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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alainbr (11) - Paris, FRANCE - APR 15, 2007
Uses three types of grains, hence the "tripel" in its name, which gives a very nice balanced taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2007
Fruity, hoppy apple juice aroma with an ever so slight skunkiness. Light golden blonde color with a fizzy white head. Flavor is fruity leaning towards citrus and apples, lightly bitter finish, but another level of sweetness over the top. Hightly carbonated with a fresh bite on the tongue. Lively creamy mouthfeel. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2015 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 4/13/2007
(33 cl bottle at The Rover, Göteborg)
Shady golden color, big white lasting fluffy head. Flowery, fruity and honey scent. Spritzy yeasty aftertaste. Spritzy high co2 mouthfeel. Spicy yeasty taste. Low bitterness.

Second rating
(Draught at The Rover, Göteborg)
Slight shady golden color, big white lasting head. Spicy, estery and phenolic scent. Also plastic and band-aid. Phenolic sweet taste. Spicy aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Bottle -- Golden yellow in colour with active carbonation and a dense white head that lasts well. Fruity sweetness in the aroma with a beautifully spicy edge. Not as full a mouthfeel as I’d expect. Bananas and fruitiness in the flavour with a dry finish. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 10, 2007
On tap at Map Room and Hop Leaf in Chicago. Best abbey tripel I’ve had. I think it’s maybe a touch smoother than La Fin Du Monde. To my tongue, many Belgians tripels taste a little worse for the wear after the warm, long journey to my local tap. They don’t seem to hide the flaws as well as the dubbels or Belgian strong ales. This one seemed to hold up pretty well-- no oxidation or off flavors detected. Try it on tap if you get the chance-- one of the easier to drink Belgians.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3096) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2007
The taste seems quite simple, yet its a got a real quality. taste is citrus and simple spices. Its very clean yet has the presence have a true classic. The Alcohol is handled very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2007
The aroma is very floral and citrusy with yeast, spice, and malt. The appearance is hazy gold orange with a huge five finger head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin with a short but pleasant finish. I think this is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (986) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Very clear orange color, medium rocky white head with lots of light fruits and yeast in the aroma, consisting of pear, banana and coriander. Has plenty of carbonation and a dry finish, it almost reminded me of a heavy champagne the first time I sipped it. Alcohol is very well hidden, and it has a moderate funk nose in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - APR 4, 2007
Pours honey colored with a huge white head. Big aromas of banana, malt and vanilla with a substantial herbal bouquet. Quite dry for a Tripel with an almost astringent flavor, but not unpleasant or unbalanced at all. Very clean finish with a noticeable alcohol heat. This beer would become my standard if it was less expensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6157) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 Bottle. Deep clear golden, lage white head. Yeasty, fruity, spicy and perfumy aroma, with a citric touch. Medium bodied. Sweet flavour, but nicely balanced with a dry and bitter finish.

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