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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3208   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Pours a clear golden with a fizzy white head. Aroma is sweet and yeasty. Champagne mouthfeel that tastes of belgian spices with floral notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2008
750ml bottle. Pours clear golden in color with full foamy white head. Aroma sweet, yeasty and spicey. Taste sweet, malty and yeasty with dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle. Hazy golden with a small head. aroma is bready yeast and light malt. Flavor is light sweetness. Modereate cargonation, nice feel, short aftertaste. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2008
A beautiful pour! Gold body with a very thick white head that lasts quite a while. Excellent lacing results from the foam. The aroma is light, but there’s some vanilla, spice, and malt noticeable. Very soft, smooth mouthfeel with mild carbonation. The flavor is complex. Malty sweetness with notes of honey and vanilla melds nicely to a warming alcohol finish. There is some sour citrus in the nice aftertaste. A very tasty brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (8730) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2013 Brought the 75cl bottle back from Belgium in Sept ’05, drank July ’07. Deep golden color with a orange tint. nice creamy head. Lacing afterwards. Sweet, fruity aroma with vanilla and spices. Very fragrant, somewhat flowery. Full malt taste. very rich. lots of fruit, tons of citrus. Amazingly malty. Sweet, but not overly so. Tangy. Superb balance. One of the best beers in the world.
This beer was aged for 2-3 years. It was much more flavorful than the fresh beer, which is also great, but slightly lacking integration.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours gold with a a thick, lasting white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is slightly hoppy and mild yeast. Flavor is mild banana and Belgian yeast with some earthy tones and spice. A unique tripel. Very smooth drinking with a slightly dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timbeer (69) - Rosemount, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2008
750ml Green bottle - nice printed label. White rocky/foamy head - a shade dark of straw color, mild lacing lots of bubbles. Noble hop flavor, spicy but not too strong, smooth, sweetish, honey, low bitterness, warming and strong. A fine beer but a little sweet for my tastes. I liked it better on tap.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2008
This is extraordinary. Aroma is malt, oranges, apricots, and straw with a touch of spice and hops. A big long lasting head with tight bubbles. Balance is excellent with an incredible mouth feel. flavors of malt and fruit dominate without it being too spicy. A nice lingering sweet finish of fruit complemented by a slight hop flavor and grassy hint. Spices remain in the background as does the alcohol. This is one of my favorite ales period.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 Bottle 33cl. Re-rate. Pours a clear golden colour with a huge head and good carbonation, too bad the head doesn’t last very long. Strong fruity aroma with some sweet and sour fruits there mixed in with th yeast. Taste is very pleasant, well balanced flavour of many different sweet fruits with a hint of the alcohol there too.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (5233) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - AUG 19, 2008
This yellow cloudy beer is very suprising its full of flavour and very tasty. Smells like a White Beer but the end is very long fruity, malty and floral. Carbonation is soft, very interesting beer.


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