Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3034   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Bottle: the aroma is both yeasty, spicy and herbal, freshly ground black peper, sage, mint, coriander, cardboard, strawberry flavored bubble gum, some hay, very complex on that department, flavor wise it’s malty sweet(banana like) with some herbal hops, weak alcohol notes, weak vinous notes and a nice dry finish, the overall flavor is quite delicate and quite simple compared to the aroma, it’s an easy drinking medium bodied nice triple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodgers004 (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Beautiful clear golden color, smallish white head. Good, but not amazing. I’d almost characterize it as a light tripel, with a crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mike4686 (120) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2008
pours a nice golden color huge frothy white lasting head much like duvel, nice sweet aroma fruit, coriander, spices.. lots of bubbles. some alcohol on the finish, pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (4807) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
This is a phenomenal beer. It pours a golden color with a small white head. It has huge hints of bubble gum/ fruitiness in it. Very mellow and balanced between fruit and grain tastes. One of my new favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Realized have never rated this fine brew.On tap at PP C Bad. Nice golden yellow color with a small white head. Yummy nose of sweet fruitiness and belgian yeast. Very luxurious in and smooth in your mouth. Some good mellow spice with citrus fruit and malt. Nice very good finish. One of my favorite tripels for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip produced a big billowy head on top of a golden yellow head Aromas of wheat and grasses along with a nice subtle spice background and of course Belgian yeast Flavors of spices (pepper, coriander and clove) Sweet malt, and citrus fruit, as it warms there is a light alcohol presence as well A wonderfully light crisp mouthfeel its making me wishes it was summer time while the snow is falling out side A great Belgian I can see why it won some medals I wish they would change the bottle color green glass is not cool. Extremely drinkable will gladly seek this one out again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Pint - Pint’s & Quarts - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Big Belgian yeast aroma. Fruity and malty.
Appearance – Amber color, Nice head and clear.
Flavor – Big Belgian flavor. Fruity and deep malt. Sweet drips off the beer.
Palate – Nice Mouthfeel, great texture with a nice dry finish.
Overall – A very nice Belgian ale. I liked this beer it was very nice to drink. Big fruity flavor this beer really hits the taste senses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008
750ml. Nicely balanced, this tripel is easy to drink. Appealing, huge white head with a slightly hazy golden body. The aroma is yeast and spicy with notes of corinader and earthiness. Also detectable, but not dominant, are notes of lemon and orange and grass. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic. A hint of funk earthy moldiness comes through toward the end. The finish has a slight tartness and bitterness to it. Full body with a velvety texture and a long-lasting finish. Lively carbonation. Nice alcoholic warmth. A top-notch tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
henrock (3) - USA - FEB 15, 2008 does not count
Tasted from a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a diffractive rose-gold color with a moderate off-white head. Very complex nose: orange liqueur, orange peel, vanilla, caramel, honey, and cardamom (along with some bubblegum upon pouring) supported by the hearty aromas of wheat and oats. The flavor mirrors the nose with a core of orange flavors accented by a spiciness and meaty body, again from the wheat and oats. Picks up aromas/flavors of earth and raisins as it sits in the glass. A very unique style for a tripel, but delicious and impressive nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2663) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2008
Bouteille de 330 ml, bu au St-Bock (Montréal) le 14/2/08. Blonde dorée, un peu de collet. Arome de céréal croustillant caramelisé, un peu malté. Goût efferversant malté, pain crouté et assez alcoolisé comme sensation.

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