Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3103   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SupermanJoe (1) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2007 does not count
This is a good beer, but nothing compared to a Chimay. I have a great bias as Chimay was one of my first true loves in beer life, but this is much too fruity...if by chance it cooked to long you could call it white Zin :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cajun (197) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Bottle - Pours hazy golden/copper with offwhite head. Sweet aromas of fruit, cloves, vanilla, with hints of floral. "Yummy" (if I can say that straight-faced) flavors: sweet malt, fermented fruit, spicy with bitter finish, rich... and a slightly sour-dough bread flavor with the medium bodied mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5030) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2007
Draught at the In de Wildeman, Amsterdam. Copper color with creamy head. Sweetish, fruity and spicy aroma with clove and vanilla. Sweet, malty, grainy and spicy flavor with orange. Nice sweet, fruity and spicy finish. Somewhat sweeter on draught than in a bottle. This used to be one of my favourite blond beers but nowadays I prefer dryer beers. Yet, this beer has a nice balanced spicy-fruity fermentation characteristics which is often overdone in belgian and dutch beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Wow, this one is great! Im not a big belgian beer fan, im slowly getting into it. But this one, near perfect! From the golden color in the pour, to the fruity aroma, all the way to the taste of fruity/sweetness. Oh man, this is great

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy bright golden colour with a very lively fizzy short lived head. Nice sweet fruity alco aroma. Good filling champagne mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet and fruity with wheat, some spices, good maltiness and some yeast. Sweet fruity yeasty finish. Superb brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5513) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Another beer on the "cant believe I havent rated it yet" list - almost clear, bubbly, straw-colored pour, with a fizzy head - bright, fruity aroma, with notes of peach, apricot, candi sugar, background spicy qualities and light wheat/bread - fairly sweet, but with a nice spice and a light, earthy tartness in the background to balance it out - semi-tingly carbonation, keeping it from being as smooth as it could be - peach and apple, with the tang of fruit skins thrown in there - light vanilla and honey develops as the beer warms up - a nice alcohol warmth that never becomes overpowering - a tiny bit of banana and melon - nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Pretty, peach-colored body with a large-bubbled head,which quickly fades away. The arom ais full: spicy, full of breads and wheat and a lingering fruitiness (melons?). Lots of carbonation. It dominates the mouthfeel with foam! Anyway, the flavor is good. Rich, full of fruits. Well-balanced sweet and yet not too astringent with the alcohol. Its just the carbonation that really gets to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2007
As beautiful a beer as youll see, golden/hazy with an elegent foamy head. Some complex maltiness, though balanced, with a big lemon flavour dominating the palate. A great tripel (and probably my favourite glass.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle. Pretty nose of spices, fruits and yeast. A large bright white head leaves excellent lacing down to a bright gold beer. Quite musky, floral, sweet and sour flavor profile. This ones all over the map. Lush, silky, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes yeasty, sweet and sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yespr (37031) - 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.

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