Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3240   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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2008
[Tap] Poured a clear golden color with a large, rocky, off white head. Aroma is lots of banana and clove from the yeast, a little bit of bread, and some slight hops and candi sugar. Flavor matches quite well, and the alcohol was never noticed at all. Not much tartness from the wheat, but the earthiness is there. Overall a very drinkable, dangerous tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pojo41 (315) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - AUG 5, 2008
750 ml bottle. Poured a golden straw color with a fluffy white head that lasted the entire way. Sweet, slightly malty aroma with a hint of caramel. Biscuit malt flavor with a bit of cider and fruity esters thrown in for good measure a long with a hint of hop bitterness and alcohol. Although noticable, the alcohol flavors were not overpowering. Excellent mouthfeel made this a really fine, complex ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2008
7/5/08 at the Seattle International Beerfest. Aroma is banana fruity with substantial pepper for a tripel. Appearance is clear yellow with a low white head. Flavor is sweet sugary fruit with moderate bittering. Mouthfeel is low bodied with a medium carb texture. Overall, delicious and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (3959) - Melboring, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2008
primarily orange and wheat, dry. lacks the typical belgian carbonation level. Pretty nice for a trippel, but would have more bite if carbonation were higher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2008
This beer was worth every penny, definately a refresher after the last few beers i tried weren’t that great. Pours a vibrant golden colour with a large white top. Carbonation is excellent, awesome retention in the head. Aroma is slightly sweet, and somewhat floral with a little bit of carmel undertones. taste is fabulous- acidic, citrusy- lots of tropical fruit- orange, lime, and a faint peach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2008
On draft at the Dilly Deli
Pours a light gold in color with a huge two inch frothy head. It was served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass as well. Smell is citrus and spice. Taste is light fruit, some spice and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is an absolutely delicious tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sparkster (17) - , SPAIN - JUL 30, 2008
This one is possibly the belgian tripel ive enjoyed the most. Pours very golden , head is quite big and looks creamy. This one has a huge lot of spices, really over my head to disntinguish them all. Non fermented malt makes this beer quite sweet, but thats not a problem for me. Theres definitely some orange there. Wheat can be felt in the aroma and maybe in the finnish too, and alcohol is quite present, but not a show stopper. A superp beer, if you ask me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7715) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle. Clear golden colour with a big white head. Very fruity aroma with lots of sweet spices. Flavour is sweet malty at first. Then the spices arrives and makes this tripel something special. Very refreshing.

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