Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3014   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - APR 30, 2007
light copper yellow with thick white head. nice malty aroma that is earthy and fresh, the flavor is sweet but well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
Great effervescence. Little hop flavor. No alcohol burn at all. Great and refreshing example of a tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike_77 (3890) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2007
Pale blond colour with massive white foamy head that quickly settles. Massive acidic, fruity aroma with some yeast too. Sharp, clean and tasty. Flavours of apples and citrus are there together with a little yeast. Very clean aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2787) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 23, 2007
Wow, what an aroma, like fresh mown grass, fruity, caramel and just down right enjoyable to sniff! Zero head (I donít have a trappist glass though, using a wine glass) certainly an alcohol kick but is quickly soothed by a sweet flash of berries and oats, a beautiful beer although I donít think I could drink more than two or three in a row. I will buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slemmert (20) - Slagelse, Flakkebjerg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2007
The best tripel according to me. Super mouthfeel from wheat and carbon. Fruity and yeast aroma, and sweet/fruity taste. Very balanched, not as bitter as other trippels. Reminds me more of a sweet sour ale than a normal tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scanovajr (663) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 22, 2007
Pours amber hazy with a beatiful head. Aroma is fruity and yeast. Taste is sweet, malty and fruity. Very weel balanced. Soft mouthfeel. Very nice tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2007
Bottle: Pours a cloudy straw blonde with a massive white head that just doesnít want to leave. Clumps of foamy lacing. Nose is noticably Belgian; of fruits, yeast, and grain. The taste is what separates this from the pack. A blend of apple, pear, and citrus round out the fruitiness. Light yeast, malt, and some spices are present in a very smooth, clean, and drinkable ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2007
Poured from 33cl bottle into a Trappist glass. One finger white head that dissipated almost instantly. Perfumy fruit aroma...wow! Heavy on the bananas. Beautiful brownish orange color. One of the finest looking tripels I have seen. Donít want to ruin the presentation by tasting it but...perfumy or floral aroma carries over into the flavor. Initially very tangy, then subtle ending. Alcohol is very sneaky...(this is my third +8 ABV in 2 hours though). 98th percentile????? YES! Give me Karmeliet or give me...Karmeliet, please. Highly recommend!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2007
Dark golden color. Flowers, fruit, and honey in aroma. Citrus taste with hops and barley undertones

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1931) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2007
wow interesting beer, spicy belgian nose to it, lemon, pepper, yeasty. nice colour kinda straw yellow, nice big head. some baanana in the flavour, again belgian spices a little hop bitterness, crisp and dry. good beer, at beer bistro.

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