Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3255   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Poured a cloudy copper color with a white head. Has superb hints of what a abbey tripel should be. Carbonation is a little to much, but was refreshing. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/12/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub

clear yellow with the huge dense head from hell, sweet spicy aroma with a hot alcoholic edge obscured by the spices, sweet malt flavor balanced by some nice spices, creamy body, very drinkable

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7479) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2007
750, corked and caged. Silkscreened green bottle, unlike the one pictured to the left--certainly in the running for the most attractive, mood-setting beer label in production today. Hazy dark straw color, bordering on medium amber, with a PITA towering thick sudsy platinum blonde head. Gorgeous spicy and lemony nose. Absolutely puts you in the mood for a complex Belgian before you even pick up the glass. Medium body, tingly, almost (but not quite) sharp carb. Lots of lemon, hay, grass, spice, and floral notes. Unfortunately, this bottle burdens them with an oxidation note, but even *with* a hint of aluminum, it’s a 4.0 beer. Delectable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2008 Was well worth it! Went to the Maproom and was it recommended by the bartender, said if i liked Delirum then I should try this one. So freakin incredible, has so many good flavors! This is my new favorite (when I do get a chance to get it, otherwise Delirium rules). Try it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dankman (255) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2007
This is a very pleasant trippel. It has honey throughout the look, smell, taste and, finish but it doesn’t go overboard. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - AUG 26, 2007
pours a nice crisp, honey orange with foamy dissipating head. Nose of lemongrass, honey, oats, rich on the palate, straw, sweet oats lingering into slight bitterness. One of the first tripels I tried and still a favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Draught, 8/25/07. Crystal clear with short lived fizzy foam. Aroma is slightly buttery with notes of spice and banana. Too sweet with too much spiciness and more of that damn buttery flavor. Not diacetyl, very strange. It’s loved by many, but eh for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3752) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2007
Golden of color with a woth head. An aroma of sweet, spice and citrus. A complex flavor with sweets, fruits, citrus notes and spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 Straightforward, no-nonsense, tasty tripel. Soft mouthfeel and a well-rounded flavor profile. Yeasty in the finish. Lovely grain character, the three grains definitely make it more interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2007
On tap, Map Room, Chicago. Never rated this before, so I thought I’d give it a go as I usually like tripels. Head is very impressive, huge, fluffy, rocky and crystalline, leaving dollops of foamy lace on the side. Smells spicy with some dark bread and faint orange fruitiness in a thick cream. Seems like you can smell the fluffiness of the head (is that yeast character, or the smell of protein?). Flavor is supercharged, incredibly full malt character that expands in the mouth. The main character is like peaches in half and half; yeasty and denatured, aged hops prick on the sides in a somewhat salty counterpoint to the lactic sweetness in the middle. A yeasty blanket covers the soft and creamy malts, giving this a nice soft texture all the way through. The finish is delicately dry and long, with black and white pepper and dust from a 17th century attic. Wonderful juxtaposition of textures, a wonderfully soft sipping beer. 7/5/8/5/17

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