Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3102   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - SEP 5, 2008
Pours a hazy straw color from the bomber with a thick off-white head. Very yeasty, almost skunky, to the nose with a frothy mouthfeel and a sweet candy sugar taste. Improves as it warms, especially once the alcohol becomes noticeable on the finish. My favorite Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ckau (26) - north east, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Good beer with nice thick lacy white head, decent retention. Clear golden yellow color with consistent carbonation. flavors of clove banana with a punch of alcohol at the finish. Refreshing drink for a high gravity beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - SEP 3, 2008
Vibrant orange gold with big white fluffy head. So much fruit in the aroma. Vanilla definitley there, sweet malts. Dusty hops. Such a full mouthfeel. Sweetness first with biscuit and summer fruits, pithy, honey. drying out quickly with a crisp green lingering bitterness. Alcohol shows up briefly. Cracking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goba (71) - BRAZIL - SEP 1, 2008
I love strong belgian beers! Damasc in the aroma, along with orange peel already got me going. The colour was quite nice, some opaque golden to orange. The carbonation, though, didn’t got me up. The foam was nicely white with little beige on it. And the flavor, mamma mia, all those fruits, citrics, little banana, the wheat esters, the oat esters, the oat, and the sweet barley touch. That beer made my day!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Pours a clear golden with a fizzy white head. Aroma is sweet and yeasty. Champagne mouthfeel that tastes of belgian spices with floral notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2008
750ml bottle. Pours clear golden in color with full foamy white head. Aroma sweet, yeasty and spicey. Taste sweet, malty and yeasty with dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle. Hazy golden with a small head. aroma is bready yeast and light malt. Flavor is light sweetness. Modereate cargonation, nice feel, short aftertaste. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2008
A beautiful pour! Gold body with a very thick white head that lasts quite a while. Excellent lacing results from the foam. The aroma is light, but there’s some vanilla, spice, and malt noticeable. Very soft, smooth mouthfeel with mild carbonation. The flavor is complex. Malty sweetness with notes of honey and vanilla melds nicely to a warming alcohol finish. There is some sour citrus in the nice aftertaste. A very tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (8121) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2013 Brought the 75cl bottle back from Belgium in Sept ’05, drank July ’07. Deep golden color with a orange tint. nice creamy head. Lacing afterwards. Sweet, fruity aroma with vanilla and spices. Very fragrant, somewhat flowery. Full malt taste. very rich. lots of fruit, tons of citrus. Amazingly malty. Sweet, but not overly so. Tangy. Superb balance. One of the best beers in the world.
This beer was aged for 2-3 years. It was much more flavorful than the fresh beer, which is also great, but slightly lacking integration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours gold with a a thick, lasting white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is slightly hoppy and mild yeast. Flavor is mild banana and Belgian yeast with some earthy tones and spice. A unique tripel. Very smooth drinking with a slightly dry finish.

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