Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3076   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5535) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2007
A deep golden pour with a large white head. An aroma of dusty belgian yeast and a hint of fruit. An almost apply flavor comes to the front. A light hint of abv is there as well. Carbonation is as expected the palate is very solid a rich creamy texture to match the flavor. A very special beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Golden, thick white head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty. Not a moldy damp basement-type aroma but rather that of a dusty chalkboard. Let’s take attendance: Carmel--present, Fruit--present, balance--present, complexity--present. But, life is too short to spend in a chalky classroom learning lessons... For all the technical brew-master pencil pushing proficiency that was put into making this fermented malt beverage, there is something more. This beer speaks of bright sunny days, cheerful green meadows, freedom, childhood, friends, and yes, love. I would buy this beer again and again and again. Unfortunately, I would have to keep flying to Belgian so this bottle I am drinking now maybe the only bottle I ever have. For those of you who have just uncapped a fresh one. Savor the moment because nothing last forever!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1902) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Aroma is a sweet fruity yeast scent. Color is a hazy golden yellow with very good carbonation and a very big, very thick, tight, white head. Taste sweet and fruity. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a foamy feel. Finish comes in with a mild malt flavor that is backed by a sweet fruity yeast taste. There is a mellow bitterness on the end and the yeast flavor lingers a bit with a faint alcohol feel. This is a great Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
A very nice tripel. Aroma of yeast and sweet malt. Pour was a medium gold with a lot of bubbles and a nice 3 finger white head. Taste was sweet and fruity with hints of stale malt and a strong pepper element. Burns the mouth and throat as it goes down. In the top tier of tripels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
undsioux7 (862) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Pours light golden with a medium white head. Yeasty fruity aroma with just a bit of skunk coming thorugh. Not a fault of the beer but the green bottle and place I bought it from. Suprisingly the beer overcomes the skunk with its profile. As usual with this style, too much carbonation for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011 Golden-orange body. Little hazy. Bubbly big head. Aroma got banana, hops and grass. Also little peppery. A strong powerful palate. Nice malty sweetness in the flavor. Also fruity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2007
Cloves and dates in the nose. A rich burnt brown colour with some carbonaton. A toasty and nutty taste with raisins and cherries evident. A lovely medium body and a refined bitterness in the aftertaste. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours a nice golden colour, head is large and white. Aroma is fruity with strong smell of banana coming through. My only gripe with this beer is that it’s far too sweet, becomes cloying after about half a bottle. Although its not bad, I’d advise trying some other tripels before this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2007
On tap at Galway Tribes, Like WoW...Light golden, very hazy, with a massive white head that is fluffy and long lasting. Banana and clove aroma with a touch of bubble gum and wheat. Yes malty, with over-ripened banana esters very prevalent. Velvety and soft mouthfeel - smooooth robust...X balance, quite excellent tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Excellent Tripel! Upon opening the cork exploded out and the beer poured like Cristal Champagne. Flavors of fruit, especially berries - finished by a pleasant sweet hoppy flavor.

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