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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
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3,460 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,460
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 234
Gots: 502 | FT: 5
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Belgium

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 crashlimo
2.6/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 750 at costco, poured into a pint glass

A: Golden yellow color. Extensive head despite very careful pouring. Looks surprisingly carbonated.

S: Smells overwhelmingly skunky. Any more pleasant tones are drown out.

T: Sweet fruity notes of bannana and cloves are buried under the skunky aroma and initial flavor. Tastes as if a heineken has been mixed with a subtle triple, and the heiny won.

M: Light annd crisp. Heavy carbonation, but refreshing nonetheless.

D: Drinks well for the ABV, as long as you don't mind the unappealing flavor (perhaps the bottle saw a bit too much light in its day).

This is the first of the style that I have roundly NOT enjoyed. Overall quite disappointing

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

Probably one of the best tripls I have had and this is a style Im not usually fond of.

appearance: golden and cloudy. decent head rentention

smell: fruit, mostly banana

taste: was a great real belgian golden ale, good, and no overpowering for how strong it was, tons of banana and spice characters

mouthfeel: medium and good carbonation

drinkability: I was pleasantly suprised, it's not overrated, smooth and easy for how strong the ABV is.

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

The color was a hazy straw blond, aided by the wheat and oats if I were taking a stab at it. There was a substantially striking plump white head. The aroma was fruity, slightly citrus like, with a tiny bit of spice and flowers. The flavors were nice with a reserved malt character, almost pasta like, along with citrus fruit and spice that strikes me a touch like lemon pepper with some nice hop bitter thrown in. The alcohol is wonderfully deceiving in this beer. Spritely, active carbonation and a medium body with a fairly dry finish.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, creamy light golden with a decent-sized white head and some good lacing. Smell has some nose Belgian esters alongside some citrus. Taste is similar. Quite smooth and nothing terribly intriguing, but overall quite good. Medium body with some nice carbonation and a bit dry. Very well done. Overall, not nearly one of the best tripels that I've had, but still a solid offering.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Big white head rises up but doesnt last long enough. No real lacing either. The beer is a nice pale gold that is ever so slightly hazed.

S- At first this beers scent filled the room but it wasnt that pleasant. It was a slightly skunky aroma and I feared that the beer had become light struck. Once I got down to it the beer ended up being nice and fruity. I find that there often is a lot of variation within this style. This one is one that does its own thing. Lots of fruit, pear, apricot, apple, lemon and banana. Spices like clove are there but light.

T- Very nice stuff indeed. Lemon-lime, pear, sweet apples, clove, wheat, spicy yeast. I like this a lot.

D- This beer drinks very very easily. Its dry, but not too dry. It retains a lot of that nice fruity juiciness that any good Tripel should have.

I didnt think this beer could come close to La Fin Du Monde, but it does!

Photo of xylophonica
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Little head which disappears entirely in almost record time. Murky amber colour.

S - Honey, wheat/grain with some mild spices. A touch of aniseed comes through as it warms.

T - Completely not what I was expecting. Hops and spices first, then some aniseed which flies up the tongue to tickle the back of the nose. Smoothed out by some honey and (oddly) lemon-myrtle. Reminiscent of sweet cough medicine.. in a good way.

M - Spicy and piquant. Those spices carry up the nose and coat the mouth in a particular way so that the taste stays with you and keeps you running your tongue around your mouth and lips.

D - The more I drink the more complex it gets. Maybe that's a good excuse to drink a few more.

Quite a complex ale, with so many flavours it's easy to dissect but hard to convey the full experience. Definitely one to try.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the Atlantic City Brewfest not too long ago. Poured a golden-yellow hue, with a finger of bright white, good retention, and great lacing. Smelled of lemon, orange, sugar, coriander, clove, oak, banana, and peel. The taste was very balanced between all of the above flavors, with a surprisingly malty backbone midpalate, and a spicy dry citrus finish. Very carbonated, and a little on the thin side. No hint of the alcohol content makes this a dangerously drinkable triple.

Photo of sonata2008
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Served in a 10 oz. Karmeliet glass. Poured a blonde color, cloudy, with a thin white head.
S: Yeast aroma, with banana notes, and a hint of apricot. Slight bit of hops.
T: Malted wheat, very light hop spiciness, with a caramel apple finish. YES! A great taste!
M: Medium carbonation. Almost syrupy mouth feel. The alcohol is not very noticeable.
D: An excellent sipping beer with a lovely combination of tastes.

