Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,358
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 205
Gots: 415 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

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

Drank on-tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip

The beer poured a slightly hazed, golden-amber color with a tight, frothy, three-finger, bright white head that slowly faded to a substantial cap of froth. Large chunks of lacing stuck all down the glass and lasted long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was an interesting mix of sweet and dry. A crisp, powdery, Belgian yeast note was instantly recognizable. Ripe fruits and indications of Belgian candi sugar were also noticeable and they became more prominent as the beer warmed. Smooth, grassy, saaz hops came through as well.

The taste was similar to the aroma except that, in this case, the sweet fruitiness triumphed over the snappy dryness. Crisp, dry and spicy up front with some lemony tartness. Light malts and some Belgian candi sugar helped balance things out. Citrusy (orange peel was most apparent) and semi-sweet in the center. The finish was bone dry and snappy with a clean, grassy hop edge.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Creamy and smooth with a fine, moderate effervescence.

Drinkability was terrific. This beer would makes for an ideal aperatif or one could pair it with salads, cheeses, chicken or other lighter fare. Dangerously quaffable at 8.5% ABV.

Overall, one of the better tripels I have yet to sample.

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

poured cold from the bottle an opaque orange / gold to a no-neck snifter with a two finger long lasting head leaving next to no lace.

subtle fruity aroma, followed by a spicy pepper, or maybe cardamom(?).

nice smooth fruity, banana, citrus, spicy following up.

light bodied, big carbonation, sweet, no bitters.

very nice, super sweet, smooth.

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

Continuing with my exploration of Belgian Ales, I decided to try this one after seeing it on the cover of BA Magazine. Poured from a bottle, into a snifter glass. The beer pours a light copper, forming an enormous fluffy off-white head, which eventually fades. Light rings of lace dot the glass. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit aromas and alcohol. The taste is a mix of dark fruit flavor, a hint of caramel, a little spice, and a slight alcohol presence. Smooth light mouthfeel, with plenty of carbonation. Good abv. and full flavor, make this a very drinkable Belgian. Highly recommended!

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

Poured into glass from bottle.

A- Slightly dark yellow with a healthy white head that showed alot of active carbonation.

S- Sweet bread-like smell with boozy alcohol nose.

T- Sweet malty taste. Bright, candyish taste at first, but smooths out bringing all the elements together.

M- This beer is chewy with little aftertaste. The carbonation is active in your mouth.

D- I enjoyed this beer. I am newer to this style and the quality of the beer gives me a good lesson on how a tripel should taste. The few I have had were too sugary/candy like. The malt character comes thru and leaves you wanting alittle more.

Photo of janubio
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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 bearrunner44
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly golden amber, with a huge head of craggy white foam. Good clarity.

Smell: Husky grain. Earthy, with peppery spice and the vaguely medicinal presence of alcohol. Maybe a little cinnamon in the nose, with the soft bready scent of oatmeal in the background.

Taste: Interestingly complex malt profile. Full and chewy up front, with a soft doughiness. It gradually gets drier, tasting more like toasted barley. Lightly spicy, with flavors that bring to mind everything from cinnamon to black pepper. The finish includes some light mustiness from the yeast and a smooth touch of medicinal alcohol. The drinkability is incredible for a beer with 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full in body. Creamy consistency with sharp prickles of carbonation.

Verdict: This one feels much lighter than it actually is. Be careful, though. It catches up to you pretty quickly. A deceitful treat, for sure.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow color with fluffy white head. The retention is phenomenal and the lacing is just as good.

S: Sweet belgian yeast in the smell. There is definitely coriander, cloves, cinnamon and pepper. Solid amount of honey, light wheat bread. Definitely lemon-y and apples too. Very nice smelling, just wished the smell would have been more intense though.

T: The taste is not as spicy and maltier than expected. Solid wheat bread and honey taste in it. Very good amount of cinnamon, coriander, cloves and very light pepper too. Again, still a little bit of lemon and the typical apple peel. Everything is right, but the taste doesn't stand out much.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel, with medium to high mouthfeel. Fits well.

D: Super easy to drink as most belgians.

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

Served from a large bottle, I think it was 750 ml. Pours a clear and shiny golden orange color with a white head that lasts through the whole glass. Very good head retention. The aroma is spicy and fruity, sweet malty scent and apple peel. The flavor is crisp with a sweet malt flavor as the base. Flavors of apple and wild berries comes through as well. Very gentle on the palate with no flavors being too bold or overpowering. Very enjoyable drink.

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

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with an enormous white head. It takes a bit to get this into a standard bee glass because is big and bold. Finally it diminishes and leaves light lace from the ring. Nice nose yeast and malt. Lovely flavor that bounces the palate up and down like trampoline. Hints of honey, spicy clove accent, sweetness, some bittering elements, all set against a full body with decent feel and great crispness. Quite a brew, what?

