Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,355
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 205
Gots: 414 | FT: 6
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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 Brad007
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I've had a tripel.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick, foamy head into my tulip glass. Nice presentation going for it.

Aroma is full of spice and bready malt with a hint of plum. "Fruity" and very inviting.

Taste is spicy, sweet and full of wonderful, bready malt. A hint of plum is present but otherwise, this beer is tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice, plum and bready malt. Very interesting flavors that mingle well.

If you like tripels, you can't go wrong with this. Worth a try.

Photo of mmva321
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

It's a golden/yellow body, a little darker than the average pilsner. Lots of carbonation lead up to a frothy white head that sticks around a bit and leaves a little lacing.

Well the smell is fantastic. A creamy vanilla auroma mutes and coats some of what could be the harsher smells in this beer. There's a cacophony of fruits present including orange, grapefruit, banana and pear. Also some funk/wheat is present. Very well balanced.

The wheat and yeast shine through a little more, giving this a very earthy flavor. Still very smooth and and with very strong orange and pear flavors.

A very appropriately thin body. Impressive considering the high abv. Bubbly and light, making this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet is a slightly hazy and very sparkling pale yellow ale with a thick, fluffy head that has great retention and lacing. It has a doughy and fruity aroma with notes of banana, pear, apple, peach, cherry, nutmeg and clove. It's light bodied and very lively. It foams on the tongue. The finish is crisp and clean. It's perhaps a touch sweet with a barely detectable bitterness. It tastes very fruity-- almost cider-like. All of the fruit present in the aroma is in the flavor. There is perhaps some bret at the finish. This comes off as pretty light fare, but it's pretty complex. It's very refreshing. (I was shocked when I read the ABV later!)

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

750 ml. green corked bottle. Served in a chalice glass. Golden colour with a bit of haziness and quite a good head, that leaves a crown and lace. Malty aroma of fruits, honey, some spice, vanilla, orange peel. Sweet silky and liquor like flavour. Taste of honey, oranges, banana, maybe apricot, coriander... Both smell and taste have everything so subtle and integrated that is hard to tell exactly what anything is, and that can be good and bad at the same time. Great, really great stuff. Sweet!

Photo of khinman7
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured on tap into a goblet (have also had it many times from a bottle).

Like other reviewers, I can still remember the first time I tasted this beer. Definitely life changing (up to that point the only beers like liked were stouts and IPAs).

Color is a gorgeous golden caramel.

Taste is the right amount of sweet but not overpowering, the alcohol is muted- and thus this beer is very drinkable (be careful with the high abv!!!). Finger of head that leaves a nice lace on the glass.

I always come back to this beer... esp when I find it on tap in Colorado!

Photo of gyllstromk
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is the characteristic tripel golden. Nose is sun screen, hops, pears, raisins. Flavor adds more hoppiness and a hint of blueberries, ending with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden. A delightful beer not unlike the Leffe Blonde.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in its own tulip glass.

A: Pours a light orange color. Cloudy. Forms a huge creamy white head. Good retention, a thin layer that never disappears completely. Foam is viscous, leaving many lacings in the glass

S: Complex. Sweet and spicy. Strong on vanilla and honey. Orange zest. Wheat, pears, Belgian yeasts giving a quite bread smell

T: Complex as the nose, vanilla, honey, pears, apricots and spices. Orange zest. Sweet upfront. Very bready Belgian yeasts. Metallic and slightly bitter hoppy bitterness in the end. Warmy alcohol

M: Heavy body. Good carbonation. Balanced bittersweet aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. A Belgian masterpiece. Mandatory to Belgian Ale lovers

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

Green bottle is forboding, but I will attempt to believe this isn't light-damaged.

Grand appearance, frothy massive uncontrollable white head, and a high number of bubbles in the golden-yellow body.

Sweet, grainy aroma, very corny and wheaty. A good dose of sweet malt permeates the smell.

Highly sweet even for a tripel. Huge flavors of white grape, peach, very much like a champagne flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. Finishes a yeasty bitterness.

Highly carbonated, fizzy and hiccup inducing. Crisp, however. Good body in spite of the lightness.

Tasty and good. I do like a good tripel and this is one that goes down pretty easy.

Photo of m1ked
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

picked up some belgian bottles from WF Bowery beer room for a blind tasting during the card-pack playoff game.

A- Pours a clear bright golden yellow with a HUGE snow white pure foam thick head which slowly recedes with minor lacing. couple of lazy bubbling streamers.

