Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

4,101 Ratings
Tripel KarmelietTripel Karmeliet

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the privelege of splitting this one with fellow BA brethern cmaruschak and mmmmbeeer last night...

Apperance: Crystal clear light orange with an incredibly sudsy white head. Constant carbonation through the body of this beer which is quite mesmerizing. The head retention on this bad boy is crazy and a thing to be marveled.

Smell: orange, citrus notes, coriander, and a yeasty funk fill the nose.

Taste: Yeast and coriander first, orange throughout the middle, and a wheat bread finish. There is a mild alcohol finish that coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium, slightly slick, and slightly prickly due to the carbonation. A very complex, full flavor.

Drinkability: Goes down easy as there are no off or over the top flavors.

I appreciate the primer on some good Belgians. They definitely aren't my favorite but a finely crafted beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic tripel style, banana & clove with some alcohol phenol underneath thanks to the traditional Belgian yeast. Good mouthfeel and carbonation on the tongue

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Photo of zrab11
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful coppy color with a wonderfull 3 finger head

S-has a grainy,fruity smell to it with some nice floral notes

T- Has nice lemon and honey notes to it with a very smooth feel to it

M-light bodied and very smooth

D-Love this beer. Its a great tripel. Tastes amazing with great citrus and hopy notes. Would get this on a nice summer or fall evening!

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap in Paris, poured into an oversized tulip glass.

L: Poured a hazy deep golden color with 3 fingers of creamy white head. Generous lacing.

S: Complex, with citrus notes, pepper and spices, and some alcoholic sweetness.

T/F: Big Belgian triple taste... aggressive spices with fruitiness from the yeast. Malts and grains. . No significant hops. Zesty and carbonated.

O: A very nice Belgian triple. .. spicier than others and lots going on. Complex and delicious.

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Photo of Shaw
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a lovely copper color from my 750 mL bottle with lots and lots of bubbles, forming a large head that reduces to a nice thickness in my glass.

It smells of biscuits and lightly of spices.

The taste is great. It's sweet with the perfect balance of bitter. The biscuit aromas carry over to the taste. In short, it's perfectly Belgian. The above-average alcohol content is masked very well. The taste finishes with spiciness that lingers in my mouth.

The body is light and effervescent, thanks to the high carbonation. There's a bit of slickness too.

This is a great triple. Its spice flavors aren't as big as others, and that probably makes it even more drinkable.

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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of snansel
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Jacobob10
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Gringos & Mariachis in Bethesda, MD.

Served in a snifter glass. Clear and deep gold in color with a creamy white head. Fruity and spicy aroma. Smooth flavor loaded with citrus fruit and peppery spice. Some alcohol in the finish but it actually works well with the rest of the flavors. Medium bodied and beyond easy to drink.

A beer where the sum is greater than its parts. I'd been wanting to try this for a while and I was stoked to find it on-tap.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from the LCBO, part of the fall release. Enjoyed on a cool rainy fall day.

Poured into my Duvel chalice. Lovely light golden, nice billowing head, recedes into a thin ring. Some lacing. Decent looking tripel.

Nose is stellar: lovely fresh citrus, soft wheat malt, a bit of yeast, spices, bubblegum, herbal hops. Essentially what I think of when I think tripel.

Tastes just as nice. Good herbal/bubblegum character, nice citrus bite to mellow out the sweetness, bit of spice and yeast to the finish. Very drinkable.

Mild bodied, easy to drink, light, moderate to high carbonation.

One of the finest Belgian tripels I've come across. Hits all the right notes. Definitely will be back for more of this.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Greasy
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale straw color with an enormous white head.
S: Belgian yeast, some banana.
T: Some citrus notes, sweetness, very Belgian if that makes sense.
M: Very smooth, medium body. No alcohol burn except for when it nears room temp.
O: Solid tripel, not the best of the bunch, but respectable.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet at cellar temperature. No bottle dating info found.

A: It’s a gusher! Couldn’t stop it after waiting for a minute so just decided to pour it in. Very slow pour rendered a white one finger head with very tight bubbles. Body is golden colored with only a slight haze. Lots of bubble activity floating to the top.

S: Banana, coriander, clove and pepper. There’s an amount of caramel sweetness that exceeds what I’m used to in a tripel. It’s very inviting. Can’t wait to sip.

T: Very nice. The banana, coriander, clove and pepper are all there and some pleasant light fruits are added...pear and maybe apricot? A healthy dose of grain. The caramel flavor is definitely there in transition, but it isn’t as sweet as the nose hinted. Finish is crisp and features fusel alcohol.

M: Starts and ends pretty dry with a biting and warm finish. Body is medium to high and carb is very high. Astringency and alcohol bite hurt drinkability a bit.

O: A really solid tripel but nothing really jumped out at me to make me love it.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craytonic
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale glowing amber, pours an enormous, rich, foamy, creamy head.

Smells of white-pepper & spices, honey, and lemons.

Tastes of a white-peppery spice and yeast, but in a pleasant way. A nice honey sweetness (which offsets the dryness), with a good balance of hops. Not a hint of alcohol, despite 8.0%. Golden fruits (pineapple, apples, pears, peaches, banana) take a backseat to the spices.

Nice full body, but not heavy.

Very enjoyable, my favorite Tripel thus far.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Pours deep hazy bright golden orange in color, has a huge white frothy lasting head. Fruity and spicy wet cardboard aromas. Fruity buttery and spicy yeasty flavors. Somewhat sticky but crisp finish. Full bodied with lively carbonation full but crisp mouthfeel, alcohol is hardly noticed, a great tripple.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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