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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,289
Reviews: 1,197
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 200
Gots: 374 | 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 joeysmokedporter
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 750 mL bottle into a chalice.

A: pours gold with an orange hue, clear, one finger head that dissipates but good lacing.

S: Caramel malt with a coriander spice and a slight amount of fruit in the aroma.

T: big sweet flavor in the beginning, with an orange flavor very evident. moves into an effervescent finish with a lingering mix of sweetness and spiciness in the aftertaste, some coriander and clove flavor present. The beginning also has a mix of caramel, sweet malt flavor, definitely a tripel more on the sweet side. Not as dry as typical tripel and only enough hop flavor/bitterness to balance the sweetness although the fruity, malty flavors win out in the end.

M: vs other tripels, slightly more syrupy and sticky in the beginning although the carbonation takes over and scrubs it all away for the next sip.

D: this was a very enjoyable tripel for me. Definitely can feel the impact as I make my way through the bottle.

joeysmokedporter, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of speakorspasm
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a favorite of mine. First had it at the Publick House on tap, and have had it several times on tap since - gotta say I prefer the bottled version here. I need to rely on memory for this review, though I had on only last night - still need to develop my note habits better.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - The beer pours lazily hazy, nearly opaque as it's unfiltered. A good pour rewards you with a fine head with okay retention.

S - Ahhhh... I feel like I've been whisked away to a field in Flanders... The malt profile is very interesting here, with all sorts of cereals fighting for my attention. Hard to really rely on without decent notes the morning after (this is a strong brew!), but one lasting impression it leaves is a boozy, medicinal waft that sticks to your nostrils. Very nice.

T - Still stuck in that Flemish field here, still enjoying the experience. A very complex beer, even for a traditionally complex style. There's a clove-y, herb-y bite that starts it off, just slightly above a sweet and earthy malt profile. Very boozy in a distinctly Belgian manner - you really don't taste it until it's too late.

M - Had this with a spicy BBQ Chicken pizza - this is a coat-your-mouth type of beer that can really stand up to some spice. Maybe a little too cloying? Hard to really knock it much for that, as it lingers pleasantly.

D - If socially acceptable, I would drink this beer all day. Hell, it's only 9am, I'm off today and there's another in my fridge... gotta run!

speakorspasm, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Kwak was a great beer so I figured why not try Brouwerij Bosteels's Triple Karmeliet. This beer is rich, deep, and long. This is one BIG beer.

I poured 25cl (at a time) of my 750 mL Triple Karmeliet into a La Chouffe tulip glass (at around 58 degrees Fahrenheit). I think I did this to savor each sip. Think of it as a preemptive strike against a worthy adversary. It poured a hazy, yet bright golden color. As the light shown in it made my glass glow. Is this the one that they said would come?

The aroma is malty deep and fruity. I can tell this is going to be great.

Upon first sip I confirm my expectations - which is rare - and I get a rush of floral vinous fruit and calms to a juicy malt cream and then ends with a fruity twang. WOW what a long tasting beer this is. I am deeply impressed. The mouthfeel is full. I can tell that eventhough this beer is 8%ABV Bosteels could have went 10%ABV easily as there is enough fermentable sugar still in this one to drop the insulin levels of the healthiest of people. Please understand me, I am not complaining. I know the reason this beer is so long is the fact that it is not fully attenuated. Enjoy this one with some Spainish Machengo Cheese and Jamon or with a nice French swiss and artisian bread. Or just drink it by itself - it can handle it!

Enjoy and Savor this one!

PerzentRizen, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 22 April 2010. 750 ml poured into Ommegang chalice.

Nice pop of the cork with ample, quickly-rising carbonation from crystal-clear lemon & orange zest/honey colored body to tight, bubbly meringue-ish thin white head that becomes sparse.

Very strong orange zest with powerful bitter hop profile...mostly sour pine, but a little floral too. Grains-stewed, boiled barley and wheat are bountiful with solid yeast profile.

