Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3240   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2455) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Wonderful beer from the Bosteels. Big head with an amazing golden color. Very characteristic taste with the grains in the thick sirupy body, nice hoppy-spŪcy aroma with honey, moderated carbonation and some citrus in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Subtle aroma of fruit, yeast, and white wine. Sweet fruity fruity flavor with notes of malt, spices, and candy. Very smooth medium body with lots of carbonation. Finish is alcohol and citrus, giving way to a lasting, sweet banana aftertaste. Best tripel Iíve tried yet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzerfaust (784) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - NOV 27, 2007
Drunk to celebrate my second year on Ratebeer. Bottle bought at Jumbo Bilbao
Pours a slightly hazy light amber with a medium white fluffy head that diminishes quickly. It leaves a fair lacing Aroma is malty/yeasty. fruity with notes of oranges, pineapples, banana, vanilla, spices like coriander, sugary hints of cotton candy and a liquory touch of cognac. Absolutely fantastic cross between a Hefe and a Tripel. You can detect every note so clearly, itís outstanding. Flavor is strong, intense, sweet with fruity touches of oranges, tangerines, tequila margarita, spices (coriander, pepper & cardamom) and grains... you can feel the wheat & oats. The finish is so huge, spicy and sweet citrusy. Body is medium, ultra-smooth texture (thanks to the Oats), creamy. High carbonation.... maybe the only letdown of this beauty. The finish explodes with a strong alcoholic touch. The aftertaste remains for a while with a nice cereally taste. A fantastic triple, maybe the best Iíve ever tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2604) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle. Moderate smells of straw, lime, perfume, soap, mustiness and light notes of white wine apple, alcohol and and slight hint of clove. Head is frothy, white, mostly diminishing and has fair lacing. Color is clear golden. Flavor starts lightly acidic and a little sour, then finishes moderately acidic and lightly bitter. Palate is watery, light to medium, has a fizzy carbonation and finshes a little alcoholic. Nice refreshing smells lead to a crisp taste and mouthfeel in this Tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2007
Tasted 22. Nov -07. A very good aroma. I found some flowers, apples and maye some pineapples. Poured nicely into the glass. its fruity with some kind of reed berries in the flavor profile. Its slightly dry, but warming and with a long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7752) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2007
Bottle from Sainsburys. Deep gold colour with a decent, rocky white head and moderate carbonation. Aromas of yeast, coriander, mace, tropical fruit and grain. Flavour had plenty of sweet malt with more spice, honey and some herbs. The finish was pretty dry. very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with a massive off-white bubbling head. Effervescent. A sour fruit scent with a hidden sweetness. Tastes sweetly fruity with a sour body and hints of spice. Extremely foamy, maybe a bit too much with a full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle thanks to Muenster. Blind tripel tasting with Allagash Tripel Reserve, Westmalle Tripel, and Chimay Cinq Cents with NachlamSie and Muenster. The pour is a semi-cloudy golden with a pale white head. The aroma is very spicy and smells of fresh green leaves with slight citrus to it. The flavour starts off with a caramel sweetness with some fruits, a combination of a pear, orange, and a little bit of lemon. Spices start to become a little more apparent as the brew passes. Caramel sweetness slowly creeps in the finish along with a nice mixture of a pearís light citrus. This is really good. This tasting has proven to be difficult to rate next to each other. Iíll have to say I like this one as a close third in the tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2007
In a blind tripel tasting with NachlamSie and BossHossBikes. Pours hazy gold with a foamy white head. Aroma is full of awesome spicy notes, and some sweet juicy fruits. Flavor is very much the same, a very nice spicy/fruit dance leads to a finish that is only mildly warm, but mostly dry. Tripels are amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2558) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2007
On draft at Zenoís. Pours a clear light honey golden yellow with a medium white head. Perfumy aroma with banananotes. Taste is fruity with hints of cotton candy, candied malts and banana. Slight perfumy aftertaste.

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