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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,342 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,342
Reviews: 1,201
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 204
Gots: 398 | 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 trevorwideman
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a trade with fisherman34. Thanks! 330ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours with a generous 3/4 inch head that subsides to a nice lacing that sticks around. Lovely golden colour, lots of sediment, and medium carbonation. Smell is very rich. Butterscotch, banana bread, cloves, pears, peaches, and a little bit of vanilla. Absolutely delicious aroma, with enough of an funky, earthy character that you don't believe you're going to be drinking dessert.

Taste is an absolute feast of flavour. There is just so much here to enjoy it's hard to put into words at first. Various spices hit the tongue immediately, clove, coriander, perhaps a little cardamom, then the mellow fruitness sinks in, with bananas, pears, and golden delicous apples coming into play. This then moves into a slight drying tartness, much like a Granny Smith. All this combined with lots of chewy, nutty malt and bready flavours, and you have one drinkable and tasty Belgian. All the flavours are very sharp and well defined, never muddled up which makes this one so enticing. I found the mouthfeel very thick and chewy but a little more carbonated than I usually like. Dries out well in the finish and sticks to the throat a little. Drinkability takes a hit because of the ABV, but other than that I could down this in large, tasty gulps. A very enjoyable Tripel.

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

a: gold hazy color with great head retention and lace, as well as attractive carbonation
s: smell of honey
t: just the right amount of sweet, fruity taste in this trippel, bit of honey with an excellent alcohol kick that's more felt than tasted
m: very smooth, with moderat to full body and great carbonation
d: this is my standard for trippels with an excellent balance across the board. any time i venture off to try a new trippel & get disappointed i can return to this old reliable

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

I bought this in a four-pack with a special glass (oddly enough on the cover of this month's magazine).

When I cracked the cap on the bottle, I could immediately tell how carbonated the beer was. I poured it into the glass, a little faster than I was supposed to, apparently because the head was a little larger than expected. It stuck to the sides of the glass, being nice and foamy.

The aroma was absolutely fantastic. Fruity and caramel together. Definitely the most different beer I have ever had.

The taste... wow. Definitely a caramel taste (and the head still remains). Fruity esters abound and the alcohol level is obvious about mid-way through the bottle. (The glass was definitely designed for this beer).

The mouthfeel is absolutely fantastic, despite the high level of carbonation. Surprisingly smooth across the palate. Flavors all over the place.

I could drink this beer all night long.

Photo of biegaman
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, capped 330ml bottle, wonderfully illustrated bottle art, lots of detail everywhere you look.
'A three grain beer, still brewed according to a 17th century recipe' it reads in both French and English. A best before of 12/07/07, so I would assume this has sat for some short time before now. I realized only once I got home they had charged me almost $10 more for the 750ml. Oh well, not quite worth my while to drive back - hopefully it will be worth it anyways!
Cap opens with a loud sizzle, some mist rises. Poured perfectly, large suddy head rises to a level of two fingers, tampers off slowly to the level of one. The little bubbles sparkle in the glass like the blowing bubbles that children blow. A very hazy and pear coloured body. Bubbles and lacing to boot.
A zestful and rich aroma. A huge deal of malt - lots of malt - and very piquant, nose-tickling hops. Very spicy phenolic, nice yeastyness too. Hints of mango. Banana. Awesome, powerful.
A very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol stays under the radar, but still plays some part in the mouthfeel. Extremely well balanced malt bill, the pale malts smooth out the body very well.
Flavours offer a spicy citrus notes (orangy, tangerine like). The yeast subtly sneaks in there too. An awesome malt bill, wow. Delicious. unlike other tripels, not overly boozy for its body. if anything, too drinkable.
Vibrant, slightly unique character, great, tasty recipe, melodiously balanced - very easy to see how this is hailed a world-class tripel. Certainly among (if not, the) best of the style I've tried to date.

Photo of Lagaffe74
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured it in the beautiful factory glass. The color is bright golden, with a nice head. Fairly low retention. Aromas of peaches everywhere in the nose. Nice carbonation on the palate with a sweet start that ends in a semi-dry fashion with notes of grapefruit. Gorgeous brew.

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle (love the art work on it) opens with a thunderous pop. Pours deep golden/ bronze, effervescent with 4 fingers+ white meringe (sp?) head. Started getting floaties towards the bottom of the bottle. Good lacing & head retention

S: Big lemony hops & straw perfume

T: Honey malt, citric hops (grapefruit & lemon) & a peppery yeast bite up front. Fruttyness follows (appleskins& apricots). Breadyness & jam flavors follow. Finishses fruitty, with lemony & juicy& peppery flavors

MF: Slick (maybe this what the oats bring to the party?) with low carbonation

This was just so-so in drinkability, trippels aren't my favorite style & this one was just l little to ponderous for my tastes. Tripel fans will like this a lot more than I did

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz glass into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber-honey color. Big and creamy three finger head with excellent retention, but, little in the way of lace. Pretty active carbonation.

