Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,229
Hads: 3,650
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 256
Gots: 634 | FT: 6
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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 wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket during its sale on Belgian bottled beers~~ BB 10/1/08, served lightly chilled in a tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: nice orangey-golden colour, coming with a medium-thick white frothy beer head with very good retention; the carbonation condition is just about right for a Belgian bottle-conditioned beer: gentle and constant, never overly fizzy.
S: harmoniously perfumy and fruity... the tropical fruit estery note comes colourful but light-bodied, on top of a constant stream of juicy (cake-ish) malts and grains with but a touch of candy-sugar; lots of fruit elements to discern (for fun): pineapple, green apple peel, banana, apricot, ripe fig, orange/tangerine peel, lemon blossom, Chinese green bean paste...all mixed together, while the lightly spicy yeastiness follows at each step, but plays the second fiddle to the main fruity theme. Everything is so softly threaded together by the perfumy string--just brilliant!!!!
T: creamy maltiness backed by smoothly fruity yeasty backbone lubricates the tip of the tongue, gradually more tartly-sweet fruity elements (mainly lemon-cake, pineapple and sugar-cane juice) expand on the palate, and bringing on board an exotic, Chinese green-bean paste like yeasty+malty+fruit-estery flavour which doesn't go large but lingers quietly and subtly at the back end of the tongue. A slightly herbal-sweet (slightly licorice?) but also dryish aftertaste of hops(?) and yeasts round off the palate in the very finish.
M&D: given the ideal condition of carbonation, the beer's creamy and soft texture is one of the most enjoyable for this style... The medium body and complex flavour against an almost non-existent alcoholic backbone makes this beer utterly easy to drink... If given a richer flavour profile this just might be an all-time winner, IMO! (1,834 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

pure gold with a touch of haze and rising bubbles. i got about two inches of beer and four of foamy, lumpy white head that takes forever to fall and leaves a nice web of lace. three pours and i finally got it all in the glass.

lemons, belgian yeast, and a ton of peppery cloves in the aroma. touch of tart apples.

flavor is tart and barny with lemons, yeast and band-aids. prickly and spicy. alcohol well-hidden among the strong, but balanced flavors. doesn't jump out at me as a world-beater but i can't find anything to complain about. nicely made beer. (603 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium fluffy pure white head, gobs of proteins floating in a golden body. Lots of lacing coating the glass. Clearly active carbonation.
S - Lovely fruity hop aroma, with bready malt.
T - Medium maltyness which is not too sweet, but fruity, like star fruit. Pleasant belgian yeast notes. corriander and pepper.
M - Stunned to find such mild carbonation. It appeared there would be more from looking at it. Nice medium body.
D - This is a great little beer. I would if having that much floating protein affected the flavor at all. (538 characters)

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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%. (522 characters)

Photo of jda007
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
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! (504 characters)

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, unbelievably gorgeous bottle. Depiction of farmers working in a field, of what I believe would be some ingredient in the beer. Make me wonder if the Carmelite Brothers from my childhood are involved in this.

Maybe I am a little turned off on Tripels, but this one did not impress too much. A basic looking head and body, slightly wispy on top, but very "macro" in color.

Taste: a bit odd, fruity, sweet ending on a sour note. Very alcoholic mouthfeel. Would make a wonderful summer beer. Very drinkable at 8%. (531 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle, dated (best before, I presume) 12/07/07. Shimmering gold, very active carbonation, unstoppable rocky eggshell-white head. Lovely Belgian yeast esters: pear/apple wine, citrus zest -- a sweet scent not unlike that of Lemonheads candy. Biting spiciness up front, sour apples, lemon drops, coriander seeds. Huge fluffy mouthfeel. Softens greatly to a smooth, dextrinous finish. Overall, the taste is characterized by a spicy sweetness. Demure Saaz presence peeks through here and there. Yeast pour adds a slight haze and a minimal chalkiness. No alcohol taste at all, but my tongue is numb, so I know it's there. Super drinkability. An incredible tripel, and an utterly beautiful beer all around. (707 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HUGE fluffy rocky bleach white head. Lacing in large chunks down the glass. Pale golden color with tiny bubbles rising constantly and tiny specks of yeast floating around in the liquid.

Big alcohol smell riding "shotgun" with sweet esters (I'm not sure what) and yeast sitting in the backseat.

Alcohol taste and definitely a heating sensation on the way down. Slight fruitiness that is overpowered by the alcohol with a yeasty taste rounding it out. Great feeling beer that tingles all it touches. Smooth and very well carbonated. This is an enjoyable beer that I found at a great price. Pick one of these up if you can. (626 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a lovely copper color from my 750 mL bottle with lots and lots of bubbles, forming a large head that reduces to a nice thickness in my glass.

