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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3342   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 11, 2006
YUM Poured with a massive head hard to keep in the glass golden color. Aroma was light fruits some floral, yeast and grass. Very carbonated. Flavor was much the same fruity with a sweet undertone. This was good YUM YUM.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fightfire4beer (132) - Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Bottle. Gold color with a thick white head. Fruity yeast aroma. Nice smooth sweet flavor with a mildly spicy bite that sneaks up on you. This is a good beer! A

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 Golden and very light white foam. But the Aroma was some lemon, cilantro, and orange. Also with notes of yeasty, spicy and slightly bitter. Also a slightly sweet, spicy and bitter finish with some apple aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Pours out a nice cloudy brown color with a huge beige head. Aroma is very yeasty. Flavor is super. Has a large amount of yeast in it and a sweet finish. Very nicly done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Bottle at the Charlotte Oktoberfest 2006. Big pour of mostly head from the reject that was pouring. The beer was too hot too, but it was still very good and I can imagine what its like when its at right temperature. Yellow in color with a white head. Smell is some hops, fruits, wheat, yeast, and some oak. Taste is very refreshing, not full of alcohol as most tripels I have drank are. Pretty interesting beer actually, one that I will need to revisit when I get motivated enough to buy some.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
dark golden hue, nice balanced nose, strong carbonated head, nice flavor, well balanced, complex, very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2006
A rating WAY over due. First sampled at my favorite cafe in Uden..on tap. This latest taste came from a bottle from Destin, FL. Hazy golden amber pour...nice malt nose and flavor. I enjoyed this more in The Netherlands. It is a balanced brew...mild spice...yeasty..great Belgian edge. Expensive here, but a nice treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Slightly cloudy blonde with huge overflowing head. A bit out of control with the head...but I dont mind. Sweet and yeasty aroma. Very smooth and very carbonated. A little bit of fruit. Nice and thick....awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Poured to a hazy golden-orange, with lots of carbonation that almost poured over the top of the glass. Snow-white head was thick and pillowy, and lingered through the entire drink, and reduced to excellent lacing up and down the glass. Aroma was a very pleasant blend of floral hops and spices, mostly clove and corriander. Taste was more of the same spices and floral hops, reminded me a lot of Duvel at this stage. Very long smooth finish topped this beer off. The only thing I noticed was that the alcohol became a little to evident at late glass, and I would recommend not letting hte beer warm all the way. But a most delicious beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
greenmanalishi (529) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 33cl bottle. Pours slightly cloudy light orange with a large, non-lasting head. Complex fruit flavours, apricot and peach are prominent, sweet finish but with a nice kick in it. Have probably been overly mean with my rating on the basis that these arent personally my favourite flavours, but it is a very interesting beer that I will come back to in the future.

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