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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,459 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,459
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 233
Gots: 502 | FT: 5
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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 Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a nice sweet and beautifully flowing triple.

Presentation: 75 cl green corked and caged bottle. Retro font framing the illustration of a grain harvest. Back narrative offers a small description, awards and history. Shows 8.4% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy gold pour, towering frothy head, good retention, rich surface memory with rich lacing. Atta looker...

S - Sweet and lightly spicy nose… honey, citrus and pepper…

T - Rich fruity sense, citric, lightly tropical… sugar and spice… peppery really and softly woven in a nice way with the hops and a faint herbal touch.

M - Medium body, high prickly carbonation, nice punctuation of the spices with a soft alcoholic touch and a nice lingering sense.

O - Tremendous flow… And if one is into it, it sure is quite remarkable. Deceptively drinkable.

Notes: Why did it take me so long to try this brew? Recommended over and over again. Being typically not too keen on a good part of triples I overlooked it until now. Well, glad to fix that mistake. Fruity and dry, this flows great and is a nice crowd pleaser. I'm sure revisiting and sharing...

Photo of stephenlee
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of necoadam
4.11/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.11/5  rDev -4%
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 Seanstoppable
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently obtained from Premier Wine and Spirits. Best before date of 12/03/12.

Cracking it open resulted in an explosion of foam. Quickly pouring into my glass results in a pale gold color with copious amounts of fluffy white head (like an entire hand of head). Head eventually settles down, leaving next to no lacing on the glass.

Scent is light and consists of hints of spice and yeast.

Taste is better than the nose. A prevailing sweetness, with some spice character and a hint of citrus. A bit of alcohol near the end, but not much. No real bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy, with some pleasant carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, an very good example of Belgium's excellent breweries.

Photo of TroyS
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer at The Vinno Rosso in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It's a truly nice brew. By the way...the bottle is muchO' coolO' when compared with the beer that's in the pic. I'm guessing that I got a newer version and that the pic simply needs to be updated or something. Anyhow...The important part...The beer! This is a beautiful beer. It's carries a "triple" head. I mean seriously! Beautiful lacing etc. Very pretty! Very nice egg shell. BEAUTIFUL!

The flavor of this beer in quite nice too. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, but yummy. I'd say that it's quite delicious, but the appearance of this particular beer is sooo nice that it makes up for the extra carbonation and the extra alcohol punch that it carries. All in all...excelent!!!

By the way....this was a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce green bottle. Nice art on it, but seriously...as cool as it may look...who cares, right? Very good Tripel! One of these will be more than enough for you and a friend for an evening;) Cheers!

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Innsbrook Capital Ale House.

Dusty golden-orange in color with only a tiny layer of thin white head atop. Sparse lacing. Aromas are boisterous! A rainbow of fruity aromas leap out of the glass. Bannanas, oranges, lemony zest mixed with a honey-wheat character. Flavor falls just short of the smell. Big on the fruit flavors as well, there's only a dash of bitterness for pseudo-balance. Definite doughy/bready flavors as well, finishing with a lemon-honey aftertaste. Medium-bodied. Definitely a dessert beer, this one is far to the sweet side.

Photo of Proteus93
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in the four pack with appropriate glass, which I'm always up for!

A: This is a beer where patience is required. I thought brews like Duvel were heady, but this is out of this world. Poured into the big, bulbous cervoise goblet it comes with carries the beer to its intended line about halfway up the bulb with the rest being dedicated to the head. I spent approx. 7 - 10 minutes pouring it. It was intriguing, but maybe a little long lived.... head starts kinda thick and becomes more foamy and dishsoap-like as it goes.

S: A very positive aspect of this beer. The explosive head causes a lot of aromas to burst forth... some fruity scents, citrusy orange, a hint of mango, and other perhaps a little peach? A big maltiness is quite evident... biscuity and pleasantly grainy.

T + M: Full flavoured, medium body (which is lighter than some), with a dash of stickiness and a little prick of carbonation. Warm maltiness, which do well with the fruity touches... more peach this time around, with a big malt backbone. A little bit of leafiness, but not a strong hop presence.

D: A nice sipper... pleasantly surprised by this one. The flavour may have come across as a touch thin, but it's still a very solid beer. I will happily enjoy the other bottles from this pack and will perhaps look forward to more.

