Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3033   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2825) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottled. Pours a medium golden color. Big foamy head. Looks highly carbonated. Strong, slightly sweet yeasty aroma. A little spiciness and maybe a little alcohol. Grainy flavor with a taste of alcohol. A little sweetness to go along with the yeast and spice. Good, but it is a little to alcohol flavored.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2006
(12.31.05) 11.2 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 8% ABV. Bottle label states that beer should be consumed before 12.07.07. Light yellow Belgium ale having a large long-lasting white head with good lacing. Good carbonation. Fruity aroma. Medium bodied that starts dry with light malt sweetness and light fruity notes. Very flavorful. Finishes dry with pleasant malt aftertaste. Nice tasty Belgium golden ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4824) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle says drink by Nov 4, 06. Poured into a tulip with a massive amount of white, fluffy head. Nice, gold color. Malty nose. Dry malty burn with a sweet, hop finish. Very fizzy. Quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stouty1 (9) - Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2006 does not count
For someone just trying out the Belgiums, this one hit me kinda strong at first. I was really impressed with the pour. Carmel in color but the head was perfect and never went away. A full 3/4 to 1 inch thick!!! I could smell the fruitiness of apples, I think? But, I must have tried too hard to pull some smell out as I had a hard time getting anything after the initial sniff. The taste hit me hard in the beginning with the taste of alcohol, but I was acclamated after a few sips, and it became rather enjoyable. Lifting it to my mouth (repeatably) I start to inhale and smell the fruit and spice. Drinking it from a 750mL bottle and poured into my favorite snifter, I will enjoy this for the remainder of the Rose Bowl game.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ohitsbrad (8) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2006 does not count
18 November 2005, Bottled Best Before Oct 06: Appearance is a little misty (poured the whole bottle in), pale golden yellow colour, white diminishing pillowy head, no lacing. Aroma of sweet spicy fruit (bananas, pears?) and belgian yeast. Flavour is refreshing, spicy, fruity and grainy with a warming finish and a bit of alcohol. Juicy on the palate. Overall rather drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 4, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Yellow-orange color, BIG white, rocky head. Yeasty nose, with some spiceness and some light citrus. Just a touch of coriander. Flavor is slightly sweet, malty and yeasty. Honey notes. Finish is pretty smooth, hangs just a bit. A pretty good tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3363) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2006
Bottle. Wonderful hazy blond body with moderate carbonation and a thick white frothy head. Very pleasant hoppy/yeasty aroma with notes of citrus, coriander and spices. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Delightful and very well malty/hoppy taste with yeasty, citrusy and herbal hints. It ends with a sharp and warming bittersweet finish. Outstanding Tripel. Thank you so much PrimeMinister for that long-awaited sample. Excellent choice for a 700th rating!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
edunavega (18) - Niterói-RJ, BRAZIL - JAN 3, 2006
Bright, bright orange color, big lasting head, cloudy. Nose citrusy, orange and lime, understated but pleasant. Flavor also "light", sweet, malty but extremely nice, honey and almonds and oranges and vanilla. Finish smooth, sweet, short.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
Bottle 330ml: Appearence: Golden straw color with small head. Aroma: coriander, citrus, spice. Flavor: fruits, hops, sweet. Thank JoeMcPhee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Aroma is spicy with pepper, coriander, lemon grass and lots of banana yeasty character. Straw yellow, cloudy with a huge white head that thins. Lots of banana in the flavor with more of the corander spice. Very hot with some noticeable alcohol. Very crisp and dry but it still manages to stay sweet. Thanks to malachi for sharing.

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