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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,411
Reviews: 1,214
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 220
Gots: 451 | 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 Kadonny
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green corked and caged 750 bottle into my Unibroue tulip glass. Bottle is about 6 months old.

A: A hazy golden color with a one finger nice fluffy head. Nice glass lacing and retention.

S: Fresh fruits with clove spices and yeasty bready smells. Sweetness comes across the nose with some slight spicy floral hops.

T: Great fruit flavors with pear, apple, banana, lemon and a spicy yeasty clove flavor. The sugar sweetness comes in the middle but dies down at the end with some spicy floral hops and some alcohol poking through. Not overly sweet but sweet enough. Very enjoyable finish with some sweet and tart flavors that linger. Very nice.

M: Full, coating, sweet and spicy with some alcohol that is very welcome.

D: I was surprised at how drinkable this was. Very enjoyable.

Overall this is an excellent tripel, probably the best one I've ever had. It's not too sweet but stays within the style with sweet and tart flavors. A true classic tripel that deserves a top spot in the category. Well done, I will no doubt enjoy more!

Photo of Liverpool08
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a hazy golden orange, with a nice white head. Good carbonation. Aroma is bananas, cloves and that nice belgian yeast, but also a whiff of the alcohol. The taste is at first very sweet. Candies sugar and bananas. But then the alcohol kind of burns off the sweetness, making this a great sipper of a Tripel. I think this stands out among Tripels as a unique version. Very well crafted with the haet of the alcohol mellowing out the sweetness of the yeast.

Photo of impending
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a Karmeliet glass at Taps in Petaluma, CA. Golden orange hazy straw color with a strong 3 finger white head, vigorous carbonation. Classic belgian scent of sweets, malt, yeast and spice but vanilla is obvious as well - the vanilla makes this extra special !

Taste follows the nose but adds in alcohol - in a positive way. Strong floral note. The aftertaste is very pleasant and encourages sipping.

Superb brew

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

A - Pours a brassy gold with a huge white head and copious lace.

S - Smells bready, sweet, and lemon-tinged.

T - Tripel being one of the most flat-out enjoyable and palatable brews; this is just par for the course. Tasty, rich, clean, with just a tinge of alcohol on the finish.

M - Bright, effervescent and exceptionally smooth.

D - Tastes great, pairs well with food, widely palatable; a very good beer, all things considered.

Photo of Reaper16
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a Tripel Karmeliet giant tulip

Pours a vibrant orange color whose body is totally translucent. An ever-visible stream of carbonation rises from the center-bottom of the glass. The head on this beer is awesome. Four fingers of off-white foam, fluffy and clingy with lace. This beer is always a tremendous looking pour.

This is an ideal nose for a Tripel. A fruit blend of apricot, pear, banana and slight lemon brings immediate sweetness. The beer is all the sweeter for the candi sugar. There is a bit of a tang that is telling of wheat. Warmth brings medicinal sort of aroma like that of a menthol-lyptus cough drop. This is very true to style while also owning some unique qualities.

The taste follows the nose, only blunted a bit. The candi sugar almost overtakes the fruits. The beer is not cloying but sweetness is all you get from the yeasty fruits. Thankfully the multigrain bill provides a wheaty component that, while not enough to balance, add some complexity. But balance isn't really the domain of the Tripel, is it? This is good. Nothing more, nothing less.

The oats on the grain bill make for a thicker, smoother drink than most Tripels. The relative creaminess does right by the beer's sweetness. As far as Tripels go, this one has good drinkability. I think I'd still prefer a La Fin Du Monde over it, but you could drink a couple of these in the summertime and feel sated.

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet

Appearance: gold in color, clear, 1/2 inch head

Smell: lemon, wheat, orange

Taste: orange, lemon, coriander, malt, touches of hay and alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn and bitter backbone, light body with medium carbonation

Drinkability: I find this to be an above average tripel, but there are several others I prefer in the style. I would not turn this down, but also would probably not get this again.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Fathead's tonight.

A-slightly hazed golden straw color with a tight creamy white head.

S-the nose is nicely balanced, notes of toasted bread with an underlying caramel malt. Hints of yeast, lemon, and a nice golden peach in the back.

T-the taste is very sweet and not as balanced as the nose. light caramel malts and a touch of breadiness up front but faint. this is overtaken by sugar and golden fruits. pear, peach, lemon with a touch of grassy hops in the back and a hint of bitterness.

M-smooth and creamy medium body with a great carbonation giving it a good balance on the feel with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

D-this is so sweet, it is tasty but just too sweet. the nose had a good balance that was missed on the taste. too much sugar; but hid the 8.4 alcohol.

