Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2763   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - SEP 20, 2005
Bottle, 33cl. Fabulous this one! Golden colour. It has a strong effervescence and a huge and beautiful white head, with a nice lacing. The aroma is fruity, with notes of spices and malt. Flavour is smooth and a little sweet, everything very well balanced. Alcohol noticeable but not overwhelming, all completed with a dry finish. Superb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 Bottle 33cl. Brown and not the version that can be seen on the photo. Huge white head and hazy golden color. Fruit aromas and flavour, mostly citric. I dont have a good tripel experience but this one is the best so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2005
on tap at the maproom in its own glass. taste was sweeter than other tripels i have had. this is a very fruity and alcoholic beer, but is still quite smooth. not a dry enough finish for my tastes, but still excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brigg (512) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Beautiful cloudy, golden color. Medium white head. Rich aroma: fruit (peach?), floral, and yeast. Great combination of malty, sweet and dry flavor with fruit and spice. Really outstanding tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Classic Tripel. 330 ml brown bottle. Aromas of citrus fruit and more lemon. Flavors were similar. Very dry. Beautiful hazy golden color with a huge foamy head. I am not a tripel fan, but this was pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours a brilliantly clear, incredibly well carbonated, full gold color with a frothy, rocky, light tan head. The aroma is spicy with notes of sharp ginger, vanilla, clove, tart pear, plus earthy spices like coriander and grains of paradise. The aroma is quite enticing and zippy. The taste is sweet up front and actually get a bit sweeter as the beer moves across my tongue. The high carbonation levels cause it to dance across my tongue and helps to offset the sweetness. The spicy, herbal, astringent character of this beer also helps to offset the sweetness. This beer has notes of orange peel, ginger, pepper, and a bit of cardamom and clove. This beer is quite tasty, but would be that much better if it was not quite so sweet.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2005
750 ml bottle from local liquor store. Pours hazy dark golden with a huge fluffy white head that diminishes slowly. Aroma is nice and citrus fruity orange and lemon along with yeast and a nice coriander spice. Flavor is wow, complex, again lots of citrus notes, pineapple, sourdough breadiness with hints of hearty grains and a pleasant hop bite in the finish. Medium body and assertive carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Pours a perfect golden honey hue. Lasting, pillowy off whitish head. The aroma here is quite interesting. Sweet grain, oat, strawberry, apricot/peach, cream of wheat, leather, citrus, pepper, mint, floral, mango/pineapple, tomato...I dont know, maybe im overdoing it...Its just amazing. Anyways...Soft, balanced palate. Great light fruit, very peach, firm malt. Perfect mouthfeel, steady carbonation, perfect balance. Im quite impressed. Finishing with a subtle dryness and great finesse. There are some great possibilities for food with this one...It unfortunate this was my first time trying this!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Re-rate 1/16/06: A totally different experience this time. A lovely, creamy triple with some nuttiness. This experience was amongst the best Ive had with a Tripel. Appearance was completely more pleasing than with the originally-reviewed bottle. I think my first rating was of a bad bottle.

Old rating (3.4) and review:

Rated "blind" in separate notepad prior to seeing RateBeer averages, as it should be.

Highly acidic and/or alcoholic. I was expecting creamy given the style, but got bitingly alcoholic. Head is fizzy and diminishes to half foam layer, half no foam at all. The semi-clear yellow, not cloudy, may be a tip-off to its not being creamy. Aroma hard to pick up. Very gassy, bubbly, lots of carbonation. There are other Tripels Ill go for over this. Good for a beer; disappointing for a Tripel. 7/10.

Added after entering the above in Ratebeer (no change in rating, though): grassy and dry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (1009) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Wow - what a beer! Had this on tap at BXL Belgian Cafe in NYC, after having a Duvel. Poured with a proud head. Pretty beer. Spicy, burnt malt aroma with an alcohol kick. Less carbonated and somewhat creamier in taste than Duvel, had a teriffic smoky, spicy flavor with hints of vanilla and banana. Tasted so good and had such a great feel that I finished it way too fast. Wonderful beer - try it.

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