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


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RATINGS: 3282   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 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2009
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 On tap at George Keely’s (NYC): Pours crisp and light like a pilsner or lager... but the taste is anything but! Light carbonation- tastes of lemon, coriander, a hint of pepper, grapefruit, strawberries, banana bread... but definitely big on the citrus notes. Not comparable to other tripels I’ve tasted. It’s different- tart, sweet, and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. This is good. #086 on 07082009, DG.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
judasbeer (431) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle. 8.4% at the back-label. Medium gold with little, but dense white head. Very unique fresh lemony, appleish aroma with coriander spiciness. Bready malty initial taste with intense clove and coriander edge. Fresh sipcy, citrus based, lively carbonated, mouthfeel with well hidden alcohol. It should be served colder than cellar temperature to get the whole range of flavors. It’s not a typical tripel, very unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2009
1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at QFC in Harbour Pointe/Mukilteo, WA. Pours a sunny golden color with a white head. Aroma: Fruit and fresh baked bread. Flavor: Tangy, with a hint of citrus, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Nice head. Grapefruit, raspberry nose. Yeasst, white grape flavor. Fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Gold hazy beer with an active white head, aroma is strong with fruit, mainly strawberries, flavor is super malty, slight tang, good amount of spices, finishes soft and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Bottle: Effervescent golden with a huge fluffy white head. When sediment is disturbed the beer develops a nice glowing cloudy appearance. Great yeasty aroma with a light pale malt sweetness as well- has a spicy phenolic character, honeyish herbal notes, freshly baking bread, wheat- full of nuance. Voluminous effervescent body. It has a hearty flavor with a crisp wheaty base and a hearty oat like presence. Has a bit of yeast character as well. Very dry with spicy phenolics- a bit peppery as well with an herbal balancing hop character. Quite spicy on the back. Everything a Tripel should be- dry, spicy and filled with nuance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Golden pour with white head. Spicey, sweet grainy aroma. Flavor is floral, sweet, some caramel. Mouthfeel is nice, a bit of a spicy finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle in to a tulip glass. Color is clear golden with a nice head that lingers. Nose was of banana, clove, and yeast. Light to medium mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation. Taste of fruity malt and spice. Very smooth. Very enjoyable to drink. One of my personal favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flamojune (113) - Ville de Quebec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2009
bottle. Tres belle couleur golden. Bonne au gout, produit de haute qualité. Malté, spices. Rafraichissante, pas forte au gout en alcool.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcdav2154 (449) - GERMANY - JUL 25, 2009
Amber body with big white head. Thick island of head stays in glass after the rest of the head left. Only disappointment was in the lack of sediment. I love the look of these kind of beers with sediment. Smells of lavender, oranges, cinnamon, sugar, and malt. Very nice smelling and a bit perfumey. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and crisp/clean. Tasted notes of orange, spice, slightly metallic but not in a bad way. A ton of lavender and melon. Very nice beer.

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