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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,464
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 235
Gots: 502 | 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 BucBasil
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a goblet. The beer is a hazy orange color with a fluffy 2 and a half finger head that is almost pure white.

Smell: Citrus dominates the nose at first. A faint grassy note is evident from the wheat used in the brew. Honey and a light malt back up the beer to give it some balance.

Taste: Citrus and light fruits with a light honey note. Banana begins to creep in during the midpalate, which is an interesting turn, but not unwelcome. Finish is surprisingly smooth with a nice malty note that I wasn't expecting.

All in all a well balanced beer that is great for a tripel. I'm not usually a tripel fan, but this is just balanced enough for me. Nice job Bosteels.

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

Appearance: Pours with a four or five finger huge fluffy-sudsy head. Lacing is big, stripy, middle-lasting. Body is a peach-banana yellow.

Smell: Bananas, apples, corkiness, grapefruit rind. A nice, well-balanced aroma with a lot of character.

Taste: Corkiness, bready or yeasty quality. Green apples, apple cider, astringency.

Mouthfeel: Astringent, slightly. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for such a large beer. A good beer.

Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an excellent golden-orange with a big and fluffy 2+ finger off white head that lasts forever. Big grapefruits and esters hit the nose all mixed in with some alcohol and a bit of bready sweetness. Tastes sweet bready and malty up front with some hop bitterness coming right before a fairly decent alcohol heat finishes things off. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, very satisfying and there's a little paradoxical creaminess to round off the crips edges. Carbonation is excellent, yet the drinkability suffers just a bit due to the alcohol content, which is not a problem for me, but might be for some. Tripels are my favorite brews at the moment, and I found another stellar one to add to the list with the Karmeliet.

Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden honey yellow hue with a huge bubbly head made up of millions of tiny bubbles. The bubbles continue to rise to the top for quite some time allowing the head to linger. Even after it dies a simple swirl of the glass bring a head back to life.

S: A nice light smelling triple. Tons of ripe fruit coming at you in tones mostly of green apple with bits of citrus. There is a touch of spice lingering in the mix along with some sugar.

T: I really like this. The flavor is bolder than the aroma. The apple really comes out along with a zing of lemon zest. Corriander is the spice that really stands out along with a bit of cotton candy sweetness in the finish to cut thru the fruit.

M: Very light and bubbly. Spritzy I would say.

D: Very drinkable for a triple.

Overall: I can see why this is rated as the number three triple in the world. It is big on flavor and a true joy to drink. When I purchased it I had no idea of what I had just bought. It was a real pleasant suprise. Try it you'll like it.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml into a chalice style glass.

A: A careful pour produced a crystal clear honey colored brew with a bit of an orange hue. Fantastic frothy white foam head at least a 1/2" thick that reduces to a tight lumpy foam that hangs in there for the whole glass. I can't imagine a more picture perfect look for a triple!

S: Pungent citrus & spice smells are foremost, with a light maltiness that lies in subtlety just beneath.

T: Nice complexity of fruit, herbs & spices, malts, and something like brown sugar taste - without the sticky sweetness. The fruits were sort of a citrus-meets-fig flavor that melds fantastically well with light caramel toasted malts and some very pleasant spices. Coriander seemed likely but not alone as there are indications of other flavors as well.

M&D: Despite the complexity, the overall flavor profile is relatively light to medium in body. The carbonation is rather lively, albeit in streams of fine bubbles, and adds to the levity of the mouthfeel. Everything comes together wonderfully to produce a highly drinkable and very enjoyable brew. One of the best triples I've had.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours a clear deep golden color and a single finger of loose white head. no lacings.

aroma is yeasty and fruity, with a grainy note and a fruity base. fruit notes include apple, pear and white grape.

taste is same as the aroma with a more pronounced fruit character and a bit of caramel malt.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture and a slick and clean finish. aftertaste is of residual fruit and yeast.

drinkablility is good. this is a lighter belgian in body and character, but still showcases a rich and well proportioned profile. cheers!

