Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3103   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Hazy golden color with nice fizzy head. Aroma is sour with a little citrus, not bad. The flavor is mildly complex and acidic with a hint of sweet. Very bubbly. Not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 31, 2006
A cloudy golden color with a nice thin white head. The aroma was very complex with hints of yeast and citris as well as some lemon or sweetness to it. The taste was champagne like with a stinging fizz the went into a spicy floral flavor. It also had hints of sweet apricots or peaches. Very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 Oops, will rerate when I remember...(or buy again) very good... pours like a champaign. Not overly spicy. At one point though all i could taste was alcohol. (rerate) pours a clear golden with tall thin sticky sudsy head. Aroma is very clean, yeast, sweet floral, wit like. Flavor follows exactly clean yeasty floral sweet botanical hint of dough. Hard candy feeling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2006
0.33l bottle at home. Golden color with huge head that diminishes quickly but doesn’t fade away completely. Gentle sweet-yeast aroma, malty sweet taste, smooth. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dj (548) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2006
Bottle, 330ml. A murky golden colour with a huge white head. Aromas of sweet peach, yeast and a little malt. Taste of honeycomb, peach and bread/yeast. A sweet citrus orange finish. Very high carbonation. A good Tripel, but the high carbonation made it difficult to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GadgetGeek (36) - Snellville, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Good bottle of beer. I noticed the slight banana background flavor and enjoyed the fizzy, winelike mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Bottle. Amber color, huge head (server said he hates pouring them because the head is so hard to control). Spicy, citrus head. Looks and tastes fizzy. Flavors of citrus. Complex and spicy with no bitterness in the aftertaste. A classic, subtle Belgian tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dauton (1) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2006 does not count
330 ml Bottle. I’d say this is my favourite beer that I have tasted so far. It has a very sweet and slightly spicy flavour with a very light body. To get the best out of this beer it really needs to be consumed from a Tulip glass

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2006
750 ml. bottle. Hazy gold/light amber color, bubbly, with a giant frothy white head. Aroma best described as "Froot Loops," or other sweetened lemon and orange cereal, with some soapy yeast in the background. Sweet light cereal malt flavor with soft lemon and banana notes. Light to medium smooth palate, with some light carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bertus (4) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2006 does not count
A nice tripel, nut over rated. Fruity, sweet and alchohol. Pours a good head.

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