Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3034   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4819) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
A very fine strong Belgian ale. Fruity and yeasty like many beers of this style and nice full flavours come through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5242) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottled. Golden pour and a frothy white head. Lovely nose, malty, sweet, floral, spicy, and some yeasty funk, a little cellar in there, too. Fantastic. Tastes crisp, sweet, very malty, slightly fruity, spicy, and a touch of alochol in the warm finish. Heavy. Complex as all get out, this is one beast of a tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 9, 2006
a beautifull unfiltered,jellow-orange first,big head ,lthen a nice rim lasting in the glass many different smells,there is something bitter-spicy,remembering me ginger,but something wine-like,almoust champagne-like, and some interesting bitter-sweet, malty and a bit of clove,even a smell like some coocking herbs but altough some fruit the bitter-sweet malty impression grows while drinking it,but the champagne-like impression too.ginger,middle,smooth carbonated in mouth aftertaste spicy,but also champagne-like,bitter-sweet,warm alcohol,but semms not so strong as it is,good fitting of alcohol to the flavours. i love it’s interesting complexity !! sweet and bitter, fruity and herbal, -opposits,but fitting here really well together.astonishing freshness for it’s strength!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3545) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Clear, golden and bubbly. Jagged white head that slowly dies; tentacles of lace. Lemon-lime, club soda, a little grass and grain. Starts wheaty with green apple and unripe pear. Carb transports just to the edge of bitter. Nice medium body; almost creamy. Not flashy but manages to balance the tart/bitterness and carb/body to produce a fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Light yellow gold body with a huge white head. Looks somewhat like a Macro in color. Aroma is sweet and fruity with banana and clove. Flavor is extremely sweet and fruity, mainly banana, but quite light and pleasant. Lightly carbonated palate complements the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ironryan22 (52) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 A nice belge, fruity/sweet aroma, likewise in taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (8332) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2006
Bottle Saisnbury’s, Banbury 27-04-06. A hazy orange coloured beer with a medium head, the taste is wheaty, oaty and malty also quite sweet and with some spiceiness prseent. A really solid tripel that goes down extremely well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2006
I’ve been rating quite a few tripels these days and this is one of the finest. Very spicey aroma that even has a little heat from the spice. Chewy medium/full body with a complex fruity, malty, spicey flavor. Not dry at all, very delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2964) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 On tap at Issac newtons with Stegosaurus. Poured a copper/golden color with a white head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, hops and spices. Flavor was smooth, citrus and spice. Great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2006
Huge white creamy head with some fine lace over clear yellow with ongoing carbonation. Head subsides quickly. Deep, clean, somewhat delicate aroma of old hops, light fruit, and sweetish malts with notes of banana and spices; some alcohol aroma. Light, delicate, velvety taste of sweetish malty with strong old hop overtones with faint mustiness and notes of banana. Aftertaste is old hops with a little bitterness, which lingers. An excellent trippel. Not very powerful, but delicate, balanced, and beautifully drinkable. (0.33l bottle.)

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