Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3030   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 2006...yeasty fruitty aroma. flavors of yeasty bread, coriander, nutmeg and pear. lots of carbonation from the bottle makes it hard to pour. on tap it’s even better...and great with pork cheeks and seared gnocchi...mmm 7/4/7/4/17/3.9

2007... hazy pale yellowy brown with an unstoppable white head. very floral aroma with notes of yeast, spicy burn and grass. fresh bottle is a bit too sweet on the palate. the flavor is a perfectly balanced mix of pears, yeast, pale malt, grass and skunky hops with a spicy finish. medium to full bodied. creamy mouth feel is soft, luscious and refined... 8/4/7/5/17/4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Bottle at Eulogy in Philadelphia. Pours hazy golden with a textured white head. Aroma is sweet, with lots of clove, fruit, yeast, and a tad amount of alcohol. Very faint syrupy texture. Initial flavor apple, pear, clove, and wheat malt. The finish has a mild pepper and spice bite, a small amout of rubbing alcohol peeking through. I had just recovered from the flu, so perhaps I was not in the perfect mood to enjoy this. Either that or I am just not a triple fanatic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 A very nice tripel. Only you should tast it soon. After a few years it can be tasteless. Tasted as well from bottle as from draft this week

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Used to be one of my favorite beers. $3.99 from Texas Liquor in Carlsbad. Huge foamy head, some lacing. Yellow orange color. Mild sweet aroma, something pleasant like fruits mild banana. Sweet start of taste and dry finish, probably from the carbonation. Alchohol is light. Really a great beer. I should go buy more for drinking with dinner (if I weren’t trying only new beers).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with a very large long lasting white head that leaves great lacing. Aroma of bananas, cereal grains, and earthy hops. Taste is the same as aroma with a little spiciness at the end. Medium mouthfeel that finishes dry due to the high level of carbonation. A little over carbonated with a bit of carbonic bite but still an amazing Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
On tap at the winking lizard - Pours golden and hazy with a short white head that stayed pretty well. Aromas of grass, apple, some yeast, and some grains. Flavor is grainy, yeast, apples, grass and a little pepper spice towards the finish. Pretty smooth and clean on the palate and a pretty nice drinkable tripel.

   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 (3926) - 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 (2798) - 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 don’t 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 don’t think I could drink more than two or three in a row. I will buy again.

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