1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

Not Rated.
Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

3,133 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,133
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 182
Gots: 308 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Tripel Karmeliet Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,133 | Reviews: 1,184 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"I'm looking for Belgians." I say to Jeff at Charley's and he responds with this - his "favourite beer." Appearance can mean a lot, and this arrives in its own elaborate engraved glass like something out of a monastery. It pours quite similar to the Duvel, big dense fine head that lingers a lot. A fine, pale yellow, a hint of haze. Splendid phenolic slightly malty aroma invites you in. On the palate a complex mix of yeasty, earthy mineral components, slight caramel sweetness. Lingering finish that you remember hours later. Close to the Duvel in my book.

AylwinForbes, May 28, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours apple juice golden yellow with contrasting white head.

Nose is complex with fruits such as peach, apricot, and apple.

On the palate the malt comes through with ample sweetness, with this ale having a rather candy like flavor. White licorice, cardamon, faint cinnamon, and light pepper are here as well.

Finishes lengthy and candy sweet, and all too easy to drink.

yemenmocha, May 27, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A - I really like the bottle. It's simple but inspiring. The beer has a light golden color with great clarity and a big white head.

S - Candy sugar and spicy notes.

T - Mild sweetness and a lingering bitterness. Very clean and crisp.

M - Good consistency and feel.

D - This has become a favorite of mine. I really like the simplicity of it. It's very easy to drink.

GJ40, May 25, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet has a cloudy golden body with a huge, fluffy white head. The retention is great, and there is a little bit of nice lacing.

Smells very yeasty, with various light fruits and a touch of spice. Candied sugar and bready malts round out the aroma.

Tripel Karmeliet is a complex yet delicate beer. It manages to have a lot going on without being extremely powerful, and it is a very enjoyable beer. The star is the yeast, that adds a lot of fruit notes and hints of pepper or coriander. The fruit is light a sweet, apricots with hints of white grapes and apple. Candied sugar comes next, with bready malts rounding out the beer.

Mouthfeel is great. It is smooth and creamy with prickly carbonation.

Tripel Karmeliet is one of my favorite tripels. It is one of the few beers that I keep coming back to. It is light and refreshing, and has a complex profile that comes together very nicely.

Hojaminbag, May 21, 2008
Photo of animal69
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a very young sample, BOD 11/07, pours an almost clear golden color w/ 1" of pillowy white foam that never really settles all the way down leaving an almost unbroken lacing in my snifter ; a strong smell, loads of bready pils malts, and a mostly floral hop aroma blended w/ fruits and some hot alcohol make for a sweet "beer perfume" ; a crisp, faintly tart flavor made up of a huge malt front, cereal grain with a hint of nuts(?), greener fruits and a bit of grassy hop bite, some caramel and hints of raison midway, finishes smooth, dry and alcoholic, incredible overall flavor ; extremely dry, actually quite light bodied and ever effervescing, excellent mouthfeel ; not only drinkable, but addictive, i can't say enough, this stuff ROCKS !!!...

animal69, May 19, 2008
Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow, with a massive white head. Smells of grain and alcohol. Taste is quite dry, light in body, but a nice spicy character. The hops balance out the beer with a medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, though carbonation levels are slightly high. This is a good beer, though I personally would only want to have one at a time, its drinkability isn't as high as other Tripels I have had.

tronester, May 19, 2008
Photo of sml505
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Cheeky Monk (Denver).

A - Golden amber with a huge, two-three finger head.

S - Complex nose. Lemon, coriander, yeast, spice (pepper/ coriander). I could smell this for hours!

T - Sweet malts/ grains. Floral, malty with light hops. Yeast dryness in finish.

O - Fantastic beer. Very complex nose and flavors with light finish

sml505, May 19, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a difference a serving type makes! Had this one out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle.

The first time I tried this beer, it was on tap. I gave it lower scores because the carbonation was lacking for a Tripel and took away from the overall mouthfeel and flavor. This was not the case out of the bottle.

Poured into a snifter, a lovely golden yellow with a huge rocky head that left mass amount of lacing down the glass.

