Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3273   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2007
<Thanks to Beerbiker> Clear sparkling golden with a fine dense white head. Aroma is very soft malty and powerfull fruity along with spicey wheat. Flavor is broad aswell. First stickey sweet, then turns into a nice mix between fruity sweetness, warming alchohol, nuts and grain. Very complex and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Pours a cloudy yellow with a foamy, lasting head. Aroma is fruity and sweet with bananas. Flavor is bananas, bubble gum, and a brief spice kick. Very good tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goodgrief (1990) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Nov. 2005 - This was highly enjoyable. Poured with beautiful head (not huge but pretty) that quickly diminished to a layer of bubbles which hung around the entire experience. I liked moving it around and watching the bubbles cling to the glass. The nose on this is yeasty/grassy. Mouthfeel was carbonated, light and crips. The flavor was sweet and fruity with a nice peppery spiciness with a little hop bite on the backend. I need to have Chimay, Maredsous and this side by side. What fun!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
clevelanddave (1) - brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007 does not count
one of my faviorite beers, abby ale perfection, its not heady, instead a champagne-esque carbination, fruity overtones, and a sneaky, non-overly acholic high gravity

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Cloudy damp straw. Little to no head. Spicy coriander-orange nose. Tangy citrusy mouthfeel with tiny bubbles sizzling on the tongue. Explodes with a robust fruitiness which lingers. Will try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Pours dark golden with a very light head that persists... aroma is very fruity with hints of citrus and some malt... taste is definitely citrus with a caramel finish... texture is very smooth and foamy..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Cloudy golden with a thick frothy white head. Sweet citrus aroma with tastes or orange and caramel malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Poured a cloudy copper color with a white head. Has superb hints of what a abbey tripel should be. Carbonation is a little to much, but was refreshing. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/12/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub

clear yellow with the huge dense head from hell, sweet spicy aroma with a hot alcoholic edge obscured by the spices, sweet malt flavor balanced by some nice spices, creamy body, very drinkable

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

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