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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,133
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 182
Gots: 308 | 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 KingG
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ML corked and caged.
Served chilled and poured into a Weizen glass.
Heard good things about this beer. Let's give it a whirl.

Appearance is very good. Enormous head off the initial pour that clumps together the longer it sits and forms a marshmallow-thick cap. A lot of carbonation bubbles rising to the head rapidly. Color of the beer is pale yellow.

Smell is exceptional. HUGE smell here. Sweet, nutty malts, earthy grains, Semi-sweet Belgian candy sugar, tingly spices, and unripe fruit. Amazing fragrance.

Taste is exceptional. Candy sugar up front, honeydew and wheat with an earthy oatmeal kick at the finish. Refreshing and very tasty. Quite complex for the style. Impressive.

Mouthfeel is very good. Clean on the palate. Carbonation is perfect for the style; bubbly but overly so.

Drinkability is exceptional. Can a beer be more drinkable than this? I think not. having already finished half the bottle i feel as though i could kill a keg of this wonderful elixir. 8% alc is non-existent (besides the buzz i'm already feeling).

Overall: Possibly my favorite Tripel, taking over St. Bernardus' Tripel. An absolute pleasure to put down and a new regular here at the pad. The perfect summer beer. Highly recommended.

KingG, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Steve188821
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The apperance is golden with a nice head.

S- The smell is of spiced yeast, fresh fruit and flowers

T- The taste is of fresh pears and mangos, esters are also present along with the spiced yeast.

M- Plenty of carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel.

D- This was a very drinkable triple that I will definitely have again.

Steve188821, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid Rich Malt
Tart Oat - yeast
Blonde Sweet Caramel
Fresh Light Wheat

(with a
hint of country spice)
Pours an almost clear golden
with a lace that won't quit

smells of oats and spiced wheat
and the bright yeast in it

Taste is complex
like a hybrid "country" tripel
less dark fruit and syrupy
more oats and
caramel middles

Mouthfeel is good,
smooth and refined
with a balance of carbonation
rich malt
and tart rind

an excellent sipper
that soon disappears into
gulping as it warms better.

meadhead, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one, poured from a small, capped bottle, is a nice-looking light golden beer, with a luxurious white, foamy head that lasts for, it seems, decades.
It has a very sweet smell, mostly of bananas and cloves, but also hints of plain sugar, cinnamon, yeasts and alcohol.
Medium-bodied, the taste is a pleasant, sweetish banana, with superimposed cloves, yeasts, some alcohol and a somewhat dry finish.
Interesting brew, but perhaps a bit too sweet o drink more than one.

brdc, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a super thick white head - nose of yeast , hay , orange , spices , and slight candy – taste of sweet orange , yeast , cereal , slight red fruit , mango , pear , apricots , and plumbs - body thick , and creamy – aftertaste of candied yeast , and orange

stephendr, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Braudog
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the 75cl champagne bottle. I chuckled to myself as I recalled the old Miller "champagne of beers" campaign as I popped the cork out of this legitimate claimant of that title. This looked and poured like a barley champagne ... pale yellow with a gigantic poofy, airy, bright white carbonic head that actually squeezes atop my tulip glass and stands on it’s own with a 1/4-inch protruding well beyond the lip before it subsides, slowly and elegantly. The aroma is airy and extremely fruity, not unlike a carbonated lemonade! This drinks like a dream ... light and airy, with light and fruity flavors, yet with a big robust character. Sweet lemon, light yeast. I believe I’ve discovered a prototype for all the good beers of the world. There are fewer and fewer bad beers in the world, but there are also few exceptional beers. This is one of them.(#2725, 2/23/2007)

Braudog, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another highpoint of the weekend's beers. Pours a hazy attractive gold with a huge frothy white head. Slight winey notes of Auslese on the nose. As I let the head die and continue to breath this in, the fruits become more promineant, mostly fresh crisp pear.

The pear rules in the sweet taste of this most exceptional Tripel as well. Mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation, a must to keep something this sweet from becoming too cloying. Wonderful stuff that is a real sipper thanks to the sweetness. Had this with some Bar-B-Que chicken and lightly sauteed vegetables and it was spot on. Looking forward to my next bottle of this.

