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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3283   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Beautiful golden pour with nice lasting head. Deep and layered scents emerge, including yeasty aromas coupled with hearty doses of spice, fruit and flowers. The sugary body is well balnced by a wide array of well implemented spices and hops which gives a depth and layered quality to the brew. The hops did not give it an abrupt crispness but gave a rather syrupy sugared edge. There is a light touch of alcohol in the finish but it is well integrated into the whole of the brew. A very well executed tripel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16503) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle, 33cl. I always thought I had rated this one, as I have been drinking it on several occasions, but finally... When opening the bottle, the beer immediately volcanoed out of the bottle, and leaving so much foam in the glass that it soon flooded. The head soon stabilized and diminished, leaving just a little white lid of bubbles on top of the hazy, orange body. There’s a good deal of floaties in it as well. The aroma is lovely fruity, with citrus and some banana, pale malt, cloves and other spices. It is a bit gazzy in the mouth, but it is a full-bodied beer with a good deal of sweetness. The flavor is just lovely, sweet and fruity, with a nice hoppy bitterness in the back of your mouth, as well as coriander and alcohol. Despite all the sweetness, it finishes rather dry. It is a quite warming beer and really lovely, and it irritates me a lot that so much of the bottle ended up on my dining table. (071019)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle from BC liquor store Burnaby: Pale straw color with a hugh fluffy eggshell white head. Aroma is spicy and peppery. Flavor starts sweet and fruity (apricot) followed by spice (pepper, corriander, clove) and a lightly bitter dry finish. Light-medium bodied and spritzy with lively carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
agl108 (1057) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
On draft at Flat Rock Saloon. Poured clear orangish with virtually no head at all. Weak carbonation. Flavor of cheap candy sugars. Alcohol not evident at all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle, pours a bit cloudy with a large frothy white head. A touch of skunk do to the green bottle, some nice grains, a bit of citrus but not too fruity or yeasty in the nose. Quite carbonated, a bit of esters, some light malts no hops a bit of fruit and a touch of citrus. Pretty good, especially for a triple which I am not usually a big fan of but this one was nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear golden body with huge head. aroma is of spices, bread. Falvor is of yeast, spices, bready and light figs and prunes. Quaffable but a little too hot at times.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Golden straw pour, slight haze with nice head. nose is of belgian yeast, and almost peach like fruit. the flavor is lightly fruity up front, with a touch of alcohol as well. A well carbonated beer with rich palate to match the flavor. Overall the beer is complex enough to satisfy experts, while inviting enough to be a great intro to its style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5781) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2007
A deep golden pour with a large white head. An aroma of dusty belgian yeast and a hint of fruit. An almost apply flavor comes to the front. A light hint of abv is there as well. Carbonation is as expected the palate is very solid a rich creamy texture to match the flavor. A very special beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Golden, thick white head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty. Not a moldy damp basement-type aroma but rather that of a dusty chalkboard. Let’s take attendance: Carmel--present, Fruit--present, balance--present, complexity--present. But, life is too short to spend in a chalky classroom learning lessons... For all the technical brew-master pencil pushing proficiency that was put into making this fermented malt beverage, there is something more. This beer speaks of bright sunny days, cheerful green meadows, freedom, childhood, friends, and yes, love. I would buy this beer again and again and again. Unfortunately, I would have to keep flying to Belgian so this bottle I am drinking now maybe the only bottle I ever have. For those of you who have just uncapped a fresh one. Savor the moment because nothing last forever!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1949) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Aroma is a sweet fruity yeast scent. Color is a hazy golden yellow with very good carbonation and a very big, very thick, tight, white head. Taste sweet and fruity. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a foamy feel. Finish comes in with a mild malt flavor that is backed by a sweet fruity yeast taste. There is a mellow bitterness on the end and the yeast flavor lingers a bit with a faint alcohol feel. This is a great Belgian Ale.


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