It smells of biscuits and lightly of spices.

The taste is great. It's sweet with the perfect balance of bitter. The biscuit aromas carry over to the taste. In short, it's perfectly Belgian. The above-average alcohol content is masked very well. The taste finishes with spiciness that lingers in my mouth.

The body is light and effervescent, thanks to the high carbonation. There's a bit of slickness too.

This is a great triple. Its spice flavors aren't as big as others, and that probably makes it even more drinkable. (685 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Continuing on my Belgian beer kick, tonight I purchased a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet at Downtown Wine & Spirits. It comes in a 11.2 oz. brown bottle, which says "'3 grain' beer, still brewed after a 17th century recipe from the old Carmelite monastery of Dendermonde". I chilled this while I ate dinner, and then let it warm to approximately 50°F. I didn't have my normal glassware. I served this in a rather odd, conical, glass from The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Appearance: This beer looks like a standard Tripel. It pours a hazy golden, that appears almost orange at times. The beer is topped by a mountain of white head that recedes, but still leaves a layer at the surface an eighth to a quarter inch thick, with nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are spicy, almost peppery notes here, along with fruity aromas.

Taste: Up front spicy peppery notes are prominent. Sweet fruity flavors emerge in the center, along with a bready yeasty falvor, but the spiciness remains. This beer finishes sweet with an alcoholic warmth. The presence of hops here is subtle.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. The carbonation here is prickly, but not overdone.

Drinkability: This is a delicious beer. I could have a few of these.

Overall: This is a really nice example of the style. The flavors are complex, but well-balanced. (1,338 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

Appearance- hazy cloudy orange with a big thick white head.
Smell- spice and fruit. Bananas, apples, and malt.
Taste- clove, pepper, apple, banana, malt, caramel.
Mouthfeel- sweet with a light touch of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Overall- such a good beer. Just as delicious on tap. I could drink this all day. Although not a chugging beer. I could easily polish off several! (442 characters)

Photo of Voss
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Tripel looks gorgeous in its unique glass, and the eye does not lie. Smell of what you could believe it was liquid honey arise from a three fingers head, so sweet, with a touch of herb and wheat. Medium carbonation teases its pale golden medium body. Warmth in your mouth as the alchool gets more evident as you reach the bottom of the glass. Spicy and fruity taste, mostly exotic fruits with the roughness of the grain.
An excellent brew you should try and, if you like, pair with a good piece of italian "parmigiano reggiano". (534 characters)

Photo of markman
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet:

Rushing carbonation in a sea of crystal clear gold…sitting in my Duvel tulip, she is absolutely stunning under her thick and gossamer-light two inch blanket of rich heady foam. She’s as creamy as bread pudding, with hints of vanilla and lemon…a long, astringent finish completes a beautiful experience. Out-freakin’-standing Tripel, and about as drinkable as they come.

Note: 2nd pour from this 750mL has all kinds of floaties in it…and while the appearance of this pour takes a severe hit, other characteristics remain divine (though a bit more spice in the finish).

Cheers… (628 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Piraat snifter, this one looks to have massive carbonation. It has a slightly hazy yellow/gold color, with a decent thick head on top. Fine lacing. Smell is complex and perfumy with notes of citrus fruits, cloves, and other spice. The taste hits you quickly along with a burst of carbonation. Sour fruit at first and fairly phenolic toward the finish. Bitterness is fairly low, or at least not very noticible with that medicinal flavor in the mix. Very crisp, smooth feel, and again, very bubbly, which I like for a lighter beer. I think the strong malt flavors hide the 8% alcohol well. Highly drinkable brew... (625 characters)

Photo of stouty1
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For someone just trying out the Belgiums, this one hit me kinda strong at first. I was really impressed with the pour. Carmel in color but the head was perfect and never went away. A full 3/4 to 1 inch thick!!!

I could smell the fruitiness of apples, I think? But, I must have tried too hard to pull some smell out as I had a hard time getting anything after the initial sniff. The taste hit me hard in the beginning with the taste of alcohol, but I was acclamated after a few sips, and it became rather enjoyable. Lifting it to my mouth (repeatably) I start to inhale and smell the fruit and spice.

Drinking it from a 750mL bottle and poured into my favorite snifter, I will enjoy this for the remainder of the Rose Bowl game. (733 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this out as part of the best flight of beers I've ever experienced at the Flying Saucer in Addison, Texas. This is one where you know you're drinking a high gravity beer but the alcohol is not apparent or cause for hestinancy. A great Belgium beer that I would drink all evening. Nice light color and carbonation. Quite impressive. (337 characters)

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a pour golden with a pillowy white head.
the smell of sweet corriander is up front with spiciness, florial and slight alcohol.
the flavor is spicy with a creamy maltiness, carmelized malt explodes on your tongue, lingering spicyness drops poff with some mineriality and finishes with a light after flavor.
the mouthfeel is key here the beer coats your mouth with flavor (381 characters)

Photo of BarrelBrother
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm usually more partial to the "Dubbel" style Belgium offerings but this one is quite satisfying and smooth. Just enjoyed a couple of bottles over the holidays and found it very drinkable.

