Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2772   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Peach, coriander, a little spice. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Orange murky colour, huge rocky head. Great aroma of banana and bubble gum with a hint of spice. Smooth medium bodied palate. Belgian yeasts and malt dominate, with a mildly sweet taste. I can taste a hint of spice, but not enough to identify it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1806) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
On tap at the Maproom in Chicago, served in a Bosteel Karmeliet tulip glass. Light golden, very hazy, with a massive white head that is fluffy and long lasting. Banana and clove aroma with a touch of bubble gum and wheat. Very malty, with over-ripened banana esters very prevalent. Velvety and soft mouthfeel - quite excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4738) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge thick foamy white head with excellent retention. Aroma is quite complex with a mix between candi sugar and good old Belgian yeast. Taste is very refreshing with some spices, candi sugar (well balanced by the way), good malt and finish with the yeast. Carbonation is excellent and body is above average but still not too full. Good interpretation of the style with all the ingredient well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 Sometimes simple is better. This stuff, in its lack of complexity, is a very enjoyable brew. Slight cinnamon, slight citrus. Overall, a nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12566) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 Bottled, 33cl (BB 10/2006)
Yellow, slightly hazy, color, good creamy white head. Aroma is light: fruity and malty. Oily, sweetish, alcoholic, hoppy. Smooth, carbonated mouthfeel. Gives long warming aftertaste. Decent, not bad but current RB score of 3.9 feels a bit overrated compared to my score :) (5/2/7/3/10 2.7)
Re-rated bottle 33cl (BB 08/2012)
Because of my "bad" rating in 2004, sayravai gave me this bottle as a XMas present and I promised to rerate it.
Golden brew, a bit murky after yeast added, white head is mostly vanishing. Aroma is fruity with pineapple and peach mixed with notes of pine needles. Medium to full bodied. Palate is oily, good strong malty backbone. The first impression is exotic fruityness: apricot, honey and banana. Hops pick up in the finish. Aftertaste is sweet fruity, backed with some alcohol.
(7/2/7/4/14 3.4)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goblincat (382) - Westland, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Pours cloudy golden with a thick fluffy white head. Light fruity nose... some apple included. Real bubbly mouthfeel. Sweet taste with a light touch of hops. A bit simple, but not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HermanW (1032) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2004
A very fine nice tasting belgium abbey tripel. Full of taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6537) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
This golden ale pours with a short white head, eliciting a flowery aroma. The flavor is sweet and hoppy, with a slightly bitter herbal finish. Overall, a satisfying and somewhat unique example of the Tripel style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2004
Fruity (pears, apricots, berries, orange, lemon), yeasty and sweet candy sugar in the aroma. Almost opaque with good clarity lots of persistent carbonation ans fine-bubbled, lasting cover of head. Flavour contains notes of dough-like yeastiness, plenty of the same fruits as found in the aroma and a very sweet maltiness. Bitterness in the finish takes the edge off. Very strong carbonation prickles the tongue and the sides of the mouth and brings out all the nuances of flavour in this medium-full bodied beer, but all in all it may be a bit overly gassy for my tastes. Bottle.

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