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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,133 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,133
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 183
Gots: 308 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001)
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Photo of ryantupy
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright golden pour with streams of carbonated bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

S - Smells of ligth fruit, yeast, floral aromas, with a sweet malty character.

T - A nice carbonated sip of this beer brings you flavors of light fruit, sweet malts, mild hop character, and an overall greatly balanced beer.

M - This beer is very light and has a nice crisp finish

D - Great tripel beer defiantly one of the better ones out there.

ryantupy, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of baggio
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2005 vintage.

A: Copper/Orange with a nice and generous head.

S: Exotic fruit, Banana Marshmallow, yeast.

T:Citric notes, spices (pepper?), vanilla, honey.

M: Medium carbonation. Refreshing feeling.

This still is one of my all-time favourite tripels. 2 years in my pantry has made it a little smoother around the edges. A beer that i usually recommend to people that want to try a belgian-beer. Recommended!

baggio, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay goblet at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A golden yellow color with a one finger head. The head is white, creamy, and foamy the retention of the head is so so. There is a ton of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear with a touch of haziness.

Nose: A nice complex malty aroma with some spiciness. There is some banana, clove, phenols, and pepper. Also, in the beer there is the floral and perfumy in character in the beer.

Taste: A nice complex malty with clove, banana, and some peppery notes. The beer also has the floral perfumy hops.

Overall: The mouth feel on the beer is some carbonation and slightly creamy. The body is medium to medium full. The finish on the beer is bitter but clean. This is one of the better triples that I have tried. There is a nice marriage between the spice malt and hops. Well made and very tasty. Although disappointed in the fact, that the head retention was lack luster.

colts9016, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of hailtotheale
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice, light golden color, partly cloudy (with a chance of beer). Came in a green bottle (not the brown one in the above description). Very favorable head retention.

S- Strong aromas from yeast, and a mild hop sweetness. One of the only negatives - I noticed a slight skunkiness to it, which I'm going to have to chalk up to the idiotic green bottle. Seriously... WHY!?

T- Fruit-laden and spicy. Malt character is light and sweet. There is more spice as opposed to banana/ester flavors coming from the yeast, though this effect is somewhat more mild than other Belgian beers. Really gotta love the yeast here! Downside: Again - a slight skunkiness coming through in the taste.

M- Small champagne-like bubbles in the carbonation. Well-carbonated, to be sure. This really works quite well with this sweet, medium-bodied beer.

O- Pretty good Tripel overall, but I really think a real-person bottle would help it. It's a reasonably good beer that should definitely be protected from light...

hailtotheale, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy light orange color with a thin white head that forms a tight cap.

S - citrusy yeast, hints of clove, light alcohol.

T - candy sweetness off the top, pears, golden delicious apples, earthy hops and citrus zest adds a bitter kick. Cloves and Belgian yeast create a solid base. Finishes fruity and clean.

M - full bodied almost milky until the carbonation kicks in. Alcohol is present but mostly hidden.

One of the more hoppier Tripels out there. Very complex flavors. Glad I had a chance to try this on tap.

StaveHooks, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of DrFayhee
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw-colored with a rich thick head. Aroma of very citrusy hops, almost like Sprite. Malty rich sweetness to the hop flavor with definite lemony finish. Really pleasant bright carbonation. I typically don't like tripels to be this sweet but I appreciate how this one kind of marks its territory as a certain take on the style.

DrFayhee, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of mattfancett
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of bccocx
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

bccocx, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Beejay
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pale yellow. In the glass it is a yellow straw color with a massive white head on top. Fairly clean as far as haze is concerned.

S: Sweet with a little herbal hop kick. There is a nice amount of fruity sweetness, berries and a little citrus. There is a good amount of banana and clove in there. The herbal note balances fairly well with the sweetness. There is a hint of alcohol in the finish.

T: Tasty. Very bright beer. Plenty of sweetness with berry notes, banana and clove. The clove seems to come out fairly strong to me. The herbal note in the aroma comes out in the finish. Perhaps a touch of booze at the end.

M: Medium light in body, very assertive carbonation but appropriate for the style. Slightly dry finish.

O: Overall I like this beer. Fairly classic as far as a tripel is concerned. Good flavors from the yeast, plenty of Belgian Character, and a nice sweetness. Very enjoyable.

Beejay, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of machharGDB
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

machharGDB, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber. Nice large white head that lasts a long time with nice lacing. Aroma subdued wheat. Flavor is wheat developing into sweet malt and light fruit. Sweet malt and spicy middle and finish with a touch of hops. Very well integrated. An excellent tripel and worth a revisit.

