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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,459
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 233
Gots: 502 | FT: 5
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Belgium

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 Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the tap into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. Classy!

Looks: an almost clear light rosy orange with a puffy cream-colored head that slowly fades to speckled foam sitting atop the liquid, leaving webs of lace in its wake.

Smells: spicy and sweet. Coriander, clove, light brown sugar and cinnamon, honey, peaches and marshmallow cream.

Tastes: bright and sweet, like caramelized pears. Burnt sugar, light lemon peel, very subtle pale malt and cereal grain, and some pink peppercorn. The finish is both sweet and very slightly drying.

Feels: velvety and smooth. Medium-light in fullness of body with a peppery moderate carbonation. Nice.

Drinks: I often find that a drinking experience is improved when served in the most appropriate glassware, and it's hard to get more appropriate than the glass built and labeled for that specific beer. At 8.4 percent alcohol content, Tripel Karmeliet is a smooth, easy-drinking beverage. It paired incredibly well with my pear and walnut salad, and even better with balsamic.

Photo of morebeergood
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a single small bottle at Whole Foods for $4.49. Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet chalice; glad I finally had a chance to use it. Huge white head forms in the glass, all the way to the top. The body almost had a neon yellow color to it. In the glass made for this beer, the presentation is amazing. Smell has nice fruit notes to it, like bananas, and some cloves. Taste is also quite good. This beer has wonderful flavors of fresh apples and pears. There is also a musty and yeasty flavor undertone that I really enjoy in Belgian ales. The mouthfeel was fresh and crisp, though possibly just a hair thin. Very easy beer to drink, as it was smooth and light, and the abv hidden well under layers of flavor. A great tripel to try if you are a fan of the style.

Photo of GradyS1
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a light translucent, slightly hazy orange, 1/2 finger of a head that subsided quickly.
S- wheat and yeast are present up front with hints floral and apple in the end
T- Belgian yeast, fruits and lemon honey
M-medium body and an excellent amount of carbonation, a slight creaminess to the finish but it works perfect with this beer
D- great for a triple, very well balanced and easy to drink for the style

Photo of newk340
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a semi-translucent pour with a thin white cloudy head that leaves spotty lacing.

S: very faint hints of yeast, wheat, and malts. nothing overpowering.

T: some initial smoothness of a fruit medley that digresses to a sweet belgian finish, a tapestry of wheats and grains.

MF/D: smooth throughout, a sessionable tripel, pleasing from the initial taste to the exhale.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

a - pours a bright golden amber, somewhat hazy with a decent amount of suspended sediment, huge three-finger white head with good retention and light lacing, tons of tiny bubbles continually rising to the top, almost Champagne-like

s - very yeasty and spicy, coriander, black pepper, lighter note of lemon, hints of alcohol

t - like the aroma, strong belgian yeast and spice notes with coriander and black pepper being dominant, some lemon citrus on the midpalate, light metallic notes on the finish along with a noticeable boozy heat, pretty refreshing despite the heat

m - medium-bodied, higher carbonation, very effervescent in the mouth, some alcohol warming

d - fairly drinkable for the higher abv, refreshing and the flavors are intresting, the heat takes away somewhat

Photo of Chizoad
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely interesting beer.

Great pour from a 750 mL bottle, with a staggering head. Probably 10 times more foam than liquid. Eventually it calmed down but the head was most impressive. A little cloudy, with a golden color. Cloudiness probably due to temperature, because as it warmed it cleared up a bit. I thought the cloudiness was very nice actually.

The first scent to hit my nose: weed. And it took a lot of warming of the beer and coaxing of other smells before I was picking up the spices and banana evident in this beer.

The taste left me confused for so long. I have never had a beer that tastes like this. The skunky odor was gone on the palate, replaced by some unidentified spice. Ginger? I just had no idea. After about 1/2 the glass however, I started being overwhelmed by bubblegum, which with its sweetness became a little annoying.

Great mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Medium to light body.

The cloying nature of the bubblegum flavor eventually began to turn me off from this. Still, glad I tried it. Probably a 1/2 glass would be enough every now and again.

