Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3208   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Tap. Creamy, average white head into clear amber body. Aromas of red delicious apples, yeast, and light spices were all noticed. Long finish. Carbonation is on the flat side. Pretty solid Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
I’ve had this many times. Some taps, some bottles. Some local, some overseas. I enjoy it bst out id the little glass they serve it in. Unfrtunately, they don’t ever give you enough. It is best cool. Too cold and you can’t taste it, too warm and becomes a hot toddy (boozey). It is your standard Belgian Tripel that is always enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Pours hazy golden with a large, frothy white head. Strong aroma of candy sugar, some pronounced grassy hops, tropical fruits, and an alcoholic overtone. Flavor is a bit more reserved than expected, and certainly not as sweet as I was anticipating. Heavy malt background, with alcohol accenting the mild sweet overtones mid-palate, and a bit of grassy hop notes mingled with a light, almost peppermint like spice. Palate is medium, with a creamy mouth-feel despite the almost sharp carbonation. A bit over-rated in my opinion, but still very enjoyable, easy drinking, and certainly a good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2007
The aroma is sweet and citrus accented, acidic with some pale fruit notes and a hint of banana-like yeastiness. The body is pale golden and holds a bubbly, thumb thick, white head. Spicy, fruit and alcohol heavy fore with some sugary grains notes and very biting carbonation that stings the throat as I swallow. Not seeing what is so great about this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Cloudy yellowish/orange color. Carbonated head with a smooth medium body. Slightly sweet, with a crisp golden flavor to it. Very tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brix (647) - DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
Tasted 2007-04-03. Fresh bottle, 33 cl. Yellow/orange, slightly hazy beer with big, white, staying head. Aroma of wheat and cloves. Taste of yeast - a little acidic - no bitterness. Very accessible beer - the head is very impressive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Pours a hazy yellow, with lots carbonation and thick head. Medium lacing. on the nose tropical fruit mostly pineapple to be specific. On the mouthfeel: bread with dominant hints of banana. nice hoppy finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1651) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Bottle-not dated. Pours dark yellow with a large white carbonated head that dissapears rapidly. Nose is spicey and hops. Taste is all over the board, spices, alcohol, sugar, candy.A bit too carbonated for me. Easy drinking tripel-too easy. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Pours a fairly clear, light coppery- golden color with a full, fizzy-fluffy, white head; settles in a timely fashion with sporatic lacing. Nose is intriguing and a little saisonish; saison notes of tartness with citrus lemon peel and wheat. Other notes include pear, banana, light honey, esters, musty yeast, and light clove, maybe faint floral hops. Flavor is much more tripelish being very doughy and estery from the yeast with bananas being dominant; other notes of honey, pear, clove, spicy pepper, and even a little corriander. Palate is more than medium, very lively, slightly creamy, and very silky smooth. Finishes with the moderately light aged-hop bitterness finally making a presence with lingering estery yeast (still plenty of bananas), oats, and a mild warmth. Nice and complex beer with lots of great qualities for a style which I realy enjoy. Toning down the carbonation a bit would be nice and the yeast notes are quite dominant. Plenty of upside but not quite the complexity or smooth flavors of the best tripels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2007
Pours a bronzy amber colour with a large white head. Always a good sign with tripels. Notes of biscuit, banana, apricots vanilla and sweet toffee apple. Also hops and spice is noticable. Very fruity with lots of caramel and malt and hops with a warm bitter alcohol finish. Great mouthfeel Extremely drinkable.

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