LiquidAmber, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: 330 mL into my St. Bernie chalice, blonde in color with small particulates suspended throughout, lively head upon pouring settles to a well-retained layer

s: clean wheat and pale malts with vivid orchard fruits - pear, apricot, grape, kiwi, red and green apple brandy, flirty spices - cardamom and white pepper, mild yeasty ester aromas, just the lightest stroke of starchy oats, fresh dough, floral honeysuckle, deceptively delicate - she poses simple at first sniff, but some patience and warming reveals many sub-layers

m: high carbonation, quite fizzy on the tongue, and lighter in body

t: clean pale malts and a mild wheaty spice accompany a flavor of fresh apple and pear juices, stone fruit, light honeysuckle, aged herbal hop flavor - very mild - imparts a fitting bitterness, have to respect the flawless level of malt sugars in perfect balance with the hops

d: easy, and appropriate for the first warm night of the year

bottle from The Caboose, Ashland, Virginia

blackie, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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%.

TheEclecticGent, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of hoppyhampy
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Pangea Cafe at just below room temp into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. I haven't had this one before and haven't been drinking Belgian ales lately but decided to treat myself. Brilliantly clear, golden yellow in color and great head formation, retention, and lacing. Bananas, orange peel, and coriander on the nose and much the same on the palate. Not really complex in these aspects. What you see (smell, taste) is what you get which isn't exactly a bad thing but I thought if there was anything lacking it was in these areas. Just medium bodied but still almost syrupy in texture. I found it to be quite drinkable for a number of reasons: relatively low carbonation, the malt is very sweet but very light, the presence of alcohol is nearly undetectable, and the finish is surprisingly clean for a relatively heavy beer.

hoppyhampy, May 19, 2010
Photo of peterjk
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 750 in a Duvel glass (sorry no TK glasses to be found a the drinking location). The beer is slightly cloudy with streams of tiny carbonation bubble all over the glass. The color is dark yellow or pale gold. The head is off white 1/2" thick in the tapered duvel glass.

S: Great bouquet, slightly sweet of front with lighter fruit notes (tart apple). You can smell the yeast very doughy but also spicy notes. Nose dances around and evolves.

T: Like any good Belgian ale the taste evolves over time. Cold the beer is crisp and juicy (apple, light pear) with herbal notes and i hint of bitterness on the finish. As it warm up I get more a spiced cider flavor, even some nutmeg and a yeasty fresh bread flavor. Stay sweet all the way through but the finish is balanced juicy sweet with herbal dryness.

M: Smooth with consistent small bubble carbonation, lingering finish.

D: For 8+% ABV this beer is wonderfully easy to drink. Generally prefer doubles over triples so TK extra sweetness is a bonus to me, help cut through the dry herbal notes that dominate other triples.

peterjk, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap from rattle and Hum NY . a slightly murky pale light yellow. Good carbonation but unimpressive head and lacing. Very little observable scent. creamy taste of banana, on the sweet side. Definitely the type of beer that can sneak up on you with its smoothness and high alcohol content. Very drinkable and pleasant for a high alcohol beer.

Nascartailgatefa, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of zoso493
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous hazy deep golden color with a full three finger head, that sticks around forever. Already, you can see a high amount of carbonation. Looks very inviting.

Smell: Smells of clove, yeast, lemon, sugar, orange banana and spices. Lots going on in the nose. Very crisp and bright smelling beer, if such a thing is possible. As typical of Belgians, the funk starts to come out as it warms, due to the yeast.

Taste: A very crisp taste of Belgian yeast, spices, grains and even some lemon zest. Very refreshing. Towards the end, there's a slight warming sensation from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Decidedly medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Very dry and crisp, though, which to me is quite desirable for the style.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable for an 8.4% brew, but the alcohol is definitely present. Just this one will suffice for me tonight, though.

Overall, this is a very tasty tripel. Perhaps not my favorite tripel, but it's a very refreshing example of the style. Good, complex brew that I would highly recommend.

zoso493, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of rkowalick
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a handsome .33 cL bottle with a parchment colored label displaying nuns harvesting grain into an oversized snifter. The yeast seemed very willing to get in my glass, so I cut the pour short to leave almost an inch in the bottle.

The beer pours darker than most tripels. It is a brilliant light amber that is perfectly transparent. The head is white and fluffy. The smell is of the standard tripel fare: plenty of yeast esters including apricots and crisp green apples. There is also a slight hint of alcohol in the nose as well. The taste delivers quite nicely. The apricots and apples join together into a strong dryness. The dryness continues until a slight spiciness and mild alcoholic burn dominate. The mouthfeel is what really sold me on this beer. It is very multi-faceted--dare I say complex? This beer seems to have the unique quality of being refreshing yet substantial at the same time. The loads of fine, light carbonation scrub and refresh the tongue, while near the finish, the beer appears to demonstrate more body than one would initially believe. After swallowing, the light carbonation continues to dance around the tongue. Drinikibility is very high for a high alcohol brew. Its lightness allows one to take plenty of sips, while its mild heavyness seems to keep ones sense of touch interested.

