Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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95
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3,621 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,621
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 253
Gots: 615 | 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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Photo of zeledonia
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Trying this for the first time. Tasted 9 April 2014.

Pours a gorgeous hazy golden yellow. One finger of dense creamy white head, looking more like milk than foam. Great retention, awesome lacing, and a dense column of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is bright and alive. Lovely yeasty esters with fruit (banana) and gentle spice, plus some residual sweetness in the back. Yum.

Taste has both the sweet, flavorful side and the clean, crisp side. Outstanding. Warm and fruity, a bit of sugar, a faint hint of spice, and only the tiniest touch of bitterness. Balanced, varied, and delicious. Not even a sniff of alcohol.

Feel is fabulous as well. Smooth and fairly light, with a fuzzy carbonation that spreads throughout. Keeps the flavors buzzing around.

One of the best tripels I've had, for sure. Excellent across the board. Great depth, varied flavors, and a delicate balance. Wow.

Photo of Premo88
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

25.9 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(13-06-15 printed on bottom; June 13, 2015 expiration date)

L: now THAT's a head! this thing was foaming up almost through the top of the bottle as soon as I opened it ... massive head, almost the entire glass, white foam that's thick and sticky; brew is bright yellow-orange, maybe a pale gold ... a bit hazy, not 100% clear, but it's mostly clear. no red in it at all.

S: sour grapes, some banana, a little sweetness ... white wine

T: loads of sweetness, fruity like a dubbel, but there's an immediate difference: HOPS! not a ton or any kind of crazy hop-bite, but there is clearly a grassy/citrusy note that must be hops ... surely that isn't all yeast. holy crap is this good -- it's like a lemony dubbel; the fruit here is a mix of pear, apple, strawberries -- very sweet and light; candy orange with a lemon twist

F: if this isn't perfect, there's no such thing ... totally Belgian with a full-on blast of carbonation

O: better than I imagined, and I imagined it would be good ... a fantastic mix of sweet and tart notes with nothing overcoming anything else ... there's citrus notes, there's sweet fruit, there's even that pinch of grassiness -- more the flavor of hops than bitterness. a fantastic brew, so good I plan on revisiting this one often this summer (it seems perfect for hotter weather)

Photo of JTuomi
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a goblet.

Golden straw color with a big white head that eventually settled down to a thin spotty layer. Beautiful looking lively carbonation.

Smell of orange, lemon, grass and some yeast with vanilla.

At first a mildly sweet peppery taste that is followed by a slightly bitter and dry lemony aftertaste with some apple and vanilla. The alcohol gives some warmth but doesn't taste through.

Pretty high carbonation and a medium light body. Really enjoyable beer. Would be excellent on a hot summer day.

Photo of Goalcam
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far one of the best beers that is mass produced. I have found variance though from small bottles vs. big bottles, particularly when drinking it in the EU. The fresher it is the more spice and flavor it has. This is a very refined beer. It goes down smooth with no weird tastes. You can never go wrong with this one.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Tripel Karmeliet large Tulip glass. Bright gold color & clear appearance. White foam, very close & lasting crown. Belgian yeast, sugar, intense herbal, pale cereal, subtle phenolic & cane sugar aromas as well as citric, vanilla & estery hints. Sweet malty & sparkling upfront rounded by spicy touch & gentle fruity bitterness. Medium to full body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Velvet palate, voluptuous & dense with spiced notes. ABV is felt as a kind & sugary heat. Crisp herbal & bready freshness in the middle. Long sweet finish lingers in a fruity aftertaste – peach & apricot- with vanilla touches. Refreshing & delightful!!

Photo of DemoniChris
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Review #300! I figured this was a worthy beer for the occasion.
Poured from a bottle into a mini-snifter and a flute glass.

A - Extremely appealing light yellow-green hue with a ton of carbonation. Head retention is poor, but that doesn't take away from how awesome this beer looks!

S - lemon zest, pepper, orange, peach, banana and bread notes. Very complex and quite inviting.

T - Better than the aroma, but stays quite true to how the smell is. Lemon zest, pepper, peaches, orange peel and biscuit qualities are all coming through to me. WHERE IS THE ALCOHOL?! Because I don't get a hint of it whatsoever. Very refreshing and drinkable.

M - Very light feel for me. Extremely carbonated, works for the style most certainly.

