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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,132
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 182
Gots: 307 | FT: 5
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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 Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

An eeenormous "pop" gets things going. The pour produces that typical Belgian head: tiny tight bubbles, lots of them in the liquid itself, with an audible sizzling and excellent retention. Shimmering golden color gets a little murk on once you pour the bottom half of the bottle.

Aroma is mostly bready, with a light pilsner-ish hoppiness and some yeast character in the background.

Flavor is crisp green apples, politely prickly spices, and a dry hoppy bitterness that reminds a lot of pilsner malts. Finishes dry, but candy-like flavors still end up sticking around. The sweet, syrupy traits of a tripel are dialed way down, serving merely as background to the lighter, crisper flavor and feel.

Mouthfeel is zingy and snappy and some other equally ridiculous words...balanced out by enough heft and textural depth that reminds you this is an ale, and a Belgian one at that.

Subtly excellent. Crazy drinkable. This isn't as big, sweet and syrupy as most tripels. When I was in Belgium, someone told me this is actually not a true tripel, despite the name. I thought that was crazy, but considering that it tastes and feels more like a crisp Belgian pale ale or a lighter Saison...maybe that's true after all. Whatever you call it, it's a very good beer...extremely refreshing for the coming warm weather, and something that would be a perfect gateway beer for anyone curious about the world of better beer. (I guess they kicked it up .1% recently, as my bottle says 8.1%. Hairsplitting Extraordinaire!)

Metalmonk, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from 75 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a light golden color with loads of carbonation that produces a thick light white head.
S: Nice combo of malt, spice, fruit, and bready yeast.
T: Fruit comes through first...was expecting heavier and darker based on smell, but taste comes through lighter...melon, starfruit. As it warms, this turns into mango and peach. Just a hint of malt and spice in the taste. Good, but I wish this had a little more to it.
M: Light and effervescent...created by the high carbonation. Nice fizz effect...champagne-like.
D: The ABV is hidden extraordinarily well in the nice example of a tripel. The defintion of drinkability. Overall a very light and simple beer that would best be paired with a stronger food.

mwilbur, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of wschumac
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

Served at 50 deg in a Pilsner Glass (only one available)

A - Carbonation bubbles throughout with 2 finger white head that didn't last too long. Excellent soft amber color.

S - Fruity smell excellent aromas flowing from the glass.

T- Not too overpowering taste, fruity and a little malty

M- Smooth as silk. No hint of the carbonation. Very easy to drink.

D - I am ready for another.

wschumac, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of TStandley13
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Served chilled n a tulip glass straight from the bottle.

Immediate smells released -

Poured a cloudy light color, highly carbonated.

Lacked head retention and lacing - might have been served at the incorrect temperature.

Taste was excellent. Highly drinkable.

Moutfeel was ok. A little on the carbonated side.

Overall an excellent beer. Will certainly drink again.

TStandley13, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of macster
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Hazy, deep golden-orange color. Lots of fizz with a durable, thick, creamy white head. Leaves a thick web of lacing as glass is consumed.

Luscious complex aromas of lemon, orange, peach and spices with some mild bready yeast emminate from the chalice.

The silky smooth, full mouthfeel and texture of this ale is a treat just in itself.

Delicate floral, spicy, fruity flavors pleasantly bathe the tongue followed by a crisp, hoppy dry finish.

A very complex, yet delicate and classy Belgian Triple. Worth the search

macster, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of usmittymc
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle stamped 02HI (meaning unknown). This beer was a gift to me from barefottbrewer and LifeIsGood. Purchased at Martin's in Metairie, LA.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber with a montrous fluffy white head that recedes slowly to a nice sticky lacing

S: Sweet floral and fruity aromas with a touch of vanilla

T: Faint vanilla and sweet fruity flavors dominate, but not overbearing. A nice clean tasting brew. Faint alcohol on the back.

M: Very clean and crisp flavor. High carbonation that leaves the tongue buzzing sip after sip.

D: Very nice tripel. The alcohol is very subtle, so watch out. Sip this beer and the flavors become more complex as it warms.

usmittymc, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

I stole this beer from you mother.

A - bright, vibrant, golden color. sexy, white half-inch head with hot ass lace sticking to my glass.

S - light citrus, very apparent bananas. long, hard bananas. spices, coriander.

T - same as the smell and oh so damn tastey.

