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


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RATINGS: 3294   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 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 25, 2009
750ml bottle shared by my brother in law. Pours a bright golden color with a white fizzy head. nose is lightly sweet but with a dry yeasty note mixed in as well. Light straw and grain also present. Palate is smooth with a light dryness; crisp. Flavors of the light sweet malt note and yeast show up and there is a nice crisp feeling. It is not overly syrupy nor overly dry, but both aspects are present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (4947) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
From a 750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from Paul’ Grocery in McCall, ID, this poured a cloudy apricot color with a big long lasting off-white head and very serious lacing rings. The nose is of ripe fruit with apricot dominating. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is very complex with ripe fruit, caramel, spices, and citrus. An exceptional beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2009
330 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet in Virginia Beach, VA. Pours a hazy peach color with lots of carbonation visible and a few very small white floaties. Large head with good head retention and lacing. Bready, yeasty aroma with light fruity notes. Taste is bread, caramel, spice, light fruit and nutty notes. Full bodied. Slight alcohol warmth. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle. This is one of the best tripels I’ve ever had. Pours dark gold with a fluffy white head that is short lived. Aroma features a bit of caramel and - I think - spongecake? Honey comes through strongly in the flavour as well as malt, caramel and a touch of heather. This is a smooth, full bodied beer that has just the right amount of sweetness. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Fantastic! Delicious and surprisingly smooth and mellow... every lover of Belgians should probably seek this out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroSpud (2065) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Julio’s Belgian Beer Festival. Sample. This was one of the highlights for me of the festival. Very impressed with this tripel. One of the few I really liked. While it has all the characteristics of a typical belgian triple this one was unique. Predominent taste I remember was lemon. Will be buying more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeeBee21 (51) - NH, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Golden orangish poor, Big fuzzy white head that disaptes very quickly. Aroma is a bit lemon zest, ripe bannans, bit of floral. Flavor is still a bit bannas at front, very effervescent and yeasty in the middle finished a bit dry. Overall very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Golden pour, fizzy offwhite head. yeasty, tart strawberry, malty, very complex. medium mouthfeel, sweet dried fruit upfront with some tickle of carbonation. middle is sticky malt and it finishes sweet and a bit spicy. Great

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2009
My wife says dead girl is spot on but that she caught some apricot in there as well. I agree with the wife that its a pretty beer to behold in the glass and it has a unique taste for a tripel (still I don’t like it) and she enjoyed it alot! The rating is all hers...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (6732) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2009
33cl bottle. Pours a clear golden colour with a huge creamy white head. Finely lacing and fully lasting foam. Aroma is quite complex: light malt with some grain, lots of hops with flowers and herbs, and some alcohol too. Flavor is a bit disappointing: bitterness and acidity in the initial flavor, bitterness and alcohol sweetness in the finishing flavor. Light alcoholic and spicy end. Medium bodied with creamy texture and fizzy carbonation. To me, best of this beer is the wonderful aroma of flowers and the incredible head: never seen something as beatiful as this. A better and more complex flavor could make this beer one of my favourites.

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