Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3260   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
agl108 (1043) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
On draft at Flat Rock Saloon. Poured clear orangish with virtually no head at all. Weak carbonation. Flavor of cheap candy sugars. Alcohol not evident at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle, pours a bit cloudy with a large frothy white head. A touch of skunk do to the green bottle, some nice grains, a bit of citrus but not too fruity or yeasty in the nose. Quite carbonated, a bit of esters, some light malts no hops a bit of fruit and a touch of citrus. Pretty good, especially for a triple which I am not usually a big fan of but this one was nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear golden body with huge head. aroma is of spices, bread. Falvor is of yeast, spices, bready and light figs and prunes. Quaffable but a little too hot at times.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Golden straw pour, slight haze with nice head. nose is of belgian yeast, and almost peach like fruit. the flavor is lightly fruity up front, with a touch of alcohol as well. A well carbonated beer with rich palate to match the flavor. Overall the beer is complex enough to satisfy experts, while inviting enough to be a great intro to its style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5741) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2007
A deep golden pour with a large white head. An aroma of dusty belgian yeast and a hint of fruit. An almost apply flavor comes to the front. A light hint of abv is there as well. Carbonation is as expected the palate is very solid a rich creamy texture to match the flavor. A very special beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Golden, thick white head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty. Not a moldy damp basement-type aroma but rather that of a dusty chalkboard. Let’s take attendance: Carmel--present, Fruit--present, balance--present, complexity--present. But, life is too short to spend in a chalky classroom learning lessons... For all the technical brew-master pencil pushing proficiency that was put into making this fermented malt beverage, there is something more. This beer speaks of bright sunny days, cheerful green meadows, freedom, childhood, friends, and yes, love. I would buy this beer again and again and again. Unfortunately, I would have to keep flying to Belgian so this bottle I am drinking now maybe the only bottle I ever have. For those of you who have just uncapped a fresh one. Savor the moment because nothing last forever!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Aroma is a sweet fruity yeast scent. Color is a hazy golden yellow with very good carbonation and a very big, very thick, tight, white head. Taste sweet and fruity. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a foamy feel. Finish comes in with a mild malt flavor that is backed by a sweet fruity yeast taste. There is a mellow bitterness on the end and the yeast flavor lingers a bit with a faint alcohol feel. This is a great Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3202) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
A very nice tripel. Aroma of yeast and sweet malt. Pour was a medium gold with a lot of bubbles and a nice 3 finger white head. Taste was sweet and fruity with hints of stale malt and a strong pepper element. Burns the mouth and throat as it goes down. In the top tier of tripels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Pours light golden with a medium white head. Yeasty fruity aroma with just a bit of skunk coming thorugh. Not a fault of the beer but the green bottle and place I bought it from. Suprisingly the beer overcomes the skunk with its profile. As usual with this style, too much carbonation for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011 Golden-orange body. Little hazy. Bubbly big head. Aroma got banana, hops and grass. Also little peppery. A strong powerful palate. Nice malty sweetness in the flavor. Also fruity.

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