Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2958   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
What an awesome triple. Pours a lovely golden hue with a thin sheet of foam that never leaves. Aromas of bubble gum, honey and spices. Great big taste. Bananas, honey, mild hops and somthing almost like white wine. An excellent triple. Glad I have more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (539) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Clear yellow color, with a decent sized head. Constant bubbles coming from the bottom. Yeast dominated the aroma, but sweetness as well. Yeast in the taste, but also much more. Malts, some sugary sweetness. Hints of alcohol as it warmed. A very tasty beer. Sadly the last of my gift pack from Europe, but thanks Sue!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: APR 30, 2011 Golden colour with typical ’triple’ aroma and taste of bananas and soapy alcohol. There is no head to speak of which is somewhat disappointing. The beer though is very drinkable. Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 3.9. Average becomes 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Smells actually a little skunky at first, with some citrus/fruit-aromas; pours with lots of carbonation and a thick, pillowy head; mmm, sweet, slightly spicey, with hints of tropical fruits and oak/wood flavors; a nice floral hoppy presence; finishes a little dry and very refreshing for an 8%'er. Wonderful trip, one of my favorite brews.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 11, 2004
bottled: a beautiful beer when poured into trappist glass, dirty yellow and hazy. the head was huge and thick, billowed over the glass rim without flowing over. smell of belgium yeast, wheat, musty. taste banana , sweet, very sweet and smooth medium bodied on the palate. leaves a tarte aftertaste. sipping beer not drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Pours a golden, straw-colored, honeyish yellow with a big, bold head and ample lacing. Aroma of sweet apples, pears and spicy cloves. Big mouthfeel, sweet dextrin with banana and plum fruit esters. Smooth and creamy all the way through. A very nice tripel which I will elaborate upon when more sober. cheers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2004
Orange and coriander nose with like a demerara sugar tone. I have two of the "correct" glasses thanks to a special bottle shop, I suspect these help a lot with concentrating the smells. The glass looks nice and makes the huge head look even bigger... This is what I think a tripel ought to taste like, I admit to not having tasted the ones rated higher than this due to availability (but a few in the same score range I have and don't like anywhere near this) and so I guess I should leave room for hypothetical improvements... the robustness of body like a dark double but with the light spiciness that makes the difference. The palate is absolutely smooth and has no edges that cut at the tongue. I am trying really hard not to give this 100% because I know that there are so many things I haven't tried that I need room to manouevre but I currently can't see anything beating this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2009 Poured into a Corsendonk tulip. Very lovely thick white head over a slightly hazy golden pour. Fluffy and very inviting. The nose is loaded with sweet perfumy clovey spice. There is a nice sweet white grape fruitiness and a kiss of black pepper. Light cinnamon and a bit of sweet doughiness. Lots of soft apricot and a bit of pear as well. It had been a long time since I’ve had this and it is just as good as I recall. From a 330 ml bottle, best before August, 2005. Slightly hazy, golden colour with a thick white head that fades to a long lasting lace. Smells fantastic, sweet smell of raisins over wheat and barley malt. Slight hints of alcohol, yeast, and some clove. Taste delivers what the smell promised, dried fruit, spices especially pepper, fading into slightly phenolic hops. Finish lasts and lasts. I loved this and would definately buy it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 2, 2004
750 ml. green champagne bottle. Corked and caged. Best before date of 01/01/2007. Must be really fresh then. Loud pop actually shot the cork out forcefully. Good thing I had a grip on it. Poured out a dark straw yellow color, with a neverending humongous white, meringue like head. Thick enough to float a bottle cap. Aromas are of fresh cut hay, spicy apricots, some pineapple, and lactic wheat notes. Big yeast presence as well. Thick matting and huge lacing from the beer. Very effervescent, highly carbonated. Carbonic bite is present in the mouthfeel, but nothing overpowering. Rich, thick mouthfeel, and spicy hops blend to make an excellent triple. I really like this one. You might too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2004
Orange golden body with a nice white foamy head. Yeasty, fruity and hoppy aroma with hay notes. Bitter/sour flavor with lots of fruit, hops and citrus.

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