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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,198
Reviews: 1,190
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 191
Gots: 338 | FT: 6
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Belgium

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 Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in the four pack with appropriate glass, which I'm always up for!

A: This is a beer where patience is required. I thought brews like Duvel were heady, but this is out of this world. Poured into the big, bulbous cervoise goblet it comes with carries the beer to its intended line about halfway up the bulb with the rest being dedicated to the head. I spent approx. 7 - 10 minutes pouring it. It was intriguing, but maybe a little long lived.... head starts kinda thick and becomes more foamy and dishsoap-like as it goes.

S: A very positive aspect of this beer. The explosive head causes a lot of aromas to burst forth... some fruity scents, citrusy orange, a hint of mango, and other perhaps a little peach? A big maltiness is quite evident... biscuity and pleasantly grainy.

T + M: Full flavoured, medium body (which is lighter than some), with a dash of stickiness and a little prick of carbonation. Warm maltiness, which do well with the fruity touches... more peach this time around, with a big malt backbone. A little bit of leafiness, but not a strong hop presence.

D: A nice sipper... pleasantly surprised by this one. The flavour may have come across as a touch thin, but it's still a very solid beer. I will happily enjoy the other bottles from this pack and will perhaps look forward to more.

Proteus93, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

direct from distributor in beijing (vandergeeten)

330ml brown bottle. no importer's label, but brewer's label has "best by" date of june 24, 2010. poured into tulip.

clear, golden straw color. decent head, but soon fades to wisps and ring. no lacing.

fruity esters with pear, white grape and peach, plus very faint hint of tropical, between banana and canned pineapple juice. some biscuity malt underneath and a trace of hop herbal/hay notes. licorice and spice notes are faint and mix with the phenols at the end.

flavors are fruit again (more grape and pear), but slightly watered down. some bready and yeasty notes as foundation. but from the middle onwards, the grassy hop bitterness crescendos with somewhat annoying phenols, and into finish, with just traces of the previous fruitiness.

not too thin, but hints of being watery. carbonation is lively but doesn't compensate entirely.

not horrible, but maybe it's just me. i've realized over the past half year or so that i just don't like all the medicinal phenols in many of the classic belgian tripels and blondes. not all of them, of course, since for example achel blond and st. bernadus tripel are amongst my favorite tripels. anyway, i kind of regret getting a whole case of these here in beijing, when i could have gotten something else (like more achel!)

tai4ji2x, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of beachian
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12/26/2008 @ The Bier Garden

Absolutely awesome. I had this as a recommendation from a friend who described it as an "easy" Belgian. Saw it was on draught at dinner last night so I ordered it. It was served in a snifter and had a beautiful golden appearance. There was a generous amount of lacing on this one that slowly subsided. The smell was a great balance of fruits and sweetness. Upon drinking, mouthfeel was lots of carbonation but went down smooth. Despite the 8% alcohol content, I noticed no taste of alcohol but started to feel it rather quickly. Great beer!

beachian, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz skinny brown bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a mostly clear, bright golden color with a 3/4" fluffy crown of snow white lace. The lace slowly dropped to a thin cap and left moderate lacing down the glass.

S= Aromas were very sweet, fruity, and yeasty. Malts were forward, as were the phenols and the earthy/funky yeast notes.

T= The bakery malt sweetness had a floral honey-like quality to it, and the yeast brought big estery fruitiness. The middle was full of pleasant medicinal phenols and a drying yeasty funk. The finish was moderately dry and perfectly balanced against the early sweetness of this ale. Big and balanced alcohols in the finish as well.

MF= Medium body with a beautifully effervescent carbonation level. The big sweetness made this feel more syrupy than it actually was.

