Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3255   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle pours hazy yellow with a big head. Big yeasty aroma! Sweet body with a dry swallow. Some fruitiness but more subdued than other tripels I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2009
300 cl bottle (big!) at my 40 years party - shared with yngwie and 50 others. A bit hazy golden/amber color, white head. Aroma is most of all fruit and yeast. Flavor is fruity, sweet, malty, yeast and hints of citrus. Lovely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wipplewill (9) - , Alabama, USA - FEB 24, 2009 does not count
Served 2/22/09 @ 35 F in chilled Czech Pilsner. Aroma of hay, herbs dough, leather. Appeared golden hazy. Taste of light sweetness, light bitter, moderate sour. Medium body think texture, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrH (8) - Kalken, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2009 does not count
I live nearby the town where this excellent beer is created. I like the tripel karmeliet in the summer while enjoying a nice barbecue. The taste is a bit sweet with some hints of vanilla, citrus and honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kubilai (111) - , Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2009
Poor white head. Disapointing palate.Strong citrus/honey taste at first, smootly replaced by pears/floral yeast taste. Good, but far away from good typical belgian tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bartzilla (608) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Straight forward, clean, dick-in-the-dirt tripel. Very effervescent and smooth. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2009
Bouteille de 330 ml. Nos yeux observe une bière de couleur or-cuivrée et un col de mousse imposant et durable. Au nez on respire des arômes de blé, de fleurs, de fruits (pêche-mangue) sur un fond subtil d’alcool. En bouche le corps est rond avec une effervescence faible-moyenne. On goûte des saveurs de céréales fraîches, de levure fruitée et de houblon floral. La finale présente une légère présence d’alcool qui enrobe le fruité. À noter qu’une effervescence visuelle intense et visible. Alcoolisé mais léger. Une bière d’une grande finesse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crash83 (7) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2009 does not count
In bottle at Brasserie Beck in DC. Pours medium-amber with a thick white head. Fruity flavor with hints of honey and banana. Strong taste, medium-bodied. Well-carbonated yet smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 On tap at Uber Tavern. Pours golden with a sizeable white head. Aroma is not too powerful, mostly sugary yeast. Caramel malts and honey in the taste. Nice mouthfeel and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle, 33cl, in Trappist goblet. Pours golden, with short-lasting white head. Off-citrus on the nose, and disappointing on the palate, perhaps under the shop-lights too long. Pale shadow of the best Triples, but I’ll give it another chance again, but for now, a poor imitation.

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