M - smooth as hot butter. medium bodied, mild carbonation

D - this is very easy drinkin. drink it on a train in the rain, on a boat with a goat. yes stu i am, i love this green egg and ham.

stumac, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Light, bright, golden in color with a big, aggressive, fuzzy white head.

Sweetly spicy, fruity and yeasty in the nose. I don't know the spices but pineapples, peaches, and pears all appear along with zesty belgian wheat.

Wow! Loads of lush carbonation along with extra medium-full smoothness (perhaps from the addition of oats to the brew). All of the aforementioned nasal sensories carry over into a flavor that is sweetly spiced, golden wheaty, fruity, and lightly bitter.

Deelish. . . .

deceptively drinkable as well.

Slynger, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of DaveUK
3.23/5  rDev -24.4%

Appearance - Burnished golden brown with a ample and dense head of very small white bubbles.

Aroma - Ripe apples and pears, banana followed by juicy malt. Subsequent sips reveal cooked fruit, a candy floss like caramelised sugar note and even a whiff of mint!

Taste - Powerful citrus and lemony hops/wheat malt mixed with a roasted barley malt flavour. More cooked fruit and caramelised sugar, finishing with obvious warming alcohol and a medicinal sourness.

Mouthfeel - Slightly overcarbonated, surprsingly light for its strength and taste.

Overall - It has all the right ingredients to be a quality abbey beer, however, it lacked something for me. Perhaps more fresh hoppiness or less carbonation and sourness. When broken down, each part of it is good but together, the experience just doesnt sit well with me.

Perhaps I need to try another bottle to get a more rounded experience.

DaveUK, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of alysmith4
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

An excellent example of a Tripel. This beer poured a nice golden haze, with a thick 2" head. The smell was very fresh and light, a slight amount of hops, and lots of summer fruit.. peaches, plums, apples, and pears. The mouthfeel was good.. small bubbles, just right. I was surprised on the whole.. I expected it to be a lot heaveier than it was, but it was really great.

alysmith4, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of Maudite
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

This is an exceptional beer. First time out of a bottle, but just as good as on tap.

A- A beautiful caramel gold. Poured into my oversized Karmeliet tulip with a nice, big, sudsy and powerful head. Very big, spacious bubbles. The head was very aggressive at take off, big, about 3/4 of the pour was head, even when done with care, but quickly waned, almost disappearing completely. Altogether it was a beautiful beer in its own glass, a sparkling cider/apple juice with a big foamy head, or a cream soda. Very Belgian.

S- A definite estery Belgian yeast aroma...the most obvious smells were apple, pear, peach, caramel. The warmer it got the more it smelled like a vanilla malt. Nice, light hop aroma, a trace buried low, slight citrus/fruity. Very floral.

T- God. It tastes like God. Reminded me alot of a carnival carmel apple at its warmest, but upon initial pour it was much like its aroma, apple, pear, peach, yeasty, akin to a riesling, but malty. This beer is awesome.

M- This lass is a bit lighter in the mouth and throat than I appreciate. Just as the head declared, there was little carbonation, no acidity at all, no hop bite... This is one reason it reminded me of a riesling... perhaps I got a flat bottle. The tastes and scents were all there, but the mouthfeel was lacking.

D- I know some of you frown on beer/wine comparisons, but I only do it so you can get your wine drinking friends to try better beer, and convert them! A good gateway for white wine folk, the riesling, pinot grigio, sweeter chardonnay drinkers. I really enjoyed this with some spiced pork chops, in place of apple sauce.

Maudite, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Thanks to tprokop7 for this one.

Paired this one with chicken served with a creamy mushroom & celery sauce.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance: Pale, yellow gold body with massive head. Took a couple of pours to finally get it all in the glass. Looks very much alive.

Smell: Spicy, citrus-like aspect.

Taste: Light-bodied yet flavorful with a spicy, peppery taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly active carbonation in the palate but that's good, feels alive. Citrus fruit & pepper are dominant, there's a bready, yeast-like finish to it with some clove in for good measure.

Drinkability: Very well. Despite 8% ABV, it simply glides down the throat. Another please!

