Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3256   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle, 33cl, in Trappist goblet. Pours golden, with short-lasting white head. Off-citrus on the nose, and disappointing on the palate, perhaps under the shop-lights too long. Pale shadow of the best Triples, but Iíll give it another chance again, but for now, a poor imitation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2008
Clear and light in appearance...moderate sweetness that does not overwhelm. Flavors of pear and white grapes. Dry in finish, not bitter. Pretty standard tripel here, but more complex than the American comparisons.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 26, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2010 330 ml bottle. Poured a clear gold with a big rocky head that stays some time. Aroma was fruits (grapefruit) and hops. The taste was a bright mix of hops, fresh fruits and spices with a nice bitterness at the finish. Overall I thought this was a great Tripel: very bright flavors with lively carbonation. Re-rate: Had this again and was blown away: Poured a dense, cloudy yellow with gold highlights (almost opaque). Large foamy head. Aroma: very floral, fresh fruits, mild funk. Taste followed the aroma very well. This is a world-class beer! I think this and Westmalle are the 2 standards for this style. Original rate: 4.4.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrmac (333) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Pours golden with a beautiful white foam. The Nose is gorgeous fruit with hints of banana. The palate is incredibly balanced. Hop notes with citrus and banana. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2012
Pours cloudy and pale gold with an airy white head. The aroma is of wheat, banana, white wine, a bit of vanilla and lemon. The taste is slightly acidic, quite dry up front, with a clean bitterness and medium body. Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aenima (333) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
My favourite tripel! Very nice balance the swettness and bitterness. Taste of spices, herbs and lemon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Batavi (333) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2015 Voor de oudejaarsavond, Tripel Karmeliet 75 cl. uitgeschonken in Karmeliet bier glas. Goudgele enigszins mistige kleur, met een hoge witte schuimkraag. De geur is zeer fruitig en bloemig. De smaak is zacht fruitig, en licht droog, met tonen van bloesem, citrus en koriander. Unieke en verfijnde smaak voor een tripel. De alcohol van 8,4% is goed verborgen, door de zachte smaak drinkt dit bier heel makkelijk weg. De afdronk is niet heel lang maar lekker fruitig en droog, met hop smaak. De Tripel Karmeliet behoort tot de beste tripel bieren van BelgiŽ.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
33cl bottle. Served in a trappist glass. Canít believe I havenít rated this one yet - probably my 15th bottle or so. Appearance: Cloudy orange, high carbonation, huge, pillowy snow-like head. Very inviting. Aroma: This is my favourite beer to smell. Itís always slightly different. Strong notes of bubblegum, vanilla, banana, orange, cloves. Overall very sweet, fairly fruity, and someone spicy. Palate: medium-thick bodied, smooth, tiny hint of a dry finish (unlike most other tripels). Taste: Sweet, but not as sweet as the aroma suggests it should be. Itís rich, but not overwhelmingly so like a barley wine. Slight hints of dry bitterness in the finish, but itís very subtle. I feel there is no way they could actually improve this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrGGen (331) - ITALY - MAY 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2010 Il colore Ť giallo dorato uno sfocato,con una testa bianca compatta e spessa. Líaroma fruttato dolce,di lievito.Gusto dolce e fruttato.Finale un pÚ amaro con lievito e una lieve punta alcoolica.Eccellente tripel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Enjoyed in a Tripel Karmeliet goblet at Delux Burger in Scottsdale. Served extra extra cold on draft. Unfortunate that it was so cold, awesome that it was on draft. First impression was very negative...almost Budweiserish. However, it improved significantly as it warmed up. I could really pick out the oats, wheat, and pilsener. Very little Belgian yeast character compared to most of the style, which was a bit of a disappointment.

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