Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2701   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2010 On tap at Barley John’s. The aroma is huge and floral and perfumey. The beer pours to a 20k gold with a thin white head with spotty lacing. The flavor is floral and perfumey. Light caramel malts. The palate is light. Thin and watery. 8, 2, 6, 2, 12 = 3
Tap at Fat Abbey’s. Poured into the gigantor Tripel Karmeliet glass. A nice hazy straw golden hue. Creamy white head. The aroma was oaty, yeasty, cirtusy. The flavor was nicely yeasty with a lot of tripel characteristics. Had a caramelly flavor too. The palate was nicely carbonated and really smooth to drink. Light hop profile really tied this beer together. A superb tripel. 8, 3, 7, 4 ,16 = 3.8
750 mL bottle sampled 1 month and 2 weeks past it’s best by date. Delicious. This beer is quickly becoming a favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 29, 2005
(on magnum bottle) Fresh sent of pears and green apples and wet dirt, almost saison-like. Big lasting, white head and a clear corn-yellow colour. Creamy muoth, the esters kicks in some vanilla and peach in the quiite sweet taste. The alcohol warmths nice and quiet in the finish; gives it a applepie-kind of feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Lasting carbonated light head. Good beer in that you sure can not tell it is 8% but I did not taste the great complexity that others have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13214) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle from Sainsburys. Golden colour with white lasting head. Complex nose of yeast, herb, lemon, orange, lavender. Slightly sweet in mouth with crystallised fruit but dry herby kicking hop finish. Lots of bangs for your buck here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2005
so old-world that if you put this one in the oven for a hour you’ll get a loaf of hearty bread. Awesome thick, chunky waves of smooth malt and banana peels. one of my favorites-

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1059) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2012 Full-tasting yet refreshing tripel. At 8%, it’s nice and smooth. Semi-sweet, moreso than I expected, but still very enjoyable. Grass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ben59 (1) - FRANCE - AUG 12, 2005 does not count
I prefer it on the tap but also in bottle it is always a great moment to drink a tripel Karmeliet. Its taste is unique for a 8° beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogivlado (5539) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 9, 2005
Bottled(330ml). -the best beer I’ve tried this year, hazy pale orange coloured, frothy white head, yeasty aroma with few citrus and fruit hints, the alcohol is very well hidden, nice spicy finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whkingery (8) - Charles Town, West Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2005 does not count
Cloudy blond appearce with an excellent head and lacing. Active carbonation makes this fruity smooth Tripel go down easy glass after glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2005
Dark yellow, quite big bubbly head. Aroma from wheat and yeast, citrus, some fruits and honey. Floral flavor with wheat and yeast. Very carbonated and with a floral finish.

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