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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quinten (1060) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2008
At an gall & gall, hazy golden, medium no lasting head, full fizzi fruity one, with sharp boddem, very nice tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1090) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Aroma is full of yeast and sweet malts, and some dark fruits. It’s appearance is golden color, with a light head. It’s flavor is full of medium-dark malts, some sweetness, and sweet fruit. It’s a bit to sweet, but otherwise a fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11940) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2008
very nice aroma, sweet fruity bitterness from alcohol takes my rating down, but it’s a great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
acearl (498) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Golden hue, sweet yeasty and somewhat thin, sweet = carmel characteristics, above average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 This is another tripel I’ve always felt was slightly overrated, mostly because it continues to strike me as too thin and too sweet. Certainly the latter is probably what some folks dig about it. But for a beer of this strength, I want more balance instead of one characteristic dominating. Not bad by any stretch, and certainly it is an attractive beer in some ways. Just not my cup of tripel. Update: 10/1/2011. On tap at Milltown, sampled on the recommendation of emacgee, I was really pleasantly surprised by the balance and complexity I didn’t find in the bottled version. YUM.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2008
Forlæns&Baglæns, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 090808. Golden with large head. Aroma yeasty. Flavor of malt, spices and a hint of caramel. Medium bitterness and high carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2008
[Tap] Poured a clear golden color with a large, rocky, off white head. Aroma is lots of banana and clove from the yeast, a little bit of bread, and some slight hops and candi sugar. Flavor matches quite well, and the alcohol was never noticed at all. Not much tartness from the wheat, but the earthiness is there. Overall a very drinkable, dangerous tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pojo41 (315) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - AUG 5, 2008
750 ml bottle. Poured a golden straw color with a fluffy white head that lasted the entire way. Sweet, slightly malty aroma with a hint of caramel. Biscuit malt flavor with a bit of cider and fruity esters thrown in for good measure a long with a hint of hop bitterness and alcohol. Although noticable, the alcohol flavors were not overpowering. Excellent mouthfeel made this a really fine, complex ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2008
7/5/08 at the Seattle International Beerfest. Aroma is banana fruity with substantial pepper for a tripel. Appearance is clear yellow with a low white head. Flavor is sweet sugary fruit with moderate bittering. Mouthfeel is low bodied with a medium carb texture. Overall, delicious and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (4318) - Melboring, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2008
primarily orange and wheat, dry. lacks the typical belgian carbonation level. Pretty nice for a trippel, but would have more bite if carbonation were higher.

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