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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,456
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 229
Gots: 494 | FT: 5
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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 Rizow
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken on-tap at the Trappist in Oakland

Pours a big frothy head, foamy lace climbing up the glass. A light yellow glow to it.

Smells like pineapple, and a bouquet of flowers.

Banana and lavender flavors, with a big floral aftertaste.

Feels light, with a pleasant carbonation. Highly drinkable.

Lots of personality, yet not at all overbearing. Among the best of the lighter Tripels.

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

Tripel Karmeliet poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. A hazed yellow in appearance with a huge frothy head and some lace stickage.

Aroma of Hay, Grassy Euro Hops (slightly skunky), along with fruity esters.

Flavor follows the nose with a nice fruitiness and twang. Some clean wheat/oat flavors present that bring out a real barnyard element. Fruity flavors mimic pear/granny smith apple. Moderate hop bitterness keeps everything in check, alcohol is well hidden in the complex flavors.

A very smooth and delightfully crisp mouthfeel.

Overall a treat to embibe in. Strong and great as a night cap.

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

Pours a cloudy, dark maize color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, hops, spice, yeast sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, yeast, slight spice, slight hops, some sweet malt, alcohol, and slight pale malt. Overall, well blended, there's a good body, and nice aroma.

Photo of Dotcubed
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decided to buy a four pack with the fancy Karmeliet glass included. It seemed like a good idea at the time as it's a big glass and why not.
Well chilled bottle from the fridge had some nice fog roll out when I popped the lid off.

It had huge foam when I poured it & became concerned it would go over the top. Just made it. Clearly the glass ware works well, not at all too much to hold. Came down nicely to a little lace. FYI the tip of the fleur de leys is 330 ml.

Smelled tropical. Overripe mango, bread, some fresh floral pepper. Nice honey color.

Still too cold, but I'll cup it and sip. Intense.
Malty yeast, warming. Some orange oil residue numbing my tongue. Fresh baked bread. Warming.


Difficult to say it's drinkable. This thing has flavor.
Good Stuff.

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

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Hurrah for proper glassware!

A: Clear golden body topped with two fingers of fine white head. Mediocre retention and no lace. Pretty boring appearance, really, but gets a bonus point for the beautiful glass.

S: Big, distinctive tripel aroma: predominantly yeasty, with tropical fruit (mango) and spice (clove) leading the way; some smoothly warm alcohol as well. Very nice.

T: Very fruit-forward, with the mango from the nose being joined by banana, apple, and pear. Slightly herbal/grassy notes show up midway through, followed by some mildly funky sourness and a fairly hot alcohol finish. Tasty enough, but I missed the spice and straight-up yeast from the aroma.

M: Fairly light-bodied with relatively low (but very smooth) carbonation.

D: Despite the noticeable booze it goes down pretty easily for a full-strength tripel. Not bad at all.

Notes: Great tripel, with a fascinating display of aromas and flavors - not quite like anything else I've had, but also not quite as strong all-around as a couple of my favorite tripels, Westmalle and (especially) St. Bernardus.


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

Served on tap in the proper glass at the Map Room; I think it was a 9oz pour.

A - Golden amber with a finger of bone white head that leaves sticky lace all the way down.

S - Bread, wheat, some pepper, other herbal/spice aromas I can't put my finger on.

T - Light, bready, with a kiss of honey and some white pepper spiciness. A nice wheat-derived twang. Earthy hop flavor, with moderate hop bitterness. Long, balanced finish.

M - Medium body, velvety.

D - A solid tripel, good benchmark for the style and a pleasure to drink.

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

A. good head but disperces into an okay head. Very cloudy like cloudy cider.

S. very yeasty belguim strain, clove, bannana, honey.

T. yeasty, taste of bubblegum, bannana, honey, fruit like passionfruit, vanilla. Warming to the mouth due to alchohol.

M. high carbonation.

drinkabilty. rather good

Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= pours a nice deep yellow color... not quite a fizzy yellow but a little more amber in it. Huge amounts of bubbles in this one; I poured it into a regular glass and it looks like I have a nucleation site in it. The head is nice and thick. A good 3 finger size on the head and its color is a beautiful white. Little lacing however which is somewhat sad.
S= typical tripel fruityness. Sort of green apples and pears in it with a nice yeast spicyness. Reminds me of every other tripel I've had only it's a little more potent.
T= Fruityer than more tripels I've had. Really great pear taste to it. Nice spicyness to it. I can taste a little bit of the green apple in it. Really you get a good amount of bisquity malt as well. The slightest hop is present but you really have to hunt for it.
M= Really really high carbonation. Almost too light. Sooo bubbly.
D= Pretty good. I think the large amount of bubbles in it kill it a bit so I had to let it sit out for quite a while.

