Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

4,105 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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Photo of brewdude1982
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of khirasaki
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

A: A pale orangeish color (apricot comes to mind...) with a relatively small amount of white head, which is fed by a seemingly endless stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S: Caramel malts, a hefty, hefty hit of lemon and coriander and a slight earthy yeastiness, as well as some peppery notes. A good smelling beer.

T: Light malts, a caramel/toffee sweetness. Coriander, lemon, tropical fruits and earthy yeast again in the middle, and the peppery alcohol on the finish. A nice kiss of herbal hops that really blends with the middle flavor. A well balanced and easy drinking beer.

M: Moderate, sticky body is lifted up by lots of carbonation. Too much carbonation, in my opinion, because it gets in the way of tasting the beer.

O: Worth checking out for sure, a solid beer. It hides the alcohol well, without being too obvious about it.

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Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Pale straw, ridiculously frothy initial head, leaves no trace a half hour later.

Coriander heavy in the nose, also yeast, alcohol, and lemon.

Clove, pepper, coriander, orange zest, slight alcohol note, dry finish. Nicely done.

Smooth with a full mouth feel.

This is what a tripel should taste like. Nicely done.

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Photo of CoverMePorkins
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rale
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

From a 750ml into a chalice.

A-Nice straw, light honey coloring. My wife said "goldenrod," but I would say lighter than that. The head was a solid one and one-half finger of creamy, thick foam that lasted quite a while.

S-I was a little disappointed here. I noticed the sweet yeasty notes you would expect, but I did not get the spice (coriander or clove) that I was hoping for. A little lemon and a touch of alcohol were also there.

T-Lots of sweetness. The flavors were mild banana and yeast with a touch of hops on the mid-palate. You also got a little pear, but you had to search for it. Alcohol was there, especially as the beer warmed, but never dominant. I would have preferred more coriander and clove, which were minimal.

M-Pretty full bodied with noticeable carbonation. The finish was sweet.

O-I've had this beer before and remembered liking it a lot, so perhaps my expectations were too high, but I was a little disappointed. It is a good beer, but not a complex or great beer.

Edit--I have since had this beer again on multiple occasions, and it is coming back into my into my good graces. Perhaps the bottle that I reviewed got overheated (because, honestly, that it what is tasted like...skunked). Regardless, I am bumping up the smell, taste, and overall score by a half to a full point.

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Photo of jisom123
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet long stemmed tulip

Pours deep golden with a bright white sea foam-like two finger head, thin lacing as the head recedes. Clove, earthy yeast, grassy and herbal notes, and medicinal phenols on the nose. Fairly spicy and peppery, significant fruit notes perhaps a bit of papaya and mango. Heavy alcohol warmth that becomes more and more evident as the brew warms and is consumed. Fairly high, fizzy carbonation, on heavier side of medium bodied with a touch of syrup. Very complex with a very strong alcohol presence, but one of the better tripels I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of kbrown
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle(s) courtesy of match1112. Thanks, Matt!

Pulled straight from the fridge, it pours a hazy straw yellow with a huge head of foam that seems to never want to quit growing.

What an aroma! Yeasty, spicy(pepper and clove), fruity, lemony hoppy. I'm spending a lot of time just taking in the smells.

The taste is soo complex. Peppery with a nice dose of clove, lemon and banana, yeasty, and a nice bitterness throughout. It finishes on the very dry side and pulls me in for more sips. I'm a prisoner to this marvelous brew!

Medium bodied with a rather high level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is very good and drinkability is outstanding. Yeah, that's my bottom line for Tripel Karmeliet, outstanding.

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Photo of ReeseMax3
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of fullsweep
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cL brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: lovely blonde colour but with a cloudy/hazy appearance. Lots of foamy, white head that dissipates slowly leaving a bit of lacing

S: floral, mild fruit and a bit of sourness in the fruity aspects

T: lovely, sweet, and for a high alcohol beer, the alcohol taste isn't overpowering--this was surprisingly refreshing!

M: thick on the tongue, but with a nice balance of mild carbonation

O: I really enjoyed this, probably one of my favorite Belgian ales so far!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Blackwolf
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of psuKinger
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my new gigantic Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A: Pours a hazy straw hue with a giant 3-finger fluffy white head on top that stuck around.

S: Has a big, effervescent nose of banana and clove.

T: Big, bold, and spicy. Banana bread, clove, and ginger. Alcohol presence makes itself known on the back end. Banana is the most prominent, particularly on the finish, where things meld into an almost buttery richness.

M: Light and lively, great carbonation, dry semi-sweet finish, this beer is artfully rendered when it hits the tongue.

D/O: I genuinely enjoy this beer in small quantities. But this is not my preferred style, and the banana/butter finish wears on me over time. A 25.4 ounce bomber is

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of jtd1969
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden in color, thick creamy head.

S - Yeasty and sweet smell. Honey, some clove

T - Sweet banana notes. Clove notes as well.

M - Full body with heavy carbonation. Easy to drink considering the abv.

O - Really really love this beer. One of my favorites for the style.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,105 ratings.
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