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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2766   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 8, 2006
Pours yellow, white head, bubbling profusely, cloudy. Some malt, hops, flowers, bramley apples. Some off-sour smell there too. Taste iis slightly bitter, some apples, gassy, slightly dry aftertaste. No taste of alcohol at all. Easy drinking, smooth, if too carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (3728) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle at Novotel, Gent. Yellow with a large white head, mostly lasting, good lacings. Aroma moderate/heavy malty (apples), light hoppy. Flavor moderate/heavy sweet, light bitter. Medium body, soft carbonated.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2893) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Wowsers, this one gives Chimay Cinq (my favorite tripel) a run for its money! Poured a clear and crisp golden yellow with a head that was pillowy and long lasting (and certainly not ridiculous - I actually poured the whole thing into my Chimay glass in one pour). The lacing was outstanding. The aroma was mostly light fruits with a touch of spice. The flavor was just great: rich but not too thick in mouthfeel, with a definite candy sugar sweetness supporting a citrus (orange) tongue that finished with great hoppiness. Yeast flavors were subdued and less prominent than in other tripels. Mouthfeel was pretty heavily carbonated, but the body thinner than most tripels (ie. more drinkable and very pleasant). I will put this side by side a Cinq someday, but prefer it over any of the other tripels I’ve had.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 Bottle, 33 cl. Clear golden colour with a large white head. Aroma is a bit spicy and smells of resin and bubble gum. Flavour is sweet, fruity with a nice portion of hops. Malty biscuit-finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Pours a golden yellow with a huge head that stays around for a while. A light floral / citrus aroma. A real nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1391) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Lavender, rosemary, dough and nectarine aromas dominate a rich floral and herbal profile. The beer is bright golden and opaque in the glass. Flavors are as rich and deep as the aromas -- with the addition of caramel and sweet oats. Complex palate and long finish. Alcohol is entirely hidden. A great, rich and savory tripel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2006
On tap. Golden yellow with thick white head. Sweet raison-like aroma. Taste is smooth raison-caramel with a subtle wheaty finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3571) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2006
11.2 oz bottle - Pours golden with a big, lasting head. There’s a pleasant aroma with citrus and spice notes. The taste is sweet and well balanced with excellent citrus flavors. It’s full bodied, yet smooth and very drinkable. Very nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2006
Slighty cloudy straw colour, lovely white fluffy head. Aroma is citrussy and sweet, kind of clovey like a belgian wit. The flavour is also quite citrussy and spicy, with a not so pronounced malt flavour too it. The alcohol is well hidden, and the finish is a little sour. Good, but I couldn’t really get into it that much.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bart (2940) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2006
Clear yellow colour, with a lot of carbonation resulting in a huge white head. Loveley sweet hoppy aroma, herby, fruity (some citrus, green appel) and some grainy-malty hints. Full palate, some agressive mouthfeel. Finish is sweet-bitter, some alcoholic touches, beautifull balanced. This is a top beer!


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