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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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3,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,064
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 176
Gots: 279 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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 beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Sampled from a Chimay glass.

A: Poured a bright honey-gold with a bright white fluffy head about 2 fingers high. There appeared to be a steady stream of strong carbonation from the center of the glass erupting like a volcanoe from the laser etchings.

S: sour lemons, and fruitiness (apples, pears), citrus, fresh wheat and a touch of sour oranges. There was a nice spiciness as well.

T: tart lemons, orange peels, with a nice spicy hopping. There was a nice tart fruitiness from the yeast followed by a showing of coriander. Some light muskiness, grains, citrus and dried honey citrus rounds things out here. Overall was tart and tangy with a nice spiciness.

M: smooth, light with a active carbonation providing a crisp, sharp experience.

D: Very nice, highly recommended.

09-24-2008 23:01:37 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of longbongsilver


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

This was recommended when I first came to this site, and I finally found it. Let's see if it was worth the wait:

Mug filled with a highly translucent canary yellow with lots of carbonation. Kinda looks like I poured white wine actually. HUGE white, very hollow head resembling biscuit dough sticks around quite awhile. Smells like pineapple and pear (seriously, that's what it reminds me of) along with semi-sweet pastry, like would be used for a pie crust. Dryness comes in as well, though more subtle than I expected. Alcohol smell: none.

Taste follows the nose, plus a peppery bit in the back and more of the wheat. The dry character is dialed in to where it's clear but crisp, not overdone at all. Alcohol taste: none.

Goes down thicker than it looks, almost oily. Fizz dwindles to a tickle.

Is it a contradiction for something to be really subtle yet complex at the same time? Because that's what I'd say about this. Character without missing refreshment at all...I wish I could get this on-tap locally.

12-13-2011 05:52:54 | More by longbongsilver
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Very sweet with loads of carbonation. Fruity, but with a kick. Yeast is clearly present,but the sweetness of this beer slightly overpowers it. In adding to this review, I tried it agian 9/8/02 and found it sort of dry, with some very noticeable grain flavors- of which I cannot readily identify. This was a smoother brew then before, but remains sweet. You can really taste and smell some sort of crystal like sugar.

01-21-2002 21:25:20 | More by AaronRed
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge thick foamy white head with excellent retention. Aroma is quite complex with a mix between candi sugar and good old Belgian yeast. Taste is very refreshing with some spices, candi sugar (well balanced by the way), good malt and finish with the yeast. Carbonation is excellent and body is above average but still not too full. Good interpretation of the style with all the ingredient well balanced.

12-20-2004 19:14:12 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of nataku00


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet Tulip (my go to tulip for many beers). A bright, but hazy yellow beer, capped with a finger of frothy snow white head. A ton of carbonation can be seen through the glass, sustaining the dense head for a good long while. When you think of a tripel, this looks pretty much like what you should expect.

Pretty typical nose for a tripel, spicy and fruity, accompanying a yeasty bread scent. Some tropical fruit, banana and mango in there, with a feint citrus note.

Taste follows the nose nicely, with the spice upfront in the form of coriander, with the fruitiness finishing the beer dry. The fairly high ABV is hidden very well.

The best part of drinking the beer is the mouthfeel. Medium bodied beer combined with very active and tight carbonation combines to create an exceptionally creamy beer. Really delicious beer that's smooth and easy to drink.

09-24-2010 03:16:43 | More by nataku00
Photo of Brent


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Sampled from a beautiful screen printed bottle with a caged cork. Appropriately fizzy, a bit spritzy with vigorous carbonation. Smooth and refined, with no ETOH notes in the flavor profile. Very clean, some bready notes and a touch of light fruit. A white-wine of beers that would pair well with any fish or chicken dish.

02-18-2007 20:57:37 | More by Brent
Photo of Kromes


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a huge head. This was super carbonated. Aromas were yeasty, spicy, and hoppy with a sweet malt. Very tasty, started out with yeast, coriander spiciness and then finished with a warm alcohol flavor. The flavors ended abruptly and left an alcohol warmth and slight spiciness. As I was drinking this, I noticed that the aromas and flavor work together, almost fine tuned. I got the feeling that a lot of work went into the flavors, aromas, and body of this beer.

03-28-2009 19:26:59 | More by Kromes
Photo of Zorro


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smell is big and fruity with lots of sweetness and pineapple and plum scents and a faint hint of medicine.

Taste is sweet and tart too with the expected coriander taste. Mostly the flavor of Granny Smith apples and plums comes through. The alcohol content shows itself as a nice warmth in your throat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good; this has a nice sweet sour and spice balance that goes down well.

12-19-2004 02:57:50 | More by Zorro
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Picked this bottle up at the SAQ, on a recent trip home from the States. Not available in Ontario, thought I'd give it a go! Poured into a tulip, BBD of October 7, 2011.

