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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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94
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1,238 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,238
Hads: 3,699
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 258
Gots: 661 | 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 dansteino
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I fell in love with this beer the first time that I tasted it.

Pours a great glass with a wonderful head.

The citrus element on the nose and in the taste provides a perfect complement to this sweet brew.

Extraordinarily tasty and complex at the same time.

For $6.99 a bottle -- what a bargain!!! (307 characters)

Photo of DaveUK
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Burnished golden brown with a ample and dense head of very small white bubbles.

Aroma - Ripe apples and pears, banana followed by juicy malt. Subsequent sips reveal cooked fruit, a candy floss like caramelised sugar note and even a whiff of mint!

Taste - Powerful citrus and lemony hops/wheat malt mixed with a roasted barley malt flavour. More cooked fruit and caramelised sugar, finishing with obvious warming alcohol and a medicinal sourness.

Mouthfeel - Slightly overcarbonated, surprsingly light for its strength and taste.

Overall - It has all the right ingredients to be a quality abbey beer, however, it lacked something for me. Perhaps more fresh hoppiness or less carbonation and sourness. When broken down, each part of it is good but together, the experience just doesnt sit well with me.

Perhaps I need to try another bottle to get a more rounded experience. (889 characters)

Photo of montecristo2
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green bottle into a chalice.

Appears a glowing golden yellow, almost like Mountain Dew! Great head- a thick pillow at least three fingers thick of big bubbles.

Smell is Belgian farmhouse funk- hay and some sweet fruit- apples or pears maybe?

Tastes great- lots of yeasty character, sweet fruits like juicy apples.

Could definately drink more than one glass of this, and I did! (394 characters)

Photo of bceagles39
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Gastropub 775 in Reno, NV on July 26 2011

Pours a translucent honey gold color with light head and beautiful lacing.

The is sweet but not cloying and, like any good tripel, was not hot at all.

There was very light carbonation. I wish it was a little thicker and creamier but this was true to the style.

This beer was great and dangerously sessionable. (369 characters)

Photo of Bugsey
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully drinkable tripel, without being too cloying or syrupy.

Tastes of spicy, peppery fruit (pear or apple) with cloves and herbs.

Wonderful mouth feel. Very refeshing and clean. Carbonation is well balanced (not too heavy like Duvel).

Smooth, mellow, very drinkable and enjoyable beer. (295 characters)

Photo of Blackwolf
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into oversized wineglass.

A- Hazy golden-wheat body, lively uniformed carbonation, poured a 2 finger creamy white head that settled quickly into a nice thin cap. A little bit of lacing but not much.

S- The aroma really opened up more as it settled. Bananas, yeast and spice, clove, some pear, sweet malt, some floral notes and a pinch of breadiness before the nose opened up. You can pick up on the alcohol a bit more too as it settles.

T- I didn't know what to think on the first sip, but this triple really opens up! The palate follows the nose... Pears and banana, mild spice and yeast, sweet malt, some clove and a little alcohol on the finish. Not overwhelming though, it is very bittersweet and well composed. The flavor really covers up the alcohol, but that mild spice helps bring it out subtly on the finish.

MF- SMOOTH! Light to a light-medium body, medium carbonation, very crisp! this is incredibly smooth and somewhat dry. A little warming after the finish, but it does take a minute to notice. The flavor of sweet fruit hangs around the palate for a while too.

O- This is a great triple! I been pushed enough times this week to try it, and I am so happy I finally got around to it. It is not complex with flavor, but very bold and robust indeed! Any fan of triple belgians, this is a must! If you are new to the style, you may not appreciate it as much. But I would definitely enjoy to try this again. GREAT beer! (1,454 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

From bottle. Aromas of vanilla and citrus. Pours a hazy pale with white head. The first taste was was quite sweet, but after a few sips it seemed more of a medium sweet. Medium body, somewhat creamy texture, quite lively carbonation, a dry finish. Overall a nice beer, but could the carbonation could be toned down somewhat.

I'll have to revisit this one in the future. (370 characters)

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

A - a hay-colored beer that pours with a thick bushy head. Not much lacing. Unlike many from its style, this ones is only minimally cloudy.

S - doughy and citrusy with a slight hint of farmhouse-style funk.

