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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2008
On draught at the Map Room in Chicago. Golden yellow color with big frothy white head. Nice aroma of sweet sugar and citrus and spices. Sweet taste with floral accents. Fizzy, sticky mouthfeel, very smooth. A great tripel!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2008
On tap...lemony yellow pour with a natural sweetness and citrusy aroma. Flavor has a decent level of spice...slight banana and yeast. Palate is right down the middle...not thick or thin. A good beer that I wouldn’t mind having again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1898) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 27, 2008
Appearance: Golden. Lots of head. Very fizzy/bubbly. Slightly cloudy. Aroma: Grain/wheat. Bit of fruit. Banana. Taste: Hopsy. Ripe fruit. Bit of malt. Bitter. Info: 330ml bottle, 31/7-2006, 139/300, 73/500

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JaPe (69) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2008
(reviewed by my wife) I canít describe the aroma... smooth refreshing crisp. pours like liquid gold with colors shimmering in the light like prisms in the sunlight. Flavor smooth and rewarding and lind lingering like a lovers long kiss. Iíll add: Spicy and fruity.Very drinkable not too yeasty and not too much acohol flavour like some tripels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2008
cloudy scent is of fruit and citrus with some spices as well. there is a hit of correander. alcohol is pretty well hidden. finish is of citrus and spice. Very nice beer. I will buy this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
On tap at Toronado in San Diego. Aromas of funky sweaty socks. Yeasty flavors common of a trippel but a little more mellow then I expected. Still nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcr (3) - Altadena, California, USA - JUN 22, 2008 does not count
Nice golden color out of the bottle with a finger-width head that is maintained by heavy carbonation. Quite a sweet, flowery aroma with a bit of honey. The flavor continues with honey along with alcohol and sour maltiness. Not a bad beer but wonít make my top 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2008
What a beaut this is. About a full handís worth of head in my slightly wet tulip glass. Pale, slightly hazy straw colour. Some pepper, honey and malt scents, matching the taste with some citrus and yeasty dryness in the finish. Incredibly full, rich, pilllowy body, despite the fact that so much of it had transmogrified into head. Tastes like tradition in a glass -- a comfort beer. Marvelous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OFlan (14) - USA - JUN 19, 2008
Tripel Karmeliet Tarwe, Gerst, Haver Appearance: Golden yellow, clear, big fluffy head LOTS of bubbles Aroma: Sour apple, bright fruity yeast Flavor: Bit of alcohol on the back of the tongue, a fruity sour... doesnít seem a bacteria sour though, definitely esters from high fermentation temps. A solid bitterness, very sharp and clear. Mouthfeel: Extremely carbed: per style, crisp and dry. Overall: An excellent example of the classic belgian pilsner. Very strong in flavor and evolves well as it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2008
75cl bottle from Willow Bend Liquors (Tampa, FL). Pours a golden yellow with one-finger white, foamy head. Reasonable head retention. Aroma is sweet, syrupy, candy sugar, yeast, and malt. An interesting grain aroma is present as well. Flavor is candy sugar, grain, syrup, and a slight spiciness at times. Very carbonated. One of the best tripel style ales we have experienced.

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