Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2741   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20649) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2005
Bottled. Clear yellow coloured with an off white head. Aroma of spices (especially juniper) and fruits. Powerfull sweet flavour with lots of fruits and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 10, 2005
I didn’t have a notepad with me so I’m not going to comment on it from memory. I’ll have to rerate this later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2005
750: Light hazy golden straw. Subtle yeasty nose with a hint of peach and orange. Mid palate is orange and apricot which blossoms into clove and banana in the finish with a tiny touch of hops. Also slightly creamy. Interesting brew. Not my favorite tripel, but this would go very well with banana pudding/foster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1022) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2005
white, incredibly dense, lasting and appetizing head, careful with the pour or you’ll get overwhelmed with foam. Under the layer of foam is a nice golden brew. Very soft, pleasing palate, mildly spicy and fruity up front turning bready and satisfying. O really nice surprise as I hadn’t even heard of this brew before yesterday. Thanks Ann.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2005
Poured a huge head out of a 330ml bottle, fruity, spicy, sweet, all very well balanced, easy drinking, no alcohol burn. Very, Very nice brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
My choice for the summer (although it is a bit strong). Extremely smooth tripel which nice discreete spicyness and full bodied flavour. The flavour is a bit heavy on the sweetness though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. Pleasent suprise. Ive had this in the cabinet for a month and was afraid it was below expectations. The bottle is underestimate of the flavor within. Strong caramel and banana flavor. An incredibly poweful head, takes a while to pour a glass. Aroma is incredible. Taste is slighlty sweet with the caramel flavor pouring through. EXCELLENT

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
One of the best tripels I’ve had. Excellent blending of spices and sweet cake flavors. Hints of banana and some caramel come through as well. I had passed by this beer several times in the store without picking it up. It looked sort of pale and thin through the green bottle. But I am converted! A really great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2005
a sim rate: This one’s an old favourite. The pour is spectacular (highlighted by the glass, of course) and although the head dissapates quickly, it makes for an impressive display! The taste is quite beery but with yeasty, oaty, hopsy, all sorts of this-is-hella-good-for-you flavours... like some sort of healthy breakfast cereal. Nice and tart in the finish. Absolutely lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2005
Bottle. Golden with a firm lasting head. Explosive aromas of white bread, hops, candied oranges and lots of estery notes from the yeast. On the palate the beer is very smooth. Sweet but with very good balance from the bittering hops. Flavour is very fruity. Super tripel!

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