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


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - APR 30, 2008
Poured a hazy golden yellow tone with fierce carbonation and a densely packed creamy white head that lasted throughout. The nose was well spiced and sported a wheaty maltiness overlaid with tropical fruits, lemon zest and a peppery spiciness. The taste started with white bread maltiness and wispy yeast notes. A great blend of fruity sweetness like apple, papaya and mango counter the bold spiciness highlighted by the flavors of lemon zest and white pepper balancing it nicely. Zippy hops pop in the finish with a surge of alcohol for good measure. The feel was medium/full bodied with a nice velvety texture. This is a tripels tripel, a masterful blending of characters that make it dangerously quaffable. One of the finest examples of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
750 mL bottle. Slightly hazy yellow with fizzy white head. Earthy, bready, barn yard aroma. Bright lively palate. Sweet pear, green apple, and earthy taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshuabarclay (21) - CANADA - APR 26, 2008
Poured from the bottle into one of their nifty gift pack tulip glasses. Pale clouded tea color. Nose was vegetables, straight fresh greens. Head is small, 2 cm and very little lacing left on the glass. Light carbonation, very alcohol-heavy feel. Taste was the same, sweet greens and alcohol. The fermentation floats about in the mix the whole time which I found really fun. Some of it even floats up into the head. Very very unique tripel, quite brilliant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2008
33 cl bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a Tripel Karmeliet goblet.

App.: Clear golden with a formidable white foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Yeast and dough, citrus, honey, stone fruits, floral perfume, quite sweet. Palate: Medium-ish body, moderate effervescence. Flav.: Yeast/dough, grain and cereal, lighter fruits than the nose, still floral honey, a bit of citrus, alcohol comes through; on swallowing, there is more honey, vanilla, some light floral notes, a bit more alcohol and light citrus to finish; fairly sweet, a touch bright and only very subtly bitter.

Not a style a really dig. This is a nice example, but doesnt have characteristics that make me love it. Great glass though...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 21, 2008
For my money tripels dont get any better than this. Very robust in the nose and on the palate, but still quite creamy with just enough effervescence. The fruit that comes across in this, lots of rich honeysuckle, pears, and peaches, lemon zest, with some herbal grassy hoppiness that kind of bitters out the finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2363) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2008
330ml bottle. Hazy deep golden body with dense sizeable white head. Rich nose; grainy malt, honey, lemon, pepper, ripe fruit complexities. Fantastically creamy body, efferescent carbonation, smooth texture, sticky sweet but by not means cloying. Remarkable flavour, honey sweetness, balanced tremendously well with lemon zest and pear, grassy notes and pepper, ginger warmth, cinamon and apple, unimaginably complex and delicious. Quite possibly the nicest blond beer ive ever tried...fantastic!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - APR 18, 2008
22oz bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Towering Fizzy white head. Nose of honey and yeast. Good but unremarkable in that respect. At first sip I did not understand why this was so highly regarded. Taste is mostly yeast with hints of honey and citrus poking through. But then comes the finish, probably one of the best finishes in a beer Ive had yet. Starts of with hints of honey and lemon and a slight alcohol burn. Then a short hoppiness tempered by a strong dose of vanilla following with a huge caramel note that seems to linger forever. Fantastic and remarkably balanced. Should also be noted that as this beer warms more interesting things come out up front. Spices such as coriander and clove and some strong malt. I think I even detect some anise and ginger. Really worth of its rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2008
Bottle. Rich golden orange colour, huge gently fading white head. Sweet vanilla malt aroma. Flavour is full bodied with plenty of fruit, lots going on as this break dances on the palate. Incredibly well balanced. A top class Belgian !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkseduction (737) - 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.

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