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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2701   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2005
Satisfying flavoursome Belgian tripel. Poured gold with a huge lasting pillowy head. The aroma is rich with lemony hops, spices, wheat and a whiff of roses. The palate is full and creamy. Spectacular. The flavour is citric and faintly sour, with a dry spiced finish. Carries its 8% abv very well. If it has a flaw, it’s the weight of the spices - I found them a little cloying by the end of the bottle. (Bottle)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 19, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 25 cl bottle. Excellent caramel and fruit aroma. Beatiful golden body with nice off-white head. Extremely soft yet rich flavor, again caramel and fruit dominating and just enough hop to feel it. Full body with a perfect silky smooth mouthfeel that lamost makes you drink it in 5 minutes... and then order another one! Without a shred of doubt one of my top 3 favorite beers in the world. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gulf690 (21) - AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2005
Bottle. This was bright and clear, with a persistent, creamy head. Nose was a dull, yeasty performance, though this improved as the beer warmed. Had a malty finish, which was soft on the palate, and perhaps a little too much carbonation. Back palate was very ’light on’ and follow through was MIA. This beer was a little ’duller’ than others of this genre, though still a good and solid drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
Nice grassy pear and green apple nose. Mild flowers and grass palte with good cookie-esque malt body. Very soft and round mouthfeel with a bit of honey and spice. Clean and lively finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyuss (21) - BELGIUM - APR 12, 2005
Another really good belgian strong ale but it doesn’t taste special. I certainly don’t taste any apples or such as many other ratebeer members do.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2005
Hazy golden straw, fizzy white head. The nose was a complex blend of pear, banana, orange zest, spicy coriander, and undertones of grassiness. Flavor kicks off with a sweet dry fruitiness, more pear and spice, and a light hop bitterness at the end. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, dry, fruity sweet finish. Not bad, but this one is not really my thing...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 330 ml. bottle was carefully decanted into a tulip without yeast, revealing a beer with a golden yellow body with an enormous head fed by highly active carbonation. The nose was fruity with notes of sour apple, pear, and peach. There were also some earthy yeast tones that didn’t quite rise to the level of barnyard funk. The taste was dry and sour with some bitterness lingering in the back. I could detect tart flavors like granny smith apples, apricots, and pomegranates. The dryness was slightly woody and herbal in nature. There were also some saffron spicy notes here. The aftertaste was grassy and light with slowly fading spices. Alcohol was well hidden and did not play much of a role in here. The beer felt light and airy on the palette and went down quite easily. Wouldn’t mind picking up another one when I am in the mood.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2083) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 10, 2005
Dense and adherent foam, long persistence and a lot plenty. Decided, and strongly warm taste. Much yielded and complex. Extremely fizz and prickly. Harmonious and full bodied. Long finish with notes of wine cellar and honey.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2005
Hazy orange glow for color, with a booming 2" head that’s creamy and foamy. Some sediment in glass. Wonderful Belgian lace on the glass as the head begins to fade. Aroma is predominantly pepper, cloves, wheat and sugar. Some sourdough characteristics contribute to its mild, pleasing and floral rose smell. Flavor is pepper, coriander and clove phenols, paired with a sugary yeast complexion. Citrus-orange, sweet and spicy.

Traces of lemon grass surface as it warms more. Aroma also takes on a more lemony smell with amplified scents of alcohol as it warms. Effervescent; solid body composure. Alcohol is evident and warming, but isn’t distracting or overpowering. Moderately carbonated, substantial weight, due in large part to the great chewy malt presence. Finish is mildly sweet and spicy with a smooth hint of bitterness. All in all, a non-aggressive, pleasing tripel that you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t enjoy it in some capacity.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4486) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 6, 2005
A light, "clean"-smelling beer. The head is as smooth and flavorful as the beer - I’d rather drink just the head of this then most beers. Apple and zest. This is light yet powerful. It seems simple but only at first...truly great. The fruit flavoring even gets better as the beer warms up.


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