Smell was sweet, and spicy with a hint of alcohol in the back of the nose.

Taste is out of this world! Sweet, bready malts, nice hop character, spiciness, and slight alcohol warming on the finish.

The high carbonation of bottle fermentation made this one zing and really brought out the flavors. Good mouthfeel, delicate, but became slightly syrupy and overly sweet towards the end as it warmed to room temperature.

This thing packs a punch with it's 8% ABV, but wow, what a flavor! I could sip on this all night long. Fantastic brew and everything that a good Belgian should be.

A+ indeed.

KeefD, May 18, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this on draft at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pittsburgh. Served cool in the Karmeliet tulip.

A - A crystal clear straw w/ white cap that measures an inch and condenses to about 1/8 inch leaving little lace.

S - A honey and sweet lemony spice w/ coriander accented by a tropical fruit note and light oaky scent

M - Sweet, spiced dry w/ a creamy element and moderate carbonation w/ med to full body. An excellent representation of the style -leaves an impression and the feel still goes on after the taste

T - A green melon flavor w/ slight herbal hops in the initial flavors. The spice in the yeast and grain give this a nutty taste w/ a gentle yeasty breadiness w/ tea like refreshing qualities. The crisp herbal flavor is accent w/ nutty dry and subtle malty, grainy flavor w/ a cereal like sweetness and gentle boozy finish.
The hops add to the flavor w/ subtle spice and a sort of mown hay aspect that is very tasty w/ toasty smoothness.

D - An absolute classic yet more of a Saison w/ its spice and earthiness. A very excellent tastte and definitely must be tried on draft. I consider this a unique and fine Tripel that is very accessible and well crafted. World Class, must be experienced.

Slatetank, May 12, 2008
Photo of bosco7
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle with nice silk screened art. Poured into a tasting-glass.

Beautiful beer; golden color topped with a huge fluffy white head.

Pear, apple skin, clove, flowers, soft aromas in the nose. Some hop spice in there as well. Aroma is highly appetizing.

Starts sweet with some light caramel flavors that immediately move into fruity apple and pear flavors. The spicier flavors are prominent in the finish. Black pepper and clove come to mind. The finish is very dry and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and plenty of carbonation. Highly drinkable beer and ABV is hardly noticeable. I really enjoyed this tripel and would recommended on its aroma alone.

bosco7, May 12, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alas, after a short stint of reviewing some of the worst beers possible, I am restoring my faith in brewing with a bottle of Karmeliet.

It pours a rich golden color with a foamy off white head. Not quite the silky top I look for in a Belgian Tripel. Not much lacing either.

The nose is quite complex and will take some warming to be appreciated. Right now, I find spicy Belgian yeasts and peppery alcohol over a bed of ripe tropical and citrus fruits. Some honey grians and candy malts as well.

I was a bit reluctant to drop $5 on a beer I could get for a Euro at a grocery store in Belgium, but this was well worth it. A complex flavor profile that should be enjoyed between cellar and room temperature. As a rainbow of flavors hits my palate, I try to comprehend what I am tasting. I detect a base of bready malts with a salad of buttery sweet yet tart and tangy fruits. Spicy Belgian yeasts and hops blend together perfectly with peppery alcohols.

The velvety mouthfeel compliments the beer perfectly. It has a full body that passes over the tounge like silk. Fine carbonation is present, but does not get in the way.

This well balanced ale presents so much yet lets nothing stand out. I need to find out how to get a keg of this stuff. Delicious.

rye726, May 06, 2008
Photo of jenitivecase
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours clear with an enormous head which dissipates quickly but yields some nice lacing. Color is pale-orangeish, almost an apricot color.

Smell: Fruity, with overtones of apricot and some citrus notes. Alcohol smell is definitely present, but not overbearing. Yeast scents are also present.

