Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3056   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Golden-brown with a half-inch white head with big bubbles - fades to an eighth inch halfway through the experience. Think of a big, juicy ripe orange studded through with cloves. The wheat used here really comes through in an aroma fairly reminiscent of a subdued Belgian wit. On the tongue this is surprisingly crisp as opposed to dominantly sweet: bananas, slight pineapple acidity that lends some tartness, tart apples, little to no spice character and no alcohol apparent. Lighter on the tongue than expected; quite drinkable. Really missing that spice (beyond the prototypical clove) that some tripels (Chimay’s, for example) have going on. Agree with the ’one-dimensional’ sentiment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2007
I may have gotten a bad bottle. Pours clear light yellow with a large white head. Aroma is of cookies apples and wine. Flavor is lightly sweet, moderatly bitter ad acedic with an average duration. Body is light to medium. Dry finish and fizzy, very much like a champigne. Possably overly bottle conditioned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a golden colour with an approriate head. Nose is bisquits and fruit. Flavor continues with the yeast and ripe fruit (apples and pears) as well as some citrus. Really very, very nice beer. Great fruit flavor and balance of sweet and acidic. Very much enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerGal (3430) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 33cL bottle. Golden colored, full of carbonation driving a big head. Slightly sweet flavour but just enough spice in the finish for an excellent balance. Definitely one of my favourite tripels and a classic for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 30, 2006
A very nice, albeit somewhat one-dimensional, tripel. The malt comes through subtly and grainy. Sugar is apparent as the beer itself tastes a bit sugary-sweet, but not quite cloying. The carbonic astringency helps balance the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marsiblursi (3063) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2006
(Bottle) Pours golden. Fruity, sour lemon, caramel-ish aroma with a nice malty/grainy, creamy sweetness. Undertones of spicy bananas, peaches and pears. Lively carbonation. Sweet, smooth mouthfeel. Flavour notes of spices, herbs, fruits, bananas and some yeast. Light sourish and a bit dry finish. Medium to big body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (22854) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2006
Bottled. I hereby declare this beer the beer of bad luck 2006. I took the bottle from the cooler, apparently a hell of a strong preassure when opening it, so there’s beer on the floor. Not enough with that, ready to rate the beer, my beerglass suddently decides to break. Oh well. The rest of the beer was rated with very big caution. I even thought "What would Nikki Sixx do?" before I going step by step in rating this one. So it is very champagneish, pale golden colour, lots of carbonation and huge head. Nose is very spicy, acidic fruity and sting of alcohol. Flavour is fruit, wheat, old sour apples, with some spices and other fruits in it. The finish is almost bittery hoppy. A very wellbalanced and wellmade tripel, which in fact can be separated from the masses with a nice full body and pleasant palate. Atleast there was something good about this beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Looks like champagne with a similar mouthfeel. Almost prickly on the tongue. Aroma of spices with a hint of yeast and hops. Very nice.

   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 (1808) - 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

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