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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2007
Bottle. Almost clear golden colour with a nice moslty lasting white head. Rich aroma and taste of fruits, malts and hops. Over carbonated and overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2007
From the bottle. Pours a nice amber with a massive thick foamy white head, looked like I could have shaved with it. grassy, slightly sweet fruity aroma with hints of alcohol. sweet, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, nice sharp carbonation. Slight alcohol flavor, hints of raisins, cloves and lemons. Absolutely delicious, like a nice dessert in a glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AskForJenny (1051) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2007
330ml - Pours with vigor, golden ale underfizzy head. Grassy, peppery nose wiith some citrus (lemon mostly) notes. The same flovors govern the palate. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1373) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2007
bottle. hazy golden/orange pour with huge white frothy head. nice floral yeast aroma with hints of spice and baked bread. medium body. crisp palate. fruity. yeast, pepper. great balance and easy drinking. I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2007
bottle- sampled today in beers of the world class- pours golden amber sudsy foamy head white- slightly offwhite head. smells fruit pears, apricots, light caramel, sugar, some alcohol... tastes apricots, bananas, alcohol, sweet sugar but not syrupy in mouthfeel tongue numbing finish with some alcohol warming and licorice taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
It depends on brewery is making this beer as to the quality but always an interesting light delicate tripel and I don’t think this beer ages well. Page 462 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 233 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2007
Aroma: wow!!! grape, smoked ham, portabello mushrooms, passion fruit, orange blossom, spicy yeast, oats.
Appearance: golden, smooth head.
Flavour: sweet, exotic, nectar...
Palate: smooth, fantastic, yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 5, 2007
Pours a beautiful golden colour, hazy with an ample froty head. Aroma is complex and delicate: sweet malts, spicy banana, yeasty dough. Flavour reflects the aroma sweet malts pear apricot with notes of floral honey. After all that sweetness passed it becomes fruity dry with delicate hop bitterness. Lingering good aftertaste. It is a wonderful tripel - the very best I have had. Reminded me of the Abbaye des Rocs Brune (a definite compliment).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2007
(750 mL) Poured a beautiful hazy pale blonde with a massive, slightly fizzy white head that is reluctant to go down. Smells of banana, citrus and maybe some pear. Typical yeasty, sugary, citrusy taste that most these belgian blondes have. There definately notes of banana here. No alcohol or bitterness in the aftertaste at all. A good beer you can give a bitch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12961) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Light stone fruit and banana aroma. Slightly hazy medium gold color with a vigorous real ale white head that laces. Starts fruit sweet, could be a mix of peach and orange, might not be; it then has a hit of yeastiness, gets a change in sweetness, seems to have some hop, but might be a bit of fruit peel without the sugar. Finishes very dry (after all the sugar runs through your mouth). A bit puckery despite the sweetness. As it warms, it seems that orange definitely comes forth in both aroma and flavor. Complex little thing.

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