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


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RATINGS: 3288   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3159) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Re-rate, Jan 28, 2007: Draft at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/chicag Map Room. Bright brass color with a light head. Crispy malt smell. Taste shows thick, syrupy tripel malts. Lots of Belgian sugar, with only mild bitterness. Hews very close to style, which is nice in its own right, I guess.

Original Rating: Feb. 7, 2005: Corked bottle. Big foaminess on pour. Color is a dark straw, if such a description is possible. A bit of banana ester that threatens to overwhlem the rest of the taste. Then I get a touch zinfandel wine for some reason. Very interesting.

BenCL (17) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2017
Drank on 15/12/2017, from I.B.S.

Appearance: 2.5 – This poured a massive head with good lacing.Yellow golden.

Smell/Aroma: 3 – Banana, fruity yeast, sweet, slightly bready/malty. citrus, spice. A lot of undefinable lovely yeast character.

Taste: 4 – Slight bready malt, sweet malt, banana, clove, fruity, oaky, rich. Good balanced bitterness. The high alcohol is there but balanced, a very slight medicinal character. Again theres a lot of lovely original interesting yeast here as well that just hard to pin. Subsides to a nice bitter finish that doesnt stay too long, ready for the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Palate: 3 – Big, viscous, full, rich, but not overbearing, not cloying nor does it hang around too long.

Overall: 4 – Always a fantastic beer. Well made, well balanced, big but not overbearing, not over the top. Maybe even a 4.5. This is a classic.

evannell (1442) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 10, 2017
No i chyba się nie znam na Triplach. Nie powiedziałbym, że to numer jeden na świecie. Aromat bananowo-brzoskwiniowy, trochę skórki od chleba. W smaku słodkawo, przyjemnie, piwnicznie; tu również banany i troszkę mocno dojrzałych śliwek. Niegłupie. I co mam powiedzieć, że piłem lepsze?

theswiftsa (123) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2017
Pours opaque pale straw with a thin white head that doesn’t last long. Nose is banana. Taste is very carbonated up front with some banana and clove notes and mild earthiness to finish. Very light and not overly sweet. Great on a hot day.

ANZUShophunter (598) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2017
From bottle in Belgian ale glass. Pours golden, slightly hazy with big billowing head. Banana is obvious in nose and taste, and (as others commented) cloves and white pepper along with high CO2 make for spicy, zesty finish

Jimbob22 (16) - - DEC 9, 2017
Very fizzy, more like a Champaign than a beer. High alcohol percentage but not bitter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

yoxik75 (293) - Wroclaw, POLAND - DEC 9, 2017
Uzupełnienie profilu notatki
Piana drobna puszysto biała, trwała, zdobi szkło. Kolor jasne, żółte, leciutko zmętnione. Aromat korzenno przyprawowy od drożdży, zbożowo słodowy, przyjemny. Smak słodowy, ostry przyprawowy, korzenny, lekko szorstki, guma balonowa, estry owocowe typowo belgijskie. Nagazowanie wysokie, piwo wytrawne z ukrytym alkoholem. Bardzo Dobre

Beerberella (7) - FRANCE - DEC 8, 2017 does not count
Slightly disappointed with this beer, or rather with it's categorisation. Too sweet for a triple IMHO

szczupaczu (210) - Rurzyca, POLAND - DEC 8, 2017
Ocena na podst. notatek celem uzupełnienia profilu na RB. Ze wspomnień tylko ta przeklęta kolendra, z zapisków również. Nic nie poradzę że nie trawię. Poza tym bardzo dobre.

pbl (150) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 6, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 Perfect appearance. Banana, clove, pink and white pepper in aroma. Light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, thin feel, fizzy,

Sven1973 (562) - GERMANY - DEC 5, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2017 Flasche in einem Burgerladen in Brüssel. Trübes Bernstein, viel Schaum. Aroma: Hopfen, Zitrus, Südfrüchte. Geschmack: Getreide, Südfrüchte (Maracuja), sauer.

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