A first class tripel. Excellent beer that I could recommend to anyone.

rkowalick, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With Teenage Fanclub on the Hi-Fi , " Ain't That Enough " combined with another night of the Bruins getting their arse kicked it was time to crack this bottle . A very sharp looking bottle I might add . The label is wonderfully detailed . On the back label was the best on date which was 1-3-08 . First off you better be careful pouring this . The head on this in my old Busch beer chalice is very big . A dull cloudy gold color which looks inviting when held up to the light . The head on the Allagash was not this big . Wow.
Aroma is nice , fruity , wheaty . This was a joy to drink as the carbonation tickled in my mouth . Crisp , energetic . Not like the Bruins who stunk out the place again . I will drink this sweet stuff again .

Kudashov, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of KAP1356
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz. bottle into a Cuvee des Trolls snifter...

A - Pours a cloudy, golden, amber color with a large (3 finger) fluffy, almost purly white head. Head retention is quite good as it is sticking around for quite a bit.

S - Very herbal aroma coming off of this one. Some spicey notes of pepper and coriander that hit right at the back of the throat. Nice hop presence as well. There is also a nice fruity, floral presence to it that is the slightest bit funky.

T - Sweet apples and peaches right up front. Slight spiciness to it as well (less than the nose leads you to believe). Slight yeast breadiness as well that is almost reminiscent of a caramel gingerbread. The finish is a slightly tart cherry flavor.

M - Slight spice to the mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a slight crispness to it.

D - Has become my new go to Belgian beer lately. Just a great beer to have as it seems to hit all the right strides for drinking several of them in one sitting.

KAP1356, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of joepais
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip produced a big billowy head on top of a golden yellow head

Aromas of wheat and grasses along with a nice subtle spice background and of course Belgian yeast

Flavors of spices (pepper, coriander and clove) Sweet malt, and citrus fruit, as it warms there is a light alcohol presence as well

A wonderfully light crisp mouthfeel its making me wishes it was summer time while the snow is falling out side

A great Belgian I can see why it won some medals I wish they would change the bottle color green glass is not cool. Extremely drinkable will gladly seek this one out again

joepais, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden pour with a ridiculously foamy and effervescent white head (95% of the glass is just foam). I didn't even try to pour it very aggressively. Finally fades leaving a moderate skeleton of lacing behind. Excellent retention.

S: Very wheaty. Lots of grainy bread. There is a sharp, distinctive belgian yeast aroma there too, primarily with banana. Touch of citrus, lemony for sure. Very pleasant, crisp and refreshing aroma.

T: Wheaty up front. Very strong belgian yeast; it's loaded with banana immediately after the wheat. Grainy bread throughout with some hearty oat. Quite sweet in general. Lemony tang in the finish. Lingering sticky sweetness between sips.

M: Medium bodied, a bit sticky from all the sweetness.

O: A very malt-heavy tripel. You can really taste the different kinds of malts that they used so it's not so one-dimensional. Quite malty sweet in general with the strong yeast picking up a close second place. No real noticeable hops or bitterness. Tasty and delicious example of the style - a must-try if you like maltier tripels.

Dope, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-08-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy straw with a 1-finger white head (bib bubbles) that fades quickly. Quite a few floaties.

S - Belgian yeast, honey, spice.

T - Quite pleasant. Echoes the smells and introduces some light fruit esters; perhaps grape skin. Not too sweet Insignificant hops. It dries out with a nicely-clinging aftertaste that finishes slightly sour.

M - Light body with medium-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - A well-balanced, good tasting, lightish tripel.

Tucquan, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of AltBock
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml green bottle that was corked and caged with an expiration date of 1/1/08. When you pop the cork you get to see all the gases exit the bottle, much like a bottle of wine. I also saw plenty of sediment in the bottle too. A nice treat!

Appearance: Poured a golden orange color with an inch of white foam that left lace around the glass. You also get see all the carbonation bubbles racing to the top of your glass. Another nice treat!

Smell: It had loads of citrus fruits, many different spices, and with just a bit of a floral aroma in the background.

Taste: The taste had lots of sweet fruits, cloves, many different spices, that all ended with a pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It was a smooth, medium-bodied beer with plenty of carbonation in it. This is one of those beers that can really hide that 8% alcohol content.

Drinkability: This would make an excellent choice for your first Belgian Triple. If you get this in a 750 ml bottle, this is a must share beer with all your good friends. Also, watch out if you buy this in a green bottle, it might have been exposed to too much light.

AltBock, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

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

thebeers, Sep 10, 2014
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,133 ratings.