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice gold in color with moderate turbidity and a one finger thin and very well carbonated head. The aromas are very yeasty and it is FULL of citrus overtones. Damn, didn't expect so much orange. It's almost like seriously faded hops. It smells great. The flavors too have a perfect amount of yeast and spice and again this very heavy on the oranges. It's an orange and coriander bomb, tangerines included. It drinks light to medium in body and is very well carbonated. Overall this is a pretty damn good tripel. Everyone knows it, tell your friends.

Photo of mdagnew
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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...

Photo of chanokokoro
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet long stemmed tulip

Pours deep golden with a bright white sea foam-like two finger head, thin lacing as the head recedes. Clove, earthy yeast, grassy and herbal notes, and medicinal phenols on the nose. Fairly spicy and peppery, significant fruit notes perhaps a bit of papaya and mango. Heavy alcohol warmth that becomes more and more evident as the brew warms and is consumed. Fairly high, fizzy carbonation, on heavier side of medium bodied with a touch of syrup. Very complex with a very strong alcohol presence, but one of the better tripels I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, the beer has an orange-gold color, with a slim, white head that quickly fades to a sparse film. Lots of carbonation bubbles throughout the beer, lingering well into the drinking phase. The beer has aromas of butter, coriander, and citrus. The taste is largely riding on a sweet foundation, again with buttery notes, and some toffee, with the spices (coriander and nutmeg) balancing out, and allowing the slightest hint of lemon to fade in and out. The beer is creamy and light in mouth, and fades to a semisweet and smooth finish. There is a bit of a sweetness to the aftertaste, with none of the spice. Very pleasant and easy to drink, and the ABV doesn't impede or encroach on any of the flavors. Well balanced.

Photo of DavidST
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet, coded best before date.

Pours a hazy yeast filled pale yellow or straw color, very large foamy white head which dissipates quickly to a thin layer. The smell is sweet yeast esters, some banana, some pepper, some funk, honey, very good. Feel is light lots of tingling carbonation. Taste is good, there is a nice dry finish, I get sweet honey, malts, a little hop bite, some peppery aftertaste along with the dryness. Overall a good triple.

Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, slightly cloudy with smallish head and good lacing. Complex, spicy aromas and flavor. Muted hops and bitterness, nice malt backbone, somewhat boozy but very pleasant flavor. Yeasty and faintly citrusy. Carbonation is perfect, very nice mouthfeel. Highly drinkable despite the ABV, which may get you into a bit of trouble if you're not careful. Not the top of the heap, but close. Overall a really good tripel!

Photo of hanco005
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, dated 29/11/07 and 29KE 11:08, poured into my St. Bernardus glass

A—golden honey, clear, with a 1 inch really fizzy off white head that fades down to about ¼ inch and stays there for the life of the beer, laces like Swiss cheese

S—strong citrus, peppery and spicy, some clove and just a touch of banana, alcohol is slightly present as well

T—spicy and citrusy, pepper and alcohol blend in as well, finishes dry, very good

M—fizzy, medium/ light bodied, heavy on the carbonation

D—a sipper for me and a good one at that. I’d have it again for sure.

Photo of treque
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep gold in color, nice clarity, effervescent, generates a very rich white head, with long lasting, belgian lace on the glass

S: some citrusy, sweet notes, fruity, yeast, some spices clove and cinnamon

F: refreshing, complex and well balanced, some sweetness, spicy and very delicated bitterness, very long lasting, medium light body, throat warming,

Photo of janubio
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. green corked bottle. Served in a chalice glass. Golden colour with a bit of haziness and quite a good head, that leaves a crown and lace. Malty aroma of fruits, honey, some spice, vanilla, orange peel. Sweet silky and liquor like flavour. Taste of honey, oranges, banana, maybe apricot, coriander... Both smell and taste have everything so subtle and integrated that is hard to tell exactly what anything is, and that can be good and bad at the same time. Great, really great stuff. Sweet!

