Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2761   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Bottle conditioned.
First brewed 1996; claimed to be based on a recipe from 1679 which used wheat, oat and barley.
Tripel Karmeliet is a very refined and complex golden-to-bronze brew with a fantastic creamy head. These characteristics derive not only from the grains used but also from restrained hopping with Styrians and the fruity nature (banana and vanilla) of the house yeast. Aroma has hints of vanilla mixed with citrus aromas. Tripel Karmeliet has not only the lightness and freshness of wheat, but also the creaminess of oats together with a spicy lemony almost quinine dryness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2007
What a pleasant surprise this was. Enjoyed with sommelier at Cafe d’Alsace in New York. Enormous nose of apricot brandy, hints of bread and yeast, then malt and hops. Wonderful hazy rich gold body, huge firm orange head, slowly vanishes leaving good lacing. Apricot brandy taste and wamrth, bread and yeast of a tripel, good moderate bitterness in the long finish. Wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Bottle. Huge, rocky and lasting near-white head. Clear golden body. A nice malt-sweetness to the nose. Also fresh, acidic fruits; red berries, citrus and dried apricot. Scents of spices and honey. Very flavorfull, quite yeasty and spicy with both sweetish and acidulous flavors. Mainly (sweet) citrus and green apples. Notes of alcohol and wheat/grain. Medium-bodied and lively. Lingering spicy and acidic end. What a nice one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
closey22 (888) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Greta appearance with a thick frothy ingering head and a crystal clear pale yellow hue. Apples in aroma with a slite hint of pine. Same with the flavor. The finish is long and balanced between sweet and dry(reminiscent of a tart apple). Mouthfeel is rich and alive. Belgium rules!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tgibbons (2) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2007 does not count
From the bottle. Pours a deep hazy yellow with a large foamy white head. Fruity aroma, a lot of pear. Sweet, with apple and pear. crisply carbonated, light. my favorite tripel ive had so far, just waiting to try the De Dolle Mad Bitch thats in my fridge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass, cloudy yellow with a big, foamy, long-lasting white head. Aroma was of apple and pear with a touch of yeast. The taste was sweet and light with notes of lemon and pear and a hint of spice. Very crisp with good carbonation. There was just a touch of sourness as it warmed. The taste is more sublte than with many tripels and would probably make this a good match with a meal as it would not try to dominate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TampaBeer (255) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Pretty good beer. Nice sharp carbonation on the palate. Nice belgian aromas and flavors. There is an aftertaste here that slightly detracts.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAR 21, 2007
This had a huge,long lasting,annoying head.I had to wait quite a while to taste the beer thru the foam.The aroma was a faint cut wheat or grain.Color was straw.Has that golden beer taste that I don’t like.tastes like it has corriander in it.Kind of sour.Honey,wheat and oat taste.Rice??I don’t really care for this,but it does have flavor,so I’m sure there are some people who will like it.I wish the bottle wasn’t so big,so I could move on.I suppose this would be a beer for wheat farmers,who just finished harvesting their crops and they want to celebrate.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (4054) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2007
This is one of those brews that I am almost afraid to rate with my bad taste tastebuds. On tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pgh. This pours like any other pale yellow american ubiquitous lager as far as color goes. Has a clean white head. Aroma is not outstanding and there are a few streams of carbonation rising with in. The tap handle on this is cool looking. Initial flavor is slightly strong but definitely not oppressive. Much milder than the domestic coarse trippels I’ve tasted such as Southern Tier. Interesting off flavor on the onset and then it immediately fades to an alky hint. Again, this is not oppressive, it is just that you can tell the alky content is letting you know its there if you want to notice. Low carbonation, very little tingle on the back of the throat. I am not overly impressed with this beer and will probably get hammered for my numbers. This trippel just does not appeal to my delicate girlie taste buds. THe alky is continually apparent but not in the face. Finish is immediately medium bitter but fades after a few moments to just a memory. Overall, not bad but I’ve been spoiled by Grimbergen Blonde and Chimay White. On par with Allagash trippel and Southern Tier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2007
Bottle. Almost clear golden colour with a nice moslty lasting white head. Rich aroma and taste of fruits, malts and hops. Over carbonated and overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2007
From the bottle. Pours a nice amber with a massive thick foamy white head, looked like I could have shaved with it. grassy, slightly sweet fruity aroma with hints of alcohol. sweet, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, nice sharp carbonation. Slight alcohol flavor, hints of raisins, cloves and lemons. Absolutely delicious, like a nice dessert in a glass.

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