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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,203
Reviews: 1,191
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 191
Gots: 340 | FT: 6
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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 pjwilson
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +5.1%
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 +16.8%
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 +8.2%
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 -2.3%
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 +1.6%
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 +8.6%
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 -4.2%
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 -46.3%
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 -5.8%
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 +8.2%
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
Photo of Andreji
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd held this one for a while after finding it finally in america. 75cl, corked bottle kept haunting me until i drank it. boy was i glad....

The pour was brilliant. a diffuse orange with a darker hue, sitting at the bottom some yeast debris leftovers which I love. yet, the most impressive part was the head. at first, quite seemingly average although stirs up intenseley as you finish the pour. the carbonation is so intense that it overflows the glass (served in a duvel tulip), in an irregular, rocky fashion that persists for quite a while. you can also see some bits tearing off from the bottom to mix with the beer itself. more yeast, maybe?

The smell is absolutely complex. I cannot find a proper way to determine it, at first pepper-ey and with a pungent alcohol feel. then fruitier in a very sweet and pleasant way, never undermining how spicy it is. just a bit astringent at the end but combines properly with this fresh fruit feel.

The taste is just great. this is how I like my tripels. bitter at the beginning, bringing in some fine spice feel. the it becomes dominated by a mild, stable sweetness provided by this apricot-mango taste that is hard to define but is just so sweet...! the alcohol swiftly invades the mouth to overturn this momentaneous relaxation and reenhances the connection betweenmouth and nose, ascending sharply, in a liquor sort of way. it's not hidden, it just veils the back of the mouth while the very moderate bitterness is felt across the sides of the tongue further diminishing the prevalence of sweet.

The mouthfeel is also very nice. despite the over-foaming I experienced, the carbonation within was still enough to properly balance the strongly defined flavors of the beer. the efects of the alcohol are also downed here, making this unhidden phenomenon seem just as important- and pleasant- to the beer as any other flavour therein.

I dunno if it was not having breakfast- or sleeping only 3 hrs today- that made this 75cl give me the buzz, but it's just what I needed right now....flavour included. this was a marvellous acquisition and it should soon be back on the top 50, for god's sake.

Andreji, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of IceAce
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First pour produces a clean golden body with two fingers of rocky foam in a Tulip. A seemingly endless supply of CO² streams from nucleation points etched into the bottom of the glass. Little lacing (consistant with style) and superb clarity (sans yeast).

Nose is sweet with ripe berries, plums, and apples.

Entry lights up the tongue with carbonation and is bright with carmelized sugar. Midtaste reflects a beautiful balance of sweet red berries, yeast, and a captivating dryness. The finish culminates with a final fresh-fruit sign-off leaving residual sweetness on the lips to be releshed post-sip following a dry yeasty fade.

IceAce, May 30, 2005
Photo of amherstdrew
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into duvel tulip glasses.
pour: uber oppressively gigantic frothy head, snow white.
nose: sharp, lemony, zesty, tints of floor wax, south american spices, burns the nostrils like cocaine.
taste: creamy caramelized onions, spicy, freeze dried asparagus and sasparilla finish.

notes & comments: drank this with smith college admissions officer, she says she will only let belgians into smith from now on. a beautiful tripel, well worth the money, and masks the ABV like no ones business.

amherstdrew, May 29, 2005
Photo of necoadam
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark shade of yellow with a good foamy head. Smell was very yeasty, doughy, with a few spices and an underlying of tropical fruits. Taste was quite good. Alcohol upfront, but not overwhelming, with some spicies and tropical fruit. Some spices show up in the middle. Yeast underlies all the flavors throughout, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, with a smooth, creamy texture. A good, solid tripel.

necoadam, May 26, 2005
Photo of Bierschenker
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured out the Karmeliet in a nice robust oversized wineglass. and I got a big beautiful foamy head. The colour could be described as rusty-gold.
This beer has one of the nicest odours, a very light fruity smell with spices. Especially pepper and some garden spices.
A very rich carbonation. Positive aroma, again light for 8%. With spices, pepper mostly and a very soft bitter-sweet undertone. Crisp. And the refreshing aspects of a glass of fruit juice on a hot summers day.
The Karmeliet is very drinkable for a beer with a reasonable alcohol percentage. Very refreshing, but also very dangerous. This is a beer that makes you want an other one and maybe after that another one… With obvious consequences, believe me, I’m talking out of experience.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Bierschenker, May 26, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Papago Brewing back in April for $5.75.

Appearance is very nice, a golden yellow hue with a nice long sustaining bubbly head with a lot of carbonation. Nose is light with fruity tones to it. Taste is a wonderful medley of Belgian yeast, pepper, and a lemony/fruity/grassy finish. The complexity is very interesting! Mouthfeel is very full and very lively with all the carbonation. The 8.0 abv is well masked which with all the other great qualities makes this an extremely drinkable brew!

arizcards, May 22, 2005
Photo of dwvarner77
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, please beermail me and provide constructive critisism.

Poured into a tulip glass, the initial pour gives a very high, thick foamy head. The initial head falls after several minutes leaving its fingerprint on the glass, and a nice covering of ivory foam that maintains itself throughout the session. Delightful appearance.
Deep yellow, hazy, dirty-straw color. Active carbonation. Seems appropriate for the style, based on my limited experience.
Nice malty aroma, with some citrus fruit and slight ester character.