Overall: A very well-balanced trippel & i love the spicy feel to it. Definitely one to keep in mind.

papat444, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of grub
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

330ml bottle, best before 15/11/09. sampled at volo on feb 21/08.

pours golden yellow with just a touch of haze, possibly from the pour. a small fluffy white head rises up, falling quick to a ring around the glass. no lace.

aroma is great. light alcohol. clove and a bit of orange peel. cracker malt. light caramel sweetness. bit of grain. green apple. bit of bread. slightly floral. no mistaking it - this is a tripel.

taste is excellent. light alcohol. big bread and cracker malts. pleasantly restrained spice - clove and orange peel again. just the right level without going overboard. a touch floral. medium-low bitterness level. nice caramel sweetness that is nowhere near cloying.

mouthfeel is great. medium-high carbonation level. medium-light body with an excellent dry finish. there's just a hint of sting from the carbonation, but not to an unpleasant level.

drinkability is excellent. perfectly balanced with almost no alcohol in the taste. perfectly restrained spice. this beer is an exemplar for the style and certainly the best tripel i've had the pleasure to try. i will definitely be seeking out more of this one.

grub, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a golden color with a nice thick white head. Spices immediately fill the air as the scent pleasantly overwhelms the senses. It tastes of spices and fruits: cinnamon, coriander, apples and pears. It is extremely well balanced and fits the style head on. Has a medium body and a nice dry finish. Overall, great beer.

Douglas14, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip produced a big billowy head on top of a golden yellow head

Aromas of wheat and grasses along with a nice subtle spice background and of course Belgian yeast

Flavors of spices (pepper, coriander and clove) Sweet malt, and citrus fruit, as it warms there is a light alcohol presence as well

A wonderfully light crisp mouthfeel its making me wishes it was summer time while the snow is falling out side

A great Belgian I can see why it won some medals I wish they would change the bottle color green glass is not cool. Extremely drinkable will gladly seek this one out again

joepais, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of umustdrink
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A - Cloudy, dark orange with no illumination and light yellow with. Big fluffy white head, small bubbles giving it a good thickness. Lots of lacing but it tends to fade quickly.

S - Sweet lemony citrusy yeast, deeply biscuity and spicy malts, a touch of bittering hops. Nuances of floury bubblegum.

T/M - Taste begins with a muted sugary sweetness, not too sweet but still sweet, lemony citrus, heavy on the mouthfeel. Malts, again biscuity and spicy, stop by for a short visit, then the citrusy yeast slowly lead into a finish of spice and floury citrus.

D - Very easy drinking, and an excellent tripel benchmark. Drink frequently.

umustdrink, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of ojclark
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Deep aroma when first poured. Settled into a mellower "tripel" aroma: slightly pehenolic, with a good dose of hops and malt. Poured with a creamy head with lots of lace and a slightly cloudy yellow/orange color. Flavor was slightly sweet with a good balance of hops and acidity. Every sip seemed to reveal different flavors: sweetness, malt, acidity, alcohol and a hint of anise. Good carbonation with an effervescent and creamy mouthfeel that lingered for several seconds. Very complex, well balanced and drinkable. Excellent.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

a: the beer pours a beautiful murky lemonade/blond/gold/ with two fingers of fluffy white head with very good retention;

s: sweet candy flavors are the most present in my nose followed by strong fruity overtones - pears, apples, bananas; hints of alcohol

t: there is a dryness that would not be expected from the scent; raw wheat and rock candy with very fruity flavors and some spicey alcoholic warmth

m: very smooth and quite creamy while still having a lighter mouthfeel; the beer has light carbonation

d: overall a very quality tripel that has unique flavors to distinguish it from the pack

hoegaardenhero, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Been waiting a long time to sample this one, as I've heard so many good things about it... certainly didn't dissapoint... copped a large, green, 750 ML bottle from Gary's in Madison, caged and corked... "Conditioned ale made with oats, barley, and wheat" on the back logo, along with the recognition that it won "The gold medal at the World Beer Cup"... appearance was very impressive, with a nice golden, sunshine color with a long-lasting foamy head that lingered for some time and left some lacing as well... very fruity aroma bursting with fresh florals, fruits, and sweets... taste was very thick, rich, and creamy, with strong, sugar-laden flavors, ultra-sweet, loaded with fruits, pears, apples, and rich candied sugars... very thick and rich brew, replete with flavor and character... certainly a fulfilling Tripel in every sense of the word... this one isn't like most other representations of the style that I've sampled... it certainly stands out due to its ultra-thick and very sweet flavor that really makes itself known... 8% ABV is hard to notice, as it is well-masked behind a rich conglomeration of thick and sweet flavors... Recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of SaintNathaniel
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

A - I drank this in a Chimay goblet. The beer is a hazy golden color with carbonation bubbles resting at the bottom of the glass. I like a nice large head so I poured it with plenty of air and once it settled it had about a 2 inch thick head on it, which to me, is perfect. The head is more foamy than creamy, due to the heavy carbonation. The head reduced to a thin film about half way through, leaving slight lacing around the edges of the glass. My only complaint is that the head didn't stick around longer.