Photo of TLove
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From Notes)

Had at Brickskeller in DC.

Not particularly notable in appearance, but nice spiciness up front in the smell with some apricot, limoncello, and pepper on the nose. Rounds out in the taste as slightly fruity with some floral character. A bit bready with some red pear and crisp, yet subtly sweet alcohol.

Strong presence of Belgian yeast throughout, but had a really nice, oaky finish that you get from an excellent chardonnay. Finishes like a crisp apple cider doughnut. Excellent and round. Really delicious.

Photo of zoso493
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous hazy deep golden color with a full three finger head, that sticks around forever. Already, you can see a high amount of carbonation. Looks very inviting.

Smell: Smells of clove, yeast, lemon, sugar, orange banana and spices. Lots going on in the nose. Very crisp and bright smelling beer, if such a thing is possible. As typical of Belgians, the funk starts to come out as it warms, due to the yeast.

Taste: A very crisp taste of Belgian yeast, spices, grains and even some lemon zest. Very refreshing. Towards the end, there's a slight warming sensation from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Decidedly medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Very dry and crisp, though, which to me is quite desirable for the style.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable for an 8.4% brew, but the alcohol is definitely present. Just this one will suffice for me tonight, though.

Overall, this is a very tasty tripel. Perhaps not my favorite tripel, but it's a very refreshing example of the style. Good, complex brew that I would highly recommend.

Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Sunday night we did a blind tasting of four tripels at Shawn's place. Facing off against each other were Allagash Tripel and Urthel Hibernus Quentum, and La Fin du Monde and Tripel Karmeleit. Allagash won its battle and Tripel Karmeliet took the prize in its contest. It would be difficult for me to pick an overall winner, as they seemed to be at opposite ends of the style spectrum, and showed that there is variation within the tripel category.

In general, I noticed some consistency between samples when it came to appearance and mouthfeel. On pouring all the samples displayed a brilliant light gold, with a tight white head that produced some spots and streaks of lace. Some of the samples were cloudier than others, but I'd put this down to disturbed sediment (I'd just brought a couple and they may have been a bit shaken up). Only in taste and aroma did they seem to differ - falling into either a dry graininess, or a sweeter honey-like profile. The bodies were invariably medium-light with a high, pillowy carbonation.

Tripel Karmeliet won a very close contest with Fin du Monde, and I wavered back and forth on which was my favourite. The Unibroue seemed sweeter (just as the Allagash did), but the Karmeliet seemed to have fractionally more complexity. It was certainly drier, and its yeast character was more peppery than phenolic, although there was a light malty fruitiness. A very strong and clean grain body lasted throughout the beer, and a pleasant floral aspect overlaid this. I felt that it took the best elements out of each of the beers we had and melded it into a cohesive whole. On personal taste I'd probably pick the Allagash as my favourite beer of the contest, but the Bosteels was probably the superior example of the style.

Thanks to zorprime for this world-class bottle.

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

A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden yellow with a bright white head. This is liquid sunshine. Very inviting.

S: Very nice floral aroma. Smells clean and "spring-like" some hints of banana and possibly other fruit?

T: Excellent flavor. Nice flowery spice with a refreshing slight sourness. Heavy Belgian yeast.

M: perfect. Not watery. Not thick. A good amount of carbonation leads to a smooth velvety feel.

D: a tad too strong and flowery to drink all night but a great beer to introduce some one to the style.

Photo of jnezda
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer from bottle into a chilled pint glass, poor presentation from a fine Steak house, but I did mention this to the bar maid who offered to correct it. Smell was not much to consider but there was a swirling of other smells in the restaurant, what I could make out of the smells were full of nice mellow fruits, apricots raisins. Color was dark golden with a wheat cloudiness to it that was inviting. Full fine head that was a slight eggshell off white but it faded right away and the lacing was ruined by the chilled glass. Beer was very drinkable with good carbonation and sweetness on the front of the tongue that was very pleasing. Beer was representative of the style and full of flavor.

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle.

Poured a very large and fluffy off-white head that lasted for a while. Yelllow in color, its nose consisted of pears, alcohol, cloves, grapes.

Complex taste that got considerably moreso when warm. Pears, noticeable alcohol, cloves, spice. Nothing overwhelming, balanced well by some very mild hops.

Very low carbonation and a weight in line with the 8.4%.

Definitely enjoyed this one, although there are better represenations of the style. Don't hesitate to buy it if you see one well preserved. Perhaps this one could use a bit more aging?

