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


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RATINGS: 3295   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 18/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Initially the aroma was mostly skunk which I feared due to the green bottle but that passed and left a sweet aroma of bubble gum and spice. The tall spritzy head dissipates down to a thin layer of cloud on top of the golden body. Flavor is mostly sweet and spicy with a light, carbonated palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stefano (1972) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2007
Golden orange with light head. Wonderful spicy aroma with a hint of allspice. Slight alcohol flavor, hints of raisins, cloves and lemons. Absolutely delicious. Indeed a very nice belgium tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Beautiful golden pour with nice lasting head. Deep and layered scents emerge, including yeasty aromas coupled with hearty doses of spice, fruit and flowers. The sugary body is well balnced by a wide array of well implemented spices and hops which gives a depth and layered quality to the brew. The hops did not give it an abrupt crispness but gave a rather syrupy sugared edge. There is a light touch of alcohol in the finish but it is well integrated into the whole of the brew. A very well executed tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle, 33cl. I always thought I had rated this one, as I have been drinking it on several occasions, but finally... When opening the bottle, the beer immediately volcanoed out of the bottle, and leaving so much foam in the glass that it soon flooded. The head soon stabilized and diminished, leaving just a little white lid of bubbles on top of the hazy, orange body. There’s a good deal of floaties in it as well. The aroma is lovely fruity, with citrus and some banana, pale malt, cloves and other spices. It is a bit gazzy in the mouth, but it is a full-bodied beer with a good deal of sweetness. The flavor is just lovely, sweet and fruity, with a nice hoppy bitterness in the back of your mouth, as well as coriander and alcohol. Despite all the sweetness, it finishes rather dry. It is a quite warming beer and really lovely, and it irritates me a lot that so much of the bottle ended up on my dining table. (071019)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle from BC liquor store Burnaby: Pale straw color with a hugh fluffy eggshell white head. Aroma is spicy and peppery. Flavor starts sweet and fruity (apricot) followed by spice (pepper, corriander, clove) and a lightly bitter dry finish. Light-medium bodied and spritzy with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
agl108 (1066) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
On draft at Flat Rock Saloon. Poured clear orangish with virtually no head at all. Weak carbonation. Flavor of cheap candy sugars. Alcohol not evident at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle, pours a bit cloudy with a large frothy white head. A touch of skunk do to the green bottle, some nice grains, a bit of citrus but not too fruity or yeasty in the nose. Quite carbonated, a bit of esters, some light malts no hops a bit of fruit and a touch of citrus. Pretty good, especially for a triple which I am not usually a big fan of but this one was nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear golden body with huge head. aroma is of spices, bread. Falvor is of yeast, spices, bready and light figs and prunes. Quaffable but a little too hot at times.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Golden straw pour, slight haze with nice head. nose is of belgian yeast, and almost peach like fruit. the flavor is lightly fruity up front, with a touch of alcohol as well. A well carbonated beer with rich palate to match the flavor. Overall the beer is complex enough to satisfy experts, while inviting enough to be a great intro to its style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2007
A deep golden pour with a large white head. An aroma of dusty belgian yeast and a hint of fruit. An almost apply flavor comes to the front. A light hint of abv is there as well. Carbonation is as expected the palate is very solid a rich creamy texture to match the flavor. A very special beer.

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