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


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RATINGS: 3282   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 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2007
In a blind tripel tasting with NachlamSie and BossHossBikes. Pours hazy gold with a foamy white head. Aroma is full of awesome spicy notes, and some sweet juicy fruits. Flavor is very much the same, a very nice spicy/fruit dance leads to a finish that is only mildly warm, but mostly dry. Tripels are amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2007
On draft at Zeno’s. Pours a clear light honey golden yellow with a medium white head. Perfumy aroma with banananotes. Taste is fruity with hints of cotton candy, candied malts and banana. Slight perfumy aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
A fantastic example of the Tripel style. I’m intrigued by the 17th-century recipe making use of oats, barley and wheat. It pours a beautiful golden color that’s fun to look at, and is *quite* bubbly besides. The nose is incredibly rich: apricot, wheat, snow peas, coriander, Chinese 5-spice powder, and a wee bit of banana. The taste brings on a touch of toasted sesame, and the spicy bubbliness keeps on coming. Not an every-day beer, definitely a special-occasion, rich, rich beer. Thick, even. It would go well with Vietnamese cuisine (think light, but spicy, noodle-bowls with peanut sauce), but it loves it some balsamic peaches, and also is very happy with romano, ricotta, and a good whitefish like skate. I think this has become my favorite Tripel. An amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 1PT 9.4oz bottle. This sucker poured the most incredible head i have ever seen. So much head that the enticing amber body with bits of debris had trouble escaping. Nose is spicy and floral with faint notes of sweet apple. 8.1% practically unnoticeable. Bubbly acidic mouthful with a banana spice grassy finish. Balanced and fantastic, one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prcaus (159) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle Eulogy Tavern in Olde City Philadelphia- Pours a Amberish coloring with sweet floral aromas and tastes were of noticable fruits and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
On tap at Hop Leaf - Chicago, IL. Awesome Beer. Served in a large tulip. Hazy amber-gold. Good nose - spicy and malty. Solid mouthfeel - heavy palate, but light carbonation that balances it out. Complex maltiness, with some fig, caramel, and light bitterness. My description is not really doing it justice. Very enjoyable - if you like tripels you should really like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7847) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2007
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm, 31 Oct 2007) Golden amber colour with huge, but brief, white head. Fruity nose with candy, dried papaya and mango, hints of black-currant. Fruity taste with notes of sweet candy, dried papaya and mango. Slightly chemical finish. Solid malt foundation gives it a quite chewy mouthfeel. On the sweet side, but the balanced candy character is rather charming. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heavy (2773) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 1, 2007
0.33 l bottle. Poured murky golden body with big fluffy white head slowly going down. Very nice fruity aroma, vanilla, banana, some spices too. Flavor is quite alcoholic, bitter and sweet like it is expected. Pretty full bodied. Finish is sweetish, alcoholic. Great beer, but not the best tripel I had, although I was expecting it will be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2007
What’s up with all these high ratings?! I’ve had this stuff 3 or 4 times. Mostly in a small bottle. Tonite in a cork top. This is one of those Belgians that if too cold absolutely sucks! Nasty yeast semi skunk. Almost like a yeasty Heinies in aroma. Not much better in flavor. Let it warm to around 55F and it was better. Better yeast,thicker mouth feel, semi fruity. Took it from crap to mediocre. There are too many better Tripels out there to "blow your load" over this stuff.

   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.

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