Photo of steve8robin
2.87/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have not found a brew that I have enjoyed in this style as of yet. I was recommended by a beer store employee that if I don't like this particular tripel, then maybe I just don't like the style. So I bought it to give tripels another try. 11.2oz bottle...

A: Super carbonated bubbles forcing their way to the surface consistently. Veyr light golden color with a thick 2 inch white head that doesn't fades very quickly at all. Holds steady for a while. Very good.

S: Has kind of a bud light scent blended with some strong wheat and oat scents. Ok.

T: I think here's the problem with this style for me. This style's flavor tastes, to me, like a higher end bud light. It has some of the same flavors that a Bud light does. This follows that for me. It has some nice tartness, wheat, and oat that shine through which separate it from msomething like a Bud, but the Bud characteristics are still in it. Guess it's just the style I do not like.

M: Very light. Does not leave many flavors on the palate. Ok.

D: Goes down super easy despite the higher ABV. Very good!

All in all, I figure I just do not like the style. Everything I have tried for Tripels has disappointed me. I hated La Fin Du Monde which so many people love and has a high rating on BA. I have not found any Tripel that I actually enjoyed. So, this just not be my style. If you do not like Tripels than avoid. Otherwise, give this brew a chance for you.

Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Beer is dark yellow and hazy. Forms a big white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Beer is heavily carbonated.

Aroma is strong and sweet with minimal spice and some breadiness from the yeast.

Beer is medium body with some forward and midpalate sweetness. Very nice overall. Finishes a little dry but not bad. Some sweet malt in the midpalate with some fruit esters. A very nice beer overall. A good tripel and I've had it a lot.

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

My first triplel and still my favorite. Use the appropriate glassware and you will enjoy every aspect of this beer. The head is thick and has a complexity all it's own. You will pick up on banana and vanilla flavors along with spices that make this drink exceptionall. Great full body with a golden, slightly cloudy appearance. The combination of flavor is outstanding. The finish is spicy and smooth.

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

bottel 33 cl
poured into my tripel karmeliet glass

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold, huge fluffy white head forms, nice lace, good retention.

Smell is sweet, grainy, some orange, spices, wheat, little yeasty.

Taste is sweet, orange and spice again, yeast, some alcohol, and a wheat dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

1 of the best tripels out there

perfect brew
Just had it on tap at The 12 th Belgian beerweekend ,
Wow , what à brew , much better thn the bottel , awesomes

Photo of philbertk
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bosteels Brouwerij--Karmeliet Tripel--1999 11.2 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Big head. Light pellicle. Clear golden color. Belgian yeast ester front is restrained and tasty. Clean smooth malt body mellows yeast somewhat. Finishes lightly sweet with minimal hops. Sampled 12/20/1999.

Bosteels Family Brouwerij, Buggenhout, Belgium--Tripel Karmeliet--2008 Corked Green 25.4 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. 10 IBU's? (4.75 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Blonde. Foamy white mild lace head. Fizzy clear bright thin peach gold color. Delicate wildflower mild fruit ester front. Fizzy creamy mildly tangy complex Barley Oat Wheat Bottle Conditioned mild sweet fruit spice rich body. Cloying mild clove refreshing end. No Belgian Yeast Ester. Sampled 8/23/2008. 1 @ $11.99.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A voluptuous blonde body lies beneath a rocky two finger head that patiently gives way to a sticky lacing all while maintaining a vigorous amount of carbonation.

Rich aromas of citrus and wheat waft from the glass. There is also some faint floral hoppiness and additional citrus zest.

The flavor consists of sweet citrus, wheat, a touch of spice, perhaps some candy-like qualities, and again back to fruit, but more similar to apple at the finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation, slightly drying, and the alcohol is nowhere to be noticed.

This is quite a good Tripel with fantastic traditional characteristics, quite tasty, and again a deceiving abv.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weird like 333 ml bottle, 11oz or something. Murky yellow orange haze. Banana aroma. Some other weird clove and spice combination. Very tiny bubbles.

Taste was dry and sweet, filled mouth up with bubbles, this was too carbonated. Too much stuff a standard American hophead won't really appreciate. Just a weird pharmacuetical grade astringency was what I took away from this.

Photo of chiefydawg
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank goodness my homebrewed Belgian beers make a nice impression on some nice Belgian folks with whom we do business. A lovely gift straight from the motherland - sans long shipping, light, temp fluctuation, and storage. "Quite fresh" I was assured... Bingo

Big carbonation boosts a thick, lasting and creamy head and grabby, grading laces. Underneath, surprisingly clear, light-gold body is spraying up the bubbles. Overall stunning really.