O - This is one of the best tripels I've tried, and I'd easily put it on par with La Fin Du Monde. As for which one of these is superior, I don't know of I could give you an answer. A bit steep at $14 per 750ml or $6 per 12oz bottle, but I feel like this was worth the money. With La Fin being so much cheaper, I don't know if I'll try this again any time soon, but it's definitely at the top of its game for the style.

Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazingly crystal clear super light blonde color with lots of visible effervescence with a craggy and huge bright white head. Dry biscuit on the nose with dry fruits, melons and apples, touch of bananas with faint herbal spicy hop aroma.

Light bodied with champagne like effervescence. Surprisingly mild in flavor which is awesome, light toasty graininess, dry biscuits, sweet fruitiness along the mid-palate with an extremely dry and clean finish with an earthy herbal hop flavor. Extremely subtle with delicate flavors that layer beautifully. Light refreshingly and full of immense subtle character that is in perfect balance.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big, billowing, white meringue lasts an eternity. The almost clear straw gold beer explodes with tiny carbonation. Ample lacing coats the interior walls of a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

Light funkiness, similar to dried hay, is followed by succulent kiwi and honeydew. This beer warms to reveal highly floral qualities and adds spicing of white pepper and coriander. Late in the session, peach skin is revealed.

Fresh apples mixed with myriad spices. Sourdough adds to a fine balance between sweetness and sourness. A subtle, yet lingering finish brings out a hint of bitterness. Warmth blossoms spices and bready flavors.

The alcohol is completely concealed. Exuberant carbonation thins this beer to a medium body. The texture is that of cotton.

Tripel Karmeliet would make a fantastic pairing with boisterous conversation and hors d ’oeuvres, or a flavorful meal.

Photo of SmashPants
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a light brown 330mL brown bottle with a very busy yet stylish old-school Belgian label depicting the wheat fields.

Appearance: pours a honey amber colour with fine carbonation. A big white head bursts up and settles to a creamy white finger, leaving thick lacing as it dropped. Looks awesome!

Aroma: smells of spice, pepper, wheat and orchard fruits. Quite complex and refreshing.

Taste: again the complexity of flavours come through nicely with some heavier brandy and heavy fruits.

Aftertaste: flows through to the finish, lingering for a time. Pretty easy drinking yet nice as a slow sipper.

Mouth feel: a moderate- to- fuller body, with the sharp carbonation avoiding it being too syrupy.

Overall: a good quality Belgian Tripel - nice complexity of wheat, Belgian yeasts, orchard fruits, spice and some heavier ABV notes. Well worth the price.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened this birthday present that had been sitting in my garage fridge for 2 years. It poured a light burnt orange into the Duvel tulip glass. It had a good 3-4 finger head with tight bubble pattern.

The smell was spicy and of citrusy fruits. Was getting primarily orange in the back of the nostrils.

Taste was sweeter than I remembered for Tripels but good. Got a little bit of a banana on the tongue. It also seemed to have a very light caramel tinge to it. In the mouth the left a tingle at the back of the throat. Overall a delicious beer.

Photo of DJLehnherr
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A clear golden hue with a perfectly white foamy head. A lot of citrus-scents here, almost an orange "Fruit Loops" scent. Some yeastiness, but it's dominated by the citrus scents.

A lot of the citrus flavor comes through on the first taste. Little hoppiness. I feel like the taste doesn't long linger.

A very easy to drink 8.4% ABV triple beer.

Photo of Pero1974
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was a bit disappointed. This is supposed to be one of the best tripels in the world, but I've had many beers that were much better. It is a good, decent beer, but not outstanding. I miss some spices in the aroma, the flavor is good, full but a bit flat. By no means a bad beer, but I just expected so much more of it.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a gift set with four bottles and a beautiful oversized tulip glass.

Quite a bit of head on this brew, so much so that it spits out when I uncap the bottle. The pour produces a foam fest and requires about 4 pours and a 5 minute wait to allow it to settle. Even after this period, a finger of foam remains, pale white and frothy. Lace is scattered everywhere. Cloudy and golden in the body with a robust carbonation. 4.25

Citrus and melon abound on the nose and explode from both bottle bottle and the glass. Pineapple and passion fruit are part of the mix too. Sweet malt notes lie beneath, but it's hard to think much about these with the delectable fruit aromas that dominate. 4.5

With all the excitement that the nose developed for me, the palate does not disappoint. It's pretty true from nose to palate, with rich melon, citrus and tropical fruit. Much more sweet malt is evident, adding mellow caramel notes. Close to the finish enter earthy notes and light grassy hops, before the beer again closes out sweet and melon-like. 4.5

Sweet and creamy and light on the yeasty mouthfeel with a feel like biting into a juicy melon: juicy but then thick and semi-dry. It's a medium-bodied brew with a quality to it like drinking a port or something else you'd sip slowly. 4.5

This beer is awesome. How can you hate on this? Fi-yah.

