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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kubilai (111) - , Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2009
Poor white head. Disapointing palate.Strong citrus/honey taste at first, smootly replaced by pears/floral yeast taste. Good, but far away from good typical belgian tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Straight forward, clean, dick-in-the-dirt tripel. Very effervescent and smooth. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2009
Bouteille de 330 ml. Nos yeux observe une bire de couleur or-cuivre et un col de mousse imposant et durable. Au nez on respire des armes de bl, de fleurs, de fruits (pche-mangue) sur un fond subtil dalcool. En bouche le corps est rond avec une effervescence faible-moyenne. On gote des saveurs de crales fraches, de levure fruite et de houblon floral. La finale prsente une lgre prsence dalcool qui enrobe le fruit. noter quune effervescence visuelle intense et visible. Alcoolis mais lger. Une bire dune grande finesse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crash83 (7) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2009 does not count
In bottle at Brasserie Beck in DC. Pours medium-amber with a thick white head. Fruity flavor with hints of honey and banana. Strong taste, medium-bodied. Well-carbonated yet smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 On tap at Uber Tavern. Pours golden with a sizeable white head. Aroma is not too powerful, mostly sugary yeast. Caramel malts and honey in the taste. Nice mouthfeel and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle, 33cl, in Trappist goblet. Pours golden, with short-lasting white head. Off-citrus on the nose, and disappointing on the palate, perhaps under the shop-lights too long. Pale shadow of the best Triples, but Ill give it another chance again, but for now, a poor imitation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2009
golden amber pour with a 1 finger thick white head. smell of sugar, dried fruits and musky yeast. very nice on the palate with a heavy fruit flavor backed with a musky yeast flavor. well carbonated and a good finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4559) - Sofia, BULGARIA - FEB 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 This is one of my favorite tripels out there. Hazy golden color with a thick white head. Good tropical fruit aroma with a little sweetness, decent hoppiness. Some yeast. Taste is yeasty with sweet malt, wheat, candi sugar, and light fruits. Medium-bodied and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eManu (544) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2009
Noticed the yeast inside the bottle and know that it would be a great beer. It pours a golden orange with a nice foamy head that would quickly settle to a thin white lace head. Its aromas are malty with an orange smell. Its flavors are strong of a nice blend of orange honey and malty. A little sweet and present yeast with a good carbonation. A very tastefull beer with lots of caracters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7922) - 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.

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