Big ester presence (banana, melon-cantaloupe?!) and a little vanilla and maybe Muscat grapes. All that balanced by strong malt and bright wheat presence...and maybe a little oak? For something so clean this is packed with flavor. Carbonation balances sweetness well-this is great stuff.

Rolls down the palate (maybe slithers) leaving a tingly vidcous trail. Clean but powerful-slight citrus tang with banana sweetness and tone balancing slight alcohol burn.

This is quite complex and could be heavy from alcohol and sweetness if the citrus notes didn't help it drink so clean. There's some heft to this but it's extremely enjoyable in true moderation.

IBUnit63, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bit of sticky foam around bottle and cork threshold, the cork is a little sticky.

Spicy, spicy phenol nose. A little malt - creamy and soft.

Pours a slightly light golden yellow with what seems like good clarity, the massive orchestra of bubbles going on obscures the clarity. Moderate-to-large foamy white head with lasting retention.

Crisp carbonation and soft malt provide the backdrop for this beer drinking experience. Various levels of spiciness come and go; the most prevalent being peppery. Fruity sweetness, a touch of caramelized sugar and maltiness. A little tartness suggests fruit, but makes me think of yeastiness. More fruitiness takes on particularly melon flavors (musty, ripe), a little greenish apple, and something I can't put my finger on.

Paired with Baby Swiss it is spicier, fruitier, dryer, and more bitter.

Paired with Emmental it is a little more subdued, and slightly more alcoholic.

Bottle is yeast-free.

A pretty good tripel I say, very tasty. Not all over the place like some wilder Belgians, this one's more tame.

MrHungryMonkey, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a big 750 ml corked bottle. Pours a golden color, pretty clear not as hazy as I was expecting. Nice frothy head which leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is bananas, vanilla and maybe a little grassy or hay-like which remains nice even after the bottle breathes a while. Smooth, pretty easy drinking but with a full enough mouthfeel. The flavor is much of the same: citrus, banana, vanilla with a little bit of a tangy tart alcohol presence. Somewhat spicy flavors which balances it nicely. Flavor doesn't necessarily jump out at you but it's very good.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous gold tint, with a feisty white head that seemed to last. An enticing spicy fragrance augmented by distinct pear and clove. The flavor told a delicious story, beginning with a quick bite of spice, followed by a smooth fruity plateau, and ending with a soothingly warm finish. Significant carbonation, medium-bodied, perfect balance. As far as tripels go, this is my current favorite, and I will drink it every chance I get. I compared it to the Allagash and found Karmeliet to be superior in its complexity, taste and character.

itcomesnpints, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - orange-gold, slight haze, pillowy white head, eventually recedes, leaves a bit of lace clinging to the glass.

S - soft fresh scent, lemons, flowers, herbs, underpinning of cotton-candy sweetness, really nice zing at the end of peppery spice

T - a little sweeter than I was expecting from the aroma, peppery finish brings an exciting end to things.

M - very snappy in the mouth, stinging, spicy finish combines with alcohol for quite a burn down the throat. Carbonation does give it a nice body, but overall the mouthfeel smacks you around a bit.

D - The pepper and alcohol are holding it back, although it does add to the excitement.

Kept hearing about Karmeliet being so different. I finally give it a whirl, and it is certainly distinct... I hope you like pepper in your tripel. This is a good beer, and I'm certainly not put off by it's agressiveness, but I'm having a hard time deciding if it is something I really like or not.

markaberrant, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Dilly Deli
Pours a light gold in color with a huge two inch frothy head. It was served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass as well. Smell is citrus and spice. Taste is light fruit, some spice and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is an absolutely delicious tripel.

FtownThrowDown, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of woemad
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99. Best by date of "20 F 1." Those crafty Belgians have got themselves their own calendar, apparently.

Poured an apricot color crowned with two inches of bubbly, beige foam. Modest sheets of lace are left on the sides of my St. Bernardus glass.

The nose has honey, citrus, earthy notes and a bit of booze.

The taste starts out with a honeyish sweetness that is almost immediately joined by peppery and earthy notes and a restrained lemon flavor. The fadeout is mildly dry. As I worked my way through the bottle, a warming alcohol sensation became increasingly evident.