Rock-candy-like sweetness hits the nose. Bready grain, everripe apple. Some powdery scent, like a whiff of children's orange aspirin. No brewing flaws of course, and no alcohol somehow.

Nice, grainy-sweet yet dry taste, reminding me (malt-wise only) of a big Czech Pils. White pepper, ripe red delicious apple skin. The sugar and spice have a short scuffle before the sweet, particularly, powdered sugar wins out. ("Everything nice" does actually). The alcohol is really what comes out and cleans everything up. A very clean alcohol, like a smidge of Grey Goose. Yeasty fruitiness is there throughout.

Creamy and fluffy on the tongue. The head feels like whipped topping! Alcohol, even while the beer is cold, cuts the tongue coating tastefully and leaves a very smooth warming all way down the pipe. This is way more drinkable than it should be, though a little more crispness to match that carbonation would have been nice. More please!

Photo of rarbring
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pale straw colored beer, a white big head that leaves lacing.

Sour notes but also stable, earth, nettles and spices.

Some honey sweetness, fruits and some alcohol (a sherry character).

High carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.

Sweet, but not overly, good balance.

Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Light orange with a huge cloud of white head. Many carbonation bubbles work hard to keep it alive. Eventually turns to a swirly cap but leaves nice lacing everywhere.

Smell is Belgian tripel excellence, light fruits, spice, yeast, and band-aids.

I get big wheat and vanilla vibes up-front which seems unusual for the style. The spice and fruit seem to take a backseat and aren't as strong as I'd like them to be. The fruit flavors almost feel like mango, orange and tropical candy. Feels very boozy at times too, also unusual for the style, most (all) tripels I've had hide it very well. Nice aftertaste.

Not your run-of-the-mill tripel, I like the different fruit tastes, it's complex and changing the whole time. The booze taste could be toned down but wasn't a major deterrent.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

simply a wonderful beer. had on tap about a year ago and hurriedly reviewed. let's see how the bottle stands up. big 25.4 oz corked and caged silk screened greenie, looks like a champagne bottle, and a serious thanks to my dear friend Pap for the unoccasioned gift.

A- poured into a duvel tulip a clear bright golden with a nice pillowy barely off white head that seems to have a tint of yellow to it. foam gracefully settles in the form of big pockets and deposits some spotty lace from the head settling, and thick rings and chunky blobs from sips.

S- yeasty and spicy with a pale grainy sweetness. very floral as well. strong notes of vanilla and lime zest, backed up by lilies, banana, coriander, clove, honey and pound cake. some lemony and orange aromas underlie the sweetness with a touch of herbal hop. also something indefinable akin to dish soap in a good way, which may just be the combination of citrus and flowers.

T- floral, fruity, sweetly dry, with a bit of mineral taste and no apparent bitterness although some nice hop flavor is detectable. fruit flavors span the board from apple pear and white grape skin to lemon lime candy to the tropical flavors of a mango banana smoothie. vanilla and honey sweetness back the fruity flavors nicely. plenty sweet but not cloying. a bit of wheat flavor is definitely noticeable as well as a distinct grainy flavor that must be attributed to the oats. it really brings to mind popping open a can of quaker rolled oats. it's soft, fresh, earthy, and a delightful facet on this well polished gem. finishes with a lingering apple-grape-lime skin flavor.

MF- here's where our 3 grains come into play for me. body, rock solid. so lush and creamy thanks to wheat proteins and a ridiculous softness from the fats present in oats. i've had plenty a good tripel, but none with this caliber of hefty bod. this 3 grain thing may be unconventional but it sells the ticket here. outstanding. forceful, aggressive, zesty carbonation is obvious once the cork is popped. prickly and champagne-like it stings the tongue like wu-tang darts sting a nonbeliever's heart. half way through the glass the bubbles begin to subside and become much more gentle and tamed. this is neither good nor bad as it only adds another dimension to the transitioning character of this baby. powerful burps in the first half! a distinct sweetened dryness in the finish, with a powdery wheat and oat feel. for what it is, perfection.

D- drinkability on high. perhaps a little too much so. and since i hate to recork this awesome brew, i've been forced to commit to it and a solid buzz shall follow. alcohol is deceptive and only shows itself as a soft flowery pineappleish haze that gets lost in the lilies. the pleasant flavor and insane body only beckon another filled glass in celebratory fashion, for today's arrival of the lil black puppy who at the moment, lies sleeping soundly at my feet. here's to poopin outside, cheers.