Photo of pitasoup
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from 750 corked. dated 05/11/09.

A: light yellow body, foaming white head that subsided quickly. Not much lacing but a welcoming color. Clarity is brilliant - I could mistake this for a watered down generic lager based on looks but that would be a fantastic mistake. Re-pours were overwhelmingly heady, perhaps because of temperature.

S: lemons, wheat, belgian yeasts. delicate floral notes, dandelion and vanilla much later.

T: basic tripel malt body, lemons and faint earthy bittering hops. This is not a hoppy beer by any means. This tastes less yeasty than other tripels. Great overall balance of subtle smells, flavors, and high abv. Spices come through halfway, hints of coriander and grains of paradise, finishing sweet.

M: very carbonated. light bodied beer, despite the flavor and abv.

D: extremely drinkable. The 8.4% is only noticeable after it warms slightly. One of my favorite tripels.

Photo of KAP1356
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz. bottle into a Cuvee des Trolls snifter...

A - Pours a cloudy, golden, amber color with a large (3 finger) fluffy, almost purly white head. Head retention is quite good as it is sticking around for quite a bit.

S - Very herbal aroma coming off of this one. Some spicey notes of pepper and coriander that hit right at the back of the throat. Nice hop presence as well. There is also a nice fruity, floral presence to it that is the slightest bit funky.

T - Sweet apples and peaches right up front. Slight spiciness to it as well (less than the nose leads you to believe). Slight yeast breadiness as well that is almost reminiscent of a caramel gingerbread. The finish is a slightly tart cherry flavor.

M - Slight spice to the mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a slight crispness to it.

D - Has become my new go to Belgian beer lately. Just a great beer to have as it seems to hit all the right strides for drinking several of them in one sitting.

Photo of chunkylover53
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber colour with a large, foamy, but quickly dissapating head.

Smells and tastes quite hoppy, as a good tripel should. Has a bit of a floral bouquet to it, and a slight citrus taste.

Overall, a very nice tripel. One I'd have again. Which is good, since I bought a metric buttload of 'em.

Photo of claspada
2.47/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden honey color with an average size off white aromatic head and minimal lacing.

The aroma is definitely the highlight of this beer for me. Wheat, yeast, tons of fresh lemon, some caramel sweetness, and some spiciness from either the hops (unliklely) or the yeast (my guess).

Unfortunately the tastes don't match the aromas on this beer for me. I am not digging the yeast flavors to be completely honest. This beer has a pretty powerful taste: quite astringent (almost acidic), lemon, wheat, bitter hops, light spices as well, too much going on here for me. A sugary sweetness is out of balance for me as well, I am not into it.

I think the mouthfeel is off as well for me on this; it is thick and extremely carbonated which I am just not enjoying.

I'm not too sure what I think of this beer, I feel like I'd may need to get La Fin de Monde from Unibroue and compare side to side to see if I just don't like tripels in general, because I remember liking that beer, but I was not a fan of this one.

Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Best before 15AK indicated on the back label. Pours a pale, orange-gold with a semi-hazy clarity. Head was one inch, loose and bright white and quickly dissipates into a solid, sudsy band around the edges and a thin slick of foam. Nose reveals essence of tangerines, candi sugar and a faint herbal presence; perhaps cloves. Taste consistent with nose - perhaps a hint of syrup reminiscent of canned peaches in the mix, with just a kiss of hops to balance out the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation level that is pleasant and consistent from start to finish. This is, by far, the best tasting Tripel I have had the pleasure to try to date. Just a fabulous beer. My only regret is having not tried it sooner.

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at the SAQ, on a recent trip home from the States. Not available in Ontario, thought I'd give it a go! Poured into a tulip, BBD of October 7, 2011.

Pours a brilliant golden yellow, with about a hand (yes, five fingers of head!) initially, settling down to a sudsy and soapy head. Chunky lace. Aroma is awesome, huge yeasty fruit esters (banana, peach, green apple?, nectarine), a bunch of spice and some alcohol clearly. Just what I want from a tripel. Taste follows the fruits found in the aroma, with a touch of Belgian candy. Spice makes itself known, but doesn't overpower. Alcohol slips in a touch at the end. Clean, smooth and medium-high carbonationl. Slick on the tongue and goes down way too easily. Impressive.

