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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,500 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,500
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 246
Gots: 533 | 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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Ratings: 3,500 | Reviews: 1,228
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.

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

Opened the the caged and corked green bottle (1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz.) and poured into a chalice. Fizzy stuff... it produced a 2" head of snow white loose foam. The head disappeared to a thick cap for the duration of the quaff. The beer is a cloudy pale yellow.

Nose: Good smells of spice, a touch of citrus fruit and lightly toasted malt.

Taste: Rather rich. A bit of orange citrus flavor. Some spiciness. Big malt backbone. A bit of alcohol bite.

MF: Typical belgian with a lot of carbonation. On the heavy side. Actually a bit creamy... surprise.

Drinkability: Well, I made it through the whole 25.4 oz bottle.... that's all I would ever want. Typical for a big beer like this.... at 8.4% abv.

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

Poured from a green 1PT 9.4oz bottle, bottled 3/29/11

A: Lots of frothy, white head, loads of carbonation, light golden color, a touch hazy

S: Spicy, yeast, banana, some lemon/citrus, nice aroma

T: Fruity, spices, barley, wheat

M: Smooth, high carbonation, tart finish

O: A decent Tripel, I usually stay away from green bottles, I'll have to try one of their 12oz brown bottles to see how this compares

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

I had a chance to try the Karmeliet Tripel at "The Bank" in Wheaton, IL. The beer pours a hazy yeast filled pale yellow or straw color, very large foamy white head which left a very spotty lace due to the fruity precence. The smell is sweet yeast esters, some banana, some pepper, 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 Amalak
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A. Gold in color. Extremely bubbly. One of the bubbliest beers I've seen. Huge bubbly white head with some lacing.
S. Very nice wheaty scent.
T. Very crisp wheat taste. Has a bit of a rye taste to it. There's an undertone of citrus. There fruit, and it kind of feel like it's pineapple too. Solid barley taste to it.
M. As you'd expect, it's quite carbonated.
D. Heavyish, but balanced that it doesn't leave you wanting a change.

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

Pours with a bubbly white head that diminishes pretty quickly to a thin lace that, in turn, lasts for quite a long time. The body is a golden amber and is almost clear with just a slight haze. Lots of carbonation is bubbling to the top. Quite a strong aroma that is slightly doughy and sweet. Some honey is noticeable on the nose as are spices – coriander, clove, and maybe nutmeg? Nice smooth sweet start with a honey sweetness that lasts throughout. Some notes of bubblegum and banana are also noticeable. A fluffy carbonation comes in mid swallow followed with noticeable spices and a slightly tart finish. Slightly warming on the swallow. Nice brew and fairly complex, yet it’s a bit on the sweet side. I’d like to try this one again, but there are other Belgians that I’ve enjoyed more that might temp me again before this one.

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

33cl bottle poured into a Karmeliet tulip. Best before 28 09 2014. Date stamp: 3.17 13:17

Appearance: Slightly cloudy/hazy golden yellow with a very thick (1/2") white rocky head. Persistent thick chunks and strands of lacing. Torrents of carbonation coming up through the glass when held up to the light. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Herbal, hint of cherries and grapes, some yeast with clove and banana notes. Every now and then a strong hint of noble hops with a burp.

Taste: Very smooth. Light bitterness up front, then a bready middle. Noble hops at the finish tempered with some sweetness. Some fruity esters scattered throughout with an occasional hint of cherry.

Mouthfeel: Very different mouthfeel at the beginning and end of the glass. When first poured, the carbonation is quite strong - approaching fizzy. As the carbonation dies down a bit an the beer warms up, it gets slick and chewy (coming from the oats I presume) an the carbonation becomes more airy and there is a tiny bit of stickiness.

Overall / Drinkability: I can see why this beer is ranked so high. It's very well done from start to finish. Great to look at, equally great to smell and taste. Dangerously drinkable as after finishing 1 bottle I didn't hesitate to get a 2nd. Went well with dinner (Sweet and Spicy chicken and brown rice) and the 2nd bottle was a great dessert.

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

A - Pours a brassy gold with a huge white head and copious lace.

S - Smells bready, sweet, and lemon-tinged.

T - Tripel being one of the most flat-out enjoyable and palatable brews; this is just par for the course. Tasty, rich, clean, with just a tinge of alcohol on the finish.

M - Bright, effervescent and exceptionally smooth.

D - Tastes great, pairs well with food, widely palatable; a very good beer, all things considered.

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 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 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.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,500 ratings.