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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,085
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 180
Gots: 288 | 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.

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Photo of Overlord


3.68/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a murky golden color. Strong floral aroma with peaches?, apples?, and pears? Smells pretty good.

Taste's pretty good, but doesn't really live up to the smell. Very complex malt/yeast background, with strong pear and apple flavoring ... but it gets to be a bit much on the sweet side. Lots of earthy spices. Nice level of carbonation, as the big white head slowly dissipated.

I'd drink again, but not in the same sitting. Half a bottle was just about right.

10-22-2007 20:51:28 | More by Overlord
Photo of sleazo

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Got this on the advice of a fellow patron at New Beer Distributors.

A-Pours a cloudy golden hue with a nice fluffy snow like white head. A nice steady stream of bubbles keeps the head afloat in my tulip. The lacing and retention could be better but maybe i am just getting picky.

S- The aroma is of zesty yeasty bread with some black pepper notes.

T-You get a big yeasty hit upon first sip, followed up with some honey like sweetness. Undelying it all is a vague sourness from the wheat. There is a good musty taste to the yeast character which is pleasant. As the beer warms notes of lemon zest, black pepper and floral hops creep through.

M-Light on the body with an agressive tongue stinging carbonation.

D-This is an excellent Tripel. It does not hit one over the head with any of its' characteristics but is a good well made beer with plenty of complexity. The alcohol is well hidden

10-21-2007 02:16:14 | More by sleazo
Photo of rkowalick

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Served from a handsome .33 cL bottle with a parchment colored label displaying nuns harvesting grain into an oversized snifter. The yeast seemed very willing to get in my glass, so I cut the pour short to leave almost an inch in the bottle.

The beer pours darker than most tripels. It is a brilliant light amber that is perfectly transparent. The head is white and fluffy. The smell is of the standard tripel fare: plenty of yeast esters including apricots and crisp green apples. There is also a slight hint of alcohol in the nose as well. The taste delivers quite nicely. The apricots and apples join together into a strong dryness. The dryness continues until a slight spiciness and mild alcoholic burn dominate. The mouthfeel is what really sold me on this beer. It is very multi-faceted--dare I say complex? This beer seems to have the unique quality of being refreshing yet substantial at the same time. The loads of fine, light carbonation scrub and refresh the tongue, while near the finish, the beer appears to demonstrate more body than one would initially believe. After swallowing, the light carbonation continues to dance around the tongue. Drinikibility is very high for a high alcohol brew. Its lightness allows one to take plenty of sips, while its mild heavyness seems to keep ones sense of touch interested.

A first class tripel. Excellent beer that I could recommend to anyone.

10-20-2007 18:19:36 | More by rkowalick
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with a white head. Aromas of a dry, Belgian candy sugar, and yeast. In the taste, a dry sweet malt and a hint of fruitiness. A smooth malty mouthfeell and a dry yeasty, and small sourness aftertaste. Very easy to drink, nice yeasty presence, a great triple.

10-15-2007 17:38:23 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of sawbones420


4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

After lamenting, to my beer guy, the fact that my favorite Tripel, Westmalle, was rarely in stock, he recommend I try out Karmeliet, as he believed it to be an exceptional iteration of the classic Belgian style. I took the 750ml bottle home and shoved it in the back of my fridge, forgetting about it for close to a month.

Pulled it out tonight, popped the cork, and poured it into my favorite Brooklyn Brewery snifter. A light-colored, not-exceptionally hazy apricot liquid pours out, amassing a decent size head that quickly and audibly dissipates to a low level, fading entirely soon after. Seems rather carbonated for the style (or is my glass oily? it looked sparkly clean...)

Smell seems reminiscent of a hearty Czech Pilsener, although it's still very evident this is a fruity Tripel. I'm wondering if Saaz hops were used in this brew... later on as it warms, I smell more Tripel and less Pils

My initial suspicions about carbonation prove to be true, as the mouthfeel is lively, yet still has that sharpish throat bite due to the 8% ABV. This beer really dances on the back of your tongue. I'm not sure how, but it somehow manages to be both light and bold in the same sip. Complex. Beautiful!

Flavors are slightly fruity with what I consider a PERFECT hop balance. It has a spicy flavorful finish that combines well with that warm alcoholic mouthfeel. My throat is left all warm, wanting another sip.

A VERY easy-to-drink beer, indeed, which might be dangerous with its high(er) alcohol content and price tag. While I'm not sure this dethrones Westmalle as my favorite Tripel, I certainly can't think of a better runner-up. I will be aging a couple bottles of this to see how things mellow over time.