Light bodied, with that effervescent mouthfeel that is so hard for U.S. versions of the style to duplicate.

Very tasty tripel. I'd happily consume several, but I would no doubt be paying for it later. Definitely one I'll be having again.

woemad, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Jerico
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a hay-colored beer that pours with a thick bushy head. Not much lacing. Unlike many from its style, this ones is only minimally cloudy.

S - doughy and citrusy with a slight hint of farmhouse-style funk.

T/M/D - slightly carbonated, full and chewy with a sweet, sugary finish. Many beers of the style are reminiscent of the taste of Karmeliet, but this remains one of my favorites (especially since it isn't too hard to find). Delicious and well worth a try if you've never enjoyed one!

Jerico, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lipton Iced Tea tulip at Quinn's Pub in Camden Town. Out of their Belgian fridge.

Amberish body under a 1cm fine white head. Very effervescent. Head goes to cloud and collar after a few minutes.

Nose is very fresh. Honey, belgian yeast, light grain notes. Of course very alcoholic. Berries, brown sugar.

Palate is boozy with high carbonation. Sweet with yeasty/leesy bitterness. Finishes on generous sweetness (honey) and crackery malt. Very spritzy, aggressive feel. Alcohol is slightly masked. Unibroue-style yeastiness on this one, reminds me of Fin du Monde. Spices. Mouthfeel improves over time - gets rather rich and creamy. Almost astringent in the finish.

A good tripel here.

Antilochus, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of therica
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in Leuven Belgium. Three-grain wheat/oat/barley in a rather nice blend.

A= lovely golden fluffy-headed pour.

S= very aromatic floral, typical strong-alcohol nose which is common with these higher-ABV% Belgian's.

T= florals, slight liquor taste evident, Fascinating blend of the 3 grains gives plenty for the tongue to explore. The malt/liquor taste becomes stronger and more evident toward the bottom.

M= pleasant, nice memories, typical Belgian-Tripel alcohol lingering.

D= very drinkable for a few but the 8% ABV might make it a waste or an unpleasant experience with more at one setting.

therica, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Jcb890
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall, this is a great beer. It is definitely one of my favorite Tripels.

A: First off, the Karmeliet glasses are awesome. The beer pours a nice cloudy, golden with a large head.

S: Smells of fruit and deliciousness.

T: Taste is also fruity. Very smooth and the fruit is not too overpowering, which is a good thing.

M: Also exceptional. Nice and smooth.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, but is also great for just sipping.

Jcb890, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of daledeee
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours out with more bubbles than I have ever seen. The head is fabulous. Nice clear bright gold and oh so many bubbles.

The nose is grain and fruit

Taste is really pleasant. Fruits and hops. Apples and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is not overly bubbly even though this stuff bubbles forever. Very true to what I call a triple. Clean and refreshing. This is one of the best. Very drinkable. A fine beer.

daledeee, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Reidrover
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle. into chalice. Nice looking hazy wheat golden ale, with a lovelly large thick and bubbly white head. Fantastic nose on this beer. all the usual Belgian style yeast, malts and spices but ampliphied. Very fruity, pink apples, red plums come to mind. All the flavours mentioned in the nose are present a little banana and a tinge of alcohol added in the end. Fantastic palate, great mouthfeel, smooth silky yet carbonated very well. Very good beer. Will have again.

Reidrover, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Nice golden color, large white head, lots of lace. Doesn't get better then this.

smell - Wheat, fruits, like apricots and lemon.

taste - Has a citrus taste with spices. Some hops present.

mouthfeel - Has a smooth feel.

drinkability - This is a strong bee, nice sipper. Would buy again. Enjoy!

auxiliary, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly reputed brew that I have never tried. Well, here goes. This orangey gold brew produces a big, almost Duvel-size head, very carbonated, before it recedes to a thick lacing atop the beer. Lots of citrus notes and other fruits like pears and peaches with a nice bit of sugar candy in the aroma. Taste is very much like champagne; lots of lemon, lemon pepper and other light citrus notes, most of which come from the malt and yeast. Hops give a nice little twang at the end. Tremendously smooth brew, well worth it's reputation.

