Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3274   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkyCop32 (287) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2008
This was a golden orange with a nice white head and lacing on the glass(bought the glass too, very nice). This has a good clean crisp flavor with fruits and malts and yeast on the end helping the beer be smooth. The alcohol content seems to work perfectly with the taste and neither overwhelm the other. This is as good as some of the trappist beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerMan (11) - , BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2008
If you have read my comments you know I am a huge Trappist fan, but this beer rivals the best of them. Typical Belgian strong ale aroma and appearance, but the drinkability is outstanding This is in the top five of my favorite Belgian beers. No disappointments on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (4129) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 16, 2008
From Tap, Great beer with light orange color with smooth head, aroma of fruits and spices with high sweetness, stronge flavors of fruits with malts and complex pleasant aftertaste, really really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2008
33 cl bottle - Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a large white head. No lacing, but has some floaties in there. Aroma and flavor is bigtime esters with a touch of yeast. Medium body. A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KingGambrinus (117) - Santiago, CHILE - DEC 11, 2008
Dark orange colour with a big lasting head. fruity aroma with notes of orange, lemon and pear. Flavor is fruity as well, bittersweet, hoppy, a bit yeasty, with little presence of alcohol. Meidum body, very well balanced. Pleasant alcohol finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
12 oz. bottle compliments of Rolf Carboni. Pours a medium gold, slightly cloudy. Aroma of light citrus and hops. Flavor is very smooth, slight citrus with hints of lemon, and slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2011 750ml bottle-pours a big white head and yellow gold color. Aroma is dry, spice, grassy/lemon. Taste is smooth, dry, spice, grassy/lemon, yeasty. Some Euroskunk. Good effervescence. 3.4 *110124- on tap-pours a retaining white head and yellow color. Aroma is sweet light malt, yeast. Taste is sweet light malt-bready, some grassy hops, yeast. 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12769) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2008
A beautiful golden amber ale with a super thick white head. A sweet brown sugar and honey aroma, a bit oxidized, with berries and vanilla. In mouth, a sweet vanilla malt with coriander, oily mouthfeel, medium bodied. This bottle is BB17/11/06 and was tasted Dec. 6 2008, so 2 years pasted its prime. Signs of ageing. Sweetness comes out more intense with the Swedish Farmers cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 6, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Thanks AgentSteve. C02, Hazy golden yellow, malty, citrus, yeasty, spicey, slight hops, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2008
corked 750: Pours a clear gold colour with a massive pillowy white head that fades pretty quickly. Aroma is sweet malt, light honey, lemon and some green apple and grassy tones as well. Flavour was initially quite crisp and fruity, malty sweet. Light peppery spice to it. Some grassy bitterness in the finish. Very tasty and very drinkable.

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