Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3260   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stouty1 (9) - Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2006 does not count
For someone just trying out the Belgiums, this one hit me kinda strong at first. I was really impressed with the pour. Carmel in color but the head was perfect and never went away. A full 3/4 to 1 inch thick!!! I could smell the fruitiness of apples, I think? But, I must have tried too hard to pull some smell out as I had a hard time getting anything after the initial sniff. The taste hit me hard in the beginning with the taste of alcohol, but I was acclamated after a few sips, and it became rather enjoyable. Lifting it to my mouth (repeatably) I start to inhale and smell the fruit and spice. Drinking it from a 750mL bottle and poured into my favorite snifter, I will enjoy this for the remainder of the Rose Bowl game.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ohitsbrad (8) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2006 does not count
18 November 2005, Bottled Best Before Oct 06: Appearance is a little misty (poured the whole bottle in), pale golden yellow colour, white diminishing pillowy head, no lacing. Aroma of sweet spicy fruit (bananas, pears?) and belgian yeast. Flavour is refreshing, spicy, fruity and grainy with a warming finish and a bit of alcohol. Juicy on the palate. Overall rather drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 4, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Yellow-orange color, BIG white, rocky head. Yeasty nose, with some spiceness and some light citrus. Just a touch of coriander. Flavor is slightly sweet, malty and yeasty. Honey notes. Finish is pretty smooth, hangs just a bit. A pretty good tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3757) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2006
Bottle. Wonderful hazy blond body with moderate carbonation and a thick white frothy head. Very pleasant hoppy/yeasty aroma with notes of citrus, coriander and spices. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Delightful and very well malty/hoppy taste with yeasty, citrusy and herbal hints. It ends with a sharp and warming bittersweet finish. Outstanding Tripel. Thank you so much PrimeMinister for that long-awaited sample. Excellent choice for a 700th rating!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
edunavega (18) - Niterói-RJ, BRAZIL - JAN 3, 2006
Bright, bright orange color, big lasting head, cloudy. Nose citrusy, orange and lime, understated but pleasant. Flavor also "light", sweet, malty but extremely nice, honey and almonds and oranges and vanilla. Finish smooth, sweet, short.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
Bottle 330ml: Appearence: Golden straw color with small head. Aroma: coriander, citrus, spice. Flavor: fruits, hops, sweet. Thank JoeMcPhee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Aroma is spicy with pepper, coriander, lemon grass and lots of banana yeasty character. Straw yellow, cloudy with a huge white head that thins. Lots of banana in the flavor with more of the corander spice. Very hot with some noticeable alcohol. Very crisp and dry but it still manages to stay sweet. Thanks to malachi for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3510) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Pours golden, almost like an apple juice. The intial aroma contained corriander and spice with a small hint of fruitiness. The taste was almost all fruit - bananas and cherries being the strongest - shortly followed by hints of toffee and burnt toast. It causes a unique burning sensation in the nostrils. Excellent choice for a tasting session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Poured an effervescent golden with a fizzy white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma of apples, pears, cinnamon, dark fruits. Taste is sweet and fruity with pears, cloves, some herbal hoppy flavors. Body is light, fizzy, and evanesces quickly, leaving behind just a touch of dryness in the mouth. Overall a light, pleasant tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2005
This one has get a very nice spicy aroma. Very cloudy orange coloured. Smooth wheaty taste, a bit fresh. Maybe a hint of banana. Very nice.

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