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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 1,238
Hads: 3,702
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 258
Gots: 660 | 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 ccrida
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in the official, over-sized Karmeliet snifter, which is incidentally my favorite beer glass of all-time, Belgian or otherwise. Pours a beautiful golden straw color, with moderate haze and an unusually large, milky head, for which the snifter was artfully designed, making for a stunning presentation. The head is very slow to subside, leaving behind a thick, luscious lace. Candi-sugar really dominates flavor the flavor of this one, in both aroma and taste, with some citrus and sour apple esters. There are no noticeable hops, although the Wheat and Oats on the grain bill are clearly evident in the body. Personally, I'd have preferred more grain over the candi-sugar, which I feel makes the Karmeliet a bit too sweet on the finish. Still, the body is typically digestible for a strong Belgian, making for a smooth, easy-drinking, and deceptively dangerous beer. Overall, the Karmeliet is a great beer that is very enjoyable, so long as you don't overdo it! (976 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't had this yet.

A clear light yellow with a giant, billowing white head, three fingers thick. Moderate lacing is present as well. The nose is pretty intense. Fruity with pears and apples, there's also a little lemon peel early on. Firmly hoppy with some floral and earthy character, probably Styrian Goldings? A moderate sugary sweetness is present.

The palate opens with a pretty big fruity sweetness, pears and peaches being right in the forefront, along with a melange of light fruits. Cotton candy, a little citrus, some floral character and a little honey. Despite the sweetness, this is very light on the palate, crisply carbonated and rather refreshing. Some crystallized ginger is present too. The finish is rather spectacular. Long lasting with flavors of light fruits, a light hoppiness and a little sweetness. The only detraction is that there's a light splenda-like sweetness present. Excellent stuff, this is one of the better tripels there is. (983 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz tap pour into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip at The Highland House. $6.50

A - Hazy golden yellow with a low white head despite the tall tap pour to the center of the tulip. Not as effervescent as the bottle version. No lace, pour retention.

S - Cold aroma with a big banana ester, Belgian aroma, crystal malts and notes of earth, clay, and white pepper. The overall aroma is pretty low. Hints of butter suggest the tap lines might need some cleaning.

T - Sweet pale malts and candi sugar with banana notes. Interesting. No where near as good as the bottled version. Sweet and lacking the great nuances the bottle has.

M - Smooth and soft with a light finish and a touch of alcohol.

D - Decent drinakbility but either it's a way old keg, the tap lines need some cleaning, or it's just not the same as the bottle. Possible pour sanitation in the line I feel, but my friend likes it more than the bottle and stands by his pour. Hmm. (934 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with nice cap of white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is light, made up mostly of floral and herbal notes, hints of banana, lemon, fresh baked bread and yeast. Taste slightly more aggressive than scent, good solid fresh baked bread backbone with the floral and herbal qualities mixed with a touch of lemon and bananan. Highly complex. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly dry. A very nice beer different from many in the style. (479 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Best before 15AK indicated on the back label. Pours a pale, orange-gold with a semi-hazy clarity. Head was one inch, loose and bright white and quickly dissipates into a solid, sudsy band around the edges and a thin slick of foam. Nose reveals essence of tangerines, candi sugar and a faint herbal presence; perhaps cloves. Taste consistent with nose - perhaps a hint of syrup reminiscent of canned peaches in the mix, with just a kiss of hops to balance out the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation level that is pleasant and consistent from start to finish. This is, by far, the best tasting Tripel I have had the pleasure to try to date. Just a fabulous beer. My only regret is having not tried it sooner. (770 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even when poured carefully, this 750 mL green bottle discharges with a huge, creamy white foam. Beer color is a very pale yellow, maybe the palest tripel I have encountered. Retention is very good and lacing is ok. Has a best by stamp of 08/04/12 on the neck label that is easy to miss.

Hint of skunk aroma, damn these green bottles, with lots of candy-sweet light grain. Yeast is doing great things in the nose and provides lots of fruity esters. Alcohol is soft for a tripel and it has a notable hop presence. Once the skunk funk dissipates, it is an awesome smelling tripel.

