Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2785   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
11.2oz Best before 01/03/08. Pours a clear golden with a gigantic rocky white head. Aroma is actually somewhat like a wit at first with some orange and coriander up front. Also some yeast, banana, pear, and light toffee. This seems to be one of the fruitier tripels as these flavors dominate. There is also plenty of yeastiness, a little toffee, and some alcohol warmth as well. Dry finish, highly carbonated, medium bodied with nice lacing. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Pours very cloudy yellow/amber with clumps of yeast and other precipitates. Mild yeast aroma with appley sweetness. In the mouth it’s sweetness and light, almost like a cider. Well carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Big white head that quickly dissipates. Sweet and malty with little to no hop aroma or biterness. Hazy yellow color and very little alcohol taste for 8%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle. Hazy yellow colour with a big longlasting white head. Swet malty aroma. Sweet malty fruity and yeasty flavor, with some spicy hints. Sweet malty spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tranquillity (1419) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2006
0,33l bottle. HUGE white head, which settles at last. Bubbling like champagne, but very grainy (pun intended). Complex nose, too complex for me I suppose. Melis, rhubarb, lavendel, citrus is somewhere there. Extremely big beer. Soothing aftertaste, good and smooth transition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1865) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 330 ml bottle.

Pours golden with a nice head. The aroma is deeply fruity - lemon and orange, some honey, plenty of spice. The flavor follows, offering a lovely sweetness on the front and a fine bitter finish.

I’m not bowled over by the complexity of this one, but that may have been the circumstances rather than the beer, and I’ll be absolutely delighted to revisit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2006
On Tap. Small head. Medium carbonation. Clear golden color. Good structure in mouth. Nice citrus and caramel taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Poured a hazy bright yellow with a huge amount of froathy white head that does not go away one bit. Aroma is caramel, lemon, banana, and slight brandy alcohol. Flavor was much more bitter than i expected from a tripel, citrus lemon flavor definitely there. Overall, decent, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (5863) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2006
this is a trippel (i would have just written that over and over but a review might be helpful)...appetizing o ya!...fruity and delcious...big fizzy head..very complex...i can see this brewer makes deus...sprintzy...1 of the best trippels ever!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
starflyer58 (26) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Aroma: sweet, malty, yeast, metal, fruit, hay Appearance: large head initially, mostly diminishing, fair lacing, golden/yellow/sparkling Flavor: moderately sweet, lightly bitter, Palate: body-medium, texture-dry/watery, carbonation-soft, finish-metalic/alcohol Overall: It has been one of my favorite Tripels so far.... the fruitiness comes out if you have it at the right temp.... which I think should be only slightly chilled.... and someone mentioned flowers in the taste... I can totally get that....

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