Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3074   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yespr (36243) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2007
Finally I got around rating one of my all time favourites. 33 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a huge creamy/crispy slight off-white head. Aroma is orange peel, yeasty and some malt, the combination simply screams out what a true belgian tripel is. Flavour follows the aroma tightly, orange, spice and clear malty flavoured in a mellow malty sweetness. Finish is vaguely bitter but more malty and spiced. Very well balanced and still light. Uncomplicated (but not simple) and wellcrafted balance between the spices, malt and the yeast notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervis (243) - Taylorís Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2007
Bottlle. Dark gold, bubbly and slightly viscous, thin white head. Aromatic nose with usual cloves, sweet fruitiness and a little alcohol. Satisfying smooth, full mouthfeel, fruity sourish finish which lingers on the tongue. Warms and tickles on the way down. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IvoR (90) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours with a nice golden color and a large white head. Aromas of some fruit, probably apples. Pleasantly heavy taste with a very long finish. Good to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - JUN 29, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Bottle, 330 ml. Cloudy golden coloration, with a very nice white head, consistent and persistent. Fruity and floral aroma and taste. Notes of clove, cinnamon, green grape and banana. Average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5345) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Sampled at Cellarís Wine & Spirits Friday evening beer tasting, conducted by joebrew. From a 2006, 75cl bottle, pours a dark straw golden brew with a heavy bubbly off-white head that slowly dissolves. Aroma of banana esters, honeysickle, powdery yeast, and a touch of spices. Taste is average carbonated, medium to heavy body, with a peppery aftertaste. Finish is smooth, yeasty and some more spice aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
memmling (8) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2007 does not count
lemony squeezes. some sort of curtain trickery, first on the tongue and then sort of malty mellowness. mebbe like a lemon cake? a malty lemon cake. front to back of the mouth slowly. weird next-morning aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Tap. Creamy, average white head into clear amber body. Aromas of red delicious apples, yeast, and light spices were all noticed. Long finish. Carbonation is on the flat side. Pretty solid Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Iíve had this many times. Some taps, some bottles. Some local, some overseas. I enjoy it bst out id the little glass they serve it in. Unfrtunately, they donít ever give you enough. It is best cool. Too cold and you canít taste it, too warm and becomes a hot toddy (boozey). It is your standard Belgian Tripel that is always enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Pours hazy golden with a large, frothy white head. Strong aroma of candy sugar, some pronounced grassy hops, tropical fruits, and an alcoholic overtone. Flavor is a bit more reserved than expected, and certainly not as sweet as I was anticipating. Heavy malt background, with alcohol accenting the mild sweet overtones mid-palate, and a bit of grassy hop notes mingled with a light, almost peppermint like spice. Palate is medium, with a creamy mouth-feel despite the almost sharp carbonation. A bit over-rated in my opinion, but still very enjoyable, easy drinking, and certainly a good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2007
The aroma is sweet and citrus accented, acidic with some pale fruit notes and a hint of banana-like yeastiness. The body is pale golden and holds a bubbly, thumb thick, white head. Spicy, fruit and alcohol heavy fore with some sugary grains notes and very biting carbonation that stings the throat as I swallow. Not seeing what is so great about this one.

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