Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3034   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (4572) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2007
This is one of those brews that I am almost afraid to rate with my bad taste tastebuds. On tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pgh. This pours like any other pale yellow american ubiquitous lager as far as color goes. Has a clean white head. Aroma is not outstanding and there are a few streams of carbonation rising with in. The tap handle on this is cool looking. Initial flavor is slightly strong but definitely not oppressive. Much milder than the domestic coarse trippels Iíve tasted such as Southern Tier. Interesting off flavor on the onset and then it immediately fades to an alky hint. Again, this is not oppressive, it is just that you can tell the alky content is letting you know its there if you want to notice. Low carbonation, very little tingle on the back of the throat. I am not overly impressed with this beer and will probably get hammered for my numbers. This trippel just does not appeal to my delicate girlie taste buds. THe alky is continually apparent but not in the face. Finish is immediately medium bitter but fades after a few moments to just a memory. Overall, not bad but Iíve been spoiled by Grimbergen Blonde and Chimay White. On par with Allagash trippel and Southern Tier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2007
Bottle. Almost clear golden colour with a nice moslty lasting white head. Rich aroma and taste of fruits, malts and hops. Over carbonated and overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2007
From the bottle. Pours a nice amber with a massive thick foamy white head, looked like I could have shaved with it. grassy, slightly sweet fruity aroma with hints of alcohol. sweet, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, nice sharp carbonation. Slight alcohol flavor, hints of raisins, cloves and lemons. Absolutely delicious, like a nice dessert in a glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AskForJenny (1033) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2007
330ml - Pours with vigor, golden ale underfizzy head. Grassy, peppery nose wiith some citrus (lemon mostly) notes. The same flovors govern the palate. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1370) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2007
bottle. hazy golden/orange pour with huge white frothy head. nice floral yeast aroma with hints of spice and baked bread. medium body. crisp palate. fruity. yeast, pepper. great balance and easy drinking. I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2007
bottle- sampled today in beers of the world class- pours golden amber sudsy foamy head white- slightly offwhite head. smells fruit pears, apricots, light caramel, sugar, some alcohol... tastes apricots, bananas, alcohol, sweet sugar but not syrupy in mouthfeel tongue numbing finish with some alcohol warming and licorice taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
It depends on brewery is making this beer as to the quality but always an interesting light delicate tripel and I donít think this beer ages well. Page 462 of Michael Jacksonís Great Beer Guide and only 233 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2007
Aroma: wow!!! grape, smoked ham, portabello mushrooms, passion fruit, orange blossom, spicy yeast, oats.
Appearance: golden, smooth head.
Flavour: sweet, exotic, nectar...
Palate: smooth, fantastic, yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 5, 2007
Pours a beautiful golden colour, hazy with an ample froty head. Aroma is complex and delicate: sweet malts, spicy banana, yeasty dough. Flavour reflects the aroma sweet malts pear apricot with notes of floral honey. After all that sweetness passed it becomes fruity dry with delicate hop bitterness. Lingering good aftertaste. It is a wonderful tripel - the very best I have had. Reminded me of the Abbaye des Rocs Brune (a definite compliment).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2007
(750 mL) Poured a beautiful hazy pale blonde with a massive, slightly fizzy white head that is reluctant to go down. Smells of banana, citrus and maybe some pear. Typical yeasty, sugary, citrusy taste that most these belgian blondes have. There definately notes of banana here. No alcohol or bitterness in the aftertaste at all. A good beer you can give a bitch.

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