The taste provides an initial spiciness that rises then subsides, leading into a sweet fruit-and-malt pleasantness that finishes with a hint of bitterness, and alcohol flavor to let you know it's there. Upon further quaffs, the flavor mellows into a highly drinkable brew. Smooth mouthfeel, with the active carbonation providing stimulation to the palate, particularly to the back of the tongue.

This is a beer that I've had a few times, working up the courage to post my first review. Certainly that should indicate that it's a pleasant, highly drinkable brew, one that I would not only recommend but that I will return to when I'm looking for a reliably good beer.

dwvarner77, May 20, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap 4/23/05 at Lunar Brewing during the BA Gathering. Poured into an awesome large Tripel Karmeliet glass...a bright golden color with a huge three finger creamy white head that is in for the long haul. Awesome! Aromas are grand with a lovely spiciness with cloves and coriander. A myriad of fruit tones waft up into my nose...tropical and sweet. Great to just sit and smell.

First sip is a rush of sweet light malty goodness. There's a divine balance between the sweet fruity flavors (tropical fruits, bananas, citrus) and the spiciness that has some coriander, clove and cracked black pepper to it. A nice hint of Belgian yeastiness on the way down brings it all together nicely. Sublime stuff.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and rather light on the palate. A refreshing, satisfying brew. I could easily drink loads of this if given the chance...especially off tap in the proper glassware. A treat of a tripel and highly recommended.

orbitalr0x, May 08, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Winking Lizard. Pours clear golden with a thin off-white head. The snifter in which it was served offered little lacing. Sweet fruit and clove aroma. Medium-bodied and bubbly with flavors of yeast, spices and peaches. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden. The finish is dry and lightly spiced and hoppy. An enjoyable Belgian through and through.

Dogbrick, May 07, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been waiting so long to try this beer. I bought a 4 pack about a month ago, and have been waiting for the right moment...which is now.

It pours from the 11.2 oz. bottle a perfectly clear, honey colored amber gold. A 3 finger head of large frothy bubbles volcanoes upwards, almost tumbling over the edge of my St. Bernardus goblet. The head is unfortunately short lived, and leaves a few scattered spots of lace. Medium sized bubbles continue to cascade from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is a succulant blend of honey drenched apricots, juicey mango and pinapple, yellow raisins, honeydew melon, cinnamon, and sweet yeasty spice. Really huge nose on this one, everything seems amplified.

Whoa, this is incredible! It starts with a huge mouthfull of tropical fruit flavors found in the nose. There is a definate emphasis on apricot, mango, and pinapple. It has a huge malt and candi sugar sweetness which is balanced by grassy and herbal hops and yeasty spice. Very complex and well built. The finish is a bit warming and has a fruity, almost chardonay like dryness accented by soft tones of oak and vanilla.

The mouthfeel is lush and full with a medium body. Large playful carbonation quickly settles down and allows the flavors to penetrate your tastebuds. Really a superb tripel, well worth the wait. Probably the best tripel I've had yet.

AlexJ, May 05, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the privelege of splitting this one with fellow BA brethern cmaruschak and mmmmbeeer last night...

Apperance: Crystal clear light orange with an incredibly sudsy white head. Constant carbonation through the body of this beer which is quite mesmerizing. The head retention on this bad boy is crazy and a thing to be marveled.

Smell: orange, citrus notes, coriander, and a yeasty funk fill the nose.

Taste: Yeast and coriander first, orange throughout the middle, and a wheat bread finish. There is a mild alcohol finish that coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium, slightly slick, and slightly prickly due to the carbonation. A very complex, full flavor.

Drinkability: Goes down easy as there are no off or over the top flavors.

I appreciate the primer on some good Belgians. They definitely aren't my favorite but a finely crafted beer.

mattcrill, May 01, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice slightly hazy pale golden and it had a white fizzy head that fell back almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass.

The aroma was light caramel with a light phenolic spiciness. Some slight farmhouse brett character was present along with a citrusy fruitiness of oranges.

The flavor was very citrusy with orange fruit flavors and lime most notable. The maltiness was accentuated with a caramel flavor. The beer was light and crisp on the palate. The bittering was enough to keep the malt in check, and the spice flavors were subtle and melded. No alcohol flavors were present.

The finish was just dry with lasting citrus and slight flavors of clove and cinnamon spice. The body was medium and well done, but the carbonation was off just a bit and the head retention was none.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. $5.99 at The Caboose in Ashland, VA. Unsure how long I may have had this bottle, but the flavors are well done and it does not appear that age may have affected anything. The carbonation is there, just not very high and the head was nonexistent.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of whynot44
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium bodied, hazy gold color with soft orange tint and a substantial and longlasting off-white head that eventually susides leaving very nice lacing.

The aroma is subtle and complex, spicy, fruity, citrusy, wheat, yeasty and floral.

The taste is parallell with a peppery, spicy fruitiness, definite but pleasant alcohol presence, smooth, slightly buttery and very easy to drink.

Outstanding! If you have not experienced Belgian ales before, this is an excellent way to start.

whynot44, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

57F
Yellow pine pour. Exploding yellowed-lace froth goes up and comes down almost in one motion. Holds at a finger of meringue then slowly melts to a lasting lace. Citrusy, grain straw aroma; like a basket of wheat grass gently pinched, and holding some halved lemons.
Oh my, wastes no time in asserting it's sweetness. It's almost mead-like. The mixed grain portfolio sweet talks with a husky voice. There's a pleasant sourness, floral, spritzy, grassy finish. Spicy aftertaste: Ceylon cinnamon, cardamom, coriander. Give me a couple of pitchers please.

gbontrag, Apr 15, 2005
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,203 ratings.