Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 1,379 | Ratings: 4,319
Photo of gudthing
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light blonde, highly carbonated. Looks more like a pilsner than a tripel. Looks very refreshing and tasty! Head stays at about 1.5cm for well over a minute.

Great smells. The caramel and the maltiness really come through. Smells like a typical belgian beer,

Its creamy and gets a lot sweetness from the honey with the spices balancing this out. This is a good beer, but a bit on the sweet side for me. Saying out, I would happily drink this again!
HB 1/5

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy, golden-state with a huge, bubbly, white head that dissipates quickly. Plenty of carbonation.
Major smell of hop and slight lemongrass.
Wonderful yeast taste! Great earthy, candied dark fruit. Spice and hop but come together well. Hop bite sticks around. Slight lemongrass. This might be the best tripel I have ever had.
Wonderful , medium mouthfeel in which hops tingle the nose.
This is the standard for triples.

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

Brouwerij Bosteels 'Tripel Karmeliet' @ 8.4% , served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $4
A-pour is gold from the bottle to glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the goblet
T-clean strong tripel
MF-decent carbonation , full bodied
Ov-walked by this beer so many times , was on sale , damn
prost LampertLand

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Photo of -steve-
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, slightly cloudy yellow. Looks so good with a heavy foam and effervescent bubbles showering up the glass. Smells of peppery spices and wild flower. The pepper and spices boil over the tongue from the intense carbonation. Complex and intense.

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Photo of BrendanHurley
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Poured from a brown bottle with a bottling date of 6/13/2017. Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass glowing with a golden transparent haze holding a light fluffy head. As a perfect as it could look for a Belgian tripel.
Smell: Sweet fruits and spices. Scents of banana cloves, bread, and peppers. Everything from the scent gets you excited about taking the first sip.
Taste: Nothing and I mean nothing about this beer's flavor disappoints. A moderate to high carbonation adds nice balance to both the sweet and spicy flavors. Presence of the Belgian candies make this beer a joy to drink.
Feel: Although clear in appearance, this beer maintains a deep and moderate body that gives it both smooth and sticky feel while drinking.
Overall: If you couldn't tell already, this is bar none my favorite beer and Tripel to ever taste. Literally everything about this beer is a treat. Enjoy every sip!

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange gold color with a thick,creamy, full body and heavy carbonation. Aroma is yeast, honey,fruit peel and spices. Taste is identical with a bit of apple and pear. Overall an excellent tripel

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Sunny golden color with great clarity. Huge, rocky white head. Collars of fine lacing.

S: Honey, confectioners sugar, orange gummy wedges, candied orange peel, clove, maybe a touch medicinal, ginger, doughy and grainy base, a bit yeasty.

T: Raw honey and big sweetness up front. Confectioners sugar. Candied orange peel. Spicy with a big ginger-esque hit. Clove. Fat doughy backbone. Yeasty. Spicy finish dries a bit, but only a bit.

M: Big, thick feel with a solid weight. Creamy and chewy. Highly effervescent with a fine carbonation that provides some lift.

O: One of the classic tripels. It lands squarely toward the bigger and sweeter side of the style spectrum. Thus, drinkability is maybe less so than some of the other, drier tripels.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale gold producing 2+ finger, foamy, moderately lasting, white head that leaves wisps & webs of lace. Aroma is Belgian candy sugar sweet with notes of honey, pear, peach & spice, clove, doughy breadiness, faint herbal hops. Taste is a more robust version of the nose: sweet with honey, yeasty white fruits, spice/pepper & cobbler dough. The herbal & bitter hoppiness take a back seat as is expected of the style. Alcohol is prominent in warmth & bitterness but exhibits little booziness. Finish rapidly transitions toward a semi-dry, bitter & somewhat astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation, thinly syrupy but smooth & creamy with spicy pepper & less dryness than is typical of the style. A solid & excellent triple.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Slightly hazy golden color, three finger white head, messy lacing, light carbonation.

S: Sour, wine.

T: Hops, yeast. Sweet, malty.

F: Light to medium bodied. Not very drinkable due to hard carbonation.

O: Drinkable but nothing I will look for again.

