Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2841   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Best by 01/01/08. Pours a hazy gold with a huge, dense, rock solid white head into my giant Tripel Karmeliet tulip, a chalice fit for a king. The carbonation leaves behind a curtain of lacing as it subsides. Big time grains in the aroma, like a saison. Light fruitiness and spicy yeast also in the nose. Samre flavors with the malt adding some richness to the graininess, crisp hops and subtle alcohol in the finish, also. Balanced, medium/full body. Great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LolaLovesBeer (17) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2006
From the bottle; it poured a honey, gold color with a great big fizzy head! The aroma is that of banana, vanilla and plenty of yeast, it smells fantastic! For a moment I thought I might just continue to enjoy its aroma and never drink it so as not to be disappointed but I quickly got over that. The flavor and palate are as awesome as the aroma! The carbonation is kind of a lot but it didn’t really impede the flavor. This is a great Tripel!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3583) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2006
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Hazy orange-gold color with a thin layer of foam. Aroma is spicy. Full of coriander, lemon zest, yeast, malts and biscuits. Flavor begins with a smooth yet spicy malt flavor then goes nicely into a fruity and sweet middle and a malty and spicy finish with a little bit of alcohol. Alcohol is pleasantly hidden under all the wonderful fruit flavors. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robklg (13) - Enschede, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2006
First thing you notice is bubbles like champagne.. Very rich taste, , a little lemon and other refreshing fruits, a bit spicy as well. This would be a great drink in spring or summer to drink outside short bitter aftertaste. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kylelackner (13) - USA - MAR 15, 2006
Looks and smells the part. I am not a lambic fan, and a wild yeast aroma and flavor is certainly noticeable. However, this is the best use of those flavors I have enjoyed to date. It has the full mouthfeel that some lower quality tripels lack, and is much more balanced than many of its sweeter competitors in the category.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Pint @ Ginger Man, Austin: Cloudy orange-yellow color, small head, diminishing. Aroma of orange, spicy. Odd spice, orange, fizzy mouthfeel, kind of flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Golden yellow color with a thick white head. Lots of banana bread in the aroma and flavor. Pleasing dry finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagobears (424) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Bottled. Served in a Orval glass. Hazy like a weiss beer. Plesant aroma of ripe banana. This has some saaz hops as well. This is a bit complex, both sweet and spicy. This tastes similar to Duvel, but drier.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
MMMMMMMM. A great example. Even if you can’t get it in certain, famous Belgian bars, the Tripel Karmeliet is worth seeking out and exploring. Hypnotic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Poured a rich gold with a strong, long lasting head. Aromas of banana and lime are dominate with a hints of softer fruits. Flavor is very sooth and crisp. Again banana dominates with the help of vanilla, but a myriad of other fruits and a light spiciness makes for a great depth. This is probably my favorite tripel or golden ale to date.

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