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

Pours a burnished saffron colour with dense, generous white head, slowly sinking but at least 3 fingers left after a minute or so. Aided by a prolific but steadily paced carbonation, visible through a thin bodily haze. Lace is a bit thin, but otherwise a perfect look.

Smell is quite lovely. Huge herbal aroma with lots of coriander, some peppery spice and a fair tart aroma with hints of granny smith apples. Underlying it is a beautiful sweet, liqueury aroma, putting one in mind of apricot jam, brandy and sherry. Beautifully balanced aroma, just lovely.

Taste is very sweet, pleasant, much spice on it. Begins quite caramelly with fruity notes, pear and peaches mostly, then mid-palate has a beautifully rich gingerbread flavour, spice alongside that great golden syrup notes. Finish comes through with real Belgian phenolics, some coriander seed flavour and some cherry/medicinal notes as well. Wonderfully smooth alcohol warmth seeps through the back, just gives you a nice hit of booze.

A lot of spicy piquancy on the feel, never gets too harsh though, but somehow I feel there's not a lot of body. It matches the flavour but I could deal with it being thicker.

Great flavours on that; warming and sweet and quintessentially Belgian. Just delicious.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even when poured carefully, this 750 mL green bottle discharges with a huge, creamy white foam. Beer color is a very pale yellow, maybe the palest tripel I have encountered. Retention is very good and lacing is ok. Has a best by stamp of 08/04/12 on the neck label that is easy to miss.

Hint of skunk aroma, damn these green bottles, with lots of candy-sweet light grain. Yeast is doing great things in the nose and provides lots of fruity esters. Alcohol is soft for a tripel and it has a notable hop presence. Once the skunk funk dissipates, it is an awesome smelling tripel.

Wow, that is very tasty. I cant believe it has taken me so long to finally get to this beer. Freshness and the green bottle have scared me away multiple times. Yeast is really active in the flavor and throws off alot of cloves and melon flavors. Alcohol is there, but it seems more dialed down than in most tripels. Mouthfeel is very soft and creamy and the grain presence maintains its lightness. Finish is dry and has a bitter hop and alcohol kick. Highly carbonated, a bit too much for me. This is probably up there in my top 5 favorite tripels. Nice beer.

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

A- Hazy orange/gold with a bubbly, white head that sticks just a little.

S- Fruity with some medicinal and mineral qualities.

T- Semi-sweet and a little tart with a touch of medicinal flavors. Alcohol comes out a little towards the finish, and a sweet/mineral aspect lingers.

M- Medium body with a crisp, semi-aggressive carbonation.

D- Really nice tripel; well balanced and refreshing.

Photo of argock
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by date on back label. 4-pack purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $16.49.

A: Pale yellow with nice white-1 finger head with a few streamers of lace.

S: Floral, spiced, and fruity tripel with apple, pear, and peach aromas meeting coriander and pepper with a subtle berry alcohol note.

T: The flavor bursts with juicy, floral apple and peach, pepper in the middle, highly spiced brandy-like alcohol that dries. There is more than a little husky malt throughout. A masterful, complex flavor profile that does not disappoint.

M: Very highly carbonated with medium body and floral, spiced, fruity aftertaste.

D: One of the best tripels I have had. The alcohol is strong but still plays nice and enhances the lush, fruity flavor profile.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this originally over in Paris, France. I've since had it once or twice back in the states, always out of a bottle -- and of course, poured into a tulip glass.

It pours a slightly opaque golden saffron, with a head so fluffy that cotton candy could take a lesson.

Smell is remarkably sweet, much like the taste. I found this tripel to be sweeter than most, though the drinkability is only affected if it gets too warm.
Heavily malty, lightly spiced, (maybe too) sweetened, slightly boozy, Tripel Karmeliet is a surefire way to work your way into the tripel category -- as dubbels are generally sweeter themselves.