Wow, that is very tasty. I cant believe it has taken me so long to finally get to this beer. Freshness and the green bottle have scared me away multiple times. Yeast is really active in the flavor and throws off alot of cloves and melon flavors. Alcohol is there, but it seems more dialed down than in most tripels. Mouthfeel is very soft and creamy and the grain presence maintains its lightness. Finish is dry and has a bitter hop and alcohol kick. Highly carbonated, a bit too much for me. This is probably up there in my top 5 favorite tripels. Nice beer. (1,139 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly clear golden/orange color. At first a large two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: The nose is awesome. Passion fruits strong and up front. Distinct pineapple, melon, and pear. A light soapy aroma, but that does not detract at all for me. Some yeast and sweet malt linger. Exceptionally balanced and nuanced.
T: The flavor does not disappoint. A huge passion fruit flavor that follows the nose. Pineapple and cantaloupe that make the mouth water. Spicy and peppery yeast with a dry touch. Finishes sweet for a good balance.
M/D: A light to medium body with perfect carbonation. Incredibly crisp and dry. So easy to drink. More than a sipper, and all day with this one.

Hands down the best Tripel I have had. Just a wonderful beer, and maybe the best example of the style. This is a must try. (855 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange/amber pour with good clarity. Half-inch persistent head.
A lot of wheat on the aroma, as well a perfumy orange blossom, soft alcohol, some spicy and floral hops and a bit of lemon.
Flavour is quite similar, but with the expected doughy belgian yeast coming through.
Highly effervescent, very prickly. Some alcohol warming on the palate.
The wheat put a spin on things, but otherwise this is just a typical belgian tripel, albeit quite a tasty one.... (458 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Fathead's tonight.

A-slightly hazed golden straw color with a tight creamy white head.

S-the nose is nicely balanced, notes of toasted bread with an underlying caramel malt. Hints of yeast, lemon, and a nice golden peach in the back.

T-the taste is very sweet and not as balanced as the nose. light caramel malts and a touch of breadiness up front but faint. this is overtaken by sugar and golden fruits. pear, peach, lemon with a touch of grassy hops in the back and a hint of bitterness.

M-smooth and creamy medium body with a great carbonation giving it a good balance on the feel with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

D-this is so sweet, it is tasty but just too sweet. the nose had a good balance that was missed on the taste. too much sugar; but hid the 8.4 alcohol. (790 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields a slightly hazy light golden color with a 3 inch ivory head that billows over the top of the glass like a snowcap. The head lingers indefinitely, while endless bubbles rise from the bottom of the tulip.

Grain, belgian yeast, lemon, pear, and confectioners sugar form the initial aroma. Musty, earthy notes emerge, along with floral hop character.

There's a bit of graininess in the flavor, as well. Lemon, pear, clove, and cardamom underlie lightly bready malt and wheat, becoming slightly peppery at the finish. Floral underpinnings add depth and complexity. That subtle character is the saving grace for this beer. Honeysuckle and tones reminiscent of hibiscus are a welcome addition.

Body us a touch watery, with fairly high carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Malt character is slightly lacking, and the dominant flavors are somewhat banal, but when the floral notes surface, this beer shines. A little on the hot side. (956 characters)

Photo of stcules
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong golden colour, with oranged reflexes, a lot of creamy and white foam. The smell is very fresh, herbaceous and floreal (roses?), with cream, cereals (oats). Fizzy (maybe a little too much), with a round taste, but "simple", without the complexity of the smell. Maybe lightly tannic-wood. The body is medium and round, with a good hop. We found a clear difference between two glasses, one with the bottom (yeast) of the bottle, and the other without it. In the first it was noticeable even some solvent... (510 characters)

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

On-tap, served in a tulip

A hazy golden body with a thin, bubbly paper white cap. Delicate lace on the inside of the glass.

Fruity aroma of peaches, apricots, bananas, and tangerines. A playful yeast aroma along with honey and a candy sweetness with a light punch of clove.

Extremely clean body. Flavors follow the nose. Peaches, banana, apricots, green apple and tangerine. Spicy clove comes through the middle with an undercooked bread/yeast flavor.

Light body, very clean, creamy and smooth. Perfectly drinkable. Fruity and clean with the perfect carbonation. (566 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 14GK? printed on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow orange color that produced a good fluffy, yet effervescent white head. Left tons of lacing behind as it dissipated.

