Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours apple juice golden yellow with contrasting white head.

Nose is complex with fruits such as peach, apricot, and apple.

On the palate the malt comes through with ample sweetness, with this ale having a rather candy like flavor. White licorice, cardamon, faint cinnamon, and light pepper are here as well.

Finishes lengthy and candy sweet, and all too easy to drink.

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Photo of marc77
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The tremendous, forceful pop upon releasing the cork starts off another Belgian Tripel experience. After a gentle pour, a dense, very thick, soft peak beaten egg white head sits atop a clear golden hued brew, if decanted off the sediment. Beautiful heterogenous melange of sheets of bubbles interconnected by lace down the glass. Tart citrus fruitiness comprised of lemon and unripe orange hit the nose at first, then are ensued by rounder and sweeter tropical notes akin to ripe pineapple. When combined with the sweet fruit notes, the mild green apple acetaldehyde and alcohol take on a ripe jackfruit like character. Subdued clove adds an herbal accompanient to the overall fruity aroma. Honey like sweetness hits the palate initially, then is ensued by a light wheat tartness and soft white bread graininess. Sweetness then mirrors the aroma mid palate, and becomes fruity and kiwi like in nature. Persistent, mellow clove maintains an herbal undertone to this brew. Hop bitterness is indirectly perceived by its well calculated contrast to malt sweetness. Moderately bodied and fairly well attenuated, but with a full dextrinous mouthfeel derived from the oats in the grist. Finishes dry, with trace phenol and residual sweetness briefly lingering. Karmeliet is an assertively fruity tripel and is certainly unique and absolutely delicious. Robust, yet refined and soft on the palate... drink up!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of WeimtimeBier
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Inch thick pillow white head. Nice and dense. Deep yellow gold body, slightly cloudy with the yeast.

S- Classic belgain aroma. Very sweet smell hinting at some strong fruity ester character. Straw sweet malt. Some spicy noble hop which is very withdrawn.

T- Sweet straw that branches off to an amazing fruit. I get some apple and pear. Maybe some light banana. All this being accompanied by a spicy hop finish and yeasty belgain breadiness.

M- Prickly spicy mouthfeel from the carbonation. Medium body.

D- Very drinkable in my opinion. Balanced and very tasty.

This is my favorites of the belgain tripels I have tasted. Sweet and very balanced.

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Photo of graywalker
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has the finest, creamiest head I have ever seen. Coats the glass with lacing as you swirl it around. Smell is yeast, bread, golden raisins, grass, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Taste is a little peppery, with a little citrus, and a sweet finish. You really don't taste the alcohol, which is dangerous. This went down way too easy, then snuck up on me.

My second favorite tripel, St. Bernardus being the first. I must get more of this. A terrific beer.

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Photo of Loppuu
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear gold with a beautiful Belgian-style head on top. Lot's of lovely frothy foam. Smell of sweet, citrus and jasmine tones. Also some smells of cardamom and coriander. Flavor is lightly sweet with lots of fruit and some honey. Which gives a great contrast with the spices! Very smooth, and bubbly with a dry finish. This is one of my favorites!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle code C-03-CABF 3.38 03:01 at 45 degrees into own glass
Aroma fruity, somewhat like apples or pears
Head large (6 cm), off-white, creamy with occasional large bubble, slowly diminishing
Lacing OK, basically separate clots
Body straw colored with slight yeast haze with some rising bubbles but not enough to be considered sparkling
Flavor slightly sweet, no hint of roasted malts. Well attenuated. Slightly spicey with a late slight alcohol burn.
Body light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

While not a big fan of triples, this one is pretty good. The subdued alcohol taste makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of nortmand
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Trying this for the first time. Tasted 9 April 2014.

Pours a gorgeous hazy golden yellow. One finger of dense creamy white head, looking more like milk than foam. Great retention, awesome lacing, and a dense column of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is bright and alive. Lovely yeasty esters with fruit (banana) and gentle spice, plus some residual sweetness in the back. Yum.

Taste has both the sweet, flavorful side and the clean, crisp side. Outstanding. Warm and fruity, a bit of sugar, a faint hint of spice, and only the tiniest touch of bitterness. Balanced, varied, and delicious. Not even a sniff of alcohol.

Feel is fabulous as well. Smooth and fairly light, with a fuzzy carbonation that spreads throughout. Keeps the flavors buzzing around.

One of the best tripels I've had, for sure. Excellent across the board. Great depth, varied flavors, and a delicate balance. Wow.

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Photo of JCWeaze
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this Belgian as one of 4 recommendations from the local brewmeister.