Photo of JDV
2.64/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rich orangish honey colored beer with very little head on it. Mildly malty, wheaty nose to it. Light but noticeable belgian yeast in the smell as well. Flavor is malty, caramelly and of light alcohol. Somewhat creamy and tastes of smooth maltiness and belgian yeast. Decent, but not for me.

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

An eeenormous "pop" gets things going. The pour produces that typical Belgian head: tiny tight bubbles, lots of them in the liquid itself, with an audible sizzling and excellent retention. Shimmering golden color gets a little murk on once you pour the bottom half of the bottle.

Aroma is mostly bready, with a light pilsner-ish hoppiness and some yeast character in the background.

Flavor is crisp green apples, politely prickly spices, and a dry hoppy bitterness that reminds a lot of pilsner malts. Finishes dry, but candy-like flavors still end up sticking around. The sweet, syrupy traits of a tripel are dialed way down, serving merely as background to the lighter, crisper flavor and feel.

Mouthfeel is zingy and snappy and some other equally ridiculous words...balanced out by enough heft and textural depth that reminds you this is an ale, and a Belgian one at that.

Subtly excellent. Crazy drinkable. This isn't as big, sweet and syrupy as most tripels. When I was in Belgium, someone told me this is actually not a true tripel, despite the name. I thought that was crazy, but considering that it tastes and feels more like a crisp Belgian pale ale or a lighter Saison...maybe that's true after all. Whatever you call it, it's a very good beer...extremely refreshing for the coming warm weather, and something that would be a perfect gateway beer for anyone curious about the world of better beer. (I guess they kicked it up .1% recently, as my bottle says 8.1%. Hairsplitting Extraordinaire!)

Photo of mwilbur
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 75 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a light golden color with loads of carbonation that produces a thick light white head.
S: Nice combo of malt, spice, fruit, and bready yeast.
T: Fruit comes through first...was expecting heavier and darker based on smell, but taste comes through lighter...melon, starfruit. As it warms, this turns into mango and peach. Just a hint of malt and spice in the taste. Good, but I wish this had a little more to it.
M: Light and effervescent...created by the high carbonation. Nice fizz effect...champagne-like.
D: The ABV is hidden extraordinarily well in the nice example of a tripel. The defintion of drinkability. Overall a very light and simple beer that would best be paired with a stronger food.

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

Served at 50 deg in a Pilsner Glass (only one available)

A - Carbonation bubbles throughout with 2 finger white head that didn't last too long. Excellent soft amber color.

S - Fruity smell excellent aromas flowing from the glass.

T- Not too overpowering taste, fruity and a little malty

M- Smooth as silk. No hint of the carbonation. Very easy to drink.

D - I am ready for another.

Photo of TStandley13
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served chilled n a tulip glass straight from the bottle.

Immediate smells released -

Poured a cloudy light color, highly carbonated.

Lacked head retention and lacing - might have been served at the incorrect temperature.

Taste was excellent. Highly drinkable.

Moutfeel was ok. A little on the carbonated side.

Overall an excellent beer. Will certainly drink again.

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

Hazy, deep golden-orange color. Lots of fizz with a durable, thick, creamy white head. Leaves a thick web of lacing as glass is consumed.

Luscious complex aromas of lemon, orange, peach and spices with some mild bready yeast emminate from the chalice.

The silky smooth, full mouthfeel and texture of this ale is a treat just in itself.

Delicate floral, spicy, fruity flavors pleasantly bathe the tongue followed by a crisp, hoppy dry finish.

A very complex, yet delicate and classy Belgian Triple. Worth the search

Photo of usmittymc
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle stamped 02HI (meaning unknown). This beer was a gift to me from barefottbrewer and LifeIsGood. Purchased at Martin's in Metairie, LA.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber with a montrous fluffy white head that recedes slowly to a nice sticky lacing

S: Sweet floral and fruity aromas with a touch of vanilla

T: Faint vanilla and sweet fruity flavors dominate, but not overbearing. A nice clean tasting brew. Faint alcohol on the back.

