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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,142
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 182
Gots: 314 | FT: 5
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Belgium

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 AltBock
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml green bottle that was corked and caged with an expiration date of 1/1/08. When you pop the cork you get to see all the gases exit the bottle, much like a bottle of wine. I also saw plenty of sediment in the bottle too. A nice treat!

Appearance: Poured a golden orange color with an inch of white foam that left lace around the glass. You also get see all the carbonation bubbles racing to the top of your glass. Another nice treat!

Smell: It had loads of citrus fruits, many different spices, and with just a bit of a floral aroma in the background.

Taste: The taste had lots of sweet fruits, cloves, many different spices, that all ended with a pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It was a smooth, medium-bodied beer with plenty of carbonation in it. This is one of those beers that can really hide that 8% alcohol content.

Drinkability: This would make an excellent choice for your first Belgian Triple. If you get this in a 750 ml bottle, this is a must share beer with all your good friends. Also, watch out if you buy this in a green bottle, it might have been exposed to too much light.

AltBock, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this excellent brew several times in the past, but realized that I hadn't reviewed it. I could be drinking a Unibroue and not know it. Very similar taste to the Don de dieu, Blanche de Chambly, and La Fin. Similar yeast, maybe? A bit lighter (but not much) than my favorites of the style (Westmalle, Allagash, St. Bernardus), but very refreshing and satisfying. I was very happy to see this one appear at a local store, and would never be disappointed to choose this when in a tripel mood (like tonight). Buy without hesitancy.

JohnnyDuvel, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful tripel. Poured out to a dark golden color with high carbonation. Belgian head is present, building up to about 3/4 of an Inch. Minor lacing around the glass. Aromas of citrus (?!), malt, yeast, and some floral notes. Interesting. Taste is dryer than some belgians, but not bad. Flavors of fruit and sweet malt are present, with a alcohol backbone that is not attractive. Aftertaste of again, citrus like notes with a dryer finish than most. Mouthfeel is exciting and very bubbly, with carbonation making it's way into the mix bringing the nuances of this brew to the forefront. High drinkability. A worthy example of a what a good Belgian Tripel should be. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into the big Karmeliet glass.

Yellow-gold pour with a huge foamy head that extends up several inches and into the fluted part of the glass. Holds extremely well and fades gently leaving a big lace. A beautiful beer.

Smell is light and tart, with a citrus scent mixing well with a candy-sugar sweetness and a very light hop spiciness. Lovely.

Flavor is outstanding, fairly sweet but not cloyingly so, yeasty flavors coming through, as are some apple and pear flavors that give it a nice crispness, and a fair amount of lemony flavors as well. Very light hoppiness in the taste, too. Mouthfeel is spritzy on the front of the tongue, but still relatively creamy. Very nice.

Overall: I'm not a huge fan of tripels, but I think I'm in love here. Just all-around solid, easy to drink, and deceptive at 8%.

whartontallboy, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of sopor
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp clear light golden with an active and frothy cap of snow white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white splat and ring. Just a wee bit of fine sediment. Sweet alcohol and yeast in the nose.

Sweet sugary starfruit with strong yeasty wheaty flavor. Tangy alcohol takes up the aftertaste. Light bdy and lively dancing carbonation.

Not something you throw back a few of, but very tasty brew!

sopor, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little surprised by how clear and golden this was. Lots of carbonation clinging to the glass for a fleeting moment and then taking off towards the top like a rocket. Nice head, about a fingers width, but not so insane that you're forced to pour it as if your life depended on it. The nose is sharp as a razor, lemony and sweet like canned pear juice. There's also a wildness there as well, as if this drink must be tamed and you're just the man (or woman) for the job!
The first thing I noticed was how sweet and soothing this was. Perhaps inducing a little nostagia, making me think of eating canned pears as a kid with the similar sweetness. This quickly gives way to a sharp sour punch that is just what the doctor ordered to offset the sweetness. Although it has a nice mouthfeel, the drinkability factor is suffers because, as this is really tasty, its so complex, one almost feels as if they need something a bit more simple after this complex monster of a beer.

TheBungyo, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer. In many ways, it's your typical Belgian Tripel. Yet it seems to be a little more. A little sweeter. A little more interesting. The finish is cleaner and the aftertaste is pleasant. I know "Karmeliet" refers to a Karmelite monastic order or some such, but interesting that i do detect a hint of caramel in there. Or is that pyschosomatic?