Staying more toward a subjective analysis, found the beer's complex and spicy taste to be balanced and attractive leaving a desire to have more but for the high(er) ABV. Lingering aftertaste and great mouthfeel. Great cloves and full-mouthed flavor.

Will go back for more after getting through Brooklyn's Local 1 & 2.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a person who is obsess with IPA's-DIPA-American Pale Ale's. But if I had to choose another style beer it would be the Tripel. And the Tripel Karmeliet set the bar for this style. This beer should be rated higher. Perfect Tripel Belgian Style with a wheat taste. You gotta love this beer.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 mL bottle, marked "Best before 16/07/05." Purchased at the World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Hazy, golden in color with no head but a ring of bubbles around the periphery and firm carbonation, the Tripel K has a yeasty, round aroma with just the slightest twinge of alcohol.

The taste is very smooth, light and airy in the mouth but deep in character. Dangerously drinkable and well-rounded, this is easily the best tripel I've had in recent memory, and quite possibly ever. Simply excellent.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a chalice. Beautiful presence; hazy golden tone with vigorous carbonation and a densely packed creamy white head that lasted throughout and deposited clumpy lace on the glass walls.
Smell: very complex; well spiced yet sporting a wheaty maltiness overlaid with the aromas of tropical fruits and lemon zest. Real peppery spice in the nose.
Taste: bit of white bread maltiness up front with a wispy yeast note. Good blend of fruity sweetness like from apple, papaya and mango to counter the bold spiciness highlighted by the flavors of lemon zest and white pepper. Good zippy hops pop in the finish with a surge of alcohol for good measure.
Feel: medium/full bodied, velvety texture.
Drinkability: damn near off the scale. This is a tripel's tripel, a masterful blending of characters that make it dangerously quaffable. One of the finest examples of the style.

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Photo of 0Naught0
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Revisted this beer recently after not having it for a while. Apparently this beer is made from a centuries old recipe.. 1679 specifically.. and I heard it had originally been made by Nuns although I could find no evidence to support that claim. (but that would be cool).

A: poured into the glass a hazy golden color with a 1.5-2 finger frothy cream coloured head. (4.0)

S: On the nose.. notes of citrus.. orange peel, clove, baking spice.. very pleasant. (4.0)

T: Wow! Malty, creamy richness again with the citrus fruit, baking spice.. caramel would not be crazy to suggest. Finishes with a slight bitterness that is not unpleasant.

M: very soft small bubbles in the carbonation.. this is not a big filling style belgian. Medium bodied at most...

O: This is a great Belgian beer for those of us who prefer a subtle, soft flavor. Go for the 750ml though.. way more economical.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip (thanks Dan).

A: Pours a fuzzy, golden straw color with tons of thick, tiny-bubbled foam that fades quickly leaving thick beads of lacing all over the glass.

S: Smells of spicy, floral hops, honey, citrus, and lightly toasted grains. Also has some herbal, flowery aromas. Quite nice.

T: Beautiful cascades of fruity goodness, hop bite and spices. There is an undertone of lemon zest going on throughout the whole experience. Fantastic.

M: An up-front exuberant bitterness fades to a palate-relieving carbonation and slightly dry tongue coating. Probably the only aspect to this beer that really needs some improvement.

D: Other than that up-front kick in the head, I could drink it forever and a day.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass a golden yellow, with nice carbonation. Head is white and pillowy three fingers that sticks around a long time. Smell is fantastic. Spice, apple, pear, malt and a hint of alcohol prevail. The spice definitely has the edge here, w/ the fruit in the background. A magnificent smelling beer. I gotta say- I've had this beer many times, and for a Tripel, it doesn't get much better than this on taste. Everything seems to be in perfect harmony- it seems impossible to imagine anything different here. Mouthfeel is amazing. It's creamy, like a piece of sugary angel food cake w/ fluffy icing. The ABV is the only thing keeping me from drinking a bunch of these. They go down REALLY easy, although I always try to sip and enjoy these. Truly a world class beer.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

75cl green bottle with no dates.

I've got to say I was worried when I first popped the cork. I got a whiff of skunk, and I felt a dread come over me. It passed quickly; whew!

Poured hazed dark straw/light copper, with a fastly dwindling white head.

Smell is a little subtle until the beer warms a bit. Citrus and assorted fruits. Fresh baked pastry. Bubble gum.

I fell for this beer as soon as it parted my lips. So dammed complex. Creamy and malty at the top, fruity and carbonated in the middle, spicy and herbal in the back. Wheat comes out in the finish, balanced with barley malts, a slightly chalky mouthfeel, and a lemony twist.

