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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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world-class

3,285 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,285
Reviews: 1,197
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 200
Gots: 372 | FT: 6
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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 optimistictour
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Kasa in SF, in a bottle with goblet.

A previous reviewer says it looks like Pulp Fiction "what's in the briefcase" golden and I honestly couldn't say it better. This thing pours with an iridescance, like the way honey looks to Pooh. A proper solid white tiny bubble head which quickly recedes, it's the best looking tripel I've seen.

Smells like a sunny mixture of fruits, slightly tingly but never drifting even close to the dreaded sparkling wine territory.

Fully inhabiting this vibe, the taste follows with the smoothest range of flavors I've had in a tripel, rivaling some of my favorite dubbels in complexity and that certain sweet spot I'm always seeking in a Belgian.

Mouthfeel is velvety with just enough texture and bite to let you know it's a serious, thoughtful beer. This thing can go down so easy; it's amazing how effortlessly the nearly 9% alcohol is masked.

This is by far the best tripel I've ever had. Previously I counted myself as a dedicated fan of dubbels but reserved tripels for more adventurous, risk taking moments - I wasn't the biggest fan of the style. This beer just changed that. Fantastic.

optimistictour, May 14, 2011
Photo of dar482
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out extremely bubbling and huge. A third of the way into the bottle, the whole glass was taken up by head. Then after a bit of settling I poured the rest in. There’s a huge fluffy white head composed of tight bubbles. The beer is this gorgeous gold with some orange, slight haziness. There’s tons of champagne carbonation just flying up the glass.

The aroma is wonderful. Tons of orange, spice, banana, peach, lemon and lime peel. There’s tons of fruit, but also there’s that Belgian yeast breadiness that lingers, but the beer is still so fruity and light smelling.

Flavor follows with that sweet juicy orange, then some banana, then the clove and spice hits a bit. The breadiness and biscuity malt follows along with a gorgeous mouthfeel. The end has this drying note that invites you in for more.

This really has that wondeful combination of a bit of fruitness of La Fin du Monde, but also that really strong dry finish with the classic Belgian tripels. It’s a light refreshing beer and bounces around the palate. My favorite non barrel aged tripel.

dar482, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of ChuckMartel
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it from a growler and paired it with chicken, rice and squash. This is good. A good ballgame watching beer. As much as it pains me to say it, this is a better beer than La Fin du Monde. This is good stuff. This is what a triipel should be. Would certainly drink again.

ChuckMartel, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: the beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a fluffy white head.
Smell: sweet malts, yeast, honey, vanilla, flowery hops and citrus. Also clove and coriander in the smell.
Taste: Sweetness up front is perfectly balanced by the spicy hoppy aftertaste. This beer is herbal, crisp and very fruity with citrus fruits, fresh apple, peach and some banana. Spices are pepper and clove.
Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation and thick mouthfeel.
Overall: For me the best tripel in the world.

rvdoorn, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of gjh
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this one. Poors a nice deep cloudy golden color. Head has bigger bubbles than I would expect, but settles to a nice tight head although not much of one. The smell and taste are very compatible - both have a nce mixture of fruit and spices. Considering the ABV, there is no alcohol taste - just citrus and spices, with a yeast undertone. This make for an excellent dessert beer or on a hot, mid-summer day. Although, I prefer to drink this one all year round.

gjh, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of xuptygm
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Dark green whine bottle. Enjoyed in a Tripel Karmeliet 1679 glass.

Very impressive cream colored head, absolutely massive with huge bubbles. Highly carbonated. This beer looks like a work of art. Beautiful!

Aromas of heavy spice (clove, cardamon). Somewhat fruity but the spice dominates the nose. The smell of the alcohol really compliments the overall aroma of this beer.

I took one sip and what can I really say? This beer is freakin amazing! Spicy, fruity, spicy, warming, smooth, nearly perfect. A sweetness from the oats that adds a whole new dimension when combined with the intense spice and fruitiness of this beer.

While this beer is extremely complex, it allows you to experience each flavor individually. The flavors come one by one and evolve in you mouth. The mouth feel is very(!) smooth. Really a great beer!

As far as flaws....well I can't really find any. When I first opened the bottle and poured it I thought it was a little over-carboanted, but I had this beer previously and the carbonation was perfect so I will give them the benefit of the doubt.

The finish is somewhat dry yet refreshingly fruity and mellow reminds me of bread pudding.