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

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - A nice hazy orange with a head that lingers forever.

S - Peaches and bananas.

T - Yeasty, sweet, and slightly alcoholic. Pretty well balanced.

M - A bit thick with a slight carbonation sting on the tongue.

D - Needs to be sipped. The alcohol doesn't linger, which makes it easy to drink if taken slowly.

Summary - A pretty nice example of a Tripel.

Photo of chileman13
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up @ star liquor in Durango,Co. upon the reccomendation of Oliver, their beer geek. This is really the 2nd time I have had this, however had taken a hiatus (sp?) in doing reviews.
Poured from a 750 ml into a extra large wine goblet. a-Straw yellow w large white 3 fingers of head. The head drops to 1/8th inch and never truly goes away.It does not lace at all.
s- pure belguim spicy, yeasty, fruity aromatic.
m- highly carbonated this is really the champagne of beers.
t- superior belguim...come on you know what i mean.
d-yes this is a great belguim.
I would buy this again in a heartbeat. I would love to have this on tap.
Peace out....

Photo of bryanmetzger
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive beer once poured. Beautiful head that settled and laced very well. Great hints of pepper and citrus that contrast nicely. I wish it was slightly less carbonated. I felt lik it thinned out the beer and lessened my enjoyment of it. I would have preferred a more robust mouthfeel. Other than that, truly enjoyed it. Yummy.

Photo of hoppyhampy
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Pangea Cafe at just below room temp into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. I haven't had this one before and haven't been drinking Belgian ales lately but decided to treat myself. Brilliantly clear, golden yellow in color and great head formation, retention, and lacing. Bananas, orange peel, and coriander on the nose and much the same on the palate. Not really complex in these aspects. What you see (smell, taste) is what you get which isn't exactly a bad thing but I thought if there was anything lacking it was in these areas. Just medium bodied but still almost syrupy in texture. I found it to be quite drinkable for a number of reasons: relatively low carbonation, the malt is very sweet but very light, the presence of alcohol is nearly undetectable, and the finish is surprisingly clean for a relatively heavy beer.

Photo of jpittman80
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Brilliantly clear golden straw. White head that lasts and leaves the Belgian lace. Beautiful beer, but it did explode and ran over after popping the cork, and almost seems too clear to be a tripel...

S - Nice pepper aroma mostly, with light, sweet citrus and pears.

T - Oh. It seems like almost too much going on here. All of the aroma notes are present. Especially the pepper. Sour, sweet. It really doesn't seem to taste like any "standard" tripel. Good thing or poor categorization? I'm also not convinced that I didn't get a skunked bottle. Stupid green bottles.

M - I want to believe this is medium bodied, but it is so carbonated that it turns to foam in my mouth. This makes way too thin bodied.

D - The whole carbonation issue is a problem for me, as well as the clean-but-somehow-muddled flavor.

This isn't a bad beer, but I really didn't enjoy the experience. I would rather call this a Strong Golden or Belgian Specialty. I'll stick with the classic tripels.

Photo of bump8628
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy gold with a finger of white head the fizzles to a wisp.

Big spiciness throughout with a heavy dose of coriander and some clove and pepper in the background. The blend of 3 different malts creates a rustic backdrop for the yeast. Warming alcohol definitely becomes apparent as it warms.

Not the best tasting of this beer I've had. It was served about ten degrees too cold so some of the complexity never really came out.

Another bottle on 2/27/2012 yielded much better results. Beautiful look, pristine gold with a thick ring of pure white that sticks in sheets. Rose water, spring grass, apricot, and a light overtone of banana and bubblegum. Great dryness finishes it off perfectly

My second favorite Tripel after La Fin du Monde.

Photo of WhiteOak
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Marked 08/09

A- Bright, comparatively clear medium yellow. Big, foamy, snow white head of coarse bubbles.

S- Perfect.


What a perfume on this beer! It doesn't get much better than this, and if it does, I want to know where. Spices, yeast, sweet malt, tropical flowers/fruits, champagne, bread dough, buttery shortbread, green apple.

T- Tripel Karmeliet drinks as beautifully as it smells. The entire composition of this beer is magnificent. Delicious. The sweet rich malt has grafted together with the spicy phenolic flavors to perfection. Very alluring, it is hard to put this beer down. Decadent satisfaction here.

M, D- Nearly flawless feel -- just as the full-bodied sweet/spice coats the palate, the CO2 washes away just the right portion of it to make you want to hit the repeat button, over, and over, and over....


