Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2716   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Pours a perfect golden honey hue. Lasting, pillowy off whitish head. The aroma here is quite interesting. Sweet grain, oat, strawberry, apricot/peach, cream of wheat, leather, citrus, pepper, mint, floral, mango/pineapple, tomato...I dont know, maybe im overdoing it...Its just amazing. Anyways...Soft, balanced palate. Great light fruit, very peach, firm malt. Perfect mouthfeel, steady carbonation, perfect balance. Im quite impressed. Finishing with a subtle dryness and great finesse. There are some great possibilities for food with this one...It unfortunate this was my first time trying this!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Re-rate 1/16/06: A totally different experience this time. A lovely, creamy triple with some nuttiness. This experience was amongst the best Iíve had with a Tripel. Appearance was completely more pleasing than with the originally-reviewed bottle. I think my first rating was of a bad bottle.

Old rating (3.4) and review:

Rated "blind" in separate notepad prior to seeing RateBeer averages, as it should be.

Highly acidic and/or alcoholic. I was expecting creamy given the style, but got bitingly alcoholic. Head is fizzy and diminishes to half foam layer, half no foam at all. The semi-clear yellow, not cloudy, may be a tip-off to its not being creamy. Aroma hard to pick up. Very gassy, bubbly, lots of carbonation. There are other Tripels Iíll go for over this. Good for a beer; disappointing for a Tripel. 7/10.

Added after entering the above in Ratebeer (no change in rating, though): grassy and dry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (989) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Wow - what a beer! Had this on tap at BXL Belgian Cafe in NYC, after having a Duvel. Poured with a proud head. Pretty beer. Spicy, burnt malt aroma with an alcohol kick. Less carbonated and somewhat creamier in taste than Duvel, had a teriffic smoky, spicy flavor with hints of vanilla and banana. Tasted so good and had such a great feel that I finished it way too fast. Wonderful beer - try it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Very prominent yeast aroma with light fruits as well; apples and pears. I taste the alcohol pretty much up front, though others claim itís hidden pretty well. Some strange spiciness in the finish as well as an alcohol burn. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Light golden w/ a well laced white head. Smells of light yeast and a floral perfume hop. Palate is light well coated but lightly creamy. Flavor is very floral, hints of yeast bread and bannanna. Overal a decent beer but not that great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2010 On tap at Barley Johnís. 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 Abbeyís. 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 itís 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 (13288) - 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 youíll get a loaf of hearty bread. Awesome thick, chunky waves of smooth malt and banana peels. one of my favorites-

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