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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,456
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001

3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.
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Photo of dalion037
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. I would say the style should be Flanders Red but the name might get non-sour beer lovers to give it a try. It pours golden and clear. The head is a silky white. It looks like a tripel but the taste of tart citrus is unmistakable. It is not too sour/tart but just enough to add character. This is a must find and ust drink.

Photo of Shadman
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

November is Belguim beer month @ the local decent beer store and this is one of the offering. Usualy not a big fan of Tripel, but what the heck.

Slightly hazy aprocot in color. Imigine Grand Marnier with a slight haze and you'll have the color nailed. Lot's of fine carbonation bubbles so certainly tripel-like in that regard. Probably left mine in the fidge too long as there was no appreciable head retention.

Lot's of warm alcohol to the nose with some honey like malt .

Quite the alcohol feel up front, yet not as harsh as say Duvel. It is after that that this beer really makes an impression on me. Can only discribe it as a toffee/licorice flavour and as I'm usual not a fan of licorice I was surprised to find I really enjoyed it. Some nice hop drying in the finish as well.

Have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Am going to have to scramble down tomorrow and grab a couple more bottles.

Photo of craytonic
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale glowing amber, pours an enormous, rich, foamy, creamy head.

Smells of white-pepper & spices, honey, and lemons.

Tastes of a white-peppery spice and yeast, but in a pleasant way. A nice honey sweetness (which offsets the dryness), with a good balance of hops. Not a hint of alcohol, despite 8.0%. Golden fruits (pineapple, apples, pears, peaches, banana) take a backseat to the spices.

Nice full body, but not heavy.

Very enjoyable, my favorite Tripel thus far.

Photo of waltonc
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beautifully presented beer at the Trappist. They seem to have the correct brewer's glass for every single beer. The Karmeliet glass is one of the better ones I've seen, and the beer looked great in it. Bright, hazy, golden color with thick white head that took a while to settle down. One of the best beer presentations I've ever seen. Smells and tastes sweet, spicy, citrusy, and refreshing. I could have drank this all day, but there were too many other good things to try out at the Trappist.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Foamy, light, bright white, bubbly head. The body is an orange, almost brown color with allot of action. The carbonation is obvious in this beauty.

S - Soapy, yet sweet. There's a real subtle caramel note as well.

T - Sweet malt with a smooth transition into a classic Belgian alcohol flavor. The finish is malty and tasty.

M - The start hits the tip of my tongue with a coarse knock on the door. As it moves to the back of my mouth it smooths out allowing the flavor to fill me. The finish is again coarse but begs for more.

~ This is a very enjoyable brew. It offers excellence from the "head" to the head. Which I might add, still lingers at the top of this tripel almost 15 minutes later.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I overpoured a bit, and to my surprise, the head stood firm, like an inch above the glass with a rocky head.

20 minutes later the head remained. Impressive.

A light whitewine honey color, clear.

Aroma is very engaging, just a lot of bright and crisp spice, yeast, and hops. Refreshing, especially as it warms up.

Good carbonation, with some fruity sweetness, spice, and alcohol. I wish this one was a bit weaker in the abv, wouldve enjoyed it better. Crisp vineous and champagne like finish, dry. This was a really enjoyable and interesting beer. I'd recommend anyone try it if you see it.

Photo of adamparker05
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden, honeycomb color.

Aroma is has a light yeasty alcohol start, then gives way to a slight hop and barley malt smell.

Flavor is nice and balanced. A little bit of spice up front; coriander and cardamom. Great yeasty flavor with a little bit of a bitter finish with perfect, light carbonation.

Very drinkable One of the most balanced Belgian's I've ever had.

Very lauded by a friend of mine. Recently named Best Ale by World Beer Awards and thus touted "best beer in the world". A fine beer, worth trying and savoring. Best beer in the world... not sold yet. Maybe I just need to drink more of it...?

Answer: YESSS!!!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/9/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a large tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spice, light malts, Belgian yeast, fruit, bubble gum and a little hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of spices, banana, apples and Belgian yeast up front. There's a mild but complimentary hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down real easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent higher-gravity and flavorful Belgian to drink for a long time.

Photo of nickss
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue with a moderate cap of foam. Unfortunately, the head quickly dissipates.

Very musty, outdoorsy smell, cut with sharp citric notes. Phenolic tones are apparent, but not overwhelming. Mandarin oranges come in at the end.

Oh this is very good indeed. Coriander is the first thing you notice, followed by a beautiful esthery floweriness. Some citrus comes in at the end, but not as much as the aroma would have led me to believe.

A bit sharp on the tongue for my preference, but the end result is certainly not displeasing, as it puckers the taste buds to attention.

Absolutely delicious and easily quaffable for a beer of this magnitude... well done.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with a nice size head, no lacing. Nice carbonation with little bubbles on top

Smelled grainy, citrusy, a little musky, some orange peels, and tartness.

Taste was citrusy, light in the begining, then taste malty in the middle, like wheaty and biscuity. Finished off just like other tripels, except kinda smoother.

Mouthfeel was medium in carbonation, could feel it tickle your tounge, full body beer, but abv isn't so noticable to me.

