Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2708   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2004
330cl bottle at Markt NYC. light yellow clear gold color, medium whitish head. aroma of capers, mustard, citrus and yeast. sparkly carbonation, medium body. flavor is dry, with chardonnay tastes - buttery, creamy, crisp, white grape. pear and pepper. finish is dry maltyness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lbishop (8) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 21, 2004 does not count
A very good blonde beer. Very smooth and palateable. Has a great fruity aroma along with the slightly fruity taste. A very balanced Tripel. Perhaps second only to Chimay Tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2004
Golden, tall white lasting head. Fruity sourish aroma with yeast, citrus. Good carbonation. At first malty sweet flavour, almost prefumy, then som underlying sourness, citrus and coriander, yeast, and finally a touch of hops. Oily palate. Smooth. Hides the ABV very well. Overall mild and well balanced. This could be the perfect tripel...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Spritzy looking orange/tan ale with a spongy light white head. Aroma of sour orange with vanilla, some wet cardboard and flowers. Full bodied, sweet with a slight acid finish. Very round and mild on the palate. Quite fruity. Excellent thought a bit sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 Bottle. The colour is shady orange-gold-beige. The compact firm white foam is almost four fingers thick!

A sour wheat beer and lactose flavour dominates the smell. There are some notes of corn and bitter almonds.

The carbonation is powerful with small bubbles that develop into foam in the mouth.

The taste is quite alcoholic, but there are also are notes of apricot, liquorice, vanilla, diacetyl and lots of sourish flavours and lactose. The aftertaste is almost as complicated with a finishing touch of sour citric fruits.

Those Belgians might be totally nuts, but when it comes to strong brews that resembles of nothing else, look no further!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4591) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 4, 2004
Gift pack with the Karmeliet glass. Best before 2006. Glass leaves room for as much head as beer. Beer is soft lightly cloudy gold under a mountain of merangue-like foam . A few clumps of ttractive lacing on the glass. Aroma of alcohol, flowers, grass and melon. Flavour is delicate, light fruit with a soft body and touch of spice and hops in a finish that ends with a sweet farewell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Picked up at Whole Foods in Austin, TX. Cloudy, light orange murky pour with a thick, frothy white head. Clean, candy sweet sugar and banana aroma with some cloves in the back end. Some yeastiness in the flavor with some banana, and cotton candy sweetness. Slighlty one dimensional - leaning to much to the sweet side. Alcohol hidden well. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern...Pretty standard Belgian fare Full of yeasty character and light fruits like bananna,pear and grapes...nothing special here

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - OCT 22, 2004
pale straw with orange highlights and a thin head. sweet fruit, coriander, apple, pear, white grape, butterd bread. subtle sweetness then orange, ginger, pear, sweet malt. nice creamy roundness in a fairly dry beer. nice dry finish with no off flavors. easily drinkable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 Excellent! Very drinkable. Off white head that never dissipates all the way, gold color. Floral, hop aroma. Tastes like berries, a little sweet and alcohol completely hidden. 4.7 UPDATE: I bought a second case of this beer, and it is quite different. There is no sediment, when there was a lot before, making it very clear this case, no cloudiness like before. The alcohol is now quite evident. I’m not sure if my last batch was more aged or what. It’s still good, but not nearly as good as the other case. Also much more on the dry than sweet side. 4.0

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