Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joakgust (1317) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2008
75 cl bottle - Golden amber color with a nice thick and large head. Aroma is very typical that of belgian triples. Lots of fruits and sweet orange marmelade. The beers maltiness dominates the flavor blended nicely with the belgian yeast created sourness and spiceness. More complexness would have pushed it up to my top 3. A beautiful beer all in all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
babil (3) - , SPAIN - JUN 10, 2008 does not count
Pours apple golden yellow with a foaming white head. Creamy texture. Complex nose with fruits like banana, apple and peach. Sweet palate, like caramel. An excellent beer. Visited Bosteels Browerij on ’07 summer and must say everyone should get there and enjoy a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet and a Deus as we did with the Bosteels family while having a great conversation about beer, wine and food. Fantastic time with great people; Belgian hospitality. Thank you

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2008 Really? This beer is just terrible. It tastes like a bag of dead feet. Some bread that tastes like dry, rotten sour-dough and some raw-egg tastes overwhelm anything that could possible be good about this beer. It looks nice, it smells nice, but I poured out a $10 25oz bottle of this after the first three sips. Just absolutely awful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Golden yellow with airy bubbles. Aroma of fruit, coriander, orange and sweet malts. Taste of banana, fruit and alcohol. Smooth body with a medium carbonation feel and a dry finish with a fruity aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Pours a very nice cloudy gold with a huge, but quickly fading soapy white head. The nose is bready, with the wheat really coming through, also some fruit and floral spice. The flavor is excellent; wow, very well balanced. Lots of fruit presence, but its nicely restrained - apple, grapefruit, orange, grapes. This fruit character is nicely coupled with a wheaty spice, and a light, but bready malt backbone. The mouthfeel is pretty similar to thick champagne, with a sweet dry finish. This is an excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Pours a bright golden color with a big white head that is both foamy and fizzy at the same time. The head dissipates fairly quickly. Nose of malts and fruits with some very subtle floral notes. Taste is complex and beautifully balanced with notes of apple, grape, citrus, hop, and spice. Champagne like carbonation on the palate and a sweet, dry finish like white wine. This is a thouroughly enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Pours orange gold with a substantial white head. Funk dominates the aroma, but there are detectable notes of caramel and citrus. Very heavy carbonated. Delicious. Starts out with notes of sweet malts and funk, very bready tand spicy hrough the middle, with a spice finish. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Looks like Orval, a murky orange with a pillowy white head that dissipates. Noticeable carbonation bubbles in the glass and an amazing aroma it took me a while to pin it down but it smells like pineapple. Also quite the fragrant soap smell too it, intriguingly unlike any tripel I’ve had before. Light and tingly on the tongue and very little spiciness like other tripels. A fantastic beer. 8/4/8/4/16: 4.0. Re-rate: Suttree’s 2008 Pre-Brewer’s Jam Tasting. Sample from a bottle shared by me. Same look, this sample from a 750mL instead of a 33cL seemed spicier with more citrus notes of oranges and lemons. Couldn’t pin down any pineapple this time and the body was much spicer with the same satisfying dry finish, still very good, but needs to come out of the 4 territory for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Pours apple juice golden yellow with contrasting white head. Nose is complex with fruits such as peach, apricot, and apple. On the palate the malt comes through with ample sweetness, with this ale having a rather candy like flavor. White licorice, cardamon, faint cinnamon, and light pepper are here as well. Finishes lengthy and candy sweet, and all too easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerEssential (96) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Pours a bright, sparkling, slightly hazy gold, not unlike most saisons I’ve had. Long lasting white head. Aroma is slightly metallic (from the corked bottle I had), but fresh, yeasty and a bit sour. Little bitterness in the taste. Overall bready and a bit sweet while still cold, quick finish. Easy to drink and pretty tasty.

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