Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5216) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2012
Sept, 2002 Pale golden colour. Nose is sherbety and spicy, with hints of vanilla, cloves, cinnamon and coriander, plus bubblegum and a touch of soap. In the mouth it is quite honey sweet balanced by sour citrus-fruit notes - lemon and lime, with a touch of pineapple. Finish is citrusy, sweet and cloying. Chewy-thick, with a power taste suggesting a much higher alcohol content. [2.5]
June, 2012 330ml bottle Chrissie brought back from Bruge. Hazy blonde with foamy head. OK. Yeasty, wheaty nose with banana esters and woody and citric notes - some soap, faint spice, dry, mildly alcoholic. OK. Mouthfeel is dry, chalky, mildly alcoholic, some carbonation prickles. OK. Flavour is soft, with entwined and attractive notes of vanilla, citrus, flowers, soap and faint chocolate. The combination of all the elements is softly attractive and beguiling, though not especially impressive. It’s a good, drinkable strong pale ale, rather like Duvel or Chimay White, and worth exploring further. I certainly enjoyed and appreciated it more this time than I did 10 years ago. [3.3]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2002
Very big and nice head with a fruity aroma. Fruity taste, a little bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2002
I dedicate this beer to a new life that will in time touch many lifes ’ Venom’, this beer is for your ’Beautiful New One’. I also dedicate this beer to one who has touched many lifes, and certainly enriched my life, My Mother-In_Law ’Who next to my Mother was the Sweetest most gentle of God’s lambs. One of God’s Angels came and took her to heaven this morning, Julia Maxine Wills, ’I love You and Will miss you’, and ’Sweetie’, this beer is also is for you, even if you didn’t like me drinking!.

Pours a clear dark gold, the head large and frothy, the lace in thick sheets. Nose is citrus, malt, fruity, a tad earthy, the front is malt sweet, the top light. Very dry and astrigent finish, wineish, lightly hopped, nice ’warmer’, and a quite complex beer. Ranks #292 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2002

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2002
Deep orange color, nice lasting head. The taste? Mmmm.. the taste! Sweet and complex with spicy hints of hop and herbs. Wonderful long aftertaste. A marvellous beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2002
Hazy golden color witha a voluminous head with continuedlace down the glass. Light flowery aroma with a slight yeast and alcohol undertone. Flavors of light fruit including pears, pineapples and nectrines. Slight orange and corinader flavors. Older bottles tend to lose some of the sweetness. Quite smooth in body. Alcohol comes out a bit more as it warms. Finishes smooth with some acidity to cut through the sweetness and enought bitterness to let the malt come through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 Blond with a big head. Floral, fruity hop aroma. Light floral smooth taste with a mature and rich palate. It has a light bitter finish. This is a super good beer. Especially if you let it mature for a year or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2002
good beer. great glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Bright golden color, lots of foam and carbonation. Musty, appley, oily and slightly metallic aroma. Fizzy palate, yeast with mild green apple notes and a delicately astringent sour finish. Lightly puckering aftertaste. A little too sharp and fizzy maybe masking a little flavor. Would love to see if the corked version comes out better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2002
A very nice but hard to find strong ale. The multi hop flavor is quite nice, an attractive head and a nice beer glass to match

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