Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3208   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TeamTrappist (831) - jericho, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Tap, poured a clear blonde with little to no head. Nice carbonated and dry with some nice spice notes. Finish was also dry with lingering spice flavor and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borresteijn (6039) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle. Dark golden with a big fluffy white head. Looks fantastic in its own glass. Aroma is malty sweet, fruity, a little yeast. Flavour is malty, sweet and fruity, alcohol warmth. Slight sour finish, lots of carbonation. Very soft mouthfeel. Excellent tripel. Not nearly as good from tap though, which is way too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charlotte (5077) - rødovre, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2008
Hazy golden colour with medium head.Aroma is sweet with taste of Mandarin and apricots.Has a high carbonation but still and nice mild finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Pours out a brilliant golden orange. Sweet aroma, almost like candy and ripe fruits, apricots maybe. Very sweet flavor topped off by lemony zing. Very balanced and enjoyable, very drinkable due to being very thin in the mouth. Very good Tripel, definitely tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quinten (1056) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2008
At an gall & gall, hazy golden, medium no lasting head, full fizzi fruity one, with sharp boddem, very nice tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DandyWolfFloyd (977) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Aroma is full of yeast and sweet malts, and some dark fruits. It’s appearance is golden color, with a light head. It’s flavor is full of medium-dark malts, some sweetness, and sweet fruit. It’s a bit to sweet, but otherwise a fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11785) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2008
very nice aroma, sweet fruity bitterness from alcohol takes my rating down, but it’s a great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
acearl (465) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Golden hue, sweet yeasty and somewhat thin, sweet = carmel characteristics, above average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 This is another tripel I’ve always felt was slightly overrated, mostly because it continues to strike me as too thin and too sweet. Certainly the latter is probably what some folks dig about it. But for a beer of this strength, I want more balance instead of one characteristic dominating. Not bad by any stretch, and certainly it is an attractive beer in some ways. Just not my cup of tripel. Update: 10/1/2011. On tap at Milltown, sampled on the recommendation of emacgee, I was really pleasantly surprised by the balance and complexity I didn’t find in the bottled version. YUM.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2008
Forlæns&Baglæns, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 090808. Golden with large head. Aroma yeasty. Flavor of malt, spices and a hint of caramel. Medium bitterness and high carbonation

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