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


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RATINGS: 3294   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 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 (652) - 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 (1668) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
techdiver (22) - USA - JUN 5, 2007
Pours a hazy pale amber with a massive white head that dissipates slowly leaving a solid quarter inch cap. Nose is of honey and malt with some herbal notes. Taste is spectacular, this has to be the best Tripel Iíve tried yet. A complex brew that borders on sweet, but not in any derogatory way. Hops affect in a minimal way. Alcohol is perceptible in the finish. Medium bodied, displays great carbonation. The most enjoyable Tripel yet. Extremely drinkable, this stuff is awesome. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bosskie (766) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2014 8% 33 cl bottle. Clear honey-coloured beer with a disappearing head. Smells of lemon-peel, pear, mandarin sweet and yeast with a fresh citric feel. Some coriander and cumin. Good bitter-sweet balance with a fresh, fizzy character. Bit of a pear-liquor feel to it but without the extreme sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Bottle Pour - from Chanís Wine World, Destin, FL - Used proper glassware (from the 4pack/glass gift set). Beautiful fluffy white head atop a golden body. Very nice lacing about the glass. Aromas of pear, spices, and grains. First sip (nicely chilled) quite lively and full mouth-feel. Very creamy texture with a slight bit of alcohol finish. Flavors of fruits and hops. My only problem was the first bottle that I opened - the beer simply "Attacked" me and half was wasted before it hit the glass. Quite delicious, refreshing, and enjoyable. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 15, 2011 1) New rate. A painlessly cardamom-infused means of administering inebriation to the unwary. So wild with fizz it climbs out of the glass...lemon-flavoured Turkish Delight with a rubber finish. Park bench Hoey? Another bottle like this and a major down-rating is in order. 2) Old rate. 8.1% bottle. Pours with anything from a pale gold clarity to a ruddy orange haze, depending on the bottle and the pourer. Stairods of spritz. Aromas of banana, coriander, pear and vanilla. CARDAMOM. Big, muscular, herbal snout. A benchmark for Belgian noses. Mouth crisp and sherbety with a heady attack of pear and orange liqueur fruitiness, oats, citrussy hops and pepper. Bags of alcohol emerging as it warms. Finishes here with quite an aggressive alcohol bitterness, but I know from (painful) experience how oaty smooth and treacherous this beer can drink. One of the finest Tripels around.

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