Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3056   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 14/20
Svesse (6967) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2007
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm, 31 Oct 2007) Golden amber colour with huge, but brief, white head. Fruity nose with candy, dried papaya and mango, hints of black-currant. Fruity taste with notes of sweet candy, dried papaya and mango. Slightly chemical finish. Solid malt foundation gives it a quite chewy mouthfeel. On the sweet side, but the balanced candy character is rather charming. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heavy (2270) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 1, 2007
0.33 l bottle. Poured murky golden body with big fluffy white head slowly going down. Very nice fruity aroma, vanilla, banana, some spices too. Flavor is quite alcoholic, bitter and sweet like it is expected. Pretty full bodied. Finish is sweetish, alcoholic. Great beer, but not the best tripel I had, although I was expecting it will be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (638) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2007
What’s up with all these high ratings?! I’ve had this stuff 3 or 4 times. Mostly in a small bottle. Tonite in a cork top. This is one of those Belgians that if too cold absolutely sucks! Nasty yeast semi skunk. Almost like a yeasty Heinies in aroma. Not much better in flavor. Let it warm to around 55F and it was better. Better yeast,thicker mouth feel, semi fruity. Took it from crap to mediocre. There are too many better Tripels out there to "blow your load" over this stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
enak (27) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2007
Pour from bottle into duvel tulip. Massive head quickly subsided with crackling sound from the bubbles escaping. Strong aromas of sweet apples indulge my nostrils with hints of vanilla. Tastes of mild grapes with a tingling bitterness sustained at the back of my throat. A swirl of the glass and a small head forms. Now a hint of burnt malt enters the aroma. Theres a lingering scent of citrus that fills my mouth. A great bier that will send you back for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Au nez, il est difficile d’ignorer la puissance massive du citron, de l’orange, de la nectarine et de la pêche confits et même des céréales. Il n’y a pas à dire, ce parfum est enivrant et il m’est difficile d’y échapper… le collet de mousse est blanc, subtil et se dissipe relativement rapidement, jusqu’à ce qu’une gorgée vienne provoquer l’éparpillement des petites bulles qui remontent jusqu’à la surface, pour mieux maintenir en vie l’encolure.

Visuellement parlant, cette bière est splendide : elle est d’un jaune/orange qui convoite le rubis. Il m’est également difficile de ne pas être hypnotisé par l’apparence de cette œuvre brassicole qui me rappelle – ais-je la berlue ? – les plus belles tartes au citron de ma jeunesse (minus la meringue, et la pâte). Au goût, l’alcool vient réchauffer la langue et la gorge, appuyés aussi par la présence des différents fruits de la forêt tropicale, tout particulièrement ceux riches en vitamine C (orange, citron, pomelo et mandarine), du chewing-gum, de la coriandre.

En arrière-bouche, je dois admettre la présence d’une certaine sécheresse qui s’allie bien à la douceur qui, précédemment, fit régner la joie et le beau temps dans les différentes régions de ma paroi buccale. La Tripel Karmeliet est définitivement l’une des plus belles bières du monde (mais le monde est-il petit ou grand ???)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a somewhat-cloudy golden color with a small white head. Aroma of cloves, banana, yeast, and malt. Taste is the same, with banana and clove up front dissolving into vanilla, malt, and yeast. Very nice, spicy tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
Pours a golden blonde with a massive and thick white head due to it’s heavy carbonation. Extremely pleasant aroma and flavor. Consists mainly of citrus, lemon, cloves and yeasts. A hint of spice also. I haven’t tried too many, but this is by far my favourite Abbey Tripel. It deserves a spot in my top ten. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2007
75 cl bottle. Poured blonde but not as light as a wit. Nice large, white head. Aroma is bubble gum with a hint of yeast and hops. Flavor is a mixture of lemon, clove, and banana. Very nice balance of spice and malt. A little bitter but the finish is more or less smooth with lots of spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Pours a highly carbonated clear golden shade with a massive thick head, that actually grew as it sat in the glass! That was really the only negative to this refreshing, extremely drinkable beer. Fruity, a touch sweet, and clean with a subtly spice finish. Almost zero hint of alcohol. Great warm weather beer for our Indian Summer here in NorCal. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2754) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Pours out a nice golden/straw color, slightly hazy with a moderate fluffy white head. Aroma of yeast, spice ans slight alcohol. Nice mouthfeel, and very well balanced. Yeast, spice, lemon zest, hop and slight lingering grainy taste. Very complex and well done.

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