T/M/D - slightly carbonated, full and chewy with a sweet, sugary finish. Many beers of the style are reminiscent of the taste of Karmeliet, but this remains one of my favorites (especially since it isn't too hard to find). Delicious and well worth a try if you've never enjoyed one! (491 characters)

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

drank out of a 750ml bottle

A- very clear i like my tripels to be more cloudy

S- cloves, coriander, booze, maybe some citrus

T- similar to smell cloves, coriander, spices and booze

M- medium body light carbonation

D- ok booze takes away form the drinkability (267 characters)

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

This beer is a favorite of mine. First had it at the Publick House on tap, and have had it several times on tap since - gotta say I prefer the bottled version here. I need to rely on memory for this review, though I had on only last night - still need to develop my note habits better.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - The beer pours lazily hazy, nearly opaque as it's unfiltered. A good pour rewards you with a fine head with okay retention.

S - Ahhhh... I feel like I've been whisked away to a field in Flanders... The malt profile is very interesting here, with all sorts of cereals fighting for my attention. Hard to really rely on without decent notes the morning after (this is a strong brew!), but one lasting impression it leaves is a boozy, medicinal waft that sticks to your nostrils. Very nice.

T - Still stuck in that Flemish field here, still enjoying the experience. A very complex beer, even for a traditionally complex style. There's a clove-y, herb-y bite that starts it off, just slightly above a sweet and earthy malt profile. Very boozy in a distinctly Belgian manner - you really don't taste it until it's too late.

M - Had this with a spicy BBQ Chicken pizza - this is a coat-your-mouth type of beer that can really stand up to some spice. Maybe a little too cloying? Hard to really knock it much for that, as it lingers pleasantly.

D - If socially acceptable, I would drink this beer all day. Hell, it's only 9am, I'm off today and there's another in my fridge... gotta run! (1,508 characters)

Photo of richmof
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In terms of Belgian beer aesthetics, Karmeliet rivals Orval. Its showy and ostentatious glass is of course over the top but why not. In its glass, the beer is a golden amber coulour with a creamy head and good retention.

On the nose, the grains come through but also the yeasty fruits.

Following on to the palate, Karmeliet opens slightly dry before releasing its yeasty fruitiness. I get bananas but also a caramel note from the touted 3 grains.

Nice effervesence in the mouth. It is a great beer for one or two but I couldn't have a Karmaliet session. (556 characters)

Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Light yellow body with slight haze. Thick white head of foam with lots of carbonation.

S - Very complex spicy phenols. Moderate fruity esters including banana, clove, and lemon. Light malt character. No hop presence detected.

T - Spicy, fruity characters at first. Low to moderate phenols, definitely peppery. Some lemon citrus esters present. Ending bitterness is mild, with welcomed presence of yeasty grain character.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel. High levels of co2 create welcomed bubbles across your tongue. Very light warming from ABV, but almost unnoticable.

D - Very smooth, refreshing Tripel. Complex palate of esters will keep interest levels.

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Wow! I was not expecting this beer to be this exceptional. I'll definitely be back for more. (759 characters)

Photo of Intelligentsia
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle.

Poured a very large and fluffy off-white head that lasted for a while. Yelllow in color, its nose consisted of pears, alcohol, cloves, grapes.

Complex taste that got considerably moreso when warm. Pears, noticeable alcohol, cloves, spice. Nothing overwhelming, balanced well by some very mild hops.

Very low carbonation and a weight in line with the 8.4%.

Definitely enjoyed this one, although there are better represenations of the style. Don't hesitate to buy it if you see one well preserved. Perhaps this one could use a bit more aging? (576 characters)

Photo of sbrotschul
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another very nice Belgium ... I'm quickly getting spoiled as I try to sample the various beers in Belgium and northern France.

Appearance (4.5). This beer has a hazy golden blond pour which explodes into the glass, leaving a great thick head of white foam.

Smell (4.0). A green apple (sweet but sour) and slightly spicy smell.

Taste (4.0). Somewhat hoppy but creamy taste, to the bitter side, that finishes very light.

Mouthfeel (4.5). I always struggle with the first sip of a Belgium beer, and start to enjoy it around the third sip. This beer is no exception.

Overall (4.25). Yet another amazing example of Belgium's finest. (634 characters)

Photo of MacTeo
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Nice light yellowish color; looks refreshing

S-Very Fruity (Lemon, apple, orange hints)

T-Bubbly; some pine notes, and candie-ish to my taste

M-A bit too much on the carbonation...almost thought I was drinking shandy

O-its decent, I'll drink this beer again but not seek it too often. (290 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11.2 oz bottle poured in a chalice glass. Yellow, with a modest head of foam. Amazing citrus and fruit notes. Reminds me of a fine Hefeweizen. Banana, orange, and wheat. Smells like a floral bouquet. It's hard to believe this has 8.4% ABV. It's as smooth as a soft drink. The perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. I'm going to run, not walk, to my local beer distributor to buy more. (401 characters)

Photo of dizknee24
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork and Cage!

