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


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RATINGS: 3363   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkseduction (731) - Zweibrcken, GERMANY - APR 15, 2008
Bottle 33cl. Pours a golden coloured tripel, slightly cloudy. White head that disappears quickly. Average carbonation. Broad malty taste, strong ethylic aftertatste. The composition of ingredients seems to fit, round taste overall. In my opinion much better than Westmalle Tripel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011 A great tripel... not what youd expect from your everyday Belgian. And this is a fine example. Solid, almost cloudy gold color with an airy white head. A fresh, soured fruit aroma. In the mouth... more like a wine cooler! Very light, spritey, and slmost like a pilsener in hop profile and bitterness. The carbonation sticks with the beer as it downs, almost distracting you from the finish. Makes me burp! Hard for un-fans of Belgians to stomach, but good. I suppose. Wholesome body, handsome head, sweet and malty, with noticeable coriander.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (13693) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 13, 2008
Bottle. Golden color with some small floaties, lots of carbonation, and a big and rather stable white head. Aroma of yeast, fruits, spices, some malty notes and hints of hops. Sweetish flavor at first with some malt, a bit of caramel and some oatmeal character, then turns spicier and drier with yeast and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Medium to full-bodied. Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2008
Orange pour,thin to no head,carbonation willing.Aroma clove,orange,wheat,sweet smell of barley,figs.Flavour coriander,wheat figs,cloves,grain flavours particularly good.Cloves have amagic about them.Ginger is there,finish spice,malt,grain full flavour,slight sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gowdy (1058) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - APR 13, 2008
Bottle at home. bread, spruce, golden, hazy, aminimal head, light sweetness, light body, lively,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2008
Clear and light in appearance...moderate sweetness that does not overwhelm. Flavors of pear and white grapes. Dry in finish, not bitter. Pretty standard tripel here, but more complex than the American comparisons.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Orange gold big, foamy white head / Delicate nose of bananas, apples, lemons, and spice / Medium body, aggressive carbonation, some malt oomph, crisp acidity, and good, lasting, semi-sweet finish / Tart flavors of green apple, banana, lemon, orange, caramel, and coriander / Terrific.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
this is my favorite triple at the moment....great estery nose.....bigger body then alot of the other examples...but great fruity flavor and clean maltyness finishes up great....awesome stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFanDan17 (1096) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - APR 8, 2008
(cleaning out my beer bottle collection as pictured in my profile and utilizing ratebeer.com) As I recall, this was very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2008
stark white cotton head rose up and out of the tulip glass quickly, oops. easy, restrained dusty yeast aroma has hints of lemon and wheat. theres a sweetness to the oats, a dry character to the wheat and the foggy abbey yeast throughout.

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