Photo of djura
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light yellow color with medium carbonation. Huge white head. Nice.
S-Most beautiful aroma of flower from yeast i guess,fruits,so fresh and good.
T/M-So nice! You could feel lots of spices,fruits,flower aroma. Can`t say what is better.
Minus is maybe to high carbonation,but that is typical for bottle conditioned beers.
O- One of the best aromatic beers i ever had!

Photo of fourstringer
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL cork & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Gentle hand. Dated 23-05-15 on the base. Had many times, never reviewed.

A: Golden, apple-juice yellow with good clarity. 3 fingers of sudsy, white head that fades quickly to a thin coat. Very light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with fruit notes featured strongly - mango, peach, pear. Light grass, straw. Light indistinct spice.

T: Yeast-fueled fruit and spice kick things off with a gradual transition to a very mild hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish with strong fruit lingering in the aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly present for 8.4% ABV. Some vanilla.

M: High carbonation with a moderate body. No prickliness. A surge of effervescence fills the mouth with flavor. Really superb feel.

O: Excellent, if not a bit boozy, tripel. Great fruit notes and superb mouthfeel. This is one I keep coming back to.

Prost!

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle code C-03-CABF 3.38 03:01 at 45 degrees into own glass
Aroma fruity, somewhat like apples or pears
Head large (6 cm), off-white, creamy with occasional large bubble, slowly diminishing
Lacing OK, basically separate clots
Body straw colored with slight yeast haze with some rising bubbles but not enough to be considered sparkling
Flavor slightly sweet, no hint of roasted malts. Well attenuated. Slightly spicey with a late slight alcohol burn.
Body light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

While not a big fan of triples, this one is pretty good. The subdued alcohol taste makes it easy to drink.

Photo of brunomorenodebrito
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden, white head with good formation and retention. In the nose fruity, spicy and orange, maltiness in second plan with earthiness os yeast. In the taste nice balance, maltiness, orange and yeast fruitness really in equilibirum. Really great belgian tripel, one of my favorites

Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My impression of this beer with a quick taste before analyzing was that it was a classic, nicely balanced, smooth Belgian beer. It's always hard to review a beer that doesn't wow you, but impressed you with its simplicity, so...

The beer pours yellow, translucent to hazy, and you can see the carbonation that feed the substantial head. I don't get a strong nose, but there's some banana and maybe a slight hint of lemon.

The taste starts out a little yeasty and definitely carbonated. This carbonation holds as the taste adds a little tartness. A bit of banana sneaks in as well. The starting taste, however, remains as the backbone throughout. The rest of the tastes simply accent the flavor.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-hazy gold color with a large white head that did not go away and left a large lace
S-spicy pepper, wheat and some lemon
T-Banana with spice and a hint of pepper and lemon, that goes to a spicy lemon aftertaste with a warming as the glass warmed
M- creamy and high carbonation that seems to be light body but once the creamyness goes down maybe medium body
O-Very complex with lots going on at the same time. Everytime I took a sip I had to add a note.

Photo of Kuaff
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tripel Karmeliet... I chose to drink out of a snifter at cellar temperature. I like the sort of medieval, rustic-looking label. Heh.

The three-finger head on this beauty doesn't last particularly long, but at first when I was pouring, let me tell you, it was an unstoppable fizzy force. Color-wise, the head is pure white and the beer is a vibrant liquid gold.

The aroma is like a fragrant perfume. It's floral - like, actually VERY similar to flowers, and has a delightful mix of fruity scents interwoven throughout the bouquet (wow, sounding snobbish, here). I definitely get some citrus, but also probably green apples, mango, and maybe even pineapple! And of course, this being a Belgian beer, their is also a bready note underneath everything. An amazing aroma.

Oh my. I wasn't quite prepared for such a flavor. I mean... WOWSA. Tart (but not too tart) apple and citrus fruitiness balanced with an abundance of profoundly sweet (but not too sweet), malty breadiness. It's got a satisfying, lingering finish with the bready taste, accompanied by slightly bitter hoppiness as the fruitiness sort of dries up. Sensational.

