Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2841   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2007 Some fizz continues after pouring for quite a while, maintaining the large creamy white head. The liquid is a mostly clear golden apricot colour, with only a touch of sediment coming in the last drops. The aroma is of spices and wheat, with some lemon coming through, especially on tasting. I can also detect a bit of caramel sweetness as well. Very pleasant in the mouth, and quite a full body with medium levels of sweetness and bitterness. The aftertaste is satisfying, with a long, slightly metallic finish. Deserving of itís high rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sten (674) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2005
Golden coloured with small white fluffy head. A aroma and taste of citrus, yeast and a bit of spices. Not bad for a tripel. (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Nice lacing, well carbonated and balanced, crisp finish, nice mix of fruit and spice. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2005
75cL bottle. Pours gold with tiny fast rising bubbles and a huge rocky and creamy off-white head that begs you to take out a spoon and eat it, wonderful! Nice creamy lined lacing. Yeast (dough) and fruit (bananas) aroma with a light caramel sweetness and wheat malt with oak notes. Smooth buttery honey yeast and wheat, oat flavor, lightly acidic and bitter with a lasting lightly sweet flavor. Light fizzy, spicy and lively carbonation medium bodied creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
The wheatiness isnít overpowering because itís balanced nicely by the fruity flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2008 Pours a cloudy golden orange with a sizeable but short-lived foamy white head. The nose is full of fruits and spices with a noticeable wheaty tone to it. The flavor is complex but not overbearing, it remains easy to drink. I noticed citrus, apple, clove, cherry, pepper and some malty roasted caramel as it moves to the back of your tongue. The mouthfeel is carbonated and airy, sort of foams up in your mouth, but smoothens out to a surprisingly creamy finish. The aftertaste is dry but not very bitter. The alcohol is very well hidden. Perhaps my favorite tripel yet!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Light copper color with bubbly white head. Smells of fruit and spice, almost pepperary. Also notes of clove. Tastes of fruit, especially that of pear. Very light tasting for a beer with 8%abv which is very well hidden. Finishes a bit dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Light copper, immense pure white head, and lots of lace. Aroma is very spicy and phenolic with an almost perfume like smell. Lots of spice as well- coriander, alligator pepper, clove and hints of vanilla. Flavor is only a little bit sweet, with lots of spicy, phenols and some fruit as it warms. Less yeasty notes than most other tripels. Very clean yet complex. Mostly a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (882) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Draught, Flying Saucer. Dark orange color, which I wasnít expecting from a Tripel. Almost no head. Brandy like in texture & flavor. Cherry & alcohol flavors are most noticeable. Unusual for a standard Tripel, which I expect to be lighter but still very good..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4056) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 16, 2005
Drank at this great little pub in Zagreb called Tolkienís from a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Enormous and thick white head that dissipated at a medium pace. Orange/deep gold colour, and a bit misty. The aroma is stunning, orange, spices (wonít elaborate because I donít know their exact english names), dust, yeast, got just a tad unpleasant later, but that didnít detract much from the sheer greatness. The taste was spicy, complex, yeasty. Didnít care for it as much as I thought I would, but I respect it. Hops ? Bitter aftertaste. Alcohol very well hidden. Very, very interesting.

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