Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,624
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 253
Gots: 616 | 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 TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Had this on tap at the Hopleaf bar in Chicago. Poured into authentic brewery chalice.

Appearance: Deep orange color, with four fingers of finely celled white head.

Smell: The smell was very fruity, and actually kind of floral. A mixture of flower nectar and bready malt aromas.

Taste: I found it very sweet, with a tart aftertaste.

Notes: This was very good, and I'll drink it again.

Photo of Hop2it
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml with the shoot-your-eye-out cork wrapped up with green wire. Pours out teeming with aggressive carbonation and a light orange brown color. Big frothy white head of tight sugary bubbles.

Smells soft, sweet, and tart like lemon. I was not ready for how full this brew is. Its light appearance does little to highlight the malty goodness here. The flavor comes in three dramatically different phases, I'll eloquently call 1, 2, and 3:

1 is light and hoppy like a good pilsner, but with an obvious alcohol burn. The sides of my tongue pinch with salt and acidity.

2 is a wave of syrup, roasted malts and wheat. Hold on a second (I'm reviewing live here), I just noticed the flakes of yeast or wort or something floating around my glass. I'm no expert with triples, but since this beer tastes exeptionally good I'm going to venture a guess that this sediment is intentional.

The 3rd phase is really just a slow aftertaste of the complex malts. There is a lot of flavor to ponder as you savor this brew. This is where mouthfeel completely mirrors the taste profile. There is so much going on I feel like to describe it all would be a dizzying maze of rambling... "If writing a beer review were a romance novel, this would be it!" my friend replies.

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

330 ml bottle. Slightly hazy light orange color. Billowing white head. The aroma is a little fruity, with lemon and mango. Peppery spiciness. Sweet, malty vanilla flavor. Fruit and spices. There is a doughy characteristic to the flavor. The finish is hoppy. Some of the flavors in this remind me of a wheat beer. The high alcohol level is well concealed, but this is still clearly a big beer. This is one of my favorite Belgian Tripels.

Photo of nortmand
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly less than clear, golden orange, with a nice fluffy, white head.
Smells bready, doughy and very spicy. Pepper, cloves.
Taste is stupendous. Fairly sweet, with a nice, uplifting peppery clove. Ends with a tinge of bitterness and the most remotely faint skunk. Nice, mellow alcohol burn.
Very fizzy, almost soda like mouthfeel. Not really soft enough.
Very drinkable, despite the impressive strength of flavor and alcohol.

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

Had this one up at Lake Tahoe. There's a really good beer store next to the safeway in Truckee, sorry didn't write the name down or anything. Recognized the name and at 5.50 a 750ml it looked like a good deal. With a great looking silk-screened green bottle that i almost wanted to save.

Appearance: dark yellow, straw, great carbonation and good head
smell: fruity, plums, pears and tartness
Taste: the fruitiness continues, not a fruit beer but lots of fruit taste. pretty clean but not too clean, tangy, similar to some saisons but not the same.
Mouthfeel: crisp and prickly carbonation
Drinkability: it's refreshing. It's a good hour to spend with this beer. Will come back for more.

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

I have had this quite a few times now, but have never entered a review for it. This review is from notes of several tastings. I have only had this beer in 12oz bottles, so this review is of that format. Appearance is right on. Dark golden with a huge head of white billowy foam that lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. The aromas are all white pepper, yeasty spices and some nice fruitiness. Alcohol is muted and basically not noticeable at all. Taste is fruity with some citrus notes and some sweet candy sugar notes as well. Middle is doughy and bready and the finish is peppery and hot, but not boozy in the least. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not too thick at all and the drinkability remains good as well. Reviewing this after Westmalle makes me realize how good ofa Triple this is. In the top 5, and possibly even the top 3 for the style.

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

Heaven in a bottle.

Golden color with a fuffy white head that slowly fades as you drink leaving a good amount of chunky lacing.

Smell is very pleasant. Spicy with a slight fruityness and a hint of grain and sweet malts. Corriander and possibly clove make a good showing.

Taste is superb. No trace of alcohol, starting slightly fruity with a slight sweetness. Fades off into a good spicy hop finish that doesn't dry out the mouth. No off flavors at all, just strictly solid flavors.

Best beer I've ever had. At 8% ABV it might not be a sessionable beer, but that won't stop me from having a few, now to find it in a closer location than Oregon.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is yet another of the new releases at Dirty John's. This is by far my favorite of the new belgians. It definitely lived up to all the hype my Chicago friends gave it.

