Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2626   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7337) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 2008-03-01. Pastel yellow with a modest off white head. Floral hoppy aroma, light citrus/tropical notes. Similar hops in the flavour but milder than the aroma. Smooth average to light palate.
On tap at Zythos Festival, St. Niklaas 6-7/3/6-7/3/14-15 -3.6 <P>May 2004. Big fluffy white head on a amber coloured body. Nice sweet caramelish flavour with a pit of alcohol peaking out throughout. Sweet maltiness. Seemed a bit simplistic to me, but it would be worth a second visit. Thanks Timdoug. 7/4/8/3/16 - 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Fairly clear golden body with abundant carbonation and a monstrous foamy white Belgian-style head. Orange citrus and spice plus some esters, but not too dominating. Some bubble gum comes through more in the flavor than aroma. Honey is a dominating element in the flavor. More sweetness than Iíve recognized in other Tripels. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3553) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Hoppy spicy nose, junipers. Light sweetness, milk, sugar, pears. Golden amber clear, bit of haze. Foamy white lacing head. Medium-light watery body with high carbonation. Good taste, starts medium sweet. Fruity and sugary, wth light spicy hops. Finish is sweet with nice little bitter, bread pudding, pears. Nice after, semi-sweet and alcoholic. Nutty. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 Served in a chalice. Wonderful golden colour, pours with a frothy white head, most of which quickly dissipated. Peppery, perfume, vaguely spicy, slighly fruity, subdued sweetness, delicate sourness and bitterness. A really good tripel. (4.1) RERATE: Hrmm, this one is odd. Last time I rated it it scored high, but I canít see why now. Sweet tripel, high alcohol presence, touch of spice, some bitterness. Very drinkable (but too carbonated), this is not that remarkable. Average tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Aroma of spices, malts, honey, and wheat. Hazy color, typical of the style. Head was white, lacing was exceptional. Sweeter than I expected, but not overly. Deeeelicious Belgian! Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2004
The citrus sparkle, taste and fragrance of the beer earns it the title of "orange bloosom special". Clean on the palate, sweet and yet lusciously sour on the tongue. The color is that of a mirky pool of summer nectar. You can certainly taste the tradition and craftsmanship. The alcohol is well disguised and the sour dough like yeasty tones concocted to mellow perfection. This is a great southern summer porch sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 29, 2004
Yeast, bananna, Orange/Lemon and earthy wheat aroma. Sweet and wheaty, light on the tounge, citrus and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 27, 2004
Cerveza "3 reales" rubia, suave, con caracter y de sabor afrutado, con segunda fermentacion en su propio envase.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JK (4283) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Wow. I had this at Muffuletta on Como Ave. here in Minneapolis. Aromas of pear, wheat, and citrus. Appearance of a cloudy hefeweizen with no head. Exceptionally complex and smooth. Flavors of pear, apple, honey, coriander, citrus, wheat, and malt. This beer is highly complex with many aromas and flavors.this is outstanding and it is hard to find anything better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
A very good tripel. A balance of sweetness, yeast, and spices. Quite a few phenol notes of fruit and bubble gum. It has an amber/copper hue. Overall its very nice. Lacks the flavor complexity of the best tripels, and the palate isn't as dry or alcoholic as it could be.

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