Onibubba, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Brent
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a beautiful screen printed bottle with a caged cork. Appropriately fizzy, a bit spritzy with vigorous carbonation. Smooth and refined, with no ETOH notes in the flavor profile. Very clean, some bready notes and a touch of light fruit. A white-wine of beers that would pair well with any fish or chicken dish.

Brent, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With Teenage Fanclub on the Hi-Fi , " Ain't That Enough " combined with another night of the Bruins getting their arse kicked it was time to crack this bottle . A very sharp looking bottle I might add . The label is wonderfully detailed . On the back label was the best on date which was 1-3-08 . First off you better be careful pouring this . The head on this in my old Busch beer chalice is very big . A dull cloudy gold color which looks inviting when held up to the light . The head on the Allagash was not this big . Wow.
Aroma is nice , fruity , wheaty . This was a joy to drink as the carbonation tickled in my mouth . Crisp , energetic . Not like the Bruins who stunk out the place again . I will drink this sweet stuff again .

Kudashov, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of acrawf6
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice golden yellow, slightly hazy with a very frothy white head that rests on top forever. At first it looked so nice with the head, but then got a little irritating when it didnt drop after 10 minutes.

Smell. Has a nice fresh apple tartness with a little citrus. But also quite sweet.

Taste. A very nice combination of fruit flavors and spices. I get more apples, tart and fresh. Even with the small tartness, the sweetness stands out. Small yeasty taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation, but this one still feels on the fuller side and even a little chewy. quite nice.

Overall, an outstanding beer that i could always enjoy.

acrawf6, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of beerphilosopher
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque medium gold color with a tall, bubbly white head that has some staying power. Spotty lacing in the chalice. Nose is a fruity delight - sweet mango, pineapple, guava, and pear. Pleasantly malty with a decent hop balance in the form of a "bite" on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium, with a strong alcohol bite and acidity coming in late, leaving the finish rather dry though this one starts a bit cloying. I really enjoy this beer a lot. I had it first at the Hop Leaf in Chicago about two years ago. Loved it then, and still love it now. A "top-shelf" tripel.

beerphilosopher, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown bottle. Poured into a tulip it formed a fizzy white head that leaves sticky lacing. Golden body with some yeast swirling about. Medium sized carbonation.

Quite floral and somewhat perfume like in the nose. Wow first pull had a sort of pop rock type mouthfeel. A better analogy may be like mentos mixed with soda, an explosion so to speak. Once the mouthfeel settles down the beer becomes rich and complex. Malts are not overly sweet like some i've had (mainly American versions) this has a nice spiced backside. A bit vinous in the aftertaste as a slight winey grape presence emerges. As this warmed a bit it became more fruity, bananna's melding with a slightly toasted malt.

Notes: Overall I'd say this was above average. A good take on the style. Mouthfeel issues while trivial in most beers stood out like a sore thumb in this. What saved this beer and makes it a must try is it's best feature is the taste!!!

DogFood11, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of rec
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good lacing and an attractive head (on pour, at least).

Apple and lemon are some of the bright fruits that shine through in the aroma.

The flavour is a citrus buzz with some lighter fruits also in the bouqet, such as bannana and apple. Floral spice is also distinctly recognisable.

It's a perfect beer to start a session, but due to its sweetness definately isn't something you can have more than a couple of.

I'll recomend James Squire's Golden Ale to anyone in Australia who wants a similar brew at a fraction of the cost.

rec, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When served in the appropriate glassware at Stubbie Shirt Pub in Gainesville, this beer is a majestic hazy golden in color with good lacing. Very nice looking. Aroma is very nice: fruity and spicy, with Belgian yeast characteristics, although perhaps not quite as appealing as St. Bernardus' tripel... Taste is along the same lines, fruit and spice, very light on the hops. Touch of vanilla, alcohol presence well-hidden. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth, carbonation is good. Drinkability is high - a very good beer.

hunteraw, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This tripel produces massive amounts of yellowish white head, and has champagne like carbonation to it. The body is slightly hazy and dark gold in color.

