Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2967   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2383) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle. Moderate smells of straw, lime, perfume, soap, mustiness and light notes of white wine apple, alcohol and and slight hint of clove. Head is frothy, white, mostly diminishing and has fair lacing. Color is clear golden. Flavor starts lightly acidic and a little sour, then finishes moderately acidic and lightly bitter. Palate is watery, light to medium, has a fizzy carbonation and finshes a little alcoholic. Nice refreshing smells lead to a crisp taste and mouthfeel in this Tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2007
Tasted 22. Nov -07. A very good aroma. I found some flowers, apples and maye some pineapples. Poured nicely into the glass. its fruity with some kind of reed berries in the flavor profile. Its slightly dry, but warming and with a long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6718) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2007
Bottle from Sainsburys. Deep gold colour with a decent, rocky white head and moderate carbonation. Aromas of yeast, coriander, mace, tropical fruit and grain. Flavour had plenty of sweet malt with more spice, honey and some herbs. The finish was pretty dry. very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with a massive off-white bubbling head. Effervescent. A sour fruit scent with a hidden sweetness. Tastes sweetly fruity with a sour body and hints of spice. Extremely foamy, maybe a bit too much with a full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle thanks to Muenster. Blind tripel tasting with Allagash Tripel Reserve, Westmalle Tripel, and Chimay Cinq Cents with NachlamSie and Muenster. The pour is a semi-cloudy golden with a pale white head. The aroma is very spicy and smells of fresh green leaves with slight citrus to it. The flavour starts off with a caramel sweetness with some fruits, a combination of a pear, orange, and a little bit of lemon. Spices start to become a little more apparent as the brew passes. Caramel sweetness slowly creeps in the finish along with a nice mixture of a pear’s light citrus. This is really good. This tasting has proven to be difficult to rate next to each other. I’ll have to say I like this one as a close third in the tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2007
In a blind tripel tasting with NachlamSie and BossHossBikes. Pours hazy gold with a foamy white head. Aroma is full of awesome spicy notes, and some sweet juicy fruits. Flavor is very much the same, a very nice spicy/fruit dance leads to a finish that is only mildly warm, but mostly dry. Tripels are amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2007
On draft at Zeno’s. Pours a clear light honey golden yellow with a medium white head. Perfumy aroma with banananotes. Taste is fruity with hints of cotton candy, candied malts and banana. Slight perfumy aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
A fantastic example of the Tripel style. I’m intrigued by the 17th-century recipe making use of oats, barley and wheat. It pours a beautiful golden color that’s fun to look at, and is *quite* bubbly besides. The nose is incredibly rich: apricot, wheat, snow peas, coriander, Chinese 5-spice powder, and a wee bit of banana. The taste brings on a touch of toasted sesame, and the spicy bubbliness keeps on coming. Not an every-day beer, definitely a special-occasion, rich, rich beer. Thick, even. It would go well with Vietnamese cuisine (think light, but spicy, noodle-bowls with peanut sauce), but it loves it some balsamic peaches, and also is very happy with romano, ricotta, and a good whitefish like skate. I think this has become my favorite Tripel. An amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 1PT 9.4oz bottle. This sucker poured the most incredible head i have ever seen. So much head that the enticing amber body with bits of debris had trouble escaping. Nose is spicy and floral with faint notes of sweet apple. 8.1% practically unnoticeable. Bubbly acidic mouthful with a banana spice grassy finish. Balanced and fantastic, one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prcaus (159) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle Eulogy Tavern in Olde City Philadelphia- Pours a Amberish coloring with sweet floral aromas and tastes were of noticable fruits and malts.

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