I could drink a bunch of these.

Bonhoeffer, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, incredibly well carbonated, full gold color with a frothy, rocky, light tan head. The aroma is spicy with notes of sharp ginger, vanilla, clove, tart pear, plus earthy spices like coriander and grains of paradise. The aroma is quite enticing and zippy. The taste is sweet up front and actually get a bit sweeter as the beer moves across my tongue. The high carbonation levels cause it to dance across my tongue and helps to offset the sweetness. The spicy, herbal, astringent character of this beer also helps to offset the sweetness. This beer has notes of orange peel, ginger, pepper, and a bit of cardamom and clove. This beer is quite tasty, but would be that much better if it was not quite so sweet.

Gueuzedude, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Karmeliet tulip glass.

A - A very pretty beer. Pours up a medium frothy head with little lacing. A gorgeous honey gold color. It literally looks like honey through the glass.

S - Slight wheat and oats. Hops make a very subtle presence. Not a potent odor, but quite pleasant.

T - Interesting. A slight honey taste with a malty finish. A bit of flowery character. A mild bitter aftertaste. It is good, not great though. Alcohol is detectable, but not powerful.

M - At first I thought it was too highly carbonated and frothed up in my mouth intensely, acting astringently on my tongue. But after a few minutes, it died down a lot and revealed a smooth thin drink that is very refreshing. Still a bit frothy though.

D - I can't put my finger on it. There is something amazing about this beer. I keep wanting it. Looking at what I said, I agree with all with all of it, and it seems complete. Yet somehow there is something left out. This beer is excellent, and the rating doesn't do it justice. I know this beer it good, but it is also not the best I've had, yet I have a feeling that in the future, I would choose it over many beers I've rated higher.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of beerluvr
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an extremely foamy white head settling over very, very light golden/yellow liquid. The nose is gentle malt and fruit. Flavors of soft maltiness with a depth of sweetness and little in the way of hoppiness. Finishes quickly without much fanfare...lighter in body and more restrained in flavor than most other Tripels I've had.

beerluvr, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Had this on tap at the Hopleaf bar in Chicago. Poured into authentic brewery chalice.

Appearance: Deep orange color, with four fingers of finely celled white head.

Smell: The smell was very fruity, and actually kind of floral. A mixture of flower nectar and bready malt aromas.

Taste: I found it very sweet, with a tart aftertaste.

Notes: This was very good, and I'll drink it again.

TurdFurgison, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of Hop2it
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml with the shoot-your-eye-out cork wrapped up with green wire. Pours out teeming with aggressive carbonation and a light orange brown color. Big frothy white head of tight sugary bubbles.

Smells soft, sweet, and tart like lemon. I was not ready for how full this brew is. Its light appearance does little to highlight the malty goodness here. The flavor comes in three dramatically different phases, I'll eloquently call 1, 2, and 3:

1 is light and hoppy like a good pilsner, but with an obvious alcohol burn. The sides of my tongue pinch with salt and acidity.

2 is a wave of syrup, roasted malts and wheat. Hold on a second (I'm reviewing live here), I just noticed the flakes of yeast or wort or something floating around my glass. I'm no expert with triples, but since this beer tastes exeptionally good I'm going to venture a guess that this sediment is intentional.

The 3rd phase is really just a slow aftertaste of the complex malts. There is a lot of flavor to ponder as you savor this brew. This is where mouthfeel completely mirrors the taste profile. There is so much going on I feel like to describe it all would be a dizzying maze of rambling... "If writing a beer review were a romance novel, this would be it!" my friend replies.

