Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3273   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
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2008
On draft at the Dilly Deli
Pours a light gold in color with a huge two inch frothy head. It was served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass as well. Smell is citrus and spice. Taste is light fruit, some spice and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is an absolutely delicious tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sparkster (17) - , SPAIN - JUL 30, 2008
This one is possibly the belgian tripel ive enjoyed the most. Pours very golden , head is quite big and looks creamy. This one has a huge lot of spices, really over my head to disntinguish them all. Non fermented malt makes this beer quite sweet, but thats not a problem for me. Theres definitely some orange there. Wheat can be felt in the aroma and maybe in the finnish too, and alcohol is quite present, but not a show stopper. A superp beer, if you ask me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7806) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle. Clear golden colour with a big white head. Very fruity aroma with lots of sweet spices. Flavour is sweet malty at first. Then the spices arrives and makes this tripel something special. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe19612 (2531) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2008
A really good Belgian Tripel. Good white head ,pure golden colour. Plenty of malts, a little fruity, with some nice spice thrown in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Lightly hazy golden straw. Huge thick creamy head. Spicy, malty, lightly sweet aroma - playful. Rich, spicy, peppery flavor. Refreshing and complex, light alcohol notes but evasive. Drinkable: my thirst for this is unquenchable. Lively and full palate, quickly fades to a lingering spiciness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbuzz (809) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2008
A single from Woodman’s Oak Creek. A nice fresh very flavorful Abby.Creamy, good carbonation. sweet non-fermented malt, coriander, and a lot of other spices

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2008
33cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex brew, good balance, hazy, rocky head, very good brew, one of the best blonde Belgian ales, a topper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - JUL 20, 2008
Taste 7/8 bottle (07 I H) In my Tripel Karmeliet glass. Looks: Caramel, with a nice white foam. Aroma: Orange, wheat, florals. Very nice aroma. Taste: Spicy, orange, plum, nice little alcohol tinge. Creamy, good carbonation. Nice ratio of sour to malt body and hops finish. Oats add a nice silkiness and body to control the sweetness. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1428) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Here’s a beer of many flavors. This deep gold brew, with traces of pomegranate edges, speaks softly and carries a big punch. A thin soft head, butter, mandarin orange, wheat, peach, apricot, all-spice and graham cracker for a nose, this thing is everything but pungent at first. But the Tripel Karmeliet is a highly, highly carbonated brew. So much so that I have to wait for its temper to settle. Once I do, I get a heavy graininess with pinches of clove again and a bit of the orange dryness. A bit too furious for me. August 18th Update - The Tripel Karmeliet is a lesson in perfect balance and harmony. I don’t always comment on the balance of a beer, and when I do it’s usually in regard to an unfortunate imbalance. But the Triple Karmeliet is remarkable in that every sip was a proclamation to the art of hitting the sweet spot in a beer - the Tiger Woods shot in golf that sings. This beer sings, and sings beautifully. A thin, tan head swells from the beer, leaving behind trails of spaced lacing as it urgently recedes back into the glass. The richly orange and muddy beer underneath is a willing receptor for the retreating foam, giving off a wonderful perfume in exchange. The sweet and estery aromas that give the trippel style its signature scent reach the nose first, with a well-hopped body and a well weighted floral component and banana touch sanding this beer’s jagged edges into a perfectly smooth curve of balance. The oat taste and ester-sweet aromatics draw me quickly to the glass. The flavor seems watery, but paradoxically, not weak. The balance of sweet and dry really shines. In my notes I write, "Good, great, GREAT balance!" as the paramounce of what’s been accomplished in this beer take on its full weight. A white wine taste covers both ends of the spectrum, with the grains pairing against a deep honey sweetness. It’s not an intricate flavor, but it’s good, and again, balanced within microns of perfection. The Triple Karmeliet would put the Hubble telescope’s manufacture to shame. As the Triple Karmeliet warms, the alcohol becomes more prominent, bringing with it ever greater tastes if grain. A testament to proper yin and yang. BUMP IN SCORE

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle at Århus Ølfestival 2008. Pours a clear clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma is flowery and yeasty. Flavour is sweet, flowery, fruity and yeasty.

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