Taste: I can tell this is 8% alcohol. The fruity tones in the smell are also present in the taste; lots of apricot, with some apple and even a hint of grapefruit. However, many more spices are present in the taste, and the character of the grains and malt is coming through strong, as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet bubbly. Despite the discernable alcohol content, this beer manages to have a creamy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Although the alcohol content is far from overwhelming, it is more present here than in some other tripels I have had. This beer is fun to sip and enjoy, but I'm not overly depressed I don't have a second one on hand.

jenitivecase, May 04, 2008
Photo of Moxley
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A lot foam came up as soon as it was opened. Weird. Maybe someone dropped it and didn't tell us...anyway, once settled, it was a hazy butterscotch color with a 1 ½ inch head that eventually settled to nothing. Looked a lot like sparkling apple cider.

S - Apricot and fruity with a strong alcohol smell.

T - Extremely sweet and highly carbonated. Lots of fruit up front - apple and raison nuances.

M&D - You could feel the heat from the ABV in your throat after a couple sips. Left a sweet and sticky coating in your mouth with an almost dry finish.

Too sweet for my liking but good to try. Good replacement for those who don't like wine. High ABV (8.0) so I wouldn't consider this a session beer.

Moxley, May 03, 2008
Photo of JBogan
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold color with a huge foamy head which left a lot of lacing in my glass.

Smelled of fruits, mainly some banana and grapefruit, with a nice balance of maltiness.

Tasted more of the malts, along with a good sampling of fruits. Very clean and refreshing on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was a little flatter than I was expecting after seeing the huge head. Still it was medium bodied and not bad at all.

This was a very nice beer to sip and enjoy. I'd certainly have it again.

JBogan, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out very carbonated and has a large head; however, the large head dissipates to a ring fairly quickly. The beer is a golden colour that is quite murky looking.

The nose on the beer is yeasty with a hint of sweet fruits which probably come from the wheat. This beer is complex with the three different types of grains in it. The first taste has a bunch of spices, while the middle if quite fruity, then eventually has a smooth finish to it. The beer is quite tasty had has a creamy mouthfeel.

The beer is drinkable, but like most Triples I just want one of each kind.

swizzlenuts, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of joeskirkie
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL screen printed bottle poured slowly into a goblet yields a clear light orange body with a lively white head that dissipated quickly but left a lingering lace.

I mostly detect the spicy yeast aroma from it. Also orange rind and some citrus.

Taste starts off with a light spicy citrus then goes sweet with some honey notes and wraps up in a smooth finish.

On the tongue its bubbly but not too bubbly, so it's pretty relaxing.

I have no real complaints here. A good textbook Tripel. I could go with this one for a few more rounds.

joeskirkie, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a bottle into a goblet.

A- Cloudy gold with a one and a half inch white foam head. Left a thick white foam sheet that covered the sides of the goblet.

S- Fruit smells with hints of citrus, apple and banana with a strong alcohol finish.

T- Sweet fruit flavors with raisin, hops and a slight alcohol warmth though not a strong as the smell would lead you to believe. Finishes slightly bitter but clean.

MF&D- Very high carbonation but suits this beer well. light bodied but leaves behind a sweet sticky coating in the mouth. Very good beer but not quite worth the $15.99 price tag on the 4-pack.

hyland24, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of BeerLover729
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This golden liquid poured into a deep wine glass foamed a frothy two finger head.

S: When just below room temperature: strong phenolic characte4 with grapey fruity note.

T: Sweet phenolic tripel. Complex yeast flavor: spicyness, phenols, fusel alcohols with notable Brettanomyces presence as well. Citrus fruitiness, with light dark fruit, date fig, character.

M: Syrupy medium bodied brew with vigorous carbonation but moderate residual sweetness pervades.

D: Lovely tripel, but warming alcohol can get to be too much. A little sweet but still a great drink.

Note: Yummy tripel.

BeerLover729, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick 2.5" white head pours a light fizzy golden color.

S: Citrus hops blend with the light malts and spices with a smooth fruity aftertaste to finish it off. I wish I could pick up on the types of fruits but they alluded me.

T: Faintly sour citrus spices with an alcoholic taste and crisp clean malts.

M/D: Bubbly, light and very bitter for the style, a slight touch of sweetness and some sourness. A very complex feel in the mouth which makes it a little tougher to drink but still is good.

