Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3028   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.

BigHoss' rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigHoss (171) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Golden yellow with a large white head. I smell yeast, bread, and light fruits. I taste banana, sweet white bread, fruits, and malt. Just wonderful!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
veronneaupy (241) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2015
Un nez minéral, frais et plein de grains. En bouche, c'est très bien balancé, petit goût de banane, sucré à souhait. Une finale douce, fruité et soyeuse. Vraiment bon ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2924) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 28, 2015
On tap tonight at the distributor showdown at Cask and Vine. Dark golden color big white head. Rich bready fruity maltiness with some peppery clove phenols to balance. Nice tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoNm (1481) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JUL 28, 2015
Pours a golden color, fairly clear, topped with lots of white frothy head that slowly settles down. Malty aroma, wheaty and fruity notes. Mildly yeasty. Taste sweet and malty, yeasty with some fruity notes. Mild bitterness. Not a fan of this style, so a bit biased review, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portia99 (2) - Norton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2015 does not count
Poured from a 750ml corked bottle given to me by a coworker into a Duvel tulip. Bottle popped with a nice satisfying burst and an immediate aroma of earthy hops. Poured a bright pale gold with a thick, fine bubbled, 2 inch, pure white head. Head dissipated into a thin foam within a couple of minutes. Nice lacing on the glass. Beer was slightly cloudy in the glass with a strong, never ending stream of bubbles eminating from the bottom, center of the glass. Very nice. As soon as the bottle was opened, there was a strong, earthy hop aroma. After pouring into the glass this was amplified even more. Although a very appealing aroma, it is rather one dimensional. I don’t detect much of anything else. No malt, and only the slightest of Belgian funk. Nice, but not as complex as I was hoping for. Taste follows the aroma. Dominated with hop bitterness, but some malt sweetness, some fruitiness and a touch of funk comes through. At 8.4%, the alcohol is hidden very well. This is a very drinkable beer. I tend to think of this as a Belgian IPA. Hops forward with some character to back it up. Mouthfeel is solid. Rich and full with lots of prickly carbonation felt on the center and back of the tongue. Very nice. To me, this is a highly drinkable Belgian tripel. Usually, I have a difficult time with this style, but this beer - I could have a couple with no problem. The alcohol is hidden well and the flavors balance nicely with nothing overpowering. Overall, a very good beer. I will have to look for this one again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartzluke (329) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 25, 2015
33cl pour from chilled bottle into stemmed beer tulip at Verde 1080 in Vienna. Pours golden and hazy with a big fizzy head with pretty good retention. Nose is sweet--candy sugar, a bit of biscuit, a nice light malty scent. Body is medium, fizzy. Not bad. Taste is great. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly. Delicious breadiness, with a hint of citrus and a whisper of bitterness on the end. Layers of maltiness and breadiness. Delicious. Better as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrone (4) - BRAZIL - JUL 23, 2015 does not count
Clara e levemente turva. Aroma agradável, frutado. não é muito doce, balanceia bem com o amargor do lupulo. Final quente, mas não tanta sensação de álcool

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Idiosynkrasie (4911) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear golden colour with average to huge, frothy, collapsing, crystalline white head. Cautious banana and vanilla aroma, hints of banana peel, unripe banana, a touch of apple purée, a strange bitter note of liquorice and bamboo. Taste is moderately sweet, wheaty, slightly alcoholic, hints of banana, a touch of vanilla. Nothing I’d be addicted to.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanoBXL (4) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2015 does not count
Une des meilleures bière belge qui vous est donné de pouvoir goûter. Très mousseuse. Pointe d’acidité (citron) et épicée. Un vrai régal pour le palais.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thellgren (458) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2015
0.33 l bottle from Alko. Reminds me Schneider’s hefeweizens - taste and looks. Also Finnish sahti looks and tastes similar. This is neither. The yeast gives more complex taste and there is more malts. Despite the high amount of alcohol this is very easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hikeg (39) - - JUL 20, 2015
Pours unclear light golden with big fizzy white head. Aroma is medium to heavy malty with notes of bread and hay. Light hoppy aroma with notes of grass and citrus. Heavy yeast aroma with notes of dough, earth and hint of leather. Notes of cilantro, ginger, vanilla and licorice. Flavour is heavy initial sweetness, light bitter, long dry finish with average to heavy, spicy wooden bitter. Body is medium, palate is watery, carbonation is fizzy.

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