Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3240   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.

petibear's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
petibear (53) - - JUN 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 hazy yellow in appearance, with frothy later creamy and steady head, light fruity aroma. sweeter, lighter bitterness (or sourness?), longer sweeter finish. stronger, but still refreshing. different to the likes of leffe (blond). perhaps the best Belgian beer you can buy even in supermarkets

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
daigoon (76) - - JUN 23, 2016
0.33l bottle. Bright golden with large white head. Plenty of lacing. Yeasty and citrus-like aroma and taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (1543) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2016
On tap at Fermentoren Aarhus. Pours a clear golden with a creamy, white head. Aroma has wheat, belgian yeast, vanilla, light citrus, grain, dry spices, floral, light floral hops as well.. Taste is sweet, vanilla, light for the abv, light hoppy finish. High carb, smooth body. Balanced and nice

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
monkenboy (2) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2016 does not count
awesome slightly fruity taste with a hint of caramel. Finds the perfect balance between the fruit flavours and dryness. Perfect summer beer :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cistercienzer (17) - - JUN 12, 2016
What a pleasant surprise! Didnít discover this until recently. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inoven (193) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2016
Glas van de tap. Goudgeel helder bier met stevig wit schuim. Aroma is fruitig met een vleugje banaan. In de smaak komt de banaan duidelijk naar boven. Smaak ebt snel weg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyhallmanti (212) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2016
33cl bottle at home. Pours a clear golden colour with a big creamy white head which leaves lacing. Aroma of banana, caramel, citrus, malt, spices. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter with a soft bitter finish. Notes of coriander, spices, malts, yeast, banana, citrus. Sticky texture, medium bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (1183) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is banana, permanent marker, citrus, dusty barnyard, dry, not as harsh as a typical Tripel, quite subdued, in fact. Appearance is straw golden, white head, hazy, with a head I expect to stick around. Taste is nice. Citrus, tropical fruit, banana, dusty, barnyard, dry, top notch. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, dry citrus aftertaste. Overall, this one makes a believer out of me yet. Normally I hate this style but this one is different from all the other Tripels. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (2115) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2016
330 mL bottle shared by ebone1988 for the damn book. The pour is a slightly foggy golden yellow color with a nice cap and thick collar of white head leaving a couple spots of lace. The aroma is surprisingly pretty good. There is a strong lemongrass and a great citrus rind. The maltiness and spiciness of any other tripel Iíve had at this point arenít really present, and Iím a fan of the aroma on this. Itís nice and crisp and clean. The flavor is pretty good. The Belgian malts and spice are there, but not overpowering. The lemongrass and citrus rind really bring this one in. There is a little dusty barnyard piece to it that balances out well. The mouth feel is good. But a little off. The viscosity is good and there is a slight under carbonation. I would like this to be a little more effervescent. The aftertaste is tropical fruits and dusty lemongrass. I like it. I never thought Iíd say that about a tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rask0lnikov (573) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 4, 2016
Pale yellow colour. Medium white head which stays quite a long time. Sweet flowery aroma. Hints of vanilla and caramel. Sweet flowery beginning. Caramel, hints of yeast. Sweet, flowery finish. Sweetness in the aftertaste. Rather medium bodied. Heavy palate. Quite sweet. Slightly alcoholy. Quite drinkable. Somehow memories about tasting this beer earlier were better than the beer itself now when writing this opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
calafelero80 (6) - Santander, SPAIN - JUN 1, 2016 does not count
Una de las mejores belgas del mundo sin duda, trigo, avena y cebada equilibradas y con 8,5 grados que entran solos.

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