Pours a brilliant golden yellow, with about a hand (yes, five fingers of head!) initially, settling down to a sudsy and soapy head. Chunky lace. Aroma is awesome, huge yeasty fruit esters (banana, peach, green apple?, nectarine), a bunch of spice and some alcohol clearly. Just what I want from a tripel. Taste follows the fruits found in the aroma, with a touch of Belgian candy. Spice makes itself known, but doesn't overpower. Alcohol slips in a touch at the end. Clean, smooth and medium-high carbonationl. Slick on the tongue and goes down way too easily. Impressive.

09-02-2010 04:21:02 | More by liamt07
Photo of beerphilosopher


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a semi-opaque medium gold color with a tall, bubbly white head that has some staying power. Spotty lacing in the chalice. Nose is a fruity delight - sweet mango, pineapple, guava, and pear. Pleasantly malty with a decent hop balance in the form of a "bite" on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium, with a strong alcohol bite and acidity coming in late, leaving the finish rather dry though this one starts a bit cloying. I really enjoy this beer a lot. I had it first at the Hop Leaf in Chicago about two years ago. Loved it then, and still love it now. A "top-shelf" tripel.

02-10-2007 16:33:47 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of brewmudgeon


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

tripel karmeliet

a 4.5 brilliant gold beneath a foamy head that

s 4.5-5 "now that's a good smellin beer." gingerbread, pears, cloves, yeasty buns, white grape juice. might be the best nose on a triple i have experienced to date.

t 4-4.5 tastes of the yeasty buns and cloves, splash of the white grapes. both smell and taste evolve throughout the glass.

m 3.5-4 very seltzery, light-med body. appropriate i guess, but i'd prefer a little more smoothness.

o 4.5 goodness cubed, not tripled? a little brasher than the fin, perhaps, but the dynamism is excellent.

04-07-2011 23:46:46 | More by brewmudgeon
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with lively carbonation and a finger of sticky, frothy white head.

S- Lots of musty yeast, sweet alcoholic phenols, slightly medicinal and fruity.

T- Lots of fruit but not overly sweet, some esters provide a bit of spice and contribute to the fruity alcohol character, some medicinal phenols. Malt is grainy but isn't really that noticeable, hops are virtually nonexistent, this is a beer that's all about the alcohols.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated with a prickly mouthfeel, alcohol is warming.

O- A pretty great Tripel, the alcohol on this beer is done extremely well.

09-02-2011 06:55:06 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A slim 330 ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a sparkling clear golden amber body with tons of internal streaming carbonation puffing up a fine crown of white foam. The cap rests at a grainy sheet that is perpetually refreshed and replenished, but is too lazy to stick any lacing on the glass.

The smell is very sweet and tree-fruity with gooey apricot and mellow golden apples, savory, bready, medium-toasted malts, and a dry, zippy edge masquerading as lime zest.

The flavor profile closely follows the roadmap laid out by the olfactory department, with mild and fruity sweet notes of Golden Delicious apple and Bartlett pear enhanced with honey-drizzled granola and a crisp citrus edge. Overall, the drink is potently sweet, pushing hard toward the edge of the "Too Damn" category of "Sweet" when a mild earthiness eases into the aftertaste, mopping up the sugar syrup, resetting the palate for another whack at this brew.

Another factor assisting in moderating the sweetness is Tripel Karmeliet's exceptionally light, quaffable body. Had a drink with the super-sweet profile of this one presented itself as heavy or syrupy, the scales might certainly have tipped into the land of cloying, but as is, I find the brew exceptionally light and refreshing with a bonus tummy-warming wrought of otherwise totally-invisible alcohol.

12-17-2008 22:06:06 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of John_M


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and plenty of stickly lacing. On the nose I get an attractive, uncomplicated aroma of honey and underlying spice. Nothing mindblowing here, but it does smell pretty good. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there is also a hint of underlying citrus that is attractive. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and drinkability is pretty good.

This is a very nice, uncomplicated, easy to appreciate Belgian tripel. The relatively low alcohol makes it all the more drinkable and enjoyable. Not bad at all...

04-12-2009 16:52:18 | More by John_M
Photo of FosterJM


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

50th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
12 oz.- Served at Lucky Devils in Hollywood, CA

App- Straw yellow with a giant pillow of head due to the server not pouring correctly. Wasn't the worst pour I've seen but a 4 finger head was a bit much. The color and bubbles brings the 4 on the rating.

Smell- The nose picks up some hay/straw characteristics and then a light citrus note and lastly the belgian yeast comes in.

Taste- It drinks very small for an 8.4 It was very mellow and smooth and paired well with the Kobe burger I was having. I picked up a slight bready malt quality to it on the aftertaste.

Mouth- Very robust yeast strain that fills the mouth with flavor yet is subtle in areas and very well balanced.

Drink- It's a very nice beer. Will def. have to find a bomber somewhere of this quality beer.