M: Very clean and crisp flavor. High carbonation that leaves the tongue buzzing sip after sip.

D: Very nice tripel. The alcohol is very subtle, so watch out. Sip this beer and the flavors become more complex as it warms.

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

I stole this beer from you mother.

A - bright, vibrant, golden color. sexy, white half-inch head with hot ass lace sticking to my glass.

S - light citrus, very apparent bananas. long, hard bananas. spices, coriander.

T - same as the smell and oh so damn tastey.

M - smooth as hot butter. medium bodied, mild carbonation

D - this is very easy drinkin. drink it on a train in the rain, on a boat with a goat. yes stu i am, i love this green egg and ham.

Photo of Slynger
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light, bright, golden in color with a big, aggressive, fuzzy white head.

Sweetly spicy, fruity and yeasty in the nose. I don't know the spices but pineapples, peaches, and pears all appear along with zesty belgian wheat.

Wow! Loads of lush carbonation along with extra medium-full smoothness (perhaps from the addition of oats to the brew). All of the aforementioned nasal sensories carry over into a flavor that is sweetly spiced, golden wheaty, fruity, and lightly bitter.

Deelish. . . .

deceptively drinkable as well.

Photo of DaveUK
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Burnished golden brown with a ample and dense head of very small white bubbles.

Aroma - Ripe apples and pears, banana followed by juicy malt. Subsequent sips reveal cooked fruit, a candy floss like caramelised sugar note and even a whiff of mint!

Taste - Powerful citrus and lemony hops/wheat malt mixed with a roasted barley malt flavour. More cooked fruit and caramelised sugar, finishing with obvious warming alcohol and a medicinal sourness.

Mouthfeel - Slightly overcarbonated, surprsingly light for its strength and taste.

Overall - It has all the right ingredients to be a quality abbey beer, however, it lacked something for me. Perhaps more fresh hoppiness or less carbonation and sourness. When broken down, each part of it is good but together, the experience just doesnt sit well with me.

Perhaps I need to try another bottle to get a more rounded experience.

Photo of alysmith4
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An excellent example of a Tripel. This beer poured a nice golden haze, with a thick 2" head. The smell was very fresh and light, a slight amount of hops, and lots of summer fruit.. peaches, plums, apples, and pears. The mouthfeel was good.. small bubbles, just right. I was surprised on the whole.. I expected it to be a lot heaveier than it was, but it was really great.

Photo of Maudite
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer. First time out of a bottle, but just as good as on tap.

A- A beautiful caramel gold. Poured into my oversized Karmeliet tulip with a nice, big, sudsy and powerful head. Very big, spacious bubbles. The head was very aggressive at take off, big, about 3/4 of the pour was head, even when done with care, but quickly waned, almost disappearing completely. Altogether it was a beautiful beer in its own glass, a sparkling cider/apple juice with a big foamy head, or a cream soda. Very Belgian.

S- A definite estery Belgian yeast aroma...the most obvious smells were apple, pear, peach, caramel. The warmer it got the more it smelled like a vanilla malt. Nice, light hop aroma, a trace buried low, slight citrus/fruity. Very floral.

T- God. It tastes like God. Reminded me alot of a carnival carmel apple at its warmest, but upon initial pour it was much like its aroma, apple, pear, peach, yeasty, akin to a riesling, but malty. This beer is awesome.

M- This lass is a bit lighter in the mouth and throat than I appreciate. Just as the head declared, there was little carbonation, no acidity at all, no hop bite... This is one reason it reminded me of a riesling... perhaps I got a flat bottle. The tastes and scents were all there, but the mouthfeel was lacking.

D- I know some of you frown on beer/wine comparisons, but I only do it so you can get your wine drinking friends to try better beer, and convert them! A good gateway for white wine folk, the riesling, pinot grigio, sweeter chardonnay drinkers. I really enjoyed this with some spiced pork chops, in place of apple sauce.

Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tprokop7 for this one.

Paired this one with chicken served with a creamy mushroom & celery sauce.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance: Pale, yellow gold body with massive head. Took a couple of pours to finally get it all in the glass. Looks very much alive.