A definite recommendation to lovers of the style, and of beer in general

10-12-2007 02:31:53 | More by sawbones420
Photo of wesleyhighley


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Should I have to introduce a white wine/champagne drinker to beer this might well be the beer of choice for me. This reminds me of Delirium Tremens, but with a hint of hefeweizen. Very effervescent and mildly hoppy, I could barely taste the 8% alcohol. This was a wonderful beer to follow something heavy - a good change of pace from the Ommegang that preceded it.

I approve and will likely purchase again.

10-09-2007 04:29:02 | More by wesleyhighley
Photo of brendan13


4.1/5  rDev -4%

A - A slightly hazy deep golden colour poured into a snifter with a couple of inches of fluffy white head that slowly falls away.
S - A fairly strong spicy aroma hits first followed by some peach/pear fruity notes. A bit of sweet, honey like maltiness.
T - Like the smell but with the sweetness being a bit more dominant. A nice, complex beer with the alcohol becoming a bit more obvious as it warms but not overpowering.
M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy finish.
D - A great tripel that is well worth having on hand for drinking every now and then.

10-08-2007 10:48:41 | More by brendan13
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

(Served in a chalice)
Best before 09/08/09 on bottle
A- This beer has a clear apricot body with a wall of micro bubbles from the nucleation point. The giant creamy light tan head last and last for the full beer and has some nice thick rings of foam left on the glass after each sip.

S- The smell of soft dried fruit has a flower blossom smell and a note of soft sweet sugar.

T- The light soft caramel sweetness has a light honey note and a nutty hint is followed by a light apricot taste and a green herbal finish. As the beer warms there is a faint banana chip note and a nice alcohol taste that cleans the finish nicely.

M- The light mouthfeel has a creamy texture from the head and a soft alcohol heat at the finish.

D- This beer has a wonderful subtle complexity with notes of light fruit with some good floral notes and sweet flavors without being cloyingly sweet.

10-07-2007 02:27:46 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of domtronzero


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A - Pours a cloudy golden color with a two-finger frothy white head. Long lasting with a lot of lacing. Looks very inviting and appealing in my Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. This is actually the first time I've had the beer, and I've had the glass for some time now.

S - Sweet with some fruity notes, and a little musky funk is definitely noted.

T - Very complex, but awesomely balanced. Caramel, melons, banana, cloves, a little grassy hoppyness. Musky wet hay flavors, similar to Saison Imperiale (De Proefbrouwerij, Belgium). A little alcohol is detected in the finish, but becomes a little subdued as it warms.

M - Medium viscocity, but the carbonation is very well balanced, making it a little too easy to drink. Very enjoyable. This is by far one of the best Belgian ales I've ever had. Gonna be getting a few bottles of this to age. I'll be reviewing these in the future...

10-06-2007 04:57:10 | More by domtronzero
Photo of BlindPig


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

A- When I popped the cap had a bit of a over flow. Pours with a huge white head on a cloudy golden body.
S- Kind of a skunk aroma in there so not sure how fresh or well kept this was. Best by date is in 2009 though. I have had it in Brussels and don't remember the skunk aroma, but to be fair I did have a few beers before it. Big yeast and wheat aroma. Grass in there too with a sweet malt body. Some bananas and light spice in there too. Just a hint of alcohol.
T- Sweet caramel body with some syrup like bananas with cloves sprinkled on top. Some grass hops in there that leaves a light bitterness. The yeast comes through and gives a big bread flavor to it.
M- Full body with high carbonation.
D- It is a tasty brew. It is a solid offering from Bosteels. I have had better tripels but it is a good one.

09-22-2007 05:33:20 | More by BlindPig
Photo of Halcyondays


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA,

A: Pours a bright, pale orange colour, with a small, white head, into a Chiamy chalice.

S: Light at first, but as the beer warms up, a nice, phenolic, estery scent comes through.

T: Very complex, one of the best tasting tripels that I have ever had, lots of esters, apple and pear, with a bit of medicinal character.

M: Smooth, very smooth, phenolic, and medicinal, with a bit of alcohol character.

D: Overall, very good, a great tripel, one of the most complex beers you're going to find coming out of Belgium, a must buy.

09-22-2007 04:53:22 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Romulus141


4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

I've been on a Belgian Tripel binge lately, and I decided to continue it by buying this brew. I bought the large single bottle.

Poured into a deep, wide wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy, golden color. I am immediately impressed by the incredibly strong head this beer has after a gentle pour. Literally, it takes up half of the wine glass. Accordingly, the lacing on the edges is very strong. The amount of carbonation in this brew is also fascinating, and is probably responsible for the huge head. The bubbles are just racing to the top of the glass. Overall, this beer has made a strong first impression on me.

