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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,204 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,204
Reviews: 1,191
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 192
Gots: 341 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website
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 haz77
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a tulip a clear orangey-straw colour with a massive meringue-like head, which seems to take forever to fall, probably due in part to the large amount of carbonation. Clumps of lacing are left everywhere and retention is excellent. Looks about as perfect as is possible.

S - Cloves, light/tropical fruits, phenols, bready yeast, honey. Superb.

T - There's a lot going on. Honey upfront, then the fruits begin to dominate. Spicy alcohol marks the back, but the ABV is well masked. Slightly dry finish and aftertaste.

M - Exceptionally smooth and effervescent. Medium to full body which is offset brilliantly by the foil of high tingling carbonation. Well balanced.

D - Highly drinkable for a beer of this strength. A favourite tripel and easily one of my favourite beers.

haz77, May 20, 2006
Photo of veggiemafia
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, corked and caged.

Clear golden beauty with a foamy, rocky nice Tripel head.

Smell is spicy, with notes of hay and fresh cut grass, but not in a 60 Minute kind of grassy hops way, also with lemon, very prominent spice from the yeast, and some grainy character as well.

Taste is where this shines. Everything from the smell just brought out more. Intense lemon flavor and intense spice. Really nice bitter spine, presumably from the oats. Everything is really well balanced and just exceptional.

Mouthfeel is great, fluffy and light, but still very substantial. Very alive with nice tripel carbonation.

I could drink this as long as I could drink any tripel.

The Bosteels family scored with this one.

veggiemafia, May 15, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a thin white head that dissapates quickly. The aroma is bright and intense with notes of lemon, hay, candy sugar, herbal hops, corriander, anise, bread dough and alcohol. The flavor starts out with an intense lemon tartness, followed by candy sugar, herbal hops, yeast, spices and some alcohol. This beer reminds me of Westmalle tripel with it's intense lemon flavor. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation; drinkability is good. A very good tripel, solid in all aspects.

silver0rlead, May 01, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a coppery/amber appearance with a great head with a lot of larger bubbles and lacing. Very good overall appearance. the smell was a syrupy, about what you would expect from a tripel. I really liked the taste, it was sweeter than most triples almost like a white wheaty ale, with hints of citrus. Definitely a bit heavy which usually brings the drinkablility down a bit.

dfried, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of supercolter
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok for appearance- beautiful dark golden... yum, pours with a great deal of head that lowers slowly, leaving the oily spiderwebs on the side of my chalice. Very impressed.
Smell was good as well, pretty complex... alot of oat and grain, a hint of citrus and alcohol
Taste was above average, but I expected to taste more of the complexity I smelt
Mouthfeel was good felt very smooth on the tounge.
Drinkability, not the most drinkable, but again tripels are probably the toughest to rate in this category...

supercolter, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of HaVoKnYnJ
3.1/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK, I can only assume this big green bottle of golden goodness (seriously, aren't green bottles taboo in beer circles?) was mishandled, as there was a TON of crap floating around in this beer. However, I poured as carefully as possible, and ran the last 2-3 inches of the bottle (not the final cm or 2) through a coffee filter, for the final pour.

This was a bottle I got for Christmas 05, and has been stored in a cool dark place since then. I split the bottle with my brother, a budding beer snob. A quick whif of the bottle after removing the cork smelled like skunked heineken. Fighting my urge to pour the bottle into the sink, i poured a little bit into a chalice-y type glass (no glass 'flute' to hold...more of a red wine kind of thing), which produced a thick white head. A sip revealed the beer was still good, just a bit off in odor.

Taste was thick, with lots of citrus and yeasty tones. I wouldn't say I could taste more of one citrus over any other, though there were no sharp tastes (a la grapefruit in an ipa), but they were well balanced by the yeasty flavors, as well.

Basically, I want to try this beer again, as I think it was pretty good. Especially with the suspicion that the bottle may have been around too long, or mishandled at some point, I think it says a lot that it was still a solid experience.

(edit: I just saw the picture...my bottle looked NOTHING like that...green glass with graphics applied directly on a translucent label.... did I have a really OLD bottle, or did I have a NEWly redesigned bottle? Anyone know?)

