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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Didn’t get much head on my big bottle (wine bottle, corked). Taste was more like a pilsner than a tripel. Not sure about whether it needed more aging, or just wasn’t quite my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
simoneopazz (148) - , ITALY - JUL 20, 2009
non è il mio genere di birra preferito,ma riconosco che è un ottima birra! il colore è di un bellissimo biondo oro,a livello olfattivo è davvero intrigante,si evidenziano note tendenti al fruttato.risulta una birra poco amara,e dal gusto bello complesso,ma secondo me troppo dolce!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours golden yellow coloured with a lasting huge foamy egg white head. Beautiful lacings. Floral aroma with notes of malt, spice, orange fruit and hops. Sweet and fruity flavour with notes of peaches, oranges, pale malt, cereal, yeast and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Holy crap! This poured, from the little 330 ml bottle, an explosive HUGE foamy light tan head. It had to be the biggest I’ve ever seen, but it eventually faded away to almost nothing. The aroma was mostly fruity with some floral undertones, and the colour was a cloudy medium gold. The taste was again fruity with some caramel lurking in the background. A truly marvelous beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nordcore (1307) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Apperance; Light golden, hazy with a small sparkling head. Aroma; hoopy, caramel and a bit sour. Flavor; light hoppy, and a sweet caramel taste. Lots of sparkling and taste, very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2009
Bottle at Six Acres. Nice aroma that I can’t describe. This is a really sweet beer. Slight taste of brown sugar & spices.Fruity. Nice malt taste. Not too hoppy. For an 8.4%, the alcohol is masked very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Pours golden with decent head that disappears fast. The aroma is very peachy, & floral scents. Taste is floral with light fruit taste. Seems a little light & thin for the amount of alcohol, which is a good thing. In fact the alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2009
Traditionnelle tripel de haute qualité. Très bien balancée et raffraichissante. Offre de meilleures saveurs lorsque pas trop froide, on peut alors plus facilement percevoir les notes de fruits (poires) et de houblon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Pours clear golden color with a small foamy white head. Aroma of sweet vanilla, clove, slightly rubbery banana, and a lemony citrus. The taste is unbelievably smooth. The clove sweetness comes through huge with a nice bitterness to balance. A subdued fruitiness to it. Not really clear what fruit, but kind of artificially. A great balance to it. Lacking in carbonation, but very quality body. A spicy semi-dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2011 One of my favorite tripels...citrusy, refreshing. Goes great with most any food.

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