Photo of mherring
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a corked bottle of this from one of the local beer stores. Getting ready for a homebrewing attempt at this style and wanted some inspiration. Poured into a tulip glass that my roommate had. Conveniently enough, his glass was stamped with the logo for this exact beer!

A - Very cloudy, dark orange/pale brown. Got a lot of head off a slow pour. Only poured about half the 25 oz. bottle into the glass, and the tulip was filled about the brim. About as appetizing a beer as I've ever poured.

S - Smelled pretty fruity to me. Fruity and sweet. Not picking up a lot of hops. Maybe a little bit too sweet?

T - Tasted very sweet, much like the smell. Got some malts in there as well, along with some fruity flavors. Probably matched the smell and taste as well as any beer I've ever tried. As it sat out longer and got a little bit warmer, I started to pick up some faint alcohol flavors. Kind of liked that better to mix up the sweetness.

M - Really active carbonation, but still a pretty smooth drinking beer. Pretty true to the style.

D - Great drinkability if it wasn't so high up in ABV. Then again, for a tripel, this really shouldn't be surprising. Not that that's a bad thing.

Photo of sweemzander
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 14GK? printed on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow orange color that produced a good fluffy, yet effervescent white head. Left tons of lacing behind as it dissipated.

(S)- A fresh fruitiness of banana & lemon with a twist of clove. A wheat/biscuit-like dryness with a touch of yeast & honey. A beautiful smell for the style.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. Much more biscuit & clove spice up front, but a more delicate fruit sweetness. Nothing to complain about here; leaves a fresh taste in the mouth.

(M)- A big carbonation level that is near a sparkling level, but it fits the style well. Crisp, with a good dryness & a great fruitiness. Great balance. Smooth stuff.

(D)- A fantastic Tripel. It has everything one should expect from the style. My biggest problems with tripels have been over carbonation or being too spicy with clove or whatnot, however this one has everything in its place & is balanced wonderfully. A definitive example of the style, not to mention one of its best in my opinion.

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

Gorgeous Tripel here!

Poured the 330ml bottle it into my Oerbier Glass. Not particularly cloudy with clear golden hues. Approximately a 1 to 2 finger head that disappears quickly leaving a thin white lace. Once settled it looked like molasces in a glass :)

Smell was typically Belgian - Fruity with medicinal phenols but also very herbal, sort of like sweet flowers. It is topped off with vanilla and honey.

Taste was phenomenal! Hints of pepper and spice with orange clove, fruity esters, sweet malt and a hint of vanilla flavour on the back of the palate. The slight sweet caramel aftertaste balanced impeccibly with the alcohol bite on the finish.

As you can tell from my tasting notes, this is a big brew. The mouthfeel just makes it all the more pleasurable too. Silky smooth all the way down even with the noticably high ABV and lively carbonation it presents.

Another BIG tripel with plenty of character that is surprisingly easy to drink! No wonder it's rated by many as one of the best. I have to agree as it is my favourite tripel.

Photo of snpub540
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear golden straw colored hue. It was topped with a white head that left little lacing.

Aroma was very earthy and fruity with those yeast scents making up pretty much all of the nose.

Taste is a nice balance of sweetness with some spice flavors. Cloves and bitter orange peel dominate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is great and the beer is crisp and refreshing.

Photo of sliverX
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happened to stop at the Tap & Mallet while in Rochester, NY April 27, 2010. Reps from Brouwerij Bosteels as well as their US distributor had an impromptu tasting, if I understood right just because they were in town. Well might as well try everything they import so here's #3. Presented with a clear golden brew with plenty of white head floating on top. This had the perfect tripel smell sweet malty, spice, and yeast all well present. The taste followed the nose as well as adding in some caramel sweetness, I noticed a strawberry yogurt like taste in the finish which while odd was welcome and not off putting. Mouthfeel was a very velvety smooth medium to full bodied. This was damn near the perfect tripel, I do love a good tripel though.

It was also very cool to hear how this beer came about from the Brewery Rep.

Photo of richmof
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In terms of Belgian beer aesthetics, Karmeliet rivals Orval. Its showy and ostentatious glass is of course over the top but why not. In its glass, the beer is a golden amber coulour with a creamy head and good retention.

On the nose, the grains come through but also the yeasty fruits.

Following on to the palate, Karmeliet opens slightly dry before releasing its yeasty fruitiness. I get bananas but also a caramel note from the touted 3 grains.

Nice effervesence in the mouth. It is a great beer for one or two but I couldn't have a Karmaliet session.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice x2.

