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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,281
Reviews: 1,197
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 200
Gots: 371 | 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 Patrick999
3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750ml bottle - the cork was a bitch to extract. Into the Duvel tulip it goes. Innocuous gold, a ton of bubbles rising up. Requisite large foamy head.

Aroma was yeasty as soon as I popped the cork, similar to many other Belgian golden ales. Some peppery character, some melon rind. Nice, but nothing too out of the ordinary if you're used to blonde Belgians. This could be any number of Belgian Strong Pales.

While this is tasty in a very general way, I'm left kinda flat. Not quite sweet, not quite dry. Not too complex, not too phenolic...you know, just not very tripel-like. Interesting that there are oats in here as well as wheat and barley, and indeed, there's certainly a grainy malt bill. Maybe a little cinnamon, if I stretch, but to me this tastes like a generic Belgian Strong Pale.

Feel is a little raspy, nothing unexpected. I was hoping the oats would yield a smoother feel, akin to an oatmeal stout, but no dice.

Drinkability is only average. I was expecting more from the brewers of DeuS. To me, this tastes like a beginner Belgian strong ale, though I do see many reviewers who would disagree with me.

Patrick999, May 25, 2009
Photo of bloberglawp
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a "la fin du monde" belgian style beer tulip glass, around 10 celcius.

Pours a light golden, Huge head dissipates to a 1/8 " film with a bit of lacing. Aroma of fresh honey and raw fruit (pear and apricot). Light but full flavored (hints of fresh grain, dough and earthy hop bite). Estery and quite effervencent. Very drinkable, could be a dangerous one on a hot summer day.

bloberglawp, May 24, 2009
Photo of JCWeaze
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this Belgian as one of 4 recommendations from the local brewmeister.

Staying more toward a subjective analysis, found the beer's complex and spicy taste to be balanced and attractive leaving a desire to have more but for the high(er) ABV. Lingering aftertaste and great mouthfeel. Great cloves and full-mouthed flavor.

Will go back for more after getting through Brooklyn's Local 1 & 2.

JCWeaze, May 18, 2009
Photo of pants678
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured it into a make-shift chalice, a large brandy glass. It's a cloudy, translucent goldish-orange color with a single finger head that maintains very well.

Comes off as a citric tea, lemon and coriander.

Spiced, for sure, but not heavily. Floral but not sharp. A clouded combination of pumpkin, orange and yeast highlights. While the alcohol's hardly apparent, still it's assertive. Well balanced, for sure. The brew opens toward the middle, bits of garlic and coriander that linger.

Carbonation is tight, so much so that the beer is smooth. There's a slight tingle because it has a warming back, seems to push flavor to the surface.

Real smooth, almost too much so. Again, I like the ones that stain the palette and like to stick around.

pants678, May 16, 2009
Photo of SpruceFish
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank out of a 750ml bottle

A- very clear i like my tripels to be more cloudy

S- cloves, coriander, booze, maybe some citrus

T- similar to smell cloves, coriander, spices and booze

M- medium body light carbonation

D- ok booze takes away form the drinkability

SpruceFish, May 12, 2009
Photo of klewis
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle

A: Pours golden with a moderate bubbly head. Little lacing.

S: Yeasty aromas, banana, moderate phenols, pineapple.

T: Quite sweet up front with a decent amount of candy sugar in the taste. The sweet quickly mellows to a more balanced taste that features more of the fruity flavors advertised in the aroma. Strongly phenolic in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with high, abrasive carbonation. Sticky texture.

D: Pretty tasty, but nothing special. Not as cloying or sugary as some in its style.

klewis, May 10, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She pours a nice clear orange color, a bit dark for the style. There is minimal hazing and the head retention sucks. However, the lacing is decent.

The smell is a bit smokey, there are other characteristics hiding behind it, but they are harder to find. There is some dried fruit going one as well. The alcohol is only slightly present.

The taste follows suit only improves upon the smell. There is some heavy smoke, which fades quickly into clove and then there is the typical fruitiness, a bit of apricot.

The mouthfeel is good, high carbonation and a medium to light body.

I could drink this all night long, this beer is really much more than the scores do it justice. I highly recommend it.

grayburn, May 09, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice

It pours a hazy golden yellow with a puffy white head that stays for a long time then recedes to film.

The smell is fruity and flowery with hints cloves. Very inviting.

