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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,238
Hads: 3,699
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 258
Gots: 661 | 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 Crosling
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light orange in color with a head bubbly in texture, gigantic in size, and sticky in its falling. Very funky nose with bright fruit aromas, whiffs of alcohol, along with a hints of yeast and pepper. A Tripel just loaded with flavors. Very complex, funky, farmy, yeasty flavors loaded with fruit flavors. A sensational beer. (329 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy golden yellow with decent carbonation and a white crown of longlasting head.

beneath the fruity overtones, i detect the slight spiciness of a clove.

the spiciness translates to the tast, but its hard to places, cloves seem close, but hard to tell for sure.

its a bit dry, but the tartness makes up for it. its quality. (343 characters)

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beneath the medium head of this hazy yellow beer there's some suspended particulate hanging out. On the nose I find the pleasant aroma of Fruit Loops. That's right, the dryish, cereal-meets-light fruit smell of Fruit Loops. The palate offers the appropriate fruit dose along with a solid if modest maltiness. (And yes it kind of tastes like Fruit Loops too!) The aftertaste is sweetly fruity, leaving behind a mild tartness. This pleasant, welcoming trippel drinks soft and easy-- quite easy, in fact, given the ABV. Yes sir, she's a fine brew. (544 characters)

Photo of HugoGrim
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a carry out single from the Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia. Label displays "Best before end: 10/3/07".

Poured into a snifter this beer produced quite a nice head. Body was a golden honey color and slightly cloudy. Lace was present, though nothing spectacular.

Fruity aroma of predominantly apricot. Smooth and sweet grains round out the nose, with some edges of alcohol. Toward the end of the glass the scent turned to a very strong alcohol dominated aroma, almost to the point of rubbing alcohol.

The flavor seemed a little harsh. Fruits seemed to attack the mouth. I know that is an odd why to describe it, but I expected a smooth flavor with some sweet and tart fruits, but what I got was a harsh fruit and alcohol flavor. By no means a bad flavor, I guess I just expected more. (810 characters)

Photo of kaimcm
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into branded and outrageous Karmeliet goblet.

A: Deep honey color with a light wash of reddish orange. Huge snow white head that looks exactly like meringue. Outstanding. Glass has a germination point in the center of the bowl that produces a constant and beautiful stream of rushing bubbles to the surface. In this Karmeliet glass this beer looks perfect.

S: yeast, clove, grains of paradise-plywood type aromas, sublte pear and more evident apple

T/M: Very effervescent, champagne like carbonation. Lively, prickly in the mouth. Smooth and sweet malt up front followed closely by some alcohol and yeast spice thats refreshing. Body is well balanced but not overly full. Green apples, some green grape vinous qualities as well. Finish just keeps on drying and evolving, so much so that its a little odd for the style. I would expect a little more sugar at the end, this is almost remiscent of a Strong Pale. Plenty of yeast spice though, very well done for the style. Clove from the nose, a little pepper, more dry wood notes. Overall a little dry for a triple but extremely well done. Delicate and complex.

D: The abbey styles are all meant to be digestive and highly drinkable and this one is spot on. An excellent beer that I am thoroughly enjoying and will make a point of revisiting.

I love glassware of all kinds and have tons, but I have never had a beer in its respective glass look better and be better presented than this. Funny thing is that the glass alone is almost silly looking. (1,532 characters)

Photo of custardcb
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this 750ml up at a specialty shop in Melbourne, FL hiding by itself behind a few others. Pours a large foamy head that leaves traces down the glass has it dissipates. Very pale gold color that is quiet clear. The nose has a little spice to it with a faint sour dough aroma. The taste is quiet smooth with mild fruit tones. There is a nice medium finish that gives a nice mouthful.

