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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3398   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kpresley77 (147) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Bottle courtesy of fonefan pours hazy golden with thick white head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit. First taste is sweet and strong carbonation burn. There is slight alcohol but it very well hidden and balanced. Some alcohol linger but pretty good tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jburns00 (1) - Atlanta, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2008 does not count
Excellent golden color, with just the right amount of alcohol to still be refreshing in the heat of summer, overall a very good tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Slightly strong alcohol finish, but overall a very nice tripel. Very clear, highly carbonated. Otherwise well balanced. Also slight lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Gold with a small white head. Soft, gentle nose of yeast, orange, pepper, real minor alcohol. Flavor is never aggressive like so many tripels, and instead is sweet and a little dusty with orange, pepper, and a nice, soft malt. A little sticky but quite refined, Karmeliet is a balanced, nuanced tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
missing (72) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Poured a burnished golden orange with a slight (but thick) head. Hints of both orange peel and pepper. Smooth and malty with a dry peppery finish. Carbonation was perfect. Deceptively low alcohol notes. Overall, one of my favorites by style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2008
Biere de couleur Or avec un bon collet non-collant. Arome de zest d’oranges, raisins, bananes, alcohol, gomme balloune. Gout tres sal, avoine, bananes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2008
Pours a hazy straw color from the bomber with a thick off-white head. Very yeasty, almost skunky, to the nose with a frothy mouthfeel and a sweet candy sugar taste. Improves as it warms, especially once the alcohol becomes noticeable on the finish. My favorite Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ckau (26) - north east, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Good beer with nice thick lacy white head, decent retention. Clear golden yellow color with consistent carbonation. flavors of clove banana with a punch of alcohol at the finish. Refreshing drink for a high gravity beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - SEP 3, 2008
Vibrant orange gold with big white fluffy head. So much fruit in the aroma. Vanilla definitley there, sweet malts. Dusty hops. Such a full mouthfeel. Sweetness first with biscuit and summer fruits, pithy, honey. drying out quickly with a crisp green lingering bitterness. Alcohol shows up briefly. Cracking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goba (71) - BRAZIL - SEP 1, 2008
I love strong belgian beers! Damasc in the aroma, along with orange peel already got me going. The colour was quite nice, some opaque golden to orange. The carbonation, though, didnt got me up. The foam was nicely white with little beige on it. And the flavor, mamma mia, all those fruits, citrics, little banana, the wheat esters, the oat esters, the oat, and the sweet barley touch. That beer made my day!

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