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


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RATINGS: 3282   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 16/20
Yves (2834) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2008
Hazy blond coloured beer with medium white head and only few carbonation. Fresh granny and hoppy aroma. Full palate bit sparkling, little creamy. Finish is bitter and herby. Top beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattShizzle (599) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Dark golden in color. A bit cludy, very fizzy. Pretty malty, somewhat sweet and strong tasting. Somewhat overcarbonated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - DEC 28, 2008
No 659 Rated 28 12 2008 Bottle brown, 330 ml, alc 8,4 percent, Appearance pours beautiful golden to amber honey body colour, carbonation of the body is soft, body texture is murky and very blurred, head is white, initially huge, slowly decreasing to small, very firm, leaving a nice lacing, really beautiful beer, Aroma very pleasant, perfectly sweet, flowery hoppy front, notes of sweetness from highly aromatic hops denoting iris flowers, coriander, vanilla, raisin, whipped cream, for sure there are those three grains present such as wheat, barley and oat, banana, gently leavy hops, a perfect combination of an aroma of a good and assertive Wheat Beer with its coriander, orange peal and perfumy hoppyness together with mature, oily, wheaty, leavy and herbal Abbey Tripel profile, Flavour front is sweet with flowery boom in your nose, especially iris flowers, than coriander, clove, ginger, many other spices like myrrh, vanilla, cinamon,stick, whipped cream, yeast strains, white wine grapes, gentle alcoholic warmth on palate, very herbal, oat, wheat, barley, corn and other cereal, gooseberry, raisin, pine tree wood, orange, clementine, lime, candid sugar, powder sugar, almond, very sophisticated, complex and assertive, wonderful expirience for a rater, THE BEST BEER I VE RATED SO FAR, Palate body is full, texture is very complex and apart from being oily it seems quite dry, carbonation on palate is medium, finish feel is very astringent with gentle alcoholic warmth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rds (230) - USA - DEC 26, 2008
A lovely, cloudy golden body with a white head, citrus aroma, and a big well rounded taste. A winning tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2008
Poured clear and golden with excellent white head. Smell of oats, cereals, and honey. Taste was sweet, with a bit of a bitter finish, cereal, herbs, and a nice fruitiness. Slightly oily on the palate, nice carbonation! Beautiful tripel, well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankcolub (83) - Ashbury, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2009 Golden amber colour, aroma of orange ,friuty and full flavoured ,sensational beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Immiz182 (17) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Awesome beer. Golden orange color. Very nice aroma. Sweet with fruity flavor. Extremely smooth with complex aftertaste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (21403) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2016 Hazy golden yellow with white ice cream cone head. Aroma of dusty overripe lemons and pears. Lemony, yeasty flavor with bitter hops and spice throughout. A prototype of the style.

   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.

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