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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2955   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7423) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 15, 2011 1) New rate. A painlessly cardamom-infused means of administering inebriation to the unwary. So wild with fizz it climbs out of the glass...lemon-flavoured Turkish Delight with a rubber finish. Park bench Hoey? Another bottle like this and a major down-rating is in order. 2) Old rate. 8.1% bottle. Pours with anything from a pale gold clarity to a ruddy orange haze, depending on the bottle and the pourer. Stairods of spritz. Aromas of banana, coriander, pear and vanilla. CARDAMOM. Big, muscular, herbal snout. A benchmark for Belgian noses. Mouth crisp and sherbety with a heady attack of pear and orange liqueur fruitiness, oats, citrussy hops and pepper. Bags of alcohol emerging as it warms. Finishes here with quite an aggressive alcohol bitterness, but I know from (painful) experience how oaty smooth and treacherous this beer can drink. One of the finest Tripels around.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (3367) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2007
330ml from mgermani, THANKS!!! beautiful golden color, big head, that dissipates quite quick for a tripel. aroma is lemon, pear, orange banana, apricots, corriander, and yeast. flavour is very fruity, and yeasty, with a slight vanilla finish, a bit of alcohol comes through as it warms, but its very welcome. Extremely well balanced beer, one of the best tripels i’ve had the pleasure to drink

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 I popped the cork and the aroma flew sensations of wheat flavored apricots and the carbonation gave it a champage-like flair. The taste is pleasant and not overbearing with shades of grapes, oranges, apricots, coriander spice and wheat. The texture and honey dip almost reminds me of mead but there is more balance here with a vanilla-like finish. Pair this with vanilla ice cream and you will see what I mean. The alcohol is really hard to detect. This has to be the most floral tasting triple I’ve sampled to date. The only downside is I wish this was a bit more dry so the flavors could be more accentuated. Its still tastes good though.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Pours a deep, clear gold with a thick, pillowy nearly-white head that subsides into an endless, thin, white lining of bubbles over the liquid. The aroma is sugar, fruit (banana), honey-like malts, and yeast. It is very inviting and very Belgian. The flavor starts with a soft, fruity spice (hints of clove and black pepper) and lots of delicious, doughy malt. The middle of the tongue picks up flavors of grassy hops, some alcohol, and more sweet malts. The middle of the tongue also detects more fruit (bananas, perhaps a hint of pear). The beer has a long finish with banana, sugar, and spice. The finish is quite warming, too. The mouthfeel is medium in body and creamy yet stinging with carbonation. Delectable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2540) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2007 On tap at capones, sampled with Stegosaurus. AWESOME! Gold pour with thin head. Bread aroma with hints of banana and vanilla. The flavor is much the same. Blended well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 2006...yeasty fruitty aroma. flavors of yeasty bread, coriander, nutmeg and pear. lots of carbonation from the bottle makes it hard to pour. on tap it’s even better...and great with pork cheeks and seared gnocchi...mmm 7/4/7/4/17/3.9

2007... hazy pale yellowy brown with an unstoppable white head. very floral aroma with notes of yeast, spicy burn and grass. fresh bottle is a bit too sweet on the palate. the flavor is a perfectly balanced mix of pears, yeast, pale malt, grass and skunky hops with a spicy finish. medium to full bodied. creamy mouth feel is soft, luscious and refined... 8/4/7/5/17/4.1

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Bottle at Eulogy in Philadelphia. Pours hazy golden with a textured white head. Aroma is sweet, with lots of clove, fruit, yeast, and a tad amount of alcohol. Very faint syrupy texture. Initial flavor apple, pear, clove, and wheat malt. The finish has a mild pepper and spice bite, a small amout of rubbing alcohol peeking through. I had just recovered from the flu, so perhaps I was not in the perfect mood to enjoy this. Either that or I am just not a triple fanatic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 A very nice tripel. Only you should tast it soon. After a few years it can be tasteless. Tasted as well from bottle as from draft this week

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Used to be one of my favorite beers. $3.99 from Texas Liquor in Carlsbad. Huge foamy head, some lacing. Yellow orange color. Mild sweet aroma, something pleasant like fruits mild banana. Sweet start of taste and dry finish, probably from the carbonation. Alchohol is light. Really a great beer. I should go buy more for drinking with dinner (if I weren’t trying only new beers).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with a very large long lasting white head that leaves great lacing. Aroma of bananas, cereal grains, and earthy hops. Taste is the same as aroma with a little spiciness at the end. Medium mouthfeel that finishes dry due to the high level of carbonation. A little over carbonated with a bit of carbonic bite but still an amazing Tripel.


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