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Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
A-A very nice golden color with a generous amounts of carbonation, an impressive head and some nice lacing
A-A nice fruity aroma comes through.
T-A very nice and well balance of wheat, barley and oats gives the beer a complex flavor.
M-A medium body with a touch of creaminess.
O-A very well made beer with a complex character.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Being brewed with wheat, barley and oats it has a complex flavor, partially tasting like a wheat beer, but not really. I thought it was different, interesting and very good.

Look: cloudy yellow hue with a 2-3 inch white frothy head

Aroma: bread, yeast, banana, maybe pear

Taste: Wheaty dough flavor with banana, pear, cloves and yeast, as well as a flavor of darker breads with bit of caramel sweetness.

Feel: medium body, creamy

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Photo of SirFolmarv
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well this did make an impression on me. With an explosive entrance it frothed out the top of the bottle when opened non-stop for several minutes. Quite a yeasty explosion. Beautiful honey glow. An amazing beer.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

With a pop loud enough to require eat protection, a fruity aroma fills the air. A gentle pour resulted in a truly massive head that was Snow White made of large coarse bubbles. The body is a gorgeous hazy amber, lighter than most tripels. Certainly one of the most aromatic brews I've tried, apple, banana, pear & spices. Taste is not too sweet or salty or tart, perfectly balanced. The 3 grains show up in the flavor, imparting a bread or pie crust. I'm going to borrow another reviewers word, lots of "geyser" action make it a fun beer to watch. Light & flavorful. I'd describe this as an apple, banana, pear pie of beers. It's outstanding & one of my favorites.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with a few fingers of white foam on top. Head formation is huge, even with a moderate pour. Good head retention with a few large patches of lacing left behind. Aroma is pale, biscuit, and bread malts with clove, citrus, pear, and grape notes. Lots going on in this dry aroma. Flavor profile is pear, citrus, and white grapes right out front. Biscuit, pale, and bread malts form a supportive, semi-earthy base for the fruits to shine. Mouth feel is slightly effervescent, with a medium thickness. Overall, a very pleasing triple that offers some different notes in both the aroma and flavor profile. It has a bit of a dry taste, but is wonderfully executed and tasty.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of bat6
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a big Duvel glass

L: produces about 3" of beer and 3" of soapy uneven head. not "rocky", but not level. Carbonation geysers from the bottom of this more-amber-than-pale tripel. Head reduces to 1" after 2 minutes, light lace trails down the glass for 20+ minutes. This beer looks fabulous

S: light-but-complex. white grape, dry pear, vanilla, definite banana-yeast w/ a distinct hint of rising cookie dough. clove

T: vanilla, white grape, sweet apple, sweet pear, the finish on this is magnificent. It trails gently off the palate. no "off" flavors, not even hints, tastes fantastic

F: foamy, chewy-but-light on the palate. This has the slightest waxy/slick character that leaves a faint coating on the palate and makes the great flavors linger. Not cloying

O: Well this is a masterpiece, I can't even mince any points. It's one thing to identify whether a beer is doing what it's supposed to do according to style, and it's another thing entirely to simply enjoy the beer. Tripel Karmaliet hits all the right points and I love drinking it

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Photo of Sean82
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely love this strong Belgian Trippel. Fell in love with when I first tried it in Bruges/Brugge
Whilst quite strong, it is such an easy drinking, and smooth beer. Absolutely amazing.

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Photo of pmcclure
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I personally enjoyed this beer more than Delirium Tremens and will certainly be looking for it again. Very classic beer with a perfect balance between the sweet malty notes and the booziness of a classic Abbey Tripel. Such an enjoyable beer to sip slowly out of a tulip.

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Photo of BluesBreaker_89
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured steadily into a Rochefort chalice. One finger pristine white head. Hazy light golden yellow colour. Great looking beer.

Fantastic on the nose; light and floral with banana, cloves, pepper and fresh baked bread crust.

I get flavours of banana with honey and sugar, followed up with fresh hay, bread and spiciness; cloves, and black pepper mainly. As with the smell, there are some floral notes there, too. Smooth with very little bitterness and no alcohol to speak of. Peppery aftertaste. This is a complex tripel, and is certainly the best I've had. The flavours couldn't be better balanced. Truly fantastic!