Photo of Anthony1
3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. A decent tripel, but too sweet for me. I don't think it should be as high as it is, but enjoyable.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with slight haze, producing a white head that fades to a light ring after a short while and leaves a lot of sticky lacing. Lots of active carbonation.

Aroma is lightly sweet and fruity. Lots of pear upfront with some evident spices as well.

Taste starts out with notes of pear and pepper. Towards the middle, some bread and honey become evident and the finish once again brings out floral and spicy notes. The flavors mask the alcohol content quite well.

Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. The initial appearance is beautiful but the carbonation seemed overdone at first glance...however the mouthfeel is not fizzy or in any way bothersome so turns out this wasn't an issue at all. Overall a great reprsentation of the style.

Photo of taigor
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden colored, with a thick creamy head. The head dies down very quickly.

S - Full grainy smell. For some reason I smelled some grass and fruits.

T - Honest flavours, reminding of grains with hints of sweet citrusy malt.

M - Great mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable and enjoyable. Could definitely drink more.

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

Appearance - Slightly hazed, pale golden yellow and towering white head

Smell - Sweet floral aroma

Taste - Wonderful burst of flavor, complex but not overwhelming

Mouth Feel - Starts crisp, ends smooth, finish is slightly sweet

Drinkability - The perfect tripel. Not too much bubbly, malty, slightly sweet with just the right amount of bitter, smooth with several distinctive flavours. A perfect beer for before, during and after meals - Magnificent!

Photo of RobeyStreet
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty good. It reminded me very much of Leffe Blonde. It had a pretty good head and was light gold in color. It was a bit honey-sweet with hints of citrus at times. I would definitely try this again. I didn't drink it with food, so I'm curious to see how it would pair with a meal. Although something tells me it makes a better after-meal drink.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So now, this week, a new Belgian has arrived in my glass. Tripel Karlmeliet a very old and very well liked Belgian Tripel. Its reputation precedes it. I am very excited to finally try it. I must say, as the anchor on Anchor's Old Foghorn won my Rhode Island heart before I cracked the bottle, the fleur-de-lis on this bottle won my New Orleans soul. Here are my thoughts:

Pours a pale golden color with numerous streams of bubbles rising to the foam. The head itself is stark white with fine to medium size bubbles. Pours a very nice head, which keeps its retention. This is a very inviting beer to any thirsty onlooker. Its enticingly light appearance and effervescence must be hypnotizing to any parched bystander

It has a very sweet floral aroma a bit of green apple, honeysuckle comes to mind. A nice sweet light malt lingers in the nose, with some yeast undertone.

This beer has an incredible harmony of tastes. It wanders around your palate with tastes of sweet honey, fruity, floral and a nice buttery toast quality to it. The wheat is evident but mainly in the finish, with a hint of herbs. A little oaky and vinous. Not sure I notice the citrus others have picked up on. Very crisp and delightful.

This beer has a very nice light body.

A great year rounder, although definitely ideal for outdoor or light summertime meals. It is a very great beer and it won't be hard to reach for the second...or third.

This beer was great! The more styles I drink, the more beers I find that make me wonder how I ever lived without them. I will categorize this beer under "Special Session." It is definitely a sessionable beer (be easy though, it's 8.4ABV), but I think I'll save it up for those nice summer lobster dinners. This has the great taste and character of a wheat beer as it leaves the palate but it is not as heavy on the palate or too much of a bully in the taste department. I could really drink this year round because of it's subtle but fantastic taste. It has a very short, light and crisp finish, which I think, can allow it to be paired pretty well with light summer meals, as it is a very refreshing beer. This is white wines summer replacement!

Photo of endovelico
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Taken from notes. Poured into tulip. Reviewed on 4-10-2009. Reviewed under medium low artificial light. Served cold.

Aroma: How perfumy this brew is... Very intense aroma with notes of grains, roses, lime and intense bubblegum aroma on the front. On the back theres some faint coriander seeds, oats and banana. Definitely one of the most enjoyable beer aromas i've experienced. Just insanely complex.

Appearance: Pours a golden / orangy brew with two thinger frothy white head. Medium perceived effervescence. The foam eventually collapses into thick cap. Mild lacing.

Taste: Very complex and layered. Intensely flavored. Taste of spices, banana, oats, bubblegum and citrus. Some butter and clove aswell on the back. Delightful.

Palate: Low bitterness. Medium full body. Medium low carbonation. Starts crips and ends smoothly. Finishes sweet leaving a lingering bubblegum flavor. Excellent structure overall.

