carbonation. Well structured by the alcohol and carbonation gave a clean finish.

Very drinkable which could be dangerous at 8.4%ABV. I found myself taking a lot of sips exploring the flavors and it was gone before I realized and left me wanting another. A great beer I will seek out again.

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