Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2851   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.

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2841) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Re-rate, Jan 28, 2007: Draft at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/chicag Map Room. Bright brass color with a light head. Crispy malt smell. Taste shows thick, syrupy tripel malts. Lots of Belgian sugar, with only mild bitterness. Hews very close to style, which is nice in its own right, I guess.

Original Rating: Feb. 7, 2005: Corked bottle. Big foaminess on pour. Color is a dark straw, if such a description is possible. A bit of banana ester that threatens to overwhlem the rest of the taste. Then I get a touch zinfandel wine for some reason. Very interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beardbeerman (109) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Hazy golden pour with loads of carbs topped by a finely structured head showing good retention. Lacing is also very nice. The nose is very delicate with notes of caramel, lemon, honey and yeasts. The taste is excellent with a great fruity presence of the yeast delivering apples and pears paired with a dense contribution of floral hops. The mouthfeel is sharp, lightly acidic and dense which I found very enjoyable. Overall this one is a must for anyone who enjoys well-crafted beers. You could easily put this one in your cellar for 2 or 3 years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strap (472) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 27, 2014
Nice triple with a citrus flavor of orange and lemon along with some spicy flavors, a hint of coriander. Very good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PatrickvanL (3) - - DEC 27, 2014 does not count
Fresh soft beer, not to mutch bitter. Easy drinken. Nice to enjoy. Lemon hint.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cluniac (19) - - DEC 26, 2014
Decent unique tripel. Beautiful in color and overall appearance and aroma. Reminds me alot of white beer in flavor. I personally prefer several other tripels, and this is one i enjoy 1 but wouldnt drink more than 1 in a sitting. Overall a great beer but not my fav for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rangerred (956) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Poured into a goblet out of a green 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy two finger white head. Excellent head retention as is appropriate for the style with some decent lacing. Very spicy aroma with lemon peel, coriander, and bread. Some honey and orange also sneaking in. Very nice. The flavor is loaded with orange and lemon peel along with more coriander. A very nice bready malt backbone and absolutely perfect for the style. Fluffy mouthfeel thanks to the abundant carbonation and a little sticky on the finish. Overall, an excellent Triple that hits every mark for the style. This is up there with the best as I can’t really find any flaws here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjonesy07 (13) - Huntly, SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2014
A very enjoyable Belgian beer with a sweet aroma as well as the initial taste. Pours well with a good head a golden slightly cloudy appearance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ippopotamo36 (367) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 25, 2014
0,33 bottle consumed in Kosovo. Very close to the expire date, not sure if it is in the best shape. Pours pale golden, slightly cloudy with a medium white head. Nose: long time I have not had one. Just WOW! Very floral, orange peel, semi-hidden yeast, Indian spices. Mouth: a bit flatter carbonation compared to a regular (young) tripel, less dry, more malts feel, spicy enough. Not the usual Karmeliet I remember but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (782) - Krakow, POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle Aroma-grass, bread, Appearance-pale, clear, white foam, Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, slick feel, lively, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksiwzos (30) - GREECE - DEC 23, 2014
Clear golden color, white head that lasts. Aroma of sweet grains, wheat, citrus zest, tangerine, very coriander forward but not in a harsh or bad way. Not much yeasty-esters. Flavor is sweet-ish but balanced by the high carbonation, some white fruits, honey, coriander again, citrus, malt sweetness, some floral notes too. Very nice and intense aroma all the way. Finish is dry-ish, so it’s got a nice drinkability, high to very high carbonation. Beautiful brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (1707) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2014
Pours a clear golden yellow with a lofty, loose white head. The smell is bread, toasted malt, yeast, spice, fruit. The taste is spice, year, fruit, bread ending dry and spicy. Medium in body with fairly active and coarse carbonation. Pretty tray stuff though of course the sweet side.

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