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


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RATINGS: 3415   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFanDan17 (1106) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2009 Sampled from a big 750 ml corked bottle. Pours a golden color, pretty clear not as hazy as I was expecting. Nice frothy head which leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is bananas, vanilla and maybe a little grassy or hay-like which remains nice even after the bottle breathes a while. Smooth, pretty easy drinking but with a full enough mouthfeel. The flavor is much of the same; citrus, banana, vanilla with a little bit of a tangy tart alcohol presence. Somewhat spicy flavors which balances it nicely. Flavor doesnt necessarily jump out at you but its very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwser (119) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
De couleur or et orange, donne une bonne mousse blanche qui disparat assez vite pour laisser une fine dentelle. Parfum de crales, surtout le bl ferment, dpices, de citron, de gingembre et de rsine. Got liquoreux, alcool trs prsent, chaud et piquant. Il y a bien du sucre et une finale lgrement cendre. Un dcle un lger got de sirop drable? Bouche assez simple malgr la richesse du got, ptillant et piquant. LAlcool bien senti rchauffe. Trs bonne bire. Importations Biropholie, bouteille de 33cl, bue dans le verre du brasseur. Une trs belle exprience!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours a golden amber with large white head. Malts and spicy aroma with strong taste of alcohol. Medium bodied, I found this one a little too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4972) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2008
Copper in color with a large head that quickly disappears. Strong smell of alcohol and sweet malt. Three different grains give it some character. Strong is taste with a warm alcoholic burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2008
bottle (750ml) from the beginning of 2007..... pours a semi-hazy and sprite golden brown with an overflowing fluffy white head..... light citrus, bready esthers, and a general sweet malt profile make up the nose..... flavors lended to an overwhelming amount of sweet candied sugar that was too much for its own good. a lively mouthfeel provided little escape to cloying sweetness.... i cant say that im a big fan of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Piggy (27) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 4, 2008
white forming head, nicely carbonated, smells fruity with some spices with a hint of honey, taste is very honey like and smooth, goes down easy and has a great refreshing alcoholic finish to it, an all around great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - APR 3, 2008
Bottle. Pours golden with thick white head. Aroma is sweet fruit mixed with some spice. Taste is slightly spicy nicely bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2233) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2008
1000th rating for this one. pour is a clear light orange with a huge off-white head, good lacing. smell is faint, sweet fruit, yeast, some banana. taste is tangy, somewhat sweet, apple, pear, some banana, some yeast, a little spice. overall a strange mouth-feel and aftertaste.

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