Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3401   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgreb (422) - Marburg, GERMANY - FEB 10, 2010
bottle - slighty hazy orange beer with a nice white head. Fresh and yeasty, fruity aroma with some smoky hints. Flavour is complex. Some maltiness with a cereal and caramel finish. Medium bitterness. Lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (3058) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2010
[bottle from bierkompass.de] Vinous, white grape, musty aroma with some caramel and pineapple. Clear gold with a rocky, white foam on top. Very well balanced flavour that is not sugary like may trippels and had a perfect bitterness level. Caramel flavour with a complex mix of dried and fresh fruit. White grape and pineapple notes. Medium body, medium to high carbonation, clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2010
11.2oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful, clear, light yellow-gold with a tall, bubbly, pure white head that reduces to a nice half-inch with great lacing. aroma is very nice with mild, fresh citrus notes of lemon zest and orange peel, belgian yeast, clove, and soft, slightly sweet, nutty malts with hints of vanilla, dry grass, and wheat. flavor is truly outstanding with dry citrus notes of lemon and orange, sweet orchard fruit notes of pear and red apple, and a hint of spice balanced by sweet, doughy, belgian yeast, mild caramel, and a hint of dry cedar. palate is medium bodied with crisp, bubbly carbonation and a lingering, sweet, fruity finish. overall, a wonderful fruit forward tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2010
A tad sweet, but overall pretty solid offering. Clear golden pour with minimal pure whitebhead(the heads got bigger after my initial pour). Aroma of sweet maybe barley, a little corn. Flavor is heavy on sweety malt, big notes of alcohol. Nice, but not top 99 percentile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huib (55) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2010
Pours a beer with an amber appearance and a yeasty aroma. I like the hops, but there is a sweet flavor that is a bit too dominant to my taste. Overall its a nice smooth tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Linnet (1795) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2010
Big bubbly white head, golden colour. Ar: Yeast, spices, lemon, oranges, Corn? F: Rich malt presence, accompanied by a laid-back bitterness, yeast, lemon, spices and again corn? M: Lively carbonation, but not overpowering. T: This was a pleasant surprise!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very light golden. SLightly hazy with a very rocky white head. Disappaears very quickly leaving minimal lacing. Aromas are amzing. Initially aromas a quite citrusy with plenty of grapefruit and lemon. As the beer warms slightly vanilla and wheat start to come through. Some spice, hops and perhaps a slight acidity. Very subtle but at the smae time very complex. The wheat start to show through more in the taste with some spice. A little alcohol on the finish. Not quite as complex as the nose. Mouthfeel is quite thin though it definately suits this beer. Great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2010
On draft. Very smooth. Medium bodied. Lots of yeast, with very light earthy malt flavors. Some floral hops, but not much. Mild spiciness. Good, but not the best tripel out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sask89 (514) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 29, 2010
Pours a mostly clear, golden orange colour with a frothy white head. The aroma is of various fruits, spice and some citrus hops. The taste is sweet and spicy with a little alcohol and a nice bitter finish. It is quite smooth on the palate. Overall a very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3856) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2010
330ml Bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a yeasty malt aroma. The taste was light, with very mild bitterness. It had a lively carbonation, which produced a large white head that kept the bubbles flowing. The finish was long and tasty. Over all this was an nice Tripel. Ive got to try more of these.

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