Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2925   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2005
I remember loving this on draft but out of a bottle was just so-so in comparison... Appears a light hazy gold with a small white cap that holds and fades out leaving a decent lace. Smell is subtle with a touch of honey, peach, flowers, grainy husklike grassiness. Taste is again, subtle, as is the aroma. Good but not knocking my socks off. Mouthfeel is ok. A tad sticky and gummy in the mouth with mild sweetness and a dry finish. Drinkability is good but after following a Golden Monkey with this, I was let down a bit. I remember raving about this on draft and this killed it for me a bit. Maybe it was the bottle?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2005
Superb tripel. It’s got a great fruity aroma and taste. You almost forget the 8% ABV. One of the best tripels...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Tap at the Map Room. Large head atop a dark and slightly hazy yellow. Sweet malts, Belgian yeast, light fruits, mild spice, a bit of dryness, just a lot of subtle stuff going on. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Light a little hazy in the color with a mountain of a head. Has an aroma of floral hops, spices in the nose, pleasant but not overbearing. Smooth, a little creamy in the flavor. Semi-sweet, fruit trys to make an impression. Finishes a little dry somewhat bitter. A warming effect arises at the very end with hints of fruit, peaches? Nice beer but it has stages many up and down. One minute this beer can be outstanding then just average.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Pours clear pale orange/amber with a large, dense head. There’s a screw of bubbles rising in the middle of the glass—that, with the head, looks a lot like a mushroom cloud. Honey, bread, a little sourness, and a peppery spiciness in the aroma. Feels and tastes like a loaf of bread at the beginning. The middle is peppery, and it ends on a floral note, backed by honey. No perceptible alcohol. Excellent. Possibly better than Allagash’s Tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebarnes (254) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2005
I love this beer. One of my absolute favorites. Beautiful golden color. Snow white head. Makes you feel warm after a couple. The taste is simply oustanding.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mmanthe (12) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2005
An awesome tripel, nothing irregular for a belgian tripel, just a very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Huge white head. Light golden honey color. Strong wheat grainy nose. Heavy citrus bitter taste. There is a floral citrus component in the taste. Close in taste to the Bayerischer Bahnhof Original Leipziger Gose

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cork30 (3) - USA - SEP 30, 2005 does not count
simply a great beer. nice aroma. yeast flavor is great, but still somewhat lighter.close to perfection in a tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSSteve (3891) - - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 amazing aroma. sweet fruits,, citrus fruits, and spices. gold color. huge foamy head. tastes like a belgian white and a tripel in one. huge yeast chunks floating around. cloudy. light body with tons of flavor. yeast, coriander, marshmallows, vanilla, and hops. excellent!

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