Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2954   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11979) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Light stone fruit and banana aroma. Slightly hazy medium gold color with a vigorous real ale white head that laces. Starts fruit sweet, could be a mix of peach and orange, might not be; it then has a hit of yeastiness, gets a change in sweetness, seems to have some hop, but might be a bit of fruit peel without the sugar. Finishes very dry (after all the sugar runs through your mouth). A bit puckery despite the sweetness. As it warms, it seems that orange definitely comes forth in both aroma and flavor. Complex little thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2007
(Bombler)poured into karmeliet Tulip(big glass). Very sweet beer. Beautiful pour. Pours a golden yellow w/ high fizzy frothy white head, carbonation is abundant. you notice the sudden sweet aroma of fruits and the yeasts giving off that spicy bannana smell. has the sweet yeasty flavor on the front, middle, and finish into the aftertaste. a very good drink that is like candy, definilty a desert, no bitterness. The glass and the beer together are a package, I recommend if possible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (16169) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 golden slightly clowdy in appearance,belgain hoppyness with slight banana and vanila caramel tones.. 3.0 bottle at bow lll softsweet zezty orange and peach nose ... floral herbal fruits ... zezty yeasty peppery orange ... i really like this3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Pours a pale hazy yellow with a beautiful silky meringue-like head dominating the top third of my trappist glass - even with wetting the glass beforehand and a very careful pour! Nice lace. Spicy, vanilla, banana, fruity aroma. Highly carbonated and suprisingly hoppy taste - gone is the fruit; instead there is light malting and perfectly balanced hops. The carbonation is working against me on this one - a little too gassy. A mooth milky taste and texture betrays its wheat & oat content. Very floral hops, understated but delicious faint hop & malt aftertaste. A sensational beer, not as fruity as Chimay Blanc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2898) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 I grabbed this 750 ml and twisted off the cage. The cork blasted off the bottle and hit the ceiling with ferocity. The pour reveals a light hazy gold with some serious head. The nose is very doughy with a sweet and moderately spiced character. It’s quite balanced and floral. The flavor is delicate and complex with hints of vanilla, banana bread, coriander, and a lot of yeast presence. There is no astrigency and the mouthfeel is soft with active carbonation prickling the palate from time to time. This makes a very smooth dessert beer, one of the best tripels I’ve come across. ------� 16, 2007] Bottle split with Muenster and BossHossBikes in a blind tasting: I thought this one would be a close second or equally as pleasing to me as Allagash’s Tripel, but I ended up giving it a close third. The aroma on this was the funkiest with distinct tart notes and more emphasis on the barley. The flavor is sweeter with hints of tapioca, honeycomb, woody hops, and a lively mouthfeel. The finish almost becomes drying but the juicy feel overall remains. Many delicate nuances are to be found in this delicious beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2007
I thought this was a fantastic beer! Pours golden with a large frothy head that diminishes slowly, leaving a nice lacing. Aroma is quite sweet, though does not hint at the complex taste one is about to experience. Initial flavor is sweet, perhaps too sweet, but one immediately notices the end, which is caramelly, complex and fantastic. Lingers in the throat. Perhaps the only drawback is that this is not as light as it could be, still wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Hazy golden color. Banana and orange in the nose. Cider taste with some wheat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Pours a nice hazy orangish golden color. Wonderful sweet malt nose of banana, candi sugar, orange peel, and a hint of belgian spiciness. This beers flavor is wonderful and gives off a great cotton candy like candi sugar sweetness as well as some hints of corriander and other spices. I forgot how much I like this beer and it is wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a super thick white head - nose of yeast , hay , orange , spices , and slight candy – taste of sweet orange , yeast , cereal , slight red fruit , mango , pear , apricots , and plumbs - body thick , and creamy – aftertaste of candied yeast , and orange

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
Poured clear gold with a massive billowing white head with a variety of bubble sizes. Grainy, sweet, aroma. Flavours of lemon, melon, strong yeast, asome heat, sweet honey in the finish.

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