A transparent bubbly highly carbonated beer. 3 finger head though most likely not able to land a quarter on this one.

S strong smell. grainy and small hops. fruitty

T i always taste a sausage sort of taste ( not a bad thing) thats just the way all tripels taste on my palat. I think that taste is like a spicy fruity taste.

M a thin and highly highly carbonated champagne style beer.

O amazing a great tripel. yes there is better but they are few and far between. I am seriously considering serving this for the toast at my wedding in lieu of the fiancee's OK. (582 characters)

Photo of sml505
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Cheeky Monk (Denver).

A - Golden amber with a huge, two-three finger head.

S - Complex nose. Lemon, coriander, yeast, spice (pepper/ coriander). I could smell this for hours!

T - Sweet malts/ grains. Floral, malty with light hops. Yeast dryness in finish.

O - Fantastic beer. Very complex nose and flavors with light finish (337 characters)

Photo of Itoclown
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Drank from a 330 ml bottle.

Look: Poured with almost no bubbles and didn't have problems with too much foam as others have said. It looks like hazy apple juice.
Smell: Very fruity with some Belgian yeast smell.
Taste: Quite wheaty and light on the tongue. The carbonation leaves your tongue quickly and you're left with the taste of peaches, oranges and bananas.
Mouthfeel: Smooth...
Overall: I've been looking forward to this particular beer for a long time and I must say I'm a little let down. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I will buy another bottle sometime... Maybe I'll think differently next time. (661 characters)

Photo of optimistictour
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Kasa in SF, in a bottle with goblet.

A previous reviewer says it looks like Pulp Fiction "what's in the briefcase" golden and I honestly couldn't say it better. This thing pours with an iridescance, like the way honey looks to Pooh. A proper solid white tiny bubble head which quickly recedes, it's the best looking tripel I've seen.

Smells like a sunny mixture of fruits, slightly tingly but never drifting even close to the dreaded sparkling wine territory.

Fully inhabiting this vibe, the taste follows with the smoothest range of flavors I've had in a tripel, rivaling some of my favorite dubbels in complexity and that certain sweet spot I'm always seeking in a Belgian.

Mouthfeel is velvety with just enough texture and bite to let you know it's a serious, thoughtful beer. This thing can go down so easy; it's amazing how effortlessly the nearly 9% alcohol is masked.

This is by far the best tripel I've ever had. Previously I counted myself as a dedicated fan of dubbels but reserved tripels for more adventurous, risk taking moments - I wasn't the biggest fan of the style. This beer just changed that. Fantastic. (1,141 characters)

Photo of waldemarsto
5/5  rDev +18.5%

I drink on tap in the Karmeliet glass several times on the last months, 8,4% abv don't apears nor on aroma or flavors, but the floral, fruity and herbal in these beer is one of the great pleasure i found in a beer. (214 characters)

Photo of Bisho
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous Tripel here!

Poured the 330ml bottle it into my Oerbier Glass. Not particularly cloudy with clear golden hues. Approximately a 1 to 2 finger head that disappears quickly leaving a thin white lace. Once settled it looked like molasces in a glass :)

Smell was typically Belgian - Fruity with medicinal phenols but also very herbal, sort of like sweet flowers. It is topped off with vanilla and honey.

Taste was phenomenal! Hints of pepper and spice with orange clove, fruity esters, sweet malt and a hint of vanilla flavour on the back of the palate. The slight sweet caramel aftertaste balanced impeccibly with the alcohol bite on the finish.

As you can tell from my tasting notes, this is a big brew. The mouthfeel just makes it all the more pleasurable too. Silky smooth all the way down even with the noticably high ABV and lively carbonation it presents.

Another BIG tripel with plenty of character that is surprisingly easy to drink! No wonder it's rated by many as one of the best. I have to agree as it is my favourite tripel. (1,046 characters)

Photo of fairdinkum2
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy, light golden color. Pretty looking. Formed a creamy, persistent head. Nose was a little restrained, but some estery, fruit fragrance was apparent.
This beer is pretty carbonated, but not to the level, where it impacts drinkability.
Has an excellent balance of fruit, sweetness and malt. Starts out sweet, but finishes dry. Very nice effort (402 characters)

Photo of MShirokov
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As far as flavor characteristics go, other people have done a great job describing this beer.
Get this one in a small bottle if you can, and not the big one. There is stuff that settles to the bottom, so you want to get the full flavor from the first glass instead of waiting to get to the bottom of the big bottle.

A great beer. Yeasty but not ridiculously so, complicated flavor, smells great. (398 characters)

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