Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (523) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
The body has a golden color with a cloudy haze. Inside there are little bits of tasty yeast floaters. The head on top is tall, long lasting and bright whit in color. As I drink it leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Right from the pop of the cap the aroma creeps out of the bottle. It has a bright nose with hints of lemon zest, fruity and funky Belgian yeast. The flavor has sweetness up front with complex grainy malt flavor and a hint of clover honey. The middle sees fruity and funky yeast and mellow warming alcohol taking over and drying out the overall character. It then finishes bone dry with only a hint of herbal hops. The palate is medium bodied with good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lele (84) - ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
Deliziosa tripel (anche se preferisco una Chimay o la Bons Voeux). E’ comunque piů delicata e dal corpo piů setoso, grazie all’avena presente tra gli ingredienti.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ambro206 (92) - ITALY - JUN 22, 2014
Birra perfetta. Si oresenta con una schiuma compatta e duratura, colore giallo acceso. L’aroma č incantevole con un bouquet di fiori, vaniglia e frutta a polpa bianca. In bocca si avverte un piacevole sentore citrico che va a bilanciare ottimamente questa birra fino al, lunghissimo, retrogusto. L’alcool, seppur presente, rimane sempre non invasivo nč fastidioso.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
elosop (138) - SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2014 Halmgul, dimmig med ordentlig skumkrona. Mkt jästaromer i doften. Bred "belgar"-smak med främst banan, koriander samt lite gyllene humle pĺ slutet. Den höga alkoholhalten väl kamouflerad. Eftersmaken sitter i länge, främst skumbanan med nĺgon lakritston. Inte den bästa frĺn Belgien, men pĺ fat svĺrslagen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (120) - HUNGARY - JUN 21, 2014
Élénk, szalmasárga színét koronázó habja sietve kúszik felfelé a kecsesen ívelt pohár falán, majd hosszasan elidőzik. Illata nem kevésbé élénk: élesztős, fűszeres. Ízében a gabonák malátája és a koriander fűszeressége egy kellemesen édeskés köntösbe burkolózik, mely tulajdonsága az idő múlásával némi vaníliás karakterrel kiegészülve egyre inkább teljes értékű szereplőjévé válik az ízek kavalkádjának. A kezdetben jól elrejtőzött alkohol is előlép közben a háttérből újabb oldalát mutatva meg ezzel a sörnek. Remekül sikerült főzet, melynek kortyolgatása közben ízlelőbimbóink egy pillanatra sem unatkoznak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dinapolis (2) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014 does not count
Golden color, thick yellowish foam, intense banana aroma. Tastes fruity, low bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2046) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2014
From the corked, caged dark green bottle. Green is never an appealing thing for me to see. The pour is cloudy, unfiltered pale yellow leading up to a moderate white foamy head that slowly diminishes. Thankfully there is no skunkiness in that aroma of toasted malts, Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, and light spice. The body is a lot heavier than the typical Tripel so I am not sure whether to rate that high or low. So I rate it 3 in the middle. The taste also brings out those roasted and toasted malts with yeast, vague sugar and spice and a light finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuileBeer (5) - - JUN 18, 2014 does not count
Trčs jolie couleur, belle tenue de mousse. Un gout incomparable et complexe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
miquelcrush (1118) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (586) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2014
11.2 oz bottle - pours a transparent gold with big fluffy white head . Yeasty citrus aroma . High carbonation . Taste is of fruity esters , lemony / orange tartness with a sweet honey finish . Very complex , not usually a big tripel fan but this is outstanding . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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