The beer pours to a clear and light color with a huge fluffy head. The carbonation of this brew is truly something to behold. It looks like a champagne. I would like to pour it into a flute glass to check it out, but it looks great in a tulip as well.

The smell is a bit sweet from candi sugar as well as a bit bready and clove-ish from the yeast and malt. An extremely mild spicy hop lingers in the back.

The taste is a bit grainy and yeasty, but definitely sweet. There is also a mild banana ester along with an unexpected grapefruit flavor. A mild hop bite shows up in the finish to complement the alcohol burn. Has a bit of coriander in the early finish as well. Quite a tasty blend.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin-bodied, but it seems to be done perfect. I love this tripel more than any other tripel I've tried. Swirling around the mouth reveals a plethora of pleasant flavors as the carbonation does its work on the tastebuds. This is a very dangerously drinkable tripel at 8%, but just as quaffable as a 4% brew.

My friends and I loved this brew so much that we ordered some Tripel K tulips online. This beer has turned over a new leaf in Beer Advocacy for me, as heretoforth I had only gotten my friends to drink hefes and dunkels with the occasional bock.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright cloudy orange with a small off-white head. The aroma is strong, and of oranges. Nothing else can be smelled which is kind of a let down. The taste is a lot like the smell. Big orange flavor, but a bit tangy too, and very juicy. Nice, but not very complex. The alcohol is completely hidden. I would liked to have seen the alcohol come through, and add a little complexity to the taste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and juicy. Overall, drinking this beer is a lot like drinking a glass of orange juice. Which isn't necessarily bad. It's big, juicy, and flavorful which is enough in my book.

Photo of kegerator
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very nice and interesting.
pours a golden yellow with hints of coppery orange. Developes a 2 inch head thats fizzy but stick around and leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is hoppy, wow. never had this in a triple or belgian ale before. Slight citrus aromas and fruity esters come through with a wisp of alcohol in the background.
Taste was a hit of hop up front that lends to the sugary sweet fruit and slight vanilla flavors. It is slightly watery but has good bite and carbonation, crisp and finishes slightly dry.
definitely a new favorite.

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

this beer is a closet staple for me and ive never gotten around to reviewing it.. got the beautiful logo glasses and all that, a proper sitting with a 750 and now its time to review.

deep orange and crystal clear with loads of champagne-like carbonation. head starts out uncontrollably large and airy, shuts down at a medium pace leaving some thick and crispy lacing. looks great especially in the highly-recommended logo glassware.

aroma is candied orange bready and carrying a brandy-like alcohol heat. delicious nose- nothing off or sour to be detected anywhere here. aroma is the true test of a tripel, and this one passes with honors.

starts off with a mouth full of carbonation. malts slip into the forefront with vanilla hints.. immediately overwhelmed by sweet light berries and a syrupy sweetness. mild hop bitterness and bubble activity continues through and adds some contrasting beeriness to the complexity here. easy drinking and a classic for belgian beers.

side note: in belgium, this is a very common for a micro beer, like the sierra nevada of belgium. even the stankiest bars carried it and served in proper glassware. this gave me my first exposure to this beer and the US limited availability has given me a renewed love and appreciation for it.

Photo of mdagnew
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle from The Vineyard, Belfast.

Poured a golden, slightly hazy colour. Pours with very big foamy head which dissipates quite quickly. Slightly off white in colour. Very thin layer stayed until near the end...

Aroma of citrus (lemon). Peppery... Apple - maybe even a hint of sour pear...

Taste – Vanilla, honey, quite sweet. Quite a bite from the alcohol...

Feel - initially quite sharp, but once the bubbles burst quite creamy and mellow... Quite drinkable..

Overall - an excellent tripel. Maybe not up there with the Westmalle... but not far off...

Photo of TPSReports
2.36/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I pickeup up four of these 11.2oz bottles on my last trip to West Palm Beach. Fortunately, I've given away two to ddarden and only have one the remains. Maybe it will improve with age.

Everything is great with this beer for a while: the bottle looks nice. I like the label. It pours and looks like a tripel. That is where the fun ends.

The aroma is difficult to place, and not the pleasing -- very sugary.

The best way to describe the taste is candy corn soaked in alcohol. Not good, IMHO.

This is my least favority tripel to date. I would MUCH prefer an ice cold Miller High Life.

Bummer.

Photo of scooter231
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim at my local grocery store after seeing a fellow beer advocater grab it. I thought, why not?

Pours a murky light golden color with some yeast bits floating around, and a huge, white frothy head a few inches high that slowly dies down, but still remains a good half inch thick. Looks very bubbly- it's practically screaming, drink me, drink meee.

