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


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RATINGS: 3361   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmmbeer (1405) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2008
11.2 oz bottle poured into tulip- poured transparent tan-yellow, an off white head formed and quietly bubbled away, some lacing. Aroma of yeast and various sweet fruit. Hits the mouth with a medium body, carbonation noticed, somewhat acidic, fruit notes are present but mild, finish with hops kicking in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ba2008 (25) - USA - JAN 2, 2008
Pours bright golden. Very clear until the yeast comes in. Nice head that dies out kind of quickly. Smell is deliciously complex. Very fruity smelling, yeast, pears, honey, melon, candy sugar, apples, bananas, clove, other spices. Glorious!!! Taste is also pretty impressive. More fruity ala pears, melons, banana, etc....clove, coriander, candied sugar, honey, very quaint alcohol detected when I try to find it. Only 8% abv, which is low for a tripel, but very well hidden nonetheless. The low alcohol content makes this one even more drinkable than it already is due to the flavor and aroma alone. Mouthfeel is above-medium body, definitely has some body to it. Very refreshing. Finish is semi-dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2008 the beer has a great smell, Complex flavours of the 3grains and yeast, hops. the color is orage gold en the head is white

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 sampled blind at "Better Know a Style: Abbey Tripel". pours clear golden with white head. nose of green apple, yeasty, windex. flavor sweet awful sprite like taste. lemony, yeasty, awful. ill have to re-rate this because perhaps this bottle didnt hold up to the year of age it had on it. hated at the tasting.1.9.

8/12/08, finally a re-rate! on tap at maproom. pours clear golden with foamy white head. nose is perfumy and cloves. flavor is perfume, sweet honey and biscuit, a spicy and estery yeast finish. i can’t stand this style but i must admit this just screams quality brewing techniques.3.7.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (15126) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2015 Rating is an alalgam of years of drinking this.
Rerate: Tap (Olletek, Tallinn) (8:4:8:4:16=4.0)
This is simply a superb tripel, the beautiful perfumey aromas are stunning. Utterly world class.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Von Krahl, Tallinn) (8:4:8:4:15=3.9)
Poured dreadfully, didnt even fit into the pint glass I was given!?!? Fortunately the aromas were gorgeous - so perfumey, so floral, the wheat really making its prescence felt. Tasted superb too, just a gently bitter bite. Full and succulent palate. Loved every sip, and went back for a 2nd bottle before Id even finished the first (I couldnt bare to be with an empty glass).
rerate of: 750ml bottle - shared by Janne - thanks! (7:4:8:4:14=3.7)
Gold, small head. Beautiful sweet fruity aroma. Very soft malty body. Some bite of alcohol and hops - tingles for quite a while. Very sophisticated. Wheat and hops in perfect balance.
Rerate of (7-4-7-4-13=3.5)
330ml bottle (Punavuoren Ahven, Helsinki, Belgian Weeks)
Very belgian - yeasty. Palate soft. Hazy light orange. Gentle hoppy taste, light grains. Little bit of almond. Some raw hops too.
Rerate of (6-3-8-3-14=3.4)
Bottle (Bon Vivant, Riga) Slightly hazy orange, thin head. Fruity esters and some toffee-like malt in the aroma. Soft succulent malty taste, alcohol carries a mellow fruity component too, and the 8.5% is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (9368) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2007
bottle. Cloudy pale golden yellow, large head. Sweet malty and fruity with hints of spices and lemon, coriander and clove. Slightly hoppy and very full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 26, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 Bottled 33cl. 8.1 ABV. It pours a light golden beer with a big white head. Lively carbonation. A beautiful tripel. The nose is of peaches, cinnamon, mint, cloves, coriander and rosemary with a nice peppery background. Some strawberries and apples showing up too. Quite a lot of coriander, rosemary and strawberries in the taste. Full bodied. Peppery with peaches, cloves and cinnamon appearing. Slightly acidic, but in a good way. Extremely well balanced and remarkably spicy, peppery (mentioning it again deliberately), with hints of lemon and oranges. The mouthfeel is very enjoyable. Rather malty with some lovely flowery hops. A tremendously complex brew. Some berries and lime sneaking in after after a few sips. The finish is extraordinary. Peppery, yeasty, woody with an outstanding lingering fruity touch accompanied by reminiscent licorice. The quintessential tripel. This beer not only has all the qualities of a good, dry and woody tripel, but reveals a distinguished fruitiness as well. Additional comment: Wonderful indeed. The initial score remains. Third rerate (from 4.6 to 4.2): Appearance: Murky golden. Marvellous lacework. Aroma: The nose is mainly of earthy hops, grapefruit, a lot of banana, cork, raspberry and melon. Very good taste with a beautiful hop profile. Wonderfully fruity and peppery. A fine tripel. But it misses the greatness that I expected. Flawless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bozoNZ (776) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2007
Tasted at Uni Canty Staff club tasting 10/12. Cloudy golden, delecate milky thick head. Candy sugar aroma. Dry/sweet, creamy with big spanking belgian yeast flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8750) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2007
75 cl bottle. Pours a cloudy golden hue with a thick frothy white head. The aroma suggests apples, yeast, and a nice malt. The taste is great: a smooth fruity flavor most like apple. Also there is the ever present Belgian yeast, which I love. A nice malt presence and spices also. Dry and sort of fizzy mouthfeel. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - DEC 23, 2007
Appearance: blond color. Great head, whitish-yellowish color, rocky and lasting. Aroma: pale malts and wheats smells. Intensively aromatic hops. Honey, yeast and fruits reminiscences like banana, papayas and oranges. Herby tones from hops. Flavor: sweet start from wheat, barley and oats (in this order), that quickly is balanced for the alchollic degree and a light dryness, lasting and herbal hoppy. Like in the noose, there are reminiscences of honey, vanilla, cookies and butter. Fruitiness like blond raisins, orange in syrup, papayas and banana. Warming and some mentholated final. Wheaty aftertaste. Palate: medium body and an exquisite soft, creamy and semi-oily texture (maybe for the barley and wheat not malted and the oats.). Medium carbonated. Complex, balanced and an exquisite texture. Tripel in the three dimensions, it this: dry, three grains and high alcoholic degree.

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