Hop2it, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Slightly hazy light orange color. Billowing white head. The aroma is a little fruity, with lemon and mango. Peppery spiciness. Sweet, malty vanilla flavor. Fruit and spices. There is a doughy characteristic to the flavor. The finish is hoppy. Some of the flavors in this remind me of a wheat beer. The high alcohol level is well concealed, but this is still clearly a big beer. This is one of my favorite Belgian Tripels.

beveragecaptain, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of nortmand
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly less than clear, golden orange, with a nice fluffy, white head.
Smells bready, doughy and very spicy. Pepper, cloves.
Taste is stupendous. Fairly sweet, with a nice, uplifting peppery clove. Ends with a tinge of bitterness and the most remotely faint skunk. Nice, mellow alcohol burn.
Very fizzy, almost soda like mouthfeel. Not really soft enough.
Very drinkable, despite the impressive strength of flavor and alcohol.

nortmand, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of pjwilson
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one up at Lake Tahoe. There's a really good beer store next to the safeway in Truckee, sorry didn't write the name down or anything. Recognized the name and at 5.50 a 750ml it looked like a good deal. With a great looking silk-screened green bottle that i almost wanted to save.

Appearance: dark yellow, straw, great carbonation and good head
smell: fruity, plums, pears and tartness
Taste: the fruitiness continues, not a fruit beer but lots of fruit taste. pretty clean but not too clean, tangy, similar to some saisons but not the same.
Mouthfeel: crisp and prickly carbonation
Drinkability: it's refreshing. It's a good hour to spend with this beer. Will come back for more.

pjwilson, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this quite a few times now, but have never entered a review for it. This review is from notes of several tastings. I have only had this beer in 12oz bottles, so this review is of that format. Appearance is right on. Dark golden with a huge head of white billowy foam that lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. The aromas are all white pepper, yeasty spices and some nice fruitiness. Alcohol is muted and basically not noticeable at all. Taste is fruity with some citrus notes and some sweet candy sugar notes as well. Middle is doughy and bready and the finish is peppery and hot, but not boozy in the least. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not too thick at all and the drinkability remains good as well. Reviewing this after Westmalle makes me realize how good ofa Triple this is. In the top 5, and possibly even the top 3 for the style.

francisweizen, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of KoG
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heaven in a bottle.

Golden color with a fuffy white head that slowly fades as you drink leaving a good amount of chunky lacing.

Smell is very pleasant. Spicy with a slight fruityness and a hint of grain and sweet malts. Corriander and possibly clove make a good showing.

Taste is superb. No trace of alcohol, starting slightly fruity with a slight sweetness. Fades off into a good spicy hop finish that doesn't dry out the mouth. No off flavors at all, just strictly solid flavors.

Best beer I've ever had. At 8% ABV it might not be a sessionable beer, but that won't stop me from having a few, now to find it in a closer location than Oregon.

KoG, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is yet another of the new releases at Dirty John's. This is by far my favorite of the new belgians. It definitely lived up to all the hype my Chicago friends gave it.

The beer pours to a clear and light color with a huge fluffy head. The carbonation of this brew is truly something to behold. It looks like a champagne. I would like to pour it into a flute glass to check it out, but it looks great in a tulip as well.

The smell is a bit sweet from candi sugar as well as a bit bready and clove-ish from the yeast and malt. An extremely mild spicy hop lingers in the back.

The taste is a bit grainy and yeasty, but definitely sweet. There is also a mild banana ester along with an unexpected grapefruit flavor. A mild hop bite shows up in the finish to complement the alcohol burn. Has a bit of coriander in the early finish as well. Quite a tasty blend.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin-bodied, but it seems to be done perfect. I love this tripel more than any other tripel I've tried. Swirling around the mouth reveals a plethora of pleasant flavors as the carbonation does its work on the tastebuds. This is a very dangerously drinkable tripel at 8%, but just as quaffable as a 4% brew.

My friends and I loved this brew so much that we ordered some Tripel K tulips online. This beer has turned over a new leaf in Beer Advocacy for me, as heretoforth I had only gotten my friends to drink hefes and dunkels with the occasional bock.

neonbrown82, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright cloudy orange with a small off-white head. The aroma is strong, and of oranges. Nothing else can be smelled which is kind of a let down. The taste is a lot like the smell. Big orange flavor, but a bit tangy too, and very juicy. Nice, but not very complex. The alcohol is completely hidden. I would liked to have seen the alcohol come through, and add a little complexity to the taste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and juicy. Overall, drinking this beer is a lot like drinking a glass of orange juice. Which isn't necessarily bad. It's big, juicy, and flavorful which is enough in my book.

