Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3103   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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
Deep aroma when first poured. Settled into a mellower "tripel" aroma: slightly pehenolic, with a good dose of hops and malt. Poured with a creamy head with lots of lace and a slightly cloudy yellow/orange color. Flavor was slightly sweet with a good balance of hops and acidity. Every sip seemed to reveal different flavors: sweetness, malt, acidity, alcohol and a hint of anise. Good carbonation with an effervescent and creamy mouthfeel that lingered for several seconds. Very complex, well balanced and drinkable. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 28, 2005
Unique orange/gold, hazy color with vivacious bubbling. Hold up to the light and you’ll get a bit of red colors. Head is fantastic, looking just like steamed milk on the head of a latte. Bubbles are even and stiff. Smells of clove, coriander, vanilla, wheat, and cherrywood . Taste is so good and solid with a smooth wheat base throughout. Belgian hops, lemon, drying coriander seed, sweet pit fruit, ginger root, and pear. A very nice palate. Lacing and stiff head are first rate. Sampled from a 330ml bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1447) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2005
Satisfying flavoursome Belgian tripel. Poured gold with a huge lasting pillowy head. The aroma is rich with lemony hops, spices, wheat and a whiff of roses. The palate is full and creamy. Spectacular. The flavour is citric and faintly sour, with a dry spiced finish. Carries its 8% abv very well. If it has a flaw, it’s the weight of the spices - I found them a little cloying by the end of the bottle. (Bottle)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 19, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 25 cl bottle. Excellent caramel and fruit aroma. Beatiful golden body with nice off-white head. Extremely soft yet rich flavor, again caramel and fruit dominating and just enough hop to feel it. Full body with a perfect silky smooth mouthfeel that lamost makes you drink it in 5 minutes... and then order another one! Without a shred of doubt one of my top 3 favorite beers in the world. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gulf690 (21) - AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2005
Bottle. This was bright and clear, with a persistent, creamy head. Nose was a dull, yeasty performance, though this improved as the beer warmed. Had a malty finish, which was soft on the palate, and perhaps a little too much carbonation. Back palate was very ’light on’ and follow through was MIA. This beer was a little ’duller’ than others of this genre, though still a good and solid drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
Nice grassy pear and green apple nose. Mild flowers and grass palte with good cookie-esque malt body. Very soft and round mouthfeel with a bit of honey and spice. Clean and lively finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyuss (21) - BELGIUM - APR 12, 2005
Another really good belgian strong ale but it doesn’t taste special. I certainly don’t taste any apples or such as many other ratebeer members do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2005
Hazy golden straw, fizzy white head. The nose was a complex blend of pear, banana, orange zest, spicy coriander, and undertones of grassiness. Flavor kicks off with a sweet dry fruitiness, more pear and spice, and a light hop bitterness at the end. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, dry, fruity sweet finish. Not bad, but this one is not really my thing...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (998) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 330 ml. bottle was carefully decanted into a tulip without yeast, revealing a beer with a golden yellow body with an enormous head fed by highly active carbonation. The nose was fruity with notes of sour apple, pear, and peach. There were also some earthy yeast tones that didn’t quite rise to the level of barnyard funk. The taste was dry and sour with some bitterness lingering in the back. I could detect tart flavors like granny smith apples, apricots, and pomegranates. The dryness was slightly woody and herbal in nature. There were also some saffron spicy notes here. The aftertaste was grassy and light with slowly fading spices. Alcohol was well hidden and did not play much of a role in here. The beer felt light and airy on the palette and went down quite easily. Wouldn’t mind picking up another one when I am in the mood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2154) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 10, 2005
Dense and adherent foam, long persistence and a lot plenty. Decided, and strongly warm taste. Much yielded and complex. Extremely fizz and prickly. Harmonious and full bodied. Long finish with notes of wine cellar and honey.

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