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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2709   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Frothy yet creamy head, beautiful beer! Soap and citrusy nose. Soapy front with a sweet, long finsh. Soft, oily & medium bodied. My local co-op serves this beauty in a 12oz and 750ml. Flying Pie Pizza probably taps a keg now and then.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2005
Brewed with oats (in this puppy, ’tripel, means three grains-oats, barley and wheat), this is far more acidic than the usual tripel--which makes it a great change of place for an Acidic Jew like myself. Great glass (chalice with frosted glass on the sides).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2005 Not a big fan after first try from the bottle, but had it from the tap at Monks Cafe in Philadelphia and my opinion quickly changed. Very carbonated with a large white foamy head and palate. Bubbly caramel color with light, fresh, fruity flavor. Glad I had the draft.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
This is a fun beer. Something different to be sure. Really complex malt flavors come through with some yeast in the aroma as well. Not a lot of hops here. This is a good one to try to really illustrate some interesting malt characteristics.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13513) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
Bottle. Very fruity aroma, clove, apricot? Almost clear, golden colour. Big white head, quite creamy. Flavour is dominated by clove and alcohol. Starting off sweetly, turning into an elegant dryness with a little bitter aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel, smooth bubble texture.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1220) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2005
On draft @ the taproom. Served in it’s own (beautifully designed) Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Lemon, vanilla, spicy aroma. Taste is sweeter than a typical tripel with citrus (lemon) and spicy flavors. Nice "full," clean mouthfeel with a slight bitter, citrus finish. Nice!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
Deep aroma when first poured. Settled into a mellower "tripel" aroma: slightly pehenolic, with a good dose of hops and malt. Poured with a creamy head with lots of lace and a slightly cloudy yellow/orange color. Flavor was slightly sweet with a good balance of hops and acidity. Every sip seemed to reveal different flavors: sweetness, malt, acidity, alcohol and a hint of anise. Good carbonation with an effervescent and creamy mouthfeel that lingered for several seconds. Very complex, well balanced and drinkable. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 28, 2005
Unique orange/gold, hazy color with vivacious bubbling. Hold up to the light and you’ll get a bit of red colors. Head is fantastic, looking just like steamed milk on the head of a latte. Bubbles are even and stiff. Smells of clove, coriander, vanilla, wheat, and cherrywood . Taste is so good and solid with a smooth wheat base throughout. Belgian hops, lemon, drying coriander seed, sweet pit fruit, ginger root, and pear. A very nice palate. Lacing and stiff head are first rate. Sampled from a 330ml bottle

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1413) - 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.


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