Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3103   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle. Light, straw colored, with a light haze, huge head. Aroma is very complex, sweet, malt touch of spice. Flavor is also fairly complex, malty, light fruitiness with hints of honey and spice. Touch of yeastiness. Smooth and silky, refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
marton504 (10) - USA - MAR 10, 2008
Pours very light with nice head. This tripel has very fruity flavor with many enjoyable spices. One of my favorite triplels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bontus (708) - Flanders, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 Bottle. Poured into trappist glass. Pours pale blonde with a white head. Aroma of hops in the smell, wheat citruspeel aroma. Bitter taste, creamy palate. Dry aftertaste. Iím a bit disappointed...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2008 33cl bottle. Clear orange-gold with a creamy, lasting head. solid aroma of banana, yeast, spice, and alcohol. The flavor is spicy and yeasty with a lot of alcohol, which makes it pretty dry. Iím digging the dryness; makes it very drinkable. Medium body and smooth carbonation. This is very easy and nice to drink, Tripel isnít my favorite abbey style, but this is pretty tasty. (3.7) rerate: Draught at The Trappist. Huge fruity pineapple any yeast aroma. Fruity yet dry flavor. This really stood out this time. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (1946) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Golden and clear with minimal white head. Aroma is cidery sweet with a hint of spice. Intensely fizzy mouthfeel makes flavors hard to place. Perhaps this covers taste flaws. This product is really nothing special despite it ratings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jporter (2) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2008 does not count
Great tripel grain beer, best taste comes when drank in the original glass. White head with a beautiful golden base. I simply love this beer with its nice fruity taste. The beer tastes quite light aswell! Recommended to all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of Belgian yeasts, wheat, banana, spices, some faint apple and pear in the background as it warms. For me, the palate was a spice bomb. The base brew, while strong and solid in the mouth, objectively well constructed, lacked any real character for me. Instead, unearthly amounts of spices were added to give it some flavor. Maybe the spices covered up whatever flavor there was under there, but all I got out of it was a pretty bland beer loaded with spice. Not bad, surely, not weak at all or anything, but nothing stunning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Pours a clear golden yellow with off white head. Strong aromas of Belgian yeast and bananas. Sweet malty flavor with a hoppy finish. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. One of the best tripels I have tasted. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2010 Bottle. Pours a murky yellow with a fairly sizeable white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, some light fruits (apple, pear, citrus). Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, and wheat. Strong mouthfeel, but I felt that the taste was one dimensional. I didnít really care for this one.

Update 2/13/10: Lots of Belgian spices in this one in the aroma and flavor with some light fruits in the background but the spices definitely dominate. The malt base is just not as strong as the other top-notch tripels. A decent tripel but not at the top of my list.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Bottle: the aroma is both yeasty, spicy and herbal, freshly ground black peper, sage, mint, coriander, cardboard, strawberry flavored bubble gum, some hay, very complex on that department, flavor wise itís malty sweet(banana like) with some herbal hops, weak alcohol notes, weak vinous notes and a nice dry finish, the overall flavor is quite delicate and quite simple compared to the aroma, itís an easy drinking medium bodied nice triple.

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