One of the best tripels I have had. A world classic that is a must buy.

saintwarrick, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Golden orange color, thin white head and good carbonation. Slight sediment also detected.

S - Malty with hints of ripe fruit, citrus and a good helping of spices.

T - Malty and slightly fruity up front. Finishes off with a slightly bitter soapy flavor.

MF&D - Good example of this style, but due to the spicy flavor and high ABV, I doubt I would session this one.

nasty15108, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of julian
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade from zaf88 (thanks for this one!) and poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: beautiful cloudy orange color with a small off white head that quickly dissipates. visible and high carbonation. no lacing.

S: up front citrus smell of zesty orange peel, followed by a mild peppery spicing and sweet malting. somewhat bready. no real alcoholic aroma.

T&M: slightly alcoholic bite at first. very fizzy taste of citrus with a somewhat sour lemony wheat taste. malt sweetness subdued by a complimentary bitterness of peppery, clove like spicing.

D: very fizzy so will fill (bloat) you quickly. good to above average taste for a tripel. exemplary of the style. would definitely drink again, and could maybe drink several in a sitting.

julian, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, high carbonated, orange hue. It had a very fizzy, white, foamy, three-finger head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled very fruity!! It really smelled of cherry and apples. Also, some phenolic aromas.

T - It tasted of yeast, clove and grains. The alcohol taste was also present. It had a nice spicy kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice tripel. I had been looking for it and finally found one. I really enjoyed it.

zeff80, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a slight orange tinge. White head is thick and creamy.

Aroma has a candied, honey sweetness. Plenty of tropical fruit, especially apricot and apple. Yeasty spices bring pepper and coriander.

Taste is similar to the nose, however the light fruit aspect stands out much more. Fruit sweetness smoothly blends into the interesting yeasty spices. Finish has a mild bitterness that lingers with the spices.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, silky and smooth.

This is a very tasty brew. Flavor is unified, offering a depth of interesting balanced flavor. The high ABV is well concealed behind the sweet fruity aspect. I will get this one again.

Blakaeris, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of bashiba
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice orange/yellow with a thick and creamy head, constant carbonation running throughout.

Had a nice big fruity bouquet with some hints of yeast and wheat and clove.

Flavor is sweet and spicy with hints of vanilla, pepper, clove, pineapple and mango. Very yeasty witn a nice balance of clean grains and sweet fruit flavors with a light bit of minty hops.

Mouthfeel is very active with lots of carbonation and a touch sticky.

Easy to drink and tasty, easy to see why this could be the benchmark for Belgian Tripels.

bashiba, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of beerbutcher
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours deep gold with three finger head which fades eventually leaving beautiful lacing

aromas are rich and spicey, full of fruits with a honeyed richness and even some earthy and slightly barnish aromas.

taste is full and lush. The palate is creamy and nicely carbonated, full of fruit and honey with beautiful fruity and spicey esters.

mouthfeel is creamy and persistent. The carbonation level is wonderful and keeps it clean though the palate becomes a bit sticky as the bubbles fade.

overall, one of my favorite triples yet. Just awesome yeast character and beautiful texture. The balance is really there with this one. I would drink several if: A- I could afford them, B- I thought I'd be standing when finished. Outstanding

beerbutcher, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a slightly hazy pale orange color with a nice cap and plenty of carbonation bubbles racing to the the top. The smell is of stale grassy hops, funky belgian yeast, some candi sugar, white pepper and very light corriander and some honey suckel. The taste is quite similar to the aroma. A nice floral honey suckel sweetness, earthy/peppery spice, tropical fruit flavors, delicate pale malt presence. Maybe not quite as deep as the top notch tripels but the flavors are spot on with this one. The feel is fairly light with perfect carbonation; finishes sweet but on par with the style, not cloying. A very good text book tripel, serves well as the general example of the style.

Gmann, Jun 21, 2008
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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