Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,622 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,622
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 253
Gots: 615 | FT: 6
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Belgium

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 atomicbeer
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold with an impressively huge billowing white head that recedes but remains as a half inch cap. Carbonation very apparent. Aroma of lemons and coriander. Prickly and spicy mouth which is suprisingly light. Peppery taste with a fruity (apple, pear, banana) middle. Much lighter in body than expected for 8.4% ABV. Could session a few of these but not sure what the result would be. Was quite good with a dinner of knockwurst, cabbage, onions, apples, red pepper over Bavarian spaetzle.

Photo of Dougwillhike
3.39/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Way too carbonated for me

Photo of interzen
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Slightly cloudy amber yellow with a fairly 'open' off-white head with good retention and some lacing.

Smell: Smells a bit like your typical witbier, that is to say citrus (mainly orange in this case, some lemony hints), coriander and bit of wheatiness. The grainy smells are fairly well in the background, however.

Flavour: Again, mainly citrus and coriander with the grains playing a supporting role. Definite honey flavours too, which I didn't notice in the smell. Superbly balanced between the fruit and grain flavours.

Feel: Quite a lot of carbonation but otherwise very smooth indeed. Has a bit of a stout like feel (the effect of the oats, perhaps?) without being excessively heavy.

Overall: As tripels go, this one is pretty damned good - manages to pack in 'typical' Belgian witbier flavours (orange peel, coriander etc.) with a good alcohol kick without tasting at all boozy. If you're curious with regard to tripel beers, this is an excellent starting point as well as an excellent beer all round. Heartily recommended.

Photo of Maloney1011
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: cloudy, light orange/dark yellow, well retained white head.

Aroma: fresh cirtus orange and light coriander with slight banana. Wheat base aroma.

Flavor: citrus/coriander and banana jump out first. Wheat follows through with a nice finish. Very clean and balanced, in no way artificial. Little alcohol noticed for a tripel.

Feel: very carbonated, oats give it a thicker body, but not heavy.

Overall: very pleasant beer, well balanced, great gateway Belgium beer for folks looking to explore.

Side note: Poured from bottle at McNellie's Oklahoma City, Ok. I have bought before, am buying now, and will buy again! My wife says the perfect combination of alcohol and flavor on a tripel...

Photo of rangerred
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet out of a green 750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy two finger white head. Excellent head retention as is appropriate for the style with some decent lacing.

Very spicy aroma with lemon peel, coriander, and bread. Some honey and orange also sneaking in. Very nice.

The flavor is loaded with orange and lemon peel along with more coriander. A very nice bready malt backbone and absolutely perfect for the style. Fluffy mouthfeel thanks to the abundant carbonation and a little sticky on the finish.

Overall, an excellent Triple that hits every mark for the style. This is up there with the best as I can't really find any flaws here.

Photo of flyingpig
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle in Blackfriars, Glasgow (£4.95):
This one was a really nice Belgian ale from the start, much as I've come to expect from beers hailing from the country. Tripel Karmeliet was quite a spicy offering with a very lively and well-carbonated feel to it that proved highly enjoyable and every drinkable. Whilst I wouldn't rank it as one of my favourites in the style it was definitely one worth trying and proved to be a fairly good example of the style.

Photo of kelkauz
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Delish so good

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I see that a lot of people really like this brew. I really wanted to like it. I... wanted to, but alas... I guess I just don't care much for tripels. The color was very nice, golden sunlight with a beautiful creamy head. As William Shatner would say, I can definitely get behind that. But then I smelled and tasted it. It's that damned aftershave meets mouthwash taste I can't stand. So I might be a bit harsh here. I do like Belgians. A lot. But just not tripels. However, as my ratings suggest, I tried really hard not to let my distaste for the style affect my overall judgment of the beer. Others may love it. I just don't.

Photo of Spartyfan21
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Very possibly the best Belgian Triple that I've ever had - only trouble is that it was on tap at a local bar and I can't find it at any area stores!

Photo of titvs
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 08:58. AROMA: complex aroma with notes of orange and coriander, mixed with spices and a sweet background. very faint hop notes. APPEARANCE: gold color and hazy. large white head with below average retention. poor lacing. TASTE: mix of flavours of spice, oranges and coriander. low bitterness leading into a sweet finish. low alcohol presence. PALATE: medium body with a slight creaminess from alcohol with no obvious warming sensation. high carbonation. OVERALL: a very interesting 8and delicious) variation of a belgian tripel.

Photo of waldemarsto
5/5  rDev +16.8%

I drink on tap in the Karmeliet glass several times on the last months, 8,4% abv don't apears nor on aroma or flavors, but the floral, fruity and herbal in these beer is one of the great pleasure i found in a beer.

Photo of timontheroad
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy yellow with a huge billowy head. Smell is spicy, a little bit of funky yeast, some floral notes. Taste is really fruity up front, with both citrus and peach notes. I get a little bit of coriander and another spice I can't quite get a handle on, but it's exactly what is right! Mouthfeel is luxurious, velvety smooth, with just a touch of prickly carbonation that makes it perfect. This is an awesome beer in all respects! I just love it!

Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Giant white head, clear yellow, pale color.

Aromas of warm, crisp yeast, going along with hints of fresh hops and spices.

Medium-bodied, defined by yeast, fresh supporting carbonation, and perfect fitting spiciness of cloves, a little pepperiness with citrus peel. Still, this beer is surprisingly refreshing without loosing its decent complexity. Yeast becomes even fluffier, softer as the beer warms up, spices get a little sharper, creating an even more complex body. Spiciness varies between, sweet, sharp, bitter - in that order, leaving a warm feeling in the stomach. Aftertaste is still very smooth, toffeeish, sweet malts, and still spices.

Photo of Das_Reh
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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!

Photo of Weis_Man
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

Photo of babaracas
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Bravak
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Simply one of my too 3. Always awesome. Unique smooth flavor and perfectly designed brew

Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

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

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

Photo of Keelaay
5/5  rDev +16.8%

My current favorite. Sweet at first but finishes dry. Complex.

Photo of Peppy17130
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Really great beer, rich, flavorful yet elegant but a beautiful finish. What beer should always be like.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

Photo of godtopus
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

Photo of Paige_Jude
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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!!

Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

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

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,622 ratings.