Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3010   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - AUG 26, 2007
pours a nice crisp, honey orange with foamy dissipating head. Nose of lemongrass, honey, oats, rich on the palate, straw, sweet oats lingering into slight bitterness. One of the first tripels I tried and still a favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Draught, 8/25/07. Crystal clear with short lived fizzy foam. Aroma is slightly buttery with notes of spice and banana. Too sweet with too much spiciness and more of that damn buttery flavor. Not diacetyl, very strange. Itís loved by many, but eh for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3579) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2007
Golden of color with a woth head. An aroma of sweet, spice and citrus. A complex flavor with sweets, fruits, citrus notes and spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 Straightforward, no-nonsense, tasty tripel. Soft mouthfeel and a well-rounded flavor profile. Yeasty in the finish. Lovely grain character, the three grains definitely make it more interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (641) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2007
On tap, Map Room, Chicago. Never rated this before, so I thought Iíd give it a go as I usually like tripels. Head is very impressive, huge, fluffy, rocky and crystalline, leaving dollops of foamy lace on the side. Smells spicy with some dark bread and faint orange fruitiness in a thick cream. Seems like you can smell the fluffiness of the head (is that yeast character, or the smell of protein?). Flavor is supercharged, incredibly full malt character that expands in the mouth. The main character is like peaches in half and half; yeasty and denatured, aged hops prick on the sides in a somewhat salty counterpoint to the lactic sweetness in the middle. A yeasty blanket covers the soft and creamy malts, giving this a nice soft texture all the way through. The finish is delicately dry and long, with black and white pepper and dust from a 17th century attic. Wonderful juxtaposition of textures, a wonderfully soft sipping beer. 7/5/8/5/17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (4699) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2007
We all know the Karmeliet. But one thing reviews never touch upon: the glass. I love the Tripel Karmeliet glass, a large tulip styled glass. Even though I like this beer, the glass is perfect for other Belgian tripels and strong ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Pours golden with a big bubbly white head. Aroma is kinda sweet and vinous, with hints of hay, wheat, a little witbier spice, and alcohol. Taste is sweet and grassy with a white wine grape flavor, and a bit of tartness, some wheat and earth, and a bit of hay. Finishes a bit hot actually, which is surprising cause the ABV isnít that high. Tastes dry on the throat and slightly chalky, with lingering caramel and pilsner malt flavors. A decent tripel, but Iíd rather have Curieux, or Westmalle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2126) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2007
330 mL bottle. Translucent gold with excellent head. Mild aroma - fairly sweet, with hints of spice, herb and citrus. Flavour is dominated by malt, but is quite complex, otherwise. There are citrus, spice (coriander?), pear, candi sugar, and herb flavours present. Incredibly smooth, and the alcohol taste and burn are very mild for a tripel. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2069) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2007
11.2 ounce bottle on Westmalle glass. Pours bright golden with with head that lasts most of the way down. Aroma of honey and lemon. Very complex layers of flavor from honey, lemon, earthiness, oat, and some alcohol. Medium body, medium carbonation. Complex and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2007
If you have "problems" with triples, then try thisone. Itís just great and complex with very nice notes in both flavor and aroma ~ a beginners triple and then itís highrated. Strange and great.
Notes of alcohol, caramel, malt, softness, grapes, flowers, coriander and must much more that I cannot find words for.

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