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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,238
Hads: 3,696
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 5.21%
Wants: 258
Gots: 660 | FT: 6
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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 Das_Reh
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Poured from a chilled bottle into a chalice on Halloween night. Typical golden color with big pillowy head, cloudy but with more clarity than most tripels I've seen. Fervent carbonation races up, almost like champagne. Smell is very heavy on the spices and coriander, which I've never experienced with any other tripel. Complex, spicy, herbal and medicinal flavors assault the palate, sweet yet balanced, alcohol is barely perceived. At 8.4% abv this is a sipping beer, but it's hard to resist considering the creamy soft mouthfeel and incredible aroma.

I guarantee there are not many Tripels this heavily spiced. For those who want the spice/phenols toned down, this beer is not for you, but for me, this is world class stuff! (734 characters)

Photo of Weis_Man
5/5  rDev +18.5%

This is a pricey brew for a reason. I was surprised. Very very good tripel. 3 grain tripel with notes of frui. Perfect carbonation level, and thick head. Smells fruity. Everyone should have this beer. Definitely drink this from a challace. (240 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of soapy white head, settles in a minute with sparse blobs of lace behind. Smell: straw and dough and honey in the back with lots of fruit and notes of booze and the floral. Unripe peach, white grape, coriander. Taste: ripe pear, peach candy, notes of unripe banana, apple, clove. Spicy and herbal with a little pepper in the finish. Medium-full bodied from the prickly into fluffy feel. Finishes drying but sticky with peach skin. Very good. (486 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A: That head be crazy, light gold translucent but dude seriously when can I pour in the rest of the bottle? That head be crazy. (3/3)
S: Pretty solidly spicy yeast character with ripe Apple and lemon fruitiness (9/12)
T: More apple with orange and an identifiable yet subtle booze aftertaste. (17/20)
M: Yeah bubbles, and a dry sensation all over the tongue. (5/5)
O: That's a fruity beer! A beautiful sweetness to counter the high alcohol perfect for an autumn or early spring evening. (7/10)
41/50 (503 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: stray colored pale gold, heady white froth on first poor which resolves to a consistent white lace; ample fine carbonation

Smell: Strong yeast and phenolic and medicinal odors, ripe apple, honey suckle and hint of marigold. Maybe a whiff of freshly turned hay . Sweet malt undertone.

Taste: Sweet, flowery up front with pleasant astringent quality from very active carbonation. Midway through sip, very sweet and a bit syrupy, and zing from the significant alcohol . Taste of over ripe pear, apple, faint hoppy quality. End notes of grain with a clean finish.

Overall: Delicious! Nice complex flavor profile, goes well with most cheeses, drinks like a Chardonnay and pairs well with typically associated foods. Great beer, and one I pick up whenever I encounter it (781 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

33cl bottle bought in The Netherlands. Poured into a chalice.

A – Slightly cloudy golden colour with no head at all even after a careful pour but medium carbonation.

S – Sugars, malts with burnt caramel and some mild esters.

T – Heavy sweet malt flavour with a lot of candy sugar front. Good caramel, toffee flavour with mild spice and some esters again following the nose. Also some vanilla and biscuit flavours in the mix.

MF – Medium body with good carbon tingle but limited linger.

O – Decent enough for the style but not the best you will ever come across. (576 characters)

Photo of godtopus
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Reviewed from some old notes and memory.

Appearance: Lightly golden and hazy. Moderate white, fluffy head that dissapears rather quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Fruity esters of apples and pears, some spice.

Taste: Pear skin, apple, some peppery spice and a slight hint of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and easy drinking for the abv, small bubbles and prickly carbonation.

Overall: I never thought I'd find a tripel that appealed to me but this is top-tier. It lacks the alcohol heat that ruins many other tripels for me. Drinks great on a summer evening. (582 characters)

Photo of Paige_Jude
5/5  rDev +18.5%

One of my absolute new favorites. I am obsessed! This was a real treat.

Like drinking tart cherry juice spiced with clove and cinnamon; just the right amount of sweetness that lent a near-perfect drinkability, a fantastic follow-up to my Delirium Tremens. In fact, I enjoyed it even more. Loved this beer and I´ve made it my go-to!! (334 characters)

Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Light golden with moderate haze; white head that dissipated quickly; some lacing.

Smell: spice, malt, just a hint of sour apple

Taste: the warming alcohol and peppery spiciness is quite pronounced; the fruit I got at first was pear -- as the bottle went on, slight banana esters.

