Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3273   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 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1343) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2006
Fruity, banana aroma. Large thick white head. Lacing is all over the glass. A fairly clear golden body with champagne bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. Slowly waiting for the head to shrink. The nice thing about that is you can let the beer warm up that way. The alcohol is very well hidden in this. Similar to Duvel with a dryer finish. My only complaint is that this beer is slightly one dimensional. It still is solid for what it is though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 21, 2006
Very nice beer. Clear gold in color. Very efferevescent and sweet. Yeasty, fruity, and wheaty. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
goolsby (3) - USA - APR 20, 2006 does not count
very smooth... but WAYYY too sweet... if i had wanted champaign i would have bought it..... this is not a man’s beer, it is a womans alternative with a little extra kick

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3403) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2006
On tap at Everybody’s pizza. Big, blond, robust, and spicy. Just like I like my women. Not particularly my favorite at the time in the right place, this would be an awesome drink. Points off for setting if I can do that.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WhiteAlePower (92) - Long Island, New York, USA - APR 19, 2006
The only reason I did not give this a 20 was because that spot is for my Duvel! This brew was absolutely splendid! Perfectly blonde ale with a great clean head. Excellent smooth yet robust flavour!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2006
Sadly I lack the proper glassware for this beer. Nonetheless, in a pint glass head was abundent and hung around with some fairly large bubbles. Color was dark amber with some cloudiness. Odor was fruity and slightly earthy with a certain effervescence. First sip revealed a sweet malty taste with very little hop taste. The beer had what I wrote was a "mature" alcohol taste...a sweet, pleasant slightly burning sensation, like a bourbon. After some recent bad experiences with what must have been very old imported beer, I have to say this brought me back into the fold. 8% alcohol probably helps this beer stand up over time...and a 98% rating likely means that it moves off the shelf in a reasonable amount of time. I got this beer as an 11.2 oz single from my local beer-savvy retailer (Discount Liquor in Milwaukee).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15471) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Pale yellow with white head. Yeast, fruit and wheat. Coriander, clove & citrus. Fresh! Lively carbonation. great filling and a long pleasant finish. (remember too pour it into a large glass because of the carbonation and the fine head)!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2006
Draught at Federal in Durham, NC. Clear golden color with an orange tint. Bubbly white head that laced the glass. Aroma is estery with a touch of brown sugar and apple. Taste is similar, again with the clove and banana, but there is also a sweet candy note with a splash of alcohol. Very very bubbly. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2006
Pale yellow, full froth with medium length hang time. Ample residual bubbles with champagne bubbles. Candy malt nose. Big fruit flavors yet dry. The wheat really comes through with a hefewiezen character. A complex brew that is well ballanced with a long tastey finish. Enjoy cold or warm. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1783) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2006
Sweet fruit malt aroma. Clear amber colour with fantastic frothy white head and great lacing. Sweet malt falvour with fuit. Fizzy palate.

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