Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2967   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2005
This beer was consumed to celebrate the completion of my ethics term paper. My anticipation of this beer has been building for hours. Best before 4/11/06.

Pours golden with the biggest foamy white head I’ve ever witnessed. Aroma of delicate fruity esters: honey, flowers, citrus, peaches, and alcohol. Taste is a slow fade from lightly sweet to lightly dry. Alcohol is noticable, but well balanced by spicy yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lush carbonation. The alcohol and slightly dry finish make this beer feel especially light-bodied. This is certainly one of the world’s greatest beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2005
705 ml bottle.This beer poured out blond and with a huge head.The taste was hoppy,citrusy and similar to Duvel.This was a very good tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rane (937) - Nibe, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2010 Blond and clear yellow colour, white head that quickly disappears. Arom nice fruits, citrus. Long lasting head. Taste with notes of elderberry, wheat malt. Long taste in mouth. One of the first beers I rated, and I had been looking forward to taste it again for a long time, and wasn´t disappointed at all. Wasn´t as flowery as I remember, but it was an older beer, but such a nice beer. I didn´t find any reason to change the ratings. Still the best tripple I´ve tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7577) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2005
My 300th rating deserved to be something special. This tripel pours dirty blonde and fizzy with a pillowy uneven head. Lots to smell here: wheaty, yeasty, citrus oil, vanilla cookie, sweet spices.... it seems to transform as you drink it! All the flavours to match, but with a bigger wheat backbone on the palate. For a tripel this is fresh and strangely light despite the high alcohol, this is a terrific beer for a special occasion (too expensive to drink regularly-- $9.00 per bottle in my local bottle shop).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unibaren (154) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2005
Delicious fresh aroma reminds me of hay, caramel and sweet fruits. Colour is a little bit too pale and is bordering on hazy. Carbonation bubbles appears to be rather big and the head is long lasting but uneven. There is a good balance between sweetness and bitterness and the wheat malt is clearly noticeable, but with little bit of citrus to add freshness. You notice the alcohol but it is not excessive, and with long refreshing and a little dry aftertaste, this is the triple of choice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2047) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 14, 2005
Dark gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Aromas of banana, mild citrus, mild bready malts, and a touch of alcohol. The flavors begin somewhat malty and sweet, but quickly evolve into a pleasing melange of spices and fruit. The finish is rather clean, making it very easy to drink. Very drinkable stuff and extremely well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Pours golden with a quickly dissipating white head - good lacing. Lots of fruit and floral hops in the aroma - banana, lemon, orange, vanilla, spices, bread. Has a good fruity taste that is similar to a hefeweizen. Flavor is sweet but not overly so, crisp, spicy, and slightly bitter. Has a caramel malt taste that balances the floral hops well. Good beer, but not as complex as some of the better belgians.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2005
33cl bottle. poured hzy golden-orange with a thick frothy white head. Fruit, floral aroma. Sweet fruity malts make this beer go down smoth. A little bit of spice keeps it insteresting. a hint of alcohol in the finsh tops it off perfectly. superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2005
On tap at the Irish Bistro. Golden with a white foamy head. Light fruits on the nose, the taste follows along with vanilla, yeast and pears. A good offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
newtrip (54) - USA - NOV 9, 2005
Poured with average sized frothy white head. Head was mostly diminishing. Body is very clear gold color. Nose is of grain, citrus, and hops. Initial flavor is sweet and and finish is sharp, acidic and bitter and dry with an alcoholic bite . I do sense some coriander/clove/spicy notes in there. Finish doesn’t last too long. This is a very interesting beer. It’s amazing how much this beer changes from the time you take a sip into your mouth to the finish. I am not normally a huge fan of tripels, but I really enjoy this one!

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