Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,621 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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 J30wang
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank it from the bottle so unsure of the appearance, but a slightly sour, hefeweizen smell wafts from the lips of the brown bottle. My first sip was misted by a heavy foam head--I imagine this one pours a thicker head. A sour, Belgian variety but finishes very sweet and intensely floral scent swooshes out the nostrils as you exhale post-swig. This is a beer that takes awhile for you to get used to, but highly enjoyable after you come around the slight pâté flavor in the beginning. If this one was a wine, it's enjoyment would he equivalent to the french burgundy variety.

Photo of Uglylilpup
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites--strong and refreshing at the same time. Lots going on--sweet, sour, sparkle. A bit of a knee-wobbler when you get up from the table--have plenty of Belgian frites and mayo with it!

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

A: Huge white head. Straw coloured body.
S: Coriander and loads of yeasty peppiness.
T: Quite a lot of coriander and banana with some nice dusty earthiness. Nice and snappy. There's some peach, or that herbal flavour you get from Edelweiss.
O: For a coriander tasting Belgian Tripel I really enjoyed this.

Photo of Johnnywood
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lovely 3 grain triple , taste is awesome

Photo of thehyperduck
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 18 2016 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, producing two fingers of fluffy, resilient, sparkling-white head. It seeps away slowly over the next five minutes or so, coating the glass with a layer of lace as it is gradually reduced to a foamy cap and collar. I am getting an interesting blend of fruits on the nose - red apple, pear and banana, with hints of apricot and white grape. Grainy, bready malts, grassy hay and lemony citrus also come through, as well as some spicy clove and yeastiness.

This is an outstanding tripel. Bready malts, grains and sugary sweetness blend beautifully with notes of lemon zest and banana. Orchard fruits - apricot, apple and pear - are also detectable, with the profile taking a spicy turn near the finish. Notes of grassy hay, clove, pepper and lemon pith tie things up nicely, with the alcohol content being borderline noticeable. Extremely effervescent, with absurdly lively carbonation that causes the beer to froth up in the mouth, giving this tripel a very silky-smooth mouthfeel. Between the aggressive carbonation, spicy finish and touch of ethanol heat, this one seems to have an almost tongue-numbing quality to it.

Final Grade: 4.67, an unbelievable A+. Tripel Karmeliet is a fantastic example of one of my favourite Belgian beer styles, and I am glad I had the wherewithal to pick up a second bottle for cellaring purposes. This should be considered a definite must-try for fans of the style, as well as for Belgian abbey-style beer fans in general - the mouthfeel is just exquisite, and the complex flavour profile is sure to raise a few eyebrows. One of the best examples of this style that I've yet imbibed, and something that I wish I could buy year-round - the perfect beer to celebrate my 1000th tick with.

Photo of dikebrewery
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was good not great. Very earthy, kinda made me want to throw flannel on and chop down a tree.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Gringos & Mariachis in Bethesda, MD.

Served in a snifter glass. Clear and deep gold in color with a creamy white head. Fruity and spicy aroma. Smooth flavor loaded with citrus fruit and peppery spice. Some alcohol in the finish but it actually works well with the rest of the flavors. Medium bodied and beyond easy to drink.

A beer where the sum is greater than its parts. I'd been wanting to try this for a while and I was stoked to find it on-tap.

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

I get bubble gum clove banana this is great if you can get this its a must try. The alcohol is well hidden lucky I only have the 1.

Photo of DanielGryschka
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great look, but nothing special.

Photo of silverblaze540
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Murky amber color, like apple juice. Thick 1 inch head that disappears quickly. Tiny bubbles.

S - Citrus, sourness, malt, and apples.

T - Wheat, citrus, with a sweet finish. Not really bitter.

M - Very thick, not much burn.

O - Citrusy sweet without the bitterness or burn. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Dithyramben
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special, also too much alcohol.

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

my favorite of the Bosteels beer - live and more complex than the others

Photo of Denys
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nothing special. Just ordinnary tripel

Photo of TPatterson70
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice hoppy start with a sweet finish. Great. Nice alcohol feel.

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

This was recommended to my by another BA and I happened to find it in a 750ml at Costco. This was my 2nd tripel and I now see the similarities in style with La Fin du Monde. I enjoyed the light yet crisp taste that closed with subtle sweetness of spice. Highly carbonated and a big billowy head that smelled yeasty and bright. A refreshing warm weather beer that packed a nice 8.4 ABV punch.

Photo of mick303
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, produced a huge head of foam, showing really good retention. Clear light golden colour with a lot of visible carbonation.

S - yeast notes predominate with some sweet sugary notes, lemon balm, sourdough, pears, with some allspice, very interesting and dynamic nose, yeasty with a bit of spice.

T - firm start with barley malt and assertive yeastiness, florals, sweet candied notes, creamy, with oaty notes, pears, slightly smoky, with lactic yeast notes, lemony but not as much as the nose, this has a wonderful character, bright with citrus and florals and sweet caramel, but also a heavier yeasty body that compliments the creamy grainy mouthfeel.

M - delightful, a bit sweet but it is creamy and full and rich, carbonation is on the high side which is good. It is a big beer and that helps hide the strength, giving it a good drinkability.

Highly impressive tripel, flavours keep evolving and developing, this one certainly is very interesting. I find a bit too much of the sweetness shows initially but as the other flavours develop this becomes muted. Firm rich yeasty profile and a very nice balance of the chosen malts to give this a slightly chewy satisfying feel and flavour. Well done.