The aromas are fruity. I detect hints of apple and pear.

The taste is very inviting. It is very apple like, with hints of white grape. The taste also reminds me a bit of ginger ale.

This brew is very refreshing and altogether well balanced. It's also got the typical warm alcoholic quality to it.

TheSarge, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a foamy, billowy head - Oh, is there beer under there? Tough to disgorge from the bottle but it does leave a lot of lace

Smell: Orange blossom, bubblegum, bananas, honey, green apples and lemons

Taste: Starts with a vaguely lemony, sweet bubblegum flavor; banana tones join, mid-palate, and build with the citrus to a tangy, peppery crescendo; after the swallow, it settles down again and reintroduces the sweet banana and floral elements; the finish also brings forward some spice and peppery flavors

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and tremendously effervescent

Drinkability: Very intriguing flavors but more of a sipper than something to drink in quantity

brentk56, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a trade with fisherman34. Thanks! 330ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours with a generous 3/4 inch head that subsides to a nice lacing that sticks around. Lovely golden colour, lots of sediment, and medium carbonation. Smell is very rich. Butterscotch, banana bread, cloves, pears, peaches, and a little bit of vanilla. Absolutely delicious aroma, with enough of an funky, earthy character that you don't believe you're going to be drinking dessert.

Taste is an absolute feast of flavour. There is just so much here to enjoy it's hard to put into words at first. Various spices hit the tongue immediately, clove, coriander, perhaps a little cardamom, then the mellow fruitness sinks in, with bananas, pears, and golden delicous apples coming into play. This then moves into a slight drying tartness, much like a Granny Smith. All this combined with lots of chewy, nutty malt and bready flavours, and you have one drinkable and tasty Belgian. All the flavours are very sharp and well defined, never muddled up which makes this one so enticing. I found the mouthfeel very thick and chewy but a little more carbonated than I usually like. Dries out well in the finish and sticks to the throat a little. Drinkability takes a hit because of the ABV, but other than that I could down this in large, tasty gulps. A very enjoyable Tripel.

trevorwideman, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: gold hazy color with great head retention and lace, as well as attractive carbonation
s: smell of honey
t: just the right amount of sweet, fruity taste in this trippel, bit of honey with an excellent alcohol kick that's more felt than tasted
m: very smooth, with moderat to full body and great carbonation
d: this is my standard for trippels with an excellent balance across the board. any time i venture off to try a new trippel & get disappointed i can return to this old reliable

belgbeerdrinker, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of scorched
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this in a four-pack with a special glass (oddly enough on the cover of this month's magazine).

When I cracked the cap on the bottle, I could immediately tell how carbonated the beer was. I poured it into the glass, a little faster than I was supposed to, apparently because the head was a little larger than expected. It stuck to the sides of the glass, being nice and foamy.

The aroma was absolutely fantastic. Fruity and caramel together. Definitely the most different beer I have ever had.

The taste... wow. Definitely a caramel taste (and the head still remains). Fruity esters abound and the alcohol level is obvious about mid-way through the bottle. (The glass was definitely designed for this beer).

The mouthfeel is absolutely fantastic, despite the high level of carbonation. Surprisingly smooth across the palate. Flavors all over the place.

I could drink this beer all night long.

scorched, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, capped 330ml bottle, wonderfully illustrated bottle art, lots of detail everywhere you look.
'A three grain beer, still brewed according to a 17th century recipe' it reads in both French and English. A best before of 12/07/07, so I would assume this has sat for some short time before now. I realized only once I got home they had charged me almost $10 more for the 750ml. Oh well, not quite worth my while to drive back - hopefully it will be worth it anyways!
Cap opens with a loud sizzle, some mist rises. Poured perfectly, large suddy head rises to a level of two fingers, tampers off slowly to the level of one. The little bubbles sparkle in the glass like the blowing bubbles that children blow. A very hazy and pear coloured body. Bubbles and lacing to boot.
A zestful and rich aroma. A huge deal of malt - lots of malt - and very piquant, nose-tickling hops. Very spicy phenolic, nice yeastyness too. Hints of mango. Banana. Awesome, powerful.
A very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol stays under the radar, but still plays some part in the mouthfeel. Extremely well balanced malt bill, the pale malts smooth out the body very well.
Flavours offer a spicy citrus notes (orangy, tangerine like). The yeast subtly sneaks in there too. An awesome malt bill, wow. Delicious. unlike other tripels, not overly boozy for its body. if anything, too drinkable.
Vibrant, slightly unique character, great, tasty recipe, melodiously balanced - very easy to see how this is hailed a world-class tripel. Certainly among (if not, the) best of the style I've tried to date.