S: Sweet aromas of honey and rose petals. Slightly alcoholic on the nose. Some bananas and spice.

T: Sweet fruit flavors abound, mixed with honey, and a dry, bready, grainyness to the malt. Hops and alcohol appear in the finish. As well as lemon zest.

M: Full and creamy due to the three grain backbone.

D: A very satisfying tripel. An excellent balance between sweet and dry, tangy and hoppy. With a dash of alcohol to hold it all together. I am a big fan of its' grainyness. It adds a certain "raggedness" to this which is greatly appreciated.

Photo of Byeast
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml with a very nice screen printed label.

Appearance: poured a very lightly hazed , bright golden color , with a fast and steady carbonation feeding the creamy white layer of head.

Smell: sweet yellow fruits ( not quite ripe) mix with yeast and faint malt , yellow apple , a pinch of lemon rind, light honey scent , and a hint of the alcohol.

Taste: Lots of yellow and sweet fruityness , full and honeyish malt , pear , yellow apple , some medicinal flavor pokes in here and there, a balancing but mild spicy hop, bit of alcohol presence , the malt turns a bit soft and grain like near the finish which has a lingering , light sweetness.

Mouthfeel: active and creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty tripel with a pleasant , delicate complexity. Nice yellow fruit flavors and one hell of a nice bottle.

Photo of kpantz
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: Not my favorite Tripel, but still a fantastic version. Every hallmark of the style is present here. A standard for sure.

750 ml bottle - best before 02/02/08.

Appearance: Deep golden, slightly hazy pour with a fervent fluffy white head that hangs tough and laces nicely.

Smell: Coriander, Clove, as well as some mild alcohol in the nose. Mild hop aroma as well.

Taste: Sweet to start with a fruitiness. The spiciness present in the nose is here as well, adding a bit of heat that blends the carbonation nicely with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The amount of spiciness actually makes it challenging to determine the carbonation level, but the overall effect is nice - not too much action, but enough to let you know it means business. Fairly thin and not too sticky.

Drinkability: I don't think I'd be able to down more than one of these. The ABV isn't that high, but the "bite" in this one makes my mouth long for something a bit smoother.

Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber/orangy color, nice carbonation, nice creamy off-white head, nice lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malts, slight hops, yeast, spices, and pears/apple, grapes. The taste is slightly tangy/malty, nice not overly spicy. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty tripel, one of the bes I've had to date.

Photo of mynie
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Map Room.

Pours a solid amber with a wonderous head. Filtered and very clear, catching and distorting every stray ray of light that drifts past it.

Smells like light corriander and tons of fruity malts. A very nice blend of fruit and spice, but the only thing that's out of the ordinary for the style is just how well they are balanced together.

Tastes like wow. Remarkably crisp rainbowgarden fruits, nuts, overripe fruits (pears, apples, grapes), tart zippiness, and then a solid sweet yeast finish with the most wonderful little kiss of alcohol you could imagine.

Probaby the best tasting Tripel I've ever had, and that includes Westy 12. It doesn't quite have the 4 Alarm intensity of your average tripel, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Photo of brushpig
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had one on tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago, served in the triple Karmeliet big tulip glass.

Great looking beer with it's pale/straw color and big white head.

Smells like sweets oats, orange spices, and light coriander.

Sweet orange spice taste, very smooth and balenced nice dry finish. This a delicious beer that will not let you down. High carbination,yet has a smooth mouth feel.

A very drinkable beer. A must try.

Photo of sabrills70
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with a best before code of 07 I H. Pours a medium gold with lots of carbonation and a huge head, decent longevity and good lace. Honey and citrus abound in the smell mixed with a touch a spicy herbs. Lots of rich honey like malt flavors mixed with citrus. Just enogh hops to balance out the huge malts but barely noticeable. Lots of phenols and a fair amount of noticeable alcohol. This should be lovely after a year or so in the back of the fridge.

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

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet a hazy, golden straw color with a huge, thick head. The smell was of citrus and a hint of spice (nutmeg?). This is one of the best, if not THE best tripel I've tasted; sweet without being overwhelming, with just a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is incredible; the carbonation is dense and rich, which allows the flavor to linger on the tongue. This is a terrific tripel, and a great representation of the style.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, a serving of it poured into a St. Bernardus chalic

Smell: Smell is something very unique, all I can smell is fruits, Mango, Grapefruit, Cantelope. All of these are strange for a Tripel, but lets go on....

Taste: Follows the smell, Fruit, all of which are listed above, I taste no alcohol, and no balancing to the fruit. There is some sour flavors, but they are very faint. If I didn't know I was drinking a Tripel, I would swear this was a lambic, or some other fruit beer.

Overall: I actually enjoyed this brew, if only because it hides it's 8% alcohol well. This was quite tasty, and I'm not one to enjoy fruit beers, so this one had just the right proportion to not turn me off.

