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


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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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2008 750ml green bottle. Pours with a foamy to nearly fizzy white head that fades quickly over the clear burnt yellow body. Very little lace, and not really appealing compared to just about any other Tripel I have ever had. Aroma of banana esters, dry fruit, honey pear, apple, candi sugar and alcohol. Taste is sweet on the mouth with a light and smooth character. Juicy ripe pear that lingers and a bit of cotton candy, alcohol and bread in the finish. Thinnish mouthfeel and dry with lively carbonation. This beer lets down in appearance and mouthfeel, but its classic Tripel taste and aroma make up for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iceman82 (32) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Pours a gorgeous light golden color, with an amazing head. As beautiful as the head was, it didnt last at all. Aromas of clove, coriander, maybe vanilla too. Flavor is very fruity...apple, banana and pear. Awesome beer...Ill be buying more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Justinsvt (9) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2009 does not count
Pours a wonderful golden color with a small foamy head. Very strong flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrP00tz (17) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2009
WTF, this beer gave p00tz tha hiccups. Smells like candy, and the name makes p00tz think of the best food in tha world, the veggie parm. Parmeliet, yo! Seriuosly, its got the fizzy flava and enough of the stank. p00tz can get wit this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dervock (1100) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2009
Pours a golden marmalade with a large head. Quite well carbonated, found the same as Nathan, head didnt last long enough. Fresh clean lemony aroma. Would never pick this beer as an 8.4%ABV it tastes so light. Thye flavour is very clean with spiced citrus and a dry finish. Really liked this, I think its one Ill end up buying again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (5785) - Freising, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2009
(bottle) pours a clear golden colour with a small, foamy head. aroma of peppery, citric hop spices, honey, banana and light tropical fruits. flavour is the same, with peppery spices in the foreground and some grain. medium-bodied, with fizzy carbonation and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmm635 (1000) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Bright golden yellow color with a creamy, fluffy white head. Looks great in a nice snifter. Aroma was really strong yeast with hints of bananas and citrus. The citrus flavor was much more apparent in the taste. Very lively on the tongue and finishes clean and crisp. Highly recommend!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Draught at TJs: Aroma of grassy hops, light yeast, pale malts, and floral hops. Very fresh scent. Poured gold/yellow in color with a medium-sized, foamy, white head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly bitter. Tastes of fresh hops, pale malts, grass, grains, pollen, and flowers. Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy, grainy, finish. 8%ABV is undetectable. Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (9943) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2009 TAP: at the Bulldog (St. Paul, MN) on 1.31.09. Pale gold pour, some alcohol on the nose, along with some spice and mild fruit. Malty mouthfeel. Flavor of candied fruits, yeast, spice - quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seta18 (12) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Very nice Belgian Blond Beer. Great Color and Aroma. Have had several times before. Better on tap, however, still very good in a bottle. Does not have the feel of an 8% beer.

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