Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3209   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
[1158-20080301] Tap. Wheat yeast bread aroma with a bit of sweet leafy hops. Clear, golden yellow body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. Wheatie yeasty bread continues in flavour with some perfume characteristics. Medium body is smooth. Rather drinkable, good.
(ZBF 2008; Sint Niklaas, BE)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2008
on draft @ Maproom, Chicago. Great tripel. Pours a beautiful slightly cloudy blone with nice full fluffy head. Aromas of spice, fruit & citrus. Great creamy mouthfeel full of spice, light maltiness 7 sweetness. Very good beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (16071) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
Sample at Aarhus beerfestival. Nice head with good duration. Color is pale golden. Aroma and taste are yeast, fruit and notes of citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (8663) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2008
Golden pour,thin head. complex flavor, citrus, fruity. Remains highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (2014) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2008
[330ml bottle from Sainsbury’s, Reading] ABV seems to vary - have seen it at 8% and 8.1%, but this bottle was 8.4%! Fresh herbal/ floral small with some malt. Very warming in the mouth - the alcohol certainly comes through. Taste is orange and coriander (both the herbal leaves and the spicey seeds come through seeds come through). There’s definitely something sweet and tropical in the background that I couldn’t quite pin down - maybe mango? Some pepper in there too, but the over-riding feeling is freshness, like an easily quaffable golden ale for the summer (a dangerous taste indeed given the strength!). Some slight bitterness in the aftertaste, along with more pepper and an odd syrupy mouthfeel that doesn’t quite work with the rest of the beer. Overall though this is top-notch stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrefwoordPunk (871) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a pale golden with a small foamy white head and fresh aroma of ripe citrus fruits. The flavor is sweet with a sticky mouthfeel, bt very pleasant. A long sweet and spicey finish to round it off. I usually don’t like tripels, but this one rules!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 0.33l bottle. Pours clear amber colour, with a good thick off white head which dissapears very quickly to leave it looking like cider! Very drinkable fruity pale ale, spicy taste and a pleasant sour aftertaste with a mild hint of alcohol. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 33cl Bottle. Really spicey aroma . Flavor is really fruity and spicey with notes of apples and peach. Really good Tripel!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2215) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2008
750 ml corked bottle. into chalice. Nice looking hazy wheat golden ale, with a lovelly large thick and bubbly white head. Fantastic nose on this beer. all the usual Belgian style yeast, malts and spices but ampliphied. Very fruity, pink apples, red plums come to mind. All the flavours mentioned in the nose are present a little banana and a tinge of alcohol added in the end. Fantastic palate, great mouthfeel, smooth silky yet carbonated very well. Very good beer. Will have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (4331) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Apple juice colored. 1/2 inch white head only lasts a few minutes. Light sweet and sour flavor. Light fizzy texture. Body is medium heavy though. Flavor is overall a little malty, sour and fizzy. Finish remains spritzy for a while. It comes across as somewhere between a champaigne an a beer and hides its alcohol well.

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