S- Sweet bubble gummy aroma, candied sugar, little bit of etoh. Smells rich and delicious, but kind of one note.

T- Creamy, buttery, light butterscotch, light vanilla, white pepper,some subtle spiciness.

M- Moderate body feel with plenty of fine, champagne like carbonation with a mild cloying feel, which is OK with me.

D- This style is not always up my alley, but this is a great representation of this style. Easy to drink and delicious. If you like belgians or trippels...most likely you have had this already...if not it is a must try.

Photo of fairdinkum2
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy, light golden color. Pretty looking. Formed a creamy, persistent head. Nose was a little restrained, but some estery, fruit fragrance was apparent.
This beer is pretty carbonated, but not to the level, where it impacts drinkability.
Has an excellent balance of fruit, sweetness and malt. Starts out sweet, but finishes dry. Very nice effort

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

pours nice golden color with a thin dissipating white head, very little lacing.

smells of apples and honey, with a definite belgian yeast characteristic. a little lemony to.

yeasty and sour on first sip. although more lemony and grassy throughout.

very foamy mouthfeel, thin body. easy on the palate.

not bad. light.

the label says triple but my mouth says session.

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

Poured from a 75 cl green bottle into a Fin Du Monde glass.

Upon un-caging the cork, while I was trying to dislodge the cage from the cork because it was embedded therein, the cork popped out on its own whereupon beer flowed forth much like champagne. A waste of beer to be sure.

Very heady beer. The color is a nice deep golden-orange and slightly hazy. The head a nice bone. The lacing is fluffy and quite pronounced.

Slight hints of pineapple, anise and butterscotch in the nose along with piny and estery notes cut through the candy sugar.

Taste is heavenly. Grain and hops meld with the sugar and create this wonderful balance. Sweet, tangy, a bit piney and citrus all come through.

The mouth-feel is also great. Mid-full body and high carbonation with a slight dryness and a lingering finish make me want more.

Great drinkability especially for a beer over 8%. Almost as quaffable as a saison and more complex. Awesome beer and one of my new favorites (I have many).

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

Taken from notes. Had this on draft at Birreria Paradiso in DC a few months back.

A: A clear yellow brew with a nice thick head, that quickly dissipated.

S: Sweetness, lightness, goodness - with no bitterness.

T: Initially effervescent with light citrus, some sweet malt on the tongue, fairly dry and not too complex.

M: Thick, creamy, bubbly on the tongue, dry.

D: I don't know about this one... it's certainly a nice tripel, but it's not very complex or dynamic - you drink it, flavor hits the tongue, and it's gone - nothing really gives it much to get you interested in drinking a lot more.

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

Creamy, spicy flavors are also quite fruity and even if the origin of these remains difficult to identify. It reveals, however, the apricot. The beer is made with barley, wheat and oats (each grain is taken once believed, once malted) and is very warm and contains little bitterness. The flavor is mild and sweet with a finish reminiscent of quinine. It is less sweet and more balanced than the pressure bottle and she appears much more refreshing, even if it is full of flavors. Complex beer.

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

330mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Clear copper color with a huge long-lasting white head. Sweet aroma of yeast and fruits. Complex malt flavors with more yeast, citrus, and spices. Sweeter than most tripels, but not too sweet. Alchohol isn't noticible at all. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Well balanced and very drinkable, this is one of my all-time favorites!

Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours golden with a huge white head and lots of bubbles. The aroma is a mix of Belgian wheat and fruit, very inviting. The flavor is very similar with lots of lemon and other citrus dominating. You also get the Belgian yeast and malt character you expect from a world-class tripel. The beer has a light mouthfeel and is very carbonated. Very refreshing.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a dense white head. Leaves loads of lacing on the glass.

Smells of alcohol soaked fruits all spiced up. Notes of apple and pear appear with an alcohol layer and spicy clove to round out everything.

Tastes of the fruits upfront with a bready malt to back it up and the spice draped on top of it. The fruits are composed of the apple, pear, and banana. The spice offers a perfect counterpoint to the sweetness. Alcohol is present, but it does not detract in any way.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a luscious and soft amount of carbonation.

Photo of yelterdow
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at cellar temperature, this will be imbibed from arguably the most beautiful Belgian beer glass ever created... the brewery's own oversize goblet.

Appearance- The crystal clear, golden beer pours quietly into the glass... then with fortitude, the crown billows three fingers tall, climbing upwards and settling firmly to a thick, soapy mat. Long, island-like lacing drapes the interior of the vessel.

