Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3208   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2007
Clear blonde body with a generous white head. Strong fruity and honey aroma. This is the archetype of the classic blonde tripel, what it lacks in originality it makes up with a perfect balance. Initial honey and fruity flavours (banana + tropical fruits) settle in a warm moderately sweet body full of bready malts. Some crisp hops at the end for a short finish. Very little in the way of spices. Among my favourite blonde tripels. Very dependable, if you have a bad bottle it can only be because you have a bad karmaliet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2007
The 25.4 ounce champagne-like bottle poured a hazy apricot colored beverage with a medium sized off-white creamy head that was fully lasting and left great lacing on the glass. The aroma was a spell-binding, complex melding of fruitiness and spices complimented by a brandy-like backdrop. Apricots, cinnamon, coriander, sweet orange, all wrapped up in brandy-like package. The body was medium-full with a lively, but soft carbonation and a silky smooth texture. The flavor starts off sweet with all the aromas coming through in the flavors. The finish was long with the sweetness being consistent throughout. There was also a wonderful alcohol warmth that built through the finish. Nice beer for a cold winters eve.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Wow. The head on this beer came on strong--a bright creamy white color atop of a lightly hazy golden body. Soft, spicy, floral, sweet, malty, citrusy aroma with a hint of some sugary candy...I experienced some sort of Deja Vu when the aroma first hit me...some amazingly delicious sugar-coated kind of candy from my childhood. Onto the immense flavors... Ultra-fruity, but not too sweet or sour... very tasty, unique, bready, sweet malts (maybe the oats have something to do with it?), also a serious presence of hops. An amazing tripel. Best Iíve ever had. Canít wait to drink more of these, and I canít believe it took me so long to try one...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Cream head on top of a body. A body made out of orange golden colors. This brew reminded me of walking a marathon and half-way realizing that you are in bed, sleeping. It felt like a tablecloth folding inwards - effectively bending the space-time continuum. Sour, bretty, tart-ish, bready, complex malt profile, heavy carbonation, bold & large: an amazing tripel!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Foamy 1-finger head atop a golden amber pour. Aroma of peaches and apricots. Creamy small bubble mouthfeel. Very interesting flavor of butterscotch, yeasty notes, very slight metallic taste with a hint of cherries ending in a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Tall white head that disipates quickly. Slightly cloudy pure golden color with strong carbonation. Fresh, yeasty aroma with nuances of banana and strawberry. Relatively light flavors of yeast, bananas, and a touch of hops. This is like champagne on the palate with intense carbonation. An interesting tripel - definetly worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
12oz bottle. Pours a pale straw color with a towering four finger head, even with a very gentle pour. Iím not sure the head is ever going to fade away. The lacing that is left behind is thick and chunky. Smell; very floral with lots of tropical fruits. Some gentle spices come out, along with a bit of citrus and earthy yeastiness. Taste; this is a very sweet and fruity tripel, with oranges, peaches, apricots and many others that I canít place. The yeasts add a bit of chalkiness, and the spices are a touch peppery, with almost no alcohol noticeable in the profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is very good, but with the sweetness and abundance of fruit flavors I would not be able to drink more than one of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thefederalist (301) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours golden with a large diminishing head. Aroma is floral and of alcohol. Flavor is of bubblegum, and sour apple. Complex. Nice tripple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a cloudy straw color with medium to high carbonation and a big head that dissipates quickly. I just finished an Imperial Stout so I probably should not be rating this beer, because it is SO different and a style I typically do not consume. Strong aroma of...hell I donít know, citrus, wheat and that typical "belgium" smell. Flavor is something like citrus, possibly plum, mild spices, and a wheaty touch. Goes down smooth, thin on the palate yet confuses the hell out of me with all the different flavors. Bottom line: not a bad beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebagnell (6) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2007 does not count
pours beautifully, large head and nice lace. about as good of a trippel ive tasted.

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