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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3321   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14527) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (14481) - 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 (14342) - 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 (14284) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13782) - 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 (13563) - 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 (13442) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13397) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2005
Bottle 0,33 L. Frothy white excellent head. Yellow cloudy colour. Lots of citrusaroma. Powerfull tripel taste. Long finish. Very nice palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (13208) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (13081) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2008
A beautiful golden amber ale with a super thick white head. A sweet brown sugar and honey aroma, a bit oxidized, with berries and vanilla. In mouth, a sweet vanilla malt with coriander, oily mouthfeel, medium bodied. This bottle is BB17/11/06 and was tasted Dec. 6 2008, so 2 years pasted its prime. Signs of ageing. Sweetness comes out more intense with the Swedish Farmers cheese.

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