I would say this is a drinkable beer and could have a couple of these, but I would rather prefer other tripels.

Photo of bifrostguard
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A sufficient straw yellow color with a tall white head and good effervescence.

S - Grains, dark and citrus fruits with a little alcohol.

T - Very grainy, just like a Belgian should taste. Enjoyable and light for the strength with a good amount of carbonation.

M - Light and crisp.

D - Pretty easy to drink. There are few Belgian beers crisper and livelier than this one.

Photo of WHROO
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a full golden colour, with average to good carbonation, small bubbles (soft). 1 finger head quicky disappeared, leaving no lacing.
Aroma was a highlight...floral, musky, pear, sweet & also biscuit...no real hoppy bitterness to the smell.
Taste was delicious, very full & heavy. Sweet malts at front, with a nice spicy & tangy feel as it went down, finishes with some dryness, but no real bitterness.
Mouthfeel was thick, like a fortified beer...& the warmth of the alcohol shone through to finish - this definately doesn't hide the ABV.
I'd imagine this would be fantastic on winter european nights where sessions might last only 2-3 bottles...but here in the sunburnt country, this is a heavy strong alcoholy beer that I couldn't see me having a session with...
In writing all this - I Loved it though!!! definately have it again.

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

a: Cloudy bright yellow body with a huge fluffy white head.

s: Honey, floral notes, earthy yeast.

t: Sweetness from the candy sugar, then some pepper notes. Some fruit, clovey phenols, a wide variety of flavors melded together so no particular flavor stands out.

m: Carbonation pairs perfectly with a syrupy body and a dry finish.

d: Every last detail is attended to, a well executed tripel. Tripel Karmeliet is a quintessential version of the style. Why did it take so damn long for me to try this? I'm putting this one on the top of the list of my favorite tripels. A must try for Belgian beer fans.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a Chimay glass.

A: Poured a bright honey-gold with a bright white fluffy head about 2 fingers high. There appeared to be a steady stream of strong carbonation from the center of the glass erupting like a volcanoe from the laser etchings.

S: sour lemons, and fruitiness (apples, pears), citrus, fresh wheat and a touch of sour oranges. There was a nice spiciness as well.

T: tart lemons, orange peels, with a nice spicy hopping. There was a nice tart fruitiness from the yeast followed by a showing of coriander. Some light muskiness, grains, citrus and dried honey citrus rounds things out here. Overall was tart and tangy with a nice spiciness.

M: smooth, light with a active carbonation providing a crisp, sharp experience.

D: Very nice, highly recommended.

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

Poured from brown bottle with light yellow label, just like the one picture above. Bottle purchased at McNalty's Bier Markt in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Before I even open the bottle (which is now) I note that there is sediment and even some cloudy areas visible with light behind the bottle. Once opened and poured...huge white head atop a VERY active, carbonated piss yellow body. There are about 100 streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of my glass.

S By now familiar smell of citrus, grainy hops and malt of many of the tripels that I have sampled. Really pleasing and inviting.

T Ah...that pleasing tripel taste of citrusy malt but there is a lot of carbonation and I can really taste the grans (the bottle discusses wheat, barley and oat having been used in brewing process). I find the taste to be a bit simpler than other tripels but this is a compliment. The beginning and mid taste are a carbonated, fresh, light but with a punch of alcohol with a fading aftertaste, really pretty even.

M High carbonation makes it active in your mouth/on your tongue. This is a full beer and the high ABV contributes to that but not as full as other tripels.

D Really quite good for a Tripel whose high ABV usually has me scoring it lower (I can usually have one tripel per night).

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer. I would certainly buy it again.

Photo of Greggy
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden color, totally clear with no sediment, with an unimpressive soapy head.

S- Complexity. Apple, pear, just a touch of skunkiness, some nice pepper, spices, and licorice.

T- Very much echos the nose, sans skunk. Big spice, pepper, pear, apple, licorice. Finishes with some nice residual spice.

M- Low Carbonation, and nice finish.

D- I could easily drink this again, but the fact is that there are better tripels out there I would partake in prior to this one.

Photo of sccala
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served out of a brown glass bottle with a lable showing both the English, and Flemish description on it. Poured into a wide mouthed tulip glass.

A- cloudy, golden straw color. 3-4 finger head. Head is nice and fluffy like a cloud. Usually a head like this will deliver good retention and good lacing, but the retention was "ok" and the lacing was minimal...minor details for such a superior beer though.

S- Fruity, definitely strong spicy aromas...cloves being the most easily recognizable. Also some anise and other spices in there.

T- Cloves! Smooth going down.

M- Fills your mouth with an array of earthy flavors...from anise, to cloves, oats, hops. It has good texture. If you close your teeth with the beer in your mouth, you can almost "bite" the beer.

D- This as of yet (September 17, 2008) is the best beer I have ever drank. If you like tripels, and you like belgian ales, you will find it unbeatable.

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.

Photo of speakorspasm
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Photo of IBUnit63
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

Photo of changeup45
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of itcomesnpints
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of markaberrant
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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