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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2008
My favorite beer. Amazing complexity....I’m often in awe. Amazing golden color smells of spices and light orange. Goes down so smooth. Alcohol is non-existant.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2008
Golden colored beer. Fruity and malty notes. Some coriander and curaçao. The finish is more spicy with some alcohol notes

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2008
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a copious amount of white head. Sweet aroma of wheat malts, clove, and candy sugar. Creamy mouthfeel imparts a fruity character. Dry malts and noticeable alcohol gives a prickly sensation at the center of the tongue. Fruity and dry finish. Quite good!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JonnyDr (132) - , Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2008
Slightly cloudy amber beer with large, very lively head. Good carbonation. Malty notes with some bitterness lead to herbs. soda and then on to unappealing blood-like metallic finish. Complex but ridiculously overrated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2008
really nice beer! Golden, sweet, fruity and acidic. Only slightly bitter

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle at the 2008 pre-Brewers’ Jam Warmup. Pours gold with large off-white head and vigorous bubbles. The aroma is coriander, honey, rose, and sweetish bread. The flavor is fruity and floral with banana esters and some high alcohols. The finish is a touch sugary, but leaves a spicy, somewhat alcoholic aftertaste. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle shared by lithy at the Pre-Brewer’s Jam Tasting. Poured a light orange with a fizzy white head that settle to a ring. Aromas of clove, wheat, and citrus. The flavor found spices and some fruitiness. Medium body, lively carbonation, dry. Nice!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fidelis83 (2267) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Pours gold with a 3 finger off white head that fades to .5 finger then sustains with carbonate from the beer. Aroma is belgian yeastiness with banana, bubble gum, and that tangy fresh sourdough bread note. Also in the nose is a notable coriander and nutmeg spice, plenty of citrus, soap, and malts are not absent with a wheat sweet bread note that is quite inviting. Flavor is spicy at first, coriander, black pepper, cloves. Then the fruitiness rolls in sweet orange glaze, lemon zest, raisins, candy spiced plums. The yeast is notable coming in with the fruits with a bready banana, nutty, clove bite. FInish is spicy, with some honey, oat and wheat sweetness that comes to a very clean and crisp end for a Tripel. Palate is thick but not so much so for a tripel. Oily, then astringent on the palate, then sticky on the lips. Overall a pretty decent tripel. It may trade a little heft and complexity for ease of drinkability but is really very enjoyable despite that fact.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5768) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Clear gold, loose foamy white head. Very yeasty aroma, with banana and bubble gum notes. Very "Belgian" flavor, musty and fruity, and a crisp, white winey finish. Tasty stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2008
Bottle from Regional. Pours slightly cloudy golden with a thick smooth white head. A sweet nose on this one, smells like a tripel should! Aromas of clove, citrus, corriander and sweet wheat beer character. Aroma is dominated by clovey citrus. Flavour is full of citrus and clove, with a sprinkling of corriander, spice, and a sweet malt flavour. Spice lingers with the sweetness. No alcohol detected at all, this drinks so easily and at 8% you’re feeling quite nice at the end of the glass. This is the closest thing to the original Westmalle Tripel I’ve found yet. A simply first-rate beer. When tasted next to a Westmalle Tripel the flavours are much more pronounced with a far longer aftertaste in the Westmalle. Tripel Karmeliet is the perfect introduction to the Tripel style of beer.


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