KarlHungus, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of kegerator
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very nice and interesting.
pours a golden yellow with hints of coppery orange. Developes a 2 inch head thats fizzy but stick around and leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is hoppy, wow. never had this in a triple or belgian ale before. Slight citrus aromas and fruity esters come through with a wisp of alcohol in the background.
Taste was a hit of hop up front that lends to the sugary sweet fruit and slight vanilla flavors. It is slightly watery but has good bite and carbonation, crisp and finishes slightly dry.
definitely a new favorite.

kegerator, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is a closet staple for me and ive never gotten around to reviewing it.. got the beautiful logo glasses and all that, a proper sitting with a 750 and now its time to review.

deep orange and crystal clear with loads of champagne-like carbonation. head starts out uncontrollably large and airy, shuts down at a medium pace leaving some thick and crispy lacing. looks great especially in the highly-recommended logo glassware.

aroma is candied orange bready and carrying a brandy-like alcohol heat. delicious nose- nothing off or sour to be detected anywhere here. aroma is the true test of a tripel, and this one passes with honors.

starts off with a mouth full of carbonation. malts slip into the forefront with vanilla hints.. immediately overwhelmed by sweet light berries and a syrupy sweetness. mild hop bitterness and bubble activity continues through and adds some contrasting beeriness to the complexity here. easy drinking and a classic for belgian beers.

side note: in belgium, this is a very common for a micro beer, like the sierra nevada of belgium. even the stankiest bars carried it and served in proper glassware. this gave me my first exposure to this beer and the US limited availability has given me a renewed love and appreciation for it.

goodbyeohio, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle from The Vineyard, Belfast.

Poured a golden, slightly hazy colour. Pours with very big foamy head which dissipates quite quickly. Slightly off white in colour. Very thin layer stayed until near the end...

Aroma of citrus (lemon). Peppery... Apple - maybe even a hint of sour pear...

Taste – Vanilla, honey, quite sweet. Quite a bite from the alcohol...

Feel - initially quite sharp, but once the bubbles burst quite creamy and mellow... Quite drinkable..

Overall - an excellent tripel. Maybe not up there with the Westmalle... but not far off...

mdagnew, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of TPSReports
2.3/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I pickeup up four of these 11.2oz bottles on my last trip to West Palm Beach. Fortunately, I've given away two to ddarden and only have one the remains. Maybe it will improve with age.

Everything is great with this beer for a while: the bottle looks nice. I like the label. It pours and looks like a tripel. That is where the fun ends.

The aroma is difficult to place, and not the pleasing -- very sugary.

The best way to describe the taste is candy corn soaked in alcohol. Not good, IMHO.

This is my least favority tripel to date. I would MUCH prefer an ice cold Miller High Life.

Bummer.

TPSReports, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of scooter231
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim at my local grocery store after seeing a fellow beer advocater grab it. I thought, why not?

Pours a murky light golden color with some yeast bits floating around, and a huge, white frothy head a few inches high that slowly dies down, but still remains a good half inch thick. Looks very bubbly- it's practically screaming, drink me, drink meee.

Smells subtle and light- some hints of fruit and sweetness. Taste is complex- starts out kind of sweet, then hits a tart phase, and finishes kind of peppery and spicy- a lovely transition that happens quite quickly. Reminds me a bit of a Hennepin/La Fin du Monde hybrid that's a bit more subtle.

Mouthfeel is quite lovely- bubbly, not too watery, with no bad aftertastes, and no overpowering alcoholic feel, making it quite drinkable. Not sure I'd crave this all the time, but I can see myself picking it up every now and then. A solid beer.

scooter231, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750mL bottle into a goblet; no freshness date to be found.
Strikes me as more of a saison, or maybe a strong pale ale than a tripel, as it distinctly reminds me of both Hennepin and La Fin Du Monde.
Pours a gorgeous hazy golden yellow with a huge head. The huge-ity of the head doesn't stick around but there remains a layer (perhaps half a centimeter) of foam throughout. Lots of sticky lace to be found on my glass.
Smells of citrus and spices, tastes even more so. A pleasant, rich yeast flavor lives in here but it's light enough to make this way drinkable. It's hard not to guzzle. The 8% alcohol is well balanced in this. You can taste that this is alcoholic but here you can feel and taste that there is more to the job of the alcohol than just to get you hammered.
One classy bitch of a beer.

ommegangpbr, Jun 18, 2005
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,142 ratings.