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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goodgrief (1973) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Nov. 2005 - This was highly enjoyable. Poured with beautiful head (not huge but pretty) that quickly diminished to a layer of bubbles which hung around the entire experience. I liked moving it around and watching the bubbles cling to the glass. The nose on this is yeasty/grassy. Mouthfeel was carbonated, light and crips. The flavor was sweet and fruity with a nice peppery spiciness with a little hop bite on the backend. I need to have Chimay, Maredsous and this side by side. What fun!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
clevelanddave (1) - brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007 does not count
one of my faviorite beers, abby ale perfection, its not heady, instead a champagne-esque carbination, fruity overtones, and a sneaky, non-overly acholic high gravity

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Cloudy damp straw. Little to no head. Spicy coriander-orange nose. Tangy citrusy mouthfeel with tiny bubbles sizzling on the tongue. Explodes with a robust fruitiness which lingers. Will try again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Pours dark golden with a very light head that persists... aroma is very fruity with hints of citrus and some malt... taste is definitely citrus with a caramel finish... texture is very smooth and foamy..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Cloudy golden with a thick frothy white head. Sweet citrus aroma with tastes or orange and caramel malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Poured a cloudy copper color with a white head. Has superb hints of what a abbey tripel should be. Carbonation is a little to much, but was refreshing. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/12/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub

clear yellow with the huge dense head from hell, sweet spicy aroma with a hot alcoholic edge obscured by the spices, sweet malt flavor balanced by some nice spices, creamy body, very drinkable

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2007
750, corked and caged. Silkscreened green bottle, unlike the one pictured to the left--certainly in the running for the most attractive, mood-setting beer label in production today. Hazy dark straw color, bordering on medium amber, with a PITA towering thick sudsy platinum blonde head. Gorgeous spicy and lemony nose. Absolutely puts you in the mood for a complex Belgian before you even pick up the glass. Medium body, tingly, almost (but not quite) sharp carb. Lots of lemon, hay, grass, spice, and floral notes. Unfortunately, this bottle burdens them with an oxidation note, but even *with* a hint of aluminum, it’s a 4.0 beer. Delectable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2008 Was well worth it! Went to the Maproom and was it recommended by the bartender, said if i liked Delirum then I should try this one. So freakin incredible, has so many good flavors! This is my new favorite (when I do get a chance to get it, otherwise Delirium rules). Try it!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dankman (255) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2007
This is a very pleasant trippel. It has honey throughout the look, smell, taste and, finish but it doesn’t go overboard. Nice beer.


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