Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Huge white head. Light golden honey color. Strong wheat grainy nose. Heavy citrus bitter taste. There is a floral citrus component in the taste. Close in taste to the Bayerischer Bahnhof Original Leipziger Gose

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cork30 (3) - USA - SEP 30, 2005 does not count
simply a great beer. nice aroma. yeast flavor is great, but still somewhat lighter.close to perfection in a tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 amazing aroma. sweet fruits,, citrus fruits, and spices. gold color. huge foamy head. tastes like a belgian white and a tripel in one. huge yeast chunks floating around. cloudy. light body with tons of flavor. yeast, coriander, marshmallows, vanilla, and hops. excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3730) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2005
Bottle conditioned, from Sainsburys. Gold, excellent lasting fluffy white head and soft but insistent condition. Big spicy aroma with hints of corriander, pepper, grain, floral honey and faint butterscotch. Soft and spritzy in the mouth with a solid sweet honeyed graininess, hints of bread and a gently spiced note, although less like the corriander I got in the nose and some warming pepper and alcohol notes. Finish is sweet and slightly spicy, with a gentle perfumed note, some breadiness and a slight dry bitterness. Up there with Gouden Carolus Triple as one of the best Tripels IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Citrusy (lemon / orange) and spicy (pepper - coriander…) and earthy (hops - floral) all balance beautifully. Velvety mouthfeel. Wamring and soothing to drink. Exceptionally enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - SEP 20, 2005
Bottle, 33cl. Fabulous this one! Golden colour. It has a strong effervescence and a huge and beautiful white head, with a nice lacing. The aroma is fruity, with notes of spices and malt. Flavour is smooth and a little sweet, everything very well balanced. Alcohol noticeable but not overwhelming, all completed with a dry finish. Superb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 Bottle 33cl. Brown and not the version that can be seen on the photo. Huge white head and hazy golden color. Fruit aromas and flavour, mostly citric. I don’t have a good tripel experience but this one is the best so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2005
on tap at the maproom in its own glass. taste was sweeter than other tripels i have had. this is a very fruity and alcoholic beer, but is still quite smooth. not a dry enough finish for my tastes, but still excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brigg (589) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Beautiful cloudy, golden color. Medium white head. Rich aroma: fruit (peach?), floral, and yeast. Great combination of malty, sweet and dry flavor with fruit and spice. Really outstanding tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2326) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Classic Tripel. 330 ml brown bottle. Aromas of citrus fruit and more lemon. Flavors were similar. Very dry. Beautiful hazy golden color with a huge foamy head. I am not a tripel fan, but this was pretty good.

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