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


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RATINGS: 3272   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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arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Pours hazy yellow with fluffy white head, aroma is sweet floral, cereal, banana, bubblegum, and clove. Taste is sweet banana and bubblegum much more than the clove and spice counterpart, alcohol hidden well. Nice brew, but on the sweet side for me.

Forsberg_dk (258) - DENMARK - MAY 14, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2012 33 cl bottle, pours clear golden with a nice white head, aroma of fruit, wheat and grain, taste follows the nose, lots of carbonation, medium body, smooth finish.

Metalchopz (3529) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2010
Had this one at the Bier Markt in Toronto (in 2007). Best before date on label was 18/01/09. Poured a hazy golden colour with a big slightly off-white head. The retention was decent, but had not much lacing. Just a small coating on the brew stayed and a ring around the glass. Came with its big tulip glass too. Wow ! At first smell, it had a beautiful spicy nose. After breathing a bit, it did go slowly away, but definitely awesome at first. The mouthfeel was smooth with a slight stickiness. Alcohol was present in the taste, but was very-well mixed. Mild vanilla with some refreshing fruitiness, like light fruits (apples mostly). Good smooth drinking Belgian brew with a very nice scent.

BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2010
750ml bottle split with DarkBeerChick from Spec’s in Austin. Pours a golden, lightly hazed body topped with a craggy ivory-colored head. Aroma is complex and a combination of yeast, spicy, wheat, hints of vanilla and light citrus. Flavor is lightly sweet, yeasty, spicy (cloves and nutmeg), just a touch of citrus and a very mild hop bitter. Active carbonation that practically dances on your tongue. A great tripel and a good benchmark for all others to aspire to.

Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2010 330 ml bottle that I purchased nearly two years ago. Pours a brilliant, clear gold with significant rising carbonation and a fluffy white head that slowly subsides to a creamy cap and sheeting lace. The nose is of sweet, clean apple and apple skin with a fruity, spicy Belgian yeast note in support. Medium-bodied and velvety soft with abundant fine carbonation and a mildly spicy, dry finish; very, very nice. The flavor follows the nose with a seamless blend of the sweet/fruity (apple) and dry/spicy qualities. This beer is so well balanced and constructed, I will be amazed if I ever find another "traditional" tripel that I consider its peer.

Niko100 (2994) - Chicago, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Hazy amber/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of yeast, citrus, some clove, & subtle fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, fruit (notably bananas), spice, citrus, and some hops; Finish is dry; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, a great tripel - I did enjoy it.

otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Why-oh-why must she come to me in a green corked 750ml bottle?!

There is a fine dusting of yeast at the bottom of her green champagne bottle depths. Bottle-conditioned? I would say so. According to her wire cage, she is good until December 2010, more than enough time to mature a bit in her glassy confines. Of course, I’m all for trying a beer fresh also which is exactly what I did not too long ago. Clear golden grains freshly harvested from the fields gather neatly in my glass below fluffy white clouds. A brilliant stream of bubbles burst their way through to the surface, pushing the clouds aside and releasing a delicious nose. Sweet and rich, ripe tangerines release tantalizing esters as I peel their skins aside, sticky juices tracing their way down my wrist and arm. Orange and apricot marmalade is slathered generously atop freshly toasted hunks of white bread. Honey straight from the comb joins her juicy marmalade friends for a purely selfish indulgence of toasted bliss. Lemon skin and pith plays in the background while lavender and sunflower esters drift along a warm spring breeze. Tripel Karmeliet exudes spring, when Mother Nature starts to breathe life and glory into her winter-weary children. White pepper and grains of paradise spice up the picture, but more in the background then the foreground, complimenting the lemon zest already there. I don’t know about you, but I’m thirsty so without further ado… Smooth with a mildly effervescent mouthfeel. Fresh honey and homemade orange and apricot marmalade kiss my lips with delightfully sticky nectar while whole loaves of soft white breads are removed from time-worn brick ovens. Soft oats abound, a testament to one of the three prized grains used in the brewing of this particular Tripel. Crunchy white water crackers offer a pleasant contrast while only a gentle kiss of dryness lingers after each quaff. Floral and honey esters tinge my breath even as lemon, white pepper, and grains of paradise refresh my weary body. A bottled spring day spent lazing about golden fields of grain while a flower bed sways lazily in a gentle spring breeze. Take that long moment of Zen, bottle it, and call it Tripel Karmeliet.

I really wish she didn’t come in a green glass bottle, but what’s a gal to do. Thankfully, my brew suffered none of the potentially skunked fates that can await a beer bottled in anything other than brown glass. I understand now why Tripel Karmeliet enjoys a cultish status of sinfully delicious quaffability. Much like Duvel, so easy to drink made all that more dangerous by her generous ABV.

CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2010
750 ml. bottle from Mac’s on West Peachtree. Light orange and dark yellow appearance. Translucent brew with a foamy head that seems to be fading away rather quickly. Bubblegum, yeast, sugar, light banana, clove, and a touch of grass provide a very nice nuanced aroma. Light spicy aroma as well. Wow, I’m very impressed with this aroma; U.S. versions of the tripel seem as though they’re starting to become more artificial-smelling and tasting. This beer is too carbonated. Mother fucker, I am sick and tired of tripels drinking like soda-water for God’s sake. Spicy notes are hitting the taste buds. I’m also betting that yeast, sugar, and bubblegum. The clove and banana aren’t really coming through as they were in the aroma. The flavor is relatively nice, but I can’t understand how or why someone would come to the conclusion that this much carbonation is necessary for a beer. The carbonation is caustic and just biting the hell out of my tongue and mouth. There are some nice flavors here, but the carbonation just kills a lot of what could be considered a stellar tripel.

dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Pours clear golden with fizzy, 1/2 finger white head. Effervescent, and gorgeous. Lots of apple and pear notes in the nose with mild bread. Dry and tart with apple and pear, slightly grainy with very little bitter. No noticeable alcohol A great tripel.

Listigovers (1312) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2010
Beautiful beer, golden with a nice white head. Smells lovely with lots of spice. The spiciest beer I’ve ever tasted, enormous flavour, much more than your average tripel. Cloves and herbs in the lingering aftertaste, and it prickles your tongue as you swallow. This is a GREAT beer.

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