D= A great example of a moderate strength tripel with a sweeter flavor profile. For me the complexity was just average, but the flavors present were all excellent and well balanced, making this one very drinkable beer. I almost always have two in me before I know it!

spointon, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a semi-hazed golden color, with an epic soapy/foamy white head, threatens to spill over the top of the glass, fades into a 1/4" layer of foam on the beer, some sticky lacing in the glass, and a constant flurry of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Some apple on the nose, pear, maybe a faint vanilla aroma, and yeast. Explosively fruity flavors, pineapple, some banana, vanilla bean....this is just a beautiful beer. Very active carbonation = very refreshing = big-time drinkability. Where has this beer been hiding my whole life?

corey0212, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's go to Dendermonde.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: A perfect, slightly opaque golden ale with a huge head, which recedes nicely to leave patches of white lacing. Perpetual internal carbonation. Wow. If allowed to let settle and poured carefully, some small yeast particles will be visible and it will be less opaque.

Smell: The aroma is very subtle. A delicate blend of crisp apples, honey, apricot, some lightly roasted malt, and some bready notes.

Taste: First I am hit with some crisp, lightly toasted malt, which moves into a light honey taste. After half a second I sense the crisp apples I smelled before. This is slightly syrupy, which is probably the only reason I have to take off half a point. A slight alcohol presence is warming and pleasant towards the end of the sip, although not too powerful, even though it is 8.00% ABV. The hops are very understated, barely scratching the palate but trying to gently balance out the malt. The yeast adds a light biscuity flavor throughout. This yeast provides a nice third leg for this beer.

Mouthfeel: A high amount of carbonation in this ale, combined with the light apple taste make it very crisp in my mouth.

Drinkability: This tripel is crisp, light, and smooth. There is not much more you could ask for in an easy-drinking tripel.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slim 330 ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a sparkling clear golden amber body with tons of internal streaming carbonation puffing up a fine crown of white foam. The cap rests at a grainy sheet that is perpetually refreshed and replenished, but is too lazy to stick any lacing on the glass.

The smell is very sweet and tree-fruity with gooey apricot and mellow golden apples, savory, bready, medium-toasted malts, and a dry, zippy edge masquerading as lime zest.

The flavor profile closely follows the roadmap laid out by the olfactory department, with mild and fruity sweet notes of Golden Delicious apple and Bartlett pear enhanced with honey-drizzled granola and a crisp citrus edge. Overall, the drink is potently sweet, pushing hard toward the edge of the "Too Damn" category of "Sweet" when a mild earthiness eases into the aftertaste, mopping up the sugar syrup, resetting the palate for another whack at this brew.

Another factor assisting in moderating the sweetness is Tripel Karmeliet's exceptionally light, quaffable body. Had a drink with the super-sweet profile of this one presented itself as heavy or syrupy, the scales might certainly have tipped into the land of cloying, but as is, I find the brew exceptionally light and refreshing with a bonus tummy-warming wrought of otherwise totally-invisible alcohol.

cvstrickland, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.83/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/11/2006 (Pint @ Ginger Man, Austin):

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow colored body, with a small head, and is diminishing. Has an aroma of orange, and some spiciness. Has an odd spice taste to it, some orange, and a fizzy mouthfeel. Kind of flat.

jujubeast6000, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Clockwork420
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass.

A - Slightly hazy murky. Pale blondish gold. Carbonated pretty good.

S - Smelled like a Lager sort of to me. I didnt like the smell that much but smells are decieving.

T - Wow. Its complex to me. I cant get around the whole things. Its sweet and amazing. Im not worthy of this.

M - Smooth and sweet. Easily slides down. Slight alcohol tinge at the end when its getting warmer.

D - Pretty easy. But its 8%, good stuff.

Wow.

Its pretty amazing. Deserves every bit of this rating.

Clockwork420, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of hawksfan82
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into the proper Tripel Karmeliet tulip-style glass.

Pours a nice golden color, a little more clear than I would expect. The glass helps this beer get a huge foamy white head, that lasts for a few minutes, then settles down and leaves you a finger. Not much lacing.

Great smell to this beer. At first sniff, you get a fruity, banana dominated smell. As it warms a little bit you get some spices coming through. ...a little clove, orange peel. Maybe a hint of hops comes through as well.