One of my favorite beers! Sit back and enjoy!

xuptygm, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of jda007
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is golden with a slight orange tint. It is best served in the official tulip glass. The head is creamy and thick, rising from the top of the fleur de lis all the way to the brim of the glass.

It has a very complex scent with a slight citrus aroma. The taste is perfect: very clean and crisp with a fruity aroma that rolls around the tongue. If you are a fan of Belgian Tripels, this is one that shouldn't be missed!

It is a costly beer when compared to most, but the quality is worth it!

jda007, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of poohbearzeccola
4.88/5  rDev +14%

poohbearzeccola, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of scootny
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A world class standard. Simple as that. I used the glass to make a vigorous pour as this brew is well carbonated. Explosive head that stays and stays. The lack of copious lace is the only knock I can find in this slightly cloudy, golden honey colored brew's appearance. There is some due to the goodly carbonation and high malt content. Aroma has lots of sweet malt and a mild peppery spiciness. A trace amount of alcohol and light Belgian funk.. An apple and grape tinged fruitiness merge with a dinner roll yeasty breadiness. Taste is superb. Very well balanced with honeyed malt and mild dinner roll sweetbread. A bit of vinous sourness flows into an artful hop combination that is drying and delicately bitter. Finish is so clean and dry that you wind up drinking this like a lager. Feel has just the right amount of carbonation, finely effervescent and and creamy. This beer feels lighter than it is and it makes for superb drinkability. As i said at the top, a world class brew that set the standard in drinkability for tripels and is really in a class by itself. If all I could drink was tripels this would probably be the one.

scootny, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Alexanderthegreat
4.88/5  rDev +14%

Alexanderthegreat, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Rastacouere
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice presentation with a big glass with lily flowers drawn on. Hazy olden color with a pretty fine white head, rather large, but it doesnt stay up its throne long. Superb aroma of flowers and fruits. I'm really tempted. Very complex flavor developments in mouth. I can't count all those fruits: orange, banana, apples, lemon. Was that butter? Spicy, yeasty. Refreshing tartness spreading out, more hops than most triples. Comfortable medium mouthfeel that bites the tongue a bit when too fresh, it's so easy to drink it's not even funny. Pleasant aftertaste. Almost ridiculously complex. The perfect type of beer I wish to have more once I'm done with the first bottle. Delicious, the best tripel I've had up to now. Two thumbs up.

Rastacouere, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster. Outstanding beer and one of the best, if not the best triples I have had. Shockingly tasty that I almost gulped down despite my desire to see if it would change as it warmed, maybe next time. I would love to find a bottle to see if it was as good. They have 100 drafts but go with this one. Wow

JamieDuncan, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Rapax
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The very first whiff I got of this beer got my synapses activated immidiately. In the blink of an eye I knew I was in for something extraordinary.

The color is that of a mighty lion's fur, best appreciated when in an authentic Tripel Karmeliet glass. When poured correctly this beer creates a snow white foam that seems lighter than air, a beauty too fragile to touch.

Its nose is almost too complex to describe. Spices from all over the globe, it seems, but they are all too elusive to name. Maybe coriander? Sweetness also strikes, perfectly balanced.

Tasting is a continuation of the pleasure I just experienced sniffing it. Sweet, but not overly so. Spices in abundance, like a swirling vortex of colors taken in by my sense of taste rather than by my eyes.

The only thing I could have wished for is a little bit extra mouthfeel. The belgians always seem to like their beers very light, whilst I prefer a little extra body. Well, if there was such a thing as a perfect beer there would be little reason to continue this fantastic hobby, would there?

Rapax, May 19, 2011
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear and shimmering yellow with a white inch high head. Very pretty looking elixer.

The nose is big on orchard fruit -peaches, arpricot, pears and also some pineapple. There is some spice going on too -clove mostly. Some flowery hops are also detected.

The taste is that of a sublime balance of fruity sweetness that rolls through but pauses for a small spice break and finishes slightly sweet with a lingering flowery taste.

Mouthfeels just don't get any better than this. Ultra smooth with a high amount of carbonation.

This could possibly be the best example of a Belgian tripel that I have had the pleasure to enjoy. Very drinkable, even at 8+ abv.

bonsreeb85, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this on draft at Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pittsburgh. Served cool in the Karmeliet tulip.

A - A crystal clear straw w/ white cap that measures an inch and condenses to about 1/8 inch leaving little lace.

