Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3275   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 26, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 Bottled 33cl. 8.1 ABV. It pours a light golden beer with a big white head. Lively carbonation. A beautiful tripel. The nose is of peaches, cinnamon, mint, cloves, coriander and rosemary with a nice peppery background. Some strawberries and apples showing up too. Quite a lot of coriander, rosemary and strawberries in the taste. Full bodied. Peppery with peaches, cloves and cinnamon appearing. Slightly acidic, but in a good way. Extremely well balanced and remarkably spicy, peppery (mentioning it again deliberately), with hints of lemon and oranges. The mouthfeel is very enjoyable. Rather malty with some lovely flowery hops. A tremendously complex brew. Some berries and lime sneaking in after after a few sips. The finish is extraordinary. Peppery, yeasty, woody with an outstanding lingering fruity touch accompanied by reminiscent licorice. The quintessential tripel. This beer not only has all the qualities of a good, dry and woody tripel, but reveals a distinguished fruitiness as well. Additional comment: Wonderful indeed. The initial score remains. Third rerate (from 4.6 to 4.2): Appearance: Murky golden. Marvellous lacework. Aroma: The nose is mainly of earthy hops, grapefruit, a lot of banana, cork, raspberry and melon. Very good taste with a beautiful hop profile. Wonderfully fruity and peppery. A fine tripel. But it misses the greatness that I expected. Flawless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2007
Tasted at Uni Canty Staff club tasting 10/12. Cloudy golden, delecate milky thick head. Candy sugar aroma. Dry/sweet, creamy with big spanking belgian yeast flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8337) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2007
75 cl bottle. Pours a cloudy golden hue with a thick frothy white head. The aroma suggests apples, yeast, and a nice malt. The taste is great: a smooth fruity flavor most like apple. Also there is the ever present Belgian yeast, which I love. A nice malt presence and spices also. Dry and sort of fizzy mouthfeel. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - DEC 23, 2007
Appearance: blond color. Great head, whitish-yellowish color, rocky and lasting. Aroma: pale malts and wheat’s smells. Intensively aromatic hops. Honey, yeast and fruits reminiscences like banana, papayas and oranges. Herby tones from hops. Flavor: sweet start from wheat, barley and oats (in this order), that quickly is balanced for the alchollic degree and a light dryness, lasting and herbal hoppy. Like in the noose, there are reminiscences of honey, vanilla, cookies and butter. Fruitiness like blond raisins, orange in syrup, papayas and banana. Warming and some mentholated final. Wheaty aftertaste. Palate: medium body and an exquisite soft, creamy and semi-oily texture (maybe for the barley and wheat not malted and the oats.). Medium carbonated. Complex, balanced and an exquisite texture. Tripel in the three dimensions, it this: dry, three grains and high alcoholic degree.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Hazy pale yellow, big foamy head. Smooth fruity bready malts. Yeast and spice also play a prominent role, but don’t overwhelm. Maybe a hint of brett in there as well. Finish is gentle and dry. Smooth sipping well made Tripel. Nothing wrong with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2007
750 ml poured a nice thick white head. smell is heavily of yeast and spice. The aroma is fairly strong. Taste is very yeasty with a hint of non-citrus fruit (bananas--more banana bread). The color is a beautiful hazy honey color. A solid abbey tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2007
From a bottle poured a hazy golden body with a medium sized white top. Nose of yeast, wheat, and spices. Typical clove and spice nose, dry and fruity. Complex and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2007
750ml Bottle - Pours a hazy gold with a little white head. Smells of yeast, must, funk, spices, wheat. Taste is similar to a regular Belgian blonde, but less sweet. Yeast, clove, banana, very crisp and slightly dry. Not fantastic, but better than most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2444) - USA - DEC 17, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 Bottle at the lovely Cafe de Bruxelles in New York City, served in an amazing fat-bellied glass, with a plate of delicious moules frites. Fresh, fruity aroma and very nice flavor, similar to a blonde. Hints of clove, banana, coconut. Very nice! Had it again a couple of times since my original 2007 rating - the fresh, fruity notes are not always present, but it is still enjoyable. I did have to take a couple of points off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Poobah (374) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Pleasant floral aroma. Dark honey color. Light head retention. Malty intro with full, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Significant alcohol presence in the finish with sweet overripe banana notes.

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