(S)- A fresh fruitiness of banana & lemon with a twist of clove. A wheat/biscuit-like dryness with a touch of yeast & honey. A beautiful smell for the style.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. Much more biscuit & clove spice up front, but a more delicate fruit sweetness. Nothing to complain about here; leaves a fresh taste in the mouth.

(M)- A big carbonation level that is near a sparkling level, but it fits the style well. Crisp, with a good dryness & a great fruitiness. Great balance. Smooth stuff.

(D)- A fantastic Tripel. It has everything one should expect from the style. My biggest problems with tripels have been over carbonation or being too spicy with clove or whatnot, however this one has everything in its place & is balanced wonderfully. A definitive example of the style, not to mention one of its best in my opinion. (1,069 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Golden color..slightly hazed

S-Nice...sugar lazed plums, fresh wild floral field, overriped oranges..

T-Sweet overipe tropical fruits, a little floral impression but also some black pepper on the finish.

M-Much too charged up....tough to taste all the dimensions with so much of a fizzy mouthfeel

D-I'm slightly disappointed. It has some redeeming qualities but I prefer several others in the style more. Won't purchase again (439 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Poured a hazy yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, banana, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, dark fruit, and slight alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly excellent brew. This was my first time trying this one and I can now see why it is listed in the current Top 100 list. Had a very nicely balanced flavor and great aroma here. Not much missing at all in either aspect. Really glad this one is readily available in my area (on tap even). An absolute must try! (736 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very interesting malty, chewy belgian beer. drinkable. well rounded . has A clear golden color. a fine off white head with no lace. good carbonation. tasty beer. nice hops. good body. sweet to bittersweet finish. a suggestion of alcohol. champagny. balanced. sort of a balanced belgian if that exists (300 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy yellow into a snifter. 3 inch head, significant visible carbonation, decent lacing.

Smells like candi sugar, Belgian yeast and floral aromas.

Lots of tastes going on here. Belgian sweetness, floral tastes, spicy pepper, rose petals, bubblegum, alcohol.

Medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated. Alcohol is present making it a bit harder to drink. Must sip.

One of the better tripels on the market but not the best. (467 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – Upon pouring, the brew was a golden yellow color with a one finger pure white head and lots of carbonation seen streaming through the brew. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was of a grainy and lightly biscuit nature with some hints of yeast and orange peel. There are aromas of some candied sugar as well a little bit of spice and an herbal/haylike smell mixed within.

Taste- The taste begins with a nice Belgian malt flavor and flavors of biscuit. Even though it is moderately dry upfront there are some hints of some orange sweetness with other sweeter candied sugar tastes. The orange dwindles more toward the middle as a lemon citrus taste takes it place. Yeast flavors come to the tongue at this time and bring with them some floral hop as well as some spice of clove and coriander. These flavors take the taste to its end, where the candied sugar then largely leaves the taste, with a bit of a herbal taste taking its place, to leave a clean and crisp malty and dry fruit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is high with tons of tiny champagne like bubbles. The thinner body and higher carbonation are fantastic for the drier and fruity flavors of the brew and make for a truly fanatic feel and great drinkability.

Overall – Quite easy drinking and enjoyable. This is a very nice triple and renowned for a good reason. (1,550 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with a white head. Aromas of a dry, Belgian candy sugar, and yeast. In the taste, a dry sweet malt and a hint of fruitiness. A smooth malty mouthfeell and a dry yeasty, and small sourness aftertaste. Very easy to drink, nice yeasty presence, a great triple. (296 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super clear golden yellow with some steady distributed carbonation bubbles flowing within, a finger high white head of thick froth that retains for a bit, settles to a thick puffed haze on top remaining present the whole glass down, lace begins as sheets but falls apart quickly leaving webby globs.

Aroma is quite complex and very interesting with a ton of stuff going on, mainly an overall dulled orange peel zest with a sweet sour dough bread rolled into a musty/musky yeastyness that gives it a nice smokey appeal that gives it some brothyness and makes it almost seem like the fruit has rotted or something. Doesn't sound good but man its nice, notes of banana, nectarine, lime, lemon zest, pepperjack, moldy wood, wet dirt, onion, tomato, boy I could continue with all the soupy & fruity things mixing in the smell of this thing but I think I'll stop there before my nose explodes. Wow!

