Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2905   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2003
Clear golden, huge fluffy white head. Citrus, pears, yeast and white pepper in aroma. Floral and very fruity flavour with hints of lemon, honey, guava and spices. Sparkling palate with some yeastiness. Spicy and very fruity finish with some warming alcohol notes. A beautiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Beautiful beer, great head. It's got some kick for having a sweet, fruity aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Crystal clear yellow color with a white, medium sized head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity, and sweet, with Belgian candi sugar obvious and a hint of honey and lemon. Flavor is sweet and malty, with a significant alcohol presence in the finish. Unlike some triples I've had, carbonation is not overbearing. A very nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Corked bottle; opened up like Champagne with beer shooting out of the top. I really liked this, but in comparison to the Duvel it seemed to be missing something to balance the sweetness. Still, it is a very drinkable complex brew (can hardly taste the alcohol) with a better mouth feel when it warms up slightly to around cellar temps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4662) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2003 (33o ml bottle) Large, white, foamy head and light golden body. Tornado of carbonation climbing the stem of the glass. Very pleasant aroma of a flambť banana mixed with peach and apricots and lightly spiced with cinnamon. Light on the tongue with bananas and lemons dancing across the palate. Same herbal yeast as I found in Charlevoix 8e Jour. Excellent beer. Love to have another dozen or so. Many thanks to LubiŤre for this opportunity!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Nice presentation: a big glass with lily flowers drawn on. I just had to hunt and buy one. Hazy golden color with a pretty fine white head, rather large, but it doesnt stay up its throne long. Superb aroma of flowers and fruits. Iím really tempted. Very complex flavor developments in mouth. I canít count all those fruits: orange, banana, apples, lemon. Was that butter? Spicy, yeasty. Refreshing tartness spreading out, more hops than most triples. Comfortable medium mouthfeel that bites the tongue a bit when too fresh, itís so easy to drink itís not even funny. Pleasant aftertaste. Almost ridiculously complex. The perfect type of beer I wish to have more of immediatly once Iím done with the first bottle. Delicious, the best tripel Iíve had up to now. Two thumbs up.

A recent sampling have changed my opinion a bit. Either I was less sensible or it just isnít as pleasant to me, but the coriander sums to a bit too much. It remains very complex, but despite remembering it very sweet, I remembered more noble and juicy hops procuring more balancing bitterness. For now, it remains way above your average triple, but I canít like it as much as Allagash. Bumping down from 4.6 to 4.2. Still loving the way those cereals work together, the nose is great and expressive, but Iíd like it more with more hops and less coriander.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 Pours a light gold color with a large Altostratus cloud head. Sticks to the glass with excellent precision. Aroma is toasty with a apricot and apple aroma, vinous but smooth, slightly tart and soapy. Some barny complexities come in the note after a strenuous sniffing session. Flavor is smooth and initially full of citrus from the hops then finishes with a biscuit malt background. Rolls right through your tongue and into your palate. Once it's there it feels slightly musky but dry. This has many hidden complexities which can not be revealed in just a small sample, this demands a full service tasting session of its own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Damp cloudiness. Decent big white head. Smells of cloves, flowers, peahes, and orange peel. Thick and sticky, fruit and sugar up front, very punchy. Mild carbonation and alcohol presence. Entirely too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2003
Tasty stuff. Got a bottle at chinatwon cellars the other day walking home... If you try hard you get a hint of salami in the aroma and there is a little popcorn which goes well with the buttery malt palate. It goes down real smooth which suits me fine. The head poured huge at first but almost completely died away towards the end of my glass, oh well. Anyway, I could get into this stuff; classy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Excellent Belgian beer, but aren't they all? This one is strong with a firm but not overpowering fruit taste.

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