Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2929   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11314) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2006
A superb tripel. A nice white head and a lemony flavour that is perfectly complemented by a hoppy feel and a warm palate from the wheat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LesStewart (11) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2006
My god... I love this beer, I think I love it because well, it’s a brilliant citrusy tripel, and perhaps because it took me by surprise, I hadn’t read anything about this one before enjoying a glass of it at my local brew pub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2006 on tap poured poured a copperish golden color, aroma of citrusy fruits, hops and belgian style spices, flavor was oh so smooth, hop bitterness up front that melts away quickly into its lemony citrus and spicey flavor finishing crisp and clean with some dryness, this brew has a decent body, just a perfect mix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3213) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2006
This dark yellow bodied beer creates a thick, large, three-dimensional head that leaves a delicate lace. Lemony aroma. Ligtly sweet flavor balances out with a dryness as it moves towards the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNick (13) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2006
Pours clear amber with a thick white head that leaves enticing lacing. Aromas of yeast and hops with sweet smells of red fruits such as strawberries and blackcurrant, as well as apricot and coriander. Slightly bitter at first, but the bitterness subsides with saliva and reveals malts ranging from dark chocolate to peanut butter. Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter. A very drinkable yet aromatic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2006
[bottle from dorsvlegel] Aroma:apricot, coriander, spice, gooseberry. full bodied, dry peppery finish. i think i would have rated this higher if i was a big tripel fan, but still an excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2643) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottled. Pours a medium golden color. Big foamy head. Looks highly carbonated. Strong, slightly sweet yeasty aroma. A little spiciness and maybe a little alcohol. Grainy flavor with a taste of alcohol. A little sweetness to go along with the yeast and spice. Good, but it is a little to alcohol flavored.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2006
(12.31.05) 11.2 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 8% ABV. Bottle label states that beer should be consumed before 12.07.07. Light yellow Belgium ale having a large long-lasting white head with good lacing. Good carbonation. Fruity aroma. Medium bodied that starts dry with light malt sweetness and light fruity notes. Very flavorful. Finishes dry with pleasant malt aftertaste. Nice tasty Belgium golden ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4669) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle says drink by Nov 4, 06. Poured into a tulip with a massive amount of white, fluffy head. Nice, gold color. Malty nose. Dry malty burn with a sweet, hop finish. Very fizzy. Quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stouty1 (9) - Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2006 does not count
For someone just trying out the Belgiums, this one hit me kinda strong at first. I was really impressed with the pour. Carmel in color but the head was perfect and never went away. A full 3/4 to 1 inch thick!!! I could smell the fruitiness of apples, I think? But, I must have tried too hard to pull some smell out as I had a hard time getting anything after the initial sniff. The taste hit me hard in the beginning with the taste of alcohol, but I was acclamated after a few sips, and it became rather enjoyable. Lifting it to my mouth (repeatably) I start to inhale and smell the fruit and spice. Drinking it from a 750mL bottle and poured into my favorite snifter, I will enjoy this for the remainder of the Rose Bowl game.

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