HaVoKnYnJ, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Burp Castle, NYC. Served in a Karmeliet chalice. Looks great....clear dark gold.... huge white head that coats the chalice and slowly lowers to a film.
Smell is honey-malt and alcohol. Faint fruit.
Taste was not as complex as other's reviews state....not sure why..??
But, mostly, it's sweet malt and alcohol right up front...that may not sound too good, but there is some pear and banana in the background...and for whatever reason, this brew was awesome !! It didn't gain any new flavor in warming....but tasted better. Can't explain, but so what....this is goood stuff. I love tripels, and the more complex the better....but this one was so simply appealing, I had to have two....even though there were other really interesting beers that I haven't tried yet on tap.
The mouthfeel was heavy, syrupy...medium carbonation.
I will definitely try a bottle...and look forward to finding it on tap again. Highly recommended...IMHO.

Hautacam, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly golden amber, with a huge head of craggy white foam. Good clarity.

Smell: Husky grain. Earthy, with peppery spice and the vaguely medicinal presence of alcohol. Maybe a little cinnamon in the nose, with the soft bready scent of oatmeal in the background.

Taste: Interestingly complex malt profile. Full and chewy up front, with a soft doughiness. It gradually gets drier, tasting more like toasted barley. Lightly spicy, with flavors that bring to mind everything from cinnamon to black pepper. The finish includes some light mustiness from the yeast and a smooth touch of medicinal alcohol. The drinkability is incredible for a beer with 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full in body. Creamy consistency with sharp prickles of carbonation.

Verdict: This one feels much lighter than it actually is. Be careful, though. It catches up to you pretty quickly. A deceitful treat, for sure.

bearrunner44, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sadly I lack the proper glassware for this beer. Nonetheless, in a pint glass head was abundent and hung around with some fairly large bubbles. Color was dark amber with some cloudiness. Odor was fruity and slightly earthy with a certain effervescence.

First sip revealed a sweet malty taste with very little hop taste. The beer had what I wrote was a "mature" alcohol taste...a sweet, pleasant slightly burning sensation, like a bourbon.

After some recent bad experiences with what must have been very old imported beer, I have to say this brought me back into the fold. 8% alcohol probably helps this beer stand up over time...and a 98% rating likely means that it moves off the shelf in a reasonable amount of time.

11.2 oz bottle.

BeerBelcher, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rather thick and dark for a tripel, kind of like a dark apple juice, with a good-sized head that diminishes to lacing after a bit. This beer smells of pear and yeast, but the overall impression I get is of a doughy smell. I don't find this aroma to be really complex (which puts me in a minority, I guess). The taste is also doughy, with pears and green spices. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with spiky carbonation and a creaminess in the malt. Although this beer hides its alcohol pretty well, it's still very much a sipping beer. A good tripel, but there are much, much better ones out there.

geexploitation, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of guitarninja
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance = this beer poured beautifully into its traditional snifter glass (which by the way is also quite attractive) with a thick fluffy head. The beer itself is a golden brown, a little lighter colored than other tripels.

smell = the nose has a strong touch of citrus and maybe a hint of vanilla. Nothing was overpowering and the alchohol is well masked. I could smell this beer all day.

taste = the smell reflects the taste in this case, nice touches of citrus balanced off with wheat - but more complex than a "wheat beer." Again, the alcohol is hidden nicely.

mouthfeel, drinkability = the "tripel" character comes out here, as the beer is extremely smooth and thick for a brew that smells and tastes a little like wheat, citrus, and vanilla. Because the beer was smooth on the mouth and rather light for a tripel, I could have at least one more of these!

guitarninja, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed yellow/gold beer topped by a generous, fizzy white head that keeps being replenished by ample carbonation. Great head retention once the carbonation settles and it formed dense, clumpy lace. Lemony citrus and spicy clove aromas dominate with some bready wheat. Sharp, aggressive carbonation kicks things off. Lemony bitterness throughout with gentle coriander and bread. Bitterness becomes a bit herbal at the finish and lingers. Palate drying at the finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Overall, a solid beer and one that I enjoyed.

DrJay, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big ole 750 i grabbed at acme. clearance price after they bought out the stock of hudson w&s

hazy gold appearance. well carbonated—huge white head right away. great lacing with strata

perhaps the most complex aroma i've found yet: pear, bigcinnamon, graham crackers, apple...the list goes on. pronounced hop influence from the spicy hop flavor and medium bitterness. spicy, dry-feeling from the carbonation, but it's sweet with a juicy finish

this is one of those beers i've seen time and time again on the shelf (everywhere) and never ventured to venture. but it's damn taaasty. good find. i win

bruachan, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite tripel to be sure.