While not the best triple I've had it was a great find. It is very drinkable and when friends of mine that arent really into beer tried this they thought it was rather nice and where pleasantly surprised to found out that real beer was this good. (638 characters)

Photo of davidchollar
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this tripel looks familiar, belgian golden with a slight haze, active carbonation and a dense white head. appearance is generic, nothing special, but it looks pretty damn good to me. smells like fruit salad. pears, apricots, grapes maybe even some ripe berries. a little spicy, just a dash, and a hint of hops and bread. mostly fruit.

oh my god this is outstanding! a nice full balanced taste, complex enough to be interesting but simple enough to easily enjoy. alright that doesn't make a lot of sense, but what i'm trying to say is - this is an easy 5. creamy smooth, delicious, the alcohol is nowhere to be seen or tasted. buttery mouthfeel, highly drinkable. (665 characters)

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

On tap at McGraff's Pub in Harrisburg, Pa. Served as a hazy medium amber colored beverage with moderate white head. Smell is a tantalizing mixture of citrus (lemon) scents combined with bananas and yeast. Taste is extraordinary, being a bit sweeter than other beers of this style, but very pleasant. Good combination of bananas, spices, and other fruits. Nice pleasant finish, with the extra sweetness leaving a nice taste. Very easy to drink and extremely enjoyable. (467 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy golden yello, mucho carbonated. Three fingers of sculpted bright white head sink away so very slowly. Traditional Belgian lacing frosts the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a tangy wheat tartness along with sour apples. A mild general spiciness works along a background of bready yeast.

Upon sipping, there's a fairly sweet trio of sassy wheat, berry barley malt, and dusky oats. Fruity green apple slides in, rounding out the middle along with a mellow clove spice note. A softly doughy yeast presence slithers along to the close before the finish dries crisply, leaving a short mild bitterness. It's a stylistically basic but special presentation.

Medium bodied, it's lively on the palate, laying mostly sweetly before glowing to a lighter bitter end.

This goes to show you that mainstream can be delicious in its own right. There's no stepping way out or taking chances here, but there's plenty of classic tradition delivered with fundamental good taste. While the alcohol is very well disguised, the ABV still comes through as a smooth, credible warmth. When it's time to get back to the basics, this is a fine one to turn to. (1,173 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket during its sale on Belgian bottled beers~~ BB 10/1/08, served lightly chilled in a tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: nice orangey-golden colour, coming with a medium-thick white frothy beer head with very good retention; the carbonation condition is just about right for a Belgian bottle-conditioned beer: gentle and constant, never overly fizzy.
S: harmoniously perfumy and fruity... the tropical fruit estery note comes colourful but light-bodied, on top of a constant stream of juicy (cake-ish) malts and grains with but a touch of candy-sugar; lots of fruit elements to discern (for fun): pineapple, green apple peel, banana, apricot, ripe fig, orange/tangerine peel, lemon blossom, Chinese green bean paste...all mixed together, while the lightly spicy yeastiness follows at each step, but plays the second fiddle to the main fruity theme. Everything is so softly threaded together by the perfumy string--just brilliant!!!!
T: creamy maltiness backed by smoothly fruity yeasty backbone lubricates the tip of the tongue, gradually more tartly-sweet fruity elements (mainly lemon-cake, pineapple and sugar-cane juice) expand on the palate, and bringing on board an exotic, Chinese green-bean paste like yeasty+malty+fruit-estery flavour which doesn't go large but lingers quietly and subtly at the back end of the tongue. A slightly herbal-sweet (slightly licorice?) but also dryish aftertaste of hops(?) and yeasts round off the palate in the very finish.
M&D: given the ideal condition of carbonation, the beer's creamy and soft texture is one of the most enjoyable for this style... The medium body and complex flavour against an almost non-existent alcoholic backbone makes this beer utterly easy to drink... If given a richer flavour profile this just might be an all-time winner, IMO! (1,834 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

pure gold with a touch of haze and rising bubbles. i got about two inches of beer and four of foamy, lumpy white head that takes forever to fall and leaves a nice web of lace. three pours and i finally got it all in the glass.

lemons, belgian yeast, and a ton of peppery cloves in the aroma. touch of tart apples.

