Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2981   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kindacold (222) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Pours golden with light white head. Smells like a great Belgian beer. Tastes sweet and malty, almost the perfect Belgian beer. Finishes sweet and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2004
On tap at the Hop Leaf--Chicago. Yeast dominates the aroma with accents of spice. Very smooth mouthfeel. It seems to be a very good representation of the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2001
Don’t judge the beer by my rating. I’m sure that lots of people like it, but the taste just isn’t for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. Pleasent suprise. Ive had this in the cabinet for a month and was afraid it was below expectations. The bottle is underestimate of the flavor within. Strong caramel and banana flavor. An incredibly poweful head, takes a while to pour a glass. Aroma is incredible. Taste is slighlty sweet with the caramel flavor pouring through. EXCELLENT

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2006
poured with an extremely lively head so beware. fruity aroma, peaches maybe or pear?, brilliant sparkle to the beer, golden colour very nice to look at and even better to taste, slightly dry on the finish, more fruit at the very end, my first try at a triple but will have to find some more. very enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2010
A surprising, skunky smell that belies the beer inside. It’s a light, cloudy yellow look. Has a round, slightly bitter taste with a nice hint of citrus. Very good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cattaneopapa (221) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
Aroma: Citrusy and hoppy Appearance: Clear golden body. 1 finger of white head with small bubbles which has a poor retention. Minimal lacing. Taste: Yeasty&fruity. Highly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lele (221) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2014 ASPETTO: se non versata tutta nel bicchiere, presenta un colore oro limpido, altrimenti e’ un po’ torbido. Si vedono salire tante bollicine, come champagne. Schiuma bianca non molto fine, abbondante e non molto persistente. AROMA: predomina l’erbaceo, unito a un leggero luppolato, ma il tutto bilanciato da un maltato gradevole. GUSTO: maltato e fruttato (frutta gialla) di classe, non abbondante. Leggerissimo liquoroso che si avverte soprattutto nella parte finale del sorso. Mentre la bevuta continua, si percepisce un po’ piu’ del luppolato e dell’erbaceo di classe, ma mai predominanti. Retrogusto fruttato, abbastanza forte e persistente. Birra viscosa e corposa, che scivola benissimo sulla lingua, dalla carbonizzazione abbondante.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fcjack1 (221) - Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle from Costco. Pours a light golden color. Thick white head. Scent is banana. Taste is also banana, bread-y. Pretty smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2002
Very wine like taste which is good but a little weak. Dissolves on the tongue a little too quickly.

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