Smell: What's strange is that when I first uncorked the bottle, the brew had a skunky smell to it. However, after pouring and letting the beer settle, the characteristic altered dramatically. The beer has a fruity smell, consisting primarily of pears and citrus. There is also the typical all-spice smell that I have come to expect from Belgian Tripels. Overall, this is a very pleasant, floral smell that I quite enjoy.

Taste: The flavor is intense, complex, and nuanced. We begin with a blast of fruit flavor involving something between a pear and a kiwi, which quickly recedes from my pallet. It is followed by a malty character which transitions from the intense sweetness into a subtle taste intermixed with spices. It finishes with a crisp, grain taste that leaves little to no aftertaste. This complexity intrigues me, as this Belgian fades away quickly, unlike others which grab your tongue and hold on tight.

Mouthfeel: Light, slick, and full of carbonation. However, the carbonation balances the profile of this brew, and certainly aids in the crisp, refreshing finish. A winning combination.

Drinkability: These are smooth and creamy, and they go down quickly. This, combined with the 8% ABV makes for a dangerous combination.

The Belgian style continues to impress me. This brew is highly recommended.

09-22-2007 02:41:54 | More by Romulus141
Photo of PittBeerGirl


4.71/5  rDev +10.3%

A-Light hazy golden yellow body that pours with a 3 finger creamy white head. Head slowly fades to 1/2 finger. Decent head retention. In the end a thick collar is all that remains of the beautiful head. Plenty of lacing left behind in the glass. Body is translucent with a nice haziness all around and tiny bubbles constantly rising to the top.

S- Sweet, Spicy, and Bready. Lots of spicy yeast with a dry, fruity balance of pears, apples, and citrus.

T- Citrus, pears, and apples upfront with a bready/spicy yeast background. A slight sweetness emerges with the initial taste. The finish adds a touch of hop flavor to compliment the dry fruitiness. What lingers is a big spicy and sweet bready yeast taste along with a hint of alcohol bitterness.

M- Light carbonation and light body. Very smooth and creamy from the yeast.

D- This is a wonderful Tripel. At 8% ABV it has a slightly lower alcohol content then most. ABV is also very well hidden here which makes it all the more drinkable. Aside from that this brew is light, crisp, complex, and very tasty. Something that I will definitely pick up again

I used this beer as the toasting champagne at my wedding!

09-21-2007 16:29:14 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

330ml bottle
I tried this beer on September 14, 2007 at 'The Beer Bistro' in Toronto. The beer poured a hazy gold colour with a large fluffy white head that lingered throughout. A high amount of effervescent could be seen. The aroma was surprisingly hoppy and perfumey and had floral tones. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with high carbonation. The flavour was malty with some citrus hints.

09-19-2007 21:29:59 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of graywalker


4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

This beer has the finest, creamiest head I have ever seen. Coats the glass with lacing as you swirl it around. Smell is yeast, bread, golden raisins, grass, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Taste is a little peppery, with a little citrus, and a sweet finish. You really don't taste the alcohol, which is dangerous. This went down way too easy, then snuck up on me.

My second favorite tripel, St. Bernardus being the first. I must get more of this. A terrific beer.

09-16-2007 23:14:32 | More by graywalker
Photo of bboven


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

Light gold with a fantastic head. Slightly cloudy, actually a little less cloudy than I would have thought. Very bubbly.

Smells yeasty and fruity. There is also a bit of buttery/caramel aroma; a little bit of alcohol in the nose.

The taste is a little fruity and surprisingly light for th style. It's very pleasant, though.

Very slick mouthfeel. You can't feel the alcohol at all. A little thin but very drinkable because of the lighter body.

09-16-2007 04:43:48 | More by bboven
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

750mL bottle poured into snifter.

A: Very carbonated with a pure white rocky head. The beer itself is a nice amber gold with little pockets of carbonation bubbling up from all sides. Minimal lacing made me a bit disapointed.

S: Sweet fruits and grass but sort of really smells like a macro in places, but the fruits dominate

T/MF: Apricots and various other tart fruits with a decent yeasty funk to it with hints of lemon. Very bubbly all over the tongue but still somehow nice and creamy. This is quite a refreshing beer and hides its alcohol content quite well as there is no heat in the finish.

D: No alcohol heat but damn it can take you by supprise, very refreshing for a tripel but not quite what I was expecting, this one tastes a bit more like a belgian strong pale ale.