Kemmerlin, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a goblet. The beer is a hazy orange color with a fluffy 2 and a half finger head that is almost pure white.

Smell: Citrus dominates the nose at first. A faint grassy note is evident from the wheat used in the brew. Honey and a light malt back up the beer to give it some balance.

Taste: Citrus and light fruits with a light honey note. Banana begins to creep in during the midpalate, which is an interesting turn, but not unwelcome. Finish is surprisingly smooth with a nice malty note that I wasn't expecting.

All in all a well balanced beer that is great for a tripel. I'm not usually a tripel fan, but this is just balanced enough for me. Nice job Bosteels.

BucBasil, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a four or five finger huge fluffy-sudsy head. Lacing is big, stripy, middle-lasting. Body is a peach-banana yellow.

Smell: Bananas, apples, corkiness, grapefruit rind. A nice, well-balanced aroma with a lot of character.

Taste: Corkiness, bready or yeasty quality. Green apples, apple cider, astringency.

Mouthfeel: Astringent, slightly. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for such a large beer. A good beer.

RidiculedDisplay, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an excellent golden-orange with a big and fluffy 2+ finger off white head that lasts forever. Big grapefruits and esters hit the nose all mixed in with some alcohol and a bit of bready sweetness. Tastes sweet bready and malty up front with some hop bitterness coming right before a fairly decent alcohol heat finishes things off. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, very satisfying and there's a little paradoxical creaminess to round off the crips edges. Carbonation is excellent, yet the drinkability suffers just a bit due to the alcohol content, which is not a problem for me, but might be for some. Tripels are my favorite brews at the moment, and I found another stellar one to add to the list with the Karmeliet.

stephens101, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden honey yellow hue with a huge bubbly head made up of millions of tiny bubbles. The bubbles continue to rise to the top for quite some time allowing the head to linger. Even after it dies a simple swirl of the glass bring a head back to life.

S: A nice light smelling triple. Tons of ripe fruit coming at you in tones mostly of green apple with bits of citrus. There is a touch of spice lingering in the mix along with some sugar.

T: I really like this. The flavor is bolder than the aroma. The apple really comes out along with a zing of lemon zest. Corriander is the spice that really stands out along with a bit of cotton candy sweetness in the finish to cut thru the fruit.

M: Very light and bubbly. Spritzy I would say.

D: Very drinkable for a triple.

Overall: I can see why this is rated as the number three triple in the world. It is big on flavor and a true joy to drink. When I purchased it I had no idea of what I had just bought. It was a real pleasant suprise. Try it you'll like it.

tpd975, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml into a chalice style glass.

A: A careful pour produced a crystal clear honey colored brew with a bit of an orange hue. Fantastic frothy white foam head at least a 1/2" thick that reduces to a tight lumpy foam that hangs in there for the whole glass. I can't imagine a more picture perfect look for a triple!

S: Pungent citrus & spice smells are foremost, with a light maltiness that lies in subtlety just beneath.

T: Nice complexity of fruit, herbs & spices, malts, and something like brown sugar taste - without the sticky sweetness. The fruits were sort of a citrus-meets-fig flavor that melds fantastically well with light caramel toasted malts and some very pleasant spices. Coriander seemed likely but not alone as there are indications of other flavors as well.

M&D: Despite the complexity, the overall flavor profile is relatively light to medium in body. The carbonation is rather lively, albeit in streams of fine bubbles, and adds to the levity of the mouthfeel. Everything comes together wonderfully to produce a highly drinkable and very enjoyable brew. One of the best triples I've had.

SIRIUS2, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of botham
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours a clear deep golden color and a single finger of loose white head. no lacings.

aroma is yeasty and fruity, with a grainy note and a fruity base. fruit notes include apple, pear and white grape.

taste is same as the aroma with a more pronounced fruit character and a bit of caramel malt.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture and a slick and clean finish. aftertaste is of residual fruit and yeast.

drinkablility is good. this is a lighter belgian in body and character, but still showcases a rich and well proportioned profile. cheers!

botham, Mar 29, 2008
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,133 ratings.