S - A honey and sweet lemony spice w/ coriander accented by a tropical fruit note and light oaky scent

M - Sweet, spiced dry w/ a creamy element and moderate carbonation w/ med to full body. An excellent representation of the style -leaves an impression and the feel still goes on after the taste

T - A green melon flavor w/ slight herbal hops in the initial flavors. The spice in the yeast and grain give this a nutty taste w/ a gentle yeasty breadiness w/ tea like refreshing qualities. The crisp herbal flavor is accent w/ nutty dry and subtle malty, grainy flavor w/ a cereal like sweetness and gentle boozy finish.
The hops add to the flavor w/ subtle spice and a sort of mown hay aspect that is very tasty w/ toasty smoothness.

D - An absolute classic yet more of a Saison w/ its spice and earthiness. A very excellent tastte and definitely must be tried on draft. I consider this a unique and fine Tripel that is very accessible and well crafted. World Class, must be experienced.

Slatetank, May 12, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Map Room.

Pours a solid amber with a wonderous head. Filtered and very clear, catching and distorting every stray ray of light that drifts past it.

Smells like light corriander and tons of fruity malts. A very nice blend of fruit and spice, but the only thing that's out of the ordinary for the style is just how well they are balanced together.

Tastes like wow. Remarkably crisp rainbowgarden fruits, nuts, overripe fruits (pears, apples, grapes), tart zippiness, and then a solid sweet yeast finish with the most wonderful little kiss of alcohol you could imagine.

Probaby the best tasting Tripel I've ever had, and that includes Westy 12. It doesn't quite have the 4 Alarm intensity of your average tripel, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

mynie, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of ryannosaurus
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 poured to tulip

Appearance is pale gold, hazy. Well over 2 fingers of pure white head which is fairly persistant... amazing head retention for a fairly high abv light body beer.

Aroma is breezy fresh and light: bready wheat, sugar cookie, lemon

Flavor has amazing spice notes... aggressive when cold: basil, cinnamon, coriander, allspice, pepper. Mellows as it warms and the carbonation slackens, rounds out with honey, sugar cookie sweetness and hint of orange.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, a wonderful lash of C02 masks some big abv

Overall, it is hard to imagine a better Tripel, surprisingly decent value stacked up to some closer to home Tripel's. Some beers chase after style definitions, the rare ones define a style. This would be a case of the latter.

ryannosaurus, May 24, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Served up in official glassware at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse, has a golden slightly orange hazed hue with a frothy egg shell white colored head measures four fingers deep this in the very artistic tulip shaped glass, forms fine intricate Belgian style lacing as it dwindles slowly. Aroma: Spicy black pepper note teamed with a slightly grassy hop character matched with tropical fruit notes of melon and fresh pineapple, what a nice blend of everything some mild acohol is present but very nice. Taste: Somewhat bitter for a Belgian Triple the bitey hop profile pairs nicely with the mango and melon honey tinged malt tones with a slightly alcoholic edge some funky yeast notes finishes dry excellent triple. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied effervescent carbonation slightly syrupy in nature but glides across the palate very silky. Drinkability is amazingly effortless this is one of the greats from Belgium, solid complex layered flavors blend so nicely this brew comes together.

WVbeergeek, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of Bisho
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous Tripel here!

Poured the 330ml bottle it into my Oerbier Glass. Not particularly cloudy with clear golden hues. Approximately a 1 to 2 finger head that disappears quickly leaving a thin white lace. Once settled it looked like molasces in a glass :)

Smell was typically Belgian - Fruity with medicinal phenols but also very herbal, sort of like sweet flowers. It is topped off with vanilla and honey.

Taste was phenomenal! Hints of pepper and spice with orange clove, fruity esters, sweet malt and a hint of vanilla flavour on the back of the palate. The slight sweet caramel aftertaste balanced impeccibly with the alcohol bite on the finish.

As you can tell from my tasting notes, this is a big brew. The mouthfeel just makes it all the more pleasurable too. Silky smooth all the way down even with the noticably high ABV and lively carbonation it presents.

Another BIG tripel with plenty of character that is surprisingly easy to drink! No wonder it's rated by many as one of the best. I have to agree as it is my favourite tripel.

Bisho, May 05, 2010
Photo of techdiver
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy pale amber with a massive white head that dissipates slowly leaving a solid quarter inch cap.