Smells subtle and light- some hints of fruit and sweetness. Taste is complex- starts out kind of sweet, then hits a tart phase, and finishes kind of peppery and spicy- a lovely transition that happens quite quickly. Reminds me a bit of a Hennepin/La Fin du Monde hybrid that's a bit more subtle.

Mouthfeel is quite lovely- bubbly, not too watery, with no bad aftertastes, and no overpowering alcoholic feel, making it quite drinkable. Not sure I'd crave this all the time, but I can see myself picking it up every now and then. A solid beer.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750mL bottle into a goblet; no freshness date to be found.
Strikes me as more of a saison, or maybe a strong pale ale than a tripel, as it distinctly reminds me of both Hennepin and La Fin Du Monde.
Pours a gorgeous hazy golden yellow with a huge head. The huge-ity of the head doesn't stick around but there remains a layer (perhaps half a centimeter) of foam throughout. Lots of sticky lace to be found on my glass.
Smells of citrus and spices, tastes even more so. A pleasant, rich yeast flavor lives in here but it's light enough to make this way drinkable. It's hard not to guzzle. The 8% alcohol is well balanced in this. You can taste that this is alcoholic but here you can feel and taste that there is more to the job of the alcohol than just to get you hammered.
One classy bitch of a beer.

Photo of Andreji
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd held this one for a while after finding it finally in america. 75cl, corked bottle kept haunting me until i drank it. boy was i glad....

The pour was brilliant. a diffuse orange with a darker hue, sitting at the bottom some yeast debris leftovers which I love. yet, the most impressive part was the head. at first, quite seemingly average although stirs up intenseley as you finish the pour. the carbonation is so intense that it overflows the glass (served in a duvel tulip), in an irregular, rocky fashion that persists for quite a while. you can also see some bits tearing off from the bottom to mix with the beer itself. more yeast, maybe?

The smell is absolutely complex. I cannot find a proper way to determine it, at first pepper-ey and with a pungent alcohol feel. then fruitier in a very sweet and pleasant way, never undermining how spicy it is. just a bit astringent at the end but combines properly with this fresh fruit feel.

The taste is just great. this is how I like my tripels. bitter at the beginning, bringing in some fine spice feel. the it becomes dominated by a mild, stable sweetness provided by this apricot-mango taste that is hard to define but is just so sweet...! the alcohol swiftly invades the mouth to overturn this momentaneous relaxation and reenhances the connection betweenmouth and nose, ascending sharply, in a liquor sort of way. it's not hidden, it just veils the back of the mouth while the very moderate bitterness is felt across the sides of the tongue further diminishing the prevalence of sweet.

The mouthfeel is also very nice. despite the over-foaming I experienced, the carbonation within was still enough to properly balance the strongly defined flavors of the beer. the efects of the alcohol are also downed here, making this unhidden phenomenon seem just as important- and pleasant- to the beer as any other flavour therein.

I dunno if it was not having breakfast- or sleeping only 3 hrs today- that made this 75cl give me the buzz, but it's just what I needed right now....flavour included. this was a marvellous acquisition and it should soon be back on the top 50, for god's sake.

Photo of IceAce
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First pour produces a clean golden body with two fingers of rocky foam in a Tulip. A seemingly endless supply of CO² streams from nucleation points etched into the bottom of the glass. Little lacing (consistant with style) and superb clarity (sans yeast).

Nose is sweet with ripe berries, plums, and apples.

Entry lights up the tongue with carbonation and is bright with carmelized sugar. Midtaste reflects a beautiful balance of sweet red berries, yeast, and a captivating dryness. The finish culminates with a final fresh-fruit sign-off leaving residual sweetness on the lips to be releshed post-sip following a dry yeasty fade.

Photo of amherstdrew
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into duvel tulip glasses.
pour: uber oppressively gigantic frothy head, snow white.
nose: sharp, lemony, zesty, tints of floor wax, south american spices, burns the nostrils like cocaine.
taste: creamy caramelized onions, spicy, freeze dried asparagus and sasparilla finish.

notes & comments: drank this with smith college admissions officer, she says she will only let belgians into smith from now on. a beautiful tripel, well worth the money, and masks the ABV like no ones business.

Photo of necoadam
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark shade of yellow with a good foamy head. Smell was very yeasty, doughy, with a few spices and an underlying of tropical fruits. Taste was quite good. Alcohol upfront, but not overwhelming, with some spicies and tropical fruit. Some spices show up in the middle. Yeast underlies all the flavors throughout, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, with a smooth, creamy texture. A good, solid tripel.

