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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,157
Reviews: 1,185
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 183
Gots: 322 | 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 markaberrant
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - orange-gold, slight haze, pillowy white head, eventually recedes, leaves a bit of lace clinging to the glass.

S - soft fresh scent, lemons, flowers, herbs, underpinning of cotton-candy sweetness, really nice zing at the end of peppery spice

T - a little sweeter than I was expecting from the aroma, peppery finish brings an exciting end to things.

M - very snappy in the mouth, stinging, spicy finish combines with alcohol for quite a burn down the throat. Carbonation does give it a nice body, but overall the mouthfeel smacks you around a bit.

D - The pepper and alcohol are holding it back, although it does add to the excitement.

Kept hearing about Karmeliet being so different. I finally give it a whirl, and it is certainly distinct... I hope you like pepper in your tripel. This is a good beer, and I'm certainly not put off by it's agressiveness, but I'm having a hard time deciding if it is something I really like or not.

markaberrant, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Dilly Deli
Pours a light gold in color with a huge two inch frothy head. It was served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass as well. Smell is citrus and spice. Taste is light fruit, some spice and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is an absolutely delicious tripel.

FtownThrowDown, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of woemad
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99. Best by date of "20 F 1." Those crafty Belgians have got themselves their own calendar, apparently.

Poured an apricot color crowned with two inches of bubbly, beige foam. Modest sheets of lace are left on the sides of my St. Bernardus glass.

The nose has honey, citrus, earthy notes and a bit of booze.

The taste starts out with a honeyish sweetness that is almost immediately joined by peppery and earthy notes and a restrained lemon flavor. The fadeout is mildly dry. As I worked my way through the bottle, a warming alcohol sensation became increasingly evident.

Light bodied, with that effervescent mouthfeel that is so hard for U.S. versions of the style to duplicate.

Very tasty tripel. I'd happily consume several, but I would no doubt be paying for it later. Definitely one I'll be having again.

woemad, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Jerico
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a hay-colored beer that pours with a thick bushy head. Not much lacing. Unlike many from its style, this ones is only minimally cloudy.

S - doughy and citrusy with a slight hint of farmhouse-style funk.

T/M/D - slightly carbonated, full and chewy with a sweet, sugary finish. Many beers of the style are reminiscent of the taste of Karmeliet, but this remains one of my favorites (especially since it isn't too hard to find). Delicious and well worth a try if you've never enjoyed one!

Jerico, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lipton Iced Tea tulip at Quinn's Pub in Camden Town. Out of their Belgian fridge.

Amberish body under a 1cm fine white head. Very effervescent. Head goes to cloud and collar after a few minutes.

Nose is very fresh. Honey, belgian yeast, light grain notes. Of course very alcoholic. Berries, brown sugar.

Palate is boozy with high carbonation. Sweet with yeasty/leesy bitterness. Finishes on generous sweetness (honey) and crackery malt. Very spritzy, aggressive feel. Alcohol is slightly masked. Unibroue-style yeastiness on this one, reminds me of Fin du Monde. Spices. Mouthfeel improves over time - gets rather rich and creamy. Almost astringent in the finish.

A good tripel here.

Antilochus, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of therica
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in Leuven Belgium. Three-grain wheat/oat/barley in a rather nice blend.

A= lovely golden fluffy-headed pour.

S= very aromatic floral, typical strong-alcohol nose which is common with these higher-ABV% Belgian's.

T= florals, slight liquor taste evident, Fascinating blend of the 3 grains gives plenty for the tongue to explore. The malt/liquor taste becomes stronger and more evident toward the bottom.

M= pleasant, nice memories, typical Belgian-Tripel alcohol lingering.

D= very drinkable for a few but the 8% ABV might make it a waste or an unpleasant experience with more at one setting.

therica, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Jcb890
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall, this is a great beer. It is definitely one of my favorite Tripels.

A: First off, the Karmeliet glasses are awesome. The beer pours a nice cloudy, golden with a large head.

S: Smells of fruit and deliciousness.

T: Taste is also fruity. Very smooth and the fruit is not too overpowering, which is a good thing.

M: Also exceptional. Nice and smooth.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, but is also great for just sipping.

Jcb890, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of daledeee
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours out with more bubbles than I have ever seen. The head is fabulous. Nice clear bright gold and oh so many bubbles.

