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


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RATINGS: 3318   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Gold hazy beer with an active white head, aroma is strong with fruit, mainly strawberries, flavor is super malty, slight tang, good amount of spices, finishes soft and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Bottle: Effervescent golden with a huge fluffy white head. When sediment is disturbed the beer develops a nice glowing cloudy appearance. Great yeasty aroma with a light pale malt sweetness as well- has a spicy phenolic character, honeyish herbal notes, freshly baking bread, wheat- full of nuance. Voluminous effervescent body. It has a hearty flavor with a crisp wheaty base and a hearty oat like presence. Has a bit of yeast character as well. Very dry with spicy phenolics- a bit peppery as well with an herbal balancing hop character. Quite spicy on the back. Everything a Tripel should be- dry, spicy and filled with nuance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Golden pour with white head. Spicey, sweet grainy aroma. Flavor is floral, sweet, some caramel. Mouthfeel is nice, a bit of a spicy finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle in to a tulip glass. Color is clear golden with a nice head that lingers. Nose was of banana, clove, and yeast. Light to medium mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation. Taste of fruity malt and spice. Very smooth. Very enjoyable to drink. One of my personal favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flamojune (113) - Ville de Quebec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2009
bottle. Tres belle couleur golden. Bonne au gout, produit de haute qualit. Malt, spices. Rafraichissante, pas forte au gout en alcool.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcdav2154 (449) - GERMANY - JUL 25, 2009
Amber body with big white head. Thick island of head stays in glass after the rest of the head left. Only disappointment was in the lack of sediment. I love the look of these kind of beers with sediment. Smells of lavender, oranges, cinnamon, sugar, and malt. Very nice smelling and a bit perfumey. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and crisp/clean. Tasted notes of orange, spice, slightly metallic but not in a bad way. A ton of lavender and melon. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Didnt get much head on my big bottle (wine bottle, corked). Taste was more like a pilsner than a tripel. Not sure about whether it needed more aging, or just wasnt quite my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
simoneopazz (148) - , ITALY - JUL 20, 2009
non il mio genere di birra preferito,ma riconosco che un ottima birra! il colore di un bellissimo biondo oro,a livello olfattivo davvero intrigante,si evidenziano note tendenti al fruttato.risulta una birra poco amara,e dal gusto bello complesso,ma secondo me troppo dolce!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours golden yellow coloured with a lasting huge foamy egg white head. Beautiful lacings. Floral aroma with notes of malt, spice, orange fruit and hops. Sweet and fruity flavour with notes of peaches, oranges, pale malt, cereal, yeast and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Holy crap! This poured, from the little 330 ml bottle, an explosive HUGE foamy light tan head. It had to be the biggest Ive ever seen, but it eventually faded away to almost nothing. The aroma was mostly fruity with some floral undertones, and the colour was a cloudy medium gold. The taste was again fruity with some caramel lurking in the background. A truly marvelous beer.

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