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

I poured out the Karmeliet in a nice robust oversized wineglass. and I got a big beautiful foamy head. The colour could be described as rusty-gold.
This beer has one of the nicest odours, a very light fruity smell with spices. Especially pepper and some garden spices.
A very rich carbonation. Positive aroma, again light for 8%. With spices, pepper mostly and a very soft bitter-sweet undertone. Crisp. And the refreshing aspects of a glass of fruit juice on a hot summers day.
The Karmeliet is very drinkable for a beer with a reasonable alcohol percentage. Very refreshing, but also very dangerous. This is a beer that makes you want an other one and maybe after that another one… With obvious consequences, believe me, I’m talking out of experience.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Photo of arizcards
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Papago Brewing back in April for $5.75.

Appearance is very nice, a golden yellow hue with a nice long sustaining bubbly head with a lot of carbonation. Nose is light with fruity tones to it. Taste is a wonderful medley of Belgian yeast, pepper, and a lemony/fruity/grassy finish. The complexity is very interesting! Mouthfeel is very full and very lively with all the carbonation. The 8.0 abv is well masked which with all the other great qualities makes this an extremely drinkable brew!

Photo of dwvarner77
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, please beermail me and provide constructive critisism.

Poured into a tulip glass, the initial pour gives a very high, thick foamy head. The initial head falls after several minutes leaving its fingerprint on the glass, and a nice covering of ivory foam that maintains itself throughout the session. Delightful appearance.
Deep yellow, hazy, dirty-straw color. Active carbonation. Seems appropriate for the style, based on my limited experience.
Nice malty aroma, with some citrus fruit and slight ester character.

The taste provides an initial spiciness that rises then subsides, leading into a sweet fruit-and-malt pleasantness that finishes with a hint of bitterness, and alcohol flavor to let you know it's there. Upon further quaffs, the flavor mellows into a highly drinkable brew. Smooth mouthfeel, with the active carbonation providing stimulation to the palate, particularly to the back of the tongue.

This is a beer that I've had a few times, working up the courage to post my first review. Certainly that should indicate that it's a pleasant, highly drinkable brew, one that I would not only recommend but that I will return to when I'm looking for a reliably good beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap 4/23/05 at Lunar Brewing during the BA Gathering. Poured into an awesome large Tripel Karmeliet glass...a bright golden color with a huge three finger creamy white head that is in for the long haul. Awesome! Aromas are grand with a lovely spiciness with cloves and coriander. A myriad of fruit tones waft up into my nose...tropical and sweet. Great to just sit and smell.

First sip is a rush of sweet light malty goodness. There's a divine balance between the sweet fruity flavors (tropical fruits, bananas, citrus) and the spiciness that has some coriander, clove and cracked black pepper to it. A nice hint of Belgian yeastiness on the way down brings it all together nicely. Sublime stuff.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and rather light on the palate. A refreshing, satisfying brew. I could easily drink loads of this if given the chance...especially off tap in the proper glassware. A treat of a tripel and highly recommended.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Winking Lizard. Pours clear golden with a thin off-white head. The snifter in which it was served offered little lacing. Sweet fruit and clove aroma. Medium-bodied and bubbly with flavors of yeast, spices and peaches. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden. The finish is dry and lightly spiced and hoppy. An enjoyable Belgian through and through.

Photo of AlexJ
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been waiting so long to try this beer. I bought a 4 pack about a month ago, and have been waiting for the right moment...which is now.

It pours from the 11.2 oz. bottle a perfectly clear, honey colored amber gold. A 3 finger head of large frothy bubbles volcanoes upwards, almost tumbling over the edge of my St. Bernardus goblet. The head is unfortunately short lived, and leaves a few scattered spots of lace. Medium sized bubbles continue to cascade from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is a succulant blend of honey drenched apricots, juicey mango and pinapple, yellow raisins, honeydew melon, cinnamon, and sweet yeasty spice. Really huge nose on this one, everything seems amplified.

Whoa, this is incredible! It starts with a huge mouthfull of tropical fruit flavors found in the nose. There is a definate emphasis on apricot, mango, and pinapple. It has a huge malt and candi sugar sweetness which is balanced by grassy and herbal hops and yeasty spice. Very complex and well built. The finish is a bit warming and has a fruity, almost chardonay like dryness accented by soft tones of oak and vanilla.

The mouthfeel is lush and full with a medium body. Large playful carbonation quickly settles down and allows the flavors to penetrate your tastebuds. Really a superb tripel, well worth the wait. Probably the best tripel I've had yet.

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 3,624 ratings.