The taste is similar to the smell with hints of spices and fruits especially grapes. A faint aftertaste of cloves is very present and also smoky.

Like stated by other reviewers it is a little bit over carbonated in my book. It has a champagne feel to it.

Overall good tasting beer but mouth feel could improve refreshing and light.

JoEBoBpr, May 09, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clearish wheat, stark white head, leaves eventually to ring.

S - Wheaty, funk, sweet, spicy.

T - Taste close to smell, a little more bitter than thought at end.

M - Maybe too over carbonated for me. Hard to discern mouthfeel as such.

D - A nice try. Like it!

srandycarter, May 08, 2009
Photo of RuudJH
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3 grains beer, stated on the bottle.

A: Golden ale, very nice head, 2 fingers. it's massive on the bubbles (allthough a sample months later disappoints in this area), especially after pouring a few pieces of the bottled yeast in.

S: The first thing i notice is grains and pepper, maybe also nutmeg. Next to the malt, both white bread and oats are very present, completed by scent of flowers, hops and pine, and a lot of fruit like grapefruits.

T: It's rather sweet, malty, nice hops. Mostly it's very peppery/spicy, slight hints of fruits. The yeast has a slight funny taste.
It gives the beer a good balance.

This beer surprised me positively. It's quite different from other belgian tripels I've had so far, but very high class.

RuudJH, May 06, 2009
Photo of portia99
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle given to me by a coworker into a Duvel tulip. Bottle popped with a nice satisfying burst and an immediate aroma of earthy hops.

A - Poured a bright pale gold with a thick, fine bubbled, 2 inch, pure white head. Head dissipated into a thin foam within a couple of minutes. Nice lacing on the glass. Beer was slightly cloudy in the glass with a strong, never ending stream of bubbles eminating from the bottom, center of the glass. Very nice.

S - As soon as the bottle was opened, there was a strong, earthy hop aroma. After pouring into the glass this was amplified even more. Although a very appealing aroma, it is rather one dimensional. I don't detect much of anything else. No malt, and only the slightest of Belgian funk. Nice, but not as complex as I was hoping for.

T - Taste follows the aroma. Dominated with hop bitterness, but some malt sweetness, some fruitiness and a touch of funk comes through. At 8.4%, the alcohol is hidden very well. This is a very drinkable beer. I tend to think of this as a Belgian IPA. Hops forward with some character to back it up.

M - Mouthfeel is solid. Rich and full with lots of prickly carbonation felt on the center and back of the tongue. Very nice.

D - To me, this is a highly drinkable Belgian tripel. Usually, I have a difficult time with this style, but this beer - I could have a couple with no problem. The alcohol is hidden well and the flavors balance nicely with nothing overpowering.

Overall, a very good beer. I will have to look for this one again.

portia99, May 06, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange/amber pour with good clarity. Half-inch persistent head.
A lot of wheat on the aroma, as well a perfumy orange blossom, soft alcohol, some spicy and floral hops and a bit of lemon.
Flavour is quite similar, but with the expected doughy belgian yeast coming through.
Highly effervescent, very prickly. Some alcohol warming on the palate.
The wheat put a spin on things, but otherwise this is just a typical belgian tripel, albeit quite a tasty one....

CrazyDavros, May 05, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

My initial thoughts after a couple of glasses so far: absoWOWlutely freaking delicious.

A - A shade darker than gold with a very slight haze (chill haze?). Huge 3 fingers of head form with fairly short retention. No lacing.

S - SPICE. The only word I can use to describe what immediately jumps out at me. Pepper, onion, coriander, and traces of mint and tea. It's difficult to describe the combination, but it's mainly of savory spices with an herbal accent. In the background there's a suggestion of fermented fruit (apples and pears) and a touch of raw dough.

T - Can it get any better? Hell yes, because it does. Early onset of sweetness, reminds me of a malt liquor (which isn't a bad thing at all in my book) with notes of overripe pears and sour apples. A general spiciness including garlic, cut grass, alcohol, and coriander rides atop a backbone of fermenting dough. Sweetness and fruitiness dissipates mid to late palate allowing the oniony/garlic flavor to pull through fully with a marvelous accent from the otherwise unnoticable alcohol. Shortly thereafter, a small bitterness pulls through with mild phenolic characteristics. Some slight iodine, medicinal, and salty flavors mingle with the alcohol for a semi-dry and mildly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with just a hair or two towards light. Carbonation seems somewhat variable to me; some sips it's a bit prickly and others it's just enough to accentuate the balancing sour and bitter flavors in the brew. I give it a moderate/high vote, though it manages a wonderful sweet and sour character despite this.

