Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,350
Reviews: 1,202
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 205
Gots: 409 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had A range of experience by letting it warm aggressive mouthfeel.Beautiful lacing and honey pale gold. Particular spice including pepper, cariander wasn't for me but ameloriated by various strong spicey food. Tip off cap to Malto. Had a bottle another 2 years later and hit the spot again. Had a bottle 7.5 years later and lots of candi and fruit, this one aged for 5 years.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light yellow with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very fruity with some spice and very floral aromas. Taste is of grain, spice, yeast, and floral flavors. There is an almost medicinal bitterness on the palate that sticks around after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good tripel but it's much different from what I was expecting.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, creamy light golden with a decent-sized white head and some good lacing. Smell has some nose Belgian esters alongside some citrus. Taste is similar. Quite smooth and nothing terribly intriguing, but overall quite good. Medium body with some nice carbonation and a bit dry. Very well done. Overall, not nearly one of the best tripels that I've had, but still a solid offering.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured clear yellow into a snifter glass with a big, white foamy head that took a while to die down. I knew this would be well carbonated from the large pop when opening the bottle.
S: Very flowery aromas with hints of Belgian yeast, bananas, cloves, lemon zest, and pears
T: Very fruity and spicy, with little presence of hops. There's a nice aftertaste similar to the aromas. Excellent representation of this style of beer.
M: It's dry and crisp and feels rather light on the palate because of all of the carbonation.
D; The alcohol is evident, but not overpowering. Better to sip slowly and enjoy the ester flavors.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a foamy, billowy head - Oh, is there beer under there? Tough to disgorge from the bottle but it does leave a lot of lace

Smell: Orange blossom, bubblegum, bananas, honey, green apples and lemons

Taste: Starts with a vaguely lemony, sweet bubblegum flavor; banana tones join, mid-palate, and build with the citrus to a tangy, peppery crescendo; after the swallow, it settles down again and reintroduces the sweet banana and floral elements; the finish also brings forward some spice and peppery flavors

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and tremendously effervescent

Drinkability: Very intriguing flavors but more of a sipper than something to drink in quantity

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a seriously sculpted Belgian "tripel" ale, the idealistic blend of floral aroma, citrusy taste and winy backdrop gives this ale a harmonious taste from sip 'til finish.

Tripel Karmeliet opens with a rich golden and semi-bright color that's similar of honey. And that same aura transpires on the nose and early palate as the ale blooms with honeysuckle perfume, citrusy coriander, an overall flowery sense and a confectioner's type of sweetness.

As the middle opens up, the beer simply hits its stride- developing a lemon and apple flavor that's much more of chardonnay, dry cider and mead once the honeyed sweetness seeps in. Its acidic brightness lifts the thin powdered sugar and charming cookie dough yeastiness, and then invites the herbal "tea" hop essence that ensues.

Even in finish, its lovely bouquet holds confidently even as the ale's quickly drying, sweet straw bitterness and vinous acidity dries the beer with ease. There's still a candied and perfumy nature to the beer that doesn't overstep its boundaries. Though semi-dry in taste, the ale is effortless on the mouth and stomach; making it a fool-proof choice for any drinking occasion.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge thick foamy white head with excellent retention. Aroma is quite complex with a mix between candi sugar and good old Belgian yeast. Taste is very refreshing with some spices, candi sugar (well balanced by the way), good malt and finish with the yeast. Carbonation is excellent and body is above average but still not too full. Good interpretation of the style with all the ingredient well balanced.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Massive 5 finger, white thick foam head. pure golden and slightly hazy.

S: spicey and lemony with a musty yeast aroma. floral notes.

T: somewhat zesty with lemon spice notes. Orange peel in the finish and less yeast flavor.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. The finish is semi dry.

D: Just the right amount of sweetness with a pleasant medley of flavors which transition well.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tripel Karmeliet looks magnificent in the glass. The explosive, toweringly majestic crown of richly creamy, cream colored foam sitting atop the sparkling amber liquid is a sight to behold. It's been a while since I've laid eyes on a better looking beer. Elegant, arching fingers of lace point to the glass contents as if to say 'now here's a fine looking ale'.

The nose is intensely spicy and abounds with cardamon, white pepper and clove. Drunken golden fruits (apples, pears, peaches) are present as well, but take a backseat to the spices. This is another one of those Belgian tripels, or BSPAs, or BSDAs, that has a spicy alcohol presence in the nose that is so well-integrated as to be an essential, welcome part of the whole.

Wow! Just Wow! Tripel Karmeliet may not have the no-holds-barred, hold-onto-your-hat gusto of a De Dolle Dulle Teve, but it is one amazingly delicious beer. Think of it as the Mad Bitch's more attractive, nicer sister. Sweet, tangy, bitter, fruity, spicy, warming, soothing... where do I begin?

The most impressive thing about this Brouwerij Bosteels offering is... well, two things. One is the vividness of the various flavors. I taste brandy-macerated, spice-sprinkled orchard fruits with such intensity, it's as if I'm eating them rather than drinking beer. Two is the pitch perfect melding of the various flavor notes in the mouth. While they're easily appreciated on an individual basis, I prefer to let the beer wash over my tongue and to allow the whole damn shootin' match to work its magic.

I'm looking for flaws, but I'm convinced they don't exist. Any change would be for the worse. More or less of anything would be too much or not enough with regard to the tripel perfection that sits before me... not for very much longer, I might add. The finish is an extension of what came before in terms of flavor, with the potentially drying aspect of the alcohol offset by a mellow sweetness.

The mouthfeel is easily the equal of any Belgian tripel that I've ever had. It's actually on the full side of medium, but is rendered light and silky by a perfect amount of soft carbonation. It's yet more evidence that the brewery has paid attention to every aspect of this beer and has fine-tuned it until it hums with the precision of a Swiss watch.

While my experience with Belgian tripels is still somewhat limited, I've found a 'tripel triple' that I really like: De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch), Westmalle Tripel, and now Tripel Karmeliet. Each has its charms, but at the moment, this beer is my clear favorite. From where I sit, Tripel Karmeliet is the quintessential Belgian tripel and is the unqualified best.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

believe it or not i had not had this one before this night. i decided to go out with a bang and ordered up a glass of this one to round out the night. served chilled and poured into a glass on 11/07/2010.

really not the pour i was expecting, for some reason i thought it would be much darker, but the light golden hue of it had a nice cloudiness to it that seemed to come through nicely with a bit of lacing around the sides.

aroma is light bready notes and hints of banana, cloves, pears, light tart apples and a touch of spice on the edges. clean, very clean flavor that it is very hard to find really any fault here in that. super clean with light body and a nice medium palate with hints of grain and light fruits that seem to dance all over the place. light bears and nice touches of fruit and light spice. smooth, clean finish and absent abv lead to just a great mix of flavor and drinkablility.

overall it deserved all that it deserves, really a great and light an highly drinkable beer.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured as a hazy orange yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. It had a pretty good lacing also. The smell of Beligan yeast and some citrusy aromas were heavy in this one. The taste on the first sip was a bit boozy I thought, as I drank more it got much better. Some nice yeasty flavors with some fruit in there too. The mouthfeel is a smooth with a decent carbonation to it. Overall the I thought that this brew was very nice.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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