Talk about a surprise. So much going on with this beer. I think this one could have a shot at the tripel championship versus St. Bernardus.

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Photo of Drew966
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a review of a 750ml corked and caged green bottle of Tripel Karmeliet. It opened with a nice pop, always a good start. It pours a light orange color with a huge white head into my Tripel Karmeliet glass (a very cool glass at that). It has a citrusy/lemon dominated aroma, with a little bit of the alcohol noticeable. The flavor is light, even delicate. No off flavors at all. Citrus is noticeable in the flavor, the hops and malt are hiding in the background. This is a magnificently well balanced beer. Nothing about the flavor hits you over the head (unlike most American big beers), but it's darn good. The alcohol is barely noticeable, other than some warming. Very drinkable, highly recommended.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Kwak was a great beer so I figured why not try Brouwerij Bosteels's Triple Karmeliet. This beer is rich, deep, and long. This is one BIG beer.

I poured 25cl (at a time) of my 750 mL Triple Karmeliet into a La Chouffe tulip glass (at around 58 degrees Fahrenheit). I think I did this to savor each sip. Think of it as a preemptive strike against a worthy adversary. It poured a hazy, yet bright golden color. As the light shown in it made my glass glow. Is this the one that they said would come?

The aroma is malty deep and fruity. I can tell this is going to be great.

Upon first sip I confirm my expectations - which is rare - and I get a rush of floral vinous fruit and calms to a juicy malt cream and then ends with a fruity twang. WOW what a long tasting beer this is. I am deeply impressed. The mouthfeel is full. I can tell that eventhough this beer is 8%ABV Bosteels could have went 10%ABV easily as there is enough fermentable sugar still in this one to drop the insulin levels of the healthiest of people. Please understand me, I am not complaining. I know the reason this beer is so long is the fact that it is not fully attenuated. Enjoy this one with some Spainish Machengo Cheese and Jamon or with a nice French swiss and artisian bread. Or just drink it by itself - it can handle it!

Enjoy and Savor this one!

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Photo of generallee
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. The back label has a best before date of 03JJ and it was sampled on 6-23-09.

Appearance: The body has a golden color with a cloudy haze. Inside there are little bits of tasty yeast floaters. The head on top is tall, long lasting and bright whit in color. As I drink it leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Right from the pop of the cap the aroma creeps out of the bottle. It has a bright nose with hints of lemon zest, fruity and funky Belgian yeast.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has sweetness up front with complex grainy malt flavor and a hint of clover honey. The middle sees fruity and funky yeast and mellow warming alcohol taking over and drying out the overall character. It then finishes bone dry with only a hint of herbal hops. The palate is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Notes: This is an outstanding example of the style and a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I won't be the first to say that this is absolutely the top. A very tasty beer, with lots of esters. Almost perfect.

L: golden, pilsener look, quite thin foam, nicely sticking on the glass;
S: lovely, banana, very soft hops, flowergarden;
T: round, but not too sweet, full of hops, but whitout the bitterishness;
M: a little too much carbonation perhaps, but what am I nagging...An impressive, complete creation;
O: you can wake me up at night for this one!!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: hazy gold with a fat cap of lacey foam - it's one of those beers that foam up and overflow if you don't measure your pour

S: light fruits and soft floral notes

T: clean malt grains give it a strong simple elegrance; nearby: graceful pale fruits and banana gracefully interwoven with honey and floral/herbal accents

M: clean, fresh, soft, creamy, fuzzy

O: wonderful pay-off on an impulse buy - one of the best tasting and feeling tripels - right up there with Westmalle's tripel as two of the finest tripels in the world - I'm going to say that the Karmeliet has a more champagne-like character - perhaps the use of three grains (oat, wheat, and barley) creates the difference.

This one's been revisited a few times since my initial review, and always tastes top-tier.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 grains beer, stated on the bottle.

A: Golden ale, very nice head, 2 fingers. it's massive on the bubbles (allthough a sample months later disappoints in this area), especially after pouring a few pieces of the bottled yeast in.

S: The first thing i notice is grains and pepper, maybe also nutmeg. Next to the malt, both white bread and oats are very present, completed by scent of flowers, hops and pine, and a lot of fruit like grapefruits.

T: It's rather sweet, malty, nice hops. Mostly it's very peppery/spicy, slight hints of fruits. The yeast has a slight funny taste.
It gives the beer a good balance.

This beer surprised me positively. It's quite different from other belgian tripels I've had so far, but very high class.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.62/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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