The feel is perfection. This is an effervescent ale, but when it hits my tongue and I'm prepared for the bite of high carbonation, it instead just kind of melts in my mouth. Yup. It's not just food that can do that. This tripel does it too. How can a liquid "melt?" I don't know.

A marvelous beer, brewed with authentic, traditional Belgian style. That's what this is.

Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-yeast, malt, bananas, spices, pepper, hint of lemon

T-wheat, bananas, coriander, cloves, yeasty, little lemon, pepper, crisp bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-I found this Tripel quite unique, it has a bit of saison-like character to it

Photo of STEELERFAN2390
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

THIS IS THE BEST TRIPEL MADE.

A-pours a creamy golden yellow ,with crazy bubbles streaming.

S-lemon -pepper , grains, breads,vanilla ,banana,some clove and spices.

T-has a hint of alcohol ,but this is where this beer impresses. at first its lemon zest grainy flavor is robust ,followed by a smooth ,crisp and refreshing dryness to finish like a champagne.
OUTSTANDING! ...very poundable.

M-the carbonation is great ,and really brings out the sweet/bitter dryness that is epic!

O-this is my favorite beer in this style. It is a little on the lighter side as far as look and taste and is very drinkable ..it has a uniqueness that supersedes anything it lacks in tradition.

purchased at total wine in naples,fl for 15.99$ for a 4-pk of 11.2 oz bottles.

Photo of Brandegee
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap pour into goblet at babo market in Ann Arbor.

A: Dark goldish yellow with typical tripel lacing
S: Sweet fruit, lots of banana and spice
T: The spice and sweet smells continue uninterrupted into the taste, which is surprisingly sharp and defined for a tripel. Banana, pepper, and wheat are the first flavors that spring to mind.
M: Strong carbonation with this tripel. Slightly syrupy finish that coats the mouth nicely and helps back up the "sugariness" of this beer that perhaps help explain the name.
O: I can't say it's my favorite tripel. There's a lot of good ones out there and this is to me lacks the depth of some of the other Belgians and even some American examples. But the crispness here, enhanced by healthy carbonation, is a pleasant surprise.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass
A-hazy golden color with a creamy white head
S-sweet banana, vanilla and citrus aroma
T-same as aroma but with spice wheat and oats
M-goo carbonation well balanced of bitterness spice and sweetness with the citrus
O-great tripel great wheat taste and light wonderful amounts of sweetness and spice,

Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Best before 03/2014

A: Looks like a nice, clear pilsener in color. Huge active wheat head. Many tiny scrubby bubbles that eventually slow to a mild steady stream of CO2. Got a tiny bit of yeast in the bottom, much less than I was expecting. My guess is it was bottled with some carbonation already, perhaps at lager temperatures, and given the small amount I noticed for extra zip. Much less yeast than, say a hefeweizen.

S: Really mild smell, which gives me deep mellow malt with mostly Belgian yeast aromomatics. Familiar Belgian spices, alcohol, and mild grain. Hiding well is an herbal, lemon pepper nose.

T: Full on lemony, herbal, slight pepper, alcohol, smooth simple malts. Pilsener and wheat malts provide a stage for an incredible Saaz hop showcase. The alcohol carries the hop presence all over the mouth, while allowing the grainy malts to finish the race. Mild-medium hop bitterness, mostly herbal, some spiciness. Belgian yeast is present, but remains clean, allowing the hops to shine followed by the simple malts. Good acidity to keep the sips coming and flavor refreshing.

M: Active carbonation for the style seems appropriate. It seems a bit much, but it keeps it exciting in the flavor department. Moderately soft water keeps bitterness low, but highly flavorful. Thin, mostly watery alcohol with a light and barely sweet finish. Malt sticks on the tongue well after the drink, low astringency.

O: An idyllic Belgian Tripel Ale. A true nod to the pilsener heritage with tons of Saaz hops and clean, crisp drinking experience. The Karmeliet abby cleverly used wheat and oat as they advertise instead (or in addition to) Belgian candi sugar. This provides extra alcohol and grain flavor while remaining dry. The balance in this beer is so complex, with low aromatics, big hop flavor, low bitterness and lots of oomph. For me, this is a whimsical blend of classic Saaz hop flavor with high quality malts brewed in the Belgian tradition and is remarkable every sip of the way.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,621 ratings.