Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3028   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andywandy (18) - ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2006
Drank from a bottle. the appearance was deceptively golden but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Cloudy with an impressive outlasting head. I agree it has an initial malty taste which soon is replaced by a fruity taste. Very easy to drink. I would definitely recommend it as one of the best belgian beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1805) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2006
Karmeliet Tripel (BB June 2007) Lighter in colour than expected – murky light amber. Very persistent thin, creamy head, quite impressive actually. Sweet malty nose, good balance, slight edge of cooked fruits. Surprisingly light to taste given the style and the 8% abv. Malt power evident on the nose eases off somewhat but the balance remains. Mild fruity notes lurk under the initial layer of malt sweetness and some faint hoppy notes to finish. Shows a heap of elegance (the beer’s most attractive feature) and would go close to being the most easy drinking tripel I have ever consumed. I’ve found the Karmeliet a touch abrasive in the past and it should be noted I ‘cellared’ this beer for about 9 months so perhaps the short term aging contributed to the smooth palate? A winter beer for summer perhaps A: 4 N: 6 F: 6 P: 8 Overall: 15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 Very fruity, with a strong aroma, although it is a bit short on the bite for an 8%. Not a big fan of tripels and when revisiting this it was very sweet. Good - with one of the best glasses going around, but falls just short.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrdeath5493 (113) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle: If you have not tried this beer, do so. It speaks for itself. A very tasty, oustanding Belgian tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle: Pours classic hazy yellow with large creamy white head. Notes of carmel and banana along with brown sugar. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Corriander, flowery and carmel begin to attack the pallate at first, followed by a slight brown sugar and yeasty notes. Finishes cleaner than most triples I have had. Great

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 Comes in one of the best beer glasses I’ve ever seen. The Flur De Lys enscribed tulip Holds a full head, lovely golden hue. The flavour is classic Belgian strong ale sweetness - banana and honey - combined with wonderfull spices: corriander powder, cinamon and nutmeg. Its strong but the alcohol takes second place to flavours. As a long time Duvel drinker I can’t believe its taken me this long to find this beer - Its a truly wonderfull drink. Re sampled recently, and I’ve knocked it down a peg or 2. Got to be tough with those high marks!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2006
Bottled. Cloear golden in colour with a rather large head. Malty and yeasty with notes of coriander, caramel, spices and flowers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 20, 2006
Two 0.75lt green bottles, bought from the same shelf in the same time. Very strong white head both, but the second I guess too carbonated even for this style. Nice golden colour thou a little hazy, due to bottle re-fermentation. Yellow fruits, hints of pineapple, very spicy, a little too yeasty and well balanced the first, while very unpleasant alcoholic feelings in the second. Nevertheless a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
On tap @ Ashley’s: Clear gold in color with a white head. Aroma of corriander, yeast, spice and some floral notes. Flavor, spicy and bready, yeast. Some light fruits as well. I hated this when I had it the first time, but I really had a thing against belgians at the time. This was pretty solid stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Bottle purchased some time ago at Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL. Served with mussels. The mussels were the highlight. Notes of hay, banana, and bread great the nose, while the palate leads into a strong wheat presence, more banana, lemon zest. Struck me as overly carbonated, a bit thin, and not as complex as the 3.9 score would begin to suggest. Lacked the stronger hops presence I was hoping for as well.

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