The nose is grain and fruit

Taste is really pleasant. Fruits and hops. Apples and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is not overly bubbly even though this stuff bubbles forever. Very true to what I call a triple. Clean and refreshing. This is one of the best. Very drinkable. A fine beer.

daledeee, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Reidrover
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle. into chalice. Nice looking hazy wheat golden ale, with a lovelly large thick and bubbly white head. Fantastic nose on this beer. all the usual Belgian style yeast, malts and spices but ampliphied. Very fruity, pink apples, red plums come to mind. All the flavours mentioned in the nose are present a little banana and a tinge of alcohol added in the end. Fantastic palate, great mouthfeel, smooth silky yet carbonated very well. Very good beer. Will have again.

Reidrover, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Nice golden color, large white head, lots of lace. Doesn't get better then this.

smell - Wheat, fruits, like apricots and lemon.

taste - Has a citrus taste with spices. Some hops present.

mouthfeel - Has a smooth feel.

drinkability - This is a strong bee, nice sipper. Would buy again. Enjoy!

auxiliary, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly reputed brew that I have never tried. Well, here goes. This orangey gold brew produces a big, almost Duvel-size head, very carbonated, before it recedes to a thick lacing atop the beer. Lots of citrus notes and other fruits like pears and peaches with a nice bit of sugar candy in the aroma. Taste is very much like champagne; lots of lemon, lemon pepper and other light citrus notes, most of which come from the malt and yeast. Hops give a nice little twang at the end. Tremendously smooth brew, well worth it's reputation.

One of the best tripels I have had. A world classic that is a must buy.

saintwarrick, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Golden orange color, thin white head and good carbonation. Slight sediment also detected.

S - Malty with hints of ripe fruit, citrus and a good helping of spices.

T - Malty and slightly fruity up front. Finishes off with a slightly bitter soapy flavor.

MF&D - Good example of this style, but due to the spicy flavor and high ABV, I doubt I would session this one.

nasty15108, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of julian
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade from zaf88 (thanks for this one!) and poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: beautiful cloudy orange color with a small off white head that quickly dissipates. visible and high carbonation. no lacing.

S: up front citrus smell of zesty orange peel, followed by a mild peppery spicing and sweet malting. somewhat bready. no real alcoholic aroma.

T&M: slightly alcoholic bite at first. very fizzy taste of citrus with a somewhat sour lemony wheat taste. malt sweetness subdued by a complimentary bitterness of peppery, clove like spicing.

D: very fizzy so will fill (bloat) you quickly. good to above average taste for a tripel. exemplary of the style. would definitely drink again, and could maybe drink several in a sitting.

julian, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, high carbonated, orange hue. It had a very fizzy, white, foamy, three-finger head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled very fruity!! It really smelled of cherry and apples. Also, some phenolic aromas.

T - It tasted of yeast, clove and grains. The alcohol taste was also present. It had a nice spicy kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice tripel. I had been looking for it and finally found one. I really enjoyed it.

zeff80, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a slight orange tinge. White head is thick and creamy.

Aroma has a candied, honey sweetness. Plenty of tropical fruit, especially apricot and apple. Yeasty spices bring pepper and coriander.

Taste is similar to the nose, however the light fruit aspect stands out much more. Fruit sweetness smoothly blends into the interesting yeasty spices. Finish has a mild bitterness that lingers with the spices.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, silky and smooth.

This is a very tasty brew. Flavor is unified, offering a depth of interesting balanced flavor. The high ABV is well concealed behind the sweet fruity aspect. I will get this one again.

Blakaeris, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of bashiba
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice orange/yellow with a thick and creamy head, constant carbonation running throughout.

Had a nice big fruity bouquet with some hints of yeast and wheat and clove.

Flavor is sweet and spicy with hints of vanilla, pepper, clove, pineapple and mango. Very yeasty witn a nice balance of clean grains and sweet fruit flavors with a light bit of minty hops.

Mouthfeel is very active with lots of carbonation and a touch sticky.