Smell: Spicy, citrus-like aspect.

Taste: Light-bodied yet flavorful with a spicy, peppery taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly active carbonation in the palate but that's good, feels alive. Citrus fruit & pepper are dominant, there's a bready, yeast-like finish to it with some clove in for good measure.

Drinkability: Very well. Despite 8% ABV, it simply glides down the throat. Another please!

Overall: A very well-balanced trippel & i love the spicy feel to it. Definitely one to keep in mind.

Photo of grub
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle, best before 15/11/09. sampled at volo on feb 21/08.

pours golden yellow with just a touch of haze, possibly from the pour. a small fluffy white head rises up, falling quick to a ring around the glass. no lace.

aroma is great. light alcohol. clove and a bit of orange peel. cracker malt. light caramel sweetness. bit of grain. green apple. bit of bread. slightly floral. no mistaking it - this is a tripel.

taste is excellent. light alcohol. big bread and cracker malts. pleasantly restrained spice - clove and orange peel again. just the right level without going overboard. a touch floral. medium-low bitterness level. nice caramel sweetness that is nowhere near cloying.

mouthfeel is great. medium-high carbonation level. medium-light body with an excellent dry finish. there's just a hint of sting from the carbonation, but not to an unpleasant level.

drinkability is excellent. perfectly balanced with almost no alcohol in the taste. perfectly restrained spice. this beer is an exemplar for the style and certainly the best tripel i've had the pleasure to try. i will definitely be seeking out more of this one.

Photo of Douglas14
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a nice thick white head. Spices immediately fill the air as the scent pleasantly overwhelms the senses. It tastes of spices and fruits: cinnamon, coriander, apples and pears. It is extremely well balanced and fits the style head on. Has a medium body and a nice dry finish. Overall, great beer.

Photo of joepais
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip produced a big billowy head on top of a golden yellow head

Aromas of wheat and grasses along with a nice subtle spice background and of course Belgian yeast

Flavors of spices (pepper, coriander and clove) Sweet malt, and citrus fruit, as it warms there is a light alcohol presence as well

A wonderfully light crisp mouthfeel its making me wishes it was summer time while the snow is falling out side

A great Belgian I can see why it won some medals I wish they would change the bottle color green glass is not cool. Extremely drinkable will gladly seek this one out again

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

A - Cloudy, dark orange with no illumination and light yellow with. Big fluffy white head, small bubbles giving it a good thickness. Lots of lacing but it tends to fade quickly.

S - Sweet lemony citrusy yeast, deeply biscuity and spicy malts, a touch of bittering hops. Nuances of floury bubblegum.

T/M - Taste begins with a muted sugary sweetness, not too sweet but still sweet, lemony citrus, heavy on the mouthfeel. Malts, again biscuity and spicy, stop by for a short visit, then the citrusy yeast slowly lead into a finish of spice and floury citrus.

D - Very easy drinking, and an excellent tripel benchmark. Drink frequently.

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

Deep aroma when first poured. Settled into a mellower "tripel" aroma: slightly pehenolic, with a good dose of hops and malt. Poured with a creamy head with lots of lace and a slightly cloudy yellow/orange color. Flavor was slightly sweet with a good balance of hops and acidity. Every sip seemed to reveal different flavors: sweetness, malt, acidity, alcohol and a hint of anise. Good carbonation with an effervescent and creamy mouthfeel that lingered for several seconds. Very complex, well balanced and drinkable. Excellent.

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

a: the beer pours a beautiful murky lemonade/blond/gold/ with two fingers of fluffy white head with very good retention;

s: sweet candy flavors are the most present in my nose followed by strong fruity overtones - pears, apples, bananas; hints of alcohol

t: there is a dryness that would not be expected from the scent; raw wheat and rock candy with very fruity flavors and some spicey alcoholic warmth

m: very smooth and quite creamy while still having a lighter mouthfeel; the beer has light carbonation

d: overall a very quality tripel that has unique flavors to distinguish it from the pack

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,464 ratings.