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

Poured from a 750ml green bottle. A little overflow after it was uncorked, this bottle might have been sitting around a while. No matter, its still tasty.

Looks a hazy straw yellow, and smells of apples and green grapes with a touch of spice. The spice expands on taste, as does the fruit here. This is one of those beers that amazes you at what a beer can taste like. Not overly sweet. I'd say its perfectly balanced. Give me more.

Photo of vancurly
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale amber/honey. White, tightish head
S: Honeycomb/vanilla, malt milkshake. Subtle yeast extract/vegemite note.
F: Strong malt complexity, seedy spice. Cloying flavour. Hops are restrained. Light/mild bitterness.
M: Medium to full body, long
O: Very malty, milkshaky... for the sweet-tooth

Photo of calinative68
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother in law bought me a 750ml bottle of this magnificent brew.
So on a home brewing night, I decided to get cozy with the whole bottle!

Poured with a very big head all night long.

Smell is the same: orange, lemon Nice and delicate with good balance.

Good mouth feel and drinkability. Goes down easy when it's very cold, but you need to let it warm up a bit to enjoy all this beer has to offer.

I have found a home brew recipe, and I hope to try to brew this in the spring time.

Prost!

Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
I've reviewed this in the bottle already but I don't think that I've had a bottle yet that does the beer justice.
Appears a transparent, light gold with a medium sized white cap that slowly fades out. Scattered chunks of lacing are left around the glass. Noticable amounts of CO2 streams rise to the top.
Smell is of honey, tropical fruit, vanilla, peach, and candi-sugar...it definitely lacks the grassy, husky, light struck aromas that I always seem to get in the the bottles.
Taste is nice. Tropical with papaya, mango, peach, mild banana, and sugary cream. Niiiice. High Five! -ala Borat.
Mouthfeel is nicely done with smoothness, excellent carbonation, and full bodied.

Photo of ZAP
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Golden color..slightly hazed

S-Nice...sugar lazed plums, fresh wild floral field, overriped oranges..

T-Sweet overipe tropical fruits, a little floral impression but also some black pepper on the finish.

M-Much too charged up....tough to taste all the dimensions with so much of a fizzy mouthfeel

D-I'm slightly disappointed. It has some redeeming qualities but I prefer several others in the style more. Won't purchase again

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Explosive head--with a gentle pour, the head still takes up more than half of the glass. The beer is straw gold in color and quite clear.

Large alcohol and grasslike malt aromas

The smell comes through in the flavor...very much as expected. The alcohol is very warming after the swallow. Very light hop.

Classic barley wine flavors

Photo of KyleVick4
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 mL

A: Pours with a pure white big belgian head and leaves wonderful lacing down the sides of the glass. Very clear for a belgian, with lots of the obvious bubbles.

S: Smells a slight sweetness of malt with an underlying alcohol tone. Somthing off adjunct like, I think its the oats...

T: Spicy pepperness is upfront with lots of fruit on the palate. Oily and a mild alcoholic warmness in the back.

M: Fitzy and bubbly, light as hell then the alcohol weighs it down a bit. Kinda oily mouthfell that I am not 100% happy with.

D: Meh, would be good during a hot summer day, when you wanted to get ripped. Not terribly drinkable for me, but I know people who would love this... Damn you belgians, I may never totally understand you.

Photo of Generik420
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this into a pint glass and the fun immediately began. The head is voracious and I was only able to pour about half the bottle before I need to let it rest for a bit. Huge pillowy white head on top of a slightly hazed bright straw colored beer.

The aroma coming off this one is truly incredible if you enjoy the Belgian style beers. Very sweet notes, some fruity esters and a slight hint of alchohol all perfectly blended together.

Taste was wonderful. Semi-sweet with a touch of maltiness in there. A small alchohol warmth finishes a swallow beautifully. There is a nice amount of carbonation to play across you tongue in every sip. I took my time with this beer, probably drinking the bottle over the course of 45 minutes or so and the last sip still had foam covering it up.

This is one beer I could drink a lot of and am really wishing I had more on hand. I got my bottle from BuckeyeNation, so thanks go out! Thankfully I discovered a boutique store that carries this fine beverage and it will regularly fit into the rotation.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is just outstanding! It gives the biggest head since Monica Lewinski! Great 3 finger head, nice soft pillowy body. Has some corn flavors and nice fruity esthers. Leaves unbelievable lacing down the glass. A drinkers dream! Pours a golden colour with that big head. Lovable beer and can actually be drank as a session!

Photo of mwalters
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is available in 750ml, however, I bought the 12oz 3-pack version. Very pretty bottle and the beer is a nice straw color. Very nice fresh citrus smell with hints of lemon. I love the taste with orange, lemon and citrus flavors. The yeast must really be unique in this beer. I did not care for the over carbonation. I don't like to have the beer foam up in my mouth when I take a drink. I do reccomend this beer though.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
96 out of 100 based on 3,342 ratings.