Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2744   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2006
A filtered tripel? There is no yeast at all in this. Zero sediment in the bottom and only the last maybe .5 oz added any cloudiness to the beer. Anyways, this beer has a great and uncharacteristic aroma. Very fruity and banana, like a hefeweizen. Very pale, gold in color with a very effervescent head. Flavor is very dull, a little yeast and a little more banana. Whatís the deal? Itís not bad but this is pretty lame. Reminds of Duvel. I donít get it.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
JudgeDread (16) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottle was chunky and hazy will have to try this one again!! Strong grapefruit aroma and some sulfur must have been skunked and sitting on the top shelf for a while. Quite a bit of sediment on the side of the bottle, probably stored wrong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
biznizness (1071) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2006 Tremendous. Different from most tripels Iíve had... this one was creamier, still sweet, with the oats and wheat making for a softer flavor. The alcohol is hardly detectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Pale, amber coloring with an enormous, bright white foam head. The bubbles are channeling up to the surface beautifully from the bottom of my tulip glass. Semi-sweet banana aromas are complimented by some fresh bread and yeast. Initial sensation on the tongue is rather bitter, but it then mellows out on the palate with the softer banana sensations. A nice walnutty smack noticed toward the finish. Not overly complex, but an overall well rounded, tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2006
11.2 oz bottle poured into a corsendnk goblet. lots of carbonation in this one with a big white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a nice white lacing around the glass. still lots of bubbles. nose of spice, bananas, wheat, caramel; and yeast. more spicey yeast, bananas, and alcohol dominate the flavor. not terribly exciting for the style, but i could still see this being refreshing on a hot summers day. the proper glassware for this one almost overshadows the brew inside it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2006
wow. Been a while since iíve been struck by such a decent brew.Warmed to around 7 celcius. Pours loverly honey gold with brilliant clarity. Lots of carb. Like a bloody whirlpool. Nice big white head that races and stops right on point in this St Bernardus glass. Nose is a slight wheat and citric and spice. Taste is a pleasant yeast, milked honeydew, banana nut bread and vanilla. Hops make their way via the 8% alchohol, but non offensive, and no real burn. Absolutely delightful! Ive got to stock this stuff and Id love to try it on draft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pours medium gold with yellow head. Aroma is earthy, banana bready, alcohol, floral, and a little metallic. Some caramel and vanilla in flavor. Alcohol pretty dominant for 8%, almost hot on the way down. Lots of carbonation at first, but after a few minutes it tames down and is a pretty smooth tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Golden, dark yellow pour. Very thick head. Sweet, yeasty banana aroma. Banana flavor increases in the body. Warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 3, 2006
On Tap @ SHARP EDGE...I found this to be a pretty good tripel...maybe itís that Iíve been trying more, but Iíve been having some good luck with tripels recently. This beer had a huge gummy head and a great blond/golden color. Smelled a bit of yeast, lots of fruit, and spice. This beer tasted very well balanced...between the fruit and alcohol...and a decent amount of malt and hops character for a belgian (at least I think so). Mputhfeel was smooth ,wet, and dry...very refreshing...kind of like a summertime tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boesky (51) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2006
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden, with a significant head. Aroma rich with citrus and apple notes. The mouthfeel is enhanced by the addition of oats, which lends a distinct creaminess. Complex flavor profile with hints of honey, fruit, and caramel. A very well-balanced and delicious Tripel, one of my faves.

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