Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3103   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Sampled in Adeliade, Australia. Good quality beer. The glass was awesome! A very smooth brew that is certainly worth a try if you get the chance. Top quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (5614) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2010 (Draught at Bull & Bear Inn, Stockholm) Poured golden and lightly hazy. Head was medium sized and white. Aroma contained fruitiness and honey. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, mildly grass, sweetness, honey, malts, lightly yeast and mildly bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and fruity. Well balanced beer. Old rating: 7-3-7-3-14=3.4

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Enjoyed in a Tripel Karmeliet goblet at Delux Burger in Scottsdale. Served extra extra cold on draft. Unfortunate that it was so cold, awesome that it was on draft. First impression was very negative...almost Budweiserish. However, it improved significantly as it warmed up. I could really pick out the oats, wheat, and pilsener. Very little Belgian yeast character compared to most of the style, which was a bit of a disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2008
Pours a hazy golden color with lots of chunks snowing in the glass and a thick, rocky, white head. Strong presence of yeast in the aroma, there’s also some citrus and some cereal/grain. The flavor is very solid, there’s a fluffy presence of yeast, some sweetness, citrus and cereals. The body is medium with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. I like this beer and been drinking it for a while, I never got to rate it, but now the job is done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lumpsowers (287) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Malty and sweet, lots of caramel and chocolate, nicely carbed. Still light enough that you don’t need to sit down to drink it. I loved this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kpresley77 (146) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Bottle courtesy of fonefan pours hazy golden with thick white head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit. First taste is sweet and strong carbonation burn. There is slight alcohol but it very well hidden and balanced. Some alcohol linger but pretty good tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jburns00 (1) - Atlanta, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2008 does not count
Excellent golden color, with just the right amount of alcohol to still be refreshing in the heat of summer, overall a very good tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Slightly strong alcohol finish, but overall a very nice tripel. Very clear, highly carbonated. Otherwise well balanced. Also slight lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Gold with a small white head. Soft, gentle nose of yeast, orange, pepper, real minor alcohol. Flavor is never aggressive like so many tripels, and instead is sweet and a little dusty with orange, pepper, and a nice, soft malt. A little sticky but quite refined, Karmeliet is a balanced, nuanced tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
missing (72) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Poured a burnished golden orange with a slight (but thick) head. Hints of both orange peel and pepper. Smooth and malty with a dry peppery finish. Carbonation was perfect. Deceptively low alcohol notes. Overall, one of my favorites by style.

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