Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3240   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Justinsvt (9) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2009 does not count
Pours a wonderful golden color with a small foamy head. Very strong flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrP00tz (17) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2009
WTF, this beer gave p00tz tha hiccups. Smells like candy, and the name makes p00tz think of the best food in tha world, the veggie parm. Parmeliet, yo! Seriuosly, itís got the fizzy flava and enough of the stank. p00tz can get wit this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dervock (870) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2009
Pours a golden marmalade with a large head. Quite well carbonated, found the same as Nathan, head didnít last long enough. Fresh clean lemony aroma. Would never pick this beer as an 8.4%ABV it tastes so light. Thye flavour is very clean with spiced citrus and a dry finish. Really liked this, I think its one Iíll end up buying again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (5355) - Freising, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2009
(bottle) pours a clear golden colour with a small, foamy head. aroma of peppery, citric hop spices, honey, banana and light tropical fruits. flavour is the same, with peppery spices in the foreground and some grain. medium-bodied, with fizzy carbonation and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmm635 (981) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Bright golden yellow color with a creamy, fluffy white head. Looks great in a nice snifter. Aroma was really strong yeast with hints of bananas and citrus. The citrus flavor was much more apparent in the taste. Very lively on the tongue and finishes clean and crisp. Highly recommend!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Draught at TJís: Aroma of grassy hops, light yeast, pale malts, and floral hops. Very fresh scent. Poured gold/yellow in color with a medium-sized, foamy, white head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly bitter. Tastes of fresh hops, pale malts, grass, grains, pollen, and flowers. Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy, grainy, finish. 8%ABV is undetectable. Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (9298) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2009 TAP: at the Bulldog (St. Paul, MN) on 1.31.09. Pale gold pour, some alcohol on the nose, along with some spice and mild fruit. Malty mouthfeel. Flavor of candied fruits, yeast, spice - quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seta18 (12) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Very nice Belgian Blond Beer. Great Color and Aroma. Have had several times before. Better on tap, however, still very good in a bottle. Does not have the feel of an 8% beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wynne (28) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Aroma is moderate and complex, like a typical Belgian blond base with a whole second layer over top. Appearance is a nice thick gold, but it looks a little musty. Very light-tasting on the surface, with sunflower seed, refreshing yellow pear, very soft wheat and yeast, oat, hops, grain. Some very faint citrus and vanilla. Found myself very disappointed when the bottle was empty. Will definitely and gladly buy more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2009
Few appear to acknowledge the disparity between contemporary and previous strengths of this beer. Well, I have a bottle of it from some years ago, which is 8.0% and new bottles of 8.4%. I presume I am imagining it to be sweeter than it was (but unlike many I donít see this as a bad thing...on the contrary....). This is a delicious beer, and I feel I have been harsh on it, but I have to travel a long way to get it now. Why have strong Belgian beers all but disappeared from our supermarkets? A joy to drink, I recommend it. Cheerio!

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