Photo of GregoryVII
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a hazy straw blond, aided by the wheat and oats if I were taking a stab at it. There was a substantially striking plump white head. The aroma was fruity, slightly citrus like, with a tiny bit of spice and flowers. The flavors were nice with a reserved malt character, almost pasta like, along with citrus fruit and spice that strikes me a touch like lemon pepper with some nice hop bitter thrown in. The alcohol is wonderfully deceiving in this beer. Spritely, active carbonation and a medium body with a fairly dry finish.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light golden color w/ a light head that breaks down relatively quickly.
Smell is fruity, sweet, malty.
Taste continues from the nose with fruit, spice (nutmeg & allspice?), malt, warming in a nicely complex brew.
Mouthfeel is effervescent on the front of the tongue, smooth, medium-bodied. A good drinkable beer, very smooth, flavorful with a nice citrusy/spice taste that hangs out comfortably all over afterwards.

Photo of Nutleybeer
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pour...creates a slow rising roamy head, that remains on the top on the surface as you drink.
There is a slightly cloudy golden color...look closely, you can see the mild carbonation as the tiny bubbles rise.

The yeasty like, honey-ish flavor is a real treat for those of you who enjoy Belgian beers. Mildly spicy throughout.

A very nice ale, a wonderful sipping beer. Drink it only slighlty chilled to truly enhance the flavors.

Photo of impending
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a Karmeliet glass at Taps in Petaluma, CA. Golden orange hazy straw color with a strong 3 finger white head, vigorous carbonation. Classic belgian scent of sweets, malt, yeast and spice but vanilla is obvious as well - the vanilla makes this extra special !

Taste follows the nose but adds in alcohol - in a positive way. Strong floral note. The aftertaste is very pleasant and encourages sipping.

Superb brew
cheers
jd

Photo of Rayek
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip on a cold winter evening.

A: Slightly hazy apricot with lots of carbonation. A truly epic soapy cream cap slowly withdraws to a 1/4" pillow. A little more lace would have been appreciated.

S: Spicy and fruity. Lots of coriander, pepper, clove and cinnamon out of the gate. A pear and green grape sweetness adds nice balance. There's even a hint of bubblegum at work.

T: A fruit sweetened biscuit flavor starts things as the aromas begin their descent into the flavor. Spices settle in next with a well balanced combination of pepper, coriander and clove. Finishes with a lemon sourdough twang. Alcohol is completely masked save for a slight warmth as the beer goes down.

M: The bready body has a high level of soft carbonation.

D: A very nice Tripel indeed. I was through my little bottle in a flash. An excellent pickup.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

probably the second best tripel out there, behind only the one from westmalle, which to me is the end all and be all of the style. this one pours a lot more clear than that one, yellowy and shiny with an inch of really active white bubbles and soda looking carbonation racing to the surface. the nose is sweet, probably from the oats, and the yeast is nicely bready. light fruit notes as well, maybe pears or green apples. the taste is immediately peppered from the yeast, spicy really, quite intense as it finishes. its a good balance with the sweeter malt. the feel is probably what makes this what it is, a beer of lore. that's because its ultra carbonated with an extremely dry finish. it tickles my tongue quite hard, and swallows easy with just the pepper left on my tongue. soft pepper, white pepper, but pepper all the same. just a hint of warm alcohol too, maybe a little more than necessary, prevents sessionability, but I like whats going on here overall, an excellent example of a Belgian tripel.

Photo of guitarninja
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance = this beer poured beautifully into its traditional snifter glass (which by the way is also quite attractive) with a thick fluffy head. The beer itself is a golden brown, a little lighter colored than other tripels.

smell = the nose has a strong touch of citrus and maybe a hint of vanilla. Nothing was overpowering and the alchohol is well masked. I could smell this beer all day.

taste = the smell reflects the taste in this case, nice touches of citrus balanced off with wheat - but more complex than a "wheat beer." Again, the alcohol is hidden nicely.

mouthfeel, drinkability = the "tripel" character comes out here, as the beer is extremely smooth and thick for a brew that smells and tastes a little like wheat, citrus, and vanilla. Because the beer was smooth on the mouth and rather light for a tripel, I could have at least one more of these!

Photo of brendan13
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly hazy deep golden colour poured into a snifter with a couple of inches of fluffy white head that slowly falls away.
S - A fairly strong spicy aroma hits first followed by some peach/pear fruity notes. A bit of sweet, honey like maltiness.
T - Like the smell but with the sweetness being a bit more dominant. A nice, complex beer with the alcohol becoming a bit more obvious as it warms but not overpowering.
M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy finish.
D - A great tripel that is well worth having on hand for drinking every now and then.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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