Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3256   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5823) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 28, 2009
330 ml bottle. Clear golden with a big, foamy white head. Aroma is citric fruity, spicy and floral. Flavor is sweet, relatively light, but still complex. Malt, citric fruit, spicy and balanced bitter. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanEric (1170) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Creamy head, Aroma a bit yeasty. Teastes spicey, a little sweet. Finish bitterly, long, tasteful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 25, 2009
On tap. Yeasty earthy aroma. Light gold with barely a head. The flavor is sweet and sour with a typical Belgian yeasty flavor. Hints of fruit and spice round out the complex flavor. Medium to light bodied with an average carbonation. A very good Tripel that is incredible light and smooth for its alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1313) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2009
I’ve been eying this one for a while now and finally decided to try it out. Has a nice foggy light golden color. Smell is full of malty hops. Hints of barley, yeast, and citrus. Has a citrus and malt flavor. Not too carbonated. Some yeast in the flavor. A little bite in the end that is nothing else but pleasant. Overall this was a good choice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
floydian1 (1338) - FNQ, Australia, - APR 16, 2009
33cl bottle into tulip glass. A cloudy golden ale with a decent white head and nice lacing. Spicy warming yeasty aromas with orange peel predominating. Full bodied with complex flavours of honey malt, oranges and spicy/perfume hops with a very satisfying dry bitterness to the finish. Very well integrated with a smooth drinkability despite the ABV. I have not tasted a better Belgian Abbey ale than this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (13983) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2009
Bottle. Golden- orange colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, citrus, banana, malt, spices. Flavour is fruit, malt, citrus, banana, spices, alcohol. Full bodied nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - APR 10, 2009
One of the best tripels ever, no doubt. Fruity, spicy and yeasty, full bodied and just world class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - APR 10, 2009
Pours crystal amber with large white long lasting head nicely lacing. Refreshing spicy and yeasty aroma with a sweet malty flavor combined with a complex spicyness. Full body with a sweet and rather sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2009
On tap @ Deluxe. Pour was gold with 2 fingers of a nice white head. The aroma is that of an orchard plentiful in apples, strawberry, and some citrus. The taste starts off with a lot of fruit and follows through with a nice spicy/yeasty finish. Overall mouthfeel is pretty light but not flimsy. A very easy drinking beer and quite refreshing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2009
Tasted 4/1/09. 750ml bottle. The first pour was relatively clear with a golden hue. Layer of white head. Aromas of apples, melons and citrus. Belgian candy sugar yeast and pepper. Medium to full bodied with bright effervescence and big citrus notes. Candy, chalky and perfumy. This is how a tripel should taste! Peppery with a faint cherry nuance. The second glass was activared and produced a slightly hazy hue. Spicy chalky finish with just a kiss of hops. Mild bready malt character. This is the style personified!

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