Smell- The perfume that wafts from this glass is other-worldly. I've enjoyed drinking this beer for many years now, and I will always savor and muse over its stunning display of spices, flowers, and succulent sweetness. The aroma simply cannot be justly described in words, it must be properly absorbed by the senses, experienced for oneself.

Taste- Fantastic to the point of worship... this beer has a crisp, firm malt backbone that sets the stage for an Olympic display of fruity spices and hops to dazzle the palate. Phenomenally amazing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Aside from the initial overly-excited burst of efferevescence, the texture is soft and full with a mouth-filling presence that reaches all areas of the tasting spectrum. An absolute classic in the art of Belgian brewing, this is the one beer I will support and recommend to anyone looking for the best of the best.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from .33L bottle to tulip the liquid is a classic cloudy yellow with great carbonation. The fluffy small bubble head is tall, fine, light and leaves very nice lace.

The smell is mildly sweat and lighly yeasty with a big aroma of hops.

The taste is very nice, light lemon citrus lightly complementing a great bready malt and a very nice hops that adds both fruit and spice. Lots of pepper, allspice, cloves and ginger wwork nicely over peaches, pears and sweat apple.

The mouthfeel is light and snappy, and fine well carbonated lighter then medium body.

The drinkability was very good I was very sad to finish , yet please to have this wonderful brew.


Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 07EK

Poured into the huge Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades down to a think layer. Color is a pale golden yellow. Not a lot of lace left.

Aroma: Some funk to it. A lot of spices, pepper, cloves. Very appealing.

Taste: A nice big spice flavor off the top. Cloves and peppers, some lemon and fruit flavors. Well done.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and refreshing, smooth. I really like it. Light bodied but nice high carbonation makes the mouthfeel so great. I really like it.

Overall, I really like this beer. It is well down and I could easily drink more. The MF is amazing. Good drinkability as well.

Photo of flagmantho
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden yellow with only a touch of haze; lots of apparent effervescence and a huge white head of large bubbles. Appetizing.

Smell: light and airy but with a very delicious and sweet classic tripel aroma. A little pear, a little cherry, a little chalk; magnifique.

Taste: just spectacular. Light, sweet malt with a certain unctuousness which I just love. Flavor tracks with the aroma: pear, cherry, chalk; even a nice bitterness to round out the aroma. This is one extremely tasty tripel; definitely among my favorites.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation to create a deliciously appealing creaminess.

Drinkability: this is just one fantastic beer. Tripels are usually good at hiding their nuclear ABV and Tripel Karmeliet is no exception; throw in the amazing flavor and this is an experience I can't wait to repeat.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear and shimmering yellow with a white inch high head. Very pretty looking elixer.

The nose is big on orchard fruit -peaches, arpricot, pears and also some pineapple. There is some spice going on too -clove mostly. Some flowery hops are also detected.

The taste is that of a sublime balance of fruity sweetness that rolls through but pauses for a small spice break and finishes slightly sweet with a lingering flowery taste.

Mouthfeels just don't get any better than this. Ultra smooth with a high amount of carbonation.

This could possibly be the best example of a Belgian tripel that I have had the pleasure to enjoy. Very drinkable, even at 8+ abv.

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

Poured from .75L bottle into wine glasses.

Clear light mustard yellow with slight yeast cloudiness. 2-3 fingers of white foam that lasted. Lacy on sides of glass also lasted.

Aroma of yeast and spice.

Smooth taste, cumin and slight yeast taste.

Body to it on the tongue but never the less a smooth sipping drink.

Sat aroung in the evening with friends sipping.

Photo of blackearth
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 750 ml bottle at Flannery's II in Oconomowoc, WI. Poured into my new Tripel Karmeliet goblet, this beer shows a golden straw body with an enormous, puffy white head. Aroma is of yeasty lemon peel and sparkling wine. Mouthfeel is effervescent and very carbonated. Spicy yeast esters are the initial flavors. Even with all the bubbles, the wheat and oats give it a smooth finish with a bit of alcohol warmth. This is good out of the bottle, but I think it's better on tap.

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

Taken on-tap at the Trappist in Oakland

Pours a big frothy head, foamy lace climbing up the glass. A light yellow glow to it.

Smells like pineapple, and a bouquet of flowers.

Banana and lavender flavors, with a big floral aftertaste.

Feels light, with a pleasant carbonation. Highly drinkable.

Lots of personality, yet not at all overbearing. Among the best of the lighter Tripels.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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