09-05-2007 02:39:15 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

I knew this was going to be a special quaf when I saw my first glass poured into a frothy amber color with a big head that you have to resign yourself to make a mustache unless you want to wait. The smell of, toffee and light fruits are immediately apparent and for a hot August day, it was the perfect matech.

Taste- deceptively sweet. Higher alcohol content on the 2nd wave of taste.

Mouthfeel-smooth as melted caramel

Drinkability-Unless you knew you were drinking, difficult to tell as it slides down the throat.

I hope it's served more often.

09-04-2007 17:30:11 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of rallison


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a huge 3 finger white head that takes forever to die down enough to drink. Smells of excellent Belgian yeast, toffee and light fruits - very nice!

Taste is a perfect balance of light fruits, toffee, Belgian candi sugar. Nice and complex with other complex flavors I can't quite pinpoint.

Mouthfeel is just right - nicely carbonated to give it just the right lightness.

Drinkability is amazing. Way too easy!

Highly recommended.

09-03-2007 08:28:58 | More by rallison
Photo of rudyarmand


4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

It is a privilege to consume this beverage. It is sold in a beautifully labelled bottle and one anticipates the pouring with lustful anticipation. Maybe some people prefer another trippel, but high marks must be given not only because it is so delicious, but because you can find it available in many places around Atlanta.

I have also enjoyed this beverage in it's magnificent custom created bulb-globe glass. Just Yummy! The Fleur-de-Lis on the glass are so great to see while you are holding it in your hand.

A real classic!

08-30-2007 23:56:38 | More by rudyarmand
Photo of stereosforgeeks


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: Clear straw color. Foamy head. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Bananas, honey, green apples, lemon, bubblegum, and some spices.

Taste: The citrus fruits start the flavors. Bubblegum, honey, and banana soon join. Lastly the spices come in and linger into the finish with the banana flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and full of carbonation.

Drinkability: You won't be pounding these but it's easy to drink.

08-21-2007 14:02:05 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of willjschmidt


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a La Fin Du Monde glass.

A: Pours a orangish copped color. Very active carbonation contributes to a huge thick white head. It recedes slowly leaving behind a 1/4" thick layer throughout.

S: A bit of malt sweetness, some spices along with some yeast.

T: Quite a bit of sweetness up front in the form of apricots. Mild pepper and other spices are on the palate as well. It's well rounded yet complex. A solid tripel.

M: A syrupy sweet texture with extremely active carbonation.

D: Good on the drinkability scale although it is quite alcoholic. A very good tripel but I've liked several of the other tripels that I have tried more than this one. Certainly worth trying though.

08-01-2007 03:21:30 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%

Bottle purcahsed at a BC liquor store.

I had this in Brussels a few weeks before I bought this bottle. For some reason, the "good stuff" always tastes better when youre "over there".

Appearance: Gold with fluffy yet "wet" head. The head disappated quickly.

Smell: Almost a soapy aroma with definite alcohol and light fruit. Like white grapes.

Taste: I'm getting a lot of alcohol in the taste. The alcohol also adds some sweetness. A slightly bready flavour is present. Probably from the standard Belgian yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Despite the huge head, the beer is nicely carbonated. Very little bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: When I was in Belgium I could have drunk this all night. However, the alcohol is a little too present in this bottle to be highly drinkable.

Overall: The flavours are great, apart from the over abundance of alcohol(hence the 3.5 rating). Perhaps while in Belgium my palate got accustomed to very high alcohol brews and thus this seemed more drinkable to me when I was there.

07-27-2007 03:19:15 | More by Hornet2003
Photo of albern


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

This is a first rate Trippel and quite a treat. The beer pours a nice white head, plenty of fiz, with a nice herbal and floral smell. The beer doesn't lace, which is a bit surprising. The taste is just great. This is a medium to full bodied beer with lots of flavors in the citrus, banana, orange, rind, lemon family, and maybe more. There is a nice tingle on the tongue from the carbonation and the live yeast. The alcohol is present, and you would expect it from a beer with 8 ABV, but it isn't omnipresent. The only down side is that there is too much of a yeasty bite at the end. The aftertaste is pleasant. This beer makes a statement, and it is a fine one indeed. L'Chaim.

07-21-2007 21:05:45 | More by albern
Photo of ryantupy


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Bright golden pour with streams of carbonated bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

S - Smells of ligth fruit, yeast, floral aromas, with a sweet malty character.

T - A nice carbonated sip of this beer brings you flavors of light fruit, sweet malts, mild hop character, and an overall greatly balanced beer.

M - This beer is very light and has a nice crisp finish

D - Great tripel beer defiantly one of the better ones out there.

07-15-2007 20:30:27 | More by ryantupy
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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