Appearance: Wonderfully clear straw gold with rising streamers of effervescent carbonation. Huge white dollup of whip cream on top. Retention is perfect. Lacing is gorgeous. Carbonation is champagne like.

Nose is complicated with farmyard grains, lemons, poppy seeds, cardamom, peach syrup, apricots, canned mandarin oranges, vanilla, medicinal alcohols, etc…

Tastes takes all the qualities of the nose, adds mango, soda, more spices, pepper, and a mild astringent finale. All are perfectly balanced with one another.

Mouthfeel is smooth yet lively and very full.

Drinkability is out of this world. 8%...no way.

I love it, love it, love it.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review tasting on March 25th 06. Bottle best by Jul 06. I thought I had reviewed this before as this is a favourite beer of mine.

Pours a lovely light amber body with a very generous "Duvel-style" white fizzy head (Used a Duvel glass for the review).
Smells of wheat, hops and some spice (?).
Tastes complex and refreshing all at once. There is a nice "edge" to the taste, not sure what it is. Very nice to swirl around the palate. A delicious brew.

JohnfromDublin, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Crosling
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light orange in color with a head bubbly in texture, gigantic in size, and sticky in its falling. Very funky nose with bright fruit aromas, whiffs of alcohol, along with a hints of yeast and pepper. A Tripel just loaded with flavors. Very complex, funky, farmy, yeasty flavors loaded with fruit flavors. A sensational beer.

Crosling, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy golden yellow with decent carbonation and a white crown of longlasting head.

beneath the fruity overtones, i detect the slight spiciness of a clove.

the spiciness translates to the tast, but its hard to places, cloves seem close, but hard to tell for sure.

its a bit dry, but the tartness makes up for it. its quality.

sinstaineddemon, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beneath the medium head of this hazy yellow beer there's some suspended particulate hanging out. On the nose I find the pleasant aroma of Fruit Loops. That's right, the dryish, cereal-meets-light fruit smell of Fruit Loops. The palate offers the appropriate fruit dose along with a solid if modest maltiness. (And yes it kind of tastes like Fruit Loops too!) The aftertaste is sweetly fruity, leaving behind a mild tartness. This pleasant, welcoming trippel drinks soft and easy-- quite easy, in fact, given the ABV. Yes sir, she's a fine brew.

VoodooBrew, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a carry out single from the Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia. Label displays "Best before end: 10/3/07".

Poured into a snifter this beer produced quite a nice head. Body was a golden honey color and slightly cloudy. Lace was present, though nothing spectacular.

Fruity aroma of predominantly apricot. Smooth and sweet grains round out the nose, with some edges of alcohol. Toward the end of the glass the scent turned to a very strong alcohol dominated aroma, almost to the point of rubbing alcohol.

The flavor seemed a little harsh. Fruits seemed to attack the mouth. I know that is an odd why to describe it, but I expected a smooth flavor with some sweet and tart fruits, but what I got was a harsh fruit and alcohol flavor. By no means a bad flavor, I guess I just expected more.

HugoGrim, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of kaimcm
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into branded and outrageous Karmeliet goblet.

A: Deep honey color with a light wash of reddish orange. Huge snow white head that looks exactly like meringue. Outstanding. Glass has a germination point in the center of the bowl that produces a constant and beautiful stream of rushing bubbles to the surface. In this Karmeliet glass this beer looks perfect.

S: yeast, clove, grains of paradise-plywood type aromas, sublte pear and more evident apple

T/M: Very effervescent, champagne like carbonation. Lively, prickly in the mouth. Smooth and sweet malt up front followed closely by some alcohol and yeast spice thats refreshing. Body is well balanced but not overly full. Green apples, some green grape vinous qualities as well. Finish just keeps on drying and evolving, so much so that its a little odd for the style. I would expect a little more sugar at the end, this is almost remiscent of a Strong Pale. Plenty of yeast spice though, very well done for the style. Clove from the nose, a little pepper, more dry wood notes. Overall a little dry for a triple but extremely well done. Delicate and complex.

D: The abbey styles are all meant to be digestive and highly drinkable and this one is spot on. An excellent beer that I am thoroughly enjoying and will make a point of revisiting.

