Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2738   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
newtrip (54) - USA - NOV 9, 2005
Poured with average sized frothy white head. Head was mostly diminishing. Body is very clear gold color. Nose is of grain, citrus, and hops. Initial flavor is sweet and and finish is sharp, acidic and bitter and dry with an alcoholic bite . I do sense some coriander/clove/spicy notes in there. Finish doesnít last too long. This is a very interesting beer. Itís amazing how much this beer changes from the time you take a sip into your mouth to the finish. I am not normally a huge fan of tripels, but I really enjoy this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2010 Sampled on draft at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium this beer poured a dark golden color with a large fluffy white head that produced decent lacing. The aroma was sweet tangy malts, pear, grape with a lightly yeasty undertone. The flavor is very sweet with nice light malts, candied pear, apricots, yeast, and light dry spice that I am unable to identify. There is a mild alcohol burn. Fairly full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 25, 2005
(Bottle) What a wonderful tripple, the best Iíve tasted so far! Pours golden amber, with white fizzy head. Notes of spices (coriander) and citrus/lemon. Dry mouthfeel, and well balances bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Poured from the bottle this beer is a nice golden color with a fizzy head. Aroma is amazing lemon grass with fruity tones and yeasty breads. Flavor is smooth with touches of wheat, lemon, pepper spcies with some grassines and plenty of natural fizz. Mouthfeel is also fizzy but still smooth with little to no burn and the alcohol is well blended. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2005
On tap (!!!) in cafe Delibere, Leuven. Golden colour, white head. Fruity and floral aroma. Soft and easy to drink, no particular dominating flavour. Pleasing mouthfeel. Alcohol is well-hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
No#60. Iv seen this on the best in scotland list and always wanted to try it, but never found it in scotland, so here goes. Aroma is fresh with appley, fruit salad and dried apricots making a delicious aroma. Taste is also fresh and fruity goodness which seems really well balanced for a triple. This is what i would want a triple to always be like, however few live up to be this good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2005
Good golden triple. Fruity. Although 8%, you donít notice te taste of alcohol too much (like some other triples).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2915) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2005
Aroma:Coriander,orange,wheath.... Appearance:Oran gold,light head... Flavor:citrus,fruit,very spicy..... Good beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2005
11.2 oz bottle @saucer: pours a nice gloden hue with a white head. aroma is of citrus/lemon, hints of malt and lots of wheat/yeasty/breadiness. citrusy malty falvors up front followed byt some yeast bready flavors. a little bland to me, i wasnt very impressed with this beer being rated the 3rd best tripel on this site.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Tap at maproom. A bit peppery and sweet. Taste is pretty alcoholic. Gold color, not super dry. Decent, but not amazing.

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