Easy to drink and tasty, easy to see why this could be the benchmark for Belgian Tripels.

bashiba, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of beerbutcher
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours deep gold with three finger head which fades eventually leaving beautiful lacing

aromas are rich and spicey, full of fruits with a honeyed richness and even some earthy and slightly barnish aromas.

taste is full and lush. The palate is creamy and nicely carbonated, full of fruit and honey with beautiful fruity and spicey esters.

mouthfeel is creamy and persistent. The carbonation level is wonderful and keeps it clean though the palate becomes a bit sticky as the bubbles fade.

overall, one of my favorite triples yet. Just awesome yeast character and beautiful texture. The balance is really there with this one. I would drink several if: A- I could afford them, B- I thought I'd be standing when finished. Outstanding

beerbutcher, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a slightly hazy pale orange color with a nice cap and plenty of carbonation bubbles racing to the the top. The smell is of stale grassy hops, funky belgian yeast, some candi sugar, white pepper and very light corriander and some honey suckel. The taste is quite similar to the aroma. A nice floral honey suckel sweetness, earthy/peppery spice, tropical fruit flavors, delicate pale malt presence. Maybe not quite as deep as the top notch tripels but the flavors are spot on with this one. The feel is fairly light with perfect carbonation; finishes sweet but on par with the style, not cloying. A very good text book tripel, serves well as the general example of the style.

Gmann, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland CA. Served in appropriate Karmeliet glassware. From notes.

Yellow/gold color. Light frothy head. Chardonnay aroma and taste. Fruity aroma.

Some white grape, sweet and dry. Aggressive yet balanced. Sweet malt taste, smooth.

Really wine-like. Interesting color change over time from peach to straw.

USCTrojanBrian, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
2.63/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bottle from total wine

A - Light golden in color, bright white head, with good retention, but little legs.

S - Honey, heavy alcohol presence, peach, and overall perfumy.

T - Caramel, cream, slight alcohol, also slight acetaldehyde, and bananas

M - Alc way too high.

D - Good, but alcohol presence really needs to be removed.

Maybe a bad bottle.

MisterClean, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this at my local bev mo. 750ml and green so you need to be careful to keep it out of the light when storing it.

Poured into a chimay goblet and it looks beautiful. Nice size head with a nice golden clear look to it.

Smell is the worst part of this beer but its not a bad one. Just not that great. Alot of yeast funk smell. Reminds me of homebrewing when your closet you ferment in smells funky.some fruity and caramel notes.

Taste was great. Just what I was looking for at the moment. Drank it while eating some good cheese and crackers. Tastes of slight spice, especially in the end with a light caramel and fruity flavour. Altogether light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was very carbonated but nice for the taste. Refreshing. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I could have drank the whole bottle myself but I had shared it with a roomate.

A great beer. Will be buying it in the future.

PeprSprYoFace, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a clear and rich golden colour. The head was huge, white, very moussy and goes on forever leaving a nice lacing in the glass.

The nose was a mixture of spices, vanilla, cloves, yeast, a variety of grains and fruits.

The taste was very complex. The mixture of malts resulted in a very spiced beer with citrus notes, banana, vanilla, yeast, grains and sweet malts, balanced by the hop presence.

It was slightly dry with a high carbonation level and very well disguised 8% ABV volume. Medium body and crisp and long lasting finish.

Overall, Karmeliet is very special beer. Its three different malts give the beer a distinct character. The sweetness of the malts is well counter pointed by the crispness of the flavour. It is very refreshing and quite dangerous, as you almost cannot feel the high alcohol presence.

AlexLMS, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange gold with a substantial white head. Funk dominates the aroma, but there are detectable notes of caramel and citrus. Very heavy carbonated. Delicious. Starts out with notes of sweet malts and funk, very bready tand spicy hrough the middle, with a spice finish. An excellent beer.

RomanW70, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of TroyS
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer at The Vinno Rosso in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It's a truly nice brew. By the way...the bottle is muchO' coolO' when compared with the beer that's in the pic. I'm guessing that I got a newer version and that the pic simply needs to be updated or something. Anyhow...The important part...The beer! This is a beautiful beer. It's carries a "triple" head. I mean seriously! Beautiful lacing etc. Very pretty! Very nice egg shell. BEAUTIFUL!

The flavor of this beer in quite nice too. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, but yummy. I'd say that it's quite delicious, but the appearance of this particular beer is sooo nice that it makes up for the extra carbonation and the extra alcohol punch that it carries. All in all...excelent!!!

By the way....this was a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce green bottle. Nice art on it, but seriously...as cool as it may look...who cares, right? Very good Tripel! One of these will be more than enough for you and a friend for an evening;) Cheers!

TroyS, May 30, 2008
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
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,157 ratings.