D - I hate that most Belgian beers are packaged in 750ml bottles because I often don't want to drink that much of such intensely flavored beers. Karmeliet however is outstanding, and I will gladly finish the last 1/3 of this bottle. Phenomenal stuff. The alcohol is detectable in flavor only rather than a burn on the throat. Carbonation is near perfect allowing for a sense of quaffability. Damn. I really don't know what else to say about this beer except that, after nearly 600 brews, this is one of the best things I have ever tasted.

PatrickJR, May 05, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a flute. There is a spot for an expiration date on the back label, but nothing is printed there.

Appearance: Big bubbley head supported by great carbonation. The body of the beer is a clear pale orange.

Smell: Very complex aroma, unlike any other tripel that I've had. The smell actually reminds me alot of Rochefort 8. Raw bread dough, and funky overripe fruit.

Taste: Yeasty, like many tripels. Very fruity, as well.

BierFan, May 03, 2009
Photo of iNHaze
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Karmeliet glass.(Snifter)

This beer pours a beautiful honey-blonde color with champagne-like carbonation and a nice, consistent, 3/4" lacy white head. Clarity is outstanding.

I got yeasty, fruity, and floral topnotes, but a case of allergies at the time may have impaired a full "reading" of this beers aroma.

The first thing I noticed from this beer, again like champagne, was the sharp bite from the carbonation, however this was not unpleasant and helped to lay out the flavor complexities. A bit of sparkling malt and a tinge of caramel move on to very floral hops. The taste was similar to the aroma, and nothing wholely unsuspected slapped me in the face from this beer. I'm not sure why, but I kept thinking champagne when drinking this beer. I noted that the flavor complexities reminded me of good champagne, and were subtle and smooth.

The mouthfeel from Karmeliet was full and rather fluffy.

Overall, a great beer. I would definitely drink this again. I've also had this beer draft, and it definitely kicked all of its complexities into overdrive. So if you have the opportunity, I'd absolutely recommend trying it.

iNHaze, May 02, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: 330 mL into my St. Bernie chalice, blonde in color with small particulates suspended throughout, lively head upon pouring settles to a well-retained layer

s: clean wheat and pale malts with vivid orchard fruits - pear, apricot, grape, kiwi, red and green apple brandy, flirty spices - cardamom and white pepper, mild yeasty ester aromas, just the lightest stroke of starchy oats, fresh dough, floral honeysuckle, deceptively delicate - she poses simple at first sniff, but some patience and warming reveals many sub-layers

m: high carbonation, quite fizzy on the tongue, and lighter in body

t: clean pale malts and a mild wheaty spice accompany a flavor of fresh apple and pear juices, stone fruit, light honeysuckle, aged herbal hop flavor - very mild - imparts a fitting bitterness, have to respect the flawless level of malt sugars in perfect balance with the hops

d: easy, and appropriate for the first warm night of the year

bottle from The Caboose, Ashland, Virginia

blackie, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.

A: Poured into a snifter. The color is a murky pale copper / orange / gold color. Has some nice carbonation up the glass, and it's already gone to work in generating a half-inch of head and nice lacing down the glass.

S: Light fruits: orange, lemon, pear, green apple. I detected honey and pilsner malt too.

T: Sweet fruity backbone, dominated by orange and pear flavors. Has a light lemon character with some sour apple flavor in the mid-taste. It progresses into honey and pilsner malt flavors toward the end, but the finish surprisingly remains champagne-dry.

M: Thin-to-medium body with a slightly grainy texture to it. Has high carbonation that suits the style very well, gives it a nearly crisp feel at times.

D: It's a pretty good tripel, but none of the flavors blew me away or made it stand out.

Arbitrator, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of mithrascruor
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale orange-gold color. A tad bit of carbonation is visible. Nice white head starts off at about a fingers-width, but quickly turns to a mottled film.

Smell: Nice aroma of light fruity flavors: some citrus present, but not too heavy. Mostly pear, orange, and apple. Some sweeter elements too, maybe caramel.

Taste: Very much the same as the aroma. An amalgam of fruits, plus a bit of caramel. I'm missing the yeasts: there's a bit (especially in the lingering aftertaste), I think, but barely.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied with mild carbonation and pretty smooth. Goes down nice. Maybe a tad light for a Tripel.

