Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3227   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (13276) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 Bottle. Etched glass. Pours blonde with white head. Nose and taste of yeast, banana, spice, lemon and light bread. Medium body. Mildly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle. Poured a clear amber with a huge frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Good citrus and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with fizzy carbonation. Heavy bitter sweet flavor with and average finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2002
Golden body with a medium white head. Spicy (pepper and mint)and sweet apple aroma. Flavor is delicious -- peach, spicy, flowery. Alcohol noticeable but not overwhelming. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (12782) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2015 Rating is an alalgam of years of drinking this.
Rerate: Tap (Olletek, Tallinn) (8:4:8:4:16=4.0)
This is simply a superb tripel, the beautiful perfumey aromas are stunning. Utterly world class.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Von Krahl, Tallinn) (8:4:8:4:15=3.9)
Poured dreadfully, didn’t even fit into the pint glass I was given!?!? Fortunately the aromas were gorgeous - so perfumey, so floral, the wheat really making its prescence felt. Tasted superb too, just a gently bitter bite. Full and succulent palate. Loved every sip, and went back for a 2nd bottle before I’d even finished the first (I couldn’t bare to be with an empty glass).
rerate of: 750ml bottle - shared by Janne - thanks! (7:4:8:4:14=3.7)
Gold, small head. Beautiful sweet fruity aroma. Very soft malty body. Some bite of alcohol and hops - tingles for quite a while. Very sophisticated. Wheat and hops in perfect balance.
Rerate of (7-4-7-4-13=3.5)
330ml bottle (Punavuoren Ahven, Helsinki, Belgian Weeks)
Very belgian - yeasty. Palate soft. Hazy light orange. Gentle hoppy taste, light grains. Little bit of almond. Some raw hops too.
Rerate of (6-3-8-3-14=3.4)
Bottle (Bon Vivant, Riga) Slightly hazy orange, thin head. Fruity esters and some toffee-like malt in the aroma. Soft succulent malty taste, alcohol carries a mellow fruity component too, and the 8.5% is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12741) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2005
Bottle 0,33 L. Frothy white excellent head. Yellow cloudy colour. Lots of citrusaroma. Powerfull tripel taste. Long finish. Very nice palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (12688) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2003
Bottle Conditioned. Golden cloudy beer with yeasty beige head. Plenty of cereal in a pleasant way, nicely spiced like an apple pie with cloves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2005 (Bottle) Pours a hazy maze color with a impressive thick white head, which had great staying power. Has flavors of citrus, carmel, and floral.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12554) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Cloudy yellow beer with a thick, lasting white head. Fresh aroma with lemon, coriander, fruits and honey. Lemon and candy flavour with a hint of alcohol. Big almost oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (12437) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2010 330mL bottle - pours a hazy golden colour. Flavour is sort of sweet, with fruit, hops and strong yeast. A classic tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12396) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2008
A beautiful golden amber ale with a super thick white head. A sweet brown sugar and honey aroma, a bit oxidized, with berries and vanilla. In mouth, a sweet vanilla malt with coriander, oily mouthfeel, medium bodied. This bottle is BB17/11/06 and was tasted Dec. 6 2008, so 2 years pasted its prime. Signs of ageing. Sweetness comes out more intense with the Swedish Farmers cheese.

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