flavor is tart and barny with lemons, yeast and band-aids. prickly and spicy. alcohol well-hidden among the strong, but balanced flavors. doesn't jump out at me as a world-beater but i can't find anything to complain about. nicely made beer. (603 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium fluffy pure white head, gobs of proteins floating in a golden body. Lots of lacing coating the glass. Clearly active carbonation.
S - Lovely fruity hop aroma, with bready malt.
T - Medium maltyness which is not too sweet, but fruity, like star fruit. Pleasant belgian yeast notes. corriander and pepper.
M - Stunned to find such mild carbonation. It appeared there would be more from looking at it. Nice medium body.
D - This is a great little beer. I would if having that much floating protein affected the flavor at all. (538 characters)

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at my favorite watering hole. It pours a slightly murky gold-orange color into the Triple Karmeliet glass with plenty of head 3” and lacing that lasted all the way down. I love the design of the glass and bought my girlfriend a couple a few months back. The nose is floral and caramel with just a hint of malt. The taste is like honey and caramel and has a quick warming effect. It just a little too sweet for me, otherwise it’s great. It’s very drinkable which would be quickly intoxicating at 8%. (522 characters)

Photo of jda007
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is golden with a slight orange tint. It is best served in the official tulip glass. The head is creamy and thick, rising from the top of the fleur de lis all the way to the brim of the glass.

It has a very complex scent with a slight citrus aroma. The taste is perfect: very clean and crisp with a fruity aroma that rolls around the tongue. If you are a fan of Belgian Tripels, this is one that shouldn't be missed!

It is a costly beer when compared to most, but the quality is worth it! (504 characters)

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, unbelievably gorgeous bottle. Depiction of farmers working in a field, of what I believe would be some ingredient in the beer. Make me wonder if the Carmelite Brothers from my childhood are involved in this.

Maybe I am a little turned off on Tripels, but this one did not impress too much. A basic looking head and body, slightly wispy on top, but very "macro" in color.

Taste: a bit odd, fruity, sweet ending on a sour note. Very alcoholic mouthfeel. Would make a wonderful summer beer. Very drinkable at 8%. (531 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle, dated (best before, I presume) 12/07/07. Shimmering gold, very active carbonation, unstoppable rocky eggshell-white head. Lovely Belgian yeast esters: pear/apple wine, citrus zest -- a sweet scent not unlike that of Lemonheads candy. Biting spiciness up front, sour apples, lemon drops, coriander seeds. Huge fluffy mouthfeel. Softens greatly to a smooth, dextrinous finish. Overall, the taste is characterized by a spicy sweetness. Demure Saaz presence peeks through here and there. Yeast pour adds a slight haze and a minimal chalkiness. No alcohol taste at all, but my tongue is numb, so I know it's there. Super drinkability. An incredible tripel, and an utterly beautiful beer all around. (707 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HUGE fluffy rocky bleach white head. Lacing in large chunks down the glass. Pale golden color with tiny bubbles rising constantly and tiny specks of yeast floating around in the liquid.

Big alcohol smell riding "shotgun" with sweet esters (I'm not sure what) and yeast sitting in the backseat.

Alcohol taste and definitely a heating sensation on the way down. Slight fruitiness that is overpowered by the alcohol with a yeasty taste rounding it out. Great feeling beer that tingles all it touches. Smooth and very well carbonated. This is an enjoyable beer that I found at a great price. Pick one of these up if you can. (626 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a lovely copper color from my 750 mL bottle with lots and lots of bubbles, forming a large head that reduces to a nice thickness in my glass.

It smells of biscuits and lightly of spices.

The taste is great. It's sweet with the perfect balance of bitter. The biscuit aromas carry over to the taste. In short, it's perfectly Belgian. The above-average alcohol content is masked very well. The taste finishes with spiciness that lingers in my mouth.

The body is light and effervescent, thanks to the high carbonation. There's a bit of slickness too.

