Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3240   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2007
bottle. hazy golden/orange pour with huge white frothy head. nice floral yeast aroma with hints of spice and baked bread. medium body. crisp palate. fruity. yeast, pepper. great balance and easy drinking. I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2007
bottle- sampled today in beers of the world class- pours golden amber sudsy foamy head white- slightly offwhite head. smells fruit pears, apricots, light caramel, sugar, some alcohol... tastes apricots, bananas, alcohol, sweet sugar but not syrupy in mouthfeel tongue numbing finish with some alcohol warming and licorice taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
It depends on brewery is making this beer as to the quality but always an interesting light delicate tripel and I don’t think this beer ages well. Page 462 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 233 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2007
Aroma: wow!!! grape, smoked ham, portabello mushrooms, passion fruit, orange blossom, spicy yeast, oats.
Appearance: golden, smooth head.
Flavour: sweet, exotic, nectar...
Palate: smooth, fantastic, yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 5, 2007
Pours a beautiful golden colour, hazy with an ample froty head. Aroma is complex and delicate: sweet malts, spicy banana, yeasty dough. Flavour reflects the aroma sweet malts pear apricot with notes of floral honey. After all that sweetness passed it becomes fruity dry with delicate hop bitterness. Lingering good aftertaste. It is a wonderful tripel - the very best I have had. Reminded me of the Abbaye des Rocs Brune (a definite compliment).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2007
(750 mL) Poured a beautiful hazy pale blonde with a massive, slightly fizzy white head that is reluctant to go down. Smells of banana, citrus and maybe some pear. Typical yeasty, sugary, citrusy taste that most these belgian blondes have. There definately notes of banana here. No alcohol or bitterness in the aftertaste at all. A good beer you can give a bitch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13732) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Light stone fruit and banana aroma. Slightly hazy medium gold color with a vigorous real ale white head that laces. Starts fruit sweet, could be a mix of peach and orange, might not be; it then has a hit of yeastiness, gets a change in sweetness, seems to have some hop, but might be a bit of fruit peel without the sugar. Finishes very dry (after all the sugar runs through your mouth). A bit puckery despite the sweetness. As it warms, it seems that orange definitely comes forth in both aroma and flavor. Complex little thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2007
(Bombler)poured into karmeliet Tulip(big glass). Very sweet beer. Beautiful pour. Pours a golden yellow w/ high fizzy frothy white head, carbonation is abundant. you notice the sudden sweet aroma of fruits and the yeasts giving off that spicy bannana smell. has the sweet yeasty flavor on the front, middle, and finish into the aftertaste. a very good drink that is like candy, definilty a desert, no bitterness. The glass and the beer together are a package, I recommend if possible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 golden slightly clowdy in appearance,belgain hoppyness with slight banana and vanila caramel tones.. 3.0 bottle at bow lll softsweet zezty orange and peach nose ... floral herbal fruits ... zezty yeasty peppery orange ... i really like this3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Pours a pale hazy yellow with a beautiful silky meringue-like head dominating the top third of my trappist glass - even with wetting the glass beforehand and a very careful pour! Nice lace. Spicy, vanilla, banana, fruity aroma. Highly carbonated and suprisingly hoppy taste - gone is the fruit; instead there is light malting and perfectly balanced hops. The carbonation is working against me on this one - a little too gassy. A mooth milky taste and texture betrays its wheat & oat content. Very floral hops, understated but delicious faint hop & malt aftertaste. A sensational beer, not as fruity as Chimay Blanc.

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