I'll drink it any season of the year, though I still love Fin du Monde.

Photo of kbnooshay
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice straw color with a slight haze to it. The off white head was massive and pillowey. Aroma is spicey, earthy, yeasty and tropical with maybe the slightest skunk. Tastes similar to the smell but the banana yeast flavor is super strong. Alcohol is warming to the tum but not really detectable in the taste. A really nicely spiced tripel that towards the end starts to get a little cloying. Feel is slick but slightly thinner than medium. This is pretty drinkable.

Photo of Long813
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before: 12/05/12

A: Hazy green body with three figners of white fluffy head. Head dissipates rather quickly into a thing ring and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Sweet front of light citrus fruits with loads of banana. Some floral notes and interesting yeast notes.

T: Following up with the aromas, tons of banana with light citrus fruits. Floral and spices come through with the yeast. I find that the carbonation somewhat clouds the flavours though.

M: Light bodied with extremely high carbonation. Crisp and water like the carbonation creates quite the sparkle. No notes of alcohol.

D: Pretty pleasant brew. The carbonation I felt was a bit to much, but besides that it was nice.

Photo of Luk13
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one many times. Clear yellow pour with a nice lasting head. Awesome nose, the belgian yeast profile is amazing. Alsomainly banana but a strong underscent of citrus specifically lemon both of which you find in the taste with an all-so pleasant alcohol sweetness and yeasty flavors. The kind of beer you don't want to share. The best tripel out there.

Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with nice cap of white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is light, made up mostly of floral and herbal notes, hints of banana, lemon, fresh baked bread and yeast. Taste slightly more aggressive than scent, good solid fresh baked bread backbone with the floral and herbal qualities mixed with a touch of lemon and bananan. Highly complex. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly dry. A very nice beer different from many in the style.

Photo of Soozy
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, well carbonated, and with a solid head that diminished.

Smell is light. Some honey, a little bit of pepper, some slight orange peel but not too much going on.

The taste of this beer is something. Initially there's honey with a hint of vanilla. Then there's a medium spice of pepper. There's no noticeable hop flavoring that I can pick up on. You can definitely tell that it's made with wheat, it makes it pretty smooth. The malts mixed with the yeast really shine in the taste. The alcohol warms up nicely, a pretty bold beer.

This is a good beer. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to find it, but it's solid. If you come across it, give it a try.

After reviewing, I read the other reviews and think that the beer might vary mildly batch to batch, maybe it's the yeast. It doesn't seem like it's hit or miss...but hit or pretty good. If that makes sense.

Photo of nickd717
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review transcribed from notes dated 3/2/2009. On tap at Rose & Crown.

This is one of my favorite tripels out there.

Hazy golden color with a thick white head.

Good tropical fruit aroma with a little sweetness, decent hoppiness. Some yeast.

Taste is yeasty with sweet malt, wheat, candi sugar, and light fruits.

Medium-bodied with a good carbonation level. Very drinkable.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into an ommegang chalice.

Pours a light wheat golden color with a small white head. Nose is light and yeasty with a nice hop sharpness.

Taste is sweet and fresh, lots of yeasty fruitiness. It's got a nice full mouthfeel with really drinkable. Alcohol comes out a bit more as it warms.

Photo of crashlimo
2.6/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 750 at costco, poured into a pint glass

A: Golden yellow color. Extensive head despite very careful pouring. Looks surprisingly carbonated.

S: Smells overwhelmingly skunky. Any more pleasant tones are drown out.

T: Sweet fruity notes of bannana and cloves are buried under the skunky aroma and initial flavor. Tastes as if a heineken has been mixed with a subtle triple, and the heiny won.

M: Light annd crisp. Heavy carbonation, but refreshing nonetheless.

D: Drinks well for the ABV, as long as you don't mind the unappealing flavor (perhaps the bottle saw a bit too much light in its day).

This is the first of the style that I have roundly NOT enjoyed. Overall quite disappointing

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,459 ratings.