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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2005
Tasted 21/01/2005. 3L bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Enjoyed this one with TheGrandmaster and Tyrrell as pre-dinner drink at Great India. Pours a relatively bright gold for a tripel, almost no cloudiness. Nice temperature, cool but not chilled, means were giving this a chance to show off its best properties. Airy white head releases a soft bouquet of malt and wheat with some stone fruit yoghurt from the yeast (apricot, nectarine, peach). Very smooth medium-bodied mouthfeel with a softer carbonation than Ive got from the majority of the tripels Ive tried. The lack of the usual tripel spiciness probably intensifies this smoothness. Palate is sweetish, but cleans out nicely. As youd guess, starting the night with an 8% ale really gets the chatter going (but I cant give out extra marks for its social lubricant quality). Beautiful printed label bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Poured from the 3 litre bottle (yes, the big boy). Enjoyed with a good curry at the Great India in Wellington, NZ. Sweet, but not as spicy as I was expecting. The wheat flavours come through quite strong. A lacy head holds through the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Pours a golden color with fine, thin, lacy white head. Nose is yeasty with citrus and malty notes. Complex blend of sweet malts. Cinnamon and fine caramel flavours. Large, full and complex palate. Finishes with pleasant lingering tickle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kane (111) - USA - JAN 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2005 This is the " Creme de la Tripel" in my opinion. A perfect golden color with a large substantial white head that lasts. Yeast and spice are in the forefront with aroma and taste. A smooth body, slightly sweet but not cloying as with most tripels. very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Golden color with a bubbly white head. Flowery & citrus aroma. Grapefruit that goes with the aroma. Candy sugar, dark dried fruits. Moderate hop bitterness & flower taste. Full-mouth feeling; tickling carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2005
75cl bottle, date rubbed off the cage. Slightl hazy bronze color. Nice foamy white head. Cork in the nose initially. Nice creamy, silky body, highlighted by an earthy cellar character along with some sweet vanilla malt in the finish. Reminds me of St Druon de Sebourg in its combo of spice and must. Very enjoyable, Ill have to find a smaller uncorked bottle to see if it has the same character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2005 Pours a cloudy gold with a frothy head. Aromas of apricots and figs. Juicy orange flavor w/ some sweet passion fruit. Grassy styrian goldings. Nice refreshing body. A little on the sweet side for the style. Need to use a bit more sugar in the boil.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 This tripel pours golden with a great amount of yeasts if poured slowly. The aroma is dominated by wheat, orange, banana, and malt for the most part. There is also wine in it. The taste is basically the same as the aroma with hops. The sweetness of this beer makes it unique. The aftertaste is kind of like a wine aftertaste. A very good tripel indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2005
75cL bottle aged for more than a year. It has been a while since we have had this but it is not as we remember. Not that we are complaining! It is light golden/straw color and a bit hazy. We thought this beer was sweeter, but maybe the age has done it well. It has a citrusy, fruity, saison flavor combination going on in it. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2005
Hazy Orange-golden beer with huge white foam. Refreshing nose with touches of fruits, citrus, honey, malts and bisquits. Tingling mouthfeel elegant light fruity afthertaste.

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