Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3316   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.

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stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2002
Very big and nice head with a fruity aroma. Fruity taste, a little bitter...

Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2002
I dedicate this beer to a new life that will in time touch many lifes ' Venom', this beer is for your 'Beautiful New One'. I also dedicate this beer to one who has touched many lifes, and certainly enriched my life, My Mother-In_Law 'Who next to my Mother was the Sweetest most gentle of God's lambs. One of God's Angels came and took her to heaven this morning, Julia Maxine Wills, 'I love You and Will miss you', and 'Sweetie', this beer is also is for you, even if you didn't like me drinking!.

Pours a clear dark gold, the head large and frothy, the lace in thick sheets. Nose is citrus, malt, fruity, a tad earthy, the front is malt sweet, the top light. Very dry and astrigent finish, wineish, lightly hopped, nice 'warmer', and a quite complex beer. Ranks #292 on my current 1000 beer master list.

diabel (1723) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2002

AndersR (196) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2002
Deep orange color, nice lasting head. The taste? Mmmm.. the taste! Sweet and complex with spicy hints of hop and herbs. Wonderful long aftertaste. A marvellous beer!

JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - SEP 5, 2002
Hazy golden color witha a voluminous head with continuedlace down the glass. Light flowery aroma with a slight yeast and alcohol undertone. Flavors of light fruit including pears, pineapples and nectrines. Slight orange and corinader flavors. Older bottles tend to lose some of the sweetness. Quite smooth in body. Alcohol comes out a bit more as it warms. Finishes smooth with some acidity to cut through the sweetness and enought bitterness to let the malt come through.

Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 Blond with a big head. Floral, fruity hop aroma. Light floral smooth taste with a mature and rich palate. It has a light bitter finish. This is a super good beer. Especially if you let it mature for a year or so.

neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2002
good beer. great glass.............................................

BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Bright golden color, lots of foam and carbonation. Musty, appley, oily and slightly metallic aroma. Fizzy palate, yeast with mild green apple notes and a delicately astringent sour finish. Lightly puckering aftertaste. A little too sharp and fizzy maybe masking a little flavor. Would love to see if the corked version comes out better.

gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2002
A very nice but hard to find strong ale. The multi hop flavor is quite nice, an attractive head and a nice beer glass to match

Ernest (7911) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 750mL bottle. Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of coriander, ginger, lemon zest, honey. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. I still don’t consider this a tripel. It’s not very yeasty, it’s too sweet, and it’s seemingly quite spice-heavy. My rating is as a generic Belgian Strong Ale. The nose is pleasant (albeit spice-heavy, as mentioned). It’s a bit sweet and watery in the mouth, so not as fun to drink as to smell, but overall it’s ok.

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