Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2958   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle. Illegible notes. Got pretty wrecked and will need to rerate for more details. What it says is (I think):" nice spice cumin Louie(?) sweet orchard. I remember enjoying it greatly and I was with it enough to do the numbers at least...rerate is a good excuse to buy another one, cause this is real nice as best I remember, but I don’t remember well enough. Better drink another!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle (330ml). My 700th rating. Poured clear bubbly gold with a massive foamy-rocky white head. Tons of funky coriander and pungent spices, banana, alcohol, lightly roasty-sugary malt, even holly (how Christmasy). Taste actually has light hop bitterness to follow the promise of the nose, plus a bit of nice aged white wine - solid. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, almost sugary, gently complex, not sweet at all. Very nice - almost resiny - much more "sophisticated" than some tripels - not as good, but classier, eh?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2005
From the bottle, this beer pours a clear, dark gold with a massive, lasting head that leaves behind nice lacing. The armoa is a veritable corriander bomb with supporting hoppy notes of grass and citrus and minor aromas of malty horseblanket and cellar. The flavor starts off sweet and ends with a hoppy, clean, slightly bitter finish. The palate is fizzy, light and drinkable. I found this beer quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11593) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle. Poured a clear amber with a huge frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Good citrus and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with fizzy carbonation. Heavy bitter sweet flavor with and average finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2007 A huge and somehow brown head, great aromas of pepper, herbs, very flowerish taste. Very complex beer. Drink it next to a piece of french cheese, a "quiche" or a course with melted cheese on top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle poured a hazy yellow with a huge thick white head and thin lacing. Aroma is crisp with light yeast and lemon. Flavor is yeasty with grass and fruit with a tangy alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunBun (2) - Huissen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2005 does not count
A beer with a very nice grainy taste. It’s pretty fizzy though. The appearance of the bottle itself is pretty nice too. Overall a very nice golden coloured beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8676) - Bochum, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2005
(bottle) Light hazy golden colour with a huge foamy white head. Sweet grainy malty nose, slightly toasted with peach and citrus and a touch of coriander and alcohol. Sweet flavour, medium to full body, medium carbonation. Sweet toastmalty and fruity taste, sweetbitter and spicy finish with a touch of rose(-perfume). Very good, but not the perfect Triple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
I heard a lot of good things about this tripel before I tried it, and can easily say they were all true. Pours clear gold with a very light head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with scents of straw and sugar. The taste is so clean and light, it almost feels like it does not touch your tongue. Sweet and slightly fruity that turns to citrus and spice. A near perfect beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PIVOMAN (15) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2005
This is a great beer. The caramelised taste of that beer is probably unique and the beautoful glass makes it even more special

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