Mouthfeel: prickly, with some slight syrup but less than expected

Overall: not overly complex; the warming alcohol and spice are what stick out; not in my top few for the style, but still very good (495 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

From bottle. Aromas of vanilla and citrus. Pours a hazy pale with white head. The first taste was was quite sweet, but after a few sips it seemed more of a medium sweet. Medium body, somewhat creamy texture, quite lively carbonation, a dry finish. Overall a nice beer, but could the carbonation could be toned down somewhat.

I'll have to revisit this one in the future. (370 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11.2 oz bottle poured in a chalice glass. Yellow, with a modest head of foam. Amazing citrus and fruit notes. Reminds me of a fine Hefeweizen. Banana, orange, and wheat. Smells like a floral bouquet. It's hard to believe this has 8.4% ABV. It's as smooth as a soft drink. The perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. I'm going to run, not walk, to my local beer distributor to buy more. (401 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Karmeliet pours with an amazing head and big, big carbonation gushing upwards. The colour is pale amber and cloudy

The aroma is strong even before you put your nose to the glass. Apricots, lemons and a citrus infused peppery Belgian yeast are all discernible. Bananas are there too, as in a hefeweizen.

The taste is buttery and smooth. I notice white grape and pepper along with slightly funky Belgian yeast and spicy pepper. I also get some pear taste. The finish is very dry.

Overall, this is a very characterful ,spicy Belgian tripel that stands out from the crowd.

93/100 (580 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the beers I sampled on my first trip to Belgium back in 2008 - I thought it was great then and now it's time to review!

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2014. Can't remember if I bought this in Belgium or over here. Described on the label as a 3-grain beer brewed to a 17th century recipe from the Carmelite order in Dendermonde. Contains wheat, barley and oats.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden hue with fine suspended sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of mild banana, subtle clove, white pepper, spice, grainy malt, faint biscuits, a touch of sugar and stewed hops. A whiff of warming booze in the background - very nice.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a lingering, dry finish. Notes of mild banana, clove, spice, grainy malt, sugar, subtle biscuits, faint grass/hay, a twinge of earthiness and stewed hops. An alcoholic hint lurks in the background. Well-attenuated, followed by a delicate, yeasty bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with prickly carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity esters, mild stewed leaves and subtle grain.

Very nice - a classic tripel. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour have a superbly balanced character that is dominated by Belgian yeast esters and hints of grain. The booze is nicely integrated. Good body. A tasty brew that goes down a treat - add this one to your must-try list. (1,589 characters)

Photo of mac31
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. It's a fantastic beer! Slightly sweet. Super smooth. Esters align with the great balance of the beer, equal amounts of banana, spice, belgian yeast. Soft, pleasnt bitterness inviting me to sip on-it was gone before I knew it. A nice balance of citrus, light caramel, balanced out by the soft, earthy hoppy bitterness. Thinner, but rounded, silky mouthfeel/body. Alcohol is perfectly covered, seems non existent. One of my new favorites. I am looking for clone recipe to replicate. (492 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

0,33l bottle.
Pours hazy, yellow-golden beer with stiff and huge white head. Aroma is citrusy, fruity (banana), spicy (coriander, clove), yeasty, simultaneously similar to witbier, owing to wheat.
Taste is rich, at first warming and full of alcohol, lemony, zesty, semisweet. Raw grains on palate. I'm very disappointed, the beer looks like overfermented witbier, lacking tripel charming significantly. (402 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beauty incarnate. Light and bubbly on the tongue, light and bubbly in a snifter. Smells of banana, clove, biscuit, and a pleasant time about to come. Holds a steady stream of carbonation from first pour to last sip. A sneaky little bugger, too; you'd never guess it's 9.0 abv by smell or taste.
And you can find it at Costco, too, at least in Michigan. Never would have thought, but never more appreciative. (408 characters)

Photo of MECove
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells like flowers! Not a thick or syrupy texture. "3 grain beer still brewed after a 17th (1679) century recipe from the old Carmelite monastery of Dendermonde. Blond, robust, smooth and fruity 3 grain ale, with final fermentation in the bottle. Brewed with pride and patience after carmelite tradition with wheat, oats, and barley."

100% natural.

Transports me to medieval celebrations with spiritual foundations. (418 characters)

Photo of KingHoppy
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Belgian beers of the over 1000 varieties brewed in Belgium. The complexity, carbonation, and overall feel of this beer is truly remarkable. Very few (if any) beers brewed anywhere in the world compare to Tripel Karmeliet. Any beer aficionado must try Tripel Karmeliet at least once in their life to expand the limits of their "beer horizons". This is the Standard for all other Belgian-type ales to strive towards. High alcohol content makes this a beer to savor - not suitable for pounding down on a hot summer day - drink a Tripel Karmeliet slowly and believe your taste buds when they tell you this is as close to a religious experience as any beer has ever come. (688 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a seriously sculpted Belgian "tripel" ale, the idealistic blend of floral aroma, citrusy taste and winy backdrop gives this ale a harmonious taste from sip 'til finish.

