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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2850   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Wow, this one is great! Iím not a big belgian beer fan, iím slowly getting into it. But this one, near perfect! From the golden color in the pour, to the fruity aroma, all the way to the taste of fruity/sweetness. Oh man, this is great

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy bright golden colour with a very lively fizzy short lived head. Nice sweet fruity alco aroma. Good filling champagne mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet and fruity with wheat, some spices, good maltiness and some yeast. Sweet fruity yeasty finish. Superb brew

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5004) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Another beer on the "canít believe I havenít rated it yet" list - almost clear, bubbly, straw-colored pour, with a fizzy head - bright, fruity aroma, with notes of peach, apricot, candi sugar, background spicy qualities and light wheat/bread - fairly sweet, but with a nice spice and a light, earthy tartness in the background to balance it out - semi-tingly carbonation, keeping it from being as smooth as it could be - peach and apple, with the tang of fruit skins thrown in there - light vanilla and honey develops as the beer warms up - a nice alcohol warmth that never becomes overpowering - a tiny bit of banana and melon - nicely balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Pretty, peach-colored body with a large-bubbled head,which quickly fades away. The arom ais full: spicy, full of breads and wheat and a lingering fruitiness (melons?). Lots of carbonation. It dominates the mouthfeel with foam! Anyway, the flavor is good. Rich, full of fruits. Well-balanced sweet and yet not too astringent with the alcohol. Its just the carbonation that really gets to me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2007
As beautiful a beer as youíll see, golden/hazy with an elegent foamy head. Some complex maltiness, though balanced, with a big lemon flavour dominating the palate. A great tripel (and probably my favourite glass.)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle. Pretty nose of spices, fruits and yeast. A large bright white head leaves excellent lacing down to a bright gold beer. Quite musky, floral, sweet and sour flavor profile. This oneís all over the map. Lush, silky, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes yeasty, sweet and sour.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yespr (32344) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2007
Finally I got around rating one of my all time favourites. 33 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a huge creamy/crispy slight off-white head. Aroma is orange peel, yeasty and some malt, the combination simply screams out what a true belgian tripel is. Flavour follows the aroma tightly, orange, spice and clear malty flavoured in a mellow malty sweetness. Finish is vaguely bitter but more malty and spiced. Very well balanced and still light. Uncomplicated (but not simple) and wellcrafted balance between the spices, malt and the yeast notes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervis (243) - Taylorís Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2007
Bottlle. Dark gold, bubbly and slightly viscous, thin white head. Aromatic nose with usual cloves, sweet fruitiness and a little alcohol. Satisfying smooth, full mouthfeel, fruity sourish finish which lingers on the tongue. Warms and tickles on the way down. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IvoR (74) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours with a nice golden color and a large white head. Aromas of some fruit, probably apples. Pleasantly heavy taste with a very long finish. Good to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - JUN 29, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Bottle, 330 ml. Cloudy golden coloration, with a very nice white head, consistent and persistent. Fruity and floral aroma and taste. Notes of clove, cinnamon, green grape and banana. Average carbonation.


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