I love glassware of all kinds and have tons, but I have never had a beer in its respective glass look better and be better presented than this. Funny thing is that the glass alone is almost silly looking.

kaimcm, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of custardcb
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this 750ml up at a specialty shop in Melbourne, FL hiding by itself behind a few others. Pours a large foamy head that leaves traces down the glass has it dissipates. Very pale gold color that is quiet clear. The nose has a little spice to it with a faint sour dough aroma. The taste is quiet smooth with mild fruit tones. There is a nice medium finish that gives a nice mouthful.

While not the best triple I've had it was a great find. It is very drinkable and when friends of mine that arent really into beer tried this they thought it was rather nice and where pleasantly surprised to found out that real beer was this good.

custardcb, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of davidchollar
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this tripel looks familiar, belgian golden with a slight haze, active carbonation and a dense white head. appearance is generic, nothing special, but it looks pretty damn good to me. smells like fruit salad. pears, apricots, grapes maybe even some ripe berries. a little spicy, just a dash, and a hint of hops and bread. mostly fruit.

oh my god this is outstanding! a nice full balanced taste, complex enough to be interesting but simple enough to easily enjoy. alright that doesn't make a lot of sense, but what i'm trying to say is - this is an easy 5. creamy smooth, delicious, the alcohol is nowhere to be seen or tasted. buttery mouthfeel, highly drinkable.

davidchollar, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McGraff's Pub in Harrisburg, Pa. Served as a hazy medium amber colored beverage with moderate white head. Smell is a tantalizing mixture of citrus (lemon) scents combined with bananas and yeast. Taste is extraordinary, being a bit sweeter than other beers of this style, but very pleasant. Good combination of bananas, spices, and other fruits. Nice pleasant finish, with the extra sweetness leaving a nice taste. Very easy to drink and extremely enjoyable.

tgbljb, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy golden yello, mucho carbonated. Three fingers of sculpted bright white head sink away so very slowly. Traditional Belgian lacing frosts the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a tangy wheat tartness along with sour apples. A mild general spiciness works along a background of bready yeast.

Upon sipping, there's a fairly sweet trio of sassy wheat, berry barley malt, and dusky oats. Fruity green apple slides in, rounding out the middle along with a mellow clove spice note. A softly doughy yeast presence slithers along to the close before the finish dries crisply, leaving a short mild bitterness. It's a stylistically basic but special presentation.

Medium bodied, it's lively on the palate, laying mostly sweetly before glowing to a lighter bitter end.

This goes to show you that mainstream can be delicious in its own right. There's no stepping way out or taking chances here, but there's plenty of classic tradition delivered with fundamental good taste. While the alcohol is very well disguised, the ABV still comes through as a smooth, credible warmth. When it's time to get back to the basics, this is a fine one to turn to.

Foxman, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket during its sale on Belgian bottled beers~~ BB 10/1/08, served lightly chilled in a tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: nice orangey-golden colour, coming with a medium-thick white frothy beer head with very good retention; the carbonation condition is just about right for a Belgian bottle-conditioned beer: gentle and constant, never overly fizzy.
S: harmoniously perfumy and fruity... the tropical fruit estery note comes colourful but light-bodied, on top of a constant stream of juicy (cake-ish) malts and grains with but a touch of candy-sugar; lots of fruit elements to discern (for fun): pineapple, green apple peel, banana, apricot, ripe fig, orange/tangerine peel, lemon blossom, Chinese green bean paste...all mixed together, while the lightly spicy yeastiness follows at each step, but plays the second fiddle to the main fruity theme. Everything is so softly threaded together by the perfumy string--just brilliant!!!!
T: creamy maltiness backed by smoothly fruity yeasty backbone lubricates the tip of the tongue, gradually more tartly-sweet fruity elements (mainly lemon-cake, pineapple and sugar-cane juice) expand on the palate, and bringing on board an exotic, Chinese green-bean paste like yeasty+malty+fruit-estery flavour which doesn't go large but lingers quietly and subtly at the back end of the tongue. A slightly herbal-sweet (slightly licorice?) but also dryish aftertaste of hops(?) and yeasts round off the palate in the very finish.
M&D: given the ideal condition of carbonation, the beer's creamy and soft texture is one of the most enjoyable for this style... The medium body and complex flavour against an almost non-existent alcoholic backbone makes this beer utterly easy to drink... If given a richer flavour profile this just might be an all-time winner, IMO!

wl0307, Feb 24, 2006
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,204 ratings.