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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3342   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (19502) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2009
Great beer. Had some from the tap at Rattle n Hum. A nice, sweet malt aroma with notes of fruit. Flavor is also sweet, and powerful, an admirable blend of spice and alcohol. Finish is smooth and pleasant, with a warming mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomkrat2008 (23) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 26, 2009
My new favorite Belgian beer - taste is somewhere between Leffe blonde and Hoegarden. Too bad its quite expensive - 2,60 for a 0,3L bottle here in Slovakia is a bit too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2009
bottle from midway in denton tx. poured gold with a white head. aroma was banana, spices, lemon, and maybe some juicy fruit bubble gum. flavor was very spicey and dry with a strong alcohol presence. body was light-medium with high carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. The back label has a best before date of 03JJ and it was sampled on 6-23-09. Appearance: The body has a golden color with a cloudy haze. Inside there are little bits of tasty yeast floaters. The head on top is tall, long lasting and bright whit in color. As I drink it leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Smell: Right from the pop of the cap the aroma creeps out of the bottle. It has a bright nose with hints of lemon zest, fruity and funky Belgian yeast. Taste/Mouth: The flavor has sweetness up front with complex grainy malt flavor and a hint of clover honey. The middle sees fruity and funky yeast and mellow warming alcohol taking over and drying out the overall character. It then finishes bone dry with only a hint of herbal hops. The palate is medium bodied with good carbonation. Notes: This is an outstanding example of the style and a very satisfying beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
I have a cold and it even smells good! Malt and yeast combine to create a plesant aroma that tells you this is going to be good. Its clear, quite clear for a tripel. Great lacing and head, the bubbls contine to rise from the glass throughout the beer. The malt and yeast flavours are so well balanced that you cant tell the alcohol is there in such a high percentage. Very nice, I should like it even more with a proper functioning nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nisse666 (6651) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2009
On tapp at Tre sm rum Gteborg, 20091014 Lovely amber colour and aroma, fruit, syrup, yeast and a bit alcoholy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (15431) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (4255) - Linz, AUSTRIA - OCT 12, 2009
Bottled: Huge foamy head, hazy dark golden color. Aroma is fruity, yeasty with intensive notes of apricot, citrus and honey. Flavor is medium sweet with grainy and intensive fruity notes. Notes of apricot, almonds, some alcohol and apricot pancakes. Finish with herbal hops and hints of vermouth and a very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2009
bottled, pours medium golden with huge bright white head, apple/citrus notes with subtle bread background, sweet very calm malt flavor with mild citrus tones, slightest hint of hops in the end, no warm alcohol notes, very clean/crisp palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2153) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2009
33cl bottle from SAQ. Pours clear pale yellow with a medium head that is very short lived. Nose is yeasty fruits, very citrusy. Hints of honey and bana maybe. Carbonation is very lively. Taste is yeasty, estery and citrusy. Some alcohol but not that much. Finish is very dry and quite bitter. Interesting finish. A bit dusty. Ive had better bottles of this.

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