biegaman, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Lagaffe74
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured it in the beautiful factory glass. The color is bright golden, with a nice head. Fairly low retention. Aromas of peaches everywhere in the nose. Nice carbonation on the palate with a sweet start that ends in a semi-dry fashion with notes of grapefruit. Gorgeous brew.

Lagaffe74, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle (love the art work on it) opens with a thunderous pop. Pours deep golden/ bronze, effervescent with 4 fingers+ white meringe (sp?) head. Started getting floaties towards the bottom of the bottle. Good lacing & head retention

S: Big lemony hops & straw perfume

T: Honey malt, citric hops (grapefruit & lemon) & a peppery yeast bite up front. Fruttyness follows (appleskins& apricots). Breadyness & jam flavors follow. Finishses fruitty, with lemony & juicy& peppery flavors

MF: Slick (maybe this what the oats bring to the party?) with low carbonation

This was just so-so in drinkability, trippels aren't my favorite style & this one was just l little to ponderous for my tastes. Tripel fans will like this a lot more than I did

russpowell, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz glass into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber-honey color. Big and creamy three finger head with excellent retention, but, little in the way of lace. Pretty active carbonation.

S: Sweet aromas of honey and rose petals. Slightly alcoholic on the nose. Some bananas and spice.

T: Sweet fruit flavors abound, mixed with honey, and a dry, bready, grainyness to the malt. Hops and alcohol appear in the finish. As well as lemon zest.

M: Full and creamy due to the three grain backbone.

D: A very satisfying tripel. An excellent balance between sweet and dry, tangy and hoppy. With a dash of alcohol to hold it all together. I am a big fan of its' grainyness. It adds a certain "raggedness" to this which is greatly appreciated.

GbVDave, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Byeast
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml with a very nice screen printed label.

Appearance: poured a very lightly hazed , bright golden color , with a fast and steady carbonation feeding the creamy white layer of head.

Smell: sweet yellow fruits ( not quite ripe) mix with yeast and faint malt , yellow apple , a pinch of lemon rind, light honey scent , and a hint of the alcohol.

Taste: Lots of yellow and sweet fruityness , full and honeyish malt , pear , yellow apple , some medicinal flavor pokes in here and there, a balancing but mild spicy hop, bit of alcohol presence , the malt turns a bit soft and grain like near the finish which has a lingering , light sweetness.

Mouthfeel: active and creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty tripel with a pleasant , delicate complexity. Nice yellow fruit flavors and one hell of a nice bottle.

Byeast, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of kpantz
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: Not my favorite Tripel, but still a fantastic version. Every hallmark of the style is present here. A standard for sure.

750 ml bottle - best before 02/02/08.

Appearance: Deep golden, slightly hazy pour with a fervent fluffy white head that hangs tough and laces nicely.

Smell: Coriander, Clove, as well as some mild alcohol in the nose. Mild hop aroma as well.

Taste: Sweet to start with a fruitiness. The spiciness present in the nose is here as well, adding a bit of heat that blends the carbonation nicely with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The amount of spiciness actually makes it challenging to determine the carbonation level, but the overall effect is nice - not too much action, but enough to let you know it means business. Fairly thin and not too sticky.

Drinkability: I don't think I'd be able to down more than one of these. The ABV isn't that high, but the "bite" in this one makes my mouth long for something a bit smoother.

kpantz, Jan 06, 2007
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,133 ratings.