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


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RATINGS: 3272   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerIsMyGod (17) - Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Had this for the first time last night...came from the tap in its own glass. Had a tanned blonde color and soft head. I had a somewhat difficult time picking up the scent...I don’t know if it was where I was, or if my nose wasn’t working. The taste was fantastic though. It was hard to pick out an individual flavor, but it was a nice fruity blend that seemed to have a slightly peachy taste. In addition, I could sense a nice sugar lingering in the background. Overall, a great beverage that I want to try again...this time from a bottle.

gripweed57 (2861) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2017
33 cl bottle. Honey gold color Kis topped by a massive frothy white head. Complex, yeasty, sweet malt notes. Honey, vanilla and lemon zest. Crisp, sweet, lemony flavor upfront. Notes of vanilla, wheat, banana, sweet yeast bread and lemon. Quite complex, with subtle boozy notes. A very tasty an approachable Belgian Tripel.

midovark (1075) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - NOV 16, 2017
0.33 l bottle. Pours deep golden with huge head. Nose is vivid fruity-flowery with some yeasty touch and slight booz. Taste is more or less the same with short sweetish finish. Medium to heavy bodied with lively carbonation. Lovely.

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JNyberg (3) - - NOV 5, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2017 Äpple, Fransk Äppelcider, Jäst, Frukt. En i smakväg underhållande Tripel. Toner av citrus.

Villyzzz (452) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours golden with a big white head. Aroma Belgian yeast, fruits, and mild spices. Taste is quite sweet dried fruits, spices and some yeast. Really nice.

rodenbachvintage (171) - Roeselare, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2017
Tripel Karmeliet is met stip de beste commerciële tripel die er is. Fruitig, granen, lichte honingtoets. Scoort punten qua originaliteit. Waar vele tripels in dezelfde vijver vissen, haal je de Karmeliet er gemakkelijk uit.

dutchdarthvader (357) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2017
Tap @ Het Elfde Gebod, Amsterdam oktober 2017. Een licht geel biertje met een perfecte witte schuimkop er boven. We hier met een heel bloemig fruitig trippeltje te maken met een perfecte zoete zachte afdronk en een licht bittertje op het eind. De subtiele karakter van een rijke bloemige zoete honing smaak laat zien dat het echt om een topper binnen de trippels gaat. Een klassieker onder de belgische trippels zou ik het noemen. Ben ook oprecht verbaasd dat dit biertje pas sinds 1996 op basis van een oud recept nieuw leven is geblazen en voor het eerst gebrouwen werd. Voor mij in ieder geval een instant klassieker waar ik hopelijk nog vaak van kan genieten. Smaken mogen verschillen maar deze trippel staat onder de trippels zeker terecht op nummer 1.

RodrigoBlessedBeer (3) - - OCT 22, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2017 Cerveja sensacional, tudo que de fato se espera de uma Tripel. Uma coloração amarela turva, com aromas frutados, fenólico e condimentado, por alguns momentos me lembrei do aroma de uma wheat que percebo bastante aroma de semente de coentro. Aromas provenientes da fermentação. Na boca o sabor remete aos aromas assim como no aftertaste. Com seus 8,4% de ABV (teor alcoólico) muito bem inseridos. Uma das melhores do estilo realmente. @rodrigo_blessed_beer

Evolutionary (525) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Tap at Small City Taphouse. Pour is light amber. Head is weak and goes quick. Nose is light and reminds me of light mead. Body is a bit thin and light. Refreshing and lemon shines thru. Alcohol is crazy weak taste despite the 8.4%. Dangerous. Not a great tripel in my mind but would be a good summer brew. Reminds me of wheat and lemon brews but just a bit more complex.

k_gadeberg (201) - Århus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2017 On bottle. Pours hazy yellow, with nice white top. The scent is fruity, and a little alcoholic. The taste is really intense, it has a lot of spices, and the aftertaste is long. It's sweet, with a little bitterness, mostly from fruits (I suppose). You can't taste the high alcoholpercentage, which is nice.

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