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


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RATINGS: 3226   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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Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2007
Poured from 33cl bottle into a Trappist glass. One finger white head that dissipated almost instantly. Perfumy fruit aroma...wow! Heavy on the bananas. Beautiful brownish orange color. One of the finest looking tripels I have seen. Don’t want to ruin the presentation by tasting it but...perfumy or floral aroma carries over into the flavor. Initially very tangy, then subtle ending. Alcohol is very sneaky...(this is my third +8 ABV in 2 hours though). 98th percentile????? YES! Give me Karmeliet or give me...Karmeliet, please. Highly recommend!

josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2007
Dark golden color. Flowers, fruit, and honey in aroma. Citrus taste with hops and barley undertones

tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2007
wow interesting beer, spicy belgian nose to it, lemon, pepper, yeasty. nice colour kinda straw yellow, nice big head. some baanana in the flavour, again belgian spices a little hop bitterness, crisp and dry. good beer, at beer bistro.

JoeinDahlem (1560) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 17, 2007
Lovely opaque, bright orange with a tall head of foam. Smells like oranges, honey and alcohol. Sweet but tasty, oranges and light malt. Very lively mouthfeel and a boozy finish. Too sweet for me, and a bit out of balance with the sugar and alcohol.

alainbr (11) - Paris, FRANCE - APR 15, 2007
Uses three types of grains, hence the "tripel" in its name, which gives a very nice balanced taste.

marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2007
Fruity, hoppy apple juice aroma with an ever so slight skunkiness. Light golden blonde color with a fizzy white head. Flavor is fruity leaning towards citrus and apples, lightly bitter finish, but another level of sweetness over the top. Hightly carbonated with a fresh bite on the tongue. Lively creamy mouthfeel. Refreshing.

gnoff (10711) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2015 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 4/13/2007
(33 cl bottle at The Rover, Göteborg)
Shady golden color, big white lasting fluffy head. Flowery, fruity and honey scent. Spritzy yeasty aftertaste. Spritzy high co2 mouthfeel. Spicy yeasty taste. Low bitterness.

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(Draught at The Rover, Göteborg)
Slight shady golden color, big white lasting head. Spicy, estery and phenolic scent. Also plastic and band-aid. Phenolic sweet taste. Spicy aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.

ChrisTurner (209) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Bottle -- Golden yellow in colour with active carbonation and a dense white head that lasts well. Fruity sweetness in the aroma with a beautifully spicy edge. Not as full a mouthfeel as I’d expect. Bananas and fruitiness in the flavour with a dry finish. Superb.

Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 10, 2007
On tap at Map Room and Hop Leaf in Chicago. Best abbey tripel I’ve had. I think it’s maybe a touch smoother than La Fin Du Monde. To my tongue, many Belgians tripels taste a little worse for the wear after the warm, long journey to my local tap. They don’t seem to hide the flaws as well as the dubbels or Belgian strong ales. This one seemed to hold up pretty well-- no oxidation or off flavors detected. Try it on tap if you get the chance-- one of the easier to drink Belgians.

Palidor19 (3189) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2007
The taste seems quite simple, yet its a got a real quality. taste is citrus and simple spices. Its very clean yet has the presence have a true classic. The Alcohol is handled very well.

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