Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3272   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2007
Cloves and dates in the nose. A rich burnt brown colour with some carbonaton. A toasty and nutty taste with raisins and cherries evident. A lovely medium body and a refined bitterness in the aftertaste. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours a nice golden colour, head is large and white. Aroma is fruity with strong smell of banana coming through. My only gripe with this beer is that it’s far too sweet, becomes cloying after about half a bottle. Although its not bad, I’d advise trying some other tripels before this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2007
On tap at Galway Tribes, Like WoW...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. Yes malty, with over-ripened banana esters very prevalent. Velvety and soft mouthfeel - smooooth robust...X balance, quite excellent tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Excellent Tripel! Upon opening the cork exploded out and the beer poured like Cristal Champagne. Flavors of fruit, especially berries - finished by a pleasant sweet hoppy flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EHSRanders (1994) - Tjele, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle. Hazy yellow colour with huge frothy white mostly lasting head. Fruity aroma. Sweet flavor with alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldbrew (99) - USA - SEP 21, 2007
Bottle, poured into trappist glass. Has the rich head of a champion. Hazy golden opacity. Heavy banana and practically tropical aroma - this caught me off guard. Much more fruit forward than expected. The slightest hint of caramel and greater alcohol feel as it warmed toward the end of the glass. I’m suitably satisfied with it but not overwhelmed with praise. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2007
330ml bottle
I tried this beer on September 14, 2007 at ’The Beer Bistro’ in Toronto. The beer poured a hazy gold colour with a large fluffy white head that lingered throughout. A high amount of effervescent could be seen. The aroma was surprisingly hoppy and perfumey and had floral tones. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with high carbonation. The flavour was malty with some citrus hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2007
As I uncaged this baby, there was an explosion, as the cork shot up at the ceiling and almost took off my head. A small gushing ensued...but I took care of it. I poured it into a trappist glass to reveal a perfect golden color with a huge white, frothy head. The head stayed the whole time. The scent was of cloves, malt, strawberries, gum, yeast and spice. A perfect play on the palate with a complex taste and mouthfeel. One of the best tripels I have tasted.

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