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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (4441) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Apple juice colored. 1/2 inch white head only lasts a few minutes. Light sweet and sour flavor. Light fizzy texture. Body is medium heavy though. Flavor is overall a little malty, sour and fizzy. Finish remains spritzy for a while. It comes across as somewhere between a champaigne an a beer and hides its alcohol well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
soyorganic (305) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle: light copper color with a small head that dissipates quickly. A smooth softly sweet Belgian that is not over the top with any flavor, but is quality and nicely representative. Alcohol taste was not noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyobon (1265) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle. Clear and golden wth reasonable, although short-lived, white head. Beautiful complex aroma with spice, fruit and malt. Smooth mouthfeel, full bodied with good carbonation. The flavour is excellent and quite complex. It starts with some fairly clean fruit and malt tastes and then some spiciness kicks in. The main spiciness is coriander. It ends with a fair amount of hoppy bitterness and alcohol and some very long lingering fruity (banana) notes. Overall an excellent beer and a somewhat unusual tripel; not very complex and with a fairly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomer (2770) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAY 11, 2008
0.33L bottle. Small quickly disapearing head, deep darkish golden colour with some sediment at the end. Aroma of fruit smoked meat (maybe bacon) and a touch of malt. Carbonation is extremely strong, almost abrasive. Flavour of peach, melonand cremy vanila with a strong sweet alcoholic presence. Aftertaste is fruity, long and lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2008
A clear yellow colored beer, with a huge white head. The glass for this beer is huge too. The head head disappears quite soon. The aroma has nice coriander, spices, malts and some fruit. The taste is malty too, sweet with nice fruits and malty tones. It’s not to complex beer, but very tasteful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThaBobfather (178) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Good, strong flower smell. There is a great fruit taste on the back end of the flavor. Good aftertaste but leaves quickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Beautiful golden color with thing large bubble head. Nice floral and fruity aroma and very smooth high quality feel. Fruity aftertaste that is a little sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Poured a light hazy straw gold with a very thick and profuse, creamy, off white head. The aroma was sweet and sharp, some spice, not as up front as expected. The flavor was spicy, warm from alcohol, dry hopped it seemed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dredd (784) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2008
nice aroma of spice and pineapple. Pour is a bit disappointing with large bubbles and thin head. Flavour is great, range of fruits and some breadiness that finishes with a long bitter finish. Very good beer indeed, the alcohol does not interfere on the flavour profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - APR 30, 2008
Poured a hazy golden yellow tone with fierce carbonation and a densely packed creamy white head that lasted throughout. The nose was well spiced and sported a wheaty maltiness overlaid with tropical fruits, lemon zest and a peppery spiciness. The taste started with white bread maltiness and wispy yeast notes. A great blend of fruity sweetness like apple, papaya and mango counter the bold spiciness highlighted by the flavors of lemon zest and white pepper balancing it nicely. Zippy hops pop in the finish with a surge of alcohol for good measure. The feel was medium/full bodied with a nice velvety texture. This is a tripel’s tripel, a masterful blending of characters that make it dangerously quaffable. One of the finest examples of the style.

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