Apperance: Golden straw color, slightly hazy, and when pouring the big creamy head builds quickly. A frothy wonder indeed!
Smell: Very nice, light, apples and clove that tickle your nose. A full bodied aroma.
Taste: Excellent! Smooth, crisp and tangy. Starts sweet, but has a nice finish, almost dry. Very unusual and enjoyable for a "tripel". Alcohol though present on the palate doesn't overwhelm the experience.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky. Welldone.
Drinkability: Very, very good! Some Belgium brews find me doing one and done. I had 3 of these beauties in one sitting on Christmas Eve and all I could say is "It's a Wonderful Life"! ! (837 characters)

Photo of Toddv29424
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours with an enormous head that never stops growing, and particles continually float around the whole body. The smell is very sweet, much like the candied malts you would expect in a tripel like this. The taste is almost perfect after you let it mellow... There is a slight hint of alcohol which is not hidden and a lack of a substantial body like other Belgians. Overall what a great tripel should be, highly recommended. (433 characters)

Photo of numenor1
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this a few times, finally reviewing it. Pours a hazy straw color with a nice fluffy head that laces well. Smells grainy, of apples and faint lemon. Starts off with a stab of sweetness then slowly dries out through the palate. Slight apples, apricot, a little yeasty funk--some earthiness as well. The mouthfeel is beautiful. When allowed to hit room temperature, or close to it, it is so light and fluffy, almost weightless. Softly effervescent and terrific. As drinkable as any tripel i suppose... (502 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first true Belgian tripel. Comes off as a little bit darker than other tripels I've had, but maybe this is a trait of Belgian tripels. The colour is still very much in line with what I expect: a cloudy, unfiltered apple juice colour accompaied by a fluffy white head.

Smells good: spiciness and a bit of fruit; can't say much due to a stuffed nose. Taste is cloves, hints of citrus and spices. An undertone of alcohol. The three grains make for an interesting combination.

Very refreshing and enjoyable, but with a slight sour metallic tinge. It may have benfitted from being served a bit colder. (605 characters)

Photo of ohitsbrad
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18 November 2005, Best Before Oct 06

Appearance is a little misty (poured the whole bottle in), pale golden yellow colour, white diminishing pillowy head, no lacing. Aroma of sweet spicy fruit (bananas, pears?) and belgian yeast. Flavour is refreshing, spicy, fruity and grainy with a warming finish and a bit of alcohol. Juicy on the palate. Overall rather drinkable. (371 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tripel Karmeliet.

A = Poured a pale straw colour with a thick foam head that lingered for ages.

S = The smell of candy sugars and alcohol flowed through the air permeating your senses. Very Nice.

T = Taste is of a sweet candy begining that becomes a slightly prickly alcohol middle and warm finish.

M = Low carbonation for easy drinking.

D = The alcohol taste in this brew makes it hard for me to drink more than one per session. But definitely one I will drink again. (484 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter/chalice type glass at Lunar Brewpub in Villa Park.

Appearance- Beautiful two finger head. A slightly dark, hints of cloudiness, golden ray of tripel sunshine.

Smell- Candy sugar, with an earthy fruit bouqet better defining the sweetness of the smell. With hops leveling things off before they get out of hand.

Taste- Malty, sugary start with a slight hoppy middle. Aftertaste is a great mix of light bodied fruits and hops. With a slight alcohol aftertaste that warms the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied palate.

Drinkability- Could have a couple pints over spread out over the course of teh evening. But not a session before. (675 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle.

Very bubbly, large head sitting on top of a straw colored, hazy beer. Lots of carbonation. Very interesting looking. Not what is expected from a tripel.
Smell is sweet, honey flowers and some grain. Very complex. The taste is also very complex, with some vanilla, pepper, citrus [lemons, orange] and herbs. The beer is very smooth, creamy and crisp. No alcohol kick, which is surprising given the ABV.
Mouthfeel is good. Cleansing.
Overall, this is an amazing beer. Very complex. Not the usual tripel, but highly recommended. I will certainly be trying to get my hands on some more of this [my other bottle broke in transit...a tragedy!].

12/06 I did get my hands on another bottle [750 ml] and this was as good, if not better, than the first one. Just a great beer. Will be looking for more whenever I get the chance.

10/07 Another bottle. Still great, but for some reason it just seemed too sweet this time. Not sure if my palate has changed, the mood, food, or whatever. (991 characters)

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.