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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3283   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Clear gold, loose foamy white head. Very yeasty aroma, with banana and bubble gum notes. Very "Belgian" flavor, musty and fruity, and a crisp, white winey finish. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2008
Bottle from Regional. Pours slightly cloudy golden with a thick smooth white head. A sweet nose on this one, smells like a tripel should! Aromas of clove, citrus, corriander and sweet wheat beer character. Aroma is dominated by clovey citrus. Flavour is full of citrus and clove, with a sprinkling of corriander, spice, and a sweet malt flavour. Spice lingers with the sweetness. No alcohol detected at all, this drinks so easily and at 8% you’re feeling quite nice at the end of the glass. This is the closest thing to the original Westmalle Tripel I’ve found yet. A simply first-rate beer. When tasted next to a Westmalle Tripel the flavours are much more pronounced with a far longer aftertaste in the Westmalle. Tripel Karmeliet is the perfect introduction to the Tripel style of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2008
75cl. corked Bottle. Pours verry bubbly which carries over to the taste. Excellent smooth belgian wheat taste, and I say that even though I am not a huge fan of belgians. Not a whole lot of character, flavor, or happenings beyond the wheat, but I will note that this smells like a bowl of lemons, and has a slight lemon taste as well. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Pours a hazy yellow with a full white head that laces the glass. Smells of citrus, oranges. Tastes smooth with citrus and coriander. A great tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Pours a hazy, straw color from 330 ml bottle, forming a white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Aroma of cloves, malts, hops and black pepper. Flavour of banana, yeast, malts, spices and peppery pears. Extremely smooth and crisp, lemons and coriander give a nice character that makes this beer awesome. Tremendous, would love to try on tap/cask version. Bought at Pricilla’s in MHC, NC.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Comes highly recommended by the mystical Drbayern. Pours a blonde somewhat hazy yellow. Head disipated to nice lacing on the top. Good carbonation. Nose was malt and clove, with banana. Mouthfeel was very nice, coated my tongue and mouth. Cloves and bananas prevailed. Not sure what some of you were drinking!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra on tap at Fat Abbey’s. Wow this is rated high. I was not impressed. My notes for the night just say: kinda sucked. Could be my palate was raped by the Third Coast Old Stock I had right before however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1672) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Hazy gold with a giant frothy head that left a solid film and very nice lacing. Fruit and honey aromas with an earthy yeastiness clearly evident. Complex flavor profile featured citrus fruits and a warmong alcohol feel. Some spice, pear and pepper are in the background, and all is gently offset by a hint of hops bitterness. Strong carbonation, medium mouthfeel, a very crisp and dry aftertaste. A wonderful beer, the epitome of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2008
It took me until now to rate this beer. Aroma is skunky. Straight up sulfur. Stop using green bottles, please. Even with the hour or so of being open, the sulfur has not dissipated. That aside, the zest of lemon, coriander, caramel, and yeast make up the taste profile of this beer (if only it could make up the aroma too). Taste-wise, this is the best tripel I have had to date. Aroma-wise, the worst. The finish on this beer lingers, yet does not cloy despite it’s sweetness. Very, very good beer, but bottling could use some work.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2008
From bottle. Poured yellow with abundant head. Aromas banana, oranges and citrus spices. Classic Tripel in every sense,

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