A= This is a sexy looking beer. It's bubbly and active. The voluptuous rocky head persists throughout. It is opaque red-orange in the middle and blends to a translucent golden yellow on the curvy edges of the glass.

S= I have to admit that my olfactory perceptiveness is masked by the food smells filling the house. It smells sweet and floral with a spice that compliments the shallots and thyme odors from the dinner my wife is preparing. I can't wait to eat.

T= The malt sweetness and slight bitterness hits the tongue first. This is followed by spicy esters and some alcohol warmth. The sweet bitterness continues in the aftertaste.

M= Light to medium bodied. The carbonation level is higher than expected, and this may make the mouthfeel lighter than necessary.

D= I was almost able to finish the whole bottle without feeling like, "I can drink this whole bottle without sharing it." The ABV is just on the border of, "Don't try to drink this whole thing on your own!" Otherwise, very drinkable.

Photo of BastardKing24
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never had this before now, and ive been drinking craft beer for 3 years , bout damn time :P

Pours a dense cloudy straw color, tons of stuff in this, wheat particles etc. The head wouldn't stop building in my tulip glass, 11.2 ounces and it stopped right at the top about 3 fingers high, perfect looking beer = 5.

Smell is lemons, wet hay, grains, butterscotch, coriander.
I like!

Taste is REALLY good. I can't describe how good it's just so balanced. Tart up front with light sourness and citrus that doesn't over power. Builds to a long and satisfying sweetness of Belgian tripel goodness. Yeasty taste, light fruits, apple/pear, some white grape maybe, lemon. The sweetness and the tart aspect covers alot of fruit categories, so YUMMY.

Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated once the head dies down.
Slick and filling

the ABV sneaks up on you since its so well blended, but i couldnt get tired of this taste, could have a few pints.

Photo of eat
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fin du Monde tulip. The beer is a glowing golden colour with lots of visible carbonation. The airy, bright-white head was short-lived, receding to a wispy ring around the glass. No lacing. Above average rating for the nice colour only.

Wheat, yeast, tons of fresh lemon, caramel sweetness, rosemary and thyme (never picked those out in a beer before), white pepper, astringency, very light traces of other spices. Gets a lot better as it warms. Pretty nice, I'd rate it 4.25 if I could.

Good thing the flavour comes through for this one. And thankfully the rosemary is noticeable...I was hoping for that. Very cool. This beer has a pretty powerful taste: quite astringent (almost acidic), lemon, wheat, bitter hops, light spices (coriander, clove, cinnamon), rosemary and thyme...though no parsley or sage (cue drums). A sugary sweetness is almost out of balance, but not quite. Quite a complex and interesting tripel, though I can't decide whether I'm into it or not. It's pretty intense. Drying finish and scarily subdued alcohol for 8.4%. I'd actually like to rate the flavour 4.25 as well, so I'm just going to up the rating a little by giving the smell 4.5, though neither are a full 4.5 to me.

Very present carbonation, moreso even than La Fin du Monde. I think the feel is too intense to pair with the intense flavour, putting this beer a little over the top intensity-wise. Smooth light-medium body. The carbonation could be toned down IMO.

I'm not too sure what I think of this beer, I feel like I'd need to revisit it a few times. My first impression is a good one, however. I'd love to come back to this one. I find the herbal quality to be super interesting, never having come across it before in a beer. Definitely not sessionable but I'm not having any trouble with this bottle. Out of Tripel Karmeliet and Duvel, I'd say it should be this one getting all the love. Much more interesting.

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

On Tap @ BXL Cafe

Look: Bright golden/orange color, cloudy, fluffy white head with very good retention & lacing

Smell: Sweet malt, honey, orange, spices

Taste: Up Front: Malt forward, honey. Finish: Citrus, spices

Mouthfeel: Medium body & effervescent

Drinkability: Super quaffaliscious

Overall Impression: It was my 3rd beer of the night, and my favorite of the three. I had 3 of them - YUMMY!!!!

Photo of ocmpoma
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out a nice golden hue into the old Duvel tulip. Big, fluffy white head -- actually a very good impression of a Duvel. The head faded out and left little to no lacing and a tiny bit of film.

A good nose; mulled spices and malt up front for a nice, sweet aroma -- plenty of orange and citrus on the back end with no bitterness. The taste is malt-forward, too, and excellent; sweet with lots of orange and lemon and more cinnamon, just a hint of must on the tail end.

The mouthfeel is quite good, lots of body and a good carbonation; extremely drinkable.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,411 ratings.