The feel of this beer is truly excellent. Perfect carbonation levels in my opinion, which really helps the flavours develop on the palette. The carbonation, however, doesn't subtract from the smooth, creamy texture and feel of the beer.

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Photo of stortore
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Best by 8/25/18, had 2/17/17.

Pours a clear, bright, pale yellow with a two inch foamy head- with great retention, and lots of foamy lacing. Very active carbonation. Smells of Belgian yeast, light banana, cloves, black pepper, bread, light malt, other spices- maybe coriander. A little funky and straw- like. The taste also leads with the Belgian yeast, then cloves, a little more malt than the nose, spices, some pears and apples. Still a little bready, a bit of lemon. Smooth, dry, creamy, a solid medium body, the carbonation is on the high side.

A classic Tripel that's well executed. I appreciate this more, each time I have it. One of the best for the style, make sure to give it a try.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy golden yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing arranging itself nicely around the glass. The smell had a nice blend of sweet iced apple with a light citrus bitterness and then a light clove to even things out a bit. The taste was mainly sweet but carried a nice crisp spice to it through the clove. There’s a slight sticky sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but not overbearing. I say this was good. Overall, I say that this was a pretty good tripel that I would have again.

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Photo of Roguer
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A medium-strength pour produces a solid, 1-1/2 finger white head with really excellent retention; halfway through the glass, there's still about a 1/8 finger remaining. Body is golden and hazy, showing plenty of action.

Aroma is classic Tripel: clove, banana, spice, lemon, and honey. Flavor follows, with a sweet, malty, thick body, spiced with clove, banana, light sweet citrus, and honey. Full bodied, exactly as you'd expect for the style.

This is a really fantastic, classic Tripel. It checks all the right boxes and hits all the right notes. Truly sublime.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass blasts a fruity apple/kiwi aroma displaying a cloudy yellow straw body while floating a 3/4in white fluffy head with some lacing.
Aroma is robust fruity and bready but becomes more muted as it sits between drinks.
Flavors run the gamut from fruit: kiwi, banana, and apple; to spice: clove, pepper, carbonation; to malt breadiness and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is light, clean, and bubbly without being metallic.
Overall a complex well crafted beer.

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Photo of srv33
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden, with a gorgeous white head that mostly fades within the minute but about a quarter inch sticks around with fine beautiful lacing and small streams of bubbles rising, really a beautiful look.

Aroma: Wow, I get so much here, everything a Tripel ought to be, bubblegum, pears, apples, even berries, breadiness, and not much of an alcohol aroma passing through. Doing great so far.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, and very thick. Light carbonation that accents rather than takes center stage. Three for three so far.

Taste: Banana, cloves, subdued apple, a pleasing bready sweetness, and a complimenting floral hint. The aftertaste fades into this amazing subtle bubblegum with no hint of sharpness. The alcohol content is present and neither well hidden or exaggerated, but about what you would expect for the ABV. Hitting every Tripel note a Tripel ought to!

Overall: This is everything a Tripel should be, one of the best. I tasted this alongside a (revisited) Westmalle Tripel, together, to sort of see which (at least I personally) thought was better, and it was a very close call. The Westmalle bested the Karmeliet in mouthfeel, but in overall taste, character, scent, and balance the Karmeliet edged out, due to the Westmalle's harsher end notes and aftertaste. If you prefer something more peppery and creamier, the Westmalle is the way to go. But if you want something a little more gentle yet with perfect balance and depth of character with more fruit and floral notes, then the Karmeliet is better. Both are incredible beers though and ultimately come down to personal preference. If I had to choose, I'd pick the Karmeliet.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a slightly hazy gold color with a medium sized white head. There is a ton of carbonation. The aroma is bananas, wheat and cloves. The taste is sweet bread with bananas and maybe some peaches.

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Photo of schavuytje
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full of spicy (hops) pepper flavor, fruity wheat sweet and lots of alcholic flavor, fairly present aromas, but pleasant in balance, solid and good for another

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,319 ratings