Photo of Mercarood
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good triple. Not exceptional no frontrunner, but a triple for once in a while.

Photo of bluehende
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice tripel. Expensive but good.

Photo of sjccmd
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich and fruity. Chamomile, flowers, orange marmalade, kumquats. I could go on. Incredibly aromatic. Really leaps from the glass. So much going on. Perfumey and floral hops, with honey and cracker malt rounding things out. Sweet smelling. Some banana and white pepper as well.

Pours a tad hazy dark gold/light orange. Big frothy head, lots of carbonation. Recedes a bit though bubbles continue to feed from the bottom. Not much lacing.

Flavor is a rush of chamomile, bubblegum, and citrus fruits. Clove and banana. Soft cracker malt with honey and some wheat character on the finish. Juicy fruit and spices. Very complex. Moderate hop bitterness, warming alcohol.

Very high carbonation allowing the flavors to really explode on the palate. Medium body. Lots of fruit upfront but finishes mostly dry.

A lot going on in this beer. So much yeast character without being cloying.

Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You can always count on a Tripel to provide an abundance of rocky white head. Tripel Karmeliet delivers immediately and throws in a team of untiring acrobatic bubbles to boot. This fairly pale yet golden beer beams with brightness even despite its slight haziness. Between the sturdy crown and powerful resplendence there's few things that look more appropriate in a chalice.

The bouquet packs such a rush of bright citrus flavour you'd swear it was brewed with orange or lemon zest. Alas, such is just the wonder of Belgian yeast. Still, this aroma is good as sunlight itself and, combined with the scents of grass and feed stable grains, it practically screams of summer months in the countryside. There's a lot of tropical banana flavour in there too!

Not every producer that puts so much detail into their label art pays the same attention to the actual contents of the bottle - Tripel Karmeliet, however, absolutely does. This flavour is layered with cereal-, citrus-, and spice-driven flavours. It has a richness and elegance that can confidently be claimed among the style's best and is really rivaled only by a select few other Belgian producers (i.e., Westmalle).

Not only are there lemon drops as far as the eye can see, but orchard fruits like pear and apple also factor in by the bushel full. White pepper and lemongrass ensure a mix of both spicy and savory components, both of which work well with the dry and earthy tastes of farm-fresh hay, oats, and wholesome, bready malted barley. There's definitely no shortage of graininess!

For as long as I've been reviewing beer (over a decade now) I've always considered Karmeliet my absolute favourite Tripel. While the recipe seems to have changed a little in recent times (much lighter, more citrus-forward) it's still undoubtedly among the best regularly available tripel and probably THE one I'd point to for those aiming to learn about or emulate this great style.

Photo of djack8617
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quickly vanishing head that originally poured a couple fingers thick. clear pale yellow hue. spicey aroma . +++ carbonation on each sip. Very sweet across the palate fruity mostly. very carbonated feel but hides the high alcohol content well.

Very enjoyable beer

Photo of mick_cooper
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Warm, golden hoppy fresh beer, very frothy and lively. Goes down a treat.

Photo of josanguapo
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From Hipercor San Juan. Playing Kings Bounty Dark Side. Great grassy taste and pretty label.

Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into goblet. best before 18/11/16. enjoyed on may 1, 2015

a: an opaque-but-not-fully-opaque pale yellow (yeast sediment was poured in) with a few fingers of white head that disappeared as i was typing this sentence

s: i let this one warm up for about half an hour after taking it out of the fridge. really lovely nose. lots of spicy clove, lemon, and banana. good notes of peach and apricot. in general, a very fruity and inviting aroma, with little malt presence

t: the aforementioned fruits and spice in the front. not getting a lot of malt flavour. medium-minus bitterness at the end

m: probably the harshest carbonation i've ever had from a belgian ale. almost off-putting. otherwise, the beer has a good sticky-creamy feel

o: really tasty stuff, but the carbonation is too much. give it a lot of time to warm up or just don't pour the yeast in

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sitting on a few reviews I haven't posted yet, but this seems like a great way to celebrate the end of tax season (in Canada) and for my 600th review. Expectations are high for this highly acclaimed beer originally from Belgium, but purchased from the local LCBO for about $3.75 CDN. 330 ml bottle served cellar temperature into a tulip.

Appearance - A slow pour still yielded 2+ Fingers of white head that has some impressive staying power. Lots of lively carbonation in this clear, pale golden hued beer. Some sticky lacing left behind.

Smell - Nice big but smooth grain aroma, with some subtle fruit esters brought to my attanetion. Some pear and a hint of grape and apple, with a powerful Belgian yeast aroma. Some white pepper aromatics happening, since the fruity but spicy moniker fits this beer well.

Taste - Dangerously good with the Belgian yeast coming to and fro, some interplay between the pear and grape flavors and some mild heat which seems to pepper, but also mixes with the alcoholic content of this beer in an interesting medley. A little bit juicier than Westmalle's tripel but not as fruity or as robust as La Fin de Monde, Tripel Karmeliet strikes a nice balance between the two.

Mouthfeel - Explosive carbonation, although for a tripel it's not out of character. It's dry but not too dry, It's fruity without taking anything away from the Belgian yeast, in tingles and zings but not too much so.

Overall - What we have here is a near perfect tripel that combines Belgian yeastiness, a medley of grains, some fruit flavors and a spicy aspect so well, that transitions are seamless. Just a joy to drink and this has quickly moved into one of the top two positions on my tripel totempole.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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