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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3283   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Looks like Orval, a murky orange with a pillowy white head that dissipates. Noticeable carbonation bubbles in the glass and an amazing aroma it took me a while to pin it down but it smells like pineapple. Also quite the fragrant soap smell too it, intriguingly unlike any tripel I’ve had before. Light and tingly on the tongue and very little spiciness like other tripels. A fantastic beer. 8/4/8/4/16: 4.0. Re-rate: Suttree’s 2008 Pre-Brewer’s Jam Tasting. Sample from a bottle shared by me. Same look, this sample from a 750mL instead of a 33cL seemed spicier with more citrus notes of oranges and lemons. Couldn’t pin down any pineapple this time and the body was much spicer with the same satisfying dry finish, still very good, but needs to come out of the 4 territory for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Pours apple juice golden yellow with contrasting white head. Nose is complex with fruits such as peach, apricot, and apple. On the palate the malt comes through with ample sweetness, with this ale having a rather candy like flavor. White licorice, cardamon, faint cinnamon, and light pepper are here as well. Finishes lengthy and candy sweet, and all too easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerEssential (96) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Pours a bright, sparkling, slightly hazy gold, not unlike most saisons I’ve had. Long lasting white head. Aroma is slightly metallic (from the corked bottle I had), but fresh, yeasty and a bit sour. Little bitterness in the taste. Overall bready and a bit sweet while still cold, quick finish. Easy to drink and pretty tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2008
what an amazing beer. It was full in body with a good amount of head. The flavor was complex and delicious. You could taste the flavors of yeast, fruit, and some spice but they blended together so well. This beer embodies everything an abbey tripel should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
[1158-20080301] Tap. Wheat yeast bread aroma with a bit of sweet leafy hops. Clear, golden yellow body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. Wheatie yeasty bread continues in flavour with some perfume characteristics. Medium body is smooth. Rather drinkable, good.
(ZBF 2008; Sint Niklaas, BE)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2008
on draft @ Maproom, Chicago. Great tripel. Pours a beautiful slightly cloudy blone with nice full fluffy head. Aromas of spice, fruit & citrus. Great creamy mouthfeel full of spice, light maltiness 7 sweetness. Very good beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (16771) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
Sample at Aarhus beerfestival. Nice head with good duration. Color is pale golden. Aroma and taste are yeast, fruit and notes of citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2008
Golden pour,thin head. complex flavor, citrus, fruity. Remains highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (2121) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2008
[330ml bottle from Sainsbury’s, Reading] ABV seems to vary - have seen it at 8% and 8.1%, but this bottle was 8.4%! Fresh herbal/ floral small with some malt. Very warming in the mouth - the alcohol certainly comes through. Taste is orange and coriander (both the herbal leaves and the spicey seeds come through seeds come through). There’s definitely something sweet and tropical in the background that I couldn’t quite pin down - maybe mango? Some pepper in there too, but the over-riding feeling is freshness, like an easily quaffable golden ale for the summer (a dangerous taste indeed given the strength!). Some slight bitterness in the aftertaste, along with more pepper and an odd syrupy mouthfeel that doesn’t quite work with the rest of the beer. Overall though this is top-notch stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrefwoordPunk (958) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a pale golden with a small foamy white head and fresh aroma of ripe citrus fruits. The flavor is sweet with a sticky mouthfeel, bt very pleasant. A long sweet and spicey finish to round it off. I usually don’t like tripels, but this one rules!

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