The banana and clove dominate your tongue at first, and the citrus in the smell isn't as apparent in your mouth. A little above average on the carbonation side. The spices give way, and there's an interesting malt character that seems to be present. It's almost chewy. It's a flavor I'm used to getting mostly in darker belgians,.... very interesting. Aftere that, liike a lot of tripels, it goes from the semi sweet start into a nice, slightly bitter ending, where a small bit of hops make their presence known. The bitterness comes in the form of a crisp bite, which leads to a nice, clean finish. This is extremely well balanced. The alcohol is really well hidden in this guy.

Mouthfeel on this guy that of a big bodied beer. Heavily carbonated and first, then almost chewy in the middle. This is a big, heavy beer.

Drinkability isn't too bad. I think 2 of these in a night would be my max, but what more do you want out of a proper belgian abbey-style?

This is an extremely good beer. This is everything triple should be. Big and complex, but extremely well balanced. Absolute joy to drink.

hawksfan82, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a light golden yellow that produced a fluffy white head and retained to produced a nice lacing effect

S - Smelled apples, ginger, and malts

T - Bursts of hops and malts, apples and honey, noticable alcohol and finishs nice

M - A very smooth, medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D - Great beer, excellent example of a triple.

cvfish, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 12/03/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a medium golden, clear. Moderate active carbonation. A small white head quickly subsided to sticky lacing.

Aroma of golden apple, pear and lightly spiced gingerbread.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and a little dry.

Flavor is more or less a redux of the aroma, though with a touch more intensity and a light touch of bitterness on the finish. Light and easy to drink. The ABV slips by utterly unnoticed; I would have guessed it to be half of what it is.

A great way to start an evening.

charlzm, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I heard a lot of good things about this tripel before I tried it, and can easily say they were all true. Pours clear gold with a very light head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with scents of straw and sugar. The taste is so clean and light, it almost feels like it does not touch your tongue. Sweet and slightly fruity that turns to citrus and spice. A near perfect beer.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of TMB0424
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML, cork caged bottle.

A- Pours with a huge, thick, ghost white, creamy head. Looks delicious! Good retention, dissipates into a quarter inch layer. Good amount of carbonation. A very enticing hazy, pale golden body. Can't wait to taste.

S- Smells great, very sweet, somewhat earthy, with a slight hint of caramel. Fresh citrus is there. Very crisp! The spices are on the forefront as well, maybe even moreso than the fruits.

T- Wow. Outstanding balance between citrusy malts and hops. Apples come to mind, maybe a hint of pear. Slightly peppery finish with a perfect balance of hops. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but perfectly balanced with the fruits, and is extremely warming and welcomed.

M- Medium body, very smooth and somewhat.... syrupy? Hard to put a finger on, but very pleasing. Perfect carbonation. Kind of like a dry, fruity champagne finish.

D- Extremely drinkable, the alcohol content is well-hidden and very warming. I could definitely down a couple of these.

Definitely one of the best Tripels I've had (and beers for that matter). It is a perfect balance of sweet, citrusy malts and peppery hops. I'll definitely be picking up another bottle of this, and I'm eager to try Kwak as well. Outstanding brew.

TMB0424, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellowish/orange color with a massive frothy off-white head that settles into a lacing that lingers throughout. . Aroma of crisp light fruit, earthy hops and alcohol. Slightly sweet, with a crisp golden flavor to it. Hints of apple, pear, hops and alcohol. Very tasty!

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/29/08. Bottle. Pours a murky yellow with a fairly sizeable white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, some light fruits (apple, pear, citrus). Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, and wheat. Strong mouthfeel, but I felt that the taste was one dimensional. I didn't really care for this one. 7/3/6/4/15 (3.5/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish gold mixed with amber tints and a two-finger head that receeds quickly but leaves a thin lace ring. Has a sweet malt smell, like caramel or honey, and has a light, springy hop aroma. Not full-bodied overbearing on fruits like other Belgian triples, this beer maintains a lighter edge while still packing a dark fruit, tropical fruit taste and having a smoothness to it that is almost slick. Very mild spices and pepper in an otherwise smooth "fruit" beer. ABV hidden well. This is one I definitely recommend, and I could've had it all day if it weren't the alcohol content knocking me down.

clayrock81, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of dalion037
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. I would say the style should be Flanders Red but the name might get non-sour beer lovers to give it a try. It pours golden and clear. The head is a silky white. It looks like a tripel but the taste of tart citrus is unmistakable. It is not too sour/tart but just enough to add character. This is a must find and ust drink.

dalion037, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Shadman
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

November is Belguim beer month @ the local decent beer store and this is one of the offering. Usualy not a big fan of Tripel, but what the heck.

