Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2007
750ml Bottle - Pours a hazy gold with a little white head. Smells of yeast, must, funk, spices, wheat. Taste is similar to a regular Belgian blonde, but less sweet. Yeast, clove, banana, very crisp and slightly dry. Not fantastic, but better than most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2319) - USA - DEC 17, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 Bottle at the lovely Cafe de Bruxelles in New York City, served in an amazing fat-bellied glass, with a plate of delicious moules frites. Fresh, fruity aroma and very nice flavor, similar to a blonde. Hints of clove, banana, coconut. Very nice! Had it again a couple of times since my original 2007 rating - the fresh, fruity notes are not always present, but it is still enjoyable. I did have to take a couple of points off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Poobah (349) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Pleasant floral aroma. Dark honey color. Light head retention. Malty intro with full, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Significant alcohol presence in the finish with sweet overripe banana notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
A very fruity aroma. Huge frothy, white head. Excellent lacing. Mostly lasting longevity. Clear yellow body. Heavy bitter initial flavor. Medium palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgiskOlklub (1000) - Viby J, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2009 Bottle, 33 cl. golden, clear, rocky head. Rather sweet but also well balanced. Lightly spiced. It has a medium body and average carbonation. A long finish with alcohol in the clearly present.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Pours a deep hazy gold with a thick tan head. The aroma is of yeast, banana and raisins. Swirls around your palette with relative ease, releasing its plethora of flavors. Creamy banana and yeast up front with a lovely warming alcohol on the way down. Simply wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle; poured a rich gold with a large white head. Aroma was very nice; of yeast, fruit, orange/citrus and spice. Flavor was very, very good. Had characteristics of a good hef or wit, just amped up a bit. Flavor had sweet sugary components; zesty orange and citrus hints; some mild spicing; and a nice banana, yeasty presence. Nice mouthfeel with some stronger carbonation and alcohol presence in the finish. A top notch and delicious brew; can’t believe I didn’t get around to rating this sooner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Pours a clear golden color with a large head. Aroma of fruit, malt, sugar, belgian yeast. Nice flavor, a lot of carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2453) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Wonderful beer from the Bosteels. Big head with an amazing golden color. Very characteristic taste with the grains in the thick sirupy body, nice hoppy-spícy aroma with honey, moderated carbonation and some citrus in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Subtle aroma of fruit, yeast, and white wine. Sweet fruity fruity flavor with notes of malt, spices, and candy. Very smooth medium body with lots of carbonation. Finish is alcohol and citrus, giving way to a lasting, sweet banana aftertaste. Best tripel I’ve tried yet.

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