Photo of BobZ
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into a Weizen Glass (best choice available).

Appearance: Nice rich and deep head. Extraordinary lacing among the best of the Tripels.

Smell: Good nose, citrus both up front and dominant, sweetness.

Taste: Sweet and citrus for a tripel, mild on the spice side, almost more of a Wit in flavor profile. Very little hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability: Again, the best Belgian Tripels are smooth and creamy and this is certainly no exception.

Excellent Tripel albeit sweeter and less complex than other tripels, but truly a delicious and highly drinkable beer.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a blond/golden color with over 2 inches of fluffy white head that takes a looong time to recede. The beer has a wonderful effervescence and streams of bubbles are continuously rising from the bottom of the glass. After about 10 minutes the head finally recedes to about one fingers width and leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is complex malts, sweet, and grainy with the oats bringing a smooth and almost creamy aroma. There is strong fruitiness with apricots, pineapple and a hint of apple coming through as well as yeast and mild spice. The nose is quite complex and elements of it are hard to place but it is very pleasant, even enticing.

Flavor coats the tongue with a thick and smooth feeling. Tastes of malt and grainy wheat with a nice sweetness. There are tastes of fruit as well, peach and light apricot come through. The Belgian yeast is mild but noticeable with some fruity esters and mild spiciness. Toward the finish there is a graininess to it and some alcoholic heat is present. Lingering flavors are mild after the beer exits, but there is some graininess and a light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick with fairly high carbonation. It coats the mouth but doesn't stick, quite nice.

Overall this is a complex and quite smooth tripel that I enjoyed drinking very much. It's up there with my all time favorites St. Bernardus Tripel and Koningshoven Tripel.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. Has a 4.79 sticker on top, but forgot where I got it.

Appearance: A perfectly clear golden color with an obscene amount of carbonation. It is poured into a clean (beer clean, really) tulip, and it continuously bubbles up from the bottom, more than champagne. Two fingers of head made of the tiny bubbles. It looks nice, but is so bubbly that its strange, and I'm worried about what it will feel like.

Smell: More muted than I expected. Spicy with sweet fruit. Yeasty and and slightly bready. Solid, but not overwhelming.

Taste: Like you would expect there's light sweet fruit and lots (lots) of spicy yeast flavor. This thing explodes in your mouth with layers and layers. Finishes sweet and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: So, forty five minutes after pouring this thing, it continues to bubble excessively, but at no point has it felt overly sharp or tingly because of it. It is one of the softest feeling tripels I've ever had. Sometimes a tripel will become sticky, but this just feels silky-- maybe its the oats and wheat.

Drinkability: Well, I really love this beer. I'm not blown away by the nose, but the flavor and mouthfeel of it is near perfection. Hell of a beer.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with an orange hue. Thin white head that fades gradually, becoming patchy. Decent lacing.
Smell is slightly toasted malts with some notes of toffee and caramel. Hints of raisin and fig. Malts become bready towards the end. Lots of alcohol.
Taste is spicey malts with a slight burnt character. Cinnamon, caramel and sugar come in as well. Raisin and fig. Finish is slightly malty.
Mouthfeel is smooth, yet with a crisp and slightly sticky finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is good. While the alcohol has a slight burn on the nose, it's well-hidden in the taste.

Photo of krisandajt
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tasty brew courtesy of the NEPA Beer Clubs latest case split. Out of spite, I'm pouring this beer into my Poperings Hommel bier glass and NOT my actual Tripel Karmeliet glass...

Appearance: An easy pour, the beer is an odd sort of murky, hazy, yellowish gold color. There's a good inch worth of white frothy head, the retention is impressive, and the lacing is thick and soapy.

Smell: Grassy hops, sweet fruits (banana stands out the most), and some cloves. Really enjoyable.

Taste: Classic Belgian yeast flavor, and more sweet fruit than the nose indicated. Banana is there, but also some pear. Getting some cloves, but the finish is subtle, grassy hops. Lots of flavor, with each bit complementing the next. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel: The body is refreshingly (and surprisingly) light and crisp. Carbonation is good, the beer goes down easy. Can't really ask for more than that.

Drinkability: A really enjoyable beer that has some great flavor and drinks really well for 8.4% ABV. I can see myself enjoying a few of these in an evening, but I have a feeling the ABV would catch up with me eventually. Definitely recommend this one if you get the chance.

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!

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,460 ratings.