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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zootfinster (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2006
After years of reading and hearing about the glories of Belgium beer, I went to a restaurant in Chicago Hopleaf, specializing in just that as well as Belgium food. I am now a true believer. I ran quickly the next day to buy some of the golden goodness I drank the night before. Triple Karleliett is a fruity, delicious wonderful beer that I am confident will lead me to still more great Belgium brews.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (2537) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2006
330ml brown bottle. Golden honeyish colour, large airy white head. Fruity and slight citrusy aroma - notes of orange peels, light alcohol and some spice. Flavour is sweet, notes of banana, citrus and sweet malt. Orangey finish with trace alcohol, Some yeast and wheaty dryness. Medium body, fine prickly carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (3766) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2006
On tap at Gollem (Pijp), A’dam. A big trippel with a strong banana scent. Banana, apple and boysenberry tastes. The taste of alcohol isn’t masked very well and brings the rating down quite a bit. Very sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 Had this at thanksgiving and the cork voluntarily poped out after i screwed off the wire and it ended up all over the place. This is a frothy one that should be poured slowly. The taste is bitter sweet (sorry for the cliche).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13225) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2006
330mL bottle: Pours golden in color with a huge amount of white head. The head, even when poured slowly, is way to big. Colors is a bit hazy. Smell is a nice orange smell and a small amount of wheat smell. Taste is nice and citrus filled, very nice. Carbonation seems a bit high in this beer, but it doesn’t take away from it at all.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2006
330ml bottle bought at De Bier Tempel, Brussels in Feb.’05 (bb.March 07). Golden-orange body with some sediments floating around. Creamy white head leaving nice lacing on the glass. Smell of citrus and wheat. Ripe banana and pear sweetness in flavour. Very well hidden alcohol. Moderate to full mouthfeel. Well balanced, but gets much too sweet to my taste (11.11.2006).

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asmithbeer (70) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Hazy golden color with nice fizzy head. Aroma is sour with a little citrus, not bad. The flavor is mildly complex and acidic with a hint of sweet. Very bubbly. Not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 31, 2006
A cloudy golden color with a nice thin white head. The aroma was very complex with hints of yeast and citris as well as some lemon or sweetness to it. The taste was champagne like with a stinging fizz the went into a spicy floral flavor. It also had hints of sweet apricots or peaches. Very good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 Oops, will rerate when I remember...(or buy again) very good... pours like a champaign. Not overly spicy. At one point though all i could taste was alcohol. (rerate) pours a clear golden with tall thin sticky sudsy head. Aroma is very clean, yeast, sweet floral, wit like. Flavor follows exactly clean yeasty floral sweet botanical hint of dough. Hard candy feeling.


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