This is a great triple. Its spice flavors aren't as big as others, and that probably makes it even more drinkable. (685 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Continuing on my Belgian beer kick, tonight I purchased a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet at Downtown Wine & Spirits. It comes in a 11.2 oz. brown bottle, which says "'3 grain' beer, still brewed after a 17th century recipe from the old Carmelite monastery of Dendermonde". I chilled this while I ate dinner, and then let it warm to approximately 50°F. I didn't have my normal glassware. I served this in a rather odd, conical, glass from The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Appearance: This beer looks like a standard Tripel. It pours a hazy golden, that appears almost orange at times. The beer is topped by a mountain of white head that recedes, but still leaves a layer at the surface an eighth to a quarter inch thick, with nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are spicy, almost peppery notes here, along with fruity aromas.

Taste: Up front spicy peppery notes are prominent. Sweet fruity flavors emerge in the center, along with a bready yeasty falvor, but the spiciness remains. This beer finishes sweet with an alcoholic warmth. The presence of hops here is subtle.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. The carbonation here is prickly, but not overdone.

Drinkability: This is a delicious beer. I could have a few of these.

Overall: This is a really nice example of the style. The flavors are complex, but well-balanced. (1,338 characters)

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

Tripel Karmeliet

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

Appearance- hazy cloudy orange with a big thick white head.
Smell- spice and fruit. Bananas, apples, and malt.
Taste- clove, pepper, apple, banana, malt, caramel.
Mouthfeel- sweet with a light touch of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Overall- such a good beer. Just as delicious on tap. I could drink this all day. Although not a chugging beer. I could easily polish off several! (442 characters)

Photo of Voss
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Tripel looks gorgeous in its unique glass, and the eye does not lie. Smell of what you could believe it was liquid honey arise from a three fingers head, so sweet, with a touch of herb and wheat. Medium carbonation teases its pale golden medium body. Warmth in your mouth as the alchool gets more evident as you reach the bottom of the glass. Spicy and fruity taste, mostly exotic fruits with the roughness of the grain.
An excellent brew you should try and, if you like, pair with a good piece of italian "parmigiano reggiano". (534 characters)

Photo of markman
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet:

Rushing carbonation in a sea of crystal clear gold…sitting in my Duvel tulip, she is absolutely stunning under her thick and gossamer-light two inch blanket of rich heady foam. She’s as creamy as bread pudding, with hints of vanilla and lemon…a long, astringent finish completes a beautiful experience. Out-freakin’-standing Tripel, and about as drinkable as they come.

Note: 2nd pour from this 750mL has all kinds of floaties in it…and while the appearance of this pour takes a severe hit, other characteristics remain divine (though a bit more spice in the finish).

Cheers… (628 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Piraat snifter, this one looks to have massive carbonation. It has a slightly hazy yellow/gold color, with a decent thick head on top. Fine lacing. Smell is complex and perfumy with notes of citrus fruits, cloves, and other spice. The taste hits you quickly along with a burst of carbonation. Sour fruit at first and fairly phenolic toward the finish. Bitterness is fairly low, or at least not very noticible with that medicinal flavor in the mix. Very crisp, smooth feel, and again, very bubbly, which I like for a lighter beer. I think the strong malt flavors hide the 8% alcohol well. Highly drinkable brew... (625 characters)

Photo of stouty1
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For someone just trying out the Belgiums, this one hit me kinda strong at first. I was really impressed with the pour. Carmel in color but the head was perfect and never went away. A full 3/4 to 1 inch thick!!!

I could smell the fruitiness of apples, I think? But, I must have tried too hard to pull some smell out as I had a hard time getting anything after the initial sniff. The taste hit me hard in the beginning with the taste of alcohol, but I was acclamated after a few sips, and it became rather enjoyable. Lifting it to my mouth (repeatably) I start to inhale and smell the fruit and spice.

Drinking it from a 750mL bottle and poured into my favorite snifter, I will enjoy this for the remainder of the Rose Bowl game. (733 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this out as part of the best flight of beers I've ever experienced at the Flying Saucer in Addison, Texas. This is one where you know you're drinking a high gravity beer but the alcohol is not apparent or cause for hestinancy. A great Belgium beer that I would drink all evening. Nice light color and carbonation. Quite impressive. (337 characters)

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