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


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RATINGS: 3384   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle at home. Strawyellow - big white head. Aroma: apple, fruits, nice hoppy. Taste: Sweet, honey, straw, flowery, wheat, light lemon, light licorice, smooth. A bit too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (15024) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2011 Bottle and draught tasted at Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Slightly hazy yellow / golden color, huge white head. Smell lightly bitter with a slight hint of sourness. Average, ordinary taste: some bitterness, alcohol and slightly fruity. Expected it to be better. Way too much carbo. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14771) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Light stone fruit and banana aroma. Slightly hazy medium gold color with a vigorous real ale white head that laces. Starts fruit sweet, could be a mix of peach and orange, might not be; it then has a hit of yeastiness, gets a change in sweetness, seems to have some hop, but might be a bit of fruit peel without the sugar. Finishes very dry (after all the sugar runs through your mouth). A bit puckery despite the sweetness. As it warms, it seems that orange definitely comes forth in both aroma and flavor. Complex little thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (14583) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2009
Bottle. Golden- orange colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, citrus, banana, malt, spices. Flavour is fruit, malt, citrus, banana, spices, alcohol. Full bodied nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (14172) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle - Hay, banana, pineapple and some spice. Pale cloudy yellow and a thin white head. Effervescent, banana, fruit and sweet yeast. Nice trippel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14114) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle. Poured a clear amber with a huge frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Good citrus and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with fizzy carbonation. Heavy bitter sweet flavor with and average finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (14039) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2003
Bottle Conditioned. Golden cloudy beer with yeasty beige head. Plenty of cereal in a pleasant way, nicely spiced like an apple pie with cloves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13892) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2002
Golden body with a medium white head. Spicy (pepper and mint)and sweet apple aroma. Flavor is delicious -- peach, spicy, flowery. Alcohol noticeable but not overwhelming. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (13810) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 13, 2008
Bottle. Golden color with some small floaties, lots of carbonation, and a big and rather stable white head. Aroma of yeast, fruits, spices, some malty notes and hints of hops. Sweetish flavor at first with some malt, a bit of caramel and some oatmeal character, then turns spicier and drier with yeast and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Medium to full-bodied. Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13802) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2013
Bottle at The Speaker. It pours golden with a thick white head. The nose is earth, dough, hay, floral, light fruitiness and spice. The taste is hay, floral, light herbal, apple, fresh pear, nectarine, dough, earth, touch of bitterness, underlying alcohol warmth with a dry, crisp finish. Med-full body, effervescent carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. Good depth of flavour. I often find triples too sweet, but this example has the balance spot-on. A classic.

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