Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2979   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Golden colour with a large white head. Nose is yeasty well spiced with floral hops and alcohol. Flavour is sweet, floral and spiced with a yeasty dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Apologies but this just didn’t do it for me. Pale yellow with fizzy white head. Fruit and spice in the nose. Spumante feel in the mouth. Flavor was relatively sweet and spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Initial rating of 3.4 sampled from bottle. Sampled again on tap at Lunar Brewing company for the Feb 2007 Ratebeer Chicago Area gathering. Very good. Increased rating to 3.9

Clear golden (poured with out sediment to glass but there was some left in the botle) with a big white head that is quickly discipating. the nose is full of yeast with just a dab of malts to it. The taste is yeasty with a bit of apple skin to it. Not bad but I just cant get into the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Bottle shot its cork out when loosening the cage.   Pours translucent golden, HUGE fluffy white head, copious amounts of carbonation, with super sticky lacing.   Wonderful aroma of spices, corriander, oranges, lemon zest... quite citrusy.   Forwardly wheat like, light citrus flavor, with a spritzy mouthfeel.   Other spices seem to be present, but subtle compared to the citrus.   Finishes light, with the aformentioned spices and a bit of a malty aftertaste.   Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4575) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Ooh la la! Very nice and bright golden color with a medium head. Aroma is very grainy. Wheat, spice, malt, and touches of fruit on the mouth. Splendid little brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Orange Coloring. Little Head. Fruit.yeast..bit of spice? ..wonderfully balanced..Wonderful Tripel..would keep this around to age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Wow... what can I say? Wonderful spicy aroma with a hint of allspice, sweet, honeyed flavor with a noted alcohol bite, beautiful golden color, nice mouthfeel. Should also note almonds and walnuts, apricot overtones and citrus. Complicated and great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 22, 2004
Golden orange with light head. Mandrain orange and vanilla malt. Orange, citrus, apricot and a creamy mouthfeel. Nice sparkle on the tongue, with a rich yet soft sweetness...one of my favorites

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
sweet honeydew aroma. refreshingly sweet, with the taste of apple, honey, and a pleasantly warm and slightly dry finish. a delicate beer that is easy to appreciate. rather dainty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2004
On tap at the Ginger Man in Dallas. A good example of the style. Has a bright gold color with a small head. The aroma is alcohol and some sour apples. The taste is bananas, vanilla and some ginger spice. Nice, but not great.

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