Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2764   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2005
On tap (!!!) in cafe Delibere, Leuven. Golden colour, white head. Fruity and floral aroma. Soft and easy to drink, no particular dominating flavour. Pleasing mouthfeel. Alcohol is well-hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
No#60. Iv seen this on the best in scotland list and always wanted to try it, but never found it in scotland, so here goes. Aroma is fresh with appley, fruit salad and dried apricots making a delicious aroma. Taste is also fresh and fruity goodness which seems really well balanced for a triple. This is what i would want a triple to always be like, however few live up to be this good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2005
Good golden triple. Fruity. Although 8%, you don’t notice te taste of alcohol too much (like some other triples).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2926) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2005
Aroma:Coriander,orange,wheath.... Appearance:Oran gold,light head... Flavor:citrus,fruit,very spicy..... Good beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2005
11.2 oz bottle @saucer: pours a nice gloden hue with a white head. aroma is of citrus/lemon, hints of malt and lots of wheat/yeasty/breadiness. citrusy malty falvors up front followed byt some yeast bready flavors. a little bland to me, i wasnt very impressed with this beer being rated the 3rd best tripel on this site.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Tap at maproom. A bit peppery and sweet. Taste is pretty alcoholic. Gold color, not super dry. Decent, but not amazing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2005
After this brewery’s sublime Pauwel Kwak, I had been hoping for a Tripel as good as or better than the wonderful Brugse Tripel. In the event this was a terrible disappointment. Colour was cloudy gold with a large white head. Aroma and Taste both seemed indeterminate and dull. A bit of sourness and a touch of dryness, but none of the other promised delights.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2005
33cL bottle. Well, I should say that my current sample is from a 33cL bottle. Pours like a darker ginger ale. Quick head that’s gone in a flash. Spicy (clove and corriander) and yeasty aroma. Very floral and sweet (honey and caramel) as well. Mouthfeel is rather dry, spicy and astringent, but sweet and smooth at the same time. Aspects of floral hops, granny smith apples, more honey and more caramel and a ton of peppery spices in the flavor. I remember a few samples from a 750 to be a little lighter and fluffier in the mouthfeel. Either way, it goes down smooth, sweet (not cloying) and dry. As far as I’m concerned, this is the measuring stick for all other tripels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2005
CLoudy golden color with a creamy white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma of a witiber with quite a bit of spice. Fairly dry finish with just a bit of bitterness. not a lot in the hop department. A fairly subdued tripel, but it is nice and smooth and easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2005
I remember loving this on draft but out of a bottle was just so-so in comparison... Appears a light hazy gold with a small white cap that holds and fades out leaving a decent lace. Smell is subtle with a touch of honey, peach, flowers, grainy husklike grassiness. Taste is again, subtle, as is the aroma. Good but not knocking my socks off. Mouthfeel is ok. A tad sticky and gummy in the mouth with mild sweetness and a dry finish. Drinkability is good but after following a Golden Monkey with this, I was let down a bit. I remember raving about this on draft and this killed it for me a bit. Maybe it was the bottle?

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