Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2981   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Nice Belgian. Pours bright/cloudy yellow/orange. Aroma is yeasty and grainy. Flavor is fruity and tangy. Nice bubbles in the body make this a bit lighter than expected. Very lively.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 75 cl: shared with csuders: aroma is like macro swill and yeast... my thought is that some of the hops have oxidized because of the green bottle. What was the brewer thinking! other than that it was a good brew. good bubbly mouthfeel. slightly fruity, with cloves and a cheesy flavor. blond beer with big chunks of yeast. I think I’ll need to re-rate it when in I’m in Europe. I leave in 8 days now. RERATE: on tap in McEwan’s in Lille, France: The aroma was superb and came out past the smoke in the bar even. Lovely yeasty aroma with some malts lingering in the backgound, and some spices slightly sugery and peppery. came off the tap a golden blond with lovely billowing head that retained very well. Flavor was also very nice. malty but dry, with yeasty fruityness, and a peppery note in the back of the mouth. It really is a lovely beer after all

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Golden orange, large pillowy white head that refused to die, excellent lacing. Aroma is spices, flora (very interesting!), light pepper, various fruits, light hops. Flavor is fairly dry. Mouthfeel is soft, delicate. Overall it’s the best Tripel I’ve had. Wow. Complex, balanced, flavorful... this one has it all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - SEP 4, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Light blonde colour, head is amazingly flavorued, Magnificent scent on first. Full bodied, You can feel the alcohol after for a while.Not for drinking short time smell, love and feel the taste. Thats must be good life to drink this great beer everyday.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2006
My favorite ! Typical tripel scents - yeast, lots of alcohol, peach, apricot. Has a coating effect on your mouth and you can really feel it go down. Fascinating. A really great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (623) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2006
330 ml bottle, best before date sept 22 07.

Pours a golden honey color with a creamy tanish head. Lots of yeast in suspension.

Aroma is fruity. Peaches, apples, some yeast and a little dough.

Flavor has some sugary sweetness, backed up by a subtle bitterness, and a little bit of spice.
A little sweet for a tripel, and lost some points on the clumps of yeast, but still an awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 25, 2006
Pours golden with a thick white head. Aroma is light fruits, candy sugar, breadiness, corriander, belgian yeast. Flavor is pretty sweet for a tripel, white grapes, sugar, lots of yeast in the taste. Alcohol has a nice warming effect. Little bitterness in the finish, finish is average length, but not a lot to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Initial fear with the bottle with the cork exploded off when the cage was loosened. Surprisingly there was no beer escape. Pours copper with loads of carbonation and a large white pillowy white head. Aroma has lots of earthiness, fruit, white grape and moderate sweetness. Medium / full body with fairly sharp carbonation, but not too overpowering. Taste has big Belgium feel with thick earthiness, caramel malt, and hints of nectar-like fruit. Finish has spice mixing in with the more malty fullness and spiciness. Excellent tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (3079) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 Bottle: Pours with a golden colour and a very nice white head. The lovely aroma is of yeast, coreander, peach and oranges. The flavour is sweet malt with taste of spices sutch as vanilla, pepper and coriander, citrus and green apple. Medium to full bodied. Well balanced. Slightly sour and bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2006
750ml Bottle Purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange California, and consumed on 8/22/06. The beer appeared to have been bottled on 2/2/06. With the recomendation from the fine folks at Hollingshead I drank this beer at room temp to bring out the carmel flavor. After removing the metal cage, the cork flew off and the bottle began to pour out and I lost a little bit to the floor. The brew pours straw color and has a cloudy pillowy foamy head. The caramel flavor certainly comes through in this sweet tasting and alchol ridden tripel. My major complaint is that the alchol comes through a lot and the beer is only an 8%. Well worth a try and a quality tripel, not the best but it ranks highly.

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