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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (2953) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2009
Draught @ Cafe Duvel. Bottle. Golden, big white creamy head. A little of everything really. Sugar and spice and all things nice... citrus, vanilla, caramel, orange... all in perfect balance. Very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plamadude30k (122) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Pours a light yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is of yeast and lemon. Flavor is strongly lemon and honey with some background malts and fruits

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Lemon and yeast aroma. Pleasantly sweet taste of lemon and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HAMnJAM (6) - Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2009 does not count
I just bought a single 11.2 oz. bottle for $5.69. Not inexpensive but I think worth every penny. Very good and 8.1%!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MennoO (148) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2009
bottle, one of my old-time favourites, altough from the tap this is a lot better, from bottle itís still pretty good; golden medium misty liquid with medium head. fruity wel balanced, alcohol well masked a tad bit sweet, but excellent nonetheless. well above average belgian tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maddog (523) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Had on draft at the Dilly Deli. A quintessential Belgium Tripel that was yeasty, fruity with golden raisins that had some honey and crispness to the finish. A truly flavorful, complex yet refreshing tripel. The finish is strong with a definite presence of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2009
bottle 750 ml EXP 26/02/11 bought from Pater Marcus bar 7440Ft Budapest during weekend trip. Golden yellow color bit honey in scent very strong floral perfume like aroma, spicy lemon. Alcohol well hidden. Pleasant floral aftertaste as well Oh no I should travel soon again ;)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2326) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - JUN 20, 2009
Pours out the standard orange / amber clour. Ha! Iím getting an endless supply of bubbles out of my Karmeliet goblet that only helps feed the colossal off white crown that was produced on the pour. The lacing is average but this is kind of misleading as half my glass has been filled with beer foam...even a light swirl starts the bubble factory up. The aroma is of sweet orange, nice floral hops (my brain tells me it has noticed the faint aroma of roses), a low ammount of spice from the yeat and some alcohol heat that slightly burns the nostrils. The taste is caramelly, orange, lightly spiced yeast with the alcohol not quite hidden in the background. It did come across more mild that I expected. The mouthfeel was smooth and a bit dry with a solid deep alcohol burn but lacks a defined finish. Looks like a re-review is in order.

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