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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2009
Dégusté avec Pyrozoid. Explosion lors de l’ouverture.... Faites attention. Apparence or brumeuse avec une belle mousse blanche qui tiens bien au verre. Aromes de coriandre, bananes, apricots, citron et purée de pomme. Tres douce, crémeuse, jolie effervescence en bouche avec un corps bien rond. Moyenne amertume avec un petit coté sucré bien balancé et finition sec. Gout de coriandre, bananes, gruau au peche.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
roebuck (45) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2009
On tap @ Cafe Centraal, Milwaukee. Rich creamy head. Lighter in color, but has a heavier taste than expected. A bit bitter, as well as sweet tones. Somewhat dry after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (4197) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2009
bouteille de 330ml. 8,4% alc. bière blonde, peu de mousse, douce au nez et en bouche, agréable goût, pas très corsé ou longue. l’alcool ne se fait pas sentir.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Sampled at the Alexi TN distributor’s tasting; thanks Jim Bird! Above average for a tripel. All the typical flavors and aromas but just a little on the creamy side. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grandgenie (259) - val-des-monts, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
Acheté à la SAQ du casino en format de 341ml et dégusté dans un verre de westmalle avec glandine. Apparence blonde ambré avec un moyen collet de mousse. Arômes de grain malté, de citron et de pelure de banane. Goût de pain liquide avec un peu de citron et d’houblon. Bonne carbonation et bon corp. Une bière méritant un léger repos dans un cave pour quelques années......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2009
6 year old 3L bottle sampled at DLD ’09. Chunky orange pour with a thin white head. Sour yeasty aroma with lots of citrus and some caramel. Honey flavor up front with some yeast and tart fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (3017) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2009
Bottle. Golden coloured pour with a thick white head. Floral, citrus aroma with some malt. A complex tripel that tastes of apple, banana, orange. Quite sweet and lively. A damn fine Belgian beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Pours a beautiful golden color with a full thick head. Lively carbonation makes this beer rather "sparkley". Smells of sweet fruits, complex spices, and some hints of yeast. The tastes of sublte yet complex spice is first and foremost followed by a bit of banana and other sweet fruits; somewhat citrusy. A decent ’fresh bread’ flavor comes through as well. The finish is nice and slightly tart. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2009
On tap at Delirium. Poured a gold with a white head. Aroma is fruity with a bit of malt. Flavor is complex dominated by a combination of fruit and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Poured a clear golden color, with some nice active carbonation streaming upwards to a full, creamy white head. The aroma was yeast, malt, light spice and fruit. The flavor was light yeast, banana and malt. Effortless mouthfeel. Well put together, just lacking personality.

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