Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2794   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wombata (456) - Kobe, - JAN 31, 2013
Aroma: Floral, yeast, bread, citrus, lemon peel, notes of candy sugar and coriander-like spice. Flavor: Yeast, bread, caramel, followed by lemon, more bread and dried flowers (chamomile) on the mid-palate. These flavors carry on into the finish and the yeasty quality reappears. Palate: Soft and smooth; the carbonation seems, paradoxically, to explode on the tongue, adding a unique dimension the palate. Comment: Great complexity. Of the few 1000 or so beers I’ve tried, this is my new favorite. Very few can top this. Tasted on 2 different days with consistent notes. When allowed to warm a bit, pear-like fruit comes through on the mid-palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregorymconway (91) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
330ml bottle from St.Veronus. Huge foamy head on top a hazy gold body. Peach on the nose, minimal yeasty funk is present. Some bread is on the nose. Medium amounts of bitterness in an abrupt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2110) - BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2014
Three-grains tripel launched by Bosteels in 1996, when I accidentally stumbled upon it in an otherwise not too beer-oriented pub. Allegedly after a recipe from the 17th century carmelite convent of Buggenhout, but we all know strong blonde beers didn’t exist yet back then, so do not buy this bogus story. Do buy the beer though, as it has become a true classic of the style. I tasted it dozens of times from a regular 33 cl bottle, from tap and also from an aged 75 cl bottle, which this rating is mainly centered around. Poured in its own majestic and royal yet elegant glassware, it builds a near ’Duvel-thick’, yellowish white, very creamy and remarkably stable head; colour is a warm orangey blonde, almost clear but hazy with deposit, as expected from the style. Appealing aroma of orange, melon, peach, red apple, soap, wheat, ginger, dough, coriander, white pepper, mint, grassy hops, vanilla, lavender, honey, cake. The aged 75 cl version also displays, above all these goodies, a strong, sulphuric, earthy, hay-, sherry- and saison-like ’wildness’. Taste is a soft sweetish maltiness, vivid fruitiness, orange, peach, honey, relatively strong carbo, light but elegant and refreshing sourish wheat, very velvety and gentle mouthfeel (probably the oats doing their work), a bit rooty, well-rounded, fluffy and full, with the honey factor staying with you all the time; finishes in a nice herbal hop bitterishness with some warming alcohol, just the way you want your tripel to end. If Westmalle Tripel is to be considered "the mother of tripels", this one is at least a proud aunt, which should be respected and revered for adding to the style, expanding its boundaries, without disrespecting it. This is a truly lovely beer, although it comes in different shapes and forms (which should not all be trusted to the same extent - but out of respect for the brewery, I will say no more); one of the big Belgian classics. You’ll be surprised by its drinkability, for which it deserves extra points: you can drink this all night, only to find out afterwards the considerable amount of alcohol you indulged yourself into, without having noticed it. Kudos to Tripel Karmeliet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EtTuCthulhu (1077) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2014
The appearance of this beer is an opaque golden with a large white head that fades somewhat quickly. The aroma blends Belgian yeast, particularly fruity esters, and light malts, and the taste is a very smooth blend of a slight sourness and a mild sweetness with a touch of umami from the yeast presence in this beer. The aftertaste is much lighter than the initial flavor, but the Belgian yeast definitely lingers for a long time on the tongue. The palate fuses medium-light body, a nearly thick texture, and an average carbonation that bites at the tongue as the beer stays in your mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ippers (8) - - OCT 23, 2014 does not count
Heerlijk fris biertje, tonen van citrusvruchten, honing, perzik en een hele fijne afdronk. Een heerlijk biertje. Een echte aanrader

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjansen1310 (15) - Soest, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2014
From the bottle. Yellow troubled beer. Taste is fruity with citrus. Really nice feeling in the mouth. Refreshing. Great triple and one in the top league.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndreLazarra (4) - - OCT 23, 2014 does not count
Amazing beer. Although it has 8.4 abv, the alcohol content is very balanced with the taste, which turns this beer into a very nice choice. The Aroma is very present and strong, with floral hints and definitely citrus. The appearence is exsquisite and the palate is very soft and light. Not very carbonated, just enough. Overall this beer is always a choice, especially during the sunnier days, and unfortunately the experience of drinking it cannot easiliy be put in words.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1122) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Draft sample at Ei8ht Ball pour light hazy lemon yellow. Nose light sweet malt, faint bubble gum. Taste Belgian candy sweet, gum, macerated fruit, very light spice. Minimal bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john-hansen (13) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden colour with a creamy, white head. Malty aroma, with notes of fruit, spice, caramel and yeast. Moderately sweet, medium body, creamy texture, with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
limski (5) - NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 20, 2014 does not count
From bottle poured into chalice, finger of creamy head which flattened quickly. Golden, slightly bubbly with an orange glow. Hints of earthy, possibly herby marmalade. Medium sweet, fruity taste, creamy and quite pleasant. I’m not having a lot of luck with tripels at the moment but this one I could flirt with. At 8.4% I’ll let her get a taxi home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sjohnh (200) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Straw coloured, slightly cloudy, with a huge frothy white head. Really creamy mouthfeel. Aroma of spiced pears sitting above the banana and clove. Flavour has orange and lemon running through it, sweet honey, and vanilla at the finish. Great beer.

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