Nose is of honey and malt with some herbal notes.

Taste is spectacular, this has to be the best Tripel I've tried yet. A complex brew that borders on sweet, but not in any derogatory way. Hops affect in a minimal way. Alcohol is perceptible in the finish.

Medium bodied, displays great carbonation.

The most enjoyable Tripel yet. Extremely drinkable, this stuff is awesome. Highly recommended.

techdiver, May 22, 2007
Photo of Csnowbrown
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap, poured in a 12oz tulip
pours crisp golden with a bit of haze. 1 1/2" rich fluffy head. Aromas of clove spice and fruits, a bit of alcohol.
Taste is very smooth with a full yeast flavor and a long crisp finish. Carbonation is superb!
This is a fantastic beer!

Csnowbrown, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of PatrickJR
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

My initial thoughts after a couple of glasses so far: absoWOWlutely freaking delicious.

A - A shade darker than gold with a very slight haze (chill haze?). Huge 3 fingers of head form with fairly short retention. No lacing.

S - SPICE. The only word I can use to describe what immediately jumps out at me. Pepper, onion, coriander, and traces of mint and tea. It's difficult to describe the combination, but it's mainly of savory spices with an herbal accent. In the background there's a suggestion of fermented fruit (apples and pears) and a touch of raw dough.

T - Can it get any better? Hell yes, because it does. Early onset of sweetness, reminds me of a malt liquor (which isn't a bad thing at all in my book) with notes of overripe pears and sour apples. A general spiciness including garlic, cut grass, alcohol, and coriander rides atop a backbone of fermenting dough. Sweetness and fruitiness dissipates mid to late palate allowing the oniony/garlic flavor to pull through fully with a marvelous accent from the otherwise unnoticable alcohol. Shortly thereafter, a small bitterness pulls through with mild phenolic characteristics. Some slight iodine, medicinal, and salty flavors mingle with the alcohol for a semi-dry and mildly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with just a hair or two towards light. Carbonation seems somewhat variable to me; some sips it's a bit prickly and others it's just enough to accentuate the balancing sour and bitter flavors in the brew. I give it a moderate/high vote, though it manages a wonderful sweet and sour character despite this.

D - I hate that most Belgian beers are packaged in 750ml bottles because I often don't want to drink that much of such intensely flavored beers. Karmeliet however is outstanding, and I will gladly finish the last 1/3 of this bottle. Phenomenal stuff. The alcohol is detectable in flavor only rather than a burn on the throat. Carbonation is near perfect allowing for a sense of quaffability. Damn. I really don't know what else to say about this beer except that, after nearly 600 brews, this is one of the best things I have ever tasted.

PatrickJR, May 05, 2009
Photo of xmorgan
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer worth savoring. Bought a 750ml bottle at Whole Foods. They really upped their beer game. Pours a a cloudy yellowish with full white head. Head retention is next to nil on this beer, and the smell is subtle. However sipping it slowing letting it warm up, one can appreciate the different malts in this beer.

The high alcohol comes across quickly on the palate but then the malts and esters catch up, giving this an almost champagne dryness.

xmorgan, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of Braudog
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the 75cl champagne bottle. I chuckled to myself as I recalled the old Miller "champagne of beers" campaign as I popped the cork out of this legitimate claimant of that title. This looked and poured like a barley champagne ... pale yellow with a gigantic poofy, airy, bright white carbonic head that actually squeezes atop my tulip glass and stands on it’s own with a 1/4-inch protruding well beyond the lip before it subsides, slowly and elegantly. The aroma is airy and extremely fruity, not unlike a carbonated lemonade! This drinks like a dream ... light and airy, with light and fruity flavors, yet with a big robust character. Sweet lemon, light yeast. I believe I’ve discovered a prototype for all the good beers of the world. There are fewer and fewer bad beers in the world, but there are also few exceptional beers. This is one of them.(#2725, 2/23/2007)

Braudog, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of BradMacMullin
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Ah, perfection. I have had many tripel karmeleits and it is a time for a review. Had at Yard House on tap in Fenway. This has a bland blonde color which masks the taste. Smells of a malty scent. The taste though resonates with a great blend of hops and malt which is hard to match. I like this a lot. Great stand by. My go to fantastic beer. Can't say enough about this perfect beer

BradMacMullin, Oct 02, 2013
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
96 out of 100 based on 3,285 ratings.