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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2761   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Pale, amber coloring with an enormous, bright white foam head. The bubbles are channeling up to the surface beautifully from the bottom of my tulip glass. Semi-sweet banana aromas are complimented by some fresh bread and yeast. Initial sensation on the tongue is rather bitter, but it then mellows out on the palate with the softer banana sensations. A nice walnutty smack noticed toward the finish. Not overly complex, but an overall well rounded, tasty brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2006
11.2 oz bottle poured into a corsendnk goblet. lots of carbonation in this one with a big white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a nice white lacing around the glass. still lots of bubbles. nose of spice, bananas, wheat, caramel; and yeast. more spicey yeast, bananas, and alcohol dominate the flavor. not terribly exciting for the style, but i could still see this being refreshing on a hot summers day. the proper glassware for this one almost overshadows the brew inside it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2006
wow. Been a while since iíve been struck by such a decent brew.Warmed to around 7 celcius. Pours loverly honey gold with brilliant clarity. Lots of carb. Like a bloody whirlpool. Nice big white head that races and stops right on point in this St Bernardus glass. Nose is a slight wheat and citric and spice. Taste is a pleasant yeast, milked honeydew, banana nut bread and vanilla. Hops make their way via the 8% alchohol, but non offensive, and no real burn. Absolutely delightful! Ive got to stock this stuff and Id love to try it on draft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pours medium gold with yellow head. Aroma is earthy, banana bready, alcohol, floral, and a little metallic. Some caramel and vanilla in flavor. Alcohol pretty dominant for 8%, almost hot on the way down. Lots of carbonation at first, but after a few minutes it tames down and is a pretty smooth tripel.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Golden, dark yellow pour. Very thick head. Sweet, yeasty banana aroma. Banana flavor increases in the body. Warming alcohol finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 3, 2006
On Tap @ SHARP EDGE...I found this to be a pretty good tripel...maybe itís that Iíve been trying more, but Iíve been having some good luck with tripels recently. This beer had a huge gummy head and a great blond/golden color. Smelled a bit of yeast, lots of fruit, and spice. This beer tasted very well balanced...between the fruit and alcohol...and a decent amount of malt and hops character for a belgian (at least I think so). Mputhfeel was smooth ,wet, and dry...very refreshing...kind of like a summertime tripel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boesky (51) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2006
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden, with a significant head. Aroma rich with citrus and apple notes. The mouthfeel is enhanced by the addition of oats, which lends a distinct creaminess. Complex flavor profile with hints of honey, fruit, and caramel. A very well-balanced and delicious Tripel, one of my faves.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Draft. Pours a light amber with a huge white fizzy head that left good lacing. The arome is very fruity, maybe some apple, banana, some citrus. The flavor was excellent. Belgian spices, citrus, with a touch of hops. Simply excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Bottled, 750ml. Date reads 12/04/07. Pours an almost murky light copper color with a big, white, frothy head. Yeasty aroma with some fruit notes; banana, lemon and apple. VERY effervescent. Apples and apricot flavor along with some yeast. Noticeable alcohol warmth.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2407) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2006
Quite entranced by the obscenely big tulip glass, I began drinking this one a few years back without realising I had never stopped to rate it. Quite hard to get a hold of in 2003, it seems to be everywhere now losing a little of its charm in the process. Poured a year old bottle into itís own glass, quite cool to meet the hot summer we are currently having. Huge head rose to the brim of the glass before dying back to a spiderís web of white froth. The beer itself a brilliant orange, the same hue as lucozade, with a charge of ultra fine bubbles rising up to atmosphere. Summery fruits dominate the aroma like pears, cantaloupe, pineapple and grapefruit, all tossed together in a juicy fruit salad. Lighter notes of lemon soda just seem to top it off. Quite sweet in the mouth on the first sip, but this dies off so quickly into a tangy and slightly drying back end with a touch of white rum coming in late. Strong notes of sweetened orange juice, feint lemon and lime, clean rye and wheat flavours, and a hint of orange peel mingle with degrees of success on the tongue before finishing quite short and crisp in the swallow. Light on the tongue, not thin in body but leaning towards it, yet surprisingly generous in flavour, this is a unique beer that doesnít carry the normal qualities of itís style. A Summer quencher it is, but it may just fail in the cooler months against the more in-your-face Tripels. Otherwise its quite nice!!! (33cL, 14/09/06, Intíl Beer Shop, W. Leederville)


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