Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3103   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
enak (27) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2007
Pour from bottle into duvel tulip. Massive head quickly subsided with crackling sound from the bubbles escaping. Strong aromas of sweet apples indulge my nostrils with hints of vanilla. Tastes of mild grapes with a tingling bitterness sustained at the back of my throat. A swirl of the glass and a small head forms. Now a hint of burnt malt enters the aroma. Theres a lingering scent of citrus that fills my mouth. A great bier that will send you back for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Au nez, il est difficile d’ignorer la puissance massive du citron, de l’orange, de la nectarine et de la pêche confits et même des céréales. Il n’y a pas à dire, ce parfum est enivrant et il m’est difficile d’y échapper… le collet de mousse est blanc, subtil et se dissipe relativement rapidement, jusqu’à ce qu’une gorgée vienne provoquer l’éparpillement des petites bulles qui remontent jusqu’à la surface, pour mieux maintenir en vie l’encolure.

Visuellement parlant, cette bière est splendide : elle est d’un jaune/orange qui convoite le rubis. Il m’est également difficile de ne pas être hypnotisé par l’apparence de cette œuvre brassicole qui me rappelle – ais-je la berlue ? – les plus belles tartes au citron de ma jeunesse (minus la meringue, et la pâte). Au goût, l’alcool vient réchauffer la langue et la gorge, appuyés aussi par la présence des différents fruits de la forêt tropicale, tout particulièrement ceux riches en vitamine C (orange, citron, pomelo et mandarine), du chewing-gum, de la coriandre.

En arrière-bouche, je dois admettre la présence d’une certaine sécheresse qui s’allie bien à la douceur qui, précédemment, fit régner la joie et le beau temps dans les différentes régions de ma paroi buccale. La Tripel Karmeliet est définitivement l’une des plus belles bières du monde (mais le monde est-il petit ou grand ???)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a somewhat-cloudy golden color with a small white head. Aroma of cloves, banana, yeast, and malt. Taste is the same, with banana and clove up front dissolving into vanilla, malt, and yeast. Very nice, spicy tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
Pours a golden blonde with a massive and thick white head due to it’s heavy carbonation. Extremely pleasant aroma and flavor. Consists mainly of citrus, lemon, cloves and yeasts. A hint of spice also. I haven’t tried too many, but this is by far my favourite Abbey Tripel. It deserves a spot in my top ten. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2007
75 cl bottle. Poured blonde but not as light as a wit. Nice large, white head. Aroma is bubble gum with a hint of yeast and hops. Flavor is a mixture of lemon, clove, and banana. Very nice balance of spice and malt. A little bitter but the finish is more or less smooth with lots of spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Pours a highly carbonated clear golden shade with a massive thick head, that actually grew as it sat in the glass! That was really the only negative to this refreshing, extremely drinkable beer. Fruity, a touch sweet, and clean with a subtly spice finish. Almost zero hint of alcohol. Great warm weather beer for our Indian Summer here in NorCal. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2832) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Pours out a nice golden/straw color, slightly hazy with a moderate fluffy white head. Aroma of yeast, spice ans slight alcohol. Nice mouthfeel, and very well balanced. Yeast, spice, lemon zest, hop and slight lingering grainy taste. Very complex and well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Defreni (2866) - Husum, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Flaske. Næsten synd ovenpå Struise Mikkeller, men stadig en fantastisk øl. Klassisk trippel med en tilpas mængde alkohol og humle til at balancere sødmen. En anelse parfumeret i duften, men ikke så meget at det bliver for meget. Rigtig flot øl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Initially the aroma was mostly skunk which I feared due to the green bottle but that passed and left a sweet aroma of bubble gum and spice. The tall spritzy head dissipates down to a thin layer of cloud on top of the golden body. Flavor is mostly sweet and spicy with a light, carbonated palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stefano (1913) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2007
Golden orange with light head. Wonderful spicy aroma with a hint of allspice. Slight alcohol flavor, hints of raisins, cloves and lemons. Absolutely delicious. Indeed a very nice belgium tripel.

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