Surprisingly enough the taste comes across nearly the same as the smell but its not as potent and not quite as complex as what the smell hints too. There's a nice tangy sour dough bread malt sweetness to its front, oats and wheat make for some incredible sweetening and the middle is speckled with notes of different dullish citrus fruits of orange, lemon, pineapple, and lime, some slight yeasty tang and light spice of clove and meat broth makes a brief appearance as not to overwhelm that are note worthy from midway all the way to the finishing areas where it leaves more twangy sweetness and light citrus in the finish.

Feel is a solid medium body with a wierd smoothness thats hard to fathom, but reminded me of light soup. Whats with the soup aspects of this beer? Buttery-like smoothness that actually has a nice hold of carbonation that seems to fit the citrusy sweetness and the finish has a subtle complexity of things portrayed in the smell. Politely skipping across is a lime-like twinge left on the lips after each sip. One hell of an interesting Triple, this is more of what I look for from a Triple other then a mega hefe profile of clove and yeast thats been multiplied. This was very interesting and now I am left wondering if its like this all the time. Reviews of this seem to be widely diverse so I will definately get some more soon and try again to make sure this is something that continues to comes across as the same. Either way; this bottle was all Yum!! (2,385 characters)

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

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a wine glass, for lack of a tulip glass.

A: Hazy yellow-gold with a brief, fizzy head and several bubble streams within. The golden colour causes light shining through the glass to fall on my hand like a brilliant sunbeam filtered through leaves of fall. Okay, maybe that's a bit over the top, but it does look *quite* nice.

S: A bit more grain than most tripels, with subtle but distinctive spice.

T: Ahh, magnificent! This reminds me why I love beer. Strong spices make the first impression, sharp like ginger, but with an altogether different feel otherwise. My speculations as to the precise nature of these ingredients are fruitless. The flavour is not, however, without fruit -- gentle pear or grape perhaps, accompanied by a sweet, floral aftertaste reminding me of honeysuckle. Sweet, smooth, spicy, savoury. I am incredibly pleased with this flavour.

M: The aforementioned spiciness dances through the mouth, leaving its traces for dozens of seconds after I have swallowed. Good mouthfeel, excellent persistence.

D: Very nice. I went in with no preconceived expectations, but if I had, they would have been exceeded, I am sure. I will be buying more, and this tripel is highly recommended. I could drink this beer every week. (1,270 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet

Appearance: gold in color, clear, 1/2 inch head

Smell: lemon, wheat, orange

Taste: orange, lemon, coriander, malt, touches of hay and alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn and bitter backbone, light body with medium carbonation

Drinkability: I find this to be an above average tripel, but there are several others I prefer in the style. I would not turn this down, but also would probably not get this again. (442 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Karmeliet glassware.
The tripel karmeliet is a golden color with a two finger head that loses a bit of its size, but then sits there.
The smell has flora and citrus tones to it.
The taste although fairly sweet, also has some pepper that hits your taste buds, providing a nice contrast of flavors.
The mouthfeel is easy and balanced, the abv does not hit your palate too hard, so remember to sip this one. (416 characters)

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

Appearance – Yellow color with a quick head that builds fast but easily dissipates.

Smell – Yeasty aroma with a hint of fruit and citrus mixed with some light spices.

Taste – The spiciness really comes through in the taste, but this is no lightweight. The yeast comes up quickly, and it’s a unique flavor that’s sprinkled with more spice and a soft, fluffy feel. Venom’s, “powdered sugar and soft coriander,” analogy fits well here.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is right on. The smoothness is amazing.

Drinkability – This is a well put together brew, but it’s not your average Abbey Trippel. This has more fruity spices than normal so might disappoint the non-adventurous drinker.

Update – This was one of the first reviews that I posted on the site back in August of 2003. Now that it’s been a little over two years I thought I give this a go again.

First off, the head was much better and showed good retention. After tasting and reviewing a boatload of Tripels (OK, 42 to date) I really appreciated the rank odor and sharp flavors of this Bosteel offering. I jacked nearly all of the scores up my 0.5 point and hogged the entire champagne bottle to myself. (1,189 characters)

Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
94 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.