Tripel Karmeliet opens with a rich golden and semi-bright color that's similar of honey. And that same aura transpires on the nose and early palate as the ale blooms with honeysuckle perfume, citrusy coriander, an overall flowery sense and a confectioner's type of sweetness.

As the middle opens up, the beer simply hits its stride- developing a lemon and apple flavor that's much more of chardonnay, dry cider and mead once the honeyed sweetness seeps in. Its acidic brightness lifts the thin powdered sugar and charming cookie dough yeastiness, and then invites the herbal "tea" hop essence that ensues.

Even in finish, its lovely bouquet holds confidently even as the ale's quickly drying, sweet straw bitterness and vinous acidity dries the beer with ease. There's still a candied and perfumy nature to the beer that doesn't overstep its boundaries. Though semi-dry in taste, the ale is effortless on the mouth and stomach; making it a fool-proof choice for any drinking occasion. (1,159 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Aromas of banana, pear, cloves, and yeasty esters.

T - Taste is fruity with a combination of green apple, banana, & pear. The fruitiness is balanced out mid palate with sweet malts, Belgian yeast and spices (corriander and white pepper).

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Sticky and dry finish.

O - This is an awesome Tripel. Well worth the price. Absolutely delicious. (492 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml dark green bottle. Sampled on June 20, 2014.

Green. Uh oh.

It looks like a nice cloudy, unfiltered pale yellow pour building up a fozmy white head that sticks around for some time but slowly fades.

The aroma is pure Belgian and no green skunkiness. Thankfully. So I get toasted biscuit malts, Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, some pear, and light spice. Inviting.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy but leaning toward the heavy side.

The taste has a nice toasted biscuit character and Belgian sweetness to boast about. Some vague spice and pear play up the rear. Little to no hop character. Very enjoyable all told. (647 characters)

Photo of tomordonez
3.29/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into a transparent light gold color with a nice head. Smells like a Hoegaarden. Orange peel, coriander, some lemon, some vanilla. High carbonation, light body. It tastes like an improved version of Hoegaarden with a fancier flavor. As it gets warmer it tastes more like a hard liquor. Similar to the Kwak. Half way, at room temperature you forget you are drinking a beer and you wonder if you are having a peach liquor. (425 characters)

Photo of halo3one
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap

A - thick, cloudy, golden

S - malty, floral, fruity

T - malty, caramel, dried/candied fruit

M - thick, grainy, heavy on the palate

O - a very good tripel, easy to drink any time of the year. Definitely recommended and it's relatively easy to find. (259 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a chalice with no yeast present. Stamped enjoy before 5-21-15 on the back.

A- pours a beautiful golden color, about an 8 on the SRM scale. Lots of white frothy head and a lot of carbonation from the bottle fermentation. Minimal head retention as well as minimal lacing present.

S- smells of wheat, sweet esters, barley, and a bit of grain. Some acetaldehyde present, but it pairs well with the esters.

T- tastes of banana, a hint of ripe green apples, and almost has a waxy flavor on the front end. Barley, wheat, and oats are present on the palate.

M- very prickly on the tongue from the high level of carbonation. Leaves a sweetness on the tongue after swallowing and settling in your stomach. Very gassy if you swish around in your mouth.

O- a solid representation of this particular style. While it isn't Trappist, it's definitely obvious that care was taken when creating this brew. I would recommend this for the beer novice who is trying different styles and is not familiar with Belgian beer, as this brew strongly represents the Abbey Tripel well, but without too much overwhelming flavor that it will turn a novice away.

Cheers! (1,178 characters)

Photo of arthurspoor
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I first tried this beer a few years ago, when I was still living in Holland at a Belgium beer cafe. I instantly fell in love with it.

Pour this carefully, because it has an enthousiatic way of foaming. When you pour it in correctly, you will get a nice fluffy layer of foam, which will stay on for a good amount of time. The color is a bit hazy, but still very bright yellow. There is a lot o yeast at the bottom,so if you don't want that, be carefull.

It smells like pineapple, pear, banana and apple. you get a good idea of the spices. a bit of bublegum also.

The taste is very fruity (pear, banana, pineapple), but at the same time very spicy, with peper on front. The carbonation level is just right and it creates a nice balance. The taste of alcohol is prominent, but I don't mind.

Although the taste is very distinct, it is still a complex beer with a different sensation with each gulp.

This is a great beer for the summer, but one you will love, or hate.

Overall a very nice tripel with a strong, almost tropical identity! (1,040 characters)

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.