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


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RATINGS: 3348   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Poured a hazy bright yellow with a huge amount of froathy white head that does not go away one bit. Aroma is caramel, lemon, banana, and slight brandy alcohol. Flavor was much more bitter than i expected from a tripel, citrus lemon flavor definitely there. Overall, decent, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (8182) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2006
this is a trippel (i would have just written that over and over but a review might be helpful)...appetizing o ya!...fruity and delcious...big fizzy head..very complex...i can see this brewer makes deus...sprintzy...1 of the best trippels ever!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
starflyer58 (26) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Aroma: sweet, malty, yeast, metal, fruit, hay Appearance: large head initially, mostly diminishing, fair lacing, golden/yellow/sparkling Flavor: moderately sweet, lightly bitter, Palate: body-medium, texture-dry/watery, carbonation-soft, finish-metalic/alcohol Overall: It has been one of my favorite Tripels so far.... the fruitiness comes out if you have it at the right temp.... which I think should be only slightly chilled.... and someone mentioned flowers in the taste... I can totally get that....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davegore (223) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2006
poured with an extremely lively head so beware. fruity aroma, peaches maybe or pear?, brilliant sparkle to the beer, golden colour very nice to look at and even better to taste, slightly dry on the finish, more fruit at the very end, my first try at a triple but will have to find some more. very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Bottle. Cork popped off and hit my ceiling. Pours clear golden with big bubbly and fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy, fruity, earthy and alcohol. Taste is fruity up front like plums/peaches and then smoothes out with yeasty and malt. Finishes with a peach taste. Finishes dry. Medium body. Nice carbonation, like a sparkling wine. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (24478) - Malm, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2006
Bottle. Hazy yellow colour with a big longlasting white head. Swet malty aroma. Sweet malty fruity and yeasty flavor, with some spicy hints. Sweet malty spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrappistMike (11) - GERMANY - JUN 23, 2006
Big head. Be careful when pouring this beer. The taste is very good and complex and the aroma is very nice as well. Strong corbonation gives this beer a sparkling white or champagne like texture and it compliments the wheat and fruit like taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle from the World Beer Festival - Richmond on 06/20/2010. Slightly hazy golden body with a medium rocky white head. Spicy and belgian aroma. Spicy belgian flavor with sweet malt. Medium body with high carbonation. 6/3/7/4/14 - 3.4 06/21/2006 - Clear dark golden color with a creamy white head. Sweet candi sugar aroma. Sweet caramel malt aroma and hints of candi sugar. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2006
750ml corked bottle. Bright gold with huge white head, last pour hazy with yeast sediment. Nose of apples, pear, hay, metal, mineral, funk, yeast, and some malt sweetness. Flavor is a nice blend of light fruit and dry yeast, slightly sweet throughout, with a drying, biting finish. Lively carbonation is not overdone. Nicely done, could be a bit deeper in flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (9156) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2006
Bottle. White very high astonishingly creamy and good-looking head. Hazy light yellow body. Banana aroma. Flavor dominated by carbonation and a pleasant bitterness. Not what I expected from a beer whith banana flavor and a head like that. Pleasant surprise.

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