Drinkability: Rather easy-to-drink tripel: low-ish alcohol and little yeast funky-ness.

This is an enjoyable beer: definitely a Belgian, but missing those yeasts that make a Tripel a Tripel. Nevertheless, I think it is still worth giving a shot for those who enjoy Belgian ales, or those who maybe find more typical Tripels a bit difficult.

mithrascruor, Apr 18, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm sure that finer examples of the Tripel exist, but I've yet to try them. This relatively cheap bottle was 11.2 oz of pure joy. A respectable head and rich color were complemented by a wonderfully earth scent, mostly a reflection of its yeast and honey.

In terms of flavor, there was a certain spice-induced sharpness that took me by surprise with my first sip, but which made the beer quite a bit more enjoyable. I can't quite describe the undertones of the taste, though it did seem to me that there were some semi-tropical fruits, cinnamon, and assorted other spices at work. Whatever the combination was, the flavors worked very, very well together.

The not-inconsequential abv was well hidden too, but not to such an extent that I was unaware that my beverage was of the alcoholic variety.

beerindex, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #1400, right time for a better brew. Poured this Champaign beer into the Corsendonk tulip slowly - the big SMOOK upon opening let me know that this one is packing firm carbonation.

Clear golden brew, and of course, white head everywhere. Just a bit of Brussels lace. Aroma is a surprising musty funk of fruit and pilsner lager (grainy malt). Quaff is that dry Champaign of sweet fruits with a under hint of rich malts. Crisp and dry finish. Not a bad brew, but certainly not an "A" frosty either (IMO).

Glad to have finally tried it, rather go local (Schlafly) with my next tripel.

Vancer, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and plenty of stickly lacing. On the nose I get an attractive, uncomplicated aroma of honey and underlying spice. Nothing mindblowing here, but it does smell pretty good. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there is also a hint of underlying citrus that is attractive. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and drinkability is pretty good.

This is a very nice, uncomplicated, easy to appreciate Belgian tripel. The relatively low alcohol makes it all the more drinkable and enjoyable. Not bad at all...

John_M, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of berkey
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright golden body with light carbonation. Forms a large pillowy white head in my Tripel Karmeleit glass I picked up at a beer week event. Lacing fades quickly and head thins to less than half an inch and lingers.

Smell: Oats. can't shake the chilhood image of Cheerios with a spoonful of sugar. Yeast , soft citrus notes, very mild alcohol sweetness. Smells more like a golden ale than most other Belgian or American Tripels I can think of.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet but not as much so as many other Tripels. A good amount of citrus with some alcohol warth. The Tripel malt thing (oats, barley, wheat) for which the beer is named is more than a gimic, adds some complexity that masks the alcohol sweetness well. Great soft and delicate but slightly grainy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I can't think of a more drinkable tripel. Finished one 75cl and tempted to open another.

berkey, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of benclimbs
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall this is a pretty solid trippel but definitely not the best i've ever had.

Pours a very light golden brown, pretty hazy.

Had on tap, so the bubbles weren't as champagney as other belgian trippels i've had in the bottle.

Smell is just a bit of Bananas yeast and spice. Not too impressive or profound.

Taste is good, solid belgian blond, off dry, not sweet really which is nice.

benclimbs, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of weazal
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Bright, full aroma. Predominantly light, earthy hay with mild raw honey sweetness. Noticeable lemon almost overrides the hay as it sits. There's some crisp pear and similar experience as an outdoor orchard.

T: A really easy, tasty flavor. Not over the top, but still a fulfilling experience. Comes in strong up front with spicy, earthy grain and hay. A slight peppery undertone carries through until it finishes a bit sweeter with a touch of caramel in the back of the palate.

weazal, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow pour into a chalice. This one is so carbonated the foam spills all over the place when I open the bottle.. a particularly annoying trend I am noticing with some of these Belgians. Needless to say, there is a mountain of head in this one that fills almost half of my glass.

Smell is lemon and orange, with some pepper and other assorted spices. I find a sweet caramel smell at the back as well.

Taste is similar to the smell.. very sweet and citrusy up front and spicy and peppery at the end. The end is very interesting and spicy, with a mild amount of alcohol present.

Very drinkable. Probably one of the better tripels.

webmanspidey, Apr 09, 2009
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
96 out of 100 based on 3,281 ratings.