11-14-2010 17:57:18 | More by FosterJM
Photo of rootbeerman


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A: poured from 330ml bottle into a duvel tulip. Head almost yells the country of origin. The head is a large almost four fingers high and very frothy
S: sweetened fruits, apricot, some lemon, maybe even a touch of dried pineapple. Overall smells somewhat dry.
T: a lot sweeter than it smells. Some apricot, a little yeast. Malt is nice and sweet. The hops lend a slight lemon flavor.
M: very bubbly, and has a little bit of a coating feeling. A swirl through the mouth gives it a more of a creamy feeling.
O: a little dryer than some but is a good tripel. Will definatly seek this one out again.

04-10-2011 07:53:47 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of Liverpool08


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Arrives a hazy golden orange, with a nice white head. Good carbonation. Aroma is bananas, cloves and that nice belgian yeast, but also a whiff of the alcohol. The taste is at first very sweet. Candies sugar and bananas. But then the alcohol kind of burns off the sweetness, making this a great sipper of a Tripel. I think this stands out among Tripels as a unique version. Very well crafted with the haet of the alcohol mellowing out the sweetness of the yeast.

06-21-2010 00:13:52 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of BrewtifulMind


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

750 mL poured into a tulip glass

This poured a golden/yellow color with about an inch of white head which dissipated quickly, but has a champagne-like bubbliness to it. Really nice looking. Aroma is typical for a tripel, belgian yeast, spices, coriander, etc. Taste is spicy up front, a bready, belgian yeast taste finish. The carbonation dances on your tongue. Very nice. Overall, this is a pretty good tripel, I'd say you can get better at The Bruery, but good, for sure. I'd probably pay the 11.99 for this again. Fuck it.

09-22-2011 07:45:24 | More by BrewtifulMind
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours golden with a good head and decent lacing. Smell is sweet with some herbal and clove aromas. Spicy and sweet flavors up front with clove, black pepper, and coriander. Softens on the finish to a light breadiness. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but soft and sweet. Very easy drinking, and would be more so if the carbonation were a tad more restrained.

01-02-2008 03:59:05 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

The beer pours out very carbonated and has a large head; however, the large head dissipates to a ring fairly quickly. The beer is a golden colour that is quite murky looking.

The nose on the beer is yeasty with a hint of sweet fruits which probably come from the wheat. This beer is complex with the three different types of grains in it. The first taste has a bunch of spices, while the middle if quite fruity, then eventually has a smooth finish to it. The beer is quite tasty had has a creamy mouthfeel.

The beer is drinkable, but like most Triples I just want one of each kind.

04-21-2008 15:36:46 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of GradyS1


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A- a light translucent, slightly hazy orange, 1/2 finger of a head that subsided quickly.
S- wheat and yeast are present up front with hints floral and apple in the end
T- Belgian yeast, fruits and lemon honey
M-medium body and an excellent amount of carbonation, a slight creaminess to the finish but it works perfect with this beer
D- great for a triple, very well balanced and easy to drink for the style

09-17-2010 07:06:47 | More by GradyS1
Photo of khinman7


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured on tap into a goblet (have also had it many times from a bottle).

Like other reviewers, I can still remember the first time I tasted this beer. Definitely life changing (up to that point the only beers like liked were stouts and IPAs).

Color is a gorgeous golden caramel.

Taste is the right amount of sweet but not overpowering, the alcohol is muted- and thus this beer is very drinkable (be careful with the high abv!!!). Finger of head that leaves a nice lace on the glass.

I always come back to this beer... esp when I find it on tap in Colorado!

01-24-2010 01:34:01 | More by khinman7
Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

750ML poured into a tulip

appearance - clear,golden color with frothy white head

Smell - citrus, green apple, pear, belgian yeast, wheat, ginger, coriander, slightest hint of booze

taste - citrus dominates the palate, green apple, pear, wheat, ginger, honey

mouthfeel - medium bodied, high amount of carbonation, sweet start, dry finish, no hint of alcohol in the taste, smooth

overall - this is a great, refreshing Tripel, albeit somewhat difficult to get a hold of. If you like Tripels and you see it, be sure to try it, one of the best representations of the style

Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle

12-15-2011 01:43:14 | More by keithmurray
Photo of adamparker05


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a nice golden, honeycomb color.

Aroma is has a light yeasty alcohol start, then gives way to a slight hop and barley malt smell.

Flavor is nice and balanced. A little bit of spice up front; coriander and cardamom. Great yeasty flavor with a little bit of a bitter finish with perfect, light carbonation.

Very drinkable One of the most balanced Belgian's I've ever had.

Very lauded by a friend of mine. Recently named Best Ale by World Beer Awards and thus touted "best beer in the world". A fine beer, worth trying and savoring. Best beer in the world... not sold yet. Maybe I just need to drink more of it...?

Answer: YESSS!!!

10-20-2008 00:29:33 | More by adamparker05
Photo of brewcrew76


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A - Bright golden yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves a blanket of big bubbles and rocky lacing.

S - Bubblegum, lemon ,pepper spice, yeasty, and bready with a touch of honey.

T - Big bubblegum flavor with white pepper spice. Slightly yeasty, earhty and bready with a touch of honey.

M - Medium body and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A tasty Tripel and a great example of the style.

02-08-2010 00:00:08 | More by brewcrew76
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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