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

This beer poured a golden color and formed a nice bubbly white head that left some circular lace as it slowly subsided. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of citrus and grain. A flavor of citrus and grain with a hint of clove present. A bit of tanginess to the body no doubt brought on by the carbonation. A good beer.

Photo of pants678
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured it into a make-shift chalice, a large brandy glass. It's a cloudy, translucent goldish-orange color with a single finger head that maintains very well.

Comes off as a citric tea, lemon and coriander.

Spiced, for sure, but not heavily. Floral but not sharp. A clouded combination of pumpkin, orange and yeast highlights. While the alcohol's hardly apparent, still it's assertive. Well balanced, for sure. The brew opens toward the middle, bits of garlic and coriander that linger.

Carbonation is tight, so much so that the beer is smooth. There's a slight tingle because it has a warming back, seems to push flavor to the surface.

Real smooth, almost too much so. Again, I like the ones that stain the palette and like to stick around.

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

Bottle served in Leuven Belgium. Three-grain wheat/oat/barley in a rather nice blend.

A= lovely golden fluffy-headed pour.

S= very aromatic floral, typical strong-alcohol nose which is common with these higher-ABV% Belgian's.

T= florals, slight liquor taste evident, Fascinating blend of the 3 grains gives plenty for the tongue to explore. The malt/liquor taste becomes stronger and more evident toward the bottom.

M= pleasant, nice memories, typical Belgian-Tripel alcohol lingering.

D= very drinkable for a few but the 8% ABV might make it a waste or an unpleasant experience with more at one setting.

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

750 ml bottle poured into duvel tulip glasses.
pour: uber oppressively gigantic frothy head, snow white.
nose: sharp, lemony, zesty, tints of floor wax, south american spices, burns the nostrils like cocaine.
taste: creamy caramelized onions, spicy, freeze dried asparagus and sasparilla finish.

notes & comments: drank this with smith college admissions officer, she says she will only let belgians into smith from now on. a beautiful tripel, well worth the money, and masks the ABV like no ones business.

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

Tripel Karmaliet
Tasted/reviewed @ DBA NOLA - 3/20/09 (afternoon)
bottle>Chimay goblet
A 4.0 - Light pale straw in color. OK head, good lace and retention.
S 3.5 - Mild in aroma, sweet candy shop type aromas.
T 4.5 - Sweet and light in taste, honey and malt notes, some wheat base on a clove spicy-ness triple fo' shore!
MF 4.0 - light body, high in carbonation.
D 4.0 - A very drinkable Tripel. This was my first time enjoying this brew it is was nice.

Photo of xylophonica
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Little head which disappears entirely in almost record time. Murky amber colour.

S - Honey, wheat/grain with some mild spices. A touch of aniseed comes through as it warms.

T - Completely not what I was expecting. Hops and spices first, then some aniseed which flies up the tongue to tickle the back of the nose. Smoothed out by some honey and (oddly) lemon-myrtle. Reminiscent of sweet cough medicine.. in a good way.

M - Spicy and piquant. Those spices carry up the nose and coat the mouth in a particular way so that the taste stays with you and keeps you running your tongue around your mouth and lips.

D - The more I drink the more complex it gets. Maybe that's a good excuse to drink a few more.

Quite a complex ale, with so many flavours it's easy to dissect but hard to convey the full experience. Definitely one to try.

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

Probably one of the best tripls I have had and this is a style Im not usually fond of.

appearance: golden and cloudy. decent head rentention

smell: fruit, mostly banana

taste: was a great real belgian golden ale, good, and no overpowering for how strong it was, tons of banana and spice characters

mouthfeel: medium and good carbonation

drinkability: I was pleasantly suprised, it's not overrated, smooth and easy for how strong the ABV is.

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

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass...

A - Clear golden body, with plenty of small bubbles and a very frothy white head. Good lacing and head retention.

S - Caramel sweetness, rich fruit notes, and some floral hops in the nose. Quite wheaty, too.

T - Quite a robust taste. Loads of fruitiness from the yeast; apple, pear, and lemon notes. Sweet, yet slightly acidic. Some champagne-like hints. Some solid hop presence, which lingers into the after-taste. Some dryness in the finish, together with some wheaty breadiness.

M - Medium body to it. Loads of carbonation at first, quite crisp overall. There is some booziness to it, and I was able to feel it quite a bit.

D - Not bad. This is a proper, flavourful Belgian tripel, but I think Chimay White is more drinkable, if you're looking for something you could enjoy more of.

