Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3295   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 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 (9668) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
homeslice (36) - , California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2009 Moderate orange appearance with yellow highlight, semi-transparent, thick white lasting top. Strong smells of yellow pears, white wine and mild spice. Tastes of caramel, pears, toffee, sugar, zesty lasting after taste. lightly carbonated. A memorable tasting. Refreshing on a warm day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wim (3683) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2009
gold blond coloured little sparkling body with a white head a spicy hoppy fruity aroma a spicy fruity hoppy grainy sweet taste with a mettalic spicy bitter finish nice one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JAN 9, 2009
On Tap at NachtBar. Not a big fan of this style but this stuff was very impressive. It had an awesome glass too! It was a hazy golden yellowish color with a white head that held pretty well. Donít have many notes on flavor and aroma, but I certainly recommend this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 9, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 1/5/09 notes: on tap, Wurstkuche in LA. Pours orange gold with a fluffy head. Aroma of wheat, sugar and candied fruit. Flavor strongly reminiscent of apple cider vinegar. Overall, this was a tasty beer, but I tried it side-by-side with Gouden Carolus Triple, and found the latter more complex and balanced. Great brew nonetheless. update bottled version 7/28/09: aroma is very yeasty, with balanced sweetness (vanilla, light-colored fruit), some floral fragrance, mixed grain (oats?) and a touch of hops (grassy, herbal primarily). This is just a very well-rounded beer, it gets a bit sweeter towards mid-palate, and that yeast profile is so distinct throughout. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 8, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2009 750 mL. Pours a beautiful cloudy blonde with a two-finger white head that has great retention. Lasts and lasts. Aroma is at first citrus, flowers, floral hops, vanilla and maybe a hint of macro lager graininess. Taste is nicely carbonated and fizzy upfront with nicely balanced flavor of floral hops, coriander, whipped cream, white grapes, and Belgian yeast. Lots of candied fruits. Nice clean and crisp finish. Awesome. Best tripel I have had to date.

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