Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2986   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2006
Draught at Federal in Durham, NC. Clear golden color with an orange tint. Bubbly white head that laced the glass. Aroma is estery with a touch of brown sugar and apple. Taste is similar, again with the clove and banana, but there is also a sweet candy note with a splash of alcohol. Very very bubbly. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2006
Pale yellow, full froth with medium length hang time. Ample residual bubbles with champagne bubbles. Candy malt nose. Big fruit flavors yet dry. The wheat really comes through with a hefewiezen character. A complex brew that is well ballanced with a long tastey finish. Enjoy cold or warm. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1543) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2006
Sweet fruit malt aroma. Clear amber colour with fantastic frothy white head and great lacing. Sweet malt falvour with fuit. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnurda (1184) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 29, 2006
I let it warm up like Piscator told me to. Great carbonation, but not for me. Too citrusy or something like that. I am sure this is one of the best out there though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CEZ (403) - Milano, ITALY - MAR 27, 2006
[on tap, Milano 2006] Shiny amber color, slightly hazy, with a nice pure-white head. Very aromatic, a mix of summer fruits, vanilla, champagne, perfume and a yeasty note in the background. Taste is moderately sweet pleasantly citric (orange, lemon), with spices (coriander) coming through. A definite champagne-like character emerges as you taste white grapes and let the soft carbonation bubbles tickle your palate. Long, dry, citric aftertaste. Perfectly balanced, extremely drinkable. Absolutely dangerous!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Best by 01/01/08. Pours a hazy gold with a huge, dense, rock solid white head into my giant Tripel Karmeliet tulip, a chalice fit for a king. The carbonation leaves behind a curtain of lacing as it subsides. Big time grains in the aroma, like a saison. Light fruitiness and spicy yeast also in the nose. Samre flavors with the malt adding some richness to the graininess, crisp hops and subtle alcohol in the finish, also. Balanced, medium/full body. Great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LolaLovesBeer (17) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2006
From the bottle; it poured a honey, gold color with a great big fizzy head! The aroma is that of banana, vanilla and plenty of yeast, it smells fantastic! For a moment I thought I might just continue to enjoy its aroma and never drink it so as not to be disappointed but I quickly got over that. The flavor and palate are as awesome as the aroma! The carbonation is kind of a lot but it didn’t really impede the flavor. This is a great Tripel!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3802) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2006
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Hazy orange-gold color with a thin layer of foam. Aroma is spicy. Full of coriander, lemon zest, yeast, malts and biscuits. Flavor begins with a smooth yet spicy malt flavor then goes nicely into a fruity and sweet middle and a malty and spicy finish with a little bit of alcohol. Alcohol is pleasantly hidden under all the wonderful fruit flavors. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robklg (13) - Enschede, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2006
First thing you notice is bubbles like champagne.. Very rich taste, , a little lemon and other refreshing fruits, a bit spicy as well. This would be a great drink in spring or summer to drink outside short bitter aftertaste. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kylelackner (13) - USA - MAR 15, 2006
Looks and smells the part. I am not a lambic fan, and a wild yeast aroma and flavor is certainly noticeable. However, this is the best use of those flavors I have enjoyed to date. It has the full mouthfeel that some lower quality tripels lack, and is much more balanced than many of its sweeter competitors in the category.

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