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

A: Pours is pale golden, slightly hazy. A large creamy off-white head sinks after a while into fantastic lacings.

S: Obvious wheat; ripe bananas. Sweetness to the malt and loads of yeast and spices. Citric.

T: Sweet, but also dry malt. Loads of ripe bananas and oranges. Yeasty and spicy. Some honey lingering in the back.

M: Dry and semi-bitter aftertaste. Medium carbonation as well as body.

O: Complex and lovely. Well crafted.

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

Milky yellow color. Light carbonation rises to the top. Little to no head. Love the smell. I get tangerine, orange, citrus. Awesome aroma. The taste is not too boozy for such a high BAC. It starts off crisp and finishes with a citrusy kick. A light carbonation dances on the tongue after every gulp. Overall, it's a good beer. I love everything about it other than the taste. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible. But for $5+ per bottle, I really expected more.

I would recommend this beer to a friend.

Photo of bceagles39
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Gastropub 775 in Reno, NV on July 26 2011

Pours a translucent honey gold color with light head and beautiful lacing.

The is sweet but not cloying and, like any good tripel, was not hot at all.

There was very light carbonation. I wish it was a little thicker and creamier but this was true to the style.

This beer was great and dangerously sessionable.

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

Found this 750ml caged-cork bottle hidden in the back of a freezer at my usual retailer. There were two bottles, both with large, clumpy yeast deposits. I’ve run into this before and decided that since my odds of getting my hands on this beer again were slim, I’d better take the risk.

The bottle decants with an explosive bang, sending the cage and cork flying across the room. Decant safely, people! Bottle dated “Best before 1/1/2008” but even after carefully storing upright for several days, there’s still a ton of clumpy residue in the bottle. Since this is probably atypical, I won’t fault the beer in this review. From other reviews, this does not appear to be the norm.

Even a careful pour ends up with some small “chunks” getting into the cervoise, but as with past experience, they are unnoticeable until further into the bottle. For now, it’s sitting in the glass a beautiful, hazy golden color with absurd amounts of carbonation keeping aforementioned chunks bouncing around like ping-pong balls in a dryer. Awe-inspiring two-finger head of tight, fine bubbles. Bands of scattered lace are left behind as the cap slowly retreats. One finger cap never wavers, all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is one damn fine looking beer. Nose of sweet malt, sweeter than I expected in fact. Bubble gum and fruity notes. Hints of alcohol along with a bit of banana and faint citrus. Taste of sweet malt and subtle peppery spice. Low hops presence, but good spicy-sweet balance leaning toward the sweet side. Mouth is slick, wet, and smooth. Great delicate carbonation caresses the palate and accentuates the delicate spicy-sweet flavor. Refreshing. Drinkability is excellent, a great balance of subtle spiced flavor and full, refreshing mouth. 8% ABV should be noted as it’s well masked.

Overall: An outstanding tripel, subtle and refreshing. Highly recommended. I picked mine for about $9, which makes this an affordable luxury.

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

On draught at Winking Lizard. Pours clear golden with a thin off-white head. The snifter in which it was served offered little lacing. Sweet fruit and clove aroma. Medium-bodied and bubbly with flavors of yeast, spices and peaches. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden. The finish is dry and lightly spiced and hoppy. An enjoyable Belgian through and through.

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

11.2 oz bottle with cryptic date poured into a snifter. Pours a clear hay golden color with a big fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, sweet and fruity but moves toward perfumy and floral with warmth. Low on phenols and booze and the general "heavy" feeling some tripels suffer from: Damnation, I am looking at you!

Tastes is bittersweet in a very gentle way with ample fruitiness. Carbonation is very high that creates an illusion of very dry finish at first; but the finish is eventually found on the sweeter side as the beer warms. Light body without a touch of alcohol, this one is easy to drink.

Hard to point any flaw out but this beer didn't wow me in spite of all its good features. Perhaps it's the overall profile?

Regardless, a well made beer that I will drink again but not at the price of almost 7 dollars a bottle.

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

330ml bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dulled golden body with a very tall, meringue-like, white head.

Smell: Lightly tangy, faintly grainy malts with a coating of ground spices and a spritz of potent spirits trailed by notes of blendered fruits and zestful herbs.

Taste: Starts sweet, quite sweet, actually, with a taste of sugary honey candies. Tangy wheatiness, then a variety of flavors cross the tongue, including: 'nanas, green apples, lemon juice, orange marmalade, chopped coriander, and a light pinch of white pepper. Restrained floral character midway. Slight, subtle bitterness. Some heat from the alcohol as you arrive at the drying, fruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation, lively and a bit fizzy at times.

Overall: A very solid, well-made representation of the tripel style.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,358 ratings.