Slightly hazy aprocot in color. Imigine Grand Marnier with a slight haze and you'll have the color nailed. Lot's of fine carbonation bubbles so certainly tripel-like in that regard. Probably left mine in the fidge too long as there was no appreciable head retention.

Lot's of warm alcohol to the nose with some honey like malt .

Quite the alcohol feel up front, yet not as harsh as say Duvel. It is after that that this beer really makes an impression on me. Can only discribe it as a toffee/licorice flavour and as I'm usual not a fan of licorice I was surprised to find I really enjoyed it. Some nice hop drying in the finish as well.

Have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Am going to have to scramble down tomorrow and grab a couple more bottles.

Shadman, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of craytonic
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale glowing amber, pours an enormous, rich, foamy, creamy head.

Smells of white-pepper & spices, honey, and lemons.

Tastes of a white-peppery spice and yeast, but in a pleasant way. A nice honey sweetness (which offsets the dryness), with a good balance of hops. Not a hint of alcohol, despite 8.0%. Golden fruits (pineapple, apples, pears, peaches, banana) take a backseat to the spices.

Nice full body, but not heavy.

Very enjoyable, my favorite Tripel thus far.

craytonic, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of waltonc
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beautifully presented beer at the Trappist. They seem to have the correct brewer's glass for every single beer. The Karmeliet glass is one of the better ones I've seen, and the beer looked great in it. Bright, hazy, golden color with thick white head that took a while to settle down. One of the best beer presentations I've ever seen. Smells and tastes sweet, spicy, citrusy, and refreshing. I could have drank this all day, but there were too many other good things to try out at the Trappist.

waltonc, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Foamy, light, bright white, bubbly head. The body is an orange, almost brown color with allot of action. The carbonation is obvious in this beauty.

S - Soapy, yet sweet. There's a real subtle caramel note as well.

T - Sweet malt with a smooth transition into a classic Belgian alcohol flavor. The finish is malty and tasty.

M - The start hits the tip of my tongue with a coarse knock on the door. As it moves to the back of my mouth it smooths out allowing the flavor to fill me. The finish is again coarse but begs for more.

~ This is a very enjoyable brew. It offers excellence from the "head" to the head. Which I might add, still lingers at the top of this tripel almost 15 minutes later.

cdkrenz, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I overpoured a bit, and to my surprise, the head stood firm, like an inch above the glass with a rocky head.

20 minutes later the head remained. Impressive.

A light whitewine honey color, clear.

Aroma is very engaging, just a lot of bright and crisp spice, yeast, and hops. Refreshing, especially as it warms up.

Good carbonation, with some fruity sweetness, spice, and alcohol. I wish this one was a bit weaker in the abv, wouldve enjoyed it better. Crisp vineous and champagne like finish, dry. This was a really enjoyable and interesting beer. I'd recommend anyone try it if you see it.

SurlyDuff, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of adamparker05
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden, honeycomb color.

Aroma is has a light yeasty alcohol start, then gives way to a slight hop and barley malt smell.

Flavor is nice and balanced. A little bit of spice up front; coriander and cardamom. Great yeasty flavor with a little bit of a bitter finish with perfect, light carbonation.

Very drinkable One of the most balanced Belgian's I've ever had.

Very lauded by a friend of mine. Recently named Best Ale by World Beer Awards and thus touted "best beer in the world". A fine beer, worth trying and savoring. Best beer in the world... not sold yet. Maybe I just need to drink more of it...?

Answer: YESSS!!!

adamparker05, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/9/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a large tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spice, light malts, Belgian yeast, fruit, bubble gum and a little hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of spices, banana, apples and Belgian yeast up front. There's a mild but complimentary hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down real easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent higher-gravity and flavorful Belgian to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 13, 2008
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,198 ratings.