Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2713   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2004
08.15.04 750ml. Cork took it upon itself to leave the bottle just seconds after I removed the cage but no gushing. Pours bright, light, blonde; massive head, spotty lacing. Aromas spicey, some banana, some apple, vanilla; nice alcohol presence on nose; something smells buttery(?). Nice eff on palate, but also very pleasant and coating and smooth. Flavors are bright and complex. At times, esp the finish, this beer reminds me of a wit; it is quite citrus for a tripel, I think.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2200) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2004
bottle. pours a hazy golden colour, minimal head leaves silky sheets of lace. one of the greatest aromas ever! sour apples, some banana, and pear...simply incredible. mmm, silky smooth...Tart and fruity with a long yeasty (warming alcohol too) finish. this is simply a fantastic beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (2772) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Iím not sure what up w/ the my original rating of this stuff. It just seems dumb and though Iím not exactly drinking one of these right at this moment there is one thing Iíd like to add: What really makes this stand out is the huge spicy, sweet orangey nose.

Original rating: Sampled on tap at the Map Room, this is without a doubt one of the finest tripels I ever had. I spent more time drinking it than I did rating... Just beautiful golden in appearance, big head. Rich, complex flavor with the most thick delicious mouthfeel I can imagine. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Pours hazy holden blonde with an overactive head...smells yeasty and sweet with light fruit...tastes very sweet and doughy...fantastic stuff, but leaves a candy sugar aftertaste...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1211) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2004
This poured a brilliant gold with a loud, fizzt white head. Aroma of spiced apples and yeast. Flavor is very complex, with loads of fruit and yeast as well as bubblegum. Moderately acidic and tart. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Finishes dry. Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2004
33cl brown bottle.Poured a hazy amber with huge rocky white head & lots of tiny bubbles rising steadily with uniform striped lacing. Acid ginger beer nose.Nice balanced dry fruity acid flavour.Refreshing fizzy mouthfeel with spicy finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymow (798) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Nice fruity, spicey flavor typical of most Belgian beers. This was a pretty good one and I didnít taste a hint of the 8% ABV. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JUL 25, 2004
mmmmm I love triples and this is pretty good. Great fruity and bready aromas and the taste is no slouch. I donít have the palte to place it all, but I get wonderful hits of fruit and spice on a yeasty backbone. Thouroughly enjoyable. Thanks Joe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Draft. Clear amber beer with a thin white head. Yeast and spice aroma, but not that strong. Banana and yeast flavors that are a bit overshadowed by the bubblegum taste. Too sweet and not enough depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8404) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2012 A range of experience by letting it warm and then evaporate some of its spice over a long dinner. aggressive mouthfeel.Beautiful lacing and honey pale gold. Particular spice wasnít for me but ameloriated by various strong spicey food.

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