S - it smells summery and floral with hints of citrus fruit and also has a very strong yeasty aroma and even a dense carbonation smell, almost reminiscent of a seltzer.

T - It started out slightly bitter to me. This went away by about my third sip and it just kept getting better. It was a rare thing going from an initial mediocre taste, to quickly becoming remarkable. The balance is perfect and it's very easy to drink, masking its alcohol very well. Citrus flavors come to mind and it also has a little of a bite to it, not of alcohol, but maybe more of a peppery taste.

M - the beer is very light in the mouth and bubbly almost like a champagne

D - very easy to drink, an exceptional beer. I will definitely be getting more of these...

SaintNathaniel, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Hazey pour. Light orange, golden topped with a good size white head. Good lacing, sticky and sweet.
Corriander, clove, lemon, some biscuit and pear round out the nose, which springs forth about 2 feet away.
Refreshing taste. Light orange zest and lemon. Yeast and biscuit in the middle. The end is sticky and crisp. Perhaps too light, but this would be good in the summer instead of during a snow storm that had thunder and lightning.

Mebuzzard, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

A: pours a somewhat hazy orange-gold with a 1 1/2 finger rocky, white head, decent retention. Reduces to solid film and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: big floral hops, yeast, citrus, banana and coriander spice

T: rish fruitiness and floral hops dominate. Nice yeastiness, citrus and a crisp, bittersweet finish. The 8.1% ABV is detectable but does not overpower the flavour.

M: medium bodied and very crisp, highly carbonated with a fantastically dry and refreshing finish.

D: Given the apparent alcohol content, I don't know how many of these I could put down in one sitting. However, this is a very pleasurable beer to drink and it offers a very nice sensory experience. A well crafted ale - highly recommended.

Graham5161986, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of ski271
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Medium-light, cloudy, amber-gold with a small, white, creamy, slowly diminishing head.
S: Huge spicy and fruity nose. Nice and yeasty.
T: More of the same wonderfulness. Clove, cilantro, berry and juicy orange.
M: Medium body, juicy and smooth texture, soft carbonation.
D: Wow. This was a real treat. I had it several times while it was on tap at Zeno’s in State College. Definitely worth a try.

ski271, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of tdawgydog
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

I received two bottles of Tripel Karmeliet from a friend as a Christmas gift. I was hesitant to drink it right away because I knew that it would be difficult to find if I wanted to purchase more. My first taste reminded me of a mix between a Hoegaarden and a Leffe Blonde. The beer pours great has an excellent body and feel and tastes full. At first you don't taste the alcohol but after a few glasses it starts to set in. I enjoyed this on a cold winter night while watching some hockey. I am planning a trip this weekend to go and purchase some more in time for SuperBowl. I am looking forward to trying other Bosteels brews such as Kwak and Deus. I will be sure to follow up when I do!

tdawgydog, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

Into a Duvel tulip, pours a clear apricot, a continuous stream of bubbles issuing from the base, I nearly over-poured this sucker as the head explodes (thus the size of Tripel Karmeliet's glass... which someday I'll own... someday...). The head eventually subsides to a thin film, and the lacing is nice but doesn't stick much on my glass. The aroma looks like the picture on the bottle, waves of wheat, pastoral feeling to it, with notes of citrus orange, coriander, lemon, apricots, peaches, all kinds of lovely stuff. The taste follows suit, and man its powerful, and getting me into a jiff quick. It just drinks so well, I'm taking it too fast, the sweet nectar urging me on. The mouth is fairly medium, smooth and warm, and all is pretty good. If I had one complaint, it'd be that it gets a bit too sweet at times, have to take breaks. But still, damn good beer.

objectivemonkey, Jan 20, 2008
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,132 ratings.