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


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RATINGS: 3294   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (9388) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2013 Brought the 75cl bottle back from Belgium in Sept ’05, drank July ’07. Deep golden color with a orange tint. nice creamy head. Lacing afterwards. Sweet, fruity aroma with vanilla and spices. Very fragrant, somewhat flowery. Full malt taste. very rich. lots of fruit, tons of citrus. Amazingly malty. Sweet, but not overly so. Tangy. Superb balance. One of the best beers in the world.
This beer was aged for 2-3 years. It was much more flavorful than the fresh beer, which is also great, but slightly lacking integration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours gold with a a thick, lasting white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is slightly hoppy and mild yeast. Flavor is mild banana and Belgian yeast with some earthy tones and spice. A unique tripel. Very smooth drinking with a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timbeer (69) - Rosemount, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2008
750ml Green bottle - nice printed label. White rocky/foamy head - a shade dark of straw color, mild lacing lots of bubbles. Noble hop flavor, spicy but not too strong, smooth, sweetish, honey, low bitterness, warming and strong. A fine beer but a little sweet for my tastes. I liked it better on tap.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2008
This is extraordinary. Aroma is malt, oranges, apricots, and straw with a touch of spice and hops. A big long lasting head with tight bubbles. Balance is excellent with an incredible mouth feel. flavors of malt and fruit dominate without it being too spicy. A nice lingering sweet finish of fruit complemented by a slight hop flavor and grassy hint. Spices remain in the background as does the alcohol. This is one of my favorite ales period.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 Bottle 33cl. Re-rate. Pours a clear golden colour with a huge head and good carbonation, too bad the head doesn’t last very long. Strong fruity aroma with some sweet and sour fruits there mixed in with th yeast. Taste is very pleasant, well balanced flavour of many different sweet fruits with a hint of the alcohol there too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (5522) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - AUG 19, 2008
This yellow cloudy beer is very suprising its full of flavour and very tasty. Smells like a White Beer but the end is very long fruity, malty and floral. Carbonation is soft, very interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Tap, poured a clear blonde with little to no head. Nice carbonated and dry with some nice spice notes. Finish was also dry with lingering spice flavor and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borresteijn (6492) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle. Dark golden with a big fluffy white head. Looks fantastic in its own glass. Aroma is malty sweet, fruity, a little yeast. Flavour is malty, sweet and fruity, alcohol warmth. Slight sour finish, lots of carbonation. Very soft mouthfeel. Excellent tripel. Not nearly as good from tap though, which is way too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charlotte (5192) - rødovre, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2008
Hazy golden colour with medium head.Aroma is sweet with taste of Mandarin and apricots.Has a high carbonation but still and nice mild finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Pours out a brilliant golden orange. Sweet aroma, almost like candy and ripe fruits, apricots maybe. Very sweet flavor topped off by lemony zing. Very balanced and enjoyable, very drinkable due to being very thin in the mouth. Very good Tripel, definitely tasty.

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