Drinkability: Balanced, alcohol barely noticeable. Any price is a good price for this gem. But most important of all this a beer that is not only true to style but also transcends it. Unique.

Photo of erz316
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

07 HJ on the back, 330ml brown bottle into maudite snifter.

A - this brew looks magnificent. the body is a bright, clear, bubbly apple juice colour, martinelli's to be specific. the head is big, fluffy, and bright white. the body is a great colour, and the turbidity is good too; it is very transparent, but one cannot see through the body itself, only light is seen, no images. the head falls at a reasonable rate, and leaves some lacing, and a full layer of foam over the top.

S - this is one of the best smelling and strongest smelling tripels I have ever had. wow, where to start. the top notes are of golden malts and some crisp apples and ripe pears; the fruitiness is exceptional, as is the character of the malts. there is a very light underlying spiciness that is blended in perfectly with the malts, which tend to dominate over it. the spiciness is most identifiable as a light pepper. there is also a medium sized character of citrus and honey, though the pear/apple-malt combination tends to overwhelm it. the mid ground is characterized by this honey like sweetness. perhaps some of the alcohol can be smelled one the brew begins to warm.

T - the initial taste is malty, slightly sweet, a bit bitter, and onehundred percent delicious. this barley wheat oat combination is superb, the malts taste so incredibly smooth and consistent. all of the flavours are distinct and very up front with their flavour. first the apple pear combinaiton comes out, using the pears sweetness and the tartness of granny smith apples, this bitter sweetness stays as the hops introduce a more herbal type of bitterness. the finish is sweet, carbonated, and dry. the alcohol comes out most clearly in the finish, it affords a spicy and almost grainy flavour. the aftertaste is more subdued, but then at times it is quite reminding. the aftertaste is primarily malty, with a bit of the bittersweet combination of the pears and apples. the only reason this doesnt get top marks is probably because it was missing some of that certain flavour which is indicative of the style. maybe it comes from the yeast, i dont know, but it just didnt have that concentrated tripel flavour during the finish.

MF&D - the feel is perfect, what can I say. great amounts of small scale carbonation with a medium body. smooth, creamy, mouthcoating: this beer is the perfect embodiment of these characteristics. the carbonation goes down so well for its abundance, it is quite hard to believe.

Photo of peterjk
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 750 in a Duvel glass (sorry no TK glasses to be found a the drinking location). The beer is slightly cloudy with streams of tiny carbonation bubble all over the glass. The color is dark yellow or pale gold. The head is off white 1/2" thick in the tapered duvel glass.

S: Great bouquet, slightly sweet of front with lighter fruit notes (tart apple). You can smell the yeast very doughy but also spicy notes. Nose dances around and evolves.

T: Like any good Belgian ale the taste evolves over time. Cold the beer is crisp and juicy (apple, light pear) with herbal notes and i hint of bitterness on the finish. As it warm up I get more a spiced cider flavor, even some nutmeg and a yeasty fresh bread flavor. Stay sweet all the way through but the finish is balanced juicy sweet with herbal dryness.

M: Smooth with consistent small bubble carbonation, lingering finish.

D: For 8+% ABV this beer is wonderfully easy to drink. Generally prefer doubles over triples so TK extra sweetness is a bonus to me, help cut through the dry herbal notes that dominate other triples.

Photo of HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. This tripel pours a clear golden straw in color. An airy inch or two of white foam sits atop the beer, slowly caving in to a steady surface cap thanks to a champagne like emanation of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Some moderate and artsy lacing follows. Oddly clear for the style.

Light summer fruits on the nose, touch of alcohol and rather light yeast characteristics. Nose opens up somewhat with some warming and exposure, remaining fruit oriented with apple and pear. Pleasant and light and without any negative notes, yet not very complex. Light and fruity sums it up, with a touch of spice and some floral hops in balance.

Sweet, fruity and somewhat simple in flavor though surely not cloying in its sweetness. Flavor, like the nose, is simple and straightforward though quite pleasant. Offers a moderate feel and a light sweetness that masks the ABV quite well and, along with the general 'lightness' of the beer, affords an impressive drinkability. Again, improves with exposure. A bit unique but quite nice. I'd warm this beer up to 55 degrees or so prior to opening, and pouring very carefully at that point.

Photo of dstc
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with a huge, white head. Head falls to a minimal one, very thin lace.

Sweet aroma. Citrus as well, lemony.

Bitter sweet on the tongue. Has a